How to Prepare for CAT 2020 While Working? - Anyone who has done extensive preparation and groundwork to clear CAT has made it to IIMs. Although there is no rocket science or any set methodology to crack the CAT 2020, but consistent practice, time management skills and even comprehensive preparation are some of the key features that help. Preparation time is more with candidates who have no other work than just preparing for CAT 2020. The same doesn’t come easy for the ones who are professional and are working and preparing for CAT 2020 at the same time. For them keeping a balance between the work and preparation is certainly not an easy task at all. IIMs and other top B-Schools have been providing admissions to working professionals who crack the CAT entrance exam with a high percentile. In this article related to CAT, Careers360 will help the professional to know how to prepare for CAT 2020 while working. Along with that we will also share CAT 2020 registration and eligibility details.

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According to previous year CAT toppers and other experts, IIM entrance exam can be cracked in one go even without coaching if a proper CAT preparation plan is made. Below-mentioned are few most important tips that the professionals who are working wish to follow if they are planning to appear for CAT 2020. The preparation strategy of CAT can be used by candidates in other B-School entrance exams as well.

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Major Tips to Follow on How to Prepare for CAT 2020 While Working:

  • Utilize Your Free Time

  • Get Professional Guidance

  • Have Self-confidence

  • Follow Fix Schedule

  • Get the Right Preparation Material


Let us look at each point one by one to have better understanding and insights on how to prepare for CAT 2020 while working:

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Utilize Your Free Time

  • One of the best quotes for working professionals with regard to CAT 2020 preparation is “Start from wherever you are, do whatever you can and use whatever you have.” Never say that you do not have time for preparation

  • Put your mind straight onto something and it will surely give results. No doubt that balancing the preparation of CAT 2020 with a nine hour job is a tedious task. But, a pinch of planning and preparation can definitely help you in reaching your goal of taking admission in one of the 20 IIMs of India

  • If you have to travel to work and it takes lot of time, try making short notes and read them while travelling to cut down additional free time

  • Working professionals if are comfortable, can even register themselves for online video tutorials and prepare by actively listening to them while either travelling to office or during their free office hours or whatever free time you get during the day

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Get Professional Guidance

  • During weekends working professionals can also join from online web space whereby new methods of solving questions are taught by the professional and experts

  • Study the CAT 2020 syllabus carefully and try to figure out which topics need more of your time and energy and prepare for the same as one of the Major Tips to Follow on How to Prepare for CAT 2020 While Working

  • Solving previous years question papers of CAT would be more beneficial to candidates if they wish to prepare from a solid preparation base

  • Mock test of CAT will also assure good results if taken up attentively. Professional guidance from experts can help candidates in saving time and knowing different/easy ways of solving questions

  • Connect with other CAT candidates, raise your queries and ask more questions, share your insights & enhance the knowledge base related to CAT syllabus

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Have Self-confidence

  • Do not be demotivated with the fact that you are preparing less than others. Have confidence in yourself and make your move accordingly. Remember that CAT without coaching is also possible if you know where to go. Knowing when and how to start CAT 2020 preparation will help you go get good percentile in IIM entrance exam

  • The best way to improve your self confidence would be to know the basics of all topics, solving more and more mocks/previous years CAT paper and even sample papers

  • As one of the Major Tips to Follow on How to Prepare for CAT 2020 While Working, Interact with other candidates who are going through the same grind like you and keep the motivation level high

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Follow Fix Schedule

Make a set time table and try to follow the same even if you feel exhausted. Make a weekly time plan to prepare for CAT 2020. Keep an eye on the CAT 2020 exam pattern and syllabus while making your preparation. As one of the Major Tips to Follow on How to Prepare for CAT 2020 While Working Know that time management is a greater aspect in CAT as candidates tend to be distracted with the wrong set of questions and end up wasting their vital sectional time.

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Get the Right Preparation Material

  • Buy good study material. Do not focus on quality/no. of pages of the books. Instead focus on the quality of study or CAT preparation material. It is advisable to refer to online study tips and follow the same only after checking their authenticity

  • Lot of good study apps that are helpful in CAT preparation can be downloaded and assessed easily in smartphones

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CAT 2020

As per the exam dates of CAT 2020, the entrance exam will be held tentatively in the last week of November. CAT is a national level exam which is conducted once in a year by IIMs on a rotational basis. Fresher candidates or working professionals who wish to fill the CAT 2020 application form, must check the eligibility criteria beforehand. CAT score is accepted by various B-Schools across India apart from IIMs as well.

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my overall marks in board is 60%. individually I passed all sub but individually not 50 mark in each pcb but I from obc cat. and gujarat board phy the+pra 39+41 ,bio the +prac 68+36 and che the+prac 41+41 am I eligible for neet 2020 and its counseling?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 25th May, 2020
You needn't score 50% or 40% individually in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. If you belong to OBC, you shpuld score 40% on average in Physics, Chemistry and Biology to be eligible for NEET. With your marks, you will be eligible for NEET 2020. So nothing to be worried about.

my pcb theory +practical 60% I passed 2020 guj board 2020.obc cat. am I eligible for neet 2020

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 24th May, 2020
For a Candidate belonging to OBC, he/she should have completed his/her 12th, passed in all subjects including theory and secure a minimum aggregate of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This 40% should include Theory and Practicals. With 60%, you have secured marks more than required for your aggregate. And so you are eligible for NEET 2020.

Does Jbims accept CAT score of Mumbai base students?

Shubham Dhane 23rd May, 2020


To get admission in Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai you need to give MAH MBA CET and qualify the exam. Final admission of the candidates will be based on the performance in written test and group discussion. Please click the below link to know more.


im done my gradution with 45.91%an now i want to do mba in retail Management so can you guide me for that and also show me eligibility CAT and CET

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 24th May, 2020

Vicky, CAT is the entrance examination for admission to all the 20 IIMs and over 1000 participating Institutions for their Management programmes. To be eligible for CAT, you should have completed your Graduation in any discipline with a minimum aggregate of 50%. It is 50% for General Category and 45% for Reserved Categories. Now if you belong to General Category, unfortunately you do not qualify for CAT. Regarding CET, ever State has its own CET and so please do help us with the State you belong to.


When to start preparing for CAT, get to admission in Top IIM(ABC)? And preparation strategies.

pritamsingh5798 23rd May, 2020

Hey there

You should start preparing for CAT as soon as possible as few months are left for the exam. CAT has got the largest applicants in india and the toughness of question is also very good in the exam. So

1. There are three sections verbal and reading comprehension, quantitative, LR and DI.

2. Out of three quantitative is the section one should practice a lot as it becomes a deciding factor and students find it tough. Read arun sharma book for quantitative

3. Verbal again arun sharma book is good and besides you can read newspaper editorials etc.

4. LR and DI Arun Sharma book is again fantastic for it. I have suggested his boon as his book is the best and is 1st choice for maximum cat aspirants.

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