CAT 2021 Exam Preparation Strategy - Important Tips & Schedule
CAT Exam 2021 Preparation Strategy - Planning to prepare for CAT 2021? Wondering how to make a proper CAT preparation strategy? If you are thinking about when is the right time to start the preparation, then the best time to prepare for CAT 2021 is three to four months before the exam date. Every single candidate who registers for the CAT entrance exam hopes to crack the toughest exam with great marks.
But the question is- how to start the preparation and what preparation strategy of CAT 2021 will be useful enough to name on the merit list of IIMs? Careers360 in this article will tell you simple and easy to make and follow the CAT 2021 preparation strategy. Details as to how you can start your preparation, the best CAT study material, and much more. Common Admission Test for the academic session 2021 i.e. CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 28, 2021.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2021
An extensive Preparation Strategy of CAT is required to secure a good percentile in the CAT entrance exam. CAT 2021 is almost a few months away. Hence, candidates must pull up their socks. For the next academic year i.e. 2022-2024, the Indian Institute of Management provided a revised exam pattern of CAT 2021.
It was obligatory for candidates that before filling the CAT registration form 2021 they must check the CAT exam pattern 2021 beforehand and devise a proper CAT preparation strategy. The exam pattern of CAT 2021 is almost the same without any changes. The table given below shows the revised exam pattern of CAT 2021 and is updated as per the changes brought in by IIM Indore for CAT 2021.
CAT Exam Pattern 2021:
Duration of CAT 2021
2 hours (120 minutes)
40 Minutes for Each Section (VARC, DILR, QA).
53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.
Total no. of questions
76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs)
CAT 2021 Mode
Data interpretation & logical reasoning
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
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CAT Syllabus 2021
After analyzing the pattern of the exam, candidates must carefully look at the syllabus of CAT 2021. Allot time as per the topics of the syllabus. Vishesh Garg, one of the toppers of CAT 2020 who scored 99.99 percentile said that he started his preparation for CAT in June i.e around five to six months before the exam.
As per the CAT syllabus 2021, the question paper will be divided into three major sections i.e. Data interpretation & logical reasoning, Verbal ability and reading comprehension, and Quantitative Ability.
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When To Start Preparation For CAT 2021?
Once you are done with knowing the syllabus and revised exam pattern of CAT 2021, now the third step would be to manage the time accordingly. Having awareness of time management is necessary. It may happen that candidates may end up wasting their prized time even after being aware of the revised exam pattern and syllabus of CAT. Hence it is important to make a proper Preparation Strategy of CAT for excelling-
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Let us look at each Preparation Strategy of CAT one by one to have a better understanding-
Divide the syllabus i.e. Break preparation into sections
Make an effective timetable that will enable you to cover the topics mentioned in the CAT syllabus 2021. Remember that only after clearing your entrance exam, you can receive a call for the further admission process of IIM. Candidates must first try to put their hands on those topics which they find a bit level up as initially there will be more time to give on such hard topics.
Use the internet to build a strong foundation. According to CAT 2020 topper Ashish Sen, “one needs to have a proper study material for the same and one has to maintain consistency while covering the syllabus.” Try to find out easier ways of solving such questions and learn how to solve difficult questions quickly.
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Coaching or Self-study
Nowadays, a number of coaching institutes are available that provide preparation tips to candidates. According to Shivam Chandak, one of the toppers of CAT 2020, Coaching classes helped him as a source and guided him to stay focused. However, if candidates feel that they lack monetary resources to join the coaching. They also have the option of self-study. Topper Aditya Devalla said, “I had joined TIME coaching classes and Career Launcher mock tests. However, I didn't attend many classes and rather focused on self-study. My sister guided me through the process. I don't think coaching classes are necessary if one has the discipline for self-study on a regular basis.” Experts admit that if candidates prepare for CAT without coaching they definitely can crack the exam.
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In the initial months, candidates need to follow a CAT preparation strategy that allows them to focus on the concept of clearing their syllabus concepts. Having the fundamental concepts clear will act as a benefit in CAT 2021. Thus, clear concepts by understanding the exam pattern and each and every topic of the syllabus of CAT 2021. Use the internet to learn new methods and quick answers to solving problems. CAT 2020 Topper, Abhilasha Balakrishnan said that he explored the internet and found out various sites to prepare for the CAT exam.
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Work on weak areas & Solve Sample Papers
Know that you have analyzed the syllabus and checked all that was necessary. Highlight the areas that you feel need improvement and more focus. Work on those areas, try solving more and more questions. Take a look at CAT question papers and solve them rigorously. For the purpose of searching for more questions, you can look at the sample papers of CAT 2021 to provide a stable base to your Preparation Strategy of CAT. Remember that solving questions and practicing the same things, again and again, will improve your base and you will be able to solve questions easily during the actual CAT 2021 time duration without being confused.
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Crack the mocks
According to most of the toppers of CAT 2020, going through mock tests is highly beneficial. The Mock test of CAT 2021 helps candidates to get an idea about the type of questions that could come up in the paper, marking scheme, navigation through different sections, the effort required to score good, difficulty level of the question paper, and much more.
