CATE 2012- What to and What not to Believe.

On a sultry Wednesday morning some 22 days ago when most of us were busy adjusting temperatures on our Air Conditioners and planning summer vacations with family, one Pritika Ghura decided to sweat it out and sat down to key in false information about Delhi University’s Common Aptitude Test in English 2012 (CATE, as it shall be abbreviated here on) or so a chafed acquaintance declared to the whole wide world on Facebook via an impassioned status message.
The Article posted on LearnHub, that caused much anxiety among aspiring candidates caught my attention while surfing Google for various college admission details. Now LearnHub happens to be a big player in the online career counselling/consultancy market. The chances of it then displaying false information with such great detail were slim. One look at the Author’s Profile and the chances matched Kareena Kapoor’s size : ZERO!
Another catch is, The article appears to have been posted 22 days ago which would be the 2nd of May. BUT, It carries information about sale of CATE application forms which it says begun on 20th of May. HOW? A prediction perhaps? A prophecy?
Jokes aside,  It really got me thinkin, “what is this article all about? And why is it here?”

The only plausible explanation I could come up with is that the article was posted in the year 2010 and the computer data base just re-uploaded it this year or shows the wrong year of publication. Now, I am no computer geek (not even close) which means I have no idea if such an error is possible but something I did work out is
The inaugural CATE was held in 2009. If we go by the article, May 20th is a Thursday. But May 20th was a Sunday this year, a Friday in 2011 AND a THURSDAY in 2010.
Another Google search and A The Times Of India article confirmed my suspicions. The availability of CATE forms in the year 2010 was, indeed, from the 20th of May to the 31st of May which coincides with the information available in the aforementioned article.
The conclusion I finally arrived at is, if humans are bound to err then the internet and all the information on it is nothing but human creation. The article contains correct information.. but for the year of 2010.

So where is the correct information for this year, you ask? On the Delhi University’s official website, of course! Years of looking up and filling college application forms has taught me that for correct information you should trust no one but the official website of the institute, university or college. And with a University as sought after and renowned as The Delhi University you can be sure of timely updates and announcements.

Without any more delay, let me have you know that the Sale of CATE 2012 Application forms begins on 25th May, which is a Friday and will go on till the 4th of June, Monday which is also the last date for receipt of completed application forms. You can purchase the forms from any of the 21 Participating College(link mentioned at the end of this post) between 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm for Day Colleges and 4pm-7pm for Evening Colleges on days between 25th May and 4th June (excluding Saturdays and Sundays)

To obtain the application form, You will need to sumbit a Demand Draft (DD) of Rs. 350 in favor of The Registrar, University of Delhi
Drawn on any one of the following banks:
State Bank of India
Punjab National Bank

The Date of Test is Saturday, 9th June 2012 (11am-1pm)

The Date for Declaration of CATE Merit lists(on University Website) is Latest by 25th June 2012.

Eligibility Criteria for 
DU CATE 2012

  • For general category, the eligibility criteria is 45% marks in 4 main subjects in Std XII.
  • For OBC category, the eligibility criteria is 40.5% and for physically challenged students it is 40%. The SC/ST students must have passed class XII to be eligible for the exam.

How to prepare yourself for CATE 2012? 

Another thing you should not believe about CATE is that there is/are a particular book/s to prepare you for the exam. As is clear from the name, It is an aptitude exam. The very word implies that this exam is in place to test your aptitude for taking an Under graduate course in English. Mugging up a fixed set of questions is not going to help for the simple reason that there is no fixed set of questions from which questions shall be asked in the CATE. But that does not mean you have to turn up clueless for the exam. Let me run you through a basic pattern of the paper and what you can do in this short span of time to do well in the exam:

CATE is a 2 hour examination. The paper will consist of 2 section. Part ‘A’ will comprise Multiple Choice Questions (or MCQs) and Part ‘B’ subjective or descriptive answer type questions(comprehension and essay/creative pieces). Both sections are to be attempted in the same sitting and in a specified time span of 2 hours.

Now there is one little detail you should be aware of. Although there is no Screening or Elimination round for this exam as such, the Part ‘A’ of the paper will act as screen for your qualifications. How?
While all candidates will attempt both parts of the paper, only the scripts of those students who qualify in Part ‘A’, as per standards laid down by the university, will have their scripts for Part ‘B’ evaluated.
In simple comprehend-able English it means if you secure certain qualifying marks in the Objective Part ‘A’ only then will your Part ‘B’ script be evaluated. That translates- it is imperative you do well in Part ‘A’ to pass the exam.
Moving over to how you can best paper yourself for the exam..
I think, and this is my personal opinion entirely, that in the 10-15 days one has before the test date no ground breaking improvement in ones overall prospects to qualify the examination can be made. Nonetheless, you can start by picking up a habit for reading books (which trust me, will prove to be a very useful habit in the future if you plan to take English Literature seriously). You must start following at least 1 daily newspaper and acquaint yourself with the current style of writing and presentation. One, albeit unrelated but very wise decision would be to start substituting sms lingo in your daily conversations- online and on text message- with properly spelled, complete words. It barely takes a few more seconds to type the entire word but puts you at ease in writing better creative pieces in exams like the CATE where proper grammar is of paramount importance.

