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IIFT 2018 Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Question Paper

IIFT 2018 was successfully conducted on Sunday, December 02, 2018 across various centers in the country. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or more popularly known as IIFT conducted its own entrance test for admission to its renowned two year MBA program in International Business. Well judging the reactions of candidates who appeared for the examination and initial IIFT Paper Analysis 2018 by coaching houses and experts, the question paper was difficult to solve.

IIFT 2018 was conducted in offline mode (pen and paper based) from 10 am to 12 noon. A total of 114 questions and the paper was divided into 6 sections. The marking scheme varied for each section between 0.5 to 1 mark. The marking scheme was particularly changed for VA and DI sections following last year trends. Based on the preliminary analysis its safe to assume that the expected cut off marks can down up to 34-36 marks. Overall, the exam was moderate to difficult level exam for candidates.

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

CAT 2018 was conducted successfully on Nov 25, 2018 by IIM Calcutta. Well several lakh management aspirants compete for admission to top management universities via CAT. For a long time now, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore have been rivalled each other for the top spot in the rankings for management institutes in the country.

Well knowing the eligibility criteria and admission procedure is key to making the selection between these two stalwarts. Here, we will be focusing upon several aspects to draw the comparison between IIM A and IIM B.

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Apart from the expectations, admission criteria in IIM Ahmedabad (IIM A) is slightly easier than that of IIM Bangalore (IIM B). Although both the institutes would be selecting the best from the lot, CAT percentile required by IIM Bangalore is way higher than IIM Ahmedabad.

While each aspirant desperately waits for the answer key and result, here we will be drawing upon the major highlights of the top two management schools in order to provide a better insight.

Key Highlights for IIM Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad

Criteria IIM Bangalore IIM Ahmedabad
Percentile Cut Off in CAT 2018 80 percentile for General Category, 70 for SC, 65 for ST/NC/OBC, 75 for Transgender, 70 for PWD and 60 for PWD SC More than 90 percentile for General category, 80 for NC/OBC, 75 for SC, 70 for ST, 60 for PWD
Teacher Student Ratio 1:11 1:11
Engineering Graduates %age 67 percent 66 percent (for 2017 batch)
Female Student Ratio 27 percent 28 percent
Average Salary (Domestic) INR 21.08 Lakhs per annum INR 22.76 Lakhs per annum
Average Salary (International) $61. 048 (approx 42.52 lakhs) INR 52.20 lakhs

Note: It is to be noted here that the average salary denotes the minimum amount (salary) which a student would receive when placed. However, individual CTC will vary for every student. Also, the average mentioned above is based on the previous year’s data.

Foreign Exchange Programs

Both the IIMs offer students exchange program of 3 months (trimester) duration. This can be a decisive factor in taking the final call. IIM B has more options in terms of Ivy League Schools and top universities in Europe, North America and Australia. Since, foreign universities consider CGPA for the exchange program, more number of options will be always advantageous.

IIM Bangalore: Booth School Of Business, Yale School Of Management,UCLA Anderson School of Management, Johnson Cornell, Australian School of Business, Stern School of Business, London Business School, Fuqua School of Business,  Melbourne Business School, University of NSW.

IIM Ahmedabad: Australian Graduate School of Management,UCLA Anderson School Of Management, Booth School Of Business, Melbourne Business School, Stern School Of Business,  Columbia Business School, McGill University.

Courses Structure and Choice of Electives

In terms of overall course structure, IIM A has completely case study based course structure while IIM B follows a mixed pedagogy (Lectures+Cases+Seminars). While many students prefer IIM A’s case based study structure, there will be always subjects where understanding theoretical concepts and fundamentals before applying them allows for better knowledge transfer.

In terms of providing choice of electives, IIM B is much more flexible. It is the only IIM to provide 3 electives in first year. IIM B’s second year curriculum is completely elective based while IIM A still has a few compulsory subjects in second year of MBA. Electives in first year allow students to complete 3 courses in which they will be subsequently completing their internships.

Brand Value and Alumni Network

IIM Ahmedabad definitely scores better on the brand value. IIM A evokes a much higher impression in public minds than IIM B thanks to media coverage in recent years.

The alumni network is also far organized and strong for IIM A than IIM Bangalore. However, not to forget that IIM Bangalore is located in the startup hub of the nation. Although not many IIM graduates begin their career with a startup, the vibrant ecosystem offered by the startups is great boost for young graduates.

