How to crack CAT 2019 in first attempt – Most CAT toppers do not favour repeated appearances in CAT. Rather, they believe in preparing themselves in such a way that there is no chance that would cause them to miss their mark on CAT exam day. Those who are pertinacious and curious to know how to crack CAT 2019 in first attempt, must remember that there are no shortcuts to the road that leads to success. A good idea to start would be to learn from the preparation tips and strategies of CAT toppers who were spot-on in their very first try. To emerge as a winner, read this article on how to crack CAT 2019 in first attempt.
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How to crack CAT 2019 in first attempt

How to crack CAT 2019 in first attempt

When to start preparing

According to the experts, five to six months of dedicated preparations could take you towards your goal of securing a high percentile. Mayank Raj, who cracked CAT 2017 with 100 percentile says “I started preparing for CAT in July 2017, around five to six months before the exam.”

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Coaching or self study?

The decision on whether coaching is required or not depends on where you stand in terms of your preparation. Meet Agrawal, CAT 2017 100 percentiler says, “The most important aspect would be to improve fundamentals (Basic concepts).” If your basics are clear and you feel that you can prepare for CAT on your own without coaching or a mentor, you are good to go.

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Whether you are preparing for the exam through coaching or self-study, regular practice is the key. While some MBA aspirants take the coaching route, others follow their instinct and opt for self-study with online and offline preparation resources. “I only took a lot of online practice tests and invested two to three hours every day in it. If on some days I was not practising tests, I would borrow study material of the topics I am weak in from my friends and study it,” says Mayank, who broke the myth of taking coaching for CAT to succeed in his very first attempt.


CAT Exam Pattern 2019

According to CAT exam pattern, the exam was conducted in online mode for a duration of 180 minutes. The test will have three sections carrying a total of 100 questions. Out of a total of 300 marks, each correct answer will fetch three marks and every incorrect answer will be penalised by one mark. Take a look at the CAT exam pattern below:


CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

102

60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

96

60 minutes

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

102

60 minutes

Total

100

300

180

Pick the right study material

Selecting the right study material for CAT plays a key role in the preparation and outcome of the exam. Some of the best books for CAT preparation for section-wise preparation are:

  • Arun Sharma’s How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT, published by Tata McGraw Hill

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis for VARC section.

  • How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill) is a workbook with practice questions and tips based on previous CAT papers

  • Trishna's Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by T.I.M.E. Publisher: Pearson

Aspirants have to pick one book for one particular section, do not attempt to learn from too many. Studying from too many books creates confusion, wastage of time and repetition. One must remember, too many c(b)ooks spoil the broth!


Focus on Section-wise preparation

After you are familiar with the CAT exam pattern and have your CAT study material ready, it is crucial to know that each section has a unique way of preparation. Review the important topics for CAT preparation and make a study time-table for section-wise preparation.


To Read the section-wise preparation tips for CAT Click here.


Set time-bound goals

Undoubtedly, CAT is one of the most coveted exams with a vast syllabus. One must plan well and set deadlines to cover the huge amount of syllabus in limited time. Setting deadlines is important to keep a check on the study schedule, cover each section with equal importance, practice time management, and remain self-motivated above all. Keeping this in mind, there is a high chance that one can crack CAT in the first attempt.

As a matter of fact, CAT is a test of time management as much as it tests knowledge. It is important to practise to build both accuracy and speed to perform well on exam day.

Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman of Career Launcher suggests, "Try to attempt each section in three rounds. In the first round pick the questions that you can solve without wasting time. In round two, pick questions that are an opportunity for you, while in round three, pick questions that you think you can solve but are time-consuming and ensure you answer all the non-MCQs as they do not have any negative marking."

Utilise Web Resources and take expert opinion

For those who do not have access to coaching material, the various CAT ebooks, CAT sample papers, video tutorials and timed online mock tests on the Internet are a boon. The best thing is that most of them don’t cost a penny! What’s more, you can even interact and engage with experts and fellow CAT takers on various social media platforms to ask queries or exchange study material. Talking to experts helps you gauge your performance against others. It can even help you in working on your weaknesses and teach you vital time-saving tricks.

Soumyajit Ghosh, who has converted IIM Bangalore call says, "Since my workplace is at a remote location, I took an online course. I used to follow their recorded videos. I gave numerous topic tests and from August I started giving mock tests every week."


Take enough Mock tests

Enrolling for the mock test series with any MBA coaching institute towards the end of your preparation is a good idea. The sample mock tests for CAT are also available on the internet. Check for online coaching classes which offer flexibility in terms of scheduling classes and tests as per your convenience. As Madhur Gupta, another 100 percentiler mentions, "I mostly did self-study. But I took the test series from T.I.M.E. and Career Launcher at the end."

Chhavi Gupta, one of the 20 CAT 2017 toppers, says "I rigorously practised the mock tests available online. To be exact, I solved around 35 practice tests and analysed them critically." Consistent practice is one of the many keys to crack CAT in the first attempt.


Create Study Group

Since it is going to be your first attempt (and hopefully the last) to successfully crack CAT 2019, a good company of people ensures that you are on the right track. Discuss your problems, strategies, topics etc. and exchange study material if necessary with your study group members. Not all group members would necessarily be preparing by themselves. If some of them are taking coaching, that can be an added advantage for you. Clarify your queries from them and request for suggestions based on expert inputs. You could also borrow the same mock test, practice tests together and analyse your competition with your group members. This will give a huge boost to your performance.

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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,

Thanks.

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How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.


Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.
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if i obtain 80 marks in quantitative aptitude 80 marks in data interpection and 80 marks in verbal reasoning what is my total percentile of cat because my 10th and 12 marks is low ?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
Hello,
Your CAT percentile has nothing to do with class X and XII marks.
The percentile indicates your performance relative to the other candidates. For example if you get 80 percentile it means your score is more than 80% of the appearing students.
The percentipe is calculated as:
P=(R/N) 100
where R=Rank of student and N=Number of students who appeared.

Follow this link for more information
https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/how-calculate-cat-percentile/amp

Good luck
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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work experience..how much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

Click at this link to know more about CAT - https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat

Hope this was helpful

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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha

3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Best Wishes.

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