Official CAT 2017 Mock released by IIM Lucknow

CAT 2017 official mock has been released by IIM Lucknow on Oct 30th. The launch was delayed by 10 days. If we are to go by the mock; we can expect less number of non-MCQ questions in CAT 2017 exam. These would be no-penalty questions; i.e. you will not be given negative marks for wrong answers.

The DI-LR in CAT 2017 exam may contain just 4 Non-MCQs as against 8. Quantitative Ability segment may comprise of 5 Non-MCQs as against 7 & 10 in 2016 & 2015 respectively. This will increase the chances of getting negative marking.

Also Read: CAT 2010 v/s CAT 2017 Similarity

Expected CAT 2017 Test Paper (IIMs’ CAT 2017 Mock Test)

SectionTotal questionsNon- MCQsMCQs
VARC 3410 24
DILR 32 4 28
QUNAT 34 5 29
Total100 1981

Also Read: How to analyse CAT Mocks

Non-MCQs getting reduced each year:

If we are to go by the IIMs’ CAT 2017 Mock Test; there will only be 19 Non-MCQs questions

CAT yearSection-wise break-up in Actual CAT exam till 2016No. of Non-MCQs
2017*VARC-10; DILR-4; QA-519
2016VARC-10;DILR-8; QA-725
2015VARC-10; DILR-8; QA-1028

This is crucial since it gives more freedom to students if there are more Non-MCQ questions. So students attempting 2015 had more advantage than that of 2016 since they had 28 questions in which they had no fear of negative marking.

Tip: CAT Course that helped Neha Rathore bell the CAT 2016

Analysis of Verbal Ability:

In verbal ability, you can expect Reading comprehensions on History, SS and Humanities. Each of these reading comprehensions will have 4-5 questions each and all of them will be MCQs. You can expect 3-4 Non-MCA Questions in critical reasoning, para jumbles and sentence odd one out.

TopicNo. of Questions
RCs on History , SS & Humanities5 RCs each with 4-5 Questions (MCQ)
Critical Reasoning3 questions (Non-MCQ)
Para Jumbles4 questions (Non-MCQ)
Sentence Odd One Out3 questions (Non-MCQ)
Total34 questions

Also Read: Strategies to score well in Reading Comprehension

Example of Sentence Odd One Out:

In the following five sentences are given of which four form a meaningful paragraph, Find the odd one out:

  1. Man whether civilized or savage is a child of nature, not the master of nature
  2. He must conform his actions to certain natural laws
  3. Civilized man was able to become master of his environment temporarily
  4. When he tries to circumvent the laws of nature, he usually destroys the natural environment that sustains him
  5. And when environment deteriorates rapidly, his civilization declines

Analysis of Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

DI & LR are an important part of the CAT exam. In CAT 2017 you can expect to have at least 4-5 questions per set. 3 in Normal DI Sets, 2 in Bargraph and 1 in Pie Chart. 2 sets of 4 questions each can be expected in Analytical Reasoning & Puzzles.

TopicNo. of Questions
DI (Data Interpretation)
4-5 questions per set
3 Normal DI Sets
2 Bar Graph DI
1 Pie Chart DI
Analytical Reasoning & Puzzles2 sets of 4 questions each
Total32 questions

Also Read: Tips to crack DI in CAT

Example of Analytical Puzzle: 

Example of Analytical Puzzles in CAT


Analysis of Quantitative Ability:

Geometry will see more number of questions in CAT 2017 if we are to go as per the official mock. Progressions, Boats And Streams, Pipes And Cisterns & Profit And Loss will have 1 question each.

TopicNo. of Questions
Functions 2
Arithmetic 4
 Percentage 3
 Geometry 10
 Ratio Proportion 2
 Permutation & Combination 3
 Progressions (AP | GP) 1
 Boats And Streams 1
 Pipes And Cisterns 1
 Time Speed Distance 3
 Profit And Loss 1
 Time And Work 2
Total34 questions

Also Read: Decode CAT and get a Call from Top 10 B-Schools

Key changes in CAT 2017 Mock:

The CAT 2017 sample mock will be available till the CAT Exam is over. This is one of the most authentic reference guides if you are trying to decode the CAT 2017 pattern. You can also consider practising the most out of it.  We receive a lot of requests giving an idea about the expected paper pattern. Following according to us are the prominent features of the CAT 2017 features.

