Studying for the CAT or any other other competitive exams is often stressful and time consuming. Most people spend every waking hour trying to bell the cat. Some aspirants even lug around their heavy books and open the pages even while commuting. CATapp by Information Works, lets you keep your books (at least some) at home and revise and take tests on the go.
The iOS and Android apps have been around for some time now, and was conceived by Ashish Chowdhary, who was then an aspiring MBA student and could not find such apps on the Play Store or App Store. While he prepared the entire answer bank and designed the layout of the app, his partner developed the app.
Flash forward to now and there are a number of Android apps which have a similar feature set including CAT / MAT / XAT MBA Exam Prep (also includes video tutorials), CAT Exam MBA – Pocket Exam and MBA Test Prep. Similarly there are a number of apps on the App Store.
The app helps you revise and make sure you are getting things right. You still have to study with books and other reference materials.It contains CAT papers from 1994 to 2008 to help students prepare for the entrance exam.
You can choose to take the test by year or by subject like cubes, linear and quadratic equations and set theory. While taking the test you might still want to keep a pen and paper handy to solve the equations. It also has a timer option so that you can really prepare for d-day.
After taking the test, you will be marked and shown your results. You can go through your incorrect answers and see the solutions thus learning a lot. The Progress Report section keeps a track of your results and once can easily review which sections one is weak in and prepare harder for that.
The app also has cloud sync so you can keep track of your progress on multiple devices. The Android app also has a CATapp store, which has a number of additional tests you can download from across categories like additional CAT tests, GK, Brainteasers and Law. Though the app lists GRE and GMAT categories, we found no tests in these categories. The app can also notify users when there is a new test ready for download.
Its got a very helpful curated news section with interviews from CAT toppers.
There is also a question of the day section to make sure you are testing your knowledge daily.
We think apps like this are essential in days like this, especially since people now look at and have their smartphones all the time.
The CAT exam begins on October 16 this year, so if you are an MBA aspirant looking to get into the IIMs, we recommend downloading and giving this app a go.