With just a week left for CAT 2013 to start, it is assumed that you have completed 90% of the CAT preparation. As the test is approaching, you must focus hard on the section wise preparation strategy for CAT 2013. In this article, we will share with you the section specific preparation tips for CAT 2013. First let us have a look at the details of the sections.

CAT 2013 sections at a glance

According to the CAT 2013 exam pattern, there will be 2 sections:

  • Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI)

  • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR)

The first section that you will face right after the CAT 2013 exam is unveiled at your computer is the QA & DI section. The section will have 30 questions, 20 on Quantitative Ability and 10 questions on Data Interpretation. In the second section, out of 30 questions, there will be 20 questions on Verbal Ability and 10 questions on Logical Reasoning.


CAT 2013 section wise marks

Both the sections will have uniform marking scheme. Equal weight is given to all the questions. The CAT section wise marks will include 120 marks in each section. There are 3 marks for each correct answer but there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. Hence you must try and maintain as much accuracy as possible.

Now we will take a look at the section wise preparation strategy for CAT 2013. Let us start with Section 1, i.e. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

The best strategy to crack QA & DI section is through practice. The more problems you solve, more confident you will get. For a better understanding of the topics, go through the past years’ CAT analysis and the CAT 2013 syllabus. You will get a fair idea on what are the top areas and topics of this section.


Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education mentions, “Take up all the comfortable topics and practice each and every question. Categorize your comfortable areas so that you can connect with the questions instantly when you see them in the CAT 2013 test day.”


He also talks about taking mock tests and revisiting the questions which you could not solve earlier. “Find out the reason why you were not able to solve the questions and now settle for a fool proof strategy which lets you solve the questions with 100% accuracy,” he advises.


Being strong with the basics is the key in this section. Apurv Jain, 99.31 percentiler in CAT 2012 and a first year student of Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), DU states, “For Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, I was confident about the fundamentals and concepts so I focused on practicing the questions from previous CAT papers and various sources available online.”

For Data Interpretation questions, learn the structured approach. You will receive the questions in the form of case-lets where you will get a graph or chart followed by a group of 3 to 4 questions. In order to answer the questions, it is important that you analyze the right data. There are several sitters in the question which can easily distract you, but with regular practice it would be easier for you to identify the sitters and focus only on the relevant data.

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

The basic preparation tip for Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning is the same as that of QA & DI. Read the past CAT analyses and know the syllabus for VA & LR section. The specific strategy for VA & LR section which you must follow at this stage is to read a lot. Reading newspapers for 2 to 3 hours a day will solve multiple purpose. Your vocabulary will be strong and you will be more well versed with basic sentence construction and grammar which will help you solving questions on Reading Comprehension passages as well.

“For vocabulary, scan through as many words as possible. It will also help you for the Reading Comprehension questions. Practice 2 to 3 Reading Comprehension passages in a day. However, make sure that you do not stress yourself,” says Sandeep Manudhane. Reading is the most important aspect in the Reading Comprehension passages. Read the passage carefully then go through the questions. After you complete reading, skim through the passage again to look for the answers of the questions.

The next aspect of the Verbal Ability is in English Usage which consists of questions on vocabulary and grammar. Practice is the best way to crack this. As Koundinya Nellutla, who scored 99.79 percentile in CAT 2012 and is currently pursuing MBA from FMS Delhi said, “I faced lot of difficulty in verbal section. I used to read The Hindu newspaper. I asked my lecturers to give me extra material so that I can work on them. I completely solved all the questions in the material, both given by the institute and lecturers.”

Last but not the least, you should not attempt to start any new topic at the moment. “Don’t start any new topic in the last week before CAT 2013. Leave out the uncomfortable areas and select the questions carefully. However, if the topic carries high weight, it is advisable that you get the basic idea so that you can clear the cut off,” says Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning.

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is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum 7lakh..in MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here- https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat


You can reach out to us for more help.

Hope it helps




10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,



How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.
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