CAT 2020 Preparation Strategy - Important Tips & Schedule
CAT 2020 Preparation Strategy - Planning to prepare for CAT 2020? Wondering how to make a proper CAT preparation strategy? If you are thinking of the time when you will start your preparation, then the best time to prepare for CAT 2020 is now. 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 2020 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 2020 preparation strategy. Details as to how you can start your preparation, best CAT study material and much more. Common Admission Test for the academic session 2021 i.e. CAT 2020 will be conducted on November 29, 2020. The registration of CAT 2020 will begin from August 5.
Latest - CAT 2020 registration date is extended to September 23. IIM Indore has made changes in the CAT 2020 exam pattern.
CAT Exam Pattern 2020
Extensive Preparation Strategy of CAT is required to secure a good percentile in CAT entrance exam. CAT 2020 is almost 9 months away. Hence, candidates must pull up their socks. For the next academic year i.e. 2021-2023, Indian Institute of Management will define the exam pattern of CAT 2020. It is obligatory for candidates that before filling the CAT registration form 2020 they must check the CAT exam pattern 2020 beforehand and devise a proper CAT preparation strategy. Exam pattern of CAT 2020 is almost same without any frequent changes. The table given below shows the tentative exam pattern of CAT 2020 and shall be updated if any changes are brought in by IIM Indore for CAT 2020.
CAT Exam Pattern 2020:
Duration of CAT 2020
180 minutes i.e. 3 hours
60 minutes i.e. 1 hour
Total no. of questions
100 Multiple choice questions
CAT 2020 Mode
Data interpretation & logical reasoning
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
Survey CAT Syllabus 2020
After analyzing the pattern of the exam, candidates must carefully look at the syllabus of CAT 2020. Allot time as per the topics of syllabus. Lakshya Kumar, one of the toppers of CAT 2019 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 2020, 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 2020?
Once you are done with knowing the syllabus and exam pattern of CAT 2020, 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 exam pattern and syllabus of CAT. Hence it is important to make a proper Preparation Strategy of CAT for exceling-
CAT Preparation Strategy 2020:
Focal Areas for CAT preparation strategy
Let us look at each Preparation Strategy of CAT one by one to have better understanding-
Divide the syllabus i.e. Break preparation into sections
Make an effective time table that will enable you to cover the topics mentioned in the CAT syllabus 2020. Remember that only after clearing your entrance exam, you can receive a call for further admission process of IIM. Candidates must first try to put 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 2019 topper Rahul Gupta, “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 Ankit Desai, one of the toppers of CAT 2019, 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 Rahul Manglik 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 2020. Thus, clear concepts by understanding the exam pattern and each and every topic of the syllabus of CAT 2020. Use the internet to learn new methods and quick answers of solving problems. CAT 2019 Topper, Ronit Banerjea 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 more questions, you can look at the sample papers of CAT 2020 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 2020 time duration without being confused.
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Crack the mocks
According to most of the toppers of CAT 2019, going through mock tests is highly beneficial. Mock test of CAT 2020 will help candidates to get an idea about the type of questions that could come up in paper, marking scheme, navigation through different sections, effort required to score good, difficulty level of the question paper and much more. CAT mock test 2020 will be similar to the actual question paper with 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 colourful 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 it, see it 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 2020, 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 good in CAT 2020.
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Above all, stay hydrated, eat well and trust your CAT preparation strategy.
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Questions related to CAT
can we correct our percentages or marks in cat application form 2020?
Hello, hope you are doing well!
No, once submitted the CAT application form can't be edited. So it is very important to fill the form without any error in the first and last attempt. Information that cannot be edited in CAT form include personal details, academic details and selection of test cities.
Replying to your query from the comments' section-
Application process is the foremost step and its not that big a problem if you have done a minor mistake. If there's too much difference in the marks you have got and the marks you have entered then its definitely a problem. Because what happens is if you have mentioned more than the marks you have got then at the time of document verification you might be doubted to have intentionally entered more marks to get selected. And if you have entered too less marks than that of what you have actually got, you might not be considered eligible only. If your mistake is not causing these two future events to happen then its fine. Your mistake will be rectified when you go for your document verification i.e. the final step to seek admission. You may have to mention you made a mistake or they will find the mistake themselves while tallying your marksheets with application details and they will give you a chance to rectify.
So, don't worry if you have not made an extreme mistake in your application which might create extreme situations in the future.
I scored 62 percentage in 12 7.4 cgpa in 10 and 66 percentage in graduation and 99 percentile in cat . can I get admission in iim Calcutta or iim lukhnow
Congratulations on your CAT score.
Let me break it dwon for you:
The selection criteria at IIM Calcutta :
Overall Score of CAT- 28
Class X marks - 10
Class XII marks - 10
Gender Diversity Factor - 2
Total - 50
As per your 10th results, you will get around 6/10
As per your 12th results, you will get around 2/10
As per your graduation, you will get around 2/10 (you have not mentioned your branch or course of study)
You get 2 in diversity if you are female.
IIM calcutta especially prefers experienced candidates. You to have to score quiet high in WAT-Pi to get selected
You will have to perform exceptionally well at Interviews to get selected. There is no other way to get selected.
Hope this helps!
I have made mistake in cat application form i just wanted to know. when will cat 2020 application correction window date will announced?
Hello student The correction window for CAT application Form is supposed to open from 23rd September 2020. Candidates can edit their signature and photograph only through the correction window for rest of the information Candidates need to contact - email@example.com and request to correct the information.
For more details refer to the link mentioned below - https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-application-form-correction/amp
Feel free to comment if you've any doubt
cat i get any gov college in delhi with neet score 565 Sc category through aiq 15%.
With 565 marks, you will have a rank between 16173-19478. You can check here https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-result-marks-vs-rank
Based on previous year cut off, you have a chance in the following Government Medical College in Delhi under SC reservation through ALL INDIA 15% -
DR. RML Hospital as last year it closed at 16805 for SC category.
To know more about Delhi NEET cut off, check here https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cutoff-du
With that being said, cut off varies every year depending on number of candidates appearing for the exam, number of students qualified, the top NEET marks and the difficulty of the exam. To get a list of colleges in which you have a chance of getting a MBBS/BDS seat, you can use NEET College Predictor here https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
Im getting around 300 in NEET 2020...can i get a b cat seat in south?what would the fee structure be? By the way i belong to telangana.
With a score of 300, in general, a seat under Category B is also tad difficult. This is because even these seats are filled through State Counselling and the seats are allotted on the basis of merit cum preference. You can participate in the Management Quota rounds of States like Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka from South India. But with this score, a seat might be tad difficult. Having said that, this is based on 2019 data and cut offs change every year. Cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. For a complete list of colleges that you may have a shot at, please use our College predictor: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer