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CAT 2024: When and How to Start Preparation?

CAT 2024: When and How to Start Preparation?

Edited By Himanshu Shekhar | Updated on Feb 28, 2024 10:41 AM IST | #CAT

Devising a proper strategy to crack CAT 2024 is of utmost importance. Hence, to crack the CAT exam 2024, one must know when and how to start preparation. India’s top management institutes (IIMs) rotationally conduct the CAT exam every year to provide admission to MBA courses in top B-Schools in India. Candidates who are aiming for the top B-Schools for the academic year 2024-26 should get on their toes and start preparing for CAT 2024, India’s top management exam.

CAT 2024: When and how to start preparation?

The question is when and how to start preparing for CAT 2024. The answer is 'NOW'. Common Admission Test (CAT) being a national-level management exam marks the participation of more than 2 lacs candidates every year. This year, the CAT 2024 is expected to be held on November 24, 2024. To know about the preparation plan and timing, the best books for CAT 2024, and the strategy to devise a study plan for CAT, candidates must go through this complete article on CAT 2024 when and how to start preparation by Careers360.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2024

Scoring a good percentile will require extensive preparation for CAT 2024. Candidates who going to fill out the CAT 2024 application form must check the exam pattern beforehand in order to prepare and do well in the CAT exam. The exam pattern of CAT 2024 is in similar lines as was in last year. Given below is an exam pattern for CAT 2024.

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CAT Exam Pattern

Particulars

Details

Exam Duration

2 hours

Total no. of questions

66 MCQs

Mode of CAT 2024

CBT i.e. computer-based

Marking scheme

  • A correct answer will carry three marks

  • For an incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted

Sections (3)

Quantitative ability

Data interpretation & logical reasoning

Verbal ability and reading comprehension

CAT Syllabus 2024

Along with the CAT exam pattern, candidates must also have a know-how of the CAT 2024 syllabus to prepare in advance. According to some management experts, six months of committed preparation will push you forward toward your goal of being a CAT topper.

Based on the past year CAT syllabus 2024 is likely to be the same with not many changes. The overall question paper will be divided into three sections Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Data interpretation & logical reasoning. Candidates will be required to solve 100 questions in total.

CAT 2024: When and How to Start Preparation?

Once aware of the CAT 2024 syllabus, candidates must divide their preparation to answer the question of when to start preparing for CAT 2024. It is quite common for candidates to get confused even after knowing the exam pattern and syllabus and end up wasting a lot of CAT 2024 precious time. Better scores than others will open your gateway to top B-Schools of Candidates can break their preparation into 3 stages as mentioned below-

Quick Links: How to prepare for CAT 2024

Strategy Planning of When and How to Start CAT 2024 Preparation

Month-wise Strategy Division

Target Points

6 Months

  • Time Management

  • Join Coaching/FB groups

  • Concept clarity with shortcuts

3 Months

  • Break preparation into sections

  • Work on areas of improvements

  • Practice sample paper/past years questions

1 Month

  • Mock tests

  • Focus on Strong Topics

CAT in 6 Months? Yes, Possible!

Most of the CAT toppers admitted that their major portion of preparation started when CAT was 6 months away. Below mentioned points can be referred to by candidates if they are planning to start their CAT 2024 Preparation within 6 months of duration -

Time Management

CAT Toppers say, “Time management should be considered as the fourth section of the CAT exam. It is not just preparing Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability but preparing all these 3 and attempting them within the stipulated time”. Attempting questions with a time allotment of 40 minutes for each section itself makes the CAT exam difficult. To achieve fruitful results, candidates must try to divide their study timetable such that within 24 hours, they practice each section daily.

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Join Coaching/FB groups

If some candidates feel that they will be unable to study and prepare for CAT 2024 on a self-basis, then it is advisable for such candidates they join some coaching institutes. Another answer to the question CAT 2024: when and how to start preparation is nowadays popular social media groups are in trend and help candidates to crack CAT and other management exams. Topper of CAT told us that he joined the coaching institute and began preparing from their study material in order to learn new and efficient approaches to solving the questions.

Concept clarity with shortcuts

In the initial 6 months of CAT preparation, candidates should only focus on clearing their concepts. One of the assets of CAT toppers is the clarity of fundamental concepts. Most of the toppers believe that it is easy to guess what type of questions will form part of the data interpretation & logical reasoning and quantitative ability section. But to even guess what will come in VARC i.e. Verbal ability and reading comprehension is very challenging. In order to clear concepts, candidates must be aware of the CAT exam pattern and CAT 2024 syllabus.

