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XAT 2019 Paper Analysis: Check Section-Wise Analysis Here

XAT 2019 has been successfully conducted on January 6, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm. This was the 2nd time when the exam was conducted in online mode. Unlike the former years, where the exam was for 3 hours 35 minutes, this year it was a 3-hour test. According to XAT analysis, it was overall a little difficult exam. Because the paper was tough, it is expected that XAT cut off will remain low or same as previous year.

Highlights of XAT

  • It was a difficult examination as compared to previous years
  • Exam time was reduced by 30 minutes
  • There is no essay writing in XAT 2019
  • NAT- Numerical Answer Type introduced in XAT 2019
  • Visually impaired candidates get scribe facility and 25 minutes extra
  • There is no sectional time limit, however Part A should be completed within 165 minutes
  • You can only move to Part B after completing 165 minutes of Part A
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NAT- Numerical Answer Type

This is a new type of question introduced in XAT 2019. There is a different way of answering NAT questions. As per XAT analysis, introduction of this section has made the exam more difficult. To answer a NAT question, you need to virtual numeric keypad that appears below every question.

XAT Exam Pattern

XAT is an all online examination which has questions in the MCQ format. Every question has 5 options, from which you need to select 1 option as the correct response. XAT 2019 is divided into 2 parts- Part A and Part B with total 99 questions. There are namely 4 areas of assessment in the exam-

  1. Verbal and Logical Reasoning
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
  4. General Knowledge

Part A has total 74 MCQs which you need to complete within 165 minutes. There is no sectional time limit. Part B only has General Knowledge question which you must complete within 15 minutes.  Here is the section-wise question distribution for XAT-

Section Total questions (99)
Part A 74 (Total)
Verbal and Logical Ability 26
Decision Making 21
Quantitative Analysis and Data Interpretation 27
Part 2 25 (Total)
General Knowledge 25

Note- You can move to Part B only after completing 165 minutes of Part A.

XAT Marking Scheme

As per the marking scheme of XAT, for every correct answer, you will get 1 mark and for every incorrect answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions upto 8 questions. Beyond 8 unattempted questions, 0.10 marks will be deducted for each question that you leave unanswered. There is no negative marking in Part B, hence do not leave any question unanswered.

XAT Analysis

XAT Analysis

Because of the reduced exam duration, aspirants were pressurized to complete 99 questions within 3 hours. Overall the exam was a difficult one because some sections were extremely time-consuming. It is expected that XAT 2019 cut off will remain low because of the high difficulty level in the exam. To get a better understanding of XAT, here is the sectional analysis for each section-

XAT Analysis- Verbal and Logical Ability

There are total 26 questions in this section and majority questions from this section were from Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. It was overall a tough section and the vague reasoning in Reading Comprehension added to the difficulty. While most questions of Critical Reasoning questions were doable, some were really difficult.

Here is a table which will give you a clear picture of this section-

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Reading Comprehension 13 Moderate – Difficult 8-9
CR 5 Difficult 3-4
Poem Comprehension 2 (1 poem) Bizarre 1
Grammar – Correct the sentence 1 Easy 1
Para-jumble – 5 sentence 2 Moderate 1-2
FIB – 3 blanks 3 Difficult 1-2

XAT Analysis- Decision Making and Analytic Reasoning

This was an easier section in comparison to previous year Decision Making Section. The passages were shorter to read, hence, it was not time-consuming. There were only 3 questions from Mathematical/analytical Reasoning. The table below will give you a clear bifurcation of questions-

Topic Number of questions Difficulty Good Attempts
Situational 18 Moderate 13-14
Mathematical + Analytical Reasoning 3 Moderate 2-3

XAT Analysis- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

As per XAT analysis, this was an easier section as compared to the last year. In QA section, most questions were from Geometry and Algebra. Of these 2, candidates found Algebra questions quite tough whereas Geometry was an easier section. Attempting around 14-16 quant questions and 4-6 DI questions is considered a good attempt.

