Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the toughest entrance exams for MBA programs and it is not easy to crack at one shot. This is a computer-based three hours test developed and administered by the Indian Institute of Management. There are five sections of the exam and they are Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. The test takes place once every year. Since 2014 the test is conducted by Tata Consultancy Services and this is 180 minutes test which is comprised of 100 questions of which 34 from QA, 34 from VA and RC and 32 from Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Besides getting admission in IIMs it is from 2011 IITs and IISC consider the CAT scores for the aspirants who wish to study management in IIT or IISc Earlier IIT and IISc used to consider Joint Management Entrance Test for the management study in their Institute. The aspirant must hold a bachelor degree with a score of 50% for general candidates and 45% for SC/ST/OBC and Physically Handicapped. The degree must be from Universities or Institutes or other organization which are under the statutory bodies build up by an act of Parliament and falls under the purview of Section 3 of UGC Act.
CAT is a tough Management Entrance exam so to crack the exam one must follow the right study schedule and Guidance. To score good percentile it is always better and suggestive to take formal coaching or guidance for CAT. The experts and the toppers believe that though formal coaching is necessary at the same time self-preparation and disciplined study and logical approach helps a candidate to crack the exam in a better and smooth way. It is also not hard to crack without coaching and for this one must follow a few steps like knowing the exam pattern and syllabus in detail. Candidates must go through the past years’ analysis based on which it is easier to set priorities among the different topics. One must get the right study material and not keep anything for the last moment. The aspirant candidate must prepare well for more than one year may be from the end of the second year of college. There are a lot of CAT sample papers and books written by experts available online and in the market which will of great help for preparation.