Over the years, both IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore have created top professionals with utmost expertise in their fields. There are times when several students even after securing 99 percentile couldn’t make it to these institutes due to the strenuous admission process.

However, as always, there would still be those shining stars in who will be having a choice between these two. This article will surely solve the purpose of guiding such brilliant minds for making a wise decision.

CAT 2018 Slot I Answer Key and Paper Analysis – November 25

Nearly, 2 lakh aspirants are expected to appear for CAT 2018 in two slots on November 25, Sunday across 374 CAT Exam Centres spread in the country. After conclusion of the slot I, reactions and comments from students and experts keeps streaming in from social media and internet. Based on preliminary analysis Quantitative Ability was the toughest and trickiest section this year, with the section being arithmetic heavy.

CAT 2018 candidates’ responses released by IIM Calcutta. Click below to download CAT Question Paper for Slot I.

CAT 2018 Slot I Question Paper CAT 2018 Slot I Answer Key

Check CAT 2018 Slot I Detailed Analysis

VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) section was by far the most scoring section following trends from previous years. Overall, CAT 2018 was difficult when compared to previous year. Here are the important takeaways for candidates from CAT 2018 Slot I:

  • Arithmetic heavy questions appeared in CAT 2018 slot I in the quantitative section.
  • In VARC, 5 passages had 5 questions each while 1 passage had 4 questions.
  • Total number of Non-MCQ type of questions was 30 as compared to 26 in CAT 2017 along with varying number of questions in each section.
  • 10 Non-MCQs in VARC section as compared to 8 last year.
  • 12 Non-MCQs  in the Quant section being the highest this year as compared to 10 Non-MCQs in CAT 2017 slot-1.
  • Several Non-MCQS also had options this year. Correct answers had to be mentioned in the space provided.
  • Unchanged scoring pattern for CAT 2018: +3 for correct answer and -1 for incorrect responses for MCQs and +3 for correct responses and 0 negative marking incorrect responses in Non-MCQs

As the official press release by IIM Calcutta indicates, the exam will be conducted in two sessions – Morning (09.00 am to 12.00 pm) and Afternoon (02.30 pm to 05.30 pm).The official answer key for CAT 2018 Slot I is slated for release in the first week of December, 2018.

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IIMs have also introduced the objection mechanism for CAT Answer Key since last year. In case of any discrepancy suspected by candidates in the official key, they can file an objection the same by paying a stipulated fee (last year it was INR 1000). The link to download official answer key will be shortly published on this page after its released. Read on to check the steps for downloading CAT Answer Key, preliminary analysis of CAT 2018 Slot I and steps of filing an official challenge.

Important Dates for CAT 2018 Answer Key

Event Dates
CAT 2018 Exam November 25, 2018
CAT Answer Key and Question paper 1st week of December 2018
Deadline for submitting Objection form 2nd week of December 2018
CAT 2018 Result 2nd week of January 2019

Detailed Analysis for CAT 2018 Slot I

The Slot I of CAT 2018 was surprisingly a lot tougher than what many aspirants actually expected. IIM-C maintained its reputation with a tough Quants section. As explained by one of the subject matter expert from Career Launcher, an overall attempt of 18-20 attempts with near accuracy of 85% would be quite good. A score of somewhere about 150-155 should be good enough to fetch 99 percentile in CAT this year.

Section No. of Questions No. of non-MCQ questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
VARC 34 7 Easy 28+
DILR 32 8 Moderate 16+
QA 34 12 Difficult 15+
Total 100  27  – 60+

VARC Section Analysis

The section was easier than expected by most candidates. A total of 34 questions were asked in the section including 7 Non-MCQs. A total of 5 passages were asked in the section. While 4 out of 5 passages had five questions each, one section had 4 questions.

The topics for passages were familiar enough and some of the questions were inference based. None of the passages contained any instructions and the question paper didn’t match the pattern of the official CAT Mock tests. Overall, the passages were easy to read and the section was easy to attempt.

DILR Section Analysis

This section has a total of 32 questions with 8 Non-MCQs. The expert from Career Launcher rated the section much easier to attempt compared to last three years.

The themes of the sets were much more conventional. 4 sets were relatively easy to attempt with good accuracy. No calculation were required in any of the questions. A couple of difficult questions were asked in couple of sets which students should have smartly left alone.

