February 3, 2012

CAT 2012 - Syllabus and Paper Pattern

Common Admission Test (CAT), the test conducted by IIMs as entrance exam for getting admissions in IIMs and leading B-Schools of the country, is an all India level entrance test. 

Like every year the CAT exam will be held between October, 2012 and November 2012. Based on scores and CAT percentile, candidates will be called for next stage of selection process which generally includes Group Discussion or GD, Essay and Personal Interview or PI in other words. 

The pattern of the CAT exam is objective type ie. multiple choice questions will be asked in the exam as usual. There is negative marking in the exam, for each wrong answer 1/3 mark will be deducted.
There will be only two sections in the exam. First section will be Quantitative Ability & Date Interpretation and the second section will be Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. 

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The time limit for each section is different. The duration of the exam is 140 minutes. Candidates will be given 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section, each section have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, students will move to the next section and will not be able to go to previous section.
Syllabus for CAT 2012

CAT 2012 Syllabus for English: -
  • Comprehension of passage.
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Syllogisms.
  • Contextual usage.
  • Analogies, Antonyms, Idioms.
  • Fill In the Blanks, Sentence completion and Sentence correction.
  • Foreign language words used in English.
  • Errors in word choice, mania & phobia, Incorrect words, Conditionals & Multiple Usage , Punctuation, Proverb, , one word substitution, Different usage of same word Phrasal verb etc.

CAT 2012 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability:-
  • Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc.)
  • Ratios and Proportion, Ratios, Percentages, In-equations.
  • Quadratic and linear equations.
  • Algebra.
  • Mensuration, Alligation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns.
  • Installment Payments, Partnership, Clocks.
  • Probability, Permutations & Combinations.
  • Profit & Loss.
  • Averages, Percentages, Partnership.
  • Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time.
  • Number system: HCF, LCM, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean , Harmonic mean, Median, Mode, Number Base System, BODMAS, etc.

CAT 2012 Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning :-
  • Data Interpretation based on text, Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables.
  • Graphs can be Column graphs, Graphs representing Area, Bar Graphs, Line charts, Pie Chart, Venn Diagram, etc.
  • Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning.
  • Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Assertion and reasons.
  • Statements and conclusions.
  • Cause and Effect.
  • Identifying Probably true, Probably false, definitely true, definitely false kind of statement.
  • Linear arrangements, Identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments.
  • Matrix arrangements.

  • Current Affairs, Business, Punch line of companies, Top officials of big companies, Major corporate events.
  • Science, History, Geography, International organizations.
  • Important quotations.
  • Social issues, Sports, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics etc.
  • Famous award and prizes.
  • World Records.
  • Books and authors.

Post By-
Alok Upadhayay 
India MBA Informer, New Delhi, Delhi, India


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