CAT Preparation 2021 Online - How to Prepare for CAT without Coaching
How to prepare for CAT without coaching? - Do you wonder about getting a call from top management institutes after cracking CAT? Is your dream B-School one of the IIMs? Do you wish to score high and make your name on the toppers’ list? No doubt about the fact that CAT is a tough nut to crack.
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While starting CAT 2021 preparation the first thought that comes to a candidate’s mind is whether to start the CAT preparation with the help of some coaching or not? Most of the candidates join coaching classes with high hopes and pay a huge amount just to crack India’s top entrance exam CAT. In this article on how to prepare for CAT preparation without coaching, Careers360 will help you know about how it is not so important to take formal guidance, preparation strategy for CAT without any coaching classes, framework required, study material required, free CAT mock test options, and much more.
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Is It Possible To Prepare For CAT Without Coaching?
Many CAT toppers and experts suggest that taking mentorship and coaching for CAT is beneficial to a great extent. But it is not always mandatory. According to one of the CAT 2020 toppers Vishesh Garg, taking coaching for CAT is not the most essential part through which a candidate can secure good marks. Nowadays what coaching institutes do not want candidates to know is the fact that they can achieve success in CAT even without their help.
Candidates, especially first-time CAT takers blindly follow the coaching institutes and pay huge hard-earned money. However, some candidates are unable to join any coaching classes. The reason could be the high fees, willingness to score well with self-study.
Keeping in mind the footprints of CAT toppers, Shivam Chandak and Aditya Devalla secured a bang on 99.98 and 99.97 percent respectively in the toughest exams. Shivam Chandak prepared for CAT 2019 without joining any coaching and took the help of the internet only for attempting practice papers and mock tests of CAT. Whereas, CAT 2020 topper Abhilasha Balakrishnan told Careers360 that he did not join any coaching. According to him, self-study is sufficient when one has a clear-cut picture of the schedule.
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Success Tips on How to Prepare for CAT Without Coaching?
How to start the preparation without coaching is a big question. Before, joining coaching for CAT preparation, certain factors determine the conclusion of the decision. If a candidate following the below-mentioned tips on how to prepare for CAT without coaching, he/ she can definitely score well in the CAT exam.
- Take Mock Test
- Know the Exam Pattern
- Time Management
- Create Study Groups
- Get Right Study Material
- Use Technology
- Be Motivated & Have Faith in Yourself
Take Mock Test
Before beginning your CAT preparation, the first step would be to take a mock test to judge where you actually stand. CAT 2020 topper Adit Sanjanawala, started his preparation of CAT by taking a mock test to find out his base level. According to him, by taking mock tests a candidate will be able to understand his/her strengths and weaknesses. Similarly topper Ravi Pranshu appeared in around 40 mock tests of CAT to understand his mistakes and areas where he needed to focus.
Through CAT mock tests, candidates will get an idea about the difficulty level of the paper, how they can navigate between the three different sections. Along with that, candidates will be familiarized with the amount of effort they need to put in each section for scoring well.
Remember that in CAT candidates will have to answer the Non-MCQs where they will have to read the passage and select the best sequence. Mock tests also provide the options to review the questions. Mock tests of CAT will be like real examination, whereby each section will have sectional timings.
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Know the CAT Exam Pattern
Once done with analyzing what all you need to know on how to prepare for CAT without coaching through a mock test, you need to check the exam pattern as well as the syllabus of CAT. As per the generic exam pattern of CAT, the question paper has 100 questions in total and the exam was conducted in online mode. Candidates are required to answer the questions within the sectional timing allotted. Topper Rahul Manglik focused on understanding and finishing the syllabus to ensure accuracy and then focused on increasing his problem-solving accuracy.
A total of three sections of Quantitative Ability, Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Data interpretation & logical reasoning form the CAT question paper. Prepare a sectional strategy on how and when to start preparation of CAT for each section.
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Shivam Kumar CAT 2020 topper said, “Candidates should spend a lot of their time analyzing the shortcut methods.” Make time management your priority. It is not just preparing Verbal Ability or Reasoning or Quantitative Ability but preparing for all sections together with proper time management. Attempting all questions accurately within the time allotment of 60 minutes to each section is comparatively difficult if you do not the tricks of solving questions easily.
Candidates should focus on dissecting rigorously their robustness.
Create Study Groups
Be socially active and try to find people who are like-minded and equally motivated to crack CAT 2021 as you are without the help of coaching articles. A good company can make or break the results. Hence, it is advisable that candidates must try to actively seek out people who are or have already appeared in CAT exams.
By taking part in groups of like minds, new topics and discussions will be helpful during the exam time. It is not always necessary that all candidates are involved in self-preparation. Those who have joined coaching classes can help others. Queries and basic issues can be answered and resolved with the help of other team members. Study group members may motivate each other and breed a healthy environment rather than pulling each other’s legs
Get the Right Study Material
The market is flooded with ample CAT preparation study material. Those who are preparing without coaching must keep an eye on which are the best books, question banks, preparation notes, sample papers, etc. by top authors.
Search for books that are rich in content rather than heavy as per the quantity. While preparing for CAT 2021 exam always go for quality rather than quantity books.
