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CAT 2017 first cut analysis slot 1

Students speak:
“Quant was easy with questions from Cetking green books” – Ashwin
“DILR was tough and will be the main deciding factor” – Rahul
“Verbal section was lengthy but doable” – Divya

Key changes in the exam:
– No change in the paper pattern 34 32 34 questions and section wise distribution
– Level of difficulty: verbal quant doable and DILR difficult

Overview: The level was doable like last year. One can touch attempt of 25 out of 34.
Ideal Attempts and Cutoffs: 99%ile 25 attempts and 90%ile 20 attempts

Overview: level of difficulty was high but not as high as last year paper. Only 2 sets out of 8 were manageable.
Ideal Attempts and Cutoffs: 99%ile 20 attempts and 90%ile 12 attempts

Overview: The level of difficulty was easy with many questions as sitters. Cetking shortcuts were easy to apply in many questions.
Ideal Attempts and Cutoffs: 99%ile 25 attempts and 90%ile 20 attempts

Overall attempts and cutoffs
99%ile 70+ attempts and 90%ile 55+ attempts

Note: Accuracy plays important role so these cutoffs are based on 85% accuracy assumption.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 will be conducted on November 26, 2017 in two sessions. Registrations for the exam for entry into the prestigious IIMs and other B- schools will open on August 9 2017 and will close September 20.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 will be conducted on November 26, 2017 in two sessions. Registrations for the exam for entry into the prestigious IIMs and other B- schools will open on August 9 2017 and will close on September 20, 2017, professor Neeraj Dwivedi, convener, CAT 2017 said in a release issued by IIM Lucknow on Saturday.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will be releasing the notification for the CAT 2017 in newspapers across the country on July 30, 2017. The exam will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 140 Test Cities. Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference.

The duration of the test will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.
Source: Economic times.

Expected CAT 2017 paper

Quant Section CAT 2017 Quant Section expected < Download here
Logic Section CAT 2017 Logic Section expected < Download here 
DI Section CAT 2017 Expected paper (Coming Soon)
Verbal Section CAT 2017 Expected paper (Coming Soon)
CAT 2016 paper CAT 2016 paper with solution < Download here
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Strategy Video on how to prepare


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CAT 2008 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2007 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2006 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2005 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2004 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2003 first paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2003 retest paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2002 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2001 paper with solution pdf here
CAT 2000 paper with solution pdf here

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NOTIFICATION Important dates for CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes all over India including the IIMs.


Sr.. Activities Timelines (tentative)
1 Release of Advertisement July (Sunday)
2 Online Registration for CAT August to September end
3 Admit Card Download Window End of October
4 CAT Test Date Last Sunday November
5 Release of Results January Mid

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in partnership with the CAT testing agency TCS will be conducting CAT in the months of October/November 2015. Sharing the information, the sources have categorically stated that assigning the responsibility of conducting CAT will be decided later on to any IIM. IIM Ahmedabad is the first IIM that was instrumental in beginning CAT exam as the Computerised Based Test (CBT). It was IIM Ahmedabad that conducted the first computerized CAT in 2009 with testing partner Prometric. Probably Prometric was not so much matured to the level of conducting hassle free CAT 2009 because of which a few issued sprang up during the testing window.

-Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
-Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
-Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)
-Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK)
-Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML)
-Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
-S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
-J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
-XLRI Xavier Institute of Management, Jamshedpur
Institute of Management Indore (IIMI), Indore
Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (RGIIM), Shillong
Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIMI), Mumbai campus
Indian Institute of Management Raipur (IIMR), Raipur
Indian Institute of Management Ranchi (IIM-Ra), Ranchi
Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (IIM-Ro), Rohtak
Indian Institute of Management Trichy (IIMT), Trichy
Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIMU), Udaipur
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur (IIM-Ka), Kashipur
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon


In order to be eligible for appearing in CAT, the aspirants should be graduates in any discipline from a recognized university or institute with minimum 50% marks or in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. The final year graduation students are also eligible to apply provided they complete the degree and obtain the cutoff percentage within the stipulated time frame. There is no age limit for candidates as per the CAT Eligibility Criteria. Although IIMs and other top B-schools prefer students with significant work experience, it is not mandatory as far as eligibility is concerned. However, each B-schools have their separate eligibility criteria.