The table below will give you an in-depth understanding of the various sections that made up this section-

Topic Number of questions Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic 4 Easy
Algebra 6 Easy
Modern Maths 2 Easy
Geometry 4 Easy-Moderate
Number System 3 Easy-Moderate
Data Sufficiency 2 Easy
DI (Game based) 3 Easy
DI (Mixed Graph) 3 Easy-moderate
Total 11 Easy-moderate

XAT Analysis- General Knowledge

General Knowledge questions comprise Part B of XAT. Most of the questions in this section were 1 liners. However, there were a few questions with more than 1 correct option. In this section, if you attempt 12-14 questions, it is considered a good number.

The table mentioned below will give you a brief about the number of questions from each section-

Section No. of questions Difficulty Level
History 2 Difficult
Geography 3 Moderate-Difficult
Economy & Business 6 Moderate-Difficult
Current Affairs 3 Moderate
Personality & Awards 4 Moderate
Science & Tech 2 Easy
Polity 1 Difficult
Miscellaneous 2 Moderate-Difficult
Sports 2 Easy-Moderate
Total 25 Moderate- Difficult

CAT Percentile Predictor 2018

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on November 25, 2018. IIM Calcutta announced result for CAT 2018 on January 05, 2019. The next step for all the successful aspirants is to take part in selection process for IIMs and other top-notch b-schools. Now all aspirants can use our CAT Percentile Predictor to check out the colleges they can expect to receive call from based on their CAT Scores.

Most candidates are still anxious even after declaration of result and checking out their final percentile. The real cause of the anxiety is the unpredictability of IIMs and their cutoff percentile. Although CAT Percentile is the primary criteria for shortlisting of candidates, it is not an assurance for their entry to IIMs. This is primarily owing to the selection criteria and varying weightage assigned to scores by CAT by each IIM.

CAT Percentile Predictor, based on its advanced algorithm and analysis of last 5 year trends in IIM Selection Process, is likely to give you a strong edge while shortlisting colleges to apply.

How is CAT Percentile Calculated?

CAT Percentile broadly speaking is a measure of a candidates’ performance in relation to performance of other candidates. The percentile allows categorization of a candidate in comparison to candidates scoring below him/her. To take an example, those scoring 99 percentiles in CAT are simply candidate whose performance is better than the remaining 99% candidates taking the CAT Test that year.

So, how is the CAT Percentile calculated for all the candidates. The formula for percentile is as follows – rank of the candidate/total no. candidates appearing *100. This means that if 1000 candidates took the test and you secured a rank of 999 then the percentile will be calculated:

= 999/1000 * 100

Scores for all the candidates is scaled by following CAT Normalization Procedure for candidates appearing across different sessions of CAT Exam. The table below provides an indication of the scores required by a candidate to achieve a certain percentile in CAT. CAT Percentile is the primary criteria for shortlisting candidates to participate in subsequent rounds of CAT Selection Process.

CAT Score CAT Percentile
232 100
174 99
160 98
138 95
118 90
103 85
93 80
83 75
75 70
69 65
61 60

How to Use CAT Percentile Predictor Tool?

Candidates can take advantage of our CAT Percentile Predictor Tool. The tool is very easy to use and any candidate can use it for free. The steps to check the CAT Percentile is mentioned below:

  • Fill-in your personal details such as Name, Contact Number and Email-id
  • Enter registration no. and choose paper type.
  • Select your city, preferred location and branch.

CAT Percentile Predictor

  • Check your expected CAT 2018 Percentile.
  • The expected colleges will be mentioned along side your CAT Percentile

IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme 2019: Know Complete Details

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta is a renowned name in management education that rarely needs any introduction. IIM Calcutta in all probability is likely to feature in the wishlist of most management aspirants.

For IIM Calcutta aspirants, we have bought an insight into an exciting student facilitation program at IIT Calcutta. The IIM Calcutta Mentorship program is one unique and effective initiative of the institute for its first-year students.

The IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme provides that necessary mentorship to the newly inducted candidates in a comprehensive manner. As a part of the Mentorship Programme, second years students at IIM Calcutta would be providing guidance and assistance to first years students in regards to various aspects from admissions to placement.

IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme has been one of the most praised initiatives among IIM’s in terms of creation of student-friendly and co-operative environment at the campus. So, if you were eyeing to join IIM Calcutta after announcement of CAT Results then there are certainly exciting things in face of the IIM Calcutta Mentorship programme that are awaiting you.

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Pre-joining Assistance

As a part of IIM Calcutta mentorship programme, pre-joining assistance is extended to the students are to join the college for the upcoming academic session. The program starts after the declaration of CAT result each year and concludes after the end of the admission process at IIM Calcutta.

Those candidates who get a call from IIM Calcutta (based on their performance in CAT 2018) are allotted mentors to assist them with preparations for GD, Interview round and pre-admission formalities.

Mentors are second-year students at IIM Calcutta who are having a similar background as that of the aspiring candidate so, as to understand the queries of the candidate and help him in a wholesome and holistic manner.

The program is a good mechanism for creating a bond between the seniors and new joiners and facilitates a cordial relationship amongst the students in the campus.

IIM Calcutta Mentorship Programme

Information Distribution

The mentorship programme at IIM Calcutta acts as an effective channel for dissipation of relevant information among new students. The students are included in a common group managed by mentors. Mentors provide the necessary information and assistance to this group of new joiners from time to time.

The new joiners are free to ask any query that they might be having form their respective mentors (as a part of the group) and the mentors respond to that with necessary assistance in face of relevant information.

Placement Related Support

Placements and training is an essential element of life at business school. The case is no different at IIM Calcutta. The mentorship programme of IIM Calcutta provides that necessary placement assistance to the first year’s students apart for aiding them out with pre-joining preparations and admission formalities.

Based on the ethos of the culture of shared information the mentorship programme prepares the candidates for placement drives. From CV making to GD and Interview preparations (as a part of placement assessment) first-year students are trained and guided in all regards by their seniors.

The program works on the voluntarism mechanism whereby the seniors voluntary come forward to guide and assist their first-year juniors. In spite of Voluntarism, the mentorship programme has witnessed enthusiastic and extraordinary participation of second-year students over the years.

Entrepreneurship Cell

Apart from the mentorship programme, there is another exciting initiative that IIM Calcutta has undertaken. The Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) at IIM Calcutta works as a promoter or entrepreneur culture among students.

The E-Cell at IIM Calcutta is not only supporting its own students but is providing necessary support to start-ups from across the state of West Bengal and India. The E-Cell at IIM Calcutta operates under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

The E-cell at IIM Calcutta was started as a result of the emerging wave of start-ups and entrepreneurship culture that India has witnessed (and is witnessing). Over the years the E-Cell has helped incubate over 30 start-ups and has lead the way for many innovative and creative idea to take the center stage. The E-Cell is open for start-ups from across the country.

The E-cell along with the mentorship programme are two flagship initiative of IIM Calcutta that are benefitting the students.

IIM Raipur PGPM Admission for Working Executives, Apply Before Jan 10

Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Raipur has released notification for admission to Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPMWE) offered for the academic year 2019-20. Candidates can apply to this program on and before January 10, 2019. The institute will conduct an online for admission to this course, while for all the othercourses candidates will have to apply on the basis of CAT Percentile.

Selection of candidates to PGPMWE will be strictly on the basis of Business Aptitude Test (BAT) conducted by the institute provided qualified candidates to provide No Objection Certificate.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur was established in 2010. IIM offers PGP course equivalent to PGDM and Fellow Program in Management (FPM) in various disciplines along with Executive FPM. The institute also offers Post Graduate Program in Management for Working Executives. PGPWE is an intensive 24 months postgraduate program in management, specially designed for mid/senior level professionals. This program offers an interesting mix of fundamental management theories, soft skills and analytical methodology to deal with real-world scenarios.

