Vivek\’s diary

First impressions of CAT 2006

For your information: CAT or Common Admission Test is one of the largest MBA entrance exams conducted in India, anually. Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), the premier business-schools of the country (and counted among the best in the world) conduct this test for selecting potential students for the next round of admission process (comprising of a personal interview and a group discussion) for their MBA and Fellow-ship programmes. This year approximately 191,000 candidates have appeared for this exam from all over the country. Apart from the six IIMs, approximately 80 other B-schools use the CAT scores to select potential students for the next round of their respective admission processes.

It’s been just a few hours since I gave my Common Admission Test (CAT) 2006. This year’s paper carried a good potential to be a shocker for many. Noticeable changes in this year’s CAT paper are:

1. Number of questions reduced to 75 from previous years 90.
2. Elimination of differential marks allotment within a section i.e. no half-markers, one-markers and two-markers. All questions carried equal marks.
3. Number of available options to choose from increased to 5 (compared to 4 of last year).
4. Maximum marks possible increased to 300.
5. Marks awarded for every correct answer increased to 4 (compared to 1 of previous years) and negative marking for a wrong answer increased to 1 (compared to ¼ of marks allotted, in the previous years), which means that the overall equation of one-fourth marking still holds good 🙂
6. Good space for rough-work with questions being printed only on the right-hand side in the test booklet and the left-hand side was left blank for rough work.

Section specific outlook

1. Quantitative ability the last section in set 222 was perhaps the easiest in the last few years. Students from commerce background (who are scared of math) could have also scored reasonably in this section

2. Data interpretation had five set of questions that contained no graphs-based sets. Data sufficiency as usual was left out (it did not figure in the Quant section as well). There was a question based on a network diagram and one on shares which seemed like a newer model but were “solvable”.

3. Verbal ability was the biggest shocker (if I can call it that). There were five questions based on a new model where one has to identify if a particular statement is a fact, inference or judgment. There were no Para-jumbles and grammar corrections. All the three reading-comprehension passages (comprising of five questions each) were tough and inference-based in nature. There were five questions on paragraph-completion which had very close answer choices (that could have made life difficult for candidates).

Conclusion

IIMs have done a better job this time by breaking the stereo-types and giving a new life to the “surprise” element in the CATs. It will be interesting to see how various coaching institutes modify their syllabus coverage and coaching techniques in response (if they choose to respond) to this new pattern.

For estimated cut-offs, answer-key and solutions, I recommend checking out websites of reputed coaching institutes like Career Launcher, IMS, TIME etc (not in order of priority).

No part of this article may be used for commercial purposes or publications anywhere without prior permission from the author.

Update:

Dear Readers, I will be unable to honor any more of your e-mail requests. Please DO NOT request me to send the CAT 2006 paper by e-mail.

you can down the entire paper along with detailed solutions (in pdf format) from this link. Please note that to download, you should register on the site and get administrator approval. All the best.

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November 19, 2006 - Posted by | Diary | ,

15 Comments »

  1. hi
    can u please tell me by mail where i can get cat2006 softcopy.
    rasta maniec

    Comment by rasta | November 21, 2006 | Reply

  2. Can u pls send me the softcopy of Cat 2006. I am not in India. I am interested in CAT. My mail ID is chakku_2000@yahoo.com

    Comment by Chakku | November 24, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hello Chakku. I have received a a few requests for the soft-copy of CAT 2006 paper. I am looking on the internet for a pdf format. If it is not available, I will scan my copy and put if for download in JPEG format. However, that will take some time coz I have a few more exams to write and will be busy.

    Comment by stubbfanatic | November 24, 2006 | Reply

  4. hi
    can u please tell me by mail where i can get cat2006 softcopy.OR
    Can u pls send me the softcopy of Cat 2006
    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Comment by saurabh bansal | November 25, 2006 | Reply

  5. Hello friends, I just found out that CAT paper is a property of IIMs and there is a copyright associated with it. Therefore I cannot get it scanned. However, you can down the entire paper along with detailed solutions (in pdf format) from this link:

    http://www.managementparadise.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8985&page=2&highlight=CAT

    please note that to download, you should register on the site and get administrator approval. All the best.

    Comment by stubbfanatic | November 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. can u pls send me the soft-copy of cat2006.my email add.as_sailanayahoo.com

    Comment by ankush | December 3, 2006 | Reply

  7. hi
    i am ansika ,would u like to send me the soft copy of previous papers……………my mail id is badhwana007@yahoo.com and badhwana007@rediffmail.com
    i shall be thnkful to u for this.

    regards
    ansika

    Comment by RAVINDER | December 19, 2006 | Reply

  8. Dear Readers, I will be unable to honor any more of your e-mail requests. Please DO NOT request me to send the CAT 2006 paper by e-mail.

    you can down the entire paper along with detailed solutions (in pdf format) from this link.

    please note that to download, you should register on the site and get administrator approval. All the best.

    Comment by stubbfanatic | December 20, 2006 | Reply

  9. hi vivek
    can i get soft copy of 2006 cat paper

    Comment by avi | March 27, 2007 | Reply

  10. hi vivek,

    can u please send me your collection’s of cat2006 to my mail id(jaragan145@gmail.com)

    Comment by Nagaraj | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  11. can u send me a soft copy of CAT2003 to 2006

    Comment by jagdish | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  12. respected sir,

    i talib taqvi i want the copy of cat question and answer paper for the year 2003.04.05&06
    i will be very thankful to u if u do he needfull for me

    thanking you

    your faithfully

    talib taqvi

    Comment by talib | June 1, 2007 | Reply

  13. Hi all !
    For Cat 2k6 papers n other relevant material u all can visit esnips.com, search for ‘CAT mba papers’ and u will get hell lot of relevant information.

    Athar

    Comment by Athar | June 11, 2007 | Reply

  14. hi all,
    can you all send me last 5 years cat papers by email.
    please………….
    i am in urgent need of it

    Comment by sneha | August 1, 2007 | Reply

  15. hello sir
    its yogesh from haridwar doing b.tech from gurukul.
    i want to know how to start for cat
    i dont know even abc of it

    Comment by yogesh yadav | September 2, 2007 | Reply


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