CAT-2010 preparation | Exam pattern, Self analysis and Focused Preparation, reference books for CAT-2010

September 13th, 2010| Education.

CAT-2010 preparation | Exam pattern, Self analysis and Focused Preparation, reference books for CAT-2010

The present craze of the youth is Management PG.  Getting a Post Graduate degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management is the dream of the youth.  So the number of students who appear for the Common Entrance Test (CAT) for admission in to Management courses is increasing year by year.  Lakhs of students are appearing for the test every year, and the number may increase this year also.   The procedure for CAT-2010 has already started and here are some success tips.

Previous year 3 lakhs students appeared for CAT for the 1800 seats available.  Eligibility to appear for the test is any bachelors degree with 50% marks.  But candidates with Engineering background and work experience are appearing for CAT.  This year seats of two more institutes IIM-Ranchi and IIM-Rohtak are also available and this is a good news for candidates.  CAT is conducted for admission into 9 IIM institutes country wide.  The procedure for CAT-2010 has already begun and the sale of application has started from, 30th August.  Online test will be conducted in 33 centers throughout India.

Exam pattern

The duration of Common Entrance Test CAT is 2 and ½ hours and it consists of 3 sections.  The skills and knowledge of candidates are tested in 3 sections Verbal Ability, Quantitative ability and Logical and Data Interpretation.

There is no specific system for the test in the number of questions in each section or maximum number of marks.  Weightage for various sections is also not fixed.  The number of questions in 2006, 2007 is 75 and in 2008 it increased to 90.  There is estimation that the number of questions this year may be more than 60.  Negative marks are given for each wrong answer.  So candidates should be extra careful while answering the questions.

Plan for success

Serious aspirants must have started their preparation by now.  But they must observe whether the preparation is according to the changes in this year’s CAT or not.  And the hard work and determination should continue till the last date of the exam.   Many students do not continue the preparation with the same zeal with which they start their preparation.  Working hard for the next 2 months is sure to give success.

Self analysis and Focused Preparation

Candidates should first analyze their strengths and weaknesses in Verbal ability, Quantitative ability and Logical and Data Interpretation. As there is only 60 days time for the test, focuses preparation plays a key role.  Work hard on basic concepts. Concentrate on weak topics first.  Attempt as many mock tests as possible.

Time Management

Preparation and time management during the test both are important.  Importance of time management has increased with the introduction of online test method previous year.  Much time is required to answer typical questions in reasoning ability and data interpretation.  So there is a chance for losing marks at the end with lack of time.  So while preparing for the test concentrate on easy and scoring section.  Students who have already started preparation should go for revising the topics from the middle of October.  Do not touch any new subject from this time onwards.  Many people do not revise the subject in which they are confident.  But this is not correct.  Revision may help to get full marks in that subject.


CAT is going to be a computer based exam just like last year.  But previous year students had to face many difficulties in answering the questions because of some technical problems in the computer based test.  This year many precautions are being taken for the smooth run of the exam.  There would be no breaks available in between the exam.

Two important points for success in the test

Number of questions attempted and accuracy are the two important things that play important role in success.  Good scoring is possible if the candidate concentrates on these two things.  The candidate should be able to recognize the topics in which they are confident.  Different questions are asked in various sections and on various topics like Verbal ability, Reading comprehension, Problem solving, Data Interpretation, Logical reasoning, Data Sufficiency and Mathematic problems.  It is beneficial to concentrate on basic and concept based preparation.

  • Exam dates – 27th October, 2010 to 24th November, 2010.
  • Sale of applications – 30th August to 27th September, 2010.
  • Cost of application Rs.1400 and for SC, ST candidates Rs.700.
  • Applications are available in selected branches of Axis Bank.

CAT registration: 30th August, 2010 to 30th September, 2010.  For registration procedure and other details visit www.

Reference Books

Grammar – Ren and Martin

Data Interpretation – Practice Tests

Quantitative ability – Trishna Publications

Vocabulary – Nowman