  • As mentioned earlier there will be only 19 Non-MCQ type of questions
  • You can expect answer options such as NA (not applicable), ND (Can’t be Determined) and None of Above this year
  • In some of the questions (esp. in quants section) you can expect 5 options instead of 4
  • Test invigilator in the testing room will provide you with the Id & password for taking the test; you will not be able to login with CAT Registration Id and password
  • You will have 100 questions
  • CAT 2017 Mock test and the real CAT 2017 exam can be attempted in the pre-arranged order of sections moving from section-1 to Section-3 with an individual time slot of 1 hour assigned for each section.
  • The number of sections remains the same
  • There will be 34 questions in the 1st section-Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA-RC); in the 2nd section on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR) there will be 32 questions and the 3rd section on Quantitative Ability (QA) will consist of 34 questions.
  • Total allotted time will be 3 hours (1 hour per section)
  • You won’t be allowed to move between sections unless the  allotted time of 1 hour is over
  • 1/3rd negative mark penalty on all MCQs
  • A correct answer will be awarded +3 marks for MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Negative marking for MCQs to remain -1 mark

Given all the above details; do keep in mind that IIMs’ made it clear that question pattern and type & number of questions as appearing in official CAT 2017 Mock may be different from what you will find in real CAT exam.

Also Read: Secret to score 98.97%tile in CAT

Will the Actual CAT be different?

Although IIMs made is clear that it could be different,  CAT Mocks have been a right indicator of the topics and type of questions from past 2 years.

CAT 2017 scores will be accepted by 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, Great Lakes, LIBA, NITIE Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, XIM Bhubaneshwar among others for admission to MBA/PGDM  2018-20.

Keep reading for more on CAT 2017

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7  points you can’t afford to forget while solving your DI

Important topics for CAT 2017

Probability of getting into IIMs doubled

How To Analyse Your Mocks

How To Analyse Your Mocks

With few months left for the CAT Exam, all candidates should start giving their CAT Mocks. Candidates appearing for CAT tend to forget one major factor which leads to a low percentile. Every Candidate should analyze their mocks thoroughly. Mocks without thorough analysis is futile and is waste of time. But before jumping on the analyzing part of the mock every CAT Aspirant needs to make sure they have their own strategies and shortcuts to solve CAT Mocks. The main objective of analyzing a mock test is to identify your strong and weak areas.

Steps to Analyse CAT Mocks-

Step 1: All Candidates should appear for CAT Mocks

A majority of the CAT Aspirants don’t give Mocks. Every Candidate has the temptation to start giving mocks ” next week”  Before doing anything the candidates should get rid of procrastination.

Step 2: Scores

The next obstacle for the aspirants is giving CAT Mocks half-heartedly. Appearing for mocks just for the sake of it is something that the candidates should not do.  This is less common than the first one but this issue also exists. Some students just ignore their scores and forget to analyze where they went wrong.

Step 3: Analyze your section, area and time-wise performance

When the candidates analyze the mocks the first thing to do is make a note of their weak and strong areas and also check which question was more time-consuming. Also try to gauge the amount of time you took to solve Reading Comprehensions.

Step-4: Re-solve the exam

Make sure to solve the questions that were not attempted, wrong and the questions where you didn’t get time to solve. Make a note of the questions that you are able to solve without the time pressure and see if you can solve the questions.Try to understand how you solved the paper in the first go and how you should have actually solved it. Identify the questions you missed out on, and try to segregate your silly mistakes.

Step-5: Make a cheat-sheet

Make a quick cheat-sheet of the all the things you learnt from the exam. This should include:

  • Mathematics shortcuts
  • Data interpretation tips and techniques
  • Grammar and usage rules (new ones that you discovered in the exam)
  • Words you learn from the exam

Step-6: Focus on Verbal Ability

Try to identify the different passage sources, and read further from these. Make a note of all the vocabulary based questions and different tones of the reading comprehension.

