Monday, October 19, 2009

CAT 2009 : Test Duration and Pattern

According to the notification on the CAT 2009 website, the duration of the online test will be 2 hours and 15 minutes instead of 2 hours and 30 minutes. While there has been a 15 minute reduction in the test duration, the number of questions will also reduce by 25-30% ( test takers will be asked 60-70 questions this year).

What are your thoughts about this new format? Does this anouncement raise more questions than answers? Let us know by writing to

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

An Introduction to CAT: Tips from an IIM Alumnus: The Book, The Online Tests and The Blog

The Common Admission Test, or CAT as it is more commonly known, is arguably the country's most unpredictable and popular exam. The pattern of questions keeps changing almost every year and the number of test takers rise steadily every time ( A record 2.3 lakhs students took the exam in 2008). So, as the number of test takers rise exponentially, the competetion becomes stiffer and a focussed and intelligent practice strategy becomes the need of the hour.
The Book : An Introduction to CAT: Tips from an IIM Alumnus by Sidharth Balakrishna adresses this need by providing a comprehensive preparation strategy that will guide a student through each and every stage of the management entrance exams. The book provides extensive practice drills along with tips and guidelines for the case studies, group discussion and the interview.
To know more about the book and to get your own copy of it visit the Pearson website

The Online Tests: You get an access code free with the book that will help you register for the three online full length mock tests ( Remember, the CAT is now online?). You can use your access code to also register for a simulated test that will be available on between the 11th to the 14th of November. This will give you a feel of the real examination and our quantitaive analysis of your performance will help you form an idea of where you stand vis-a-vis your fellow competitors.

The Blog : We realise that just a series of practice tests are not enough for your preparation. You might have questions, you might have thoughts you  would like to share, or you may have some feedback regarding our product. We would like to hear all. Email your thoughts to
You can also get some invaluable tips from the author and get some detailed analysis of the online tests from time to time on this blog. Keep visiting this space for updates.

Happy Studying!