CAT 2015 Comprehensive Analysis

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The Common Admission Test 2015 will be conducted across India on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). As declared officially, CAT 2015 will comprise of 3 sections:Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC- 34 questions); Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR- 32 questions); and Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA-34 questions). Total time allotted for the test is 180 minutes.

After the completion of 2015 CAT, our team of experts will come up with the detailed analysis of the CAT 2015 paper. We will publish the most comprehensive coverage on CAT 2015 to give you the complete idea of your expected score and other details. The CAT 2015 analysis will be based on the actual experiences of the test takers on the day of the test. Inputs of our expert mentors combined with the actual test taking experiences will be put together to give you the complete picture of the exam. This analysis will help you to a great extent in planning your future strategy after the exam.

Since CAT 2015 has not been conducted yet, hence it is advised that CAT aspirants see the detailed analysis of previous year's paper available on our website at the following links. This analysis will help you to understand the CAT paper pattern, difficulty level and the type of questions asked in the CAT previous years papers. CAT 2014 Paper Analysis

Also, it is advisable if you go through the past year CAT papers pdfs download able through the following link:

Having an overview of the CAT is important for students who are planning to write the CAT 2015. With previous year’s CAT analysis you can not only remove the doubts but can also have the idea about the marks that you can score in CAT 2015. You can also compare your expected result with CAT 2014 cut off after the exam. In case any student has any doubts related to CAT 2015 Analysis or cut off, you can contact us. You can also get latest information about CAT 2015 Analysis on our Facebook page.

Tips & Strategies for CAT-2015: How to Crack CAT 2015 Exam?

Step-1: Analysis

The first step for acing CAT involves analyzing your strengths and weakness. CAT preparation is not about being perfect with each and every topic. In fact, it revolves around your ability to maximize your potential, and ensure that you are fully aware of your strengths areas, and maximize your potential in these. There are three major that are present in the CAT exam:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

First, for each of these sections, prepare a list of topics and sub-topics. Remember, that the best route to your conquest is the one you know. Second, carry out a quick analysis of all these topics and sub-topics, and classify them into three categories: strong, mediocre and weak. Though the above is a seemingly simple piece of advice, you will find that it is a lot harder to put into practice. It is easier said than done to identify your strong and weak areas, and we can make assumptions about these, which might not be true. The best way to go about this is to analyze your test data and identify which are the areas where you consistently score well. Add to this, your personal comfort level with a particular topic to arrive at your true skill levels in the area.

Step-2: Action

Once you are done with the analysis bit, you need to understand what you need to do for each topic. The strong areas require regular revision and test practice, the mediocre ones require a revisit of the concepts, and the weak areas need extra time and attention. Remember that simply solving tests would be of no use if you are not clear with the concepts.

As far as the individual sections are concerned, kindly keep the following in mind:

1. Quantitative Aptitude:

This section depends 100% on conceptual clarity. Ensure that your basic fundamentals for the subject are strong. Also, make sure you practice tests in a phased manner, progressing from easy to difficult problems.

2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

DI and Reasoning skills can be developed over a period of time. CAT Data Interpretation requires good calculation skills, ability to interpret and analyze data and identify traps in the question. Close inspection of the data given is required, coupled with the fact that you should have adequate practice of the various question types. This will help you understand the problems better. So, make sure you practice different types of sets and expose yourself to as much variety as possible.

For Logical Reasoning, you can start by solving puzzles. These help establish a certain familiarity with reasoning problems, and also provide you the different kinds of approaches and tricks used by question setters in the actual exam. For Puzzles, you can refer to our e-learning section: Puzzle Corner. As with Data Interpretation, you improve in Logical Reasoning with practice.

3. Verbal Ability:

This is the last section to be featured in this ‘how to crack CAT’ article but by no means this reflects the skill level required for this section. Verbal Ability is a tricky portion in CAT. It requires you to have an understanding of CAT grammar and CAT vocabulary question types, coupled with various forms of reasoning and in-depth understanding of comprehensions. But the evaluation does not stop at the questions itself. The exam actually wants you to adopt a holistic approach for the exam, and pay sufficient attention to the three parts that constitute any language: Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary. You would do well to come up with an action plan for each of these and pay individual attention to these sections.

Remember, one of the most central aspects of your preparation revolves around reading and you would do well to work on your reading skills. You can also refer to our Verbal Preparation Tips article for more insightful tips for this section of the exam

Step-3: Regular Practice and Planning

The last step in your CAT preparation: Practice. This advice is clichéd, over-used, and repetitive in nature, but, it is something that is absolutely necessary. How do you practice? Do you dive into your CAT Preparation Books and study non-stop? Do you devote 10 to 12 hours every day to your CAT prep? No, you do not need to do any such thing. But you most definitely need to come up with a plan. You can plan your schedule monthly and weekly. The weekly plans are built keeping in the mind the monthly targets. For every week, make sure you have one target area in each subject that you want to improve in. Also, for each week, ensure you revise the concepts of at least one topic you have studied previously. Such a planned approach would ensure maximum possible learning, and would also help you convert your preparation into tangible targets.

Students can easily score well in CAT, with the help of this three-part action plan. Along with the above, you are advised to take Mock Tests regularly. These would ensure that you have a detailed break-up of your performance, and you get an accurate idea of the areas you need to work on.

Further Reading: Latest CAT pattern and Implications for Test Takers (NEW LINK) General Tips for CAT Preparation:

As a prospective test taker, you are aware that the exam is going to be conducted online wherein you will have to answer the questions not in a paper-pencil format but on the computer screen itself. We are sure by now, your preparation must be in full swing and you would be looking forward to the D-day with great confidence. As you approach the D-day, you need to keep a few things in mind to make the best possible use of the remaining time available with you:

Forget about the chapters that you find difficult. Focus on those things which are comfortable with. It is no use worrying about the things that are beyond control. Try to work on the things within your reach. If I have been scoring badly in probability so far, probably I am better off focusing on other chapters.

If you are already scoring very well in an area, say maths, it deserves lesser attention as compared to say, Data Interpretation, which you find difficult. Though it goes against human nature, try to focus on those areas which you find slightly difficult because the scope of improvement is much greater here.

Relax. Eat right. Do some yoga, meditate or just run for a while. It will calm your nerves, energize you and prepare you for D-Day!

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