Pursuing an MBA, that is, Masters in Business Administration, is an aspiration for many. In order to secure a seat in one of the reputed management colleges in our country such as the IIM’s it is important to crack the CAT exam, that is, Common Admission Test exam. The highest scorers in this test receive seats in the country’s premiere educational institutions.

MBA entrance exams:

CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam. Apart from this there are one or two other MBA entrance exams for private colleges. CAT scores are widely accepted and help a student attain a seat in the best management institutes. The Common Admission Test, is a computer based test. This test scores a person on the bases of quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. The Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIM’s based on a policy of rotation.

Details about CAT exam:

The Common Admission Test has two types of scores involved, raw score and a scaled score. The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are given for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling.

The CAT exam has three sections. Section 1 is quantitative ability which has 34 questions. Section 2 is Verbal Ability and reading and comprehension, this section again has 34 questions. The last section is Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, this section has 32 questions. In all the CAT exam has 100 questions and is for an overall duration of 180 minutes, with 60 minutes allocated to each individual section. Candidates are not allowed to switch between sections and each section opens only after spending 60 minutes on the previous one.

CAT exam syllabus:

CAT is a test with no pre-defined syllabus.

CAT English/Verbal Ability: Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.

CAT Math/Quant Ability: Number systems, geometry, trigonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.

CAT Data Interpretation: Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, etc.

CAT Logical Reasoning: Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.

CAT preparation institutes:

There are many coaching institutes for CAT in Raipur like Pro C Education, PT, TIMES etc. which offer CAT coaching classes. These institutes’ help you prepare for the written test round as well as the further group discussions and other procedures. Coaching institutes also give you practice papers and sample papers from past exams which help you to effectively prepare for the final CAT exam. There are many online CAT courses available too, which help the candidate to prepare for the exam. However, class room based training may be more effective and helpful as there will be a guide and instructor to help clear out any doubts that the candidate may have while practicing. There are crash courses available for CAT coaching as well, however, it is very difficult to master the CAT exam paper content in a short time span. It is better to attend a full time training course so that you can be sure of cracking the exam and passing with flying colors. The crash course can be useful as a revision mechanism and a last minute doubt solver.

To find the CAT Tutorials closest to you visit the QuickSearch website. All the Best!

Written by Taarini Chandramouli

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