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IIM Raipur adopts a two-phase selection process for PGPWE. The first phase process applies to eligible candidates who appear for CAT, they will have to go through Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. Other than CAT candidates can also apply directly for BAT through IIM Raipur official website. Final selection of candidates for admission into this program is made on the basis of their performance in CAT 2018 and WAT/PI or BAT and work experience.

IIM Raipur PGPMWE Application Procedure

IIM Raipur released the application form for the course on their official website on November 22, 2018. Candidates can submit their application form till January 10, 2019, along with all the relevant documents and the application fee. The application fee has to be in form of Demand Draft of 500 INR in favour of Indian Institute of Management Raipur payable at Raipur. All the applications must be sent via Speed Post only at the below mentioned address.

IIM Raipur 2019-20 PGPMWE Admission

Candidates are advised to label the envelope as “Application form for PGPMWE 2019-21” and send it to “Executive Education & Consultancy Department, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Atal Nagar, P. O. Kurru (Abhanpur), Raipur-493661 (Chhattisgarh)”.

Candidates must note that the completed application form must reach IIM Raipur on or before January 10, 2019. No request will be entertained due to late receipt of form due to postal delay.

IIM Raipur PGPMWE 2019 Dates

The application process opens on November 22, 2019, and the last day for Receipt of Applications(Strictly through speed post only) is January  10, 2019. Business Aptitude Test is scheduled to be conducted on February 17, 2019. The result for the same will be declared on February 20, 2019, and after that selected candidates will have to submit the acceptance fee by March 15, 2018. Registration for the selected candidates for PGPWE program will be done on April 5, 2019(tentatively) and orientation will be held soon after.

IIM Raipur PGPWE Selection Process

Candidates must meet the minimum requirement for the Program which is, all applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum aggregate marks of 50% in any discipline. Candidates must also have a minimum of three-year post-qualification work experience as on April 01, 2019.

Based on the eligibility and merit IIM Raipur will shortlist the applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed through Email and will be called to take the test. The online entrance examination on the lines of CAT Examination(Business Aptitude test) will be conducted on February 17, 2019, at IIM Raipur Campus.

Business Aptitude Test will be of 120 minutes and it will include three sections of 20 questions each viz Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude.

Candidates will also have to submit a No-Objection Certificate from their employer at the time of admission without any relaxation.

IIM Raipur Admission through CAT

Every year, IIM Raipur releases its cutoff based on CAT score for admission to Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM). Based on its cutoff, IIM Raipur calls aspirant for the Selection Process i.e. Written Ability Test(WAT) and Personal Interview(PI). The aggregate score obtained by candidates in CAT, WAT and PI will be considered for final offer of admission to applicants.

Except for PGPWE course, admission to all other course is done on the basis of IIM Raipur score. IIM Raipur decides the cutoff after CAT Results to select the adequate number of candidates for the selection process. Cutoff set by the institute is the minimum qualifying percentile that applicants should score in CAT 2018 to become eligible for PI and WAT.

IIM Raipur offers full-time post-graduate programmes in Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), and Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP).

IIM Selection Process 2019: GD & PI Preparations Tips from Toppers

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on November 25 and the wait is on for the result to be out. IIM aspirants have to ace the last hurdle of the selection process after CAT 2018 Result declaration and be offered that coveted seat in one of the IIMs. Normally, the selection process at the IIMs consists of a Group Discussion or Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, the candidates for which are shortlisted on the basis of their score in CAT.

As per trends, in the IIM Selection Process, the candidate’s academic background, relevant work experience, communication and presentation skills are taken into consideration. There have been shocking instances of top percentile scorers being denied admission by the IIMs for not qualifying the said parameters.

A high CAT score can definitely help one GD/WAT and PI rounds of IIM Selection Process but that does not guarantee a seat at any of the institutions. So, along with the wait for result announcement, now is the time to focus on the next major steps for selection into the IIMs.

