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CAT 2020: Important topics for preparation - “Time waits for no one” is a Japanese proverb that throws light on how important time is. Talking of time in context to CAT 2020, time management is considered to be the most important factor for candidates who wish to gain success in the CAT entrance exam. One of the most groundbreaking things about CAT is that it does not have any defined syllabus. Hence candidates are required to prepare from a wide diameter of topics. Candidates are more or less relied on previous year question sets of CAT. Thus, to solve this dilemma, Careers360 in this article brings to you CAT 2020 important topics for preparation. To score well in CAT 2020 it is important for all candidates to know the important topics for preparation. Along with CAT 2020 Important topics for preparation, this article also contains some effective preparation tips. Common Admission Test is tough, and henceforth CAT aspirants must follow the set time table without fail.
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Before heading straight onto the important topics, let us first have a look onto the exam pattern of CAT 2020. With D-Day around the corner, candidates must brush up the basics and re-check the CAT exam pattern 2020. Total of three sections are there in the question paper.
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3 hours i.e. 180 minutes
Total no. of questions
Mode of CAT 2020
CBT i.e. computer-based
Data interpretation & logical reasoning
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
A correct answer will carry three marks
For an incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted
It is imperative for CAT 2020 candidates to brush up their skills by starting with the basic level topics which they are already familiar with. Everyone wants to know the important topics from which questions are expected in the exam. Here, in this article, Careers360 has compiled all the important topics for preparation from all three sections of CAT 2020 entrance exam which need more focus. Let us have a look at the important topics for preparation on the basis of sections one by one.
Quantitative aptitude as told by CAT toppers is considered to be one of the most crucial yet challenging sections in the CAT exam. The section of QA contains 34 questions which are to be solved within 60 minutes and consist of both multiple and TITA questions according to the exam pattern of CAT 2020. Candidates who are not confident in this section must after analyzing the exam pattern and focus on areas which they think is challenging and needs more coverage. Mathematical questions of QA section are based on common logic theories and therefore candidates are advised to practice more of the basic mathematics to gain clarity of this section. If possible, candidates must solve sample papers of CAT to help understand the basics.
CAT topper Lakshya Kumar said, “My approach was to practice a lot of basic arithmetic questions (profit and loss, Percentage, etc), Number system and geometry as these have been the key areas of focus for the CAT exam. This combined with quick calculation speed (developed over 6 months) helped me ace the exam. The advice from my seniors to mark important questions and concepts so that a quick revision is possible did help me a lot during the final leg. I did coaching books of quant twice. My focus during mock and actual CAT was on the fact that I shouldn’t miss out any easy or medium question and hence I deliberately left the difficult question for the last”.
Some of the topics that the aspirants must focus under this section, and from which most questions asked are:
Expected No. of Questions
Time and Work
1 to 2 Questions
Interests (SI, CI)
Time, Speed, and Distance
Geometry & Mensuration
7 to 8 Questions
Number System, Basic Arithmetic
5 to 10 Questions
6 to 7 Questions
Permutation & Combination
Profit, loss, and Discounts
Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets
1 to 3 Questions
Weightage of each topic must be checked by candidates in order to decide how much time they wish to devote to that particular topic. It is recommended that candidates should focus more on the basic topics number system and geometry as they hold the good amount of weightage in CAT entrance exam. Not only in CAT, but other top b-school entrance exams also cover most of these topics from the QA section. When candidates are done with the basic concepts, they should pick up past year question papers and practice them.
As per the exam pattern, this section of DILR contains 32 questions in total. According to CAT topper Rahul Gupta, Data interpretation and logical reasoning questions are tricky and time consuming as well. Hence, to excel in this section, candidates must know shortcut methods of solving questions. DILR section aims to test a candidate's decision-making ability as well as speed using limited input in restricted time of 60 minutes. Logical reasoning section aims to test the understanding of candidates with respect to the hidden hints in the question. Candidates must indulge in brainstorming sessions, such as solving Sudoku, riddles on blood relations, , crossword puzzles,family tree etc.,
CAT topper Rohit Banerjea said, “For DILR, I proceeded set-by-set, studying each of them and understanding which topic the set belonged to. If it fell in my wheelhouse of comfort, I'd attempt it immediately before proceeding to the next. If not, I'd skip it for later. I also made the decision to skip the novel set in the section because of the variables involved, which proved to be the right decision.”
Some of the topics that the given below must be checked by candidates:
2 to 3 Questions
3 to 5 Questions
5 to 8 Questions
Seating Arrangement, and Data Arrangement
5 to 6 Questions
Tables and Caselets
Clocks & Calendars
Assumption and Binary Logic
Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams
For this section, practice as many questions as you can. Once can never predict the question of DILR as they vary widely. However the base set up of questions remains the same. Practice from past year question papers of CAT. Attempt as many CAT 2020 mock tests. The more candidates practice the questions from DI & LR the better will be the outcome. The DI questions in paper are calculation intensive and require good speed calculations. For this on-screen calculator option is available in CAT.
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According to CAT topper Ankit Desai, Candidates must solve as many RCs possible in the first 40 mins. After that for the next 10 mins solve Verbal Ability. Since, the difficulty is never known for VARC Section before solving the paper, devote sufficient time to both RCs and VA while preparing. Niranjan, one of the CAT toppers said, “To build confidence in VA, I bought a couple of books online from Amazon. I referred to Arun Sharma’s book on VARC which is detailed and includes lots of questions, which is enough for practice. This helped me get a good hold on VARC.”
How to prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal and Reading Comprehension)
CAT 2020: Important Topics for Preparation (VARC)
2 to 4 Questions
Reading Comprehension Passages
Sentence Completion and Correction
Word Usage (Vocabulary)
Fill in the Blanks
Experts suggest that to excel in this section of VARC candidates should focus more on grammar and try to learn new words on a daily basis along with synonyms and antonyms. Adopting this practice will help candidates to score well in this section. Candidates must ensure that they practice this section form at least 3 hours on daily basis. Reading as much as possible is addon of this VARC section.
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Your academic profile is average but your cat percentile is good. It will definitely fetch you calls for IIMs and top IITs as well (those who provide mba for non-engineering students too).
It is difficult to get into IIMs at look at your overall profile for admission, but the new IIMs and baby IIMs will give you calls. Not only just IIMs/IITs, you have good chances to get calls from mdi gurgaon, fms delhi (as your percentile is just on edge being a non-engineer), sp jain mumbai, etc
I hope this helps.
You have a pretty average academic score and Some B-schools consider your academics but still Yes you can get into top b-schools, provided you have a percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too a cat percentile of 98+ for mediocre IIMs and 99+ for the top ones. But you can absolutely forget IIMs- Ahmedabad , Bangalore,v Calcutta,Indore as they focus on acads and you have a very average profile as of now but still there are lots of other factors which govern whether you'll be gettin a call from the top IIMs or not like which company did you work for, if the company is one in which the selection rate is less or the selection criteria is hard, which college you did your undergraduate degree from, which course did you pursue, many other factors which play a role. But it depends also on what course you prusue in your graduation considering you are a student from the commerce/business stream.
Please focus on your undergraduation marks too and do a lot of Internships to improve your profile and hence increase the chances of getting a call.
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CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.
In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:
IILM UNiversity Gurugram
Appejay school of Management
SGT University etc...
All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.
Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.
CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.
Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.
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