How to Balance CAT Preparation with other Entrance Exam?
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How to Balance CAT Preparation with other Entrance Exam? - Aspirants who prepare to build their career in the field of management, always target first, the most premier MBA entrance test. Here the question arises, what if they could not ace the examination? Do they quit preparing for it? No!!! Their mind is boggled with the fact as to “how to balance CAT preparation with other entrance exams.” Candidates who prepare for CAT should also plan for other MBA entrance exams like MAT, XAT, CMAT or SNAP to secure their chances of getting admissions across IIMs or any other top management schools. But, preparation for different exam also demands distinct amount of time as there are only 24 hours to study for these examinations in a day. Now, it becomes necessary for an aspirant to manage their time well for each and every exam for which he or she will appear for. CAT 2019 registration has been closed, correction window is available from September 28, 2019, at 10:00 AM onwards.
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CAT & Other MBA Entrance Exam Important Dates

Candidates can check the detailed schedule of CAT 2019 along with other MBA entrance exam important events and dates.

Exam Name

Application Form Start Date

Application Form End Date

Release of Admit Card

Result Declaration Date

CAT 2019

August 7, 2019

September 25, 2019

October 23, 2019

Second week of January, 2020

XAT 2020

August 23, 2019

November 30, 2019

December 20, 2019

January 31, 2020

IIFT 2020

September 9, 2019

October 25, 2019

November 11, 2019

December 11, 2019

SNAP 2019

August 16, 2019

November 23, 2019

December 2, 2019

January 10, 2020

CMAT 2020

November 1, 2019

November 30, 2019

December 24, 2019

February 3, 2020

NMAT by GMAC 2019

July 2, 2019

October 3, 2019

24 hours from the application submission date.

Third week of January, 2020

How to Balance CAT Preparation with other Entrance Exam?

By now, candidates must have draw their study plan on the basis of test dates of different management entrance exams. Candidates can go through with the following tips so that they can balance their CAT preparation with other exam.

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Maintain Balance

It is obvious that if CAT is known as the most difficult entrance test to crack among all management entrance exams in India, then it would require seven to eight hours of study on a single day (excluding coaching classes). Now, if seven to eight hours are consumed for preparation of CAT then how would one prepare for other management entrance tests? These kinds of questions baffle the candidates. So in that case one should follow the following preparation tips to avoid conundrums as they prepare for a wide array of entrance exam.

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Allocation of Time for CAT preparation and other Entrance Exam

According to experts, one does not need more than four to five hours daily for about six to seven months to prepare for CAT. Hence when we are talking about “How to balance CAT preparation with other entrance exams”, like MAT, CMAT, XAT or SNAP, time management will play a pivotal role. Candidates will require four to five hours of study on a regular basis as these exams are quite similar to each other. So, aspirants desiring to ace these examinations must allocate his or her time of 24 hours for each exam rationally and according to their needs.

Know the Syllabus

IIM Kozhikode will conduct the Common Admission Test for the year of 2019 on November 24. According to CAT 2019 syllabus, generally questions are asked from middle level English and Mathematics. Before appearing candidates should aware with the homogeneous syllabus of CAT. Candidates should check the whole syllabus of CAT because it will assist them to categorise the topics. Through this candidates will be able to rectify, in which area they need to work hard.

CAT 2019 Syllabus

Candidates can check the CAT syllabus 2019 in the table which is given below as it contains all the sections and topics from which questions will be asked. Candidates can draw their CAT preparation schedule according to it.

CAT Syllabus 2019