## CAT Trend & Analysis

__Mathematical Aptitude__

The three most favorite topics for CAT makers are Number system, Algebra and Geometry. To know why & how - Let's first find out how many questions are being asked from different chapters in last few CAT exams.

CHAPTERS | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

1. | Number System | 9 | 8 | 8 | 15 | 12 | 7 |

2. | Percentage | 3 | 1 | 2 | 1 | ||

3. | Ratio | 1 | 4 | 3 | 1 | 1 | |

4. | Clock | 1 | |||||

5. | T S D | 9 | 7 | 4 | 8 | 2 | 1 |

6. | Algebra | 11 | 12 | 15 | 26 | 6 | 6 |

7. | Mensuration | 6 | 2 | 4 | 10 | 5 | |

8. | Geometry | 2 | 7 | 4 | 13 | 2 | 5 |

9. | P C P | 5 | 5 | 1 | 1 | ||

10. | Miscellaneous | 5 | 5 | 4 | 4 |

So it's obvious - "To clear CAT, clear all your doubts in Algebra, Geometry and Number System". In the latest trend where different questions carry different marks, its also important to know how vital are each chapters mark wise.

CHAPTERS | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2003 Retest | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | Total | Percentage | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

1. | Number System | 13 | 13 | 7 | 11 | 4 | 12 | 28 | 88 | 22% |

2. | Ratio & Proportion | 2 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 4 | 13 | 3.25% | |

3. | Percentages | 3 | 2 | 4 | 9 | 2.25% | ||||

4. | Profit & Loss | 1 | 1 | 0.25% | ||||||

5. | T.S.D | 5 | 4 | 1 | 5 | 2 | 4 | 21 | 5.25% | |

6. | Linear Eqn | 4 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 12 | 23 | 5.75% | |

7. | Quadratic Eqn | 1 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 2% | ||

8. | P and C | 2 | 6 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 3 | 4 | 27 | 6.75% |

9. | Inequalities | 7 | 3 | 5 | 6 | 1 | 4 | 26 | 6.5% | |

10. | Functions | 1 | 2 | 4 | 4 | 8 | 19 | 4.75% | ||

11. | Logarithms | 1 | 2 | 2 | 4 | 9 | 2.25% | |||

12. | Geometry | 9 | 10 | 14 | 17 | 15 | 17 | 20 | 102 | 25.5% |

13. | Time & work | 9 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 6 | 1.5% | |||

14. | Progressions | 2 | 2 | 3 | 2 | 4 | 2 | 4 | 19 | 4.75% |

15. | Logic | 3 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 9 | 2.25% | |||

16. | Sets | 2 | 1 | 4 | 7 | 1.75% | ||||

17. | Equations | 3 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 13 | 3.25% | ||

Total | 50 | 50 | 50 | 50 | 50 | 50 | 100 | 400 |

You don't need to be a scientist to figure out that around 50% of the total marks are coming from 2 chapters

- (i) Number System and
- (ii) Geometry

__English Usage and Reading Comprehension__

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2003 Retest | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | Total | Percentage | ||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

1. | Reading Comprehension | 30 | 25 | 30 | 25 | 21 | 20 | 60 | 211 | 52.8% |

2. | Fill in the Blanks | 5 | 6 | 5 | 8 | 5 | 8 | 37 | 9.25% | |

3. | Jumble Paragraph | 5 | 5 | 5 | 8 | 7 | 3 | 33 | 8.25% | |

4. | Grammer & Usage | 5 | 9 | 10 | 5 | 6 | 11 | 46 | 11.5% | |

5. | Dictionary Usage | 5 | 5 | 10 | 2.5% | |||||

6. | Sentence Completion | 3 | 8 | 20 | 31 | 7.75% | ||||

7. | Essence of the text | 4 | 8 | 12 | 3% | |||||

8. | F I J | 20 | 20 | 5% | ||||||

Total | 50 | 50 | 50 | 50 | 50 | 50 | 100 | 400 | 100 |

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | ||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

1. | F I B | 5 | 6 | 13 | 10 | ||

2. | Jumpled Paragraph | 5 | 5 | 3 | 7 | 11 | |

3. | Dictionary Usage | 5 | 5 | 10 | 3 | 3 | |

4. | Grammar & Usage | 5 | 5 | 10 | 5 | 6 | 10 |

5. | Reading Comprehension | 30 | 25 | 25 | 21 | 20 | 15 |

__Data Interpretation and Reasoning__

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | |||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

1. | Data Sufficiency | 11 | 7 | 7 | 6 | 17 | |

2. | Data Interpretations | 23 | 22 | 33 | 46 | 11 | |

3. | Analytical Reasoning | 14 | 3 | 16 | 36 | 11 |