CAT Exam Pattern 2016: Syllabus, Reference Books, Preparation Tips

CAT 2016 Exam pattern/ Syllabus:

What is the duration and pattern of CAT exam 2016?

This year, The CAT Exam Pattern has changed the duration for CAT exam has been increased by ten minutes, i.e., from 170 minutes to 180 minutes. Previously, it consisted of 2 sections – Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal and Reading Comprehension From this year CAT 2016 is going to be held in a relatively new form.

The questions will be of multiple choice and some questions will also be direct answer based – where the candidate have to type the answer. Approximately ten percent of each section will contain direct answer based question. One must note that one mark will be deducted if there is an incorrect response in MCQs. Direct answer based questions do not carry negative marking. The number of questions have also been changed and they have been divided in three section, the CAT Exam pattern details of which are as follows:

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern:

Features Description
Sections Quantitative Ability
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Duration of Examination  3 hours
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Non-Multiple Choice Questions (Non-MCQs)
Marking Scheme For MCQ type questions:
+3 for each correct answer
-1 for each wrong answer
0 for no attempt
For Non-MCQ type questions:
+3 for each correct answer
No negative marks for  un-attempted questions
0 Negative Mark for each attempted but wrong answer
Sectional Duration 1 hour for each section

CAT Syllabus 2016:

Syllabus for Quantitative aptitude for CAT 2016:  

MAIN TOPICS SUB-TOPICS
Arithmetic Time & Work Number System, LCM, HCF,, Simplification, Ratio & Proportion Average, Percentage, Age Calculation,, Distances, etc.
Algebra Theory of Equations,, Permutation & Combination, Quadratic Equation Sequence & Series etc.
Geometry Angles, Triangles, Lines, Circles, etc.
Mensuration Areas and Volumes –  Pipes, Rectangles, Triangles, Squares, Circles, Cones, Cubes, Spheres, and Cistern, etc.
Calculus Function,

Maxima and Minima,

Trigonometry Heights and Distances, Trigonometric Ratios,, etc.

Check Here – Exam Preparation Tips

The  reference books for this syllabus of Quantitative aptitude:

  1. Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
  2. Nishit Sinha’s Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CAT
  3. Sarvesh K Verma’s Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission into IIMs
  4. Abhijit Guha’s Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques, and Short-cut Methods
  5. Class 8th, 9th, 10th and 10+2 books of NCERT Mathematics

CAT 2016 Syllabus for Data Interpretation & logical Reasoning:

Data Interpretation:

  1. Bar Graph
  2. Pie Chart
  3. Line Graph
  4. Tables
  5. Combination of Graphs
  6. Caselets
  7. Data Sufficiency

Logical Interpretation:

  • Sets
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Venn Diagram
  • Data Arrangement
  • Propositions
  • Puzzles
  • Statements
  • Assumptions
  • Clocks and Calendars

The important books required for the preparation of CAT 2016:

  1. Nishit Sinha,’s Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
  2. Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT & How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT

CAT 2016 Syllabus for Verbal Ability and reading comprehension:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Word usage
  • Para Jumble
  • Fact Inference Judgement
  • Para completion

The reference books for the Verbal Ability and reading comprehension:

  1. Ajay Singh’s Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Wren and Martin English Grammar
  3. Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis’s 30 Days to More Powerful Vocabulary  ,
  4. Clark Zimmer’s Business English and Communication

How to Prepare for CAT Verbal Ability Test

For More details you can check the official site of Indian Institute of Management.

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