Quantitative Aptitude

QA (Quantitative Aptitude) can be termed as the ‘tragic section of CAT 2018′ as suggested by shocked students’ reactions on twitter and other social platforms. Bulk of the questions were calculation and logic intensive. The section had a total of 34 questions with 12 Non-MCQs. For students with Engineering background, the section would have been slightly easier than others. As per the comment from Career Launcher Expert, QA section was the toughest in past 4 years.

Steps to Download CAT 2018 Answer Key Slot I

The answer key for CAT 2018 Slot I and the question paper will be uploaded on the official site, iimcat.ac.in. Follow the steps mentioned below to download your keys:

  1. Visit the official website for CAT 2018.
  2. Use your login credentials: CAT Registration Id and Password.
  3. Choose from Shift1/Shift2 question paper.
  4. Download the PDF file on your device or view the same on the browser window.
  5. Correct Responses are marked in green prefixed with a tick mark while the others are marked in Red with a “X” prefix.
Marking Scheme MCQs Non-MCQs
Correct answer 3 3
Negative marks -1 No negative marking
Unattempted questions No marks No marks

After the declaration of CAT Answer Key 2018, the following steps must be taken:

  • Calculate your expected score based on CAT Answer Key and overall analysis.
  • In case of any objection, file your challenge on the official portal.

How to Raise Objection Against CAT 2018 Answer Key?

  1. Visit CAT 2018 Official site and locate link to Challenge CAT Answer Key
  2. Login with the credentials
  3. On the tab ‘Objection Form’, click on ‘+’ sign to add objection
  4. Next, select section name, question number and type of objection from the following objections:
    1. None of the options is a correct answer
    2. More than one option is a correct answer
    3. Answer Key is incorrect
  5. Additional remarks can also be added up to 500 words.
  6. Submit your objection and deposit stipulated fee of INR 1000 per question.
  7. There is no limit to the number of objections a candidate can file.
  8. The fee is refundable only in case the objection is validated by the IIM Expert Panel on review (excluding transaction charges).
  9. The panel will suggest edits in the key on valid recommendations from candidates and the same will be notified to all candidates via the official site.

Objection Fee: Transaction Processing Charges

Mode Of Payment Transaction Fees
Credit Card (Visa/Master) 1.20% of the value of the transaction
Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club) 2.85% of the value of the transaction
Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay ) 0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2000
ATM-cum-Debit Cards 0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2000
Net Banking INR 18.00 per transaction for HDFC, ICICI, AXIS and SBI; INR 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks
Cash Card & Wallet 1.75% of the value of the transaction.

CAT Percentile Predictor

CAT Percentile Predictor is an excellent tool for near accurate predictions of expected percentile and colleges available based on those percentiles. All the candidates need to provide certain personal details such as name, roll number, etc. and tool will calculate results based on the details provided. Both the sectional and overall percentile will be calculated by CAT Percentile Predictor tool.

The prediction is done based on previous year data and trends along with other available data modeling methods. Using the percentile predictor, candidates will be an advantageous position to prepare ahead for CAT Selection Process and subsequent steps involved to land at desired b-schools.

Expected CAT 2018 Cutoff

Based on the overall difficulty of exam and judging by reactions from students, the sectional cut off for CAT 2018 is indicated below:

Section Good Attempts (No. of Questions) Expected Cut-Off for 99 percentile
VARC 28-30 75+
DILR 14-16 48+
Quantitative Aptitude 16-18 48+

Documents Requirements for CAT 2018 Exam Day

CAT 2018 is scheduled on Sunday, November 25 in two sessions. The exam will be tentatively conducted in almost 374 test centres located in 147 cities of the country. All the candidates are expected to be aware about the documents required on the day of the exam.

IIM Calcutta, the organizing authority for CAT this has repeatedly emphasized in their press releases and notifications about do’s and don’t for exam day. On November 23, official SMS alerts were sent on the registered mobile numbers of all applicants concerning documents requirements on CAT Exam Day for candidates with medical problems. Check Guidelines for CAT Exam Day 2018

CAT 2018 Medical Certificate Requirement

Earlier, IIM Calcutta had also issued a CAT 2018 Test Day Help Guide for all the applicants along with official media release. All the document requirements for CAT 2018 Exam Day are clearly mentioned in the test day guide.

