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Last Updated - September 29, 2016

With just four months in hand for CAT Exam 2016,it is time for students to fasten their seatbelts and start preparing for the exam in full swing!

The CAT 2016 Notification that was released on July 31,2016 stated that the CAT exam date is December 04,2016 leaving only little time for the students to prepare for the exam.With this,there is a lot of anxiety amongst the aspirants regarding how to prepare efficiently and effectively for the exam.

Similar to last year,CAT 2016 Exam Pattern will have the following three sections with 60 minutes to attempt each section:

  • Section 1:Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Section 2:Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Section 3:Quantitative Ability
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Verbal Ability

This section essentially has three types of questions: 

  • Questions on application of grammar like vocabulary based questions like fill in the blanks questions and sentence correction.
  • Questions on logics like Facts Inference Judgement,Para jumble,Critical reasoning,Logical completion of idea etc.
  • Questions on reading comprehension.

A stress-free way to attack this section is to stick to the basics and thoroughly go through the fundamentals of English.

CAT 2015 Paper Analysis for VA and RCCAT 2014 Paper Analysis for VA and RC

Quantitative Aptitude

Preparing this section for CAT Exam can be tremendously stressful for many students as it is quite a challenging section.The best way to prepare for this section is to be extremely well versed with all the essential formulae and basics of Math.More than half of the questions in this section are based on such fundamentals.

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Another point to keep in mind is that majority of questions come from the following topics

Number SystemTime Speed Distance
Ratio proportionFunction/graphs
Equations and Permutation and CombinationGeometry

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Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

The key to cracking the section is practice,practice and even more practice!

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Questions that have been repeatedly asked in the Logical Reasoning section consist of the following topics:

Arrangement based questions (linear,circular and tabular),Network diagrams
Game based and team formation questionsSequencing-based questions (loose sequencing and strict sequencing)

In Data Interpretation, examinees are expected to comprehend tables and charts to answer relevant questions. The advantage of this is that candidates, if able to interpret even one diagram, can easily answer 4-5 questions related to it. 

Preparation Book for Data Interpretation and Logical ReasoningData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT 2016

Things To Remember

Be thorough with your fundamentals

Conceptual clarity is of prime importance while writing the CAT Exam.Students must first have a complete idea about the basics of all the subjects.This will help them solve the more difficult questions as well. Revising these concepts right before the D-Day is also vital.

Take mock exams regularly

Taking countless number of Mock exams helps candidates to focus equally on all the sections.This is imperative as doing well in every section is important.Scoring well in one section and poorly in the other will not be of any help as section-wise scores are also calculated.This will also help the students to analyse their strengths and weaknesses.

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The other thing to keep in mind is that one must take these exams online and not the paper based ones.This will help you get a clear understanding of giving a computer based exam.

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Time plot

Having a tactical time plot while preparing for the CAT exam comes handy.One must plan ahead what subjects and topics to focus on.Preparing a time-table and following it with utmost commitment will aid the candidate in preparing well.Some amount of discipline is required to crack the CAT Exam.

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Concentrate on your strong suit

Polishing your strengths and achieving a higher accuracy in attempting the questions from that topic will help you boost your percentile.Therefore,even while attempting the paper on the final day,one must first try to answer the questions related to these topics and leave out the ones from the other topics.The students can come back to the un-answered questions later.Another important thing to keep in mind is that there is negative marking for wrongly answered questions.Be careful in attempting the questions you are not sure about. 

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Set a Goal

 Setting a goal motivates and keeps you focused on one path. One may set a goal for attaining a good percentile and work towards it. A constant reminder of your goal is required in order to keep you going.

Speed versus Accuracy

One must understand that speed is extremely important while answering the questions but not at the cost of hampering the accuracy of the answers.Remember that CAT deducts marks for each wrong answer. Therefore, one must always be cautious of maintaining a balance between both speed and accuracy.

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Unwind before the exam

One must try and not stress before the exam.Maintain your cool and have confidence in yourself.It is a given that you will be under immense right before the exam,therefore it is all the more important to keep calm.

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