Step-7: Draw up a strategy for the next mock

On the basis of your current attempt, draw up a strategy for the next exam. Give yourself a series of directives to follow in the next exam, and see how it goes.

Step-8: Do give the next mock

Remember one golden CAT prep rule: Candidates should understand Mocks are just like the net practice before the actual match. So use all the Mocks given and decide strategies and shortcuts to be used in actual CAT Exam.

Some more Guidelines:

1)     Right your wrongs: Solve the questions for which you marked the wrong answer. Find out where you went wrong and learn whatever there is to learn about that concept. This will ensure that you do not make the same mistakes twice.

2)     Types of wrongs: Not all the errors that you make are concept-based. Some errors may be just plain silly mistakes. While some errors may be due to a hasty approach and incorrect approximations. So always be aware of the type of errors that you make.

3)     Attempts & Accuracy: Focus on how much you have attempted. Make a list of the number of questions that you attempted. Now, keep increasing this number in every successive mock. If the numbers aren’t increasing, focus on the speed of solving the questions. Simultaneously, along the list of the number of questions, keep noting down the accuracy of your answers. Now, as done for the number of questions, try to increase your accuracy in each successive mock.

For example, let’s say that an LR  set took 10 mins with 3 correct answers out of 6. So, next time, your goal should be to finish the set within 7-8 mins with 4-5 correct attempts. Eventually keep decreasing the time and increasing the correct attempts.

This will make sure that you are progressing on the right track in your mock analysis.

4)     Strengths & Weaknesses: Your first mock test will give you a hint about your strong and weak areas. Eventually, after analyzing some more mocks, you will have a good idea about these areas. Your strong areas are usually the ones that take less time to solve and are most of the times, right. Your weak areas are the ones that constantly have low accuracy

5)     Notes: Write down the notes of what you learnt and keep them handy. These can include different tips and shortcuts for quants & DI different approaches to LR, certain grammar rules, new words, etc.

6)     Variance: If you are getting varying percentiles, then you have to speed up on your preparation.

7)Strategy: Finally, this is the most important aspect pertaining to mocks. Make a strategy before attempting a   mock. After every mock, modify your strategy for the next mock. Keep on doing this until you develop the perfect strategy to increase your scores.

Remember, you will know when you have adopted the right strategy, once you know the following things:-

–         What to Attempt

–         When to Attempt

–         How to Attempt

In the end, it isn’t about how many mocks you give. The real improvement is in what you do after the mock.

All the best!!


Simplifying Quants for Non Engineers


                           Simplifying Quants for Non Engineers

   The quantitative ability measures the numerical ability and mathematical accuracy quantitative ability covers the  major part of many quantitative exams like CAT, XAT, GMAT, GRE, NMAT etc. Questions differ from purely numerical to problem of Graphs percentages analysis etc.

      Quantitative Aptitude for CAT is divided into 5 parts:

  1. Arithmetic (Includes Percentages, Simple-Compound Interest, Profit-loss discount, Ratios, proportions, mixtures allegations, time-speed-distance & time-work)
  2. Algebra (Includes linear & quadratic equations, functions, logs, etc etc)
  3. Geometry (Lines, angles, triangles, polygons, mensuration, 3D geo etc etc)
  4. Number System (includes classifications, surds, simplifications, remainders, cyclicity)
  5. Modern Maths (Permutations, Combinations & Probability)

   The Quantitative section is the one that most non-mathematics students fear not to mention the scores of  engineers.

                  Then how should a Non engineer prepare for Quants ?

CAT is one of the biggest and most reputed management entrance test held in India. According to myths, the candidates from humanities, arts and commerce streams (non-engineers) have a disadvantage against the candidates from an engineering background. These candidates from non-engineering backgrounds generally lose their touch with the mathematics and the quantitative section of CAT contains basic questions that are taught in the first year of engineering classes. However, the preparation strategy for both engineers and non-engineers are the same. If the candidates prepare wholeheartedly, then the stream of the candidate won’t matter. To crack the CAT test and ace it, the candidates (non-engineers) must follow a strict plan and make sure that everything goes accordingly. A plan should involve the following:

