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CAT is the gateway to the cream and the most coveted management institute of India, the IIMs. As of today it is viewed as one of the most desired career routes by the young graduates of our country. Moreover, CAT score is also accepted by more than 75 non IIM B Schools across India.
CAT is an aptitude test the pattern of which is unstable, varying almost every passing year. Ending the three decade old pencil-paper format for the CAT, now the paper is given in computer based model. Under the present system CAT conducted at various prometric centres across the country through a window spanning 10 days. The applicant can select a test date from the prescribed 10 days. One can also reschedule the date and time without any extra cost. Locations for the centres are already determined.
The CAT now comprises of only two sections: one dealing with quantitative aptitude and D.I & other dealing with English section. Each section is having 30 questions and 70 min. After 70 min the section automatically gets changed. Remember you need to solve the quant section first and it is only after 70 min that you can switch to the English section.
Geometry, ration & proportion, quadratic equ.,algebra,profit loss & interests, time speed & distance,mensuration,set theory,venn diagram,probability,permutation& combination. [For details, see link below]
D.I & reasoning
Comprehension, verbal resoning, word and phrases, syllogism, jumble words, sentence corrections, odd man out, idioms e.tc
According to few experts to get 85percentile in each of the section, around 35% of the net marks would be able to get one there. Similarly 97percentile could expect to get around 45% net marks in each section.
After the CAT results, different i.i.ms have different criteria for calling a candidate for gd/interview. Some may give more weight age to your school and college education, other may go for your CAT score card while some may give extra credit for co-curricular activities and experience. In IIMs only work experience after the graduation and that also above 6months are considered for any credit for assigning a candidate for GD/PI.
This year the CAT will be organised between 11 Oct-6 Nov and results are expected to be declared by 9th Jan, 2013.
Good luck to all CAT -2012 aspirants!