How to prepare for CAT 2021 along with other entrance exams
How to balance CAT preparation along with other entrance exams- Preparation for any management entrance test needs dedication as well as a planned strategy. And same goes with CAT preparation. The first choice of every MBA aspirant is to crack CAT in the very first attempt and get into an IIMs. This makes the Common Admission Test (CAT) most popular entrance exam of India, every year more than two lakh candidates appear for CAT and very few of them make into the IIMs of India. Rest of candidates either apply for those B-schools that accept the CAT scorecard or for other national-level management entrance exams such as MAT, CAT, CMAT or SNAP. Also, the syllabus and exam pattern for CAT and other exams are quite similar differing only in terms of difficulty level. So if you have filled multiple MBA entrance exams, then the question is how to balance CAT preparation along with other entrance exams? Careers360 presents you some tips on how to prepare for CAT along with other entrance exams.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2021
Prior to setting any strategy for CAT 2021 or any other entrance exam, it is necessary to know the exam pattern of a particular exam. By knowing the exam pattern of CAT 2021, one will get aware of its marking scheme. Exam pattern of CAT and other MBA entrance tests varies in terms of marking scheme too. CAT 2021 entails a negative marking scheme implying there is no need to attempt all the questions. More focus must be on the accuracy of the questions answered. Let us check the detailed exam pattern of CAT 2021.
Exam pattern of CAT 2021
Total time duration of the exam
Sectional time duration
40 minutes for every section
Total number of questions
One can easily make a preparation strategy by understanding the exam pattern of CAT 2021. By knowing the total number of questions, nature of questions, time limit and marking scheme one can easily get to know how much time they should invest to complete a particular topic.
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Comparison between CAT and Other MBA Entrance Tests' Pattern
After knowing the structure of the CAT question paper, one should compare it with the other management entrance exam test pattern and devise the strategy accordingly. For instance, we are going to compare the CAT and XAT exam pattern. The major difference in both exams is the number of sections, in CAT 2021 there are only three sections from where questions will be asked but in XAT there is an addition of one more section which is General Awareness. The time duration is the same for both the exams but, in CAT there is a sectional time limit that is, candidates (except PwD category) will have a total of 40 minutes to solve a particular section but in XAT there is no time limit to solve a section apart from General Awareness section (15 minutes). Check the major difference between CAT and other management entrance exam patterns.
Variation in Exam Pattern: CAT vs Other MBA Entrance Tests
Total number of questions
99 or 100 (Varies year to year)
Total time duration
2 Hours (160 Minutes)
3 Hours (180 Minutes)
3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Number of sections
99 (Varies year to year)
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CAT Syllabus 2021
It is also must to know all the topics from which questions will be asked in CAT 2021. Prior to starting the preparation one should go thoroughly with the syllabus of CAT 2021 so that one gets to know on which section they need to work hard and which topics they need to work less. Sections from which questions will be asked in CAT 2021 are- Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability.
Detailed syllabus of CAT 2021
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability
Know the difference between CAT and Other MBA entrance test syllabus
After knowing the syllabus of CAT and other MBA entrance exams, one should first check the common topics and keep them aside and make a different strategy for them. Suppose, a candidate is planning to appear both for CAT and XAT then they need to set a different strategy. For the QA and VARC section, there is no need for a different study plan but for the rest of the section, a different plan needs to be mapped out. In XAT there is a section, Decision Making and General Awareness, one will have to allot some time to them.
How to prepare for CAT 2021 along with other entrance exams?
As we know the popularity and difficulty level of CAT, it needs four to five hours of study daily but preparing for another management entrance test along with CAT makes the task tough. In that situation, one should need to know how they should allot equal time and attention to the preparation of the entrance test. If one gets to know all such tips then they can do their XAT, CMAT and MAT preparation along with CAT 2021 preparation. Know all the tips and tricks to balance CAT 2021 preparation with other entrance exams.
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Managing time efficiently
Time allocation is a must when candidates start preparing for management entrance tests. After going through the exam pattern and syllabus of CAT and other management entrance exams one should make a preparation table and try to rectify in which section they need more time. One needs to categorize such topics that need daily practice. Exams which have a General Awareness section, then one should include reading newspapers and magazines on a daily basis. For the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section, there is no need to prepare separately because this is the only section which is common in every management entrance exam. After doing such things one will get to know how many hours are needed to study daily for the preparation. Allot section-wise time accordingly and refer to the recommended books by experts.
As we mentioned above the difference between CAT and other MBA entrance exam patterns and syllabus. Candidates will have to divide their study hours accordingly for a few sections.
Take mock tests every day
Studying from recommended study material will make your base and concepts clear but, if a candidate wants to analyze their weekly performance then he or she must include taking mocks at the end of the week to analyze their strength and weakness. In the meantime of CAT preparation by taking mocks candidates can easily moderate their preparation strategy. Taking CAT mocks not only boosts a candidate's confidence level but also one can improve their speed and accuracy level. If a candidate took command over mocks then they will get to know how to manage time.
Se up a daily routine for practice
While drawing the schedule of CAT preparation along with other entrance exams, candidates should set a daily routine which they can follow easily. Prepare a daily routine by considering a few factors such as how much time you have left to prepare for CAT 2021 or for another entrance exam. How much sleep your body needs depends on what kind of diet one has to follow during the preparation period, take a note and past it on your wall. Take a look at the highlights of the daily study routine set up for CAT 2021.
