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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is India's premier MBA entrance exam for admission into the 13 Indian Institutes of Managements. The CAT exam is conducted by the IIMs in a Computer Based Test (CBT) format once every year between October and November. Over 2 lakh candidates write the test from all over India. Apart from the IIMs, a number of other Indian institutes also consider CAT scores for admission.
CAT Test Dates: October 11, 2012 to November 6, 2012.
Total Questions: 60.
Number of Sections: 2.
Section 1: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.
Section 2: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
Time Limit for each section:70 minutes. One cannot move onto Section 2 until the allocated 70 minutes for Section 1 has run out. You cannot revisit Section 1 after moving to Section 2.
Scoring Pattern: : + 3 for a right answer, -1 for a wrong one and no marks for questions left unanswered.
The IIMs have never defined a syllabus for CAT but since it has always been an aptitutude test, the following is a good guide for the CAT syllabus.
1) Quantitative ability: Number Systems, HCF/LCM, Averages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple/compound Interest, Equations, Inequalities, Complex numbers, Functions, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Mensuration, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Mixtures, Set Theory, Speed & Distance, Work & Time, Progressions, Surds & Indices, Logarithms, Ratio & Proportion.
2) Data Interpretation:Data tables, Pie Charts, Lines, Columns, Bar graphs, Other Chart types, Data Sufficiency.
3) Verbal Ability: Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary based, English Grammar, Sentence Correction, Analogies, Meaning-Usage match, Verbal/critical reasoning, Facts/Inference/Judgment.
4) Logical reasoning: Cubes & Dice, Blood Relations, Number & Letter Series, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Clocks & Calendars, Analytical Reasoning, Syllogism.