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Changes in CAT Exam 2014 Pattern

Changes in CAT exam


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the CAT conducting body has recently announced major changes in CAT examination pattern this year. While some have been accepted with fervor, some are yet to go down well with MBA aspirants. Apparently, these changes have been made so as to ensure that maximum no. of candidates apply this year.

CAT, which is commonly conducted in a testing window of 21 days in the month of October and November, has been reduced to a 2-day window and will be held on Nov 16 and Nov 22 respectively and covered in 4 sessions spanning morning and afternoon. This is to be seen whether the conducting body will be able to do it all in 2 days as efficiently as it used to do it in 21-day-window earlier.

This year CAT is supposed to be held in 99 cities at 354 testing sites where earlier there used to be 40 testing cities with 76 testing sites, which explains the agenda of IIM to encourage maximum no. of applications to this exam. However, CAT 2014 aspirants cannot have the privilege to select their preferred slots as the Exam will be held on two separate dates.

As per the CAT 2014 pattern, all aspirants are supposed to register themselves ONLINE from august 6 to September 30, 2014, through online payment of required registration fee. Thus, the availability of off-line voucher option has been scraped from now onwards.

Questions in CAT 2014 have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions. Thus, practically, the exam duration has also been increased to half an hour, making it 170 minutes which somehow nullifies the ‘extra time’ cause.

This time around, CAT 2014 aspirants are supposed to do the tutorial sessions well in advance from the website as tutorial won’t be available prior to the examination.

Probably one thing that remains unchanged is the exam syllabus. The candidates shall face the same four sections:Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Things you should know about “101 speed tests”

SBI Clerical preparation book


As the name suggests, 101 Speed Tests assure confidence building and adaptability to a competitive exam aspirant, who wants to practice as many questions as he/ she wants, until a satisfaction level is attained. Formation of ‘101 Speed Tests’ came up with the necessity felt by various competitive exam aspirants who wanted to get accustomed to the pressure of time limit in an exam. It happens many a times to candidates who apply for such exams but somehow they fail to make proper assessments regarding the exam format and time allotment. Many applicants experience bouts of nervousness followed by wasting 20 percent of their time in deciding ‘which section to begin with’ while giving an exam. Be it GATE, GMAT, CSAT, CAT, Bank PO/ Clerk, SSC or any other exam on earth you are preparing for, if you don’t know how to execute your innumerable days of hard work into 3 hours of an examination, you might lose it real bad. Thus, ‘101 speed tests’ are recommended to all competitive exam aspirants who want to improve their scores by 20 percent and more.

Disha Publication, with this conviction to make students familiar with the exam pattern and time limit has come up with ‘101 speed tests’ for various competitive exams. Each test is based on small topics which are most important for any competitive exam. Each test contains around 20-25 MCQs (based on the latest pattern of the exam) depending upon its significance.
The book also provides a separate sheet, SCORE TRACKER where students can keep a record of their scores and performances. It is advised that the students take each test seriously and move on further only when they are done with one test.
‘101 Speed Tests’ have been TAILOR-MADE for students who want to achieve 100 percent execution of their preparation in Examination.
Disha Publication has an array of these workbooks for almost all sorts of competitive examinations which are held across India. More than 2800 MCQs have been asked in each workbook which is sufficient enough for any student to get a firm grasp on his/her loopholes, or problem areas. Go for ‘101 Speed Tests’ to get a clear vision to execute better in Exams.

Director & Co- Founder of Dishapublication
Deepak Agarwal



  “Remember it is not the input but the output which leads to selection. You might have spent 100s of hours in preparing (Input) but if you cannot perform optimally in the exam hall (output) all your input will go down the drain,” says Deepak Agarwal, Director, Disha Publication.

MBA across the world – MBA Entrance Exams

Master of Business Administration or MBA is one of the most popular courses opted by students across the world. Not only does it provide a successful career graph, but also a fat paycheck at the end of every month. But before any of this could happen, the entrance exams in the forms of CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP, IIFT and much more await aspirants. The stifling process of cracking entrances and GD-PI sessions is conducted in a way as to make sure that the best is selected from thousands of aspirants across the country.
A good and stable career plan is pre-requisite for entering a B school, without which any MBA aspirant would find it really hard to stick to institution’s rigorous 2-year regime.
An aptitude test is all what it takes to get into the best MBA colleges of India where a spectrum of questions is put before the applicants including Mathematics, General Awareness, Logical Ability and Vocabulary related questions. Preparations to get into a B school should begin at least one year prior to entrance exams. Here are a few things one should keep in mind while preparing for MBA entrances-
1. While preparing for CAT or any other MBA entrance exam, one should follow a consistent and disciplined schedule with minimum 7-8 hours of study time.
2. Mostly, MBA entrances follow negative marking. So, bluffing your way out isn’t going to help much.
3. Keeping regular updates of what is happening around the world or general awareness is in direct relation with scoring fairly well in MBA entrance exams. In GD-PI sessions, students are mostly quizzed on current affairs .So, make sure that you take your time out from busy schedule for daily enlightenment dose.
4. MBA entrance exam is no child’s play and that is why according to one’s own capacity, one should either take formal coaching or start structuring their preparation foremost.
5. Quantitative ability sections are perks for engineering students where they can perform questions comparatively in less time and concentrate on other sections.
6. Applicants should practice from solved test papers keeping in mind the time frame where one paper should be solved. This will provide help in increasing efficiency of applicants.

7. And above all, hard work is the key to everything, be it a top notch B school or any other opportunity in life, consistent hard work never gives away to failure in life.

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