Entrance Exams in India : Information and Details of Entrance Exams


CAT (Common Admission Test) 2016

CAT 2016 : Tips And Strategy For Preparation


The format has three sections: Quantitative aptitude (consisting of mathematics and data sufficiency), English (verbal ability, English usage and reading comprehension) and data interpretation and logical ability.

The number of questions per section could vary and this has been one of the surprise elements in the CAT format.

In CAT-2008 the quantitative aptitude and the data interpretation section had 25 questions each and the English section had 40. Whereas, in CAT-2007, the questions were evenly spread across the sections with 25 questions per section.

The paper is set for 300 marks and it has to be answered in two hrs fifty minutes.

Apart from securing the minimum overall score for receiving a call from any of the IIMs, one has to clear the cut-off marks in each of the section.

Do's to crack it

Strong Fundamentals: The idea is simple- extensive reading is required for thorough knowledge of all topics, good reading speed, quick mental calculations and familiarity with all types of questions.

Practice is the key: Reading should be undertaken chapter wise and it has to be supplemented with regular mock tests and practice tests.

Be cool and confident: Lookout for questions in your strength areas and manage your time. Scan all questions. Do not worry about what you do not know and what will be the cut-offs.

Smart strategy: The effective strategy would be to plan your test and test your plan before implementation. It is also advisable to work with a mentor.

Computer based test

According to an earlier IIM release, the centres will be under both electronic surveillance and manual invigilation. IIM has also mentioned about bio-metric means of identifying a candidate like finger prints or iris scan, the details of which are awaited.

Each candidate will be provided with a writing pad with numbered pages for calculations and rough work. The writing pad with all pages intact must be left at the desk, after the test. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper or sheet.

More papers

Since, the CBT- CAT will be conducted during a ten-day period; the most likely scenario is that students in each slot will get a different paper, which means more number of CAT papers.

The format of the test will remain more or less the same as that of the earlier paper and pencil tests. The only difference is that the candidate would read the question(s) on the computer terminal and would click on the answer on the screen instead of darkening the ovals on an OMR sheet.

The IIMs are expected to standardise the tests to ensure that all the tests are of the same difficulty level. In addition to this they might also normalise scores to iron out any differences in the difficulty level.

So there will be no difference between one test and another.
 

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