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In the Group Discussion (GD) round, candidates are assessed based on their interaction in a group, their leadership qualities, communication skills, and problem-solving capabilities. In some institutes, a GD is replaced by a Written Ability Test (WAT) in which, candidates are adjudged on their critical thinking ability, writing skills and the ability to formulate a response on the given topic in a structured, precise and coherent manner within the given time-frame.

The Personal Interview (PI) round is usually the final step in the IIM Selection process in which the candidate appears in face-to-face interaction with an admission official or a panel of officials. The idea behind this round is getting to know the candidates in-depth – the personality, the aspirations, and the motivators. Assessment is based on confidence level, expressiveness, communication skills, body language etc.

IIM Selection Process 2019: GD & PI Preparations Tips from Toppers

Tips from toppers in preparation of the IIM selection process can be summarized in a sentence: ‘Practice, practice, and more practice.’

The Alumni Secretary of IIM-C Student Council, Abhilash Bhatia is of the opinion that being able to access insights from someone who has been through the IIM Selection Process helped him to strategize his own prep for GD/PI. Additionally, regular participation in Mock GD/PI has also helped in his preparation.

Parita Shah (IIM-C) started her GD/PI prep along with her CAT prep. She was particular about reading the editorial section of newspapers to form opinions on current affairs. She too vouches for mocks as well as informal discussions on current affair topics with her peer group.

Anusha, Vice President – Public Relations at IIMC, learned the art of public speaking by speaking at various events thus gaining invaluable experience and confidence in making her point in public. She made it a point to stay updated with developments around the world by reading the newspapers regularly.

Aaditya Ranade is the Sports Secretary of IIMC Student Council has a very interesting tip for aspirants. He says that it is very important to introspect and be clear about one’s aspirations and motivations as well as develop one’s own clear perspective towards as a whole, as in most cases, the IIMs, more than considering the technical skills of candidates, would actually evaluate the overall personality of the candidate.

Gowtam Marada, a Student Council Representative at the IIMC, focused on developing his critical thinking by reading and analyzing important news stories. Moreover, he also practiced writing essays and appeared for mocks on a regular basis

Selection Criteria for IIM Admissions

Finally, let us take a look at the current year’s selection criteria as announced by the top IIMs. Of the 20 IIMs in the country, most conduct WAT instead of GD.

Read Comparison Between Top Two B-Schools: IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore

The weightage of academic background and work experience varies every year from IIM to IIM. Also, the newer IIMs have a common WAT-PI process while the older ones conduct their own Selection Process.

Name of IIM CAT Cut-off Score Parameters for GD-WAT-PI shortlist Parameters for Final admission offer
Ahmedabad 80 Composite Score = Normalized overall score in CAT 2018: 70% + Normalized Application Rating score (academic grades): 30% Normalized PI Score: 50% + Normalized WAT Score: 10% + Composite Score: 40%
Bangalore 90 Composite Score = CAT: 40, 10th: 20, 12th: 10, UG: 20, Gender Diversity: 2, Work Experience: 8 WAT: 10, PI: 30, CAT Score: 25, 10th: 10, 12th: 5, UG: 10, Work Experience: 10.
Calcutta 90 Composite Score = CAT Score: 28%, 10th & 12th: 10% each and Gender Diversity: 2% CAT Score: 15%, PI: 24%, WAT: 5%, Work Experience: 4%. 2% awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor?s degree level.
Lucknow 90 Composite Score = CAT scaled score (overall and sectional): 60%, 12th & UG: 10% each, Work Experience: 10%, Diversity Factor: 5% each for Academic and Gender Diversity CAT Score: 30%, WAT: 10%, PI: 40%, 12th & UG: 5% each, Diversity Factor: 5%, Work Experience: 5%

CAT 2018 Exam Day New Guidelines

CAT 2018 is scheduled in online mode for November 25, 2018. With barely few days left for the exam day, candidates must go through the list of all items allowed or disallowed inside the exam premises.

