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CAT 2016 Notification: Changes incorporated in registration form and addition in exam venue

The Common Admission test (CAT) is one of the national level management entrance examinations. The exam is schedules to be held on 4th December, 2016. This exam will be conducted every year by IIMs as a prerequisite for the admissions to various management programmes in IIMs.

Throughout the year, this exam has been going through many major changes in exam pattern, marking schemes, syllabus etc.  Now, two major changes have been incorporated in the registration form with the addition of a designated test centre i.e. Noida.

Registrations for CAT examination are going on. The candidates who haven’t enrolled yet will enrol themselves by September 22, 2016. In order to appear for the exam, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised institute/ university.

Other than this, one of the designated test centres has been added in the list i.e Noida. It was previously removed as a test centre in the year 2014 and Greater Noida – a suburb of Noida was included in the list. This move of incorporation of Greater Noida as Test centre caused lots of problems for the candidates from Delhi- NCR, who was taking Noida as a test Centre.

The selection of candidates will be done on the basis of Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and after this, selected candidates will be called for personal interviews (PI) round.


Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Pay attention on the simple concepts merged with advanced mathematics:

CAT mostly has questions that are based on fundamentals and basics. One should understand these concepts well and not end up cramming questions. Try to attempt these simple questions in exam first as missing out on them is a bad choice. 

  • Accuracy of prime importance: CAT is a lot about accuracy. It is not as important to attempt a lot of questions as it is to get all or most of your answers right. The negative marking and the normalization process makes it important to be accurate when it comes to quant. 
  • Pacing yourself in the exam: One of the most commonly found mistake among candidates is that they tend to get stuck on one question either because they feel they can solve it or that after spending so much time, should complete it and move forward. But sometimes, this can lead to a lot of time wastage without any results. 
  • Grasp over calculation: Both the subsection requires a good hold at calculation. Speedy calculations not only help reduce time in quant section, they are the basic necessity in DI section. DI is mostly about fast and accurate calculations. 
  • General tips:

o   One must be thorough with tables, squares, cubes, square roots, percentage to fraction conversion and vice versa.

o   Common topics like tournaments, round robin shots, sales figure of a company, etc should be practiced.

o   Also, pay attention to the options given as many of them are to mislead the candidate. One must not fall prey to these tricks.


 Reading Comprehension 

Read the complete passage: CAT exam has 3-4 passages each of length 600-800 words. However, there is no guarantee about the length and it can be changes according to the desire of the examiner. It is strongly suggested that the candidate reads the entire passage before getting to questions as many of such questions are inferential and reading only certain parts would not give the perfect meaning. 

Make notes while practicing: This is a great way to master RC’s. Mental bookmarks can be made to locate appropriate information and help in better understanding. 3 things to keep in mind are: what is the subject, the main idea and the tone of the author of the passage.

 Look out for structural words that convey important ideas or transition: Certain words play specific roles in asentence or paragraph. There are either continuity words,contrast words and conclusion words. Many examples of each

of these types can be searched for beforehand and then noted while reading the passage. 

Do not over read: Over reading is when one keeps the details too much in mind but what is necessary is to keep the general outline of the passage at the back of mind. One does not have to memorize the passage only remember key words.


Logical Reasoning


Read the problem carefully: It is extremely important to read the entire problem carefully. Every fact stated is essential and are given to be used somewhere. Organise the information in a schematic manner in the form of tables, charts or symbols.

  • Read all the logic puzzles, marking obvious associations or elimination on the graph. Continue going back over the clues, gaining additional information applying the same context established earlier.
  • Do not get stuck on a puzzle and lose your valuable time. It is highly possible that one may be having a totally wrong approach. While practicing, attempt a variety of questions and not just similar types of questions. LR has 3-4 problems, each of a different kind.

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CAT Exam 2015 : Some Common Do’s & Don’ts to crack CAT Exam (Before & During the Exam)

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Before The Exam


  • Keep a notepad and record every difficult word you come across. It may be while reading newspaper, article or even while watching a movie. Remember to note down its meaning there and then. Go through all words every time you open the notepad.
  • Go through all class notes or your practice work and ensure you clarify any kind of doubts you may have. Do not delay or keep it for later.
  • Revise all formulas or theorems before the exam, especially when it comes to quantitative sections.
  • Discuss your performance in mocks and online tests with mentors and seek feedback etc. It is not as much about hardwork as about smart-work.
  • Fill in your CAT form much before the deadline. It is always considered advantageous, more so in getting the desired location or test centre.
  • Be very careful with your details as any misinformation may lead to rejection of your application.



  • Do not stress in the last few days of preparation. Stay with a cool mind as stress only kills your precious time with no productive results.
  • Do not feel de-motivated in case your mock performances are not good enough. What you do on the final day cannot be pre-decided whatsoever.
  • Do not forget to download your admit card and get it printed well before the D-day. It is not advisable to take any chances.

Suggestions to be considered before going to the exam: 

  • Do not forget to keep all the belongings required (photographs, identity proofs, etc.)
  • Never stay awake one night before as lack of sleep has proven to be a bane for several students who could have performed better. State of mind and freshness are important considerations.
  • Revise all formulas or theorems before the exam, especially when it comes to quantitative sections.
  • Discuss your performance in mocks and online tests with mentors and seek feedback etc. It is not as much about hard work as about smart-work.
  • Fill in your CAT form much before the deadline. It is always considered advantageous, more so in getting the desired location or test centre.
  • Be very careful with your details as any misinformation may lead to rejection of your application. 



