How to Prepare for CAT 2020: Get Best Books, Study Material & Preparation Tips
How to prepare for CAT 2020 - Common Admission Test commonly referred to as CAT is one of the top exams conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Indore for admitting candidates in B-Schools across India. CAT 2020 will be conducted on November 29, 2020. Careers360 brings to you expert advice on how to prepare for CAT 2020? Candidates willing to take admission in Top B-Schools for the academic year 2021-2023 must crack the toughest competitive exam i.e. CAT 2020. With an application intake of around two lakh per annum, candidates must know beforehand the basis and easy to go strategies for CAT preparation. Candidates must devise a proper strategy if they are planning to appear for the Common Admission Test (CAT). Read complete article on how to prepare for CAT 2020 and CAT preparation as it highlights the important aspect that will help candidates to not only prepare but also score good marks.
Latest- CAT registration 2020 commences from August 5, 2020. CAT 2020 to be held on November 29.
Exam Pattern of CAT 2020
IIM Indore prescribed the CAT 2020 exam pattern for the academic year 2021-2023. Candidates willing who are planning to fill the CAT application form 2020 must check the exam pattern beforehand in order to start their CAT preparation.
CAT Exam Pattern 2020:
Three hours for all categories except PwD
Total no. of questions
Mode of CAT 2020
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
Data interpretation & logical reasoning
CAT Preparation 2020: Sectional Strategy
Candidates who will be taking up CAT 2020 should know in advance the exam pattern and followed syllabus. Future candidates must start their CAT preparation early and not wait for the last moment. Early beginners can refer to the following strategy according to the three sections that will be part of the CAT 2020.
For Quantitative Ability:
Focus on enhancing your basics of mathematics.
Learn topics like profit and loss, number system, geometry as they will form key questions in CAT 2020.
Practice as much as you can and go for mock tests.
How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability
For Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension:
Reading as much as possible is the best way to crack this section and score good marks.
Go through newspapers, journals, blogs, articles, etc to enhance your reading skills.
Try solving questions based on comprehension, inferences and para jumbles. Candidates can join any private tuition or take CAT coaching and prepare from the foundational booklets provided to them.
For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation:
Considered to be one of the toughest section in CAT exam, needs a lot of hard work to be done from the candidate’s side.
Check the previous year question papers of CAT and try to re-attempt those questions.
Try to study basic topics like seating arrangements, blood relations, syllogisms, etc to grip hands on this section. Do no use a calculator while solving questions.
How to prepare for CAT DI & LR
Basic and Easy to go Strategies on How to prepare for CAT 2020
Although there is no specific syllabus prescribed by IIMs for CAT preparation, on the basis of past year’s analysis, given below are the major points that will help candidates score good marks. Some basic and easy to go strategies are -
CAT 2020 Preparation: Basic Guidelines
Analyze and Understand
Focus on Strengths & Goal Accomplishment
Attempt Mock Tests
Also check, CAT 2020: When and how to start preparation to know when to start your preparation and what should be your strategy.
With 60 minutes time allotted to each section, candidates must devise their strategy so they can answer all questions. Managing their time will help candidates turn their efforts to fruitful results. Divide your 24 hours in such a way that you practice each section daily. Speaking about time management, Lakshya, CAT 2019 topper told us that he considered time management as fourth section apart from the other three provided by IIMs. For candidates appearing in CAT for the first time, time management will provide them with the following benefits at the time of CAT preparation-
Enhance your efficiency
Increase your productivity
Lower stress level
Sharing his personal experience CAT 2019 topper Somansh said, “I believe time management is much easier when you are passionate about what you are doing, so simply realizing that makes a lot of difference”.
Analyze and Understand
Before making any kind of strategy on how to prepare for CAT 2020, it is advisable that candidates first check the exam pattern of CAT 2020. Analyzing no. of sections, topics and sub-topics asked in previous years exam. Before taking up any kind of tests, analyze these points and try to figure out what your major areas are, which subjects require improvement, etc. The analysis is not only done prior to your CAT preparation but can be in between and at the end of your CAT preparation. CAT 2019 topper Ankit Desai, worked hard relentlessly, analyzed his mistakes and overcame them by scoring 99.91 percentile.
