CAT exam difficulty levelakanksha
Getting into a top Indian B-school is definitely not going to be a cake walk. It is definitely one of the toughest things to get through that exam with flying marks, from a point of view of getting admitted to a program. But the question is what makes CAT one of the toughest exams?
Over the years, the difficulty level of verbal section is increasing making it tougher for people to score good marks especially for engineers. The VA section is not that tough and especially for those who are regular readers. But as compared to VA in GMAT and XAT, the difficulty level still remains a little less. People with a good frequency of reading quality materials and clear concept of basic roots of the word can easily achieve a 98 percentile in the VA section.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are tricky for almost everyone. In CAT 2015, a scaled score of around 49 out of a maximum of 96 meant nearly 98%ile. Someone who likes puzzles and has above average aptitude can work on this section and do well as this section requires speed and a great attitude to solve the problems.
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The Quant section is for sure the toughest part in CAT exam. However, considering the majority of people taking the CAT are engineers and many are very good at maths, this is the section which requires a lot of attention. A regular practice of basic questions and high end questions will definitely improve the concepts as well as speed to attempt this section. Generally, a small variation in marks in this section affects your sectional percentile a lot.
If you think practically it’s not the exam pattern or syllabus or types of questions that make it tough but the high competition which is increasing on the yearly basis that makes it tough. The actual CAT exam is actually not tough. It just tests your math and logical skills of grade tenth level tenth class. It evaluates one’s managerial which includes working under pressure, managing time, making decisions and tackling change, after all, everyone taking up CAT exam are future managers. I would rather say that CAT mocks are much difficult to solve as compared to the real exam. Like said earlier, the perceived competition makes CAT tougher. So the best way to get a high score is to put in your best efforts in learning and practicing the concepts and keeping a cool and calm mind while writing the exam. Don’t let the outside competition ruin your exam. Be confident and work hard!!!