  • Stay extremely calm in the examination hall. Jittering and panicking will only make you lose concentration.
  • In case of any query, never hesitate to put them forward. Always contact the concerned authority to clarify the same.
  • In case of technical glitches, do not panic. Follow the required protocol and it will be satisfyingly dealt.
  • Follow the instructions extremely carefully. Any inconsistency is totally unacceptable as the authorities are very strict in concern with the conduct of the examination. 


  • Do not try to use any unfair means as it is only inviting trouble.
  • The centres have well equipped means of detecting it along with nonnegotiable penalties.
  • Make sure that your test has been completed and properly accepted. Do not hurry in the end and ensure final acceptance in case of online tests.

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Partnering your CAT exam preparation


Did you know? The number of students who appeared in Common Admission Test (CAT) is reduced from 2,41,000 in 2010-12 to 1,95,000 in 2014-2016. However, a reverse trend has been experienced, where seats available across all the IIMs per 1,000 candidates has increased from 11 to 17.1 for the similar period. Further analysis reveals that the total numbers of seats available at in all the IIMs have increased from 2,650 in 2010-‘12 to 3,335 in 2014-’16.

The information given above also indicates about the increased opportunity available to MBA-aspirants. However, this opportunity comes with a problem – the barrier of preparing yourself. This should happen in such a manner so that you can successfully achieve a percentile cut-off that lets you bag a seat in any of the IIMs. Delving deep into this muddle gives you an insight that there is an overall and sectional cutoff declared by IIMs every year. Additionally, every IIM has its own cutoff percentiles.

Now, the bigger question one has to cogitate is ‘How to get into your dream B-School?’ And, the answer to this lies in the soon-to-be published book by the same title. Authored by an IIM-B passout, this book is a guide that will handhold you so that you easily tread the path to get into your dream B-school.

This book contains 19 easily practicable rules that will help aspirants in their preparation and make them aware about the common pitfalls. It segregates the answering process into easily comprehensible and logical steps. To get an insight about this book, here is a series of 9 snippets.

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Here is Series 1:

Fix Your Goals: Hit the Bull’s Eye

Before you commence your journey of preparation, in the endeavor to get into the B-school you wish to, you should fix your goals. I would request you to mention the names of the three B-schools (in India) where you would love to do your MBA (or PGDM) from. Read below only after you have scribbled these down.

If you have written anything other than IIMs A, B and C (in whatever order) on the previous page, then we have a problem and you are:

      1. Either unaware of the value of Brand in education
      2. Or, unaware of the Brand of these 3 institutes over any other MBA Institute in India
      3. Or, aspiring to study in an institute, whose name will be linked with your name for the rest of your life, for a wrong reason
      4. Or, wish to specialize in a field which you think is better in some other institute (e.g. HR in XLRI or Operations in NITIE), or you are targeting ISB since you have a lot of work experience. In this case, you may be right and so can be your choice, since it is for the right reason. However, it is completely up to you to ensure the choice you make is an informed one.

The wrong reason might be the desire to stay close to a loved one, or someone who is not keeping well or needs you by his/her side (for whatever reason).

It might also be the exorbitant fees that these institutes charge, which you think your parents or you, cannot afford. If this is the reason, then probably there is an invention which happened many years ago, which you are unaware of: banks, who provide loans. In addition, almost every good MBA college in the country has a robust fee waiver program for the genuinely needy. So, if this was the wrong reason, you can relax, go back and change your preferences on the previous page.

If you wish to do your MBA in India, these are the three colleges you should target, unless, of course, you aren’t eligible for one or all of these because of their stringent admission norms (which change almost every year and are some seemingly bizarre combination of minimum work experience, minimum marks in different stages of your education career etc). In that case, you may cherry-pick any other B-school you want to, as long as you are doing it for the right reasons.

I think you got the point I am trying to drive home here:Whichever school(s) you aspire for, do the belief that it is the best one you are eligible (ELIGIBLE, and not CAPABLE. This book will take care of your capability) to get into.

I have always believed in aiming for the stars, but not because of the clichéd ‘if you fail, you will still have the moon’. On the contrary, I have a conflicting philosophy. I don’t like this stance since it has the notion of inevitability of failure at its core. It’s like saying to oneself before a race, “I should target to be the first so that even if I come third, I will be elated.”

I believe in aiming for the stars because the first step to succeed is to dream. And if you dream big, you can become so, too. On the other hand, if you never dream big, you will never be able to be so.

Now that I have convinced you to dream about studying in the best school you are eligible to get into, let me jump to the second step of attaining success. It is, as Holmes would say, elementary – working towards converting your dreams into reality.

I once read somewhere, 97% of all people don’t have any vision. And among those who do, 97% don’t work towards it. In essence, only 0.09% (3% of 3%) will strive towards achieving success.

Now that you are among the 3% of those who have a vision (the dream of getting into and studying at your dream B-school), it’s time you start working towards achieving it. Vision needs to be followed by action. Without action, vision is day dreaming.

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