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CAT 2016: THE MOCK TEST IS OUT

By: Vikram on October 27, 2016

The much-awaited mock test is out for the students to give a feel of the interface of the exam.  All you need to do is to give in your login details and access the exam. However, certain things need to be kept in mind before attempting a mock as follows:

·         Have a strategy on how to attempt the paper. When dividing time across sections, one must also take note of sectional cutoffs.

·         Have an analysis of all the mistakes you commit in practice tests and come up with ideas to avoid them or ensure they are made less.

·         Engage in practice of as many tests as possible to have a clear view of the sections and to gain an experience in maximizing your attempts.

·         As the exam inches closer, attempt more of such mock papers and analyze your weaker sections. Refer to the snippets that you make on a regular basis, wherever you make a mistake and track your progress accordingly.

Along the same lines, read on to know more about the exam pattern.

Exam Format: Computer Based Test

Type of questions:

A major change that has been introduced this time is inclusion of written answers besides Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Each section is likely to have some questions requiring written answers. The change has been brought in to reduce scope of guess work.

Duration: 180 minutes

The duration of  CAT 2015 was 180 minutes (3 hours). The test would comprise of 3 sections, each will be allotted 60 minutes. Candidates are supposed to solve each section within 60 minutes and not switch between sections while answering questions.

Last year the total time duration was 170 minutes and prior to that it was 140 minutes. In 2014, the duration of the exam was raised by 30 minutes. Moreover the test takers were also given the liberty to attempt the test in any sectional order and move between the sections. Earlier, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation was the compulsory first section.

Sections:

There will be 3 sections - Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC). Sections QA and VRC will have 34 questions each, while DILR will comprise of 32 questions.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section will consist of questions that judge mathematical aptitude and interpretation skills of candidates. While Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning questions test the language skills and ability to comprehend.

Marking Scheme:

Each question carries 3 marks. Every correct answer will award 3 marks to the candidate. However, there is a negative marking of 1 marks for every incorrect answer. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions. 

 Here's what aspirants need to keep in mind while preparing for CAT 2016:

•    A thorough preparation of the core topics – Quantitative Ability and Verbal is a must. This is because DI and LR are no longer sub parts that candidates used to rely on. The two sub-sections now form a separate section – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).

•    DILR section can be tricky.  Aspirants need to refer to the mocks for this section and prepare well.

•    An online calculator will be available to solve questions in Quant and Data Interpretation sections. This would help in deriving to answers with accuracy. The time saved from manual calculation can be used to review the solved questions.

•    Switching in between solving one section is not allowed. Therefore time bound practice with the help of mocks and past year sample papers is recommended. Time management is one of the key aspects to do well in the exam.

•    With 3 sections comprising the test now. High balanced percentile has to be scored across the three sections. A minimum of 80-85 percentile needs to be scored, else one might not get shortlisted by the top B-schools.

•    Extra 10 minutes will be crucial as those who utilize it better may turn the table in their favor.

  

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