Practice two Reading Comprehension (RC’s) daily
Practice two Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) questions daily
Practice Quantitative Ability daily for two hours
Read the Newspaper and Magazines daily
Revise all the formulas daily
Include solving sample & previous year papers in preparation strategy
Solving previous year question papers is always a boon for any entrance exam. If a candidate includes CAT past year question papers in their preparation strategy they will get familiar with the exam structure and marking scheme. Over the Internet all the sample papers of every entrance exam are available free of cost. Candidates should avail this facility and download such sample papers as needed and solve them on a daily basis. Solving the question papers of XAT, SNAP, MAT etc. will enable the candidates to increase their grip over all kinds of questions. They will be able to answer the questions with ease if on a regular basis the candidates answer the past years' question papers of different exams.
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Make a habit for reading
Either its preparation for CAT, XAT, MAT or CMAT or any state or university level management entrance exam, making a habit of reading is a must. Do not take it lightly, many candidates think that reading is not mandatory but it is, if you are one of them then it is the right time to inculcate this habit. Reading habit will immensely help in Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation section but is also helpful for General knowledge section.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to prepare for CAT 2021 along with other entrance exams
Question: What is the difference between the sections syllabus in CAT and XAT?
In CAT questions are asked from Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability while in XAT questions are asked from Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making and General Knowledge.
Question: What is the mode of CAT, XAT and CMAT exams?
All the three entrance tests, CAT, XAT and CMAT are conducted in an online mode.
Question: How many sections are there in CMAT examination?
There are four sections in CMAT namely- Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Language Comprehension
Question: How many questions are asked in CAT and CMAT?
Both in CAT and CMAT, a total of 100 questions are asked.
Question: What is the importance of solving previous year sample papers?
Solving the previous years' question papers and sample papers will enable the candidates to increase their grip over all kinds of questions. They will be able to answer the questions with ease.
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Questions related to CAT
Im stuck between 60 - 75 scores in cat mocks, what should I do in order to hit the 90s mark?
hope you are doing well and safe. As per your query , I would glad to inform you that score can be improved to 90 but for that you need to do quite hardwork and do self analysis on yours . Focus on the easy topics in which you are weak and work on them and upsolve all the mocks and dont redo the same mistakes . For sure you will hit 90 marks soon
Hope you found this answer informative. Best wishes for your future
i want admission on iim for that i had to clear CAT exam so i need full details about CAT course
CAT is not a course rather an entrance examination through which you can get into IIMs and many other B-schools.
Here's the complete detail about CAT
CAT i. e Common Admission Test is a national level entrance examination for admission in MBA/PGDM in B- Schools, including IIMs and several other prestigious B- Schools. It is conducted by IIMs themselves every year in rotation in online mode/computer based examination in English medium and it is accepted by 1100+ B-Schools.
>>>>>>>> Eligibility criteria
CAT eligibility criteria says that:
To be eligible for CAT ,
you need a Bachelor's/graduation degree in any discipline
you must have got at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA in your graduation . SC/ST/PH students need only at least 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline to be eligible .
Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are also eligible for CAT examination.
There is no age restriction to be eligible
It is not mandatory to have work experience to be eligible
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>>>>>>>> CAT examination pattern:-
CAT EXAMINATION PATTERN
Mode of examination
Online i. e Computer-Based Mode
Name of the Section
There are 3 sections :-
----------) VARC i. e Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
----------) DILR i. e Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
----------) Quantitative Aptitude
Types of questions asked
There are 2 types of questions in CAT
----------) mcqs &
----------) non - mcqs
---------) +3 marks for each correct answer
---------) -1 marks for each wrong answer in case of MCQs ,
---------) No negative marking is there for wrong answers in case of non-mcqs
You can get the complete examination pattern:-
>>>>>>>> How to prepare for CAT
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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can you please guide me where I star preparing for cat exam
A proper mindset and dedication is required to crack CAT entrance. You need to make a proper time table, a proper strategy. Understand the pattern of the exam, your capability, your strong and weak area/portion.
There are total 3 section in CAT exam -
- Verbal and reading comprehension (VARC)
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DI and LR)
- Quantitative analysis (QA)
Try to read a lot of vocabulary related books such as Word power made easy, or you can read any novels too, This will make your reading comprehension more strong in verbal section.
Read the newspaper everyday, this will make you aware about the current affairs.
Complete the basic concepts of quanta, you can start doing maths problem of 10th grade.
You can join any class for CAT exam, this will help you to make your doubts clear.
Start giving mock tests, as you know practice makes a man perfect. Try to practice a lot this will help in boost your confidence and your flow. Join the test series and stick to your schedule. Focus on smart learning.
Later on, test your accuracy and your preparation. Solve previous year papers, don't lose hope if you aren't scoring well in mock tests. Try to give your best.
Stay motivated and focused.
Hope this helps !
All the best for your bright future
from where most of questions comes in CAT exam
You have to be regular with your studies , be updated about current affairs, for making vocab string you should read newpaper , books.
regularity is the most important thing for crack the CAT.
every year questions are different so it is hard to predict.
i hope this information is helpful for you.
I am currently in my final year in the 5th semester of my college. my 6th and final semester will get over by July. can I give the cat exam then fir MBA admissions
Yes it is possible that student who is pursuing his last year in bachelor's degree can appear for Common Aptitude Test for MBA admission. However the candidate must have completed their bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate and 45% marks for reserved categories.
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