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CAT 2024 in 3 Months? Yes, Possible!

Once done with the basic knowledge of the CAT exam 2024, candidates will be nearer to the exam day. Agitation and stress are the most common. Do not panic and follow the below-mentioned points for CAT 2024;

Break preparation into sections

Keeping track of past papers, mainly there are three sections in CAT. Candidates are advised to draw an efficient section-wise strategy when CAT 2024 is almost near.

  • How to prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal and Reading Comprehension): Candidates should start reading newspapers, journals, blogs, articles, etc to enhance their skills. They should try to solve comprehension, and inferences, Fill in the blanks with the right vocabulary choice and read passages. Try adding a new word each day to your vocabulary
  • How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability: Focus on building up mathematics basics. Candidates should focus on topics like profit and loss, number systems, and geometry as they might form key questions in the question paper of CAT 2024.
  • How to prepare for CAT DI & LR: Try to study basic topics like seating arrangements, blood relations, syllogisms, etc to grip hands on this section. It is advisable for candidates to not use a calculator while solving questions from this section.
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Work on areas of improvements

As for CAT 2024, candidates can focus and try improving the areas in which they feel are not as strong as compared to some others. Instead of being melancholy about what all new can be learned, candidates should take the initiative to focus on and enhance their preparation for weaker areas.

Practice sample paper/past years' questions

Candidates are advised to check the previous year's question papers of CAT. After finishing the syllabus, candidates should try to revise at least 2-3 sample papers on a daily basis. It will help in improving speed as well as let candidates know how accurate they are. While solving the questions papers or sample papers of CAT rigorously there will be a time when candidates will not find any question of a new type.

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CAT 2024 in 1 Month? Yes, Possible!

With almost a month left until CAT 2024, candidates will be required to keep calm and emphasize only what is majorly required. Below mentioned points will help candidates in scoring great and most likely a call from any of the IIMs.

Mock tests

IIM will release the official CAT mock Test for giving candidates a gist of the actual exam simulated environment. Solving the mock tests helps candidates to understand and access the difficulty level of CAT 2024. Lakshya the topper of CAT said that “he was regular at testing myself via mock tests (once a week). Post any mock he gave some time to analyze the test and figure out what went wrong and then focused on that”. The most effective method of evaluating the current preparation level is the mock test.

Quick Link- Why, When, and How to Take CAT Mock Test

Focus on Strong Topics

Starting any new topic will lead to confusion. So it is advisable for candidates to focus on and improve their strong areas. Do not waste your time figuring out new topics or trying to learn new concepts.

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Getting admission to an IIM without taking the CAT is possible through alternative routes such as:

1. Executive MBA (PGPX,EPGP,ect .)  : Many IIMs offer Executive MBA programs for experienced professionals, which may require GMAT scores instead of CAT .

2.Integrated programs: Some IIMs offer integrated programs like IPM (Integrated Program in Management), where admission cab be based on entrance exams other than CAT.

3.Doctoral programs (Ph.D.): Some IIMs accept GMAT/GRE scores for their doctoral programs .

4. Specialized Courses: IIMs offer various short-term and ccertificate programs that don't require CAT scores.

Check the specific IIM websites for detailed admission criteria and processes for these programs .


The Common Admission Test, is a computer based standardized test conducted in India. It is one of the most prestigious and competitive entrance exams for admission into postgraduate management programs, Including MBA, in various Indian Institutes of Management and other top business schools across the country.

To know more about CAT 2024 like exam date, eligibility, syllabus and more, click on the below link.

https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-2024


Comparing the difficulty between CAT (Common Admission Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) depends on various factors including individual strengths, preparation strategies, and the specific requirements of the programs you are applying to. Invicta Consultancy can provide tailored guidance based on your career goals and academic background to help you decide which exam aligns best with your aspirations and strengths. Each exam assesses different skills: CAT primarily focuses on quantitative and verbal abilities required for management education in India, while GMAT evaluates analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal skills for admission into graduate management programs worldwide.

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Unfortunately, Based on the marks you scored, it will be difficult to get admitted into NIT Trichy under OBC category. However there is also a second chance for you to attend for JEE, so I recommend you to take that chance and score better.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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