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Know CAT Evolution Over the Years - Common Aptitude Test (CAT) is among the most premiere management entrance exams and it has evolved over the years in terms of pattern , type of questions that are asked in it. It is pertinent to know CAT evolution over the years as it will assist the candidates to know all the aspects of the entrance exam. It has been observed over the past few years that the respective IIM which conducts CAT introduce some or the other changes. It could be either in terms of number of questions that are asked in each section or the marking scheme. Go through the complete article on “know CAT evolution over the years” and know the changes that have taken place.Latest: CAT admit card 2019 released on October 23. CAT 2019 is going to held on November 24. CAT 2019 examination workflow has been released by IIM Kozhikode.
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2009: Shift from Offline mode to Computer-Based Test
The year 2009 saw one of the biggest transformations in Common Admission Test. It was in this year that for the first time that the exam was conducted in computer based mode. Before that the exam was held in pen and paper based mode. The biggest challenge before the test takers was to get more familiar with the way the exam was being conducted in computer based mode.
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Duration of time -2009
In 2009, the exam duration was also changed to 2 hours 15 minutes. Since, there was a huge shift in the pattern, the first year of the Computer-based CAT saw many technical glitches which resulted in the re-test.
2011: Shift from 3 Sections to 2 Sections
CAT-2011, conducted by IIM Calcutta, also witnessed a big change in the pattern of exam where instead of three, there were only two sections, namely (1) Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, (2) Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability. Basically, four subjects were combined into two for the comfort of test takers. Though, the number of questions was same i.e. 60 questions (both sections consisting of 30 questions each).
Two section structure with section-wise time limit
The changes were not only made of exam but there was a time limit for attempting each section as well. Section wise time limit of an hour was not only welcomed by the experts but also by the candidates as they believed that imposing time restrictions per section, the IIMs have made the decision making for them easier.
2014: 50 Questions In Both the sections
The year 2014 also saw evolution of CAT in terms of exam pattern. CAT-2014 was conducted by IIM Indore with a completely new pattern of the examination, where, there were 50 questions in each of the sections. Whereas, CAT 2013 had only 2 sections with 30 questions each.
Know CAT Evolution Over the Years-2015: Introduction of On-screen calculator and non-MCQs
In CAT-2015, the examination conducting authorities introduced on-screen calculator and non-MCQs. The paper consisted of three sections instead of two. Duration of the entrance exam was also increased in CAT-2015 from 170 to 180 minutes
Change in terms of schedule
The Common Aptitude Test (CAT), throughout the years, has evolved not only with the changes in its pattern but with the change in its schedules as well. Going by the past years trends, CAT used to be held in November every year. However, in 2016, IIM Bangalore announced that the CAT-2016 would be held on December 4 in two slots. 2016 was the first year in which CAT was held in December for the first time.
The registration fee was increased to Rs 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Before 2018 the amount of CAT application fee was Rs 1800 and 900.
Seven new exam cities were introduced to the list of 140 cities.
Mode of paying CAT registration fee- CAT 2018 new payment partners were PayU, BillDesk and Paytm.
In 2018, CAT authorities announced, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi will also accept CAT score card for admission to MBA programme offered by the School of Management and Entrepreneurship.
Number of Questions
Total 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)
Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude
3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer
There were a total of 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)
Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)
Total number of questions were 100 (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)
Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Number of questions were 100 divided into three sections (32 in one section and 34 in other two sections)
Quantitative Ability , Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)
Introduce On-Screen Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ
Total 100 Questions (50 per sections)
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (Not in order)
+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer
Test was divided into two sections
Total 60 Questions (30 per section)
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer
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your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.
For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for 10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.
For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC
for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC
for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.
So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.
CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.
Hope it helps!
Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular national level management entrance exam. CAT 2019 application process has been completed and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th November 2019.
Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.
Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.
Check the details about the CAT exam using the link below and do let us know if you have any other queries.
Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
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