How to prepare for CAT 2018 while working?
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How to prepare for CAT 2018 while working - There is no rocket science to crack the CAT exam. Consistent practice, developing time management skills, and solving mock test papers are some of the keys. However, it doesn’t come easy for the ones who are professionally working and preparing for the exam at the same time. Creating work-study balance is certainly not an easy task especially when aspirants are preparing for an entrance exam like CAT (Common Admission Test). Although IIMs and other top B-schools in the country have seen numerous examples of working professionals cracking the CAT exam with a high percentile, there is one question that is asked by the working management aspirants who wish to crack the exam – how to prepare for CAT while working?

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How to prepare for CAT 2018 while working?

 

As suggested by CAT toppers and experts, here are few most important tips that every working professional can use to prepare for CAT and other management entrance exams. In this article, Careers360 brings the answer to the most asked question by working professionals i.e. How to prepare for CAT while working? It’ll help them strategies their preparation which eventually will help them score well in the CAT 2018 exam.

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Utilise the existing time

 

As Arthur Ashe said “Start from wherever you are; Do whatever you can; Use whatever you have,” working professionals need to use whatever time they have to prepare if they wish to crack the CAT exam.

 

Ankit Sharma, who secured 99.91 percentile in CAT 2017, was a working professional. He utilised whatever free time he had in office while travelling to home to revise notes, to do some quick sums, or even do an RC. He also allotted at least 10-12 hours on weekends which yielded a successful result in the end. Ankit is currently pursuing management at IIM Calcutta 2018-20 batch.

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So, utilising every second should be the goal. Working professionals can even enroll for online video tutorials to prepare and listen to them while travelling to office or during lunch breaks in the office or whatever free time you get during the day when you actually cannot sit practically to prepare.

 

Utilise weekends

 

Utilising weekends in a timely manner can be very result-oriented for working professionals because that’s the only free time that they have for consecutively two days. That’s why weekends play a very crucial role in CAT preparation for working professionals.

 

Rohan Joshi, one of the CAT 2017 toppers who obtained 99.63 percentile, says “I used to take practice tests and sectional tests during weekdays. During weekends I took full-length tests and analysed them. In parallel, I kept working on my weaknesses and the areas which I wasn’t comfortable with.”

 

Focusing on the importance of weekends, Sahajdeep Singh, who got 99.17 percentile in CAT 2016 exam says, “I sometimes had to even work overtime till 12 midnight and I only had weekends to prepare. So, I thought of studying at weekends and manage my time effectively to make the most of the weekends.”

 

Get professional guidance

 

It’s widely known that solving mock tests and analysing them is the single most important thing to crack the CAT. Now, when close to four months are left for CAT 2018, working professionals should ideally start solving CAT mock test papers at least once in a week to get an idea about their current level of preparation. But remember, solving mock tests is not enough. Getting your performance in mock test analysed by a professional is even more important. It will allow you to know your strong and weak areas.

 

Make sure that you are entirely familiar with the exam pattern of CAT and you finish the CAT syllabus before start solving the mock tests. Only then you will be able to analyse your performance in mock test papers. 

 

Self-confidence

 

Last but not the least, keep up your self-confidence because that will not just help you during the entrance exam, it will also boost your performance in the selection rounds. Apart from that, clear your basics, increase the frequency of mock tests towards the end of your preparation, make a time-management strategy that suits you, and never forget, “Harder you work, Better luck you will have,” says Madhur Gupta, CAT 2017 topper who scored 100 percentile

 

CAT 2018 will be conducted on November 25, 2018, Sunday in online mode. The CAT 2018 registrations is scheduled from August 8 to September 19, 2018.

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how to prepare for cat in 1 month

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

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Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.

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i m going to start my preparation for cat 2021. i dont want to join an institution for this so tell me how can i prepar for it to crack the cat.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019
CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.

First things first, know the syllabus. And go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections.Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months because even Rome wasnt built in a day.


NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

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Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.


In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months


We can recommend a few books for you:

NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha


You can also download free downloadable e books at:
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i am to going start my preparation for cat 2021 , can you please tell me a better institution for coaching in delhi?

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Hey there

for CAT preparation there are a lots of institutes in delhi but out of them only a few is worth joining. TIME and career launcher are undoubtedly good brands and give extraordinary results but alchemist and MBA Guru are also good as they pay more individual attention than the big brands.

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I am a SC category student. My Academic record is 83.60% (10th), 68.46% (12th) and 2.41/4.00 (Graduation). What should be my CAT score to get a call from FMS Delhi ?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

FMS or the red building of dream as they say is one of the most sought after management schools in our country. To get a call from such an institution with so much of competition is not an easy task. Even with the SC reservation you have to score a minimum of 98 percentile to get a call from FMS due to limited number of seats and such a high competition.

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