CAT Preparation: Sections of CAT and Cut-Offs of the Particular Section

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What is CAT?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the premier all India management entrance exam conducted by IIMs. Last year 2, 04,267 students competed for 1550+ seats making it the most competitive exam in the country. The IIMs are the premier management institutes in India established by an act of Parliament. These institutes also provide consultancy and research services in various business and management globally.

What is Syllabus of the CAT?

  • The Quantitative Aptitude section comprises of fundamental mathematics, based on 10 + 2 difficulty level. Problems are found to appear from various topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Commercial Mathematics (Word Problems). The questions are largely based on application of mathematics to solve real-time problems.

  • The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section comprises of questions which are asked based on the given data. The data given might be in the form of graphs, charts, tables and paragraphs. Data Interpretation problems tests the candidate’s understanding of the data and the ability to solve problems accurately. Logical Reasoning questions check the candidate’s ability to ratiocinate and evaluate problems.

  • The Verbal Ability section comprises of questions on comprehension and usage of standard English grammar. Verbal Logic questions test the candidate’s knowledge of arranging paragraphs in a logical order, determining the type of statements, completing the paragraphs in an appropriate way. In general, it is found that all the sections share an equal weight except CAT 2008 and CAT 2004 papers, which have a higher percentage of Verbal Ability problems.

  • It has to be noted that the CAT does not predefine any specific chapters or content upon which questions can occur. However, any intricate term would be well defined, if the problem requires such knowledge.

Sections of CAT

The CAT examination is divided into three sections

The CAT examination is divided into three sections

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability

Arithmetic

Logical Reasoning

Reading Comprehension

Algebra

Data Interpretation, Sufficiency

Verbal Logic

Geometry

Vocabulary

Commercial Mathematics

Grammar Correction

Miscellaneous

Cut- Offs of the Particular Section

Candidates must secure a minimum mark in each section to qualify for that section and eventually for the CAT. The minimum marks required to qualify varies upon the relative difficulty level of that section compared to other sections of the test. Sectional cut-offs varies mostly on the basis of the performance who appear for the exam in that year. A candidate must also secure a minimum total cut off for the entire paper to earn GD/PI calls from IIMs. It has been observed that different IIMs use different cut-offs to offer calls to selected candidates.