Common Admission Test is a common aptitude test, conducted for admission to the MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools in India. Every year, over 2 lakh candidates apply for the exam. The CAT question paper comprises MCQs & non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). It is very important to solve the previous year question papers of CAT in order to crack it. Check here the complete solved CAT 2003 paper that has 150 questions divided into four sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability.
Directions for questions 1 to 5:
The sentences given in each of these questions, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of the sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph:
1. (A) Four days later, Oracle announced its own bid for people Soft and invited the firm's board to a discussion.
(B) Furious that his own plans had been endangered, People Soft's boss, Criag Conway, called Oracle's offer "diabolical", and its boss, Larry Ellison, a "sociopath".
(C) In early June, People Soft said that it would buy J.D. Edwards, a smaller rival.
(D) Moreover; said Mr. Conway, he could imagine no price nor combination of price and other conditions to recommend accepting the offer".
(E). On June 12th, People Soft turned Oracle down.
2. (A) A few months ago, I went to princeton University to see what the young people who are going to be running our country in a few decades are like.
(B) I would go to sleep in my hotel room around midnight each night and when I awoke, my mailbox would be full of replies - sent at 1:15 a.m, 2.59 am., 3.23 a.m.
(C) One senior told me that she went to bed around two and woke up each morning at seven; she could afford that much rest because she had learned to supplement her full day of work by studying in her sleep.
(D) Faculty members gave me the names of a few dozen articulate students and 1 sent them e-mails, inviting them out to lunch or dinner in small groups.
(E) As she was falling asleep, she would recite a Maths problem or a paper topic to herself; she would then sometimes dream about it, and when she wake up, the problem might be solved.
3. (A) I am much more intolerant of a human being's shortcomings than I am of an animal's, but in this respect, I have been lucky, for most of the people I have come across have been charming.
(B) Then you come across the unpleasant human animal the District Officer who drawled. 'We chaps are here to help you chaps', and then proceeded to be as obstructive as possible.
(C) In these cases of course, the fact that you are an animal collector helps; people always seem delighted to meet someone with such an unusual occupation and go out of their way to assist you.
(D) Fortunately, these types are rare, and the pleasant ones I have met more than compensated for them but even so, I think I will stick to animals.
(E) Wen you travel round the world collecting animals you also, of necessity, collect human beings.
4. (A) Surrendered, or captured, combatants cannot be incarcerated in razor wire cages; this 'war' has a dubious legality.
(B) How can then one characterise a conflict to be waged against a phenomenon as war?
(C) The phrase 'war against error', which has passed into the common lexicon, is a huge misnomer.
(D) Besides, war has a juridical meaning in international law, which has codified the laws of war, imbuing them with a humanitarian content.
(E) Terror is a phenomenon, not an entiry-either State or non-State.
5. (A) To avoid this, the QWERTY layout put the keys most likely to be hit in rapid succession on opposite sides. This made the keyboard slow, the story goes, but that was the idea.
(B) A different layout, which had been patented by August Dvorak in 1936, was shown to be much faster.
(C) The QWERTY design (patented by Christopher Sholes and sold to Remington) aimed to solve the mechanical problem of early typewriters.
(D) Yet the Dvorak layout has never been widely adopted, even though (with electric typewriters, then PCs) the anti-jamming rationale for QWERTY has been defunct for years.