IIM Calcutta, the conducting authority for this years’ edition of CAT has issued a media release which clearly prohibits wearing any jewellery, shoes and jackets on the day of exam. As per the press release, nearly 2.41 lakh candidates have successfully submitted the application form.

Open footwear like chappals are allowed on the day of CAT Exam. IIM Calcutta has instructed all the applicants to carry only important documents such as CAT Admit Card, Photo ID proof, required medical certificate and scribe affidavit to exam venue.

The security measures at all the exam centres of CAT 2018 will be very heavy to prevent any forgery, false impersonation or any other malicious activities in the examination this year. Therefore, failure to comply with any instructions issued in the press release can lead to unnecessary time delay or even debarment from appearance in the exam.

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CAT 2018: Exam Day Rules and Guidelines

CAT (Common Admission Test) 2018 would be conducted by IIM-Calcutta on Nov 25, 2018. Last year, IIM Lucknow held the exam and drafted a set of instructions to be followed by the candidates while appearing in the exam on exam day.

CAT is a national level management entrance exam conducted every year by one of the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) on rotation to provide admission in PG management programs offered by IIMs and other top notch b-schools. The admit card for CAT 2018 is scheduled to be issued from October 24.

Latest Notification

CAT Test Day Help Guide published on the official website today. All the successful applicants are also send notification on their registered mobile numbers. Click Here to Download

Here are the set of guidelines to be followed on exam day by the aspirants:

  • Candidates are not allowed to wear jewellery and shoes inside the exam hall.
  • If any electronic gadget is found with a candidate, their exam would be cancelled on the spot. So, it is advisable for students not to take any electronic gadget with them inside the examination hall.
  • Be on time on exam day. Always reach the centre prior to the reporting time. For morning session, reach the exam centre sharp 7:30 am and for afternoon session, reach the centre positively at 1:00 pm.
  • No other document except admit card and photo ID proof are allowed inside the examination hall.
  • Candidates have to carry Scribe Educational Qualifications Affidavit with themselves (only those who have opted for scribe).
  • Do not forget to paste your colored photograph (same as uploaded in the application form) on the admit card.


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Other latest events and dates associated with CAT 2018 are as follows:-

  • CAT Application form released on Aug 8, 2018 and was closed on Sep 26, 2018.
  • Application Form Image Correction Window was enabled from Sep 27, 2018 till Sep 30, 2018 for the candidates who have uploaded blurred images or in improper format to upload the relevant ones.
  • Admit card would be released on Oct 24, 2018.
  • Exam being conducted by IIM-Calcutta would be held on Nov 25, 2018.

CAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate should hold bachelor degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% (for general category) and for reserved categories such as SC/ST/PWD, minimum marks secured in graduation must be 45%.
  • The degree must be awarded by any one of the Universities included by an act of the central or a state legislature in India.
  • Candidates who are appearing in the final year of their graduation as well those who have graduated are eligible to apply.

How to fill CAT Application Form?

  • Login on official website of CAT using your registration number and password allotted previously.
  • Fill in the asked details and upload scanned images of the documents in prescribed format.
  • Make preference in the programs provided and choice of interview cities.
  • Make payment of CAT application form as per the category you lie in.

CAT 2018 Syllabus

Syllabus for CAT 2018 consists of 3 sections:

  • Quantitative aptitude.
  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension.
  • Data interpretation and logical reasoning.

The guidelines for CAT 2018 would soon be released by IIM-Calcutta but we can always have a rough idea from the previous year’s set of instructions and must try to stick to them firmly.

How to Prepare for CAT 2018 Verbal Ability Section?

CAT 2018 is officially scheduled for Nov 25, 2018 by IIM Calcutta. The national level management entrance is entry to graduate programs in prestigious IIMs and other popular b-schools in the country.

The syllabus of CAT exam is divided into three sections, namely:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension appears to be the toughest among the three for a vast majority of candidates appearing in CAT. As sectional cut-offs in each section will play a major role in final percentile calculation, we have to consider and prepare for each section equally.

