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How to Prepare for CAT in 4 months? - Candidates who want to pursue a management program from IIM or from any other premier B-school of India, their first aim is to appear for CAT and crack it with a good percentile. Apart from other MBA entrance tests, CAT is the toughest one to crack. But as they say, one can climb Everest with preparation, commitment, approach and targeting. Same applies with the CAT preparation. Only four months seem like a short span of time to complete the preparation for CAT but with the right kind of strategy and planning one can score a high percentile in CAT 2020. If one has already started their preparation for CAT 2020 which means their basics are clear and now they need to focus on speed, accuracy, shortcuts, tips and tricks. However, those who are going to start their preparation from now on then this article belongs to them. In this article of Careers360 one will get to know “How to prepare for CAT 2020 in 4 months”. How one can draw their study plan so that they crack the exam without any difficulty and make their way to premier B-School of India. Read the full article to know “how to prepare for CAT in 4 months.”
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Before making any study plan or preparation strategy CAT 2020, one should get familiar with the exam pattern and its detailed syllabus. As per past year trend the exam pattern of CAT 2020 will consist of three sections, namely, Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR). There will be 34 questions each for the QA and VARC section and DILR will consist of a total of 32 questions. While taking CAT 2020 candidates can not switch between the sections due to sectional time limit. Candidates will get 60 minutes for each section. The total time duration will be 3 hours for CAT 2020 which means candidates will have to manage their time accordingly so that one can avoid the hassle and anxiety.
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If one has only four months to prepare for CAT 2020, then they should divide their preparation plan stage wise. It will make their preparation easy and they will be able to handle the CAT preparation pressure with ease. Here are some tips to follow while preparing for CAT when only four months are left for the D-day.
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Before starting the CAT preparation, candidates need to check where they stand currently such as whether their basics are clear or not, did they know the basic formulas to solve Quantitative Aptitude questions, etc. After knowing this, candidates will get an idea about their strong and weak areas. If one is unable to assess their level of preparation, then moving forward will be a herculean task. After making a diagnosis report candidates can categorise in which sections they have a good accuracy rate and which are the ones where they need to work hard. It will hardly take 2 to 3 days to spot yourself where one is standing.
Once candidates have gone through with the exam pattern and syllabus of CAT 2020 they need to start working on the fundamentals of every topic during the four months of CAT preparation. Through this candidates can get conceptual clarity and they can strengthen their basics. While preparing for the Verbal Ability section one should do their reading on regular basic to get a hold on it. Apart from the VARC section, the other section demands a good amount of time to practice the concepts. When one is well versed with the basics then they should start their preparation chapter and section wise and at a swift pace.
The Quantitative aptitude section actually carries the major chunk of CAT preparation. Apart from other sections Quant has a very vast syllabus from algebra to percentages, basically Quant section tests the fundamentals of a candidate. It needs a proper strategy to prepare for each topic in a systematic way. Through this process candidates will understand the basics and can set a benchmark for CAT preparation. One can make the Quant section easy for them, they only need to include Learning and practice while preparing for CAT 2020.
There is no fixed syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning syllabus, which makes it a bit difficult as compared to other sections. Among the three sections, the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section is the most crucial and challenging in the CAT 2020. If one is good at solving puzzles then they can tackle the Logical Reasoning section very easily. Those who are not familiar with DILR questions so they have to solve previous year papers and solve questions from standard templates, Einstein puzzles, the grid puzzle, etc.
Self study is very important when it comes to ace any exam. The best part of self study is one will get to know where he or she stands and anticipate accordingly. Sometimes, self study might be frustrating but this is the only way to achieve any goal. One can include the following factors while doing self study.
Read the textbook
Read the class notes
Make colorful and proper notes
Look up other online resources
Teach someone what you have learned
CAT preparation will be considered incomplete if one has not attempted the mocks. CAT mock test, test series or CAT sample paper are basically designed to make aspirants understand the structure and level of CAT entrance test. The result of the CAT mock test will indicate the candidates strength and weakness. Taking mocks in the beginning of preparation, candidates will have ample of time to improve their weak areas and simultaneously they can strengthen their strong portions.
Candidates should set a target to solve at least six past year papers in a week. After solving every paper, candidates should spend time to analyse it. See where you scored well as well as where you could goood and what are the main reasons for not doing better. This step should perform in the second last month of preparation. The main benefit to solving past years papers is, candidates will get to know whether they are making progress or not.
In the last 10 to 15 days of CAT preparation, do not explore any new topics. Only practice what you know and extract the maximum benefit. Just polish your strength and do revision of all sticky notes which you have made during exam preparation.
CAT 2019 topper Lakshya Kumar (99.99 Percentile) shared his preparation strategy. Lakshya says- To start my preparation, I took a CAT mock test to figure out my base level. This is how I learnt what my strengths and weaknesses were. I started by joining TIME and then focused on completing the foundational booklets. I was regular at testing myself via mock tests (once a week) from April. Post any mock I have some time to analyze the test and figuring out what went wrong and then focus on that.
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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.
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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
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.
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Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:
1. For Quantitative Aptitude:
2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :
3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :
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