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With about six months left for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013, the time begins for MBA aspirants to tighten their belt for a rigorous CAT preparation to score enough to enter into their dream B-schools like IIMs and other top institutes such as FMS, JBIMS, MDI, SPJIMR etc.

As you begin your CAT 2013 preparation, will continue guiding you on different stages of preparation. We will also bring you a series of articles on section-wise analysis and expert guidance on CAT 2013 preparation.

Changing colour of CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most revered MBA entrance test which is accepted by most of the B-schools in India including 13 IIM.  An aspirant needs to know what and how to prepare before moving on the tricky path of CAT preparation module. While these changes might make the aspirant relax to some extent, the difficulty level is more wanting and quest for speed and accuracy has increased- a challenge which is to be met by the examinees or forget the CAT.

Let us summarise the principal features of changes in CAT.

CAT has gone green since 2009. Instead of using paper-pen/pencil mode the candidate has to appear online, attempt the question and move ahead.

Since 2010, the number of sections in the examination has been reduced from three to two. Earlier there used to be one section of Quant, one section of Verbal Ability and one section of DI & LR. Now they have clubbed DI & LR sections to Quantitative and Verbal Ability sections respectively.  An aspirant can feel a little relaxed since he/she has to individually qualify in two sections instead of three. Those who have strong Quant or DI may get through this section. Similarly an aspirant with strong Verbal or LR may get the same benefit.  But are we missing something? Probably yes!  This relaxation is there at the cost of difficulty level.  The difficulty level has increased and more accuracy is desired.

Number of total questions which were 240 in 1990 to be solved in 120 minutes were reduced to 75 questions in 2007, and increased to 90 questions in 2008. However, since 2009 total questions have remained 60 and have become moderately tough to attempt. Number of questions, although, in comparison to 2008 in CAT, have been reduced but the ratio of the same has increased.


 A quick look at the table below will fetch an idea of ongoing trend in CAT examination over a period of last few years.      

Year 2010:

Total No of Qs- 60

VA- 20

DI-LR- 20

Quant- 20

Difficulty level - Moderate to difficult

Question break up - RC, Grammar, Parajumbles, sentence correction & completion

Year 2011:

Total No of Qs- 60

VA- 30(LR 10)

DI-LR- ---

Quant- 30(DI10)

Difficulty level - Moderate to difficult

Question break up - Jumbled sentences, error correction, Vocabulary, RC, grammar;

Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths

Year 2012:

Total No of Qs- 60

VA- 30(LR 10) - (10 verbal, 10 RC, 10 LR)


Quant- 30(DI 10)

Difficulty level - Moderate to difficult

Question break up –

Error correction-1 to 2, parajumbles-2, Completion of last sentence of paragraph-2,   Out of context Sentence in jumbled paragraph -1 to 2, Fill in the blanks vocabulary words- 1 to 2         Words used in different ways-2, Reading comprehension – three passages with 3 to 4 questions each (Common question in almost all the sessions from 11th Oct.2012 to 6th Nov.2012 – Tone of the author-at least two questions in every session)

New or surprise element – Two questions on ‘Out of context sentences in jumbled paragraph’ – Paragraph had to be placed in order and the out of context sentence had to be picked out.

Permutations & Combinations, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths

Begin Now

CAT aspirants are flummoxed whether it is time to start their preparation module now or they should wait for another few months. The most coveted B-school entrance examination, supposed to begin sometime in September/October-2013, needs hardcore in- depth preparation, where nothing can be left to chance. Therefore, don’t wait and start now. also offers a comprehensive preparation package coupled with over 200 online interactive classes with Top CAT experts including from IIMs for CAT 2013 preparation.

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Our next article on CAT 2013 will bring you detailed analysis and preparation strategy on Quant section.

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