Here, we would be focusing on important facets of CAT 2018 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension along with the preparation tips that are needed to upgrade your performance in this section. Some of these are as follows:-

Improve Reading Skills

Verbal ability section checks reading skills of a candidate. Hence, the priority while preparing for this section should be improving reading skills, more in width than in depth. So, one should start reading the material which they have not read before. For example mythology, spiritual, religion, social science, humanities etc.


Plenty of Practice

For preparing reading comprehension and verbal ability both, by hearting grammar rules or learning new words won’t be much significant at last moment of preparation. Instead of this, one should try to solve ample of questions. Solving previous years’ questions will add much more value to your preparation.

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Giving Mock Tests

Keep on taking mock test at regular basis. Not only it would introduce you to the exam pattern and difficulty level of the exam but also will enhance confidence level in you to take the exam without any panic attack.

Analysis of Mock Tests

Every time you give mock test, try to analyze your performance, find your strong and weak areas. Work on your weaker areas to make yourself as good as you are at your strengths.

Allocate Time Proportionate to the Marka

Do not spend much time on any one question. If you are not sure enough about a question, leave it quickly and move to next. In entrance exams, time plays a crucial role and you should be very particular about on which question you have to invest what amount of time.

Identifying the Correct Option

In CAT exam, there would be questions whose options would appear to be almost same and that’s when head starts spinning. Do not get panicked, read all the options thoroughly, instead of finding similarities, try to find any difference in them. Because, answer lies in that difference only!

Increase attempts

While going for reading comprehension section, try to attempt as many passages as you can. Analyze the passages and questions asked in them. Then start with the easy passages reaching to the difficult ones step by step.

Important Dates for CAT 2018

The important events for CAT 2018 are summed up below:

  • Online registration started on Aug 8, 2018 and ended on Sep 26, 2018.
  • Admit cards would be released on Oct 24, 2018 from 1:00 pm onwards.
  • Exam would be conducted by IIM Calcutta on Nov 25, 2018.

How to Ace DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning) in CAT 2018?

CAT 2018 is the most prominent management entrance for taking admission into IIMs and other top business schools for the academic session 2019-2020. CAT exam is held annually every year and is conducted by one of the IIMs on rotational basis. This year, IIM-Calcutta is conducting CAT exam.

With little more than a month a left for CAT 2018, candidates need to streamline their preparation strategy. DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning) can often be a damper for students due to the logical nature of questions. Here we bring you some useful tips to overcome CAT 2018 DI-LR section carefully. CAT 2018 is scheduled on November 25, 2018.

Let’s take a close look at the exam pattern and syllabus for CAT 2018 before diving into the tips for DI-LR section preparation.


CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • The question paper is broadly divided into three sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • There are a total of 100 questions in the paper. Division of each section on the basis of number of questions is done as:-
Subject Number of Questions
Quantitative Aptitude 34
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34
  • 180 minutes are allotted to solve the question paper.
  • 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect response.

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CAT 2018 Syllabus at Glance

The brief overview of syllabus for CAT 2018 is as follows:

Quantitative Ability: Percentages and its applications, Ratio and its applications, Algebra, Numbers and its applications and geometry and its applications.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Table, Pie charts, Line graphs, puzzles, blood relations, direction sense, arrangement, data structures, series, coding-decoding, clocks and calendars.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Grammar, vocabulary, critical reasoning and its numerical applications and reading comprehension.

Tips to Ace DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning)

Looking at trends from last two years, many CAT aspirants went down due to the DI and LR section which indicates that their difficulty level is higher than other sections of the paper.

Tips for preparing DI and LR thus can turn out to be of great help for the students seeking decent percentile in CAT 2018. Here are some tips to prepare DI and LR in an effective way:-

  • Do not panic: This is the first thing needed while you attempt these sections. Do not lose your cool and don’t panic.
  • Skim through the sections: Spend around 10 minutes on scanning the section and know what questions you are going to attempt. Mostly, the questions containing “If” and “Cannot be determined” are suggested to leave.
  • Set priority: While you go through the sections, set the priority according from the sections you are good in and so on.
  • Regular mocks: Give as many mock tests as you can. This would help you know you strengths and weak points. Work on both of them.
  • Analyze your performance: With each mock test you give, analyze your performance. Try to attempt more questions in the next mock test. Thus, you will learn to manage time and speed.