The expected cutoff is calculated on the basis of CAT 2015, 2014 and CAT 2013.
It may vary this year due to new changes in the exam pattern

College General General General OBC OBC OBC SC SC SC ST ST ST
Name Quant Verbal Logic Quant Verbal Logic Quant Verbal Logic Quant Verbal Logic
IIM Ahmedabad 90 90 90 76 74 75 54 56 55 52 52 52
IIM Bangalore 85 84 84.5 74 72 73 55 57 56 48 51 49.5
IIM Calcutta 84 82 83 75 73 74 53 57 55 47 49 48
IIM Lucknow 83 81 82 78 74 76 56 52 54 43 47 45
IIM Indore 86 85 85.5 75 77 76 54 51 52.5 49 51 50
IIM Kozhikode 81 79 80 71 78 74.5 57 53 55 51 52 51.5
IIM Shillong 79 81 80 72 71 71.5 51 57 54 52 49 50.5
IIM Ranchi 82 83 82.5 73 73 73 53 51 52 50 48 49
IIM Rohtak 82 81 81.5 77 74 75.5 52 56 54 47 47 47
IIM Raipur 81 79 80 72 71 71.5 55 58 56.5 49 46 47.5
IIM Trichy 82 84 83 74 73 73.5 54 59 56.5 48 52 50
IIM Kashipur 79 80 79.5 73 74 73.5 52 50 51 49 47 48
IIM Udaipur 80 81 80.5 70 69 69.5 53 52 52.5 47 46 46.5


Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS, DU) 98.2+ %ile
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+ %ile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+ %ile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+ %ile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+ %ile
S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai 85+ %ile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+ %ile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ %ile
International Management Institute (IMI) Delhi 90+ %ile
Department of Management Studies (DMS), IIT Delhi 95+ %ile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+ %ile
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+ %ile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+ %ile

~ As per the Government of India requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non creamy” layer (NC-OBC).RESERVATION INCLUDED UNDER CAT 201
~ CAT is a computer based multiple choice objective type test of 180 minutes duration.
The total number of questions is 100. Last year, CAT was conducted in a single day window instead of 2 days unlike last year. Till last year, the total number of seats in IIMs was 3,351. The application process started from August 6 and continued till September 25, 2015. The total number of applications received this year is 2,18,664, which is an 11% increase compared to last year and highest in the past 5 years.
As per the Government of India requirements, 15 per cent of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC),
7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates and 27 per cent of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “non -creamy” layer (NC – OBC).
For an updated state-wise central list, OBCs are eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer. For doing so, the candidates are required to visit the website, the link for which is
Any subsequent change will not be effective for CAT unless there is a change made by the Central Government or judiciary.
Three per cent seats are reserved for Differently Abled (DA) candidates.
The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavour of IIMs, that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/Non-Creamy OBC categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance.
The candidates must read the instructions given on the official website. After the closure of registration procedure, no change in the category will be entertained.

You have to apply on IIM CAT website. Forms are out in August every year.


Banker’s Discount
Boats and Streams
Chain Rule
Decimal Fractions
H.C.F. and L.C.M.
Height and Distance
Mixtures and Alligations
Numbers System
Permutations and
Pipes and Cistern
Profit and Loss
Races and Games
Series – Odd Man Out
Series – Find Missing Number
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Square Root and Cube Root
Stocks and Shares
Surds and Indices
Time and Distance
Time and Work

Spotting Errors
Sentence Formation
Sentence Correction
Completing Statements
Ordering of Sentences
Paragraph Formation
Closet Test
Reading Comprehension
One Word Substitutes
Change of Voice
Change of Speech
Verbal Analogies

Logical Games Puzzles
Statement and Argument

Table Charts
Bar Charts
Pie Charts
Line Charts


Management consultant in a UK based consulting form

  1. Temperature Check
  2. Complete the basics
  3. Sectional tests and exercises
  4. Start taking mocks every week
  5. Improve your weaker section
  6. Find shortcuts and strategies

1. Temperature check
Most common question in the mind of most of the students is where to start! this temperature check tool will help you analyze where you stand and how much improvement you need. Spend around 1 hour to 30 mins on this and at the end of it you will get a clear picture of your performance. Temperature check link.

