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About CAT

Managed by IIMs, Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based exam which is a prerequisite for an MBA and other management programs. The scores are accepted by close to 170 colleges across India for various courses. Until 2009, CAT was a completely paper-based test and after that, they have updated it to a computer-based test. Every year, there are some minor changes in the pattern or the number of questions asked.

Important Dates for CAT

Registration Start Date To be announced

CAT Test Date To be announced

Last Date of Registration To be announced

CAT Result iimcat.ac.in

CAT 2019 Paper Pattern

The CAT 2019 paper pattern was similar to the last year. A total of 100 questions were asked from Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI LR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Quantitative Ability (QA) both had 32 questions each. The total duration for the exam was 180 minutes. The candidates were not able to switch from one section to another, but the use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation turned out to be beneficial for the students to save time.

There were 3 sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA): 34 questions (60 minutes)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 32 questions (60 minutes)
  3. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC): 34 questions (60 minutes)

To be eligible to appear for the exam a student must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. Candidates in their final year of the bachelor’s can also apply. The selection process will include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of the candidates at various stages of the admission process.

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CAT 2019 Exam Analysis

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 1

The morning slot of CAT 2019 produced a standard test which was very similar to CAT 2018 with a small change in the difficulty level in the Verbal section. Aspirants who were worried about some shockers in the CAT 2019 paper, were relieved to see Quant and LR DI sections nearly matching last year’s difficulty levels.

There was no change in the basic structure in any of the sections with respect to last year.

Below are the percentile projections on the basis of raw scores:

Expected Percentile on basis of Raw Scores
Percentile Overall Verbal LRDI Quant
99 147-150 68 46 63
98 135-138 63 41 48
95 115-118 56 35 37
90 99-102 47 29 31
85 84-87 43 25 26
80 75-77 39 22 22

Overall, by keeping the basic structure of sections the same year after year, CAT organizers are giving aspirants a fair hint to come prepared with the right strategy and test practice to get excellent percentiles across sections.

For detailed sectional analysis click below:

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 1

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 2

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 2

 

CAT 2019 Video Analysis

About XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test is conducted by XLRI, generally in the 1st week of January. Scores of the exam are accepted by around 100 institutes. The exam is conducted at around 44 centers in India and 2 centers abroad.

Important Dates for XAT

Registration Start Date 23rd August 2019

XAT Test Date 5th January, 2020

Last Date Of Registration 30th November, 2019Register

XAT Results To be announced

XAT 2020 Paper Pattern

There were 2 parts in the paper: Part A and Part B. Part A had 26 questions of Verbal ability and logical reasoning, 21 questions of Decision Making and 27 questions of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The time allotted for this part was 170 minutes (with no sectional time limit). Part B had 25 questions of General awareness and an essay topic. The time allotted for this part was 40 minutes. There was a 10 minutes break provided between both the parts.

XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

XAT 2020 Analysis & Expected Cut-off

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XAT 2020 Exam Analysis

XAT 2019 Analysis & Expected Cut-off

The second edition of the online XAT exam lived up to the traditional XAT standards! As was already announced by XAT authorities in advance, the major change in the XAT 2019 format was the absence of the essay writing section. The negative marking for questions not attempted went up to 0.10 from compared to 0.05 which was prevalent for the last 3 years.

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XAT 2019 Analysis

XAT 2020 Video Analysis

About SNAP

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is generally conducted in December. It is mandatory for all PG courses at the colleges of Symbiosis International University. There are 14 institutes of Symbiosis National University present in Pune, Nashik, Bangalore, and Hyderabad which accept SNAP scores.

Important Dates for SNAP

Registration Start Date To be announced

SNAP Test Dates To be announced

Last Date Of Registration To be announced

SNAP Results 10th January, 2020snaptest.org

SNAP 2019 Pattern

Total Questions: 110, 3 sections. Duration: 2 hours

Section Normal Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Special Questions Marks Per Correct Answer Total Questions Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 34 1.5 0 0 34 51
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 36 1.5 0 0 36 54
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 35 1 5 2 40 45
Total 105 5 110 150

Total Marks: 150

Marking: Each wrong answer attracts 25% negative marks for Normal Questions and for Special Questions also.

SNAP Test is an objective test. Each question has four responses (Only for Normal Questions). The candidate should choose an appropriate response.

In Quantitative Section for special questions, which will have blanks where answers should be entered by the candidate using the virtual keyboard. For Example – What are the last two digits of the number 745? Then by using a virtual keyboard, you have to enter the answer as 07.

SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis

SNAP 2019 Analysis

The major highlight of SNAP 2019 was the introduction of a different marking scheme with more weightage given to General English and Reasoning sections. Unlike the expectations, the difficulty level of these two sections did not increase despite the increase in marks per question. This year’s SNAP was easier than the last edition with just the Quant section trying to stop the test takers with time-consuming questions. Click below for detailed SNAP 2019 Exam analysis:

SNAP 2019 Exam Analysis

SNAP 2018 Analysis

The major highlight of SNAP 2018 was the introduction of “Special” questions, each carrying double weight than normal questions. Most out of these 20 two-markers lived up to the expectation of being more challenging than the normal questions. Unlike the example of special question having an alphanumeric virtual keyboard in their formal communication, the actual paper added a relief to test takers by having a numeric virtual keyboard. This year’s SNAP was easier than the last edition with just the reasoning section trying to stop the test takers with time-consuming questions. Click below for detailed SNAP 2018 Exam analysis:

SNAP 2018 Analysis

SNAP 2017 Analysis

SNAP 2017 in its first online attempt mostly kept its pattern, difficulty level and type similar as last year.

