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.
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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 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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I belong to Muslim Minority. This year I am expecting 415 Neet score. Is their a chance of getting seat in any Minority College Cat. A ( Deccan, Shahdan, VRK, AAyan). Please let me know.
Your NEET score is 415. As such your Overall Percentile is: 90.99 - 91.49 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is : 123648 - 155798 . Also it too depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges. Check out the mbbs seats out here:
Use this to predict the colleges by using this predictor link:
So you can predict your rank by using the NEET rank predictor:
mam if my marks in neet 2020 are 380 and I belong to sc cat with Andhra Pradesh domicile can I get seat in gov medical clg in state quota or all India quota pls tell or else can I get any Pvt seat in clgs like maharaja , Vizianagaram pls guide me I was totally confused ...help me..
As you have mentioned that your NEET score is 380. As such your Overall Percentile is: 88.14 - 88.64 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is: 163828 - 195978 .
Check out the MBBS/ BDS seats through NEET out here:
Also it too depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges. For SC category there is 15% seat reservation . In Telangana there are 8 government colleges with 1440 seats. And there are a total of 18 private colleges with 2650 seats.
Use this to predict the colleges by using this predictor link:
So you can predict your rank by using the NEET rank predictor:
If I get 574 marks neet ug 2020 from obc cat then what chances for getting govt college in rajasthan
As you have not mentioned your home state so considering it as Rajasthan according to your profile.
See it is little bit difficult to predict exactly whether you will get seat in any government medical college or not because different colleges have different cut-offs for State quota and All India Quota. Also, cut-offs are bound to change every year depending upon various factors such as the number of candidates appearing in an examination, the number of candidates qualifying an examination, difficulty level of the paper, and so on.
But if we go through previous years NEET cut-off trends in Rajasthan then there are good chances for you to get seat in some of the GMCs, the reason being is last year the lowest cut-off marks was 564 for Government Medical College, Barmer for Management quota seat under Home State quota for OBC category.
You can check the previous years cut-offs through the link given below :-
To have a list of all those colleges which you can get based upon your marks, category, and state you can use NEET College Predictor:-
I hope this information helps you.
I have scored 90.2% in 10 and scored 95.6% in class 12 with (commerce+maths) and currently I will be joining the University of Delhi for B.com.(Hons), I want to enrich my profile to make it CAT interview ready. please suggest some tips and activities which I should follow during this 3 year?
Hope you're doing well.
Your academics are quite strong. MBA colleges such as IIMs, FMS, etc , they look for people who have a good academic record, CAT percentile of more that 95, mostly. And, if you have a good hold of communication skills(professional), you'll surely be preffered.
Apart from CAT preparation, During your Bcom, just focus on your studies and try to keep your CGPA decent and good. Try to engage in extra curricular activities. Work on developing your skills. And, if you have working experience, more preference would be given to you. So, you should do a few internships and if possible get some job experience after completing Bcom. You should follow books like RS agarwal and arun sharma for a good hold of quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.
All the best.
i got 48 rank in ews cat in bhu msc zoology do i have any chance of getting admission in bhu or its affiliated colleges..? please reply asap
As per your rank in EWS CAT in Banaras Hindu University, you are eligible to get admission in main campus. Also you are more preferable to get admission in affiliated colleges of Banaras Hindu University which offer Msc Zoology. Visit the official website for regular updates regarding counselling and other admission process.