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Documents Required on CAT 2018 Exam Day

The list of important documents for CAT 2018 Exam Day are mentioned below for reference of candidates. Failing to comply with the documents requirement of CAT 2018 can lead to unnecessary delay or disqualification:


  • Carry CAT 2018 Admit Card on exam day after affixing a recent passport size photograph (same photograph as uploaded in CAT Application Form).
  • Valid ID Proof – Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Voter Card, any other valid proof with photo affixed on it.
  • CAT 2018 Scribe Affidavit – PwD candidates opting for scribe need to bring the affidavit in stipulated format, duly signed by the candidate and scribe.
  • CAT 2018 Authorization Form – Candidates have to carry authorization form if they want to carry any prohibited item inside the exam lab, particularly for candidates with medical issues.
  • Medical Certificate – Candidates with Metal Implants or Pacemaker are required to carry the medical certificate in required format to the exam centres.

(Note:- These candidates need to share their medical certificate in proper format with CAT centre @ [email protected] The centre will issue the certificate in this regard after verifying all the details.)

  • Exception Form –  The “Exception Form” is a documents where the candidates need to sign under exceptional circumstances in the exam hall. The same will be provided at the exam lab only and invigilators will guide through the process. Decision of the authority shall be treated as final in this regard.

Earlier, SMS Alerts were also send out regarding list of prohibited items to be avoided at the centre at all cost on the registered mobile number of applicants.

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CAT 2018 Exam Day Document Verification

All the candidates will have to go through the frisking and document verification at CAT 2018 Exam Centres:

  • All the candidates will be checked via hand-held metal detectors (male and female candidates will be frisked separately).
  • Candidates are only allowed to carry admit card, photo identity proof, medical certificate and scribe affidavit (if required) beyond the frisking point.
  • Any other items from the above mentioned items will be kept aside at this point unless candidate produces a valid authorization letter issued by CAT centres. No facility for safekeeping of candidates’ personal belongings will be available.
  • All the required documents will be verified at the Document Verification Desk by the personnel. CAT 2018 Admit Card, any valid photo id proof and any other document (if required) must be produced in original at the desk.
  • Post verification candidates will be send for entry into the exam lab. Candidates may be asked to remove their footwear at this moment.
  • No candidate will be allowed to leave the exam lab after this point before end of exam except few exceptional situations.
  • Next, biometrics of the candidates will be captured by the invigilators.

With a week to go, Ace CAT 2018 with These Tips

CAT exam is now just a week away. Tension must be piling up while stray thoughts run havoc in your minds. But, we believe now is the crucial time for that one final push that can increase your percentiles considerably. There is one underlying assumption for this article. That assumption is that you have given your all till now and have been studying extensively to score well in CAT.

The thought of failure must be making you nervous about lack of effort in getting desired result. The key is to stay focused while working with some tried and tested strategies used by students in previous editions of CAT. Here are some tips for CAT aspirants to follow the penultimate week before exam.


Level of difficulty

As the exam approaches, the main concern is about the difficulty of the paper. CAT exam is known to have some tricky questions which can upset the students. But that will happen ‘during’ the exam. That is why it is better to focus on your preparation rather than thinking about the paper.

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There are always rumors circulating about the difficulty of paper, but the actual exam will always be different than these rumors. That is why focus on things that are under your control, which is your preparation.

There are no ‘important topics’

Right from an early age, we have been taught to only prepare the main or the important topics which are asked in the exam. This has led us to believe that in all the exams, there are some important topics which will be repeatedly asked every time.

But with CAT this is not the case. CAT exam is known to be unpredictable.  Therefore, in this exam, there are no ‘important topics’. Be prepared for any twist and revise all the topics properly.

Focus on Non-negative Questions

Non-negative or generally known as the TITA (Type in The Answer) questions are very common CAT examination. Out of the total, 100 questions asked, 30 questions are TITA questions. These questions do not have options and there is no negative marking for wrong answers.

Thus, experts and toppers believe that you should attempt all the TITA questions. Further, in these questions, there are no options so it will take time for you to solve these questions. So, in the last week try and focus more on these type of questions.

Mock tests

The best preparation for CAT is to prepare through mock tests. But going overboard with mock test can backfire, particularly in the last week of the exam. It is important for you to give the mock tests and score in it. But on the other hand, in the last week, you cannot analyze all the mock tests you are giving.

That is why it is better to simply revisit the previous mock tests and pick up the mistakes you have made. Make note of the things and revise it daily so that on the day of the exam you are fully prepared.