Try to find out the best books for CAT preparation and start your preparation after checking the exam pattern and syllabus.
Use the Technology
Just because you are not going to any coaching classes does not limit your access to the internet. Browse throughout and make use of Google services. Try to figure out which are the best educational sites that can assist and upgrade your CAT preparation efforts. Several YouTubers are available this time, who explain each topic of the CAT syllabus in lucid language. Ronit Banerjea said that he used the internet and prepared through various preparation sites. Clear your concepts by learning new methods of solving questions from the internet.
Be Motivated & Have Faith In Yourself
Although not directly, but this factor is of utmost importance as it acts as a guiding force in any area. Make yourself motivated by adding a positive sticky note in front of your desk. Check the same on daily basis and make yourself positive. Notes could be “I can clear CAT with good marks”, “I will get a call from IIM” or anything that inspires you. According to topper Ankit Desai, who scored 99.9 percentile in CAT said that the major factor of clearing CAT is constant self-motivation.
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Preparation 2021 Online - How to Prepare for CAT without Coaching
Question: When will CAT 2021 registration begin?
CAT 2021 registration will begin tentatively in the first week of August 2021 from 10 AM.
Question: Is it necessary to give CAT mock test?
Mock test of CAT are considered as an important factor for candidates as they get the exact exam day environment at the time of solving it. Although not compulsory, candidates are advised to solve mock tests.
Question: How to crack CAT exam without joining Coaching Centre?
You can definitely clear the CAT 2021 exam with high percentile by following the below steps;
- Take CAT Mock Test
- Know the Exam Pattern of CAT 2021
- Time Management
- Create Study Groups
- Get Right Study Material
- Use Technology
- Be Motivated & Have Faith in Yourself
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Im stuck between 60 - 75 scores in cat mocks, what should I do in order to hit the 90s mark?
hope you are doing well and safe. As per your query , I would glad to inform you that score can be improved to 90 but for that you need to do quite hardwork and do self analysis on yours . Focus on the easy topics in which you are weak and work on them and upsolve all the mocks and dont redo the same mistakes . For sure you will hit 90 marks soon
Hope you found this answer informative. Best wishes for your future
i want admission on iim for that i had to clear CAT exam so i need full details about CAT course
CAT is not a course rather an entrance examination through which you can get into IIMs and many other B-schools.
Here's the complete detail about CAT
CAT i. e Common Admission Test is a national level entrance examination for admission in MBA/PGDM in B- Schools, including IIMs and several other prestigious B- Schools. It is conducted by IIMs themselves every year in rotation in online mode/computer based examination in English medium and it is accepted by 1100+ B-Schools.
>>>>>>>> Eligibility criteria
CAT eligibility criteria says that:
To be eligible for CAT ,
you need a Bachelor's/graduation degree in any discipline
you must have got at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA in your graduation . SC/ST/PH students need only at least 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline to be eligible .
Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are also eligible for CAT examination.
There is no age restriction to be eligible
It is not mandatory to have work experience to be eligible
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>>>>>>>> CAT examination pattern:-
CAT EXAMINATION PATTERN
Mode of examination
Online i. e Computer-Based Mode
Name of the Section
There are 3 sections :-
----------) VARC i. e Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
----------) DILR i. e Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
----------) Quantitative Aptitude
Types of questions asked
There are 2 types of questions in CAT
----------) mcqs &
----------) non - mcqs
---------) +3 marks for each correct answer
---------) -1 marks for each wrong answer in case of MCQs ,
---------) No negative marking is there for wrong answers in case of non-mcqs
You can get the complete examination pattern:-
>>>>>>>> How to prepare for CAT
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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can you please guide me where I star preparing for cat exam
A proper mindset and dedication is required to crack CAT entrance. You need to make a proper time table, a proper strategy. Understand the pattern of the exam, your capability, your strong and weak area/portion.
There are total 3 section in CAT exam -
- Verbal and reading comprehension (VARC)
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DI and LR)
- Quantitative analysis (QA)
Try to read a lot of vocabulary related books such as Word power made easy, or you can read any novels too, This will make your reading comprehension more strong in verbal section.
Read the newspaper everyday, this will make you aware about the current affairs.
Complete the basic concepts of quanta, you can start doing maths problem of 10th grade.
You can join any class for CAT exam, this will help you to make your doubts clear.
Start giving mock tests, as you know practice makes a man perfect. Try to practice a lot this will help in boost your confidence and your flow. Join the test series and stick to your schedule. Focus on smart learning.
Later on, test your accuracy and your preparation. Solve previous year papers, don't lose hope if you aren't scoring well in mock tests. Try to give your best.
Stay motivated and focused.
Hope this helps !
All the best for your bright future
from where most of questions comes in CAT exam
You have to be regular with your studies , be updated about current affairs, for making vocab string you should read newpaper , books.
regularity is the most important thing for crack the CAT.
every year questions are different so it is hard to predict.
i hope this information is helpful for you.
I am currently in my final year in the 5th semester of my college. my 6th and final semester will get over by July. can I give the cat exam then fir MBA admissions
Yes it is possible that student who is pursuing his last year in bachelor's degree can appear for Common Aptitude Test for MBA admission. However the candidate must have completed their bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate and 45% marks for reserved categories.
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