PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION
ith the CAT going online, we felt the need to create a comprehensive and updated book that caters to CATaspirants. Some salient features are given below:1. Questions from this book: Over the past 5-7 years, it has been noticed that a minimum of 10-20% questions in CAT and other major management entrance examinations have been directly taken from the questions provided in this book. Furthermore,it was seen that between 2003 (when the book was first released) to 2008, 80-90% of the questions in CAT and other topmanagement entrance tests were covered in this book. , ' *v- ;The CAT having gone online saw no change in this trend. Many questions in each of the 22 test papers that the CATadministered in its online avatar in 2009 have been covered in this book.In fact, 2009 can be said to be a watershed year for CAT preparation because this is the first year when there have beenmultiple CAT papers to study and base our writing on. So while in previous years we would have to second guess what theCAT would do based on just one test paper (to which we had access that year), we are now richer by 22 test papers when itcomes to understanding what we need to provide our readers for their preparation. It is on the basis of this rather rich insightthat we have based the changes in this edition.
Similar changes have been incorporated in my other books
How to Prepare
for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
for the CAT
published by Tata McGraw-Hill.)2. Not too many changes in the pattern: Looking rationally into the paper patterns of the 22 CAT papers in 2009, there havenot been too many changes with regard to the pattern of the examination as compared to previous years. While the difficultylevel of the QA section varied from one paper to another (which was to be expected really because it is close to impossibleto create two test papers with the same level of difficulty), what you would do well to keep in mind while preparing for the CATis that the QA section continues to remain a thorough test of your academic intelligence. Thus, although on the first few daysof the online CAT in 2009, some of the papers had a lot of easy questions (that you would expect to see in less tougher exams),on the later days the quality of the questions and the difficulty level of the papers had become pretty much ‘CAT Standard’.As we head into the future with CAT 2010 and beyond, it is naturally expected that the IIMs would ensure that they maintainthe quality standards associated with this prestigious examination. Hence, the LOD 1, LOD 2 and LOD 3 scheme of questionsfollowed in this book is even more relevant now than ever before.In fact, by 2012, the CAT is expected to shift to an adaptive format (like the GMAT) where every test-taker would get a differentset of questions. In the adaptive format in the future, question banks of varying difficulty levels would be loaded into thecomputers and questions would appear for the student one by one. The difficulty level of the next question would increaseif the previous one has been answered correctly and vice versa.In order to do this, the examiners would need to build a database of questions which would be parallel to the LOD schemefollowed in this book. These factors make this book and the content within all the more relevant for CAT aspirants in 2011 and beyond.
3. The need for greater variety in your preparation:
Prior to the CAT going online, preparing for
used to be a battle for Blocks 1,4, 5
of these, if someone did Blocks 1and S well, he stood a strong chance at
as explained in details in the
the new avatar of this exam requires the aspirant
to be much more
balanced in the context of portion coverage.
With these things in mind
and also keeping in mind the fact that past users of this book have asked for greater and more
detailed solutions, following
are the major highlights in this book.