  1. a) Students should revise the basics across all chapters. This is recommended because CAT has over the years tested students on their ability to comprehend basics rather than the ability to tackle advanced problems.
  2. b) The next two weeks should be spent on working out the advanced material from the study material given . The focus should not be on time taken to solve the question but rather on the understanding of the method used to solve and the principle involved.                                                                                                                               c) The remaining days in the run-up to CAT should be spent working out the questions from the Mocks that one has taken over the past few months. The Mocks have a standard of questions that is very close to the actual CAT and the learning that one can derive by working them out would be immense. CAT Exam1.Study plan  Candidates should build a concise study plan ensuring adequate time for each section. Depending on one’s strength, they can give more weightage to the sections that need more focus. It is important for all the candidates to make sure that they are comfortable with the foundation steps. Try to understand the topics clearly instead of mugging up the formula and covering the chapters. Most questions in CAT are from algebra, geometry, arithmetic, mensuration, and number system.

    2.Brush up the basics

    It is important for candidates from a non-engineering background to understand the foundation. One of the easiest ways to do this is to brush up on their mathematics from the syllabus of classes 6 to 10. After revising the formulas from algebra, geometry, arithmetic and number system, you can switch to solving problems.

    3.Mock tests

    Take CAT mock tests and analyse your performance. This will help you identify your weak areas. Depending on the analysis, you can then focus on solving more questions from the weaker sections in order to master each concept well before the exam. Time-bound tests help in improving the problem solving speed.

    4. Avoid guess-work

    Last but not the least, candidates should focus on accuracy. As there is negative marking in CAT, it is a must do to avoid guess work and to answer accurately. Candidates should spend adequate time in understanding each question in order to avoid faulty answers.

    Rest assured that by making the best of the preparation time, non-engineers can definitely crack the CAT with a high percentile.

7 points to remember for Data Interpretation

7 Points To Remember For Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation as the name suggests, is all about data. The basic idea that operates behind these questions is to test a candidate on his ability to make decisions and establish what would be the best recourse in different situation. Data Interpretation is one of the most important sections of management entrance examinations like CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT etc. Let’s look at some tips to crack Data Interpretation.



  1. To improve your speed, you have to be quick at calculations. Try and do calculations mentally as much as possible.


    1. Squares at least till 40
    2. Cubes at least till 30
    3. Tables till 20
    4. Fractions to percentage conversions

     2. T – S – C – F :

     It is very important for student to be well aware with TSCF which is nothing but Tables, Square and cubes and            fractions. Student appearing for CAT 2017 need to learn the tables, square, cubes and fractions before jumping to DI questions.

     3. Vedic Maths:

Once done with TSCF now the time is to practice the Vedic maths. Vedic maths is the topic which helps do smart calculations. With the help of TSCF and Vedic Maths it will be easier for students to calculate multiplication, squares, cubes and fractions of numbers. Using Vedic maths in your calculation will help to reduce time consumption on calculative questions.

    4. Approximation

Approximation technique will only help if one knows how to do it. Random approximation will not help since we know that CAT Exam has negative marks for every wrong question. Make sure to use the Vedic maths and TSCF to use approximation in questions.

    5. Daily Practice

To excel Data interpretation in CAT exam it is required to practice DI questions daily. A student must solve 1 DI set everyday in order to score good in Data interpretation. This particular section has got 16% weightage in the entire CAT exam as per CAT 2016.

    6. Take Tests

Practicing ‘n’ number of Data interpretation questions, even using the above strategies will not give much benefits    to students unless not practiced with proper time management. For which regular Mock Test of CAT and sectional test will work the best. The exam itself has fixed time for each section and for Data interpretation which is combined in one section with Logical Reasoning will have 60 minutes. For this students should practice Data interpretation questions with timer and should also ensure to maintain accuracy with the help of above tips.

Using the above mentioned tricks and tips student will definitely get good scores in the Data Interpretation which is one of the important topics for CAT 2017.

    7. Answer options

Solving DI sets quickly means often you make a lot of approximations this may sometimes lead to a situation where your answers is in between two options.  You may then have to start over again and do accurate calculations. Avoid such questions in the first round if you know the options are very close.