CAT mock test 2021 is similar to the actual question paper with the same time duration, sections, marking scheme. Candidates can take up mock tests before or after the preparation i.e. to gauge where they stand amongst others, they can either take the test before starting their preparation or they can also check their CAT preparation strategy after they are done with the syllabus.
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Prepare Flash Cards/sticky notes
Considered to be a scientific method, writing notes on colorful flashcards helps remember the brain new things easily. Make sticky notes and write important things on them, make sure to stick them at a place that is visible to your eyes and helps you in mugging up that topic easily. In that case, you just have to make notes, stick them, see them and your mind will grasp it. You don't need to put too much effort into opening the notebook again and again.
Remember the Art of Leaving
When not much time will be left for CAT 2021, candidates are advised to focus only on their strengths. At that time, leave what is not necessary or is out of reach. Learning the art of leaving will act as an important CAT preparation strategy as it will save time for candidates on time-consuming questions. Better to avoid the rotten eggs and focus only on the golden ones to score well in CAT 2021.
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Above all, stay hydrated, eat well and trust your CAT preparation strategy.
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First of all congratulations for your result.
As per previous year cutoff, It is difficult to get admission there, but you can try some other good top colleges also. You have to try hard to get seat in good college.
For CSE you need a rank under 1100 for general.
For IT around 2200 for general.
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Hi, I want to appear for CAT but i have a gap of 5 years between 12th and graduation. Will this gap create problem in selection for a college or while selecting for job after MBA? I have cleared CA intermediate in these 5 years and have a suitable experience of full time job in a good company.
Hi Vipul. No the 5 years gap won't be a problem in college selection or interview process or job placement . Those will be considered as educational gap since you have a genuine reason and good achievements like clearing CA intermediate, and good company job. Still to be on the safe side, try to get a good percentile , prepare for interview and build up your resume
Hlo,sir/mam recently I completed my graduation now I fill the form of CAT examination for 2021 .so please suggest me how I study or tricks to clear the exam in first attempt?
I hope you are doing well!
Last year, many changes in the CAT 2021 exam pattern and testing slots were made by IIM Indore. This year it is expected that CAT 2021 pattern will change again as IIM Ahmedabad which is conducting CAT 2021, may bring about more changes in CAT exam structure. CAT 2021 may go back to its earlier test structure and time slots. As per the regular pattern, CAT 2021 will be a computer based test of 3 hours with 100 questions divided in three sections. CAT preparation 2021 strategy also needs to be slightly changed from previous year.
How to Plan CAT Preparation 2021
With the expected changes in CAT 2021 pattern, the CAT 2021 preparation according to experts, should also be changed. Experts have advised following required changes in CAT preparation strategy:
Change in CAT Exam 2021
Required Change in CAT preparation
Number of questions to go up from 76 to 100
Test taking stratgey to be tweaked. Selection of questions becomes important
Increased Overall CAT duration to 3 hours and Sectional duration to 60 Minutes each
Students should focus on preparation. Exam could prove more beneficial with better scoring opportunity
Difficulty Level may go up
Improve your skills in each section, IIMs may decide to have stronger skilled students
Change in Mock Test Taking Strategy
Increase total number of questions and duration for your mock test. This will give you a real feel of new CAT pattern
CAT toppers and experts describe CAT preparation strategy in two words – ‘Smart Preparation’ and avoid the hard meaningless preparation that consumes lot of your time with lesser gain.
Since, IIMs do not require a professor or a deep learner in only one area, the CAT exam is designed to measure your aptitude and assess your analytical and communication skills in the areas of English language and usage, Analysis of a situation with data, Approach to arrive at the decision by using reasoning and the basic mathematical skills.
You always have a choice to prepare for CAT with or without coaching. However, it depends upon your requirements, availability of time, skills that you have and the areas you wish to improve among other factors. CAT Self Study with right CAT 2020 Study material or a mix of preparation without coaching and opting for weekend CAT coaching with test series option can be decided now or later as per your requirement.
If you wish to opt for CAT self study, you need to understand first how to prepare for CAT exam at home with the help of right books for CAT exam preparation and other appropriate CAT 2021 study material.
Most of the CAT toppers have opted for CAT preparation without coaching. CAT toppers like IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2020-22 batch, Rahul Gupta with 100 percentile in CAT 2019; Ashish Jhunjhunwala with 99.90 percentile in CAT 2017; Vipul Kukkar 99.99 percentile in CAT 2017 and IIM Calcutta students did self study for CAT exam with the help of books and other CAT study material.
Preparation tips on how to start CAT exam preparation without coaching are focused on following points to guide you how and when you should start your exam preparation 2021:
- Go through the revised CAT exam pattern & CAT syllabus 2021 and Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the three sections and work on improving them
- Gather the best books and CAT study material for preparation 2021
- Take as many CAT Mocks during your preparation online and do the analysis of each Mock. Without analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
- If you are weak in VARC, reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies will be helpful. Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day
- Data Interpretation (DI) is considered a bit more time consuming. Start practicing on DI questions. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.