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Last Updated - February 23, 2017

SRMCAT 2017 is a university level entrance examination which is conducted by SRM (Sri Ramasamy Memorial University). It is an online computer based test. A large number of candidates apply for this exam every year. This year, those candidates who are willing to appear for SRMCAT 2017 have to fill the application form online or offline by March 30, 2017.

SRMCAT is an objective type test and has 100 questions to be answered in 150 minutes. The examination tests a student’s ability in 5 sections. The sections of the exam are as follows:

  • Data Interpretation: 20 Questions
  • Quantitative Skills: 20 Questions
  • Reasoning Skills: 20 Questions
  • English Skills: 20 Questions
  • General Knowledge: 20 Questions

The SRMCAT is purely administered online, and is a computer-based test, although it has to be noted that the reliance on computer skills is minimal for the examination.


SRMCAT 2017 Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation evaluates candidate’s ability to pick data and then apply the data to business decisions. This section requires mastery in Data interpretation from text and Data Interpretation from Graphs and tables. The graphs can be column graphs, bar graphs, line charts, pie graphs and graphs representing Venn diagrams, area, etc.

Candidates appearing for the exam must focus on their ability to solve graphs and tabular information. With the passing years, SRM University has made a lot of changes in its CAT Exam Pattern including some major changes in the Data Interpretation section of the exam. Let’s look at the year wise topic breakup of SRMCAT over the years.

SRMCAT Data Interpretation 2017

We can clearly see from the graph that a gradual shift has been made by SRMU in their testing process. In 2014, Numerical Problems ruled the section and there has been constant dip in the number of numerical problems ever since with 6 questions asked in 2014 followed by 6 in 2015. However, the major dip was seen in 2016 when the there were just 2 questions in SRMCAT 2016. The MBA pundits predict that the papeer weightage of Data Interpretation will follow the same pattern as last year and is expected to be divided among topics as follows.

SRMCAT DI2014201520162017
Pie Chart4456
Bar Graph3254
Table Problems2225
Mixed Form5663
Numerical Problems6622

SRMCAT 2017 Quantitative Skills

This section evaluates the students’ ability to solve mathematical problems equivalent to the grade 12 level, and the graduate level. The topics required to be learnt are: Ratio and proportions, percentages, in-equations, profit & loss, algebra, averages, partnership & time- speed- distance, work & time, probability, permutations and combinations, etc.


SRMCAT 2017 Reasoning Skills

This section requires the student to be well versed in topics such as: Visual reasoning, critical reasoning, assumptions- premise- conclusions, assertions and reasons, identifying valid inferences, identifying strong and weak arguments, statements and conclusions, cause and effect, puzzles, syllogisms, functions family tree, etc.


SRMCAT 2017 English Skills

The student need to be familiar with topics such as: Comprehension of passage, syllogisms, verbal reasoning, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks, jumbled paragraph with 4 or 5 sentences, sentence correction, sentence completion, idioms, odd man out, etc.


SRMCAT 2017 General Knowledge

This section involves questions including- current affairs, business, punch line of companies, famous awards and prizes, science, history, geography, social issues, sports, finance, etc.


Name of the BookAuthor’s NameISBN Number
Data Interpretation: Practice Book for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations, 1eNishit Sinha9332519412
Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha9352039246
Proficiency in Reading Comprehension Simplifying the 'Passage' for youAjay Singh9352032985
English Language Comprehension Skill: An Authentic BookSachchida Nand Jha9382732004
General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability MCQs 1000+QUpscportal Publications9381362483
Success Series General KnowledgeSachchida Nand Jha9382732209
Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude with 4 eBooks for Competitive ExamsDisha Experts9386146614
How to Crack Test of Reasoning in all Competitive ExamJaikishan8183487602
MAGBOOK Series-Logical reasoning & Analytical AbilityArihant Experts9352035941
Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey8190458914

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