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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 CAT analysis

Subject 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Reading comprehension 50 50 50 40 50 Circles 50 79
Problem solving 50 50 50 35 50 Circles 50 55
DI-DS-LR 50 50 50 38 50 Circles 50 31
Total questions 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 165

CAT 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.

CAT 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.
Circles Numbers
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

CAT 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