CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners
CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners - How to prepare for CAT is one of the most common asked questions among fresh graduates or working professionals. CAT remains one of the most coveted entrance examinations in which few students are able to make their way through IIMs.
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Students must note that completing the syllabus of CAT is not sufficient to bell CAT exam, it also requires a versatile approach and incorporating changes in the study plan. CAT is conducted in online mode. CAT exam pattern consists of three sections with a sectional limit of 40 minutes. To ace, these sections Careers360 brings to you CAT 2021 preparation tips for beginners. It is imperative for all fresh aspirants to run through the CAT preparation tips for beginners to know how to ace the test. Here are some essential tips for beginners to prepare for CAT Exam.
CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners - Common Mistakes To Avoid
It is advisbale to begin CAT exam preparation early. One cannot improve verbal ability in a month or so as it requires continuous practice and attention. Students must know that formation of a reading habit takes time, hence one should start early to have good reading skills. As per the experts starting preparation nine months before the examination is the ideal time.
Ignorant about exam pattern and syllabus -
One of the important and foremost things to do is to know the CAT syllabus. Many students spend time on obscure concepts, for example, students might know that reading comprehension is a major component of verbal ability, hence practising vaguely without knowing the topics from which reading comprehension is given is a waste of time. Students must make the list of topics that are covered under each section and know the percentage of each question asked.
Lack of strategy
Not having a plan of actions is similar to walking through a maze. If you learn something and don’t put it into practice then it is a sheer waste of time. Also, avoid practising questions from one skill set. Remember if you can’t solve basic questions while practising then surely there is an error in strategy. Make sure to have a weekly schedule on how many questions you will practice and mocks you will give. As the syllabus of CAT is vast, cover the topics by setting weekly goals and learn formulas to build confidence
Balancing between strengths and weaknesses
It is always easy to solve questions from the areas you are strong in, however, students are advised not to focus on the short term rather focus on long term goals by building the foundation and working on the areas you are weak in. Take ample time to understand the topic you are weak in before jumping to another topic.
Lack of practice
Students should learn to make a difference between passive learning and active learning. Passive learning is understanding the concept through lectures and videos and not implementing it in practice. Whereas, active learning is understanding the concept and practising a number of questions related to that topic. Therefore, students should not presume that they have understood the topic without practising at least 5-10 questions from each set.
Focus on process over result
Many beginners fixate on a target of achieving 99 percentile rather than focusing on preparation. It is always advised to focus on your preparation and accuracy to answer questions over the percentage you desire to achieve. Despite you have scored less in class 12th or graduation, always focus on the future on how to get an additional 1 per cent through preparation.
CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners - How to Prepare section-wise
How to Prepare for Quantitative Ability
Know the syllabus and exam pattern
The syllabus of CAT quantitative ability is generally covered from class 10th, 11th and 12th level which includes the common topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometric Progression, HCF & LCM, Logarithms, Number Systems, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed and Distance and so forth. While practising the questions from the topics above, note down the time you take to solve questions from a topic. You know how much time you are needed to devote in a particular section to manage time effectively.
Decide your Strategy
While you decide to appear for CAT 2021, you don’t know what might appear on your plate. On the other hand, you know the topics from which questions are likely to be asked, hence prepare your strategy accordingly on how to tackle the questions with accuracy.
Speed and Accuracy
Once you know the topics, the next step is to work on speed and accuracy. Sectional limit of 40 minutes is given for each section, hence for each question we have less than 1.5 minutes. Make sure you practice each unsolved/wrongly marked questions minimum two-three times so that they become a part of your subconscious knowledge. Also, while you read the question paper be selective on which questions you can attempt correctly and leave the difficult questions for later. Also, improve your calculation speed by learning the tables, square roots, fractions every night before sleeping. Deduce your calculation with the help of the options that will be provided.
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation evaluates the candidate’s ability to solve the questions. DI questions usually involve a lot of calculations, hence Vedic math helps to solve questions quickly and with accuracy.
Logical reasoning questions are set based hence before selecting the answer, read the question properly and collect the facts shared in the question.
Do not Assume
Always read the question properly, don’t take a shot in the dark. Stay alert with the keywords like, ‘none’, ‘some’, ‘all’, ‘unless’ and so forth.
