Taking CAT 2012? Know the pattern in detail & start planning your preparation

This article of MBAUniverse.com will share with you the basics of the exam pattern and the preparation strategy you must follow in order to crack the CAT 2012.

CAT 2012, the most awaited MBA entrance exam of the year is looking for the announcement of the exam by next month. If you are planning to pursue your MBA in 2013, then going for CAT 2012 is the most convenient way you can follow. If you are seriously planning to take CAT 2012, then you must have started your CAT preparation by now. If not, then no need to fret, as this is the right time to start CAT 2012 preparation.


Experts say you need six months to prepare properly for CAT. Considering the fact that CAT is held in October to November each year, you should not delay your preparation any further. CAT 2011 was held in a 20 day window between Saturday, October 22 and Friday, November 18, 2012. CAT 2012 is expected to follow the similar timeline.


This article of MBAUniverse.com will share with you the basics of the CAT 2012 pattern and the preparation strategy you must follow in order to crack CAT 2012.


CAT 2012 Pattern

This article of MBAUniverse.com will share with you the basics of the CAT 2012 pattern and the preparation strategy you must follow in order to crack CAT 2012.


The duration of the exam will be 140 minutes. Instead of having three sections, the number of sections was reduced from three to two. However, the areas of testing remained the same. Instead of three sections of Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, CAT 2011 ushered the change in pattern with two sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.


The difficulty level of the exam is generally on the higher side. Throwing surprises is the common trend of CAT.


Components of the sections


Basically CAT tests your conceptual understanding. If you are pro at the basic concepts of the Class X level, and know the correct methods and strategies to solve the questions, then you can easily crack the exam. Let us have a look at the components of each of the areas of the exam.

Quantitative Ability: This part basically tests your numerical ability and mathematical skills. The section covers Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration and questions predominantly belong to what is taught to students up to the tenth standard.


Verbal Ability: This area tests your knowledge in English. The questions in this section are from the areas of Reading Comprehension and English Usage. While Reading Comprehension is self explanatory, English Usage includes questions on grammar, vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, para jumbles, fill in the blanks etc.


Data Interpretation: Data Interpretation asks you to study and interpret the data given in the form of graphs, charts and figures.

Logical Reasoning: Logical Reasoning tests your ability to think in a rational and logical manner. The questions will be in the form of cases and you will be given several questions on the basis of these cases. The questions of the Logical Reasoning are similar to puzzles.


Preparing for CAT 2012 ( CAT Preparation)


The best way to start CAT 2012 preparation is by taking a diagnostic test. This will help you decide about your strengths and weaknesses. After that, you should chalk out a study plan on the basis of that. For example, if your weakest area is Quantitative Ability, then you should allocate more hours for it than the areas of your strength.

To start with, study for two to three hours every day. “The keyword here is ‘regular’ and discipline and concentration are a must. In the initial stages, the student should concentrate on the weak areas rather than strong areas,” says Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning.


To direct your preparation in the right way, it is best to join an MBA coaching institute. The noted ones are T.I.M.E., IMS Learning, Career Launcher, Bulls Eye etc. The coaching institutes will guide you in the right way to crack CAT 2012 by providing you the right study material, preparation strategy and mock tests.


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Self study can be a way too

It is not an obligation to join MBA coaching institute as many students who prepare by themselves also succeed in the CAT race. But it demands much more dedication and systematic approach at your end. If you want to opt for the self study method for CAT 2012 preparation, make sure that you approach in the right order. You should have the right books and study materials to start with. It is also very important that you get all your doubts clarified which you are facing during the course of your preparation. You must ensure that you take regular mock tests and get them analyzed. Even if you are not enrolled in a coaching institute for your CAT 2012 preparation, you should enroll for the mock test series offered by them.


If you are opting for self study, then you can also form a study group which may consist of the fellow CAT 2012 aspirants. The group members can share the techniques, strategies and anything new which you come across which will smoothen your chance of clearing the exam.

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For advanced aspirants

If you have already been preparing for CAT 2012 then you have some advantage at your end as you are familiar to the CAT syllabus and strategies. You just need to brush up the basic knowledge that you have acquired while preparing for CAT 2011 and take regular mock tests to check your current situation and gauge your next steps.


With your preparation for the sections of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, you must also be aware of the world outside. Keep yourself aware by regular reading of newspapers and various forms of media as this will not only help improve your outlook towards the world, but also eventually help you perform better in CAT 2012.

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more on CAT Preparation 2012.


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