Focus on strengths & Goal Accomplishment
Rahul Manglik, CAT 2019 topper says, “Play your strengths and work on your weaknesses”. After analyzing which are your strong areas make them stronger by regular practice. Devise proper strategy on overcoming and correcting your areas of improvement. Whereas for CAT 2019 topper Ronit, “candidates must develop a concrete idea of their strengths as well as weaknesses”. In order to achieve good scores, candidates must capitalise on their strengths first and then move towards the lesser strong areas.
CAT 2019 topper Anumay said that his calm attitude and focused only on what was necessary. For cracking CAT with good percentile is not less than a challenge but everything is possible if you focus your mind on what you wish to achieve. CAT 2020 will be no different than previous exams.
Attempt Mock Test
Almost all the toppers accept that their success was somewhere dependent on the mock test they appeared for CAT exam. One of the best strategies for how to prepare for CAT 2020 is giving CAT 2020 Mock test as they give candidates a simulated environment of the exam. Benefits of mock test include self-assessment, time management, accuracy in answering the questions as well as understanding the exam day nervousness level.
Practice everything you studied
Experts of CAT advise candidates to practice what they preach. Regularly practising what you know will help you in accessing what more is required at the time of CAT preparation. Study each topic and then practise them on a weekly basis to keep them fresh in your mind. For CAT 2019 topper Rahul, “Regular practice and lot of mock tests helped him achieve his goals”. Know what other CAT 2019 toppers have to say on preparation.
While solving the mock test or the actual CAT 2019 if you find yourself surrounded with questions getting little difficult, you may choose for the reverse action and scan the answers given first. Many times it happens that answers contain imperative clues that can help you solve the questions more accurately.
CAT 2019 Toppers
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) declared the CAT 2019 result in online mode on January 4. Around 2.09 lacs candidates appeared for CAT 2019 out of which some of them made their way to the list of CAT toppers 2019. To know the stories of how CAT 2019 toppers achieved that position and their advice for future aspirants on how to prepare for CAT 2020, refer the table below:
CAT 2019 Toppers
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Questions related to CAT
In my cat application form, i have filled my 10th completion date as dec 2014 which was supposed to be may 2014. Is it possible to change it or will it cause any problem in the future ?
Although there is application correction facility for CAT, but only photograph and signature can be edited, you can reach out to the helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact them at the toll free number-18002090830(this is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
I belong to NT-B category and CAT 2020 form doesnt have that option. Which category should i choose?
Its better that you contact them directly regarding this issue. CAT helpline : 1-800-209-0830 (Toll Free Number). You can call on the toll free number from Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (excluding National holidays). Alternately you can send them an email at email@example.com
Please contact them at the earliest.
I obtained my EWS certificate on 22nd Feb 2020. Will it considered be invalid after 31st Match 2020? I need to fill the CAT exam form, can I upload this certificate for registration? Please enlighten.
No, your EWS certificate won't be considered invalid.
Since you have obtained it on 22nd of February 2020 , you can definitely use it for CAT 2020.
It can be used even after 31st of August 2020.
You can upload the EWS certificate on the portal during the registration for CAT 2020.
All the best.
what is final year certificate proforma in cat? should we upload it while registering for cat exam or we should submit it after the exam only after getting the call?
The final year pro forma certificate is a kind of provisional certificate that your college will issue to you until the original certificate or degree comes.
The official website of CAT 2020 says pro firmaofCertificate to be obtained from the Principal, HoD, Registrar or Director certifying the applicant has obtained at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/PWD candidates) or equivalent based on latest available grades/marks on College/Institution's Letterhead.
This pro forma of certificate is needed only when you get a seat at any institute and you want to proceed for provisional admission.
Hope it helps :)
Im in final year 7th semester engineering now but my 6th sem result are not yet out so What should I write in graduation part of cat form? should I write my 5th sem marks?
Abhishek,according to the Registration guide manual available at: https://cdn.digialm.com//per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/17/PDF/Registration_Guide_CAT_2020.pdf, you need to enter the aggregate of marks or percentage obtained for the semesters completed to date. Going by that, even if you are in your 7th semester now, because you only have results announced until your 5th semester, you should calculate the aggregate or percentage of marks scored until the 5th semester and mention them in the given column. But before that please make sure that you have selected "Yes" for the question, "Are you in the final year of your Bachelor's degree?" Only then will you be able to fill in these details. Because you are in your Final year, you also need a proforma obtained by your Principal or HOD. https://cdn.digialm.com//per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/17/PDF/Final_Year_Certificate_2020.pdf This certificate is to enable you to appear for CAT 2020 as you haven't yet completed your Graduation but are in your Final year of Graduation.