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CAT 2006 (19th Nov 2006) :

Cat 2006 was relatively simpler compared to the CAT exams held in last few years. Especially Quants and DI section were simple and the top scorer in individual section is likely to be one who got all the questions correct in the respective section. There were 75 question in CAT 2006 to be done in 2.5 hours . CAT had never seen such a low number of question in recent past and the duration of test was also longer by 30 minutes. This means that one should have given more importance to accuracy and speed could have taken the back seat. For most of the candidates time was not an issue in this paper and many candidates may have attempted all the questions in the paper.

Cat 2006 had three sections:

1) Quantitative Ability

2) Verbal Ability

3) DI/ Reasoning

Each section had 25 questions and each question carried 4 marks. There were 5 options for each question which also was a surprise element . There was a negative marking of 1 marks for wrong answer. So in this exam if one opted for guess work there were 20 % chance of going wrong and if the answer selected was a wrong one there was 25 % negative marking. So likely there was less of guess work and shortcut methods used this year.

English Section : There were no questions based on grammar, vocabulary or usage. Many candidates could have solved all the questions. A lot of importance was given to logical interpretation and most of the RC questions were inference based. There were 3 passages with 5 questions each and the remaining 10 questions were on fact –inference – judgment and 5 questions on paragraph completion .

Quantitative Ability: Most of the questions were formula based and were much simpler compared to CAT exams held in last few years. There were 10 questions on Arithmetic with most of the emphasis on number system. 8 questions on Algebra, 5 question on Geometry and 1 question on Permutation and Combination. The questions were relatively simple and there may be few people who got all the questions correct.

DI/ Reasoning : There were 5 sets in total and each set had 5 questions in it. There was very little need of calculations and most of the question were based on analytical skills. (UrPercentile.com) It was all matter of understanding the data given and arranging it in proper order and one could have solved most of the questions.

There were couple of errors in some of the test series . In one of the question there were only 3 option given which was by error . In two of the four test series there was typo error in one of the question which changed the answer of the question and there was no matching option. The same question was without any typo error in the other two series

Pattern of CAT 2007
There are 3 section in the test each having 25 questions . Each correct answer would fetch 4 marks thus making ...


  Pattern of CAT Prior to 2006
SUMMARY OF CAT 05: The paper had 3 section with each section having 2 sub-section.


Quantitative section was the most scoring one, followed by DI/Reasoning and then English section. A candidate who scored in ratio of 10:9:8 in Quantitative, DI/Reasoning and English section can be said to have performed Equally Well in all sections.

A score of around 145 will likely fetch you 99.9+ percentile with call from almost all IIMs. If you have performed Equally Well in each section ( see above) you are likely to clear all sectional cut offs.

A score of around 135 will mean 99.7+ percentile and will fetch calls from at least 4 IIMs. If you have performed Equally Well in each section ( see above) you are likely to clear all sectional cut offs.

A score of around 125 will mean around 99.2+ percentile and will fetch calls from at least 2 IIMs. . If you have performed Equally Well in each section ( see above) you are likely to clear all sectional cut offs.

A score of around 115 will get you call from at least 1 IIM.

A score of around 105 will get you call from MDI and NITIE. Calls from SP Jain are usually profile based.

A score of around 95 will get you call from UBS, MICA, TAPMI.

A score of around 90 will get you call from IMT, NIRMA.

A score of around 85 will get you call from Fore, LBS. A score of around 80 will get you call from K.J Somaiya , BIM , IMI.

A score of around 75 will get you call from, Welingkar, IILM .


CAT 2006 feedback.By Jay Mehta :

Well, guys CAT over. Its party time. So just chill and take a break. I am sure all the UrPercentilers must have done a great job. For those who are skeptic about their performance, I would like to say that just chill and concentrate and study hard for other examinations like IIFT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT and FMS etc…I am sure you guys have a great future ahead coz UrPercentilers are the people who are truly serious about their career and they would definitely make it in style…..

I remember a famous dialogue by Herb from the movie “Miracle”,WIN, LOSE OR TIE (there is no tie in CAT) BUT WE WILL PLAY LIKE CHAMPIONS

That is the life…

Anyway, coming back to CAT, prima facie the paper was a surprise but eventually it turned out to be a pleasant surprise if we forget Verbal (how could we forget??? Even I wonder!!!)

The first thing I realized before even getting the paper in my hand was that it would be definitely a logical paper because the OMR sheet contained 120 questions. The other thing one would realize that there are five options (So forget about getting the answer by options. It may consume a lot of time…).

With 75 questions and 150 minutes in hand it doesn’t need a brainer to figure out that one can easily devote 2 minutes to each question. So the catch here was just try to attempt as many questions as you can with a calm mind and you would definitely get it right.

After getting the paper it might have shocked some people that the questions are four markers. But if you apply a little rational thinking than you would realize that they have not done anything but just scaled up the marks. And the good positive signal is that negative is 1/4th. So you could dare to attempt more…

The ideal strategy would to start with Verbal, than go for DI and lastly Quant.


The verbal, as expected, was a tricky one with a shock value of adopting a paper style 16 years old. The Fact-Inference-Judgment thing was last asked in 1990 CAT paper to my knowledge. It was tricky and one is definitely prone to lose marks in that but you don’t have other options as questions are just 25 and even if you get 2-3 right in that its all profit. RCs were quite challenging but not much susceptible to mistakes. Finally the sentence completion was the scoring part of this paper according to my opinion.


As such there was nothing to lose in DI. With just five sets and 50 minutes in hand, even if you opt for 3 sets and get them all correct or go for 4 sets with 2-3 mistakes you could easily get 50-60. Especially the networkwala set, teamwala set and Class X Board examination set were quite easy compared to other two and could easily sail you through the cut-offs effortlessly.


Quant was the easiest part of the paper and was a bon-voyage for everyone. These fifty minutes were there where you could maximize your score to make sure that after clearing your cut-offs in Verbal and DI you could scale your scores to get 6 IIM calls. There was no reason a serious CAT aspirant would score less than 50 in Quant. Where could you find these many sitters in Quant.? It was just a matter of keeping your head calm and solve as many questions you can.

Well, this was my feedback of CAT 2006. If anyone would like to comment on my feedback he/she is most welcome.

Till than, to all you champions….WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE COMING EXAMS.

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