Important Topics CAT 2017

Important topics for CAT 2017

As we know that CAT dates are out and the D-Day is on 26th November 2017, there are many students who would be in a state of panic and confusions. There are students who are preparing well from the start. This article aims at giving some important insights about the expected topics in the CAT 2017.

Although there is no standard set of topics which are given by any official body but through the Past CAT papers we can get an idea about the topic. This year IIM L will be setting up the CAT exam paper and in the past when they conducted CAT it was way back in 2010; though lot has changed post that but you can expect certain similarities between the two.

In 2010 verbal was easy whereas quants was tough. While DI / LR were moderately difficult but manageable. Here is a detailed article on what you can learn from 2010 CAT pattern

Quantitative Ability: 

Non-engineering students should focus on this section since they need to maintain their sectional scores and cut-offs. Though the IIMs are prefering non-engineers; tihs year too you can expect this section to be between moderate to tough.

  • Algebra: You can’t afford to take this topic lightly if you are planning to take CAT since it has been a dominated topic from past many years
  • Geometry: You can expect some questions on geometry though never asked directly the concepts are useful to solve some complex questions.
  • Permutation & Combination/Probability: You can expect atleast 2-3 questions from this topic.

Data Interpretation:

This section again demands a lot of practise and students are required to do intensive calculations. It consists of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to analyze data.

Some of the important topics in this section, which you can expect in CAT 2017

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Bar Graph
  • Tables
  • Case-lets
  • Pi-charts

Strategies to crack DI in CAT

While DI is all about understanding the graphs and answering the questions from those; logical reasoning requires a prompt presence of mind. A good practise could be to solve crosswords, puzzles, sudoko and riddles post your regular preparation as these will get you in a good thinking habit for such questions.

Some important Logical Reasoning topics, that you can expect are:

  • Family Tree
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Assumptions & Statements
  • Venn Diagram
  • Proposition

Verbal Ability & RCs: 

The Verbal sections is divided into two major parts; Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC has good weightage so, this can make or break your scores in the verbal section. Vocabulary is very important since if your vocab is not strong, you would fail to quickly answer some of the easy questions.

Mnemonics can be helpful in your vocab preparation. Learn Mnemonics Online

Some important topics apart from the RC and vocab are: 

  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning

Tips: You can start with easy RC and slowly increase the level of it; ideally it will be good if you can practise more than 100 RC before your actual CAT.  Tone of Reading Comprehension 

All the best for CAT 2017!

CAT 2017

CAT 2017- Probability to get into IIM’s Doubled ?

Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT 2017Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 Exam for admission to flagship MBA/PGDM programs starting in 2018 and will be conducted by IIM Lucknow probably on December 3, 2017. The entrance exam will be convened by Professor Neeraj Dwivedi who is Admission Chair and Faculty at IIM Lucknow. Referring the past statistics it is expected that 2 lakh+ candidates will register and apply for CAT 2017. CAT has become a 3 hours exam instead of earlier 140 minutes exam. CAT is a mandatory exam to be eligible for IIM’s. The convener Professor Neeraj Dwivedi has done his specialization in Strategic Management.

Probability to get into IIM’s Doubled?

There is a total of 20 IIMs which provides 20,000 seats in total for various MBA Programs. The approximate registration for CAT 2017 is 2,00,000+ Earlier the intake of IIMs was 10,000 seats. But after a meeting held with the IIM Directors, the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced the decision to increase the intake capacity to 20,000 seats. Although the exact seat matrix and intake will be announced after CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Paper Pattern and Application Process-

CAT 2017 application form is likely to be available only in the online mode from the first week of August 2017. Candidates have to visit the official website of CAT 2017 in order to register and apply. After registration process of CAT 2017,  the candidates will get the login credentials which they have to login and complete the application process by uploading a photograph, signature and other necessary documents and payment of application fee. Although the last date of application is generally the third week of September, almost every year it is extended by a week.


Important Dates to Remember for CAT 2017

One of the most important thing for the candidate is to remember the deadlines of all the entrance exams which quite a lot of people tend to forget. This leads to a massive loss of opportunity and time for the candidates. So the candidates need to make sure to register before the last date.