There is never one strategy to crack the CAT exam. But one needs to be calm and composed in order to give their best during the exams.

IIFT 2019 Admit Card Released, Check Complete Details

IIFT Admit Card 2019 (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) 2019 is slated for release today i.e. November 16, 2018 after 5pm. The entrance will be exam will be conducted on Dec 2, 2018 in paper and pencil mode across 20 centers in the country.

IIFT is a national level management entrance offering admission to MBA (IB) programs at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses. IIFT Application Process started from August 6 and closed on Sep 14, 2018. Every year, around 60,000 students appear for the exam.

Admit card is issued only to those candidates who have successfully registered along with stipulated fee payment.

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Here is a glimpse of the important events and dates associated with IIFT 2019 in the table below:

Events Dates
Online Registration Started on August 6, 2018
Closure of Online Registration September 24, 2018 (extended)
Admit Card to be Released on November 16, 2018
Exam is Scheduled on December 2, 2018

Admit card for IIFT 2019 will be released on the official website (tedu.iift.ac.in). Candidates are advised to download the admit card prior to the exam day to avoid panic at last minute. Candidates will be selected on the basis of written test, group discussion, writing skills assessment and interview.

Candidates may download the admit card from the official website after log in to their account using credentials. Here, we will be talking about the procedure to download the admit card and details stated upon the admit card.


IIFT Admit Card 2019: Steps to Download

  • Visit the official website of IIFT 2019.
  • Candidates then have to login entering their name and application number.

IIFT Admit Card 2019

  • Click on “Submit” button after filling the details.
  • Admit card of the respective candidate will get displayed on the screen.
  • Download the pdf file of the admit card and also take 2-3 printouts of the same for future reference.
  • Candidates must keep the admit card carefully to produce at the examination center and in counseling process.

Details Mentioned on IIFT 2019 Admit Card

IIFT 2019 admit card contains personal and exam related details which are mentioned here. Once the candidates download the admit card, they are advised to cross check every detail with caution. If any discrepancy found, it must be immediately reported to the IIFT and must be revised as soon as possible. Following are the details mentioned on the admit card of IIFT 2019:-

  • Name of the candidate
  • Signature and photograph of the candidate.
  • Roll number/application number of the candidate.
  • Name and address of the exam center.
  • Date of exam.
  • Reporting time of exam.
  • General instructions to be followed by the candidate on exam day.

IIFT 2019 Exam Centers

IIFT 2019 will be held in 20 cities across the country. The exam centers for the entrance test have been stated as follows:

Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chennai, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Dehradun, Gowahati, Indore, Jamshedpur, Kochi and Vishakhapatnam.

How do CAT 99 Percentile Scorers Planned Their Preparation?

This year, IIM Calcutta is conducting CAT (Common Admission Test) exam on Nov 25, 2018. The exam is one of the most sought-after management entrance exams in the country. On an average, the number of candidates appearing in CAT annually is around 2 lakhs.

Out of this number, less than one percent could make it to 99 percentile which is around 2000 candidates. The stats itself shows that scoring 99 percentile in CAT exam is no cake walk but then it is not impossible too!

CAT 99 Percentile Scorers have revealed their strategy which may help the would-be-appearing candidates in a big way. So, let us see what 99 percentile scorers has to say to enlighten the path for the candidates who would be taking exam for the first time:-

Lay down a blueprint and know how to start

Majority of the candidates well aware of the exam pattern, syllabus, books to be referred etc. do not know how to start the preparation for the concerned exam. So, it is important that you set up a strategy of yours and implement it strictly. Just know your strengths, enhance them and put them in the direction of your plan.


Increase number of correct attempts

Know the average number of questions to be attempted to acquire 99 percentile and start preparing to at least maintain that minimum number while taking the exam. To achieve 99 percentile, candidates require to score around 178 out of 300. Thus, knowing the marking scheme, candidate must plan accordingly as how much attempts he/she should make so that they reach the required margin.

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Work on quality rather than quantity

Try to increase your precision level while attempting the mocks. As we know, there is negative marking in CAT exam. Keeping that in mind, attempt the easy questions first as it would boost your confidence in the exam. Then, go on the difficult questions and do not mark any option if you don’t have a single clue about it. Hence, while increasing number of attempts, try that you attempt most of the questions correctly.

