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CAT Exam Pattern



CAT (common admission test) exam has 3 sections


  • English
  • Problem Solving (MATH)
  • DI-DS-LR
CAT exam Pattern
Previous year analysis
Subject20072006200520042003200220012000
Reading comprehension5050504050Circles50 79
Problem solving5050503550Circles5055
DI-DS-LR5050503850Circles5031
Total questions150150150150150150150165

SECTION I.ENGLISH

English section again has 2 parts
I. Verbal Ability
Verbal Ability ( VA ) for CAT exam
Questions on Verbal ability are asked in two formats viz.
1.Vocabulary Based
Questions on vocabulary would not be straight synonyms or antonyms. The types of questions would be either odd word out, analogies, fill in the blanks or any other innovative type
2.Grammar based

Grammar is tested either through sentence correction, error identification or fill in the blanks.

II. Reading Comprehension R C
Reading Comprehension (RC) for CAT exam

Reading Comprehension: Typically there are around 5 to 6 passages followed with 5 to 6questions per passage. Each of the passages would be of around 800 to 1300 words. The questions are a good mix of fact based and inference based.

RC passages are long and often based on unfamiliar topics. The basic idea is to test your speed and comprehension skills.

Section 2 Problem Solving (MATH)

Problem solving (maths) for CAT exam

Problem Solving CAT problem solving questions are designed more to test your understanding of underlying mathematical concepts than to test your ability to actually carry out quantitative procedures accurately. Fortunately for many test takers, advanced quantitative topics, such as trigonometry and calculus, are not tested on the CAT. To score well, you only need to be familiar with basic arithmetic, geometry, and algebra, as taught at the high school level. Any decent CAT prep book will cover these quantitative concepts.

CirclesNumbers
Circles + Polygons Numeric logic
Circles + Similarity Permutations
Combinations Quadratic equations
Equations Ratios
Functions Sequence, Series & Progressions
Logarithm Sequences
Logic Solids
Maxima and Minima Triangles
Mensuration TSD
Mensuration + Progression TSD + Progression

Section 3 DI-DS-LR

DI-DS-LR Section has 3 parts

Data interpretation (DI)
Data interpretation (DI) for CAT exam

Data Interpretation tests how well one can interpret information from raw data given. Second skill tested is if one can do calculations without the help of a calculator and that too fast enough.

  • Bar Chart
  • Geometrical diagrams
  • Scatter Diagram
  • Table Missing Data
  • Table
Data sufficiency (DS)
Data sufficiency (DS) for CAT exam

CAT test writers use data sufficiency questions to test your ability to "reason quantitatively." This stands in sharp contrast to the problem solving section, which is designed to test how well you manipulate numbers. If you find yourself doing a lot of number crunching on the data sufficiency questions, you are doing something wrong.

  • Equations
  • Numeric logic
  • Percentages
Logical reasoning (LR)
Logical reasoning (LR) for CAT exam

You can think of critical reasoning questions as, essentially, mini reading comprehension questions. These questions tend to follow passages that are one paragraph in length. These questions primarily test the analytical and critical thinking skills that admissions committees so badly want to see in their applicants.

  • Matrix Arrangement
  • Number Puzzle
  • Numeric Puzzle