Neha Rathore’s Secret to Score 98.97 % ile

CAT Exam

Success Mantra of Neha to score 98.97%ile in CAT Exam?

“Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you.” This quote is something that kept me motivated through the whole CAT Exam phase from a dreamer to an achiever. This is something that everyone should follow in order to achieve their dreams.The key is to stay focused and dedicated with no excuses involve.

From which Colleges did you get an Interview Call after CAT Exam?

Scoring 98.97 percentile in CAT Exam opened doors of a lot of colleges. But the colleges that made a huge difference and made me cross check twice to confirm that i was qualified for the interview round were IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak.

Did you appear for any other Entrance Exam?

Other than CAT Exam I appeared for NMAT and my score was 228.

CAT ExamWhat Study Material did you refer for your entrance exam?

One of the major problems that every CAT Aspirant goes through is collecting study material from everywhere and end up panicking because there is too much going on and very less time. So one of the major tips is to follow one consolidated study material. For me, CATKing books and Mocks helped a lot. 20% of the CAT Paper is related to the Past CAT Papers and CATKing Books have all the questions from the Past CAT Exam. Due to this a candidate also gets an idea of what to expect in the exam and the level of difficulty in the exam.

CAT ExamHow many Mocks did you give?

Mocks play a major role in this journey. Every CAT Aspirants should take the Mocks religiously. Every Mock should be assumed to be your CAT Exam. This will help to remove the anxiety and help to build accuracy which would be of great help in the actual CAT Exam. I gave 50 CATking Mocks to improve my accuracy and build my strategies to avoid glitches in the actual CAT Exams. The CATKing Mocks gave detailed video and graph analysis to improve my score and build better strategies to Crack CAT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any Important topics that you think the aspirants should focus on?

For Quants – Numbers, Permutation, and Combination, Geometry
For Verbal – Reading Comprehensions and Critical Reasoning
For DI and LR – Arrangements and 1 DI set every day

 What is the idle time to study for CAT per day?

Average 1 hours per day for the first 6 months.
Average 2-3 hours per day for the next 4 months.
Average 5 hours per day for the last 1 and a half month.

What Tips would you give to the future CAT Aspirants that you followed during your preparation for CAT?

One of the major rules that every aspirant should follow is to Believe in themselves and their ability.The moment you start doubting and thinking about all the negative scenarios you tend to take a major step towards failure. So positivity and to believe in oneself is the key to success. Every individual has different weaknesses and strengths and they should build their strategies accordingly. I followed the following rules that i would suggest every CAT Aspirant should follow –

  • Analyze Mocks – Now everyone will tell you to give Mocks but if you give 60 mocks and don’t analyze the mocks it’s of no use. It’s better to give 30 Analyzed mocks. The difference would be huge and you would easily build your own strategies and realize your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Time Management- If a candidate gets stuck on one question they should leave it and move further. If the candidate invests all their time on one question they may lose out on easy questions at the end. Candidates have to get rid of the urge to solve every question.
  • Skimming- The moment you start the exam skim through the section.At times there are easy questions hidden at the end or in the middle of the section. Candidates should not lose out on those hidden easy questions because that would play a major role to make or break your section in the CAT Exam.
  • Focus – “Success is a journey, not a destination” Candidates should make sure to be the better version of themselves. For example, if a person is scoring 8/10 they should not think about the 8 marks that they scored but about the 2 marks that they lost.This is very important and would help you to shoot up your score.
  • This is not a tip just for CAT but in life that I remind myself every day that if you want to achieve something strive for it like there is someone constantly trying to take that away from you this would help you to give your A game in whatever you do.

CAT 2010 v/s CAT 2017 Similarity IIM -L What can we learn from the Past?

CAT 2017 is conducted by IIM-Lucknow and the last time IIM-Lucknow conducted CAT was in the year 2010. It is very important to understand the thought process of the authority conducting the exam.This year IIM Lucknow PGP Admission Chair Professor Neeraj Dwivedi will be the convener of CAT 2017. CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM-Bangalore and the assumptions of Verbal Section being a bit tricky came out to be true.Further, we’ll analyze CAT 2010 exam and try to grasp all the information and the changes that we can expect in the CAT 2017.

