How to do Time Management for CAT 2020 Exam?
How to do Time Management for CAT? - Time these days is precious and becomes more valuable when you are planning to crack India’s toughest exam i.e. CAT. It is a saying amongst candidates that if you can crack CAT you can do anything. But the question that bothers CAT aspirants is “How to do Time Management for CAT?”. Managing time is the most important and crucial aspect when it comes to CAT preparation. Ever thought about what you will do with the best books of CAT or study material, when you do not know when to start your CAT preparation. Common Admission Test i.e. CAT is a national level entrance exam which is conducted once in a year. CAT is conducted by Indian Institutes of Management on a rotational basis.
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Topper’s Say on Time Management
When we say Time management for CAT, it does not only refer to the overall timings of CAT exam but includes the sectional timing as well. One of the theories on Time Management is “Goal setting theory” which is based on the concept that a person can be more motivated to perform any task if they have a clear and specific goal to achieve.
As per topper of CAT 2019, Lakshya Kumar, “Time management should be considered as the fourth section of the CAT examination. It is not just preparing Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Quant but preparing all these 3 and attempting them within 3 hours of the stipulated time”. For him, Time management & hard work will lead to success for sure.”
Another CAT 2019 topper Sukumar said, “Time management combined with my knowledge on my strong and weak areas benefited me to get 99+ which I never expected. I managed to schedule the preparation time along with placement preparation. During the exam, I found 2 sections in DILR time taking and chose not to attempt them. Coming to QA, I knew which questions I would solve in 60 minutes and attempted only 20 questions.”
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What to Ask Yourself Before Doing Time Management for CAT?
No doubt about the fact that CAT is radically different from entrance exams as it requires candidates to answer a large number of questions in a restricted time duration thus forcing CAT candidates to choose which one’s to leave and which one’s to answer. Henceforth, proper CAT preparation strategy is beneficial for candidates beforehand. The IIM Entrance exam requires focus on both simultaneously i.e. accuracy+speed. Remember, CAT is never about solving maximum questions, but correct ones.
Why is it Important to Manage Time?
As per the exam pattern of CAT 2020, candidates will not have more than 40 minutes to solve any particular section. In a duration of 40 minutes per section, candidates will have to solve both multiple choice questions as well as TITA questions. Henceforth, it becomes imperative for candidates to understand and manage their time well. This moves on another time management theory that is Pareto’s 80/20 rule which states that 80% of the task is completed with 20% of the efforts that you come up with.
Before Exam Day - How to do Time Management for CAT?
Make A Proper Time Table - Making a time table will allow candidates to move as per schedule.
Always remember that planning before execution should be made compulsory
Another time management theory for CAT is the ABC System theory that states,to use time more effectively, a person needs to prioritize on the tasks that need to be undertaken
Sukumar (One of the toppers of CAT 2019) said, “I had not joined any coaching but I took test series and also did previous CAT papers. I think self study is sufficient when one has a clear picture of his/her schedule. That being said, I think a good coaching will definitely improve one's chances provided he/she maintains self study along with it”
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Start With The Unknown - Since you have a good 6 to 9 month time duration in hand, you can always start with those CAT syllabus topics which are unknown or what you find difficult.
Use the technology and search those topics over the internet on google, bing etc.,
Make sure to find apparent and meticulous ways of solving questions using the time management tricks
If you are unable to understand or find any topic, make sure you contact a few of your friends who are on a similar track and are preparing for CAT or have attempted in previous years
To start ahead with the unknown, it is advisable to give one hour daily on each topic and simultaneously make notes of the same.
Practice Mocks With Set Schedules - To gain an understanding of the CAT exam day scenario, giving mocks is extensively recommended. Mock test of CAT will help candidates to assess themselves, understand the exam pattern well, and see the preparation level required.