Interpret the complexity level of the questions

There is no remedy to success other than hard work. Practicing more and more questions will help you get an idea of the difficulty level of the questions. It would make you familiar with the exam pattern and help you know the format of the questions being asked in the exam. Thus, try to solve plenty number of questions from various topics of the syllabus.

Manage time and speed

These two factors highly influence a candidates’ performance in any competitive exam. While giving mocks, students must try to solve more number of questions than they did in previous mock test. Learn short tricks to solve the questions and do a lot of practice applying the tricks you learnt so that you become accustomed of solving questions in a particular way. Mostly, short tricks are helpful in questions from quantitative aptitude and reasoning.

Tips to Ace CAT 2018 Mathematics Section

For the CAT aspirants who never studied Mathematics after secondary school, the Quantitative Aptitude section of this iconic eligibility test can be very daunting. However, the one fact that candidates can cheer about is that the syllabus for the CAT Quantitative Aptitude covers the elementary level of mathematics taught till class 10th level.

In the tables below, the segregation of type of questions that appears in the Quantitative Aptitude section as per CAT Exam Pattern is presented followed by the topics that have most frequently covered in the last few editions of CAT:

Section name Total questions Total MCQs (With negative marking) Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) Total maximum marks
Quantitative Aptitude 34 23 – 27 7 – 11 102

Some major topics covered under each section:

Arithmetic Number System, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures, Averages
Algebra Linear Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Quadratic Equations, Time-Speed-Distance, Time-Work
Geometry Lines-Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals & Higher Polygons, Circles, 3-D Figures, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry
Modern Math Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Logarithms, Functions, Set Theory

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  • Of the above topics, algebra and geometry have featured comparatively number of times than arithmetic and modern math topics over the last couple of years. As such, aspirants for CAT would do well to lay a little more stress on the algebra and geometry topics.
  • Your success in the CAT Quantitative Aptitude section rides on your conceptual clarity. The foremost thing that you should do is make friends with your math books from school to brush up all your basics to start with.
  • Other than strong basic fundamentals, phased practice tests elevating from moderate to difficult questions is what will make your handling of problems much more confident.
  • Regular timed practice will help you sharpen your basic concepts while taking care of problem-solving within a time constraint.
  • A list of topic-wise formulae will help in better retention and easy recollection.
  • Identify the topics that you are weak in and focus on them instead of the topics that you are most comfortable in. In order to excel, you need to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Finish a topic and immediately attempt a test based on the same. This is very important to seal in the concepts that you have just acquired.
  • Once all topics are covered, sectional mock tests followed by their analysis is the way forward to practice in a simulated time-bound environment.
  • Analysis of each and every mock test is as important as attempting the test itself as it would correctly indicate your problem areas. You can pick up the problem areas for further clarification of concepts and revision.
  • Try and attempt alternate ways of attempting a particular type of problem so that you can find the shortest method to solve the same thus reducing time spent on problem-solving.
  • Apart from basic mathematical skill, what is more important for a CAT aspirant is to be able to comprehend and interpret a question and the given options correctly. CAT is essentially a test of your strategizing skills as a would-be manager; how well you prioritize the more doable question over the ones that you are not sure of, and how efficiently you take care of problem-solving by choosing the minimal steps to reduce time consumption.

You may consider referring to the following books and study material for preparation of CAT Quantitative Aptitude section:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT – by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw Hill)
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT – by Nishit K.Sinha (Pearson)
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams (Pearson)
  • Quantitative Aptitude study modules by TIME, Career Launcher, IMS

To sum up the preparation tips for the quantitative aptitude section of CAT, a well-charted plan to brush up basic concepts, hard work, self-discipline, and relentless practice is what will help you score high.

How To Edit CAT Application Form Successfully?

IIM Calcutta will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 on November 25. The online registration for CAT has already commenced from August 8, 2018. As per recent reports, students filling the CAT Application Form are facing some issues while editing CAT 2018 Application Form. So, candidates who are worried about these issues need not worry as they can rectify the mistakes made in the application form. To know how to edit CAT application form successfully, read the article given below.

There are three ways to edit CAT 2018 application form. First, you can change the details entered in the application form before submitting the application fee. Second, you can register again before the last date of application. Third, you can also edit the data entered in the form after the submission of the application fee. One can choose any of the methods mentioned above to rectify their mistakes made in the form.

In the first case, if the candidate has made a mistake while filling the form before submission of fee, then you can edit the information entered as many times as they want. This facility is only available for those students who have not submitted the application form finally. Candidates can change all the information such as academic details, examination centers, course selected and other details in the form. However, there are some details such as candidate’s name, state, date of birth, email id and phone number which cannot be modified even before final submission of application form.