Section-wise Analysis of CAT 2010

CAT 2017

CAT 2010 Quant Section was tough but with the coming years, the level of difficulty has gone down a notch or two giving the non-engineers a fair chance to get their dream college. Dividing the chapters according to their weightage and studying the chapters accordingly is one of the way to do smart work rather than hard work. Quants section for CAT 2017 candidate can expect the following breakdown of chapters with the approximate number of questions asked according to the chapters-

CAT 2017

Verbal Section-

Verbal section tests your reading ability and presence of mind. The CAT Verbal Section is all about testing Reading Ability. Fully one third of the Section is Reading Comprehension, with a total of 16 questions on this pattern alone. Apart from the 16 other questions from Logical Reasoning (more on this later), the other question patterns also focus on testing Reading Ability

CAT 2017

Logical Reasoning Section –

The vocabulary used in logical reasoning questions, according to the expert is different from the one used in Verbal Ability hence it is imperative that you must have the knowledge of the terminology used in this part, since the questions are formed on the topics based on the said terminology in CAT. Besides, certain topics on which CAT prefers to frame the questions have specific logical rules to follow to solve them.

CAT 2017


How to Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months ?

Are 5 months Sufficient to Crack CAT 2017?

Every CAT Aspirant have the same question in their mind. The only difference is the number of months left for CAT Exam. Right now the candidate has 5 months to Crack CAT Exam which sums up to 150 days approximately. So the answer to the query of every CAT Aspirant of whether they can Crack CAT in 5 months is positive. Candidate can Crack CAT with the desired percentile with 5 months of preparation.

CAT 2016 Pattern and Sections-

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

How to start off with the preparation?

The main and the biggest obstacle a student faces is “Procrastination”. The excuse of starting CAT Preparation from tomorrow will only lead a candidate to a position where he/she will search the net on “how to crack CAT in 1 month or a week ?“ Before reaching this point the candidate should get up and start their preparation and don’t delay your preparation even by a day. One of the most important things is not to do the countdown in months but do the countdown in days.


From where to start the preparation?

  • Basics

Candidates should start off by revising their basics. The strength of the building depends on its foundation. Similarly, a candidate through with their basics would face less difficulty than the candidates who are not sure about basics of each section in CAT.

  • Mocks

Candidates should give a mock or two to understand where they stand and what are their weak or strong areas in the CAT Exam. This will help the candidate to understand their level of preparation at the present moment and understand the sections that the candidate should concentrate more on.

  • Past Papers

20% of the CAT Paper is repeated every year. Candidate should give major attention to this data. Since real CAT Papers are not present online candidates can download the CAT Past Papers that are similar to the CAT Previous year Papers. This will not only help because 20% paper is repeated but the candidate will get an idea of what will the rest 80% of the paper consist.

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Things that the candidate should avoid doing during their CAT Preparation.

  • All kinds of Study Material-

Refer to a particular study material. Candidates often buy all the study material available in the market which leads to panic and demotivates them to a great extent. So stick to one set of study material and complete it thoroughly then if needed shift to a different set of study material

  • Only Collecting Information-

Most of the candidates search on the net for various tips and strategies to Crack CAT. But piling up the information from various platforms and zero application would be of no use. Candidates can spend one particular day and search all the strategies and shortcuts on the internet but after that stop searching and start applying it in the mocks and understand whether they are helpful or not.

  • Panic Mode-

Don’t freak out and press the panic button just because the preparation days are getting lesser day by day. Every person is different and has different strength and weakness. The preparation level of every candidate is different so follow your own plan and stick to it.

  • Influence and Environment

However simple or stupid this sounds a candidate’s surroundings, environment and their company play a major role in their level of preparation. Surround yourself with people who are willing to fight and have a positive attitude. This will boost your energy and motivational level which will also push the candidate to put their 110% in the CAT Preparation.

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Things that the Candidate should consider during their CAT Preparation-

  • Analyse Mocks-

Candidate should not give the mock test and analyze the mock on the same day. Take one full day to analyze the mock given and understand the weak and the strong areas.