Candidates can take mock test of CAT before and after the preparation depending on their personal preference
Do not take mock test of CAT for granted. CAT 2019 topper Rahul Gupta said “he used to regularly take mock test and devote at least four to five hours. He practised a lot of questions on Geometry so that he was able to solve it with ease as solving more questions gave him confidence to respond correctly on the day of the exam”
Topper Rishi Mittal said “he attempted mocks regularly, identified his strengths and weaknesses in every mock, capitalized on strengths and worked on his weaknesses, and repeated this cycle. By the time CAT arrived he had given around 20-25 mocks which gave him exposure to a lot of questions and DILR sets. Rest it was just being present on the day of the exam and applying all of this properly”
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Keep Reverse Strategy - Do not try to workout your brain on what is unimportant. Solve the previous question papers of CAT using the reverse strategy specially for those questions which seem difficult to leave. Understand the questions, look out at the options. In reverse strategy, candidates first have to go through the options given and then try to put the question with options to find the most suitable answer.
During Exam Day - How to do Time Management for CAT?
Solve Easy Questions First - On the exam day, as soon as you start your CAT question paper, it is advisable to start with easy questions. Here easy questions means those which candidates are comfortable in solving i.e. questions which are easily understandable, quickly solved and require less time. Finding such questions becomes easy only when you know the time management for CAT. Questions that appear to be unknown or time consuming, mark them for later on. While you are in the exam hall to give the CAT, before starting a section, spend initial time scanning the questions. On the top right corner, small button on the screen will allow candidates to look at the entire section in a single view.
Attempt TITA Questions At The End - Every year IIMs include more than five TITA questions in the question paper. TITA questions are attractive because of no negative marking. Candidates tend to waste a lot of time on TITA questions on account of no negative marking as they forget they have MCQs to solve as well. But candidates forget that TITA questions are time consuming. Henceforth, it is advisable to do TITA questions at the end when you are done with MCQs of that particular section.
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Make Average Time For Each Question - Before starting CAT question paper, it is advisable to set an average time per question. If you are unable to do so, try taking an average time per section and along with that leave some additional time to review what you have answered to ensure chances of accuracy.
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Apply Reverse Strategy For MCQs - To properly utilize the technique of time management for CAT, try solving the multiple choice questions with the reverse strategy for those questions which are difficult and non-understandable.
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Do you know the Art of Leaving?
To save time and do sectional time management for CAT, it is crucial to remember that you know the art of leaving. Leave those questions unanswered which you think are difficult, time-consuming or are out of your reach.
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My branch is Electrical Engineering and in my college i have very less chance of placements . So what jobs should i go for so that it could be counted as work experience if I want to go for CAT exam ?
For MBA , work experience is not compulsory. You can get into MBA colleges without a work experience. It's like good food placed in a good plate. If you have a work experience you will get a good job or with more package . Otherwise it will depend on your academics.
My Neet 2020 score is 566 . I belong to BC cat. in Tamilnadu. What are my chances in Tamilnadu government colleges??
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then with 566 marks , you hold a chance to get a seat in a Government Medical College
In Neet 2019, 470 marks for obc category was the cut off marks to get a seat in Government Medical College under Tamilnadu state quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, Pudukottai
With 566 marks also have chances in following govt college under state quota-
*Government Medical College, Omandurar Estate, Chennai
*Government K.A.P.V. Medical College, Trichy
And a few more
Above prediction is on the basis of past year data but cutoff keeps changing every year due to many factors as mentioned earlier, so to have a clear picture of the colleges in which you have to chances and
to get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
what jobs an engineer can do if he does not get campus placement and want to appear in CAT exam so that his work ex will be counted??
Most IIM's usually gives only 5-15 % of weightage to work experience (major weightage is for CAT score and PI) with points for approx. 24-36 months of work after which they don't count it ( which means work experience of more than 2-3 years will not give you any extra edge during selection)
Since you are an Engineering graduate, it is usually advisable to go for a technical job related to your field not just because it is easier to get but but because it is easier to justify in your CV. CAT values versatility but there is a fine line between versatility and randomness. What I mean to say is that if you go for a job which isn't even remotely related to your field of study then you'd probably be asked for reasons as to why you chose to do that. So if you were to go for a sales job after completing a degree in say, Electrical Engineering, you'd have to to explain your shift in career paths. To avoid such justifications and to to make the most of your CV, go for a technical job or maybe an Analysist position, anything which you can either link to your Engineering degree or to a Management degree.
Best of luck, Good day!