2. Complete the basics | Revise the basics
By basics we mean what should be able to solve every question given in the books without any problem. If you have already completed the material available to you then move on to other books we would recommend RS Agrawal for all topics. Once you have completed the basics start the cycle of revising them all. You will definitely score more than 80%ile in CAT if you have done the basics.

3. Sectional Tests and exercises
Start taking sectional tests and time based exercises. We would recommend taking 2 – 3 tests a week will see where you stand and how much improvement you need. If you are unable to find any books with enough tests then start using your current book and start taking tests of 20 – 40 questions in 30 minutes.

4. Start taking mocks
We consider mocks to be kicks. Start taking mocks once every week, this will help you gauge your performance and know where you stand. Mock scores will also help you identify your aim and strategy for the last few months before CAT. Please start your mocks even if you have not completed the chapters. Completing everything is a never ending process so start taking mocks from this week onward.
We have good mock taking strategies program called mock engineering program but we won’t open our cards till you have solved a few mocks and have made some strategies. Then call us and we will help you frame a fool proof strategy for mocks.
It takes 2 hours to take a mock but will take another 2 hours to analyse the mocks. We have created a flowchart which will help you know where you stand and how much improvement you need in every section. Analysis should include your attempted, non-attempted questions. Silly mistakes and guess work attempts.

5. Identify and improve your weak area:
It will take one month to improve your weaker section. If you like a stranger and directly propose her she will slap! So first know her by talking to her, take her out for coffee then give your luck a try. Similarly start with the solved examples to know the topic well. Then try some more exercises to gain knowledge about the subject. Finally try to take some sectional tests to see your performance.
Improve your weaker area: Video link:

6. Shortcuts and strategies
If you are good in one area say quant or DI then don’t be content with that. Strive for something better than that. Try to find strategies and shortcuts for those sections. Once you are revising the basics you will find easier ways to solve the questions. This will help you increase your speed, Improve your accuracy and reduce time per question.
Do collective studies with your friends and exchange ideas and shortcuts with each other. If you have 5 shortcuts and your friend has 5 shortcuts.. suddenly you will see that together you have 10 shortcuts.
Try Shortcut and strategies in these videos:

If you are unable to find shortcuts or struggling with any area then join our CATking workshops. In this workshop we will help you solve:

  • DI without pen!
  • Quant without formulas
  • RC in half them time.
  • Shortcuts and Strategies for Logical reasoning

1 Speed: Number of questions you can solve (correctly) in any time limit considering the difficulty level.
2 Accuracy: There is negative marking for wrong answers. Accuracy means correct questions of all attempted.
3 Concentration: For 180 minutes test, the level of concentration decreases as time passes.
4 Easy Qs: Every paper has some easy questions which shouldn’t be left.
5 Traps: These are hard questions which looks easy, so candidated tend to waste time on these.

