Common Admission Test (CAT)


What is CAT?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the premier all India management entrance exam conducted by IIMs. Last year 2,04,267 students competed for 1550+ seats making it the most competitive exam in the country. The IIMs are the premier management institutes in India established by an act of Parliament. These institutes also provide consultancy and research services in various business and management globally.


Different Sections of CAT

The CAT examination is divided into three sections

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section comprises of questions which are asked based on the given data. The data given might be in the form of graphs, charts, tables and paragraphs. Data Interpretation problems test the candidate’s understanding of the data and the ability to solve problems accurately.

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section comprises of fundamental mathematics, based on 10 + 2 difficulty level. Problems are found to appear from various topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Commercial Mathematics (Word Problems). The questions are largely based on application of mathematics to solve real-time problems.

Verbal Ability

The Verbal Ability section comprises of questions on comprehension and usage of standard English grammar. Verbal Logic questions test the candidate’s knowledge of arranging paragraphs in a logical order, determining the type of statements, completing the paragraphs in an appropriate way. In general, it is found that all the sections share an equal weight except CAT 2008 and CAT 2004 papers.

Note* : It has to be noted that the CAT does not predefine any specific chapters or content upon which questions can occur. However, any intricate term would be well defined, if the problem requires such knowledge.

CAT Exam Topics

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Ability
  • Arithmetic Logical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Algebra
  • Data Interpretation
  • Sufficiency
  • Verbal Logic
  • Geometry
  • Grammar Correction
  • Miscellaneous

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