In case you find that you have entered incorrect information while registering for CAT 2018 then you are required to apply for CAT 2018 again. In this case, you need to apply for CAT again with a new email id. To avoid paying the application fee twice, it is advised that you must check the form twice.

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In the third case, i.e., if the last date to apply for CAT 2018 is over or you have already paid the application fee, you need not worry as you can make the changes after the last date also. If there are mistakes apart from the registration details, then you need to wait for the CAT 2018 application form correction window. In this time period, students can edit the information like percentage of marks obtained, work experience, course details and test centers for further admission process. The correction window is expected to open 10 days after the last date of CAT 2018 registration. It will remain open for just 3 days. After the closing of correction window, no further request for change in information will be entertained.

Right now, there is no information regarding the opening of the correction window as it’s not confirmed by the examination conducting body. There are chances that the authorities will open the correction window. Though from the last two years, IIM has been opening this facility for the convenience of candidates. So, its been expected that the application correction window will also open this year.

As per experts, it’s been advised that you must not depend on the correction window. Before filling the CAT application form 2018, read the instruction manual carefully. There is ample time to fill the application form, so fill the application form patiently and fill the form before the last date i.e. September 19, 2018. The registration fee is Rs. 1900 (Rs. 950 for SC/ ST/ PwD Category candidates) which can be paid only in the online mode through Debit, Credit Cards or Net Banking and the application fee is non-refundable.

Last 3 Months Strategy to Ace CAT 2018

CAT 2018 Exam dates are announced and with little more than 3 months left for the examination, every CAT aspirant is preparing in a full swing. The registration process for CAT 2018 has already begun and the last day to apply for the test is on September 19, 2018. IIMs and all the other top notch b-schools in the country accept CAT scores for admitting candidates in PG Management courses.

Putting in hours of preparation and focused study can always yield results, but all aspirants must ensure that they have a proper strategy in place according to the syllabus and are aware of CAT 2018 Syllabus and Examination Pattern. This article will aid all the aspirants in their preparations strategy to ace CAT 2018.

Common Admission Test (CAT) evaluates a student mainly on three major areas: Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and English.

The most important step toward a preparation is to identify the subjects of your interests and weaknesses and make an individual strategy for them. Students are required to give their best within a limited time duration. They may face several stumble blocks while going through different subject areas. A coaching institute, an experienced guide or a mentor can always come to their rescue in such situations.

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CAT question papers have sectional time limits, candidates have to answer each section in 60 minutes. Time management during preparation and during exam will play the defining role. Students should plan to study 6 to 8 hours a day in shifts of two hours.

It is quite important to take sectional tests and practice several mock papers and actual previous year papers, in order to get familiar with the time frame and pattern that is followed. At the time of preparation, candidates must do regular revision and take mock tests to evaluate their performance and reformulate their preparation accordingly.  Never make random guesses and learn how to manage time properly. Don’t waste too much of time on one particular question.

Also remember, as CAT have sectional cutoff, the most important thing to make a strategy particularly for sections you are weak in and devote more time for those sections. This will help you manage the sectional cutoffs. Few days before the exam, focus more on revision and mock test in order to develop momentum for performing well in the exam

Section Wise Preparation Tips


Student should get into the habit of regular reading of a newspaper and any magazine which covers the contemporary events well. Listen to speeches or watch movies and/or documentaries with subtitles. This increases knowledge of spoken English and comes in handy while attempting questions on sentence completion.

English section has more reading oriented questions that are time-consuming. You should also practice as many reading comprehensions as possible for improving your reading speed and answering questions based on that.

Quantitative Aptitude Section

Students should brush up the basics to get a grip on the fundamental topics. The only strategy for Quantitative Aptitude is to Practise, so practice as many mock tests as possible and do not use calculators while appearing for any mock/online tests. Never make random guesses in this section and learn how to manage time properly.

Don’t waste too much of time on one particular question as you will have only an hour to solve the complete section.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

You should spend some seconds over a question and study each question carefully. You should make a habit to read all the response choices carefully before eliminating or choosing one of them. One of the good strategies in practicing data analysis and sufficiency questions is presenting it in form of charts or pictures.

You should solve questions regularly to get a good grip of it as ample practice should be there and always manage your time properly.