Preparation for CAT

CAT is among the most competitive entrance exams in India. The syllabus for CAT is not too tough; majority of the questions can be answered by any aspirant with good academic background. However, the most important thing for success in CAT is quick problem solving, time management, and decision making under stress caused by time restrictions. You don’t need to learn much or prepare for a long time to answer the questions, but you need to do it in the shortest possible time. The key to success in CAT is not only knowledge; it’s showcasing your knowledge during the test in real time with optimum efficiency and accuracy.

How necessary is coaching for CAT Entrance?

A majority of CAT aspirants have this question in the beginning. They want to know if CAT coaching is necessary for them and if it is necessary, they want to choose the best MBA coaching institute. The fact about an ideal CAT coaching institute is: it helps you in strategizing your preparation. The right CAT preparatory institute will help you acquire skills that will refine your knowledge and provide you mentoring required for success.


Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the premier Management Entrance exams. It is conducted by the IIMs. Prestigious IIMs are considered to be one of the Best Institutes in India to pursuean MBA. As of now there are 20 IIMs in India located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore, Shillong, Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Tiriuchirappalli, Udaipur, Kashipur, Bodh Gaya, Amritsar, Vishakhapatnam, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Nagpur and Jammu. Apart from the IIMs, there are several other Top B schools as well in India like MDI Gurgaon, IMT Ghaziabad, TAPMI Manipal etc. who accept CAT scores for admission. More than 2 Lakhs students take the CAT test every year for admission in IIMs which has 1500+ seats and in the other Top colleges which has around 2000 seats.

CAT originally started as a paper pencil (Offline) Test but has joined the digital bandwagon and has become online Test in the past few years. In the present pattern, there are 100 Questions in CAT to be answered in 180 minutes divided into three sections. These sections are Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning having 34, 34 & 32 Questions respectively. Each of these sections have a Sectional Constraint bound by time which means one can work on a particular section for only 60 minutes.

Verbal Ability: This section aims to check the competence of an aspirant on English. Skills The main areas to be studied here are Vocabulary, Grammar & Reading Comprehension.

Quantitative Aptitude: This section aims to check the competence of an aspirant in the area of fundamental Mathematics. The main areas to be studied here are Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Logarithms, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Functions etc.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning: This section aims to check the competence of an aspirant in the areas of calculative ability & Thought process. The main area to be studied here is Pictorial representation of Data & Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Majority of questions in CAT are MCQs but there are certain questions where the answer has to be keyed in. An aspirant fetched 3 marks for every correct answer but there is a negative marking of -1 for every incorrect answer (TITA). However, for the non-MCQs answer, there is no negative marking.

Subjects No of Questions Time
Verbal Ability 34 60 min
Quantitative Aptitude 34 60 min
Data Interpretation &
Logical Reasoning
32 60 min


XAT or Xavier Aptitude Test is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for the admission to post graduate management programmes at over 150 B-schools across India. It is a computer based test consisting of subjective type questions.

XAT has become an online test and aspirants will take the test online beginning January 2018. The Duration of the test will be 180 Minutes.

There are two parts in XAT.

Paper 1: Objective, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Decision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability.

Paper 2: Objective + Subjective, General Knowledge, Essay Writing
Candidates have to write the Essay on paper unlike the rest of the sections which will be computer based. The total number of questions in Paper 1 is 72. In Paper 2, there are 25 objective type questions and one essay writing question. Each question carries 1 mark and for each incorrect answer, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. However, there is an additional negative marking of 0.05 marks for every question if the number of un attempted answers are above 13.

Subjects No of Questions Time
Paper 1 75 Questions 165 Minutes
Verbal and Logical Ability 26 No Sectional Time Limit
Decision Making 21 No Sectional Time Limit
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 28 No Sectional Time Limit
Paper 2 25 Questions 15 Minutes
General Knowledge 25
Total 100 Questions 180 Minutes


Symbiosis National Aptitude Programme (SNAP) is a common entrance test for MBA programmes at 15 institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU) at Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Nagpur. Students are shortlisted on the basis of the SNAP test score and called for the Personal Interview and Written Ability Test (PI-WAT) on which final selection is done.

The SNAP test is of 2 Hours, consist 150 questions which is in an MCQ format where each question has 4 options from which correct option has to be selected. Each question carries mark and for every wrong answer 25% of marks will be deducted. The paper pattern is divided into four sections viz.
Quant, Data interpretation(DI) and Data Sufficiency (40 Questions),
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability (40 Questions), Current Affairs (30 Questions) Analytical & Logical Reasoning (40 Questions) Why Get Mentored At CF Patna It is evident from the brief description of the three major MBA Entrance exams in India that getting admitted to a Top B School is not an easy proposition. It requires hours of smart work along with dedicated training by professionals. We at Cf Patna believe to give our students the best of facilities to realize their dreams. We have a system of detailed class room teaching and each and every topic is dealt with in great detail. A session plan is provided to all the students at the time of enquiry and 225+ sessions are provided in our CAT/XAT/SNAP course.

Section No of Questions Time 60 (min)
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 15
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 25
Quantitative, Data Interpretation &
Data Sufficiency
Total 60 60 min

Some of our course features are as under:

  • Mentoring by alumni of Top B Schools in India
  • Over 10000 practice questions
  • One to one Doubt Session (A First in the Industry)
  • Spoken English & Phonetics
  • Updated Course Material
  • Online Test Series
  • Batch size: Maximum 15 Students in a Batch