Common Admission Test

CAT is an all India level national test.

The test is conducted by IIMs as entrance exam for getting admissions in top IIMs and leading institutes of the country. This year the CAT exam will be held from 11th October, 2012 till 6th November 2012. Based on CAT percentile and scores, candidates are called for next stage of selection process which generally includes Group Discussion, Essay and Personal Interview (GDPI). The pattern of the CAT exam is objective type multiple choice questions are asked in the exam. There is negative marking in the exam, for each wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted & for correct answer candidate will get Three marks will be awarded There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered. Test duration will be of 2 hours and 20 minutes which means 70 Minutes is allotted to each section. From this year there are only two sections in the exam. The first section is Quantitative Ability & Date Interpretation: the second section is Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. The time limit for each section is different. The duration of the exam is 140 minutes. Candidates will be given 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section, each section have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, students will move to the next section and will not be able to go to previous section.

Before beginning of the test, there will be a 15-minute optional tutorial to familiarise candidates with navigation and functionality available during the test. Its highly recommended for Candidates to go through tutorial.

CAT 2012 Syllabus

CAT 2012 Syllabus for English:

Comprehension of passage, Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms , Contextual usage, Analogies, Antonyms, Fill In the Blanks, Foreign language words used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, idioms, Errors in word choice, mania & phobia, Incorrect words, Conditionals & Multiple Usage , Punctuation, Proverb, , one word substitution, Different usage of same word Phrasal verb etc.

CAT 2012 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability:

Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc) Ratios and Proportion, Ratios, Percentages, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra Mensuration, Alligation & Mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns Instalment Payments, Partnership, Clocks Probability, Permutations & Combinations Profit & Loss Averages, Percentages, Partnership Time-Speed-Distance, Work and time Number system: HCF, LCM, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Geometric mean , Harmonic mean, Median, Mode, Number Base System, BODMAS, etc.

CAT 2012 Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation based on text, Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables.

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Graphs can be Column graphs, Graphs representing Area, Bar Graphs, Line charts, Pie Chart, Venn Diagram, etc. Graphs can be Column graphs, Graphs representing Area, Bar Graphs, Line charts, Pie Chart, Venn Diagram, etc. Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Assertion and reasons, Statements and conclusions, Cause and Effect, Identifying Probably true, Probably false, definitely true, definitely false kind of statement, Linear arrangements, identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments, Matrix arrangements.


Current Affairs, Business, Punch line of companies, Top officials of big companies, Major corporate events Science, History, Geography, International organisations Important quotations Social issues, Sports, Finance, Automobiles, Entertainment, Politics etc. Famous award and prizes World Records Books and authors