CAT Preparation 2020 - 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 to the toppers’ list? No doubt about the fact that CAT is a tough nut to crack. However, with right set of preparation strategies and mindset, one can definitely achieve success. While starting 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 huge amount just to crack India’s top entrance exam CAT. However, there are candidates who are unable to join any coaching classes. The reason could be the high fees, willingness to score well with self-study. In this article of 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 mock test options and much more.
Latest - IIM Indore has released CAT 2020 admit card on October 28. Candidates can take the CAT 2020 mock test to get familiar with the revised exam pattern.
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 2019 toppers Anumay Aashish, taking coaching for CAT is not the most essential part through which a candidate can secure good marks. Now-a-days 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 the first time CAT takers blindly follow the coaching institutes and pay huge hard-earned money.
Rishi Mittal who secured 100 percentile in CAT 2019, says that self-study definitely brings in the difference while you prepare by yourself for CAT exam.
Keeping in mind the footprints of CAT toppers, Mayank Raj and Arvind Menon who secured a bang on 100 percentile in the toughest exams. Mayank Raj prepared for CAT 2017 without joining any coaching and took help of internet only for attempting practice papers and mock tests of CAT. Whereas, CAT 2019 topper Sukumar Chowdary 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.
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, there are certain factors that determine the conclusion of the decision. Even if a candidate is not following the below steps, he/she can definitely score well if you follow the below-mentioned tips on how to prepare for CAT without coaching.
- 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 2019 topper Lakshya Kumar, 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 Ankit Desai appeared in around 40 mock test of CAT in order 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 sequence which is best. 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.
Know the Exam Pattern
Once done with analyzing what all you need to know on how to prepare for CAT without coaching through 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 is conducted in online mode. Candidates are required to answer the questions within the sectional timing allotted. Topper Rahul Manglik focused on understanding and finishing 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.
CAT Exam Pattern 2020
Ronit Banerjea CAT 2019 topper said, “Candidates should spend a lot of their time analyzing the shortcut methods.” Make time management you 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 the people who are like-minded and equally motivated to crack CAT 2020 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 the books that are rich in content rather than heavy as per the quantity. While preparing for CAT 2020 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 which can assist and upgrade your CAT preparation efforts. Number of Youtubers are available this time, who explain each and every topic of 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.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Preparation 2020 - How to Prepare for CAT without Coaching
Question: When will CAT 2020 registration begin?
CAT 2020 registration will begin on August 5 from 10 AM.
Question: Is it necessary to give 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.
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Questions related to CAT
I noticed yesterday that my DOB is wrong in the form.I mailed the authorities but they said noting can be done.Has anyone faced such a problem before?Were they able to give the exam?Did it affect the later process?Is there any solution to this? KIndly help me out.I prepared diligently for this(CAT)
see you should be very careful while applying for any exam or form filling. however you may still get the admit card and participate in the exam. but at the time of document verification you have to face questions about the wrong dob. later it would be solely depends on the exam authority whether they would accept the application or not.
air 81517 ... sc cat 3206 rank... which clgs do i get in all india quota... and Im frm telangana which clg can i get in my state?
Hope you are doing well!
With this rank you can get following colleges based in previous ear cut-off of ranks of colleges
1)Govt Dental College RIMS Kadapa
2)REGIONAL DENTAL COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
3)Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
4) Government Dental College, Raipur
5) Goa Dental College & Hospital, Goa
6)Government Dental College & Hospital, Jamnagar
7) Government Dental College, Shimla
8)Dental Institue, RIMS, Ranchi
in Telangana , through AIQ you can get admission in
1)Government Dental College and Hospital, Afsalganj
To know more about the cutoff of NEET 2019 for government colleges(separately for dental and medical courses for all the states.) refer to https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cut-off-for-government-colleges
You can also use careers360 college predictor link https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
can a ews category student apply for private medical college? and is the fees same for gen cat. and ews cat. student for private medical college?
The EWS category is an official reservation category that needs to be considered for admission into every college. So college consider EWS category also as other category. You can surely apply for private medical College.
Most of the colleges doesn't have fees as per the reservation. The fees seems to be same for every student. There might be some college that may offer scholarship to reserved category students .
Hope that helps.
I scored 170 Marks Gen cat.neet 2020 My MAMA maternal uncle resides at Dubai as NRI since 18 yrs. How I can take benefit of NRI QUOTA in government medical college in Rajasthan. I am Rajasthan bonafied . What documents are required .
Hope you are doing well,
To apply for the benefit of NRI quota following are the list of documents required
NEET Score Card
A document which can claim that your sponsorer is an NRI ( document can be a Passport, Visa of the sponsorer)
Candidate's Relationship with NRI.
The candidates who had earlier applied under Indian citizenship but whished to changed to NRI quota would have to send relevant documents to the authorities at email@example.com till October 23 up to 10:00 AM.
For more information visit https://news.careers360.com/neet-2020-counselling-mcc-releases-notice-for-admission-under-nri-quota
my all India rank 207718 in neet 2020 Marks 381.category rank 16212 my home town telengana v have sc reservation can u predict b cat colleges which I get
Based on your rank you will get seat in following colleges:
1.Bharati vidyappeeth DU Medical college and hospital.
2.Shri sathya sai medical college and research institute.
3.MGM Medical college and Hospital,Aurangabad.
4.Manipal college of dental sciences,Manipal.
5.VMKV Medical college and hospital,Salem.
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