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability
Reading is the key
Reading is one of the important ways to improve your vocabulary. Always read from different genres and step out of your comfort zone. By reading from different genres you will run into new words. Make sure you take note of the new words and definition.
Each day, a new word!
Promise yourself to learn a new word each day from the text you read. What about downloading the mobile application and making it a piece of cake? Applications such as Vocabulary.com, Magoosh Vocabulary Builder, Word to Word and many more helps you learn new words and their usage in a sentence.
Now that you are learning a new word each day, try to use that word in your daily life. Also, if you hear any new expression, idiom or phrase try to inculcate them in sentences while talking to friends or family. It becomes easy to remember more often you use.
Assess your current reading by noting the time you take to read a passage. To know your capability pick a passage from any magazine, book, newspaper or novel and note the instances where you lag, for example, difficulty in understanding a few words. If you take time to understand a few words, focus on improving your vocabulary by creating flashcards of the words you were not able to relate to. Write the definition of the difficult words and twice or thrice take a quiz of yourself from the vocabulary you have written on your flashcard.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners
Question: When will CAT 2021 be held?
CAT 2021 is likely to be held on November 28, 2021, in 156 cities across India. The examination will be conducted in more than 425 examination centers in two or three sessions.
Question: Which IIM will conduct CAT 2021?
The name of the institute that conducts CAT 2021 will be announced by June 2021. The official announcement will be available in the last week of July 2021.
Question: How many months is enough to prepare for the CAT exam?
It takes a minimum of 6 to 9 months to prepare for the CAT exam. Daily 8-10 hour surveys are required at least 5 days a week.
Question: What is the difficult section of the CAT exam?
One can’t really say which category is tougher in CAT. Although QA is considered difficult, it is computational-serious, but in the past, it has become VARC tricky or DILR has surprising questions. Overall, the difficulty level of the CAT exam is higher than any other MBA entrance exam.
Question: Can I prepare for CAT 2021 on my own?
Yes, you can prepare your own CAT exam, but it will require serious self-discipline, hard work, and dedication.
Question: Is coaching institute mandatory for scoring 99+ percentile in CAT?
No, the coaching institutes are not mandatory for CAT exam preparation. Many students in the past have scored 99+ percent through self-examination. However, whether or not to enroll in a training institute is a personal decision that must be made with personal discipline and time available for CAT preparation. The advantage of coaching is that students will get a guide to guide them through their preparation journey.
Question: How many questions are asked in the CAT?
The CAT exam question paper has 100 questions. The VARC section has 34 questions, the QA section has 34 questions, and DILR has 32 questions. As per last year's trends, in CAT 2020 the total number of questions was 76.
Question: Are there any negative mark to incorrect answers in CAT?
Yes, there is a negative marking of -1 mark for every incorrect attempt. There is no negative marking for TITA questions.
Question: Do PwD candidates get extra time in CAT exam?
Yes, PwD candidates get 20 minutes extra for each section in the CAT exam. To avail of this facility, they need to upload the PwD certificate with the CAT 2021 application form and carry one copy of the certificate to the exam centre.
Question: Are practicing sample questions enough to cover the DILR section?
Since DILR is a logic-based unit, one might think that practicing sample papers would be sufficient, but to build a strong platform to solve any puzzle, it is important to understand the basics of DILR topics.
Question: How can I expert in VARC section of CAT?
To gain a foothold in the VARC section, start reading English novels and books of all genres from the earliest stages of CAT preparation. This will strengthen your vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension skills.
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Questions related to CAT
How to get 80 percentile or more in CAT with 1 year preparation time?
You should be focused for getting 80 percentile in CAT examination with the preparation of 1 year. The things we have to do follow as mentioned below : Clarity -what goal is to achieve it should be clear to you. What do you want to do it. What benefit you will get in future from this course.
Studying smart and disciplined way-You have to divide your time for each sections and to follow it strictly.
Accuracy with time- You have to solve as much as MCQ available in online test. To solve previous years means 5 years question papers and to follow how the question pattern is changing every year before and after. Things which will help you to know your capacity and how you are doing with it accuracy with your time
Revision: revision is the key of success.
Dedication and confidence is much more required because the coming on your time is very vital and here to labour hard to achieve your goal.
Stay focused on your goal in all situations.
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
For detailed information about eligibility go through
>>>>>>>> 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
For detailed information about how to prepare go through
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.