Nothing comes easy in life. Let me tell you what skills both GRE and CAT measures and you can decide on your own about which will be more competitive for you or which is more suitable for you. In Graduate Record Examination(GRE)

  • The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.

  • The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems.
  • The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.

Where in CAT,

  • Quantitative Ability part is separated into four modules: Arithmetic, Modern math, Algebra, Geometry. Each of these has a strong reflection of managerial quotient. Arithmetic is heavy on the numbers where the questions are best attempted by understanding the underlying symmetry and patterns, thus stressing on this skill as a potent managerial strength; Algebra is based on equations, which measure the candidate’s ability to understand variables and correlate them into meaningful relationships, thus emphasizing upon a candidate’s ability to extend this skill to similar situations in management; Geometry is based on understanding space which is analogous to conceptualizing the market space and handling challenges like product positioning; Modern Math explores multiple possibilities implicit in a situation thus testing a candidate on lateral thinking – one of the most powerful tools for innovation and idea generation in the business world.
  • Data Interpretation checks the data processing and comprehension abilities of a candidate. Questions are based on bar graphs, line graphs, data tables, pie charts and other related statistical tools. The management angle is manifested in the fact that managers analyze huge chunks of data on a regular, daily basis and base their decisions on these data bytes.
  • Logical Reasoning questions in the CAT measure the application of logic in different situations like arrangements, coding -decoding etc. Proficiency in handling these questions is indicative of a higher logical quotient which is a huge facilitator in successful handling of management challenges.
  • Verbal Ability comprises of questions on areas like Usage & Grammar, Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. Usage & Grammar includes questions on antonyms, synonyms, analogies, fill in the blanks, etc. – each testing a certain managerial skill. For example, questions on fill in the blanks measure a candidate’s contextual competence, which is a preferred managerial trait.


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