Furthermore, you could find out about popular literature online such as Famous Authors and Poets and their works. Some knowledge about 19th and 20th century literature could come in handy as well. Although there are no sample papers or previous year question papers issued by the university, a friend who wrote the exam last year shared that the objective section consisted primarily of Popular Literature and related items.
In all, a good base and firm understanding of the English Language and some knowledge in Popular English literature could sail your boat. Like I said, aptitude matters.

List of participating colleges and other details are available on

If you have any trouble finding the correct details on the university website just click on or copy paste the following link in your web browser address bar and you’ll find a PDF file containing all the necessary information. The link to copy paste is:
I hope that answers some of your questions. If you have any further queries feel free to leave a comment or email me at and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.
All the best for your future plans. I do hope you clear the CATE with flying colors and any other exam you want to clear, including the exam called life 😀
Carpe Diem.

PS: For my blogger friends outside India, I know this post had no significance for you. Sorry about that. But I have a lot of posts lined up for the weekend. Here is saying Hello to you 🙂 hope you’re doing fine.
Take care.


20 thoughts on “CATE 2012- What to and What not to Believe.

  1. At the outset, let me thank Akanksha for bringing out the right perspective and wish her all the best for the CATE exam.

    Further, I am intereseted to know whether mere good score will fetch one an admission to one of the participating college or one has to still opt for the BA English hons course in those colleges, while filling up that centralised registration form of DU.

    A prompt response will be of great help.
    Rgds, Sudhir

    • For the colleges which are participating in CATE. You have to get through the entrance exams. Merely marks will not do. Other colleges of DU which are not under in CATE, you can apply in those with your 12th marks.

    • Hello Tanvi David,

      The CATE form is not available online. The entire application and examination process is offline which is very unfortunate for outstation candidates.

      If you do not live in New Delhi, you could ask a relative or an acquaintance in Delhi to Purchase the form from any of the 21 Participating colleges on your behalf and post it to you as it does not require you to be present. You must then fill it, post it back to the aforementioned mediator and request him/her submit it back at the same or different college on or before 4th of June. It’d suggest you hurry up..postal services are very unreliable and 4th of June is inching closer every second.

      The exam centers, though, will exclusive be in Delhi. That will certainly require you to be physically present in Delhi on the 9th of June. So before you fill the form, make sure that is feasible for you.

      Hope that serves your purpose.
      All the best.

  2. Really informative article.Thanks a ton!Appearing for the exam on 9th and got confused due to all the misleading information on the net.Can you elaborate more on Part A?

    • Hello Prashun,

      I am so glad I could help.
      I am writing the CATE this year as well. And I couldn’t agree more! Some of the information on the sly is very very misleading. That is what prompted me to write this article in the first place.

      As for Part ‘A’, thanks to my brigade of helpful seniors who wrote the CATE last year, I have a fair idea of what might be asked but I would not swear by it because with a test like the CATE, things could vary by a good degree from year to year.

      I seem to have mentioned it in the article but I’ll tell you again,
      Part ‘A’ primarily consists of Literature. Popular poems, popular short stories, popular novels and popular authors, poets was about it. That and basic grammar.

      Some examples are:

      ‘The Tale of the Melon City’ is a poem by-
      (A) Vikram Seth
      (B) Sarojini Naidu
      (C) Rabindra Nath Tagore
      (D) T.S. Eliot

      The synonym of ‘Abate’ is
      (A) Amplify
      (B) Subside
      (C) Aggravate
      (d) Add to augment

      ‘He is too weak to run fast:
      (A) Negative sentence
      (B) Superlative sentence
      (C) Simple sentence
      (D) Complex sentence

      Which one of the following words means, “taikative.”
      (a) Phlegmatic
      (b) Gerrulous
      (c) Stoic
      (d) Parasite
      (e) Eccentric

      ‘A fatalist’ is one :-
      (a) Who is fatally wounded
      (b) Who cannot face a situation
      (c) Who looks at the gloomy side of life
      (d) Who believes in the powers of fate
      (e) Who grows abnormally fat

      ‘Nepotism’ means:
      (a) To favour one’s own relatives
      (b) To favour all
      (c) To favour a few
      (d) Misuse of power
      (e) None of these

      • Thanks a lot.Found your blog and read all the posts in one go.You are worthy of all the awards and praises.Good luck for the test, competitor!

        • I am so glad you read the posts! Couldn’t smile more than this. Literal ear to ear smile 😀

          Good luck to you too.
          May the best person win 😛 (nobody wins but it just sounds so dramatic right? )

          Take care.

    • Hello, Rahul!
      Thank you so much for the award 🙂 Its both encouraging and scary to get this award..encouraging for obvious reasons but scary because it means you actually took the time to read something I penned, liked it, thought it was beautiful and ushered the Beautiful Blogger Award on me.
      I can’t begin to thank you for this token of appreciation..but I think I’ll start off by writing a thank you post as soon as I can make some time in my schedule.

      I’ll definitely nominate others 🙂

      Carpe Diem.

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