  • Strategies and Shortcuts

Candidates should try different types of shortcuts and strategies in the practice mocks and decide one strategy to be used in the CAT Preparation. Trying out a new strategy on the day of the exam is a strict no the tried and tested strategy which is in favor of the candidate should be executed in the exam.

  • Number of Mocks

The number of mocks in total given by the student should be at least 40-50 Analysed Mocks. Initially, a candidate should start with giving one mock in a week and after a month when he/she is clear with their basics and know their level of preparation start off with giving 2-3 mocks in a week.


Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Points to be considered due to possible changes in CAT 2017 Exam

  • IIM Lucknow is to convene CAT 2017 they are decreasing the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude Section to give the non-engineers an equal chance to fight for the highest percentile.
  • This may lead to increase in difficulty level of other sections. This is where the candidates who are thorough with their basics will be benefitted.
  • There may be changes in the number of MCQ’s like the last time.

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CAT 2017 Registration Process & Application Procedure

CAT-2017-Exam-Dates-Procedure-and-Registration-ProcessCAT 2017 Overview

Common Admission Test (CAT 2017) is one of the entrance exams for pursuing post graduation. It offers a big opportunity to candidates for taking admissions in  19  Indian Institute of Management(IIMs).The IIM conducting CAT will issue the application form for the test online.This year IIM Lucknow is going to set paper for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Registration Process

CAT 2017 candidate will have to download the application form, a link will be provided on this page for the convenience of the aspirants. Candidates have to register themselves for the test before filling CAT 2017 application form. For login id and password, the candidate must enter necessary details properly.This login in credentials should be used by applicants to fill CAT 2017 application form. Candidates are also required to upload the essential documents and scanned application form.Images of candidate’s photograph and signature. The images must be accurate as per the required size and format mentioned by the conducting authority. Candidates are required to pay the necessary fee. The application fee is expected to be around Rs. 1700/-  (SC/ST/PWD/DA: Rs. 850/-) for CAT 2017. Avoid making mistakes while filling the Application form for Common Admission Test.If there are errors in application form than candidates would be disqualified for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Dates

These are the tentative dates:-

CAT 2017

Eligibility criteria

  • The minimum qualification required is bachelor’s degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST). If the obtained marks are in the form of CGPA then it would be converted to percentage marks based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where the candidate has passed his/her bachelor degree.
  • The candidates appearing in the final year of bachelor’s degree and whose results are waiting are also eligible to apply for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017Key Features

The candidate must have the following before they start filling the CAT registration form –

  • A valid email ID and a mobile number should be provided. The ID and the number must remain active until the end of the admission process.
  • Scores of Class 10 & 12  and the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent exam percentage or CGPA.
  • The total years and months of work experience.
  • The name of IIM that candidates want to apply.
  • The name of the city in which they wish to appear exam according to their convenience.
  • Scanned image of the candidate’s passport size photograph (colored), signature, and the category certificate under which they are applying.
  • The Net Banking, credit card and debit card details to pay the application fee

Steps that the candidates must follow while filling in the application form of CAT 2017 –

  • CAT 2017 registration is to be done online only.
  • Registration will remain open only until 45 days from the day it starts.
  • You will automatically apply online for CAT 2017 when you register for CAT 2017.
  • In the case of filling incorrect information in online application form, not only aspirant will be treated as invalid but the registration fee will also be forfeited.
  • In 3 steps registration will be completed.
  • Before you start filling the registration form please read the instructions carefully.
  • In registration, form aspirants can edit any number of times and aspirants can also save and exit the form and complete it later or can Save & Continue each section till you submit the application.
  • After aspirants filling CAT online registration form and online application form they have to pay fees.
  • If aspirants do not pay the exam fee after completing the registration form, the application form will be regarded as incomplete and aspirants will not be allowed to appear in CAT 2017 Exam.

Note: –After the candidate has successfully submitted the application form, a confirmation message will be sent to candidate’s registered email ID. So it is necessary to enter email ID correctly while registering for the exam.It will also include additional details such as Admit card window.


Candidates can also click on this link to cross check the official announcement


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