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CAT is an online computer-based test which will be conducted in the last week of December 2019 for admission in MBA/PGDM programs. Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level examination administeredby the IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on a rotational basis. CAT 2019 will be conducted in two shifts, however, it depends upon the number of applicants. The syllabus will be based on the fundamentals of 10+2 curriculum.

What all comprises of the CAT 2019 syllabus?           

CAT 2019 shall cover 3 sections, namely:

  1. Verbal Ability
  2. Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  3.  Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
  4.  Quantitative Ability (QA).

Let us see what all each section contains:

  • Quantitative Ability (QA): This article will cover in depth about this section.
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR):Topics covered under this section are: Tables; Graphical Representations; Charts and any diagrammatical Representation- Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Cases, X-Y Charts involving Line Series etc.
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC):Topics covered under this section include: Critical Reasoning; Paragraph Forming; Grammar; Vocabulary- Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd Man Out, Analogies; Reading Comprehension etc.

Quantitative Aptitude section:

The Quantitative Aptitude is undoubtedly the mainsection of any competitive exam. Likewise, the CAT exam has a separate section for the quantitative questions. The IIMs conduct the CAT exam on analternative basis and the questions in quant for CAT section are questionedas such to test the complete capabilities and skills of the MBA aspirants. In CAT quantitative aptitude section, comprises of 34 questions. The CAT quantitative ability syllabus is huge and not predefined. The aspects of the quantitative aptitude for CAT section with its syllabus and other details are discussed below.

  1. Total number of questions: 34
  2. Total marks in Quantitative Aptitude section: 102
  3. Types of Questions in Quantitative section: MCQ and Non-MCQ
  4. Total MCQs in quant section: 24-26
  5. Total Non-MCQ:8-10
  6. Difficulty level of the Quant section: moderate
  7. Marking scheme in QA section: +3 for correct answer, -1 for wrong answer and 0 for unmarked answer.

As the CAT exam does not have a predefined syllabus, several aspirants face difficulty and get floored during preparation. One thing that has beennotedis that the questions are usually asked from few repeating concepts every year. So, aspirants need to check the CAT syllabus and get well versed with the related information and prepare accordingly.

What is Quantitative Aptitude?

The quantitative aptitude is the segment where arithmetical questions are asked to test the mathematical skills, accuracy and speed of the aspirants. In general, the questions in quant section are linkedto basic and elementary mathematics and require the aspirants to be completely familiar with the fundamental concepts to solve them. In CAT, the quantitative ability is a distinctsection and a separate sectional timing is given in which the aspirants are neededto solve the related questions.

What all does the quant section consists of?

  • Percentages
  • Averages
  • Compound interest
  • Simple interest
  • Number system
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • LCM and HCF
  • Algebra
  • Number system
  • Permutation and combination
  • Trigonometry
  • Complex numbers
  • Coordinate geometry

Candidates are advisedto have a strong foundation of broader topics related to quantitative section. This section is very crucial for the CAT exam since nearly 34 questions are asked from this section which involves a varied range of numerical topics.

Tips to Ace Questions in Quantitative Section:

  • Strengthen the Basics: As the questions are related to basic mathematics, the candidates are required to get well familiar with the basics for a proper preparation. Also, it is recommended to cover all the numerical topics to avoid losing any marks in the exam.
  • Practice: Themathematical questions require good practice to be able to crack the associated questions. As the questions are sometimescomplex, a proper practice can ensure that all the questions in the exam can be attempted and solved.
  • Solve Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers: Solving CAT Mock Tests are very crucial as the test acquaints the candidates with the real exam scenario and helps to analyse the preparation level. The previous year papers are very useful to analyse the paper pattern and difficulty level of questions.
  • With a lot ofMBA aspirants registering for the CAT exam every year, the competition has heightenedexponentially over the years. So, the candidates are expectedto be well-focused and devoted for the exam. With sincerepreparation, the questions can be easily solved and admission to the any prestigious B-School can be easily attained.