There are many coaching classes for CAT in India. Always ask for demo lecture, past year results and faculty at that branch office. Cetking has launched dedicated CAT coaching classes in mumbai and online.
Cetking’s intensive program has helped many students gain entry into Top B Schools over the last few years. Exhaustive material (5000 questions plus) along with one of the most experienced faculty makes Cetking one of the favourite coaching classes for CAT in mumbai. Cetking records every lecture for students for review at home. Attend a demo lecture

Mocks series for CAT
Students who are serious about their CAT preparation should be taking atleast 20 mocks before they sit for the actual CAT paper. Increase your score by upto 20 marks with Cetking mock series. Along with the mocks Cetking provides mock strategies which are good enough to help you increase your score in CAT. See mock programs offered by Cetking here…

Shortcuts for CAT
CAT exam is speed game not like college exam where we have to solve only 6 questions in 3 hours.
Speed is the key factor for CAT. Students can join Cetking shortcut workshops for all areas of CAT.. Quant Verbal Logic and Data Interpretation. Cetking’s intensive workshops are designed to increase score by upto 40 marks in CAT. See demo shortcut videos by Cetking here..

Study material for CAT
Study Material creates a big impact on your preparation for CAT. Most of the topics in CAT Syllabus are general Maths & English topics but require a different approach of preparation for CAT. Students commit general mistake of spending too much time solving basic level questions which are never asked in CAT.
Cetking has divided CAT prep into 3 phases Orange phase (basics) followed by Green books (CAT level) and Blue books for non cat exams. Which is more than sufficient. You can buy Cetking books online on


CAT 2015 detailed Analysis with cutoff

Overview verdict:
Quant easy to medium
Verbal easy to medium
Logic DI medium to difficult

Attempts for 98 – 99%ile
Quant – Easy to solve ideal attempt 25 plus for 99%ile
Verbal – Easy to solve ideal attempt 25 plus for 99%ile
DI LR – 5 sets ideal attempt 20 questions for 99%ile

Attempts for 90 – 92%ile
Quant verbal 22 attempt each
Logic DI total 16 questions ie 4 sets attempt

Attempts for 80 – 85%ile
Quant verbal 18 attempts each
Logic DI total 3 sets 12 questions..

Assuming 85-90%accuracy in Quant Verbal and 90 – 95% in LR DI.

Section wise analysis of CAT 2015 paper

CAT 2015 Quant section –
Arithmetic profit loss 3, averages 3, time work 2.
Geometry 1 question on circles and 2 on mensuration
Modern Maths: AP 3 ques, inequality 4, set theory 1, 1 functions.
Numbers: 1 questions
Algebra: simple equations 1 question
Probability 1 ques
Overall easy section

CAT 2015 Verbal section:
RC 24 questions all RC frm economic times
Para Jumbles all subjective questions
Vocab no questions
Grammar no questions
Critical reasoning 4 questions essence of passage
Incoherent passages 5 questions
Overall easy sections

CAT 2015 LR section:
Set 1 – job based question from cetking green book level medium
Set 2 – laptop and family relationships set easy to solve
Two sets easy and two medium to difficult to solve

CAT 2015 DI section:
Set 1 – Calculation based: line chart easy
Set 2 – Logic based percentage of mobiles very difficult set
Set 3 – logic n calculation based nandu set medium to solve
Set 4 – based on cubes.. pure logic and easy to solve.

Focus on the remaining exams SNAP NMAT CMAT CET as level is much more easy.

Detailed analysis will be posted by evening with cutoffs…..


With CAT round the corner. Note the Last minute tips for CAT

1. Make a fixed strategy
Many students will not be able to complete paper in time.. just end up doing only few questions per section and miss evening looking at all questions. So finalise the time allocation per section so that you can atleast see the compete paper and solve the easy ones in each section.
Ideal recommended time per section in CAT:
Quant 30 mins for first 17 questions
Quant 30 mins for last 17 questions
Verbal 30 mins for first 17 questions
Verbal 30 mins for last 17 questions
DI 30 mins for 16 questions ie 4 sets
LR 30 mins for 16 questions ie 4 sets

2. Remember sectional cutoffs
Each section is equally important so remember to touch each section.. Actual attempt will vary according to level of difficulty but you should have a ballmark figure in mind. Cetking recommends CAT expected attempts to be around 70 – 80

Read full article here: >


30 days to CAT exam
Inc score by 10 marks workshop video..

Important areas to focus on
Quant verbal logic and DI
Mock taking strategies
Topic to do and leave for cat


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