To attempt 150 questions in 120 minutes online made it a super speed based exam wherein there was no breathing space. Time-consuming Quant, Vocab, and Grammar heavy Verbal, Multidimensional Reasoning and Dynamic General Knowledge can be said as highlights of the paper.

Click below for detailed SNAP 2017 Exam analysis:

SNAP 2017 Exam Analysis

SNAP 2016 Analysis

SNAP finally changed its pattern after many years.  The LR section moved from a 2 marker to a 1 marker. The GK section changed to the Current Awareness section. The overall test was of 2hrs, 150 questions, 150 marks.

Easy Verbal Ability, comparatively time-consuming Quant and Logical reasoning section is the single line summary of SNAP 2016.

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SNAP 2016: Analysis

SNAP 2015 Analysis

Innovative…Fast Moving…Difficult are the words that can describe SNAP 2015. Although the pattern of the paper remained the same a lot of innovative questions were seen. Students who would have apprehended a difficult section earlier and switched over would have an advantage. Compared to the previous few years SNAP 2015 is definitely on a difficult note.

Click below for detailed SNAP 2017 Exam analysis:

SNAP 2015 Exam Analysis

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SNAP 2019 Video Analysis

About NMAT

NMAT by GMAC, which was previously known as Narsee Monjee Admission Test, will be conducted by GMAC, is valid for entry into all PG programs of Narsee Monjee Colleges, and universities such as Alliance University (Bangalore), Amity University (Delhi), Thapar University (Chandigarh) and several others. A candidate could take NMAT-2015 up to a maximum of 3 times (first attempt plus 2 retake attempts) including no shows if he/she wishes to. There has to be a gap of at least 15 days between two successive attempts. For candidates having multiple attempts, the best score (total and sectional) is considered for shortlisting purposes. The result for each attempt is declared separately, approximately 15 days after the test attempt. It is generally conducted from October-December.

Important Dates for NMAT By GMAC

Registration Start Date 1st August 2020

NMAT Test Dates 6th October 2020

Last Date Of Registration 5th October 2020

NMAT Results To be announcedwww.nmat.org.in

NMAT By GMAC Pattern

There are generally 3 sections in the test:

  • Section 1: Language Skills which consists of 32 Questions
  • Section 2: Quantitative Skills which consists of 48 Questions
  • Section 3: Logical Reasoning which consists of 40 Questions

Candidates can choose the order of sections in NMAT. Each of the three sections has individual section timings and candidates are supposed to answer and review the questions of a particular section within the allotted section time.

NMAT 2019 Analysis

NMAT, certainly, is one of the most standardized examinations in the country. There was no major change in NMAT 2019 with respect to last year. Most of the expectations related to section formats were met. The difficulty level was just perfect for a cut off of 208-210 for NMIMS Mumbai campus.

Click below for detailed NMAT 2019 Exam analysis:

NMAT 2019 Exam Analysis

Click below for detailed NMAT 2018 Exam analysis:

NMAT 2018 Exam Analysis

Click below for detailed NMAT 2017 Exam analysis:

NMAT 2017 Exam Analysis: Window 1 Slot 1

Click below for detailed NMAT 2016 Exam analysis:

Analysis of NMAT 2016-17: Window 1 – Day 1 – Slot 1

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NMAT 2019 Video Analysis

About IIFT

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade – is generally conducted in the month of November by IIFT. The exam is valid for PG courses at its Delhi and Kolkata campus.

Important Dates for IIFT

Registration Start Date To be announced

IIFT Test Dates To be announced

Last Date Of Registration To be announced

IIFT Results To be announcediiftadmissions.net.in

IIFT 2019 Pattern

The exam is a multiple choice objective type written test, which consists of questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Analysis. The exam is of 2 hours duration. The marking scheme of IIFT may vary from year to year. Based on the marks obtained in the Written Test, candidates would be called for Essay Writing, Group Discussion, and Interview.

There are a total of 4 sections in the test.

Sections Number of Questions Marks/question Negative Marking Total Marks per Section
Quantitative Ability 25 3 1 75
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 35 3 1 105
Data Interpretation and  Logical Reasoning 30 3 1 90
General Awareness 20 1.5 0.5 30
Total 110 300

The exam is divided into 4 sections, further sub-divided into 6 sections viz. General Awareness, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

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IIFT 2019 Analysis

Almost all MBA entrance tests have gone online for almost a decade now. IIFT 2019 also joined the bandwagon and went online this year. Not only that, but the paper pattern was also changed for IIFT 2019 Exam. From a six-section format, this year IIFT went back to its four-section format. This might have been surprising to some students in the beginning but students could now take solace in the fact that they will be required to clear cut-offs of four sections instead of six sections in IIFT 2018 and IIFT 2017.

For detailed sectional analysis click below:

IIFT 2019 Exam Analysis

 

 

IIFT 2019 Video Analysis

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