All About CAT 2016

By | Mar 4, 2016

CAT (Common Admission Test)  exam is most popular entrance exam for the candidates who aspire to be a manager. India’s best management institutes offers their courses to the student who have aced CAT exam. This year, 2016, the CAT Exam 2016 is going to comprise three sections: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The aspirants need to start preparing for it according to the pattern and syllabus of the exam. Let’s talk about the pattern and the preparation tips for the aspirants:

Important Dates to note for the CAT exam:

CAT Notification release Date: 26th July 2016
Registration window for CAT 2016 : From August 6th to September 25th
CAT 2016 Admit Cards will be available from : October 15th 2016
Test date: 29th November
Declaration of CAT 2016 results with Score Card : Second week of January 2017
What is the pattern of the exam?

1. Verbal Reading and Comprehension Section: This part will be consisting of 34 questions and following areas from which the questions will be asked.
i. Reading Comprehension:
4 Passages with 4-5 questions. Aspirants need to have  a regular reading habit and attempting mock tests on reading comprehension. RC is going to be very long and tedious to read and answer the question. The aspirants can follow these preparation tips for Reading Comprehension and use this approach to eliminate the unimportant part and answering the questions that follows.

ii. English Usage/ Grammar : Questions are going to be like cloze test, fill in the blanks, sentence correction and jumbled paragraph etc.
iii. Vocabulary: Synonyms, antonyms and idioms phrases are asked in this part of the test.
Vocabulary is often ignored by the aspirants and they overlook the importance of this for the test. There is a lot of debate going on about how important is vocabulary for the CAT exam, and know the importance of vocabulary in the CAT test.

  1. Quantitative Ability Section: This section will also have 34 questions. The broad topics can be categorized as Number system, Geometry, Arithmetic, Algebra and Modern Math. CAT is very popular for asking the easy fundamental questions in a tricky way, which the test takers often miss out and end up scoring low in this section. Tips and tricks are needed to solve the questions in the minimum time possible with accuracy of problem solving skills. Prepare using tips and tricks for the quantitative part of CAT Exam 2016.

Some more tips for preparation for CAT Exam 2016:
The aspirants still have about 8 months in hand for preparing for the CAT exam. If used properly, they can ace the exam and fulfill their goal of reaching that desired throne at the best B Schools of India. Let’s have a look on these tips for the CAT exam:
1.Build a solid fundamental knowledge of all the sections: Don’t directly just jump to the tips and tricks, try to start with the basics,  critically analyse your problem solving steps and try to avoid redundant steps, if any. Visualising is the best way to get the hang of the problem and setting the steps in mind to solve it. Solving cat problem needs a creative and out of box thinkers to visualize the problems in a different way.

  1. Access the free resources: You can start accessing the free resources. Be careful and assess only the quality material from top rated websites only, as some of the website gives false claims just to rank for revenue from the website. Check the authenticity of the materials by looking at their about us/ contact us page. You can find some great resources from this site only at and regularly check for notifications and updates.
    3. How to prepare for Data Interpretation: The candidates are given data to interpret in the form of case lets and statistics, the candidates can be told to analyze the data from the past three or four years, calculate the percentage changes and in some questions may be even told to find out the reason for the change.

Let’s see the video and analyze the case:.


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4. Don’t forget the good old mock test: Every year the syllabus and pattern keeps changing, making it difficult for the candidates to adapt to the new pattern. Hence it is important to take the sample tests topic wise.

Click here to Download these 15 sample papers that is according to the new CAT syllabus and pattern. Byju’s updates it’s syllabus and preparation materials regularly so that its students would be always prepared for any surprises on its way. It will further help you in predicting the questions in that you are actually going to face in CAT.

Last but not the least, don’t stress, do your best and leave the rest! Team Byju’s wish you all the best for your CAT endeavor.

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