CAT 2018 Application Form

Registration for CAT 2018 started from Aug 8, 2018 and ended on Sep 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The application form was available on iimcat.ac.in and the hall ticket for examination will be also released here. The number of applicants has raised this year from 2.31 Lakhs (last year) to 2.41 Lakhs. This is the highest number of registrations recorded in last few years.

Image Correction Window

If a candidate has made mistakes while filling up the form, he/she could edit the details to make the form acceptable. The image correction window for CAT was enabled on Sep 27, 2018 and got closed on Sep 30, 2018. The facility was available for only those candidates who have made the payment before the deadline of application form.

So, this was all about CAT 2018 exam along with some handy tips on data interpretation and logical reasoning. Well, then all the best wishes for the examination coming ahead and keep visiting us again for more tips!

Top 5 Preparation Apps to Ace Management Entrance Exams in 2019

Preparing for management entrance exams such as CAT, GMAT, GRE and several other can be very stressful. But sometimes, to figure out where to prepare from becomes even more stressful.

In such situations we are left with few options like joining classes for the particular exam or buying huge entrance books which are popular around us.

Somehow, App Store turns out to be as savior when a person is in such a state of dilemma. It saves our money and time both which we very casually spend on our conveyance to classes and books.

There are already several learning platforms such as BYJU’s and Unacademy that are slowly gaining prominence. Funded by Tensen and Sequoia, BYJUS’s raised funding of $244 million as reported in March 2018. Unacademy raised funding $4.5 million.


Here we are listing some of the most sought after apps by students which would not only help you but also give you a benefits of availing mock tests, study material, analysis of your performance and let you decide your study plan according to you for upcoming examinations:-


It was founded in 2012 by ex-Inmobi employees Satish Kumar and Abhishek Patil. Provides lessons in form of video and audio lectures. Along with this you get mocks, notes and much more for MBA and related exams. There are various test series with solutions, customized study planner and live group study sessions in form of games. Daily GK sections and up to date content by experts are the additional perks offered by Oliveboard.


Consists of IIT-IIM alumni, Maruti Konduri and Srikanth Lingamneni and Sayali Kale, cracku is working towards becoming the one stop point for CAT aspirants. Cracku has live leader board which tells you about your position at national level and also tells who your competitors are so that you stay motivated. It has focus on postgraduate exams as well such as Banking, SSC and Gate as well. The free content of cracku has reasoning puzzles and quizzes, tricks to solve by experts and previous years’ papers with detailed solution.


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Provides help for IBPS,SSC, RRB, GMAT exams and students may avail the benefit of private tutors who  are 24*7 available for getting clearer view on difficult topics and tricky questions. The app analyzes your performance and tally it with your peers to construct a suitable study plan for you. Provides adaptive test which gives you an idea of your time management and also do analysis so that you work on them to make it better.


Computer science IIT-Kharagpur graduate, Ravi Handa started Handa Ka Funda to provide affordable online coaching. Main focus of it is Banking entrance exams and MBA. The app has the simplified course in form of videos, presentations, documents, previous papers and formulas for GMAT, XAT, CAT, GRE and much more. Additional feature of live classes is also there which clarifies the doubts irrespective of time in real time.


It was founded by Payal Doshi in 2012. Constitutes of different apps for different exams like CAT, IAS prelims, SSC and CA-CPT. Techniques are used according to the exam concerned. For example, in CAT, focus is on expert’s tips and tricks while for CA-CPT, focus moves to maximizing score section wise. Fixed mocks are not there but a numerous set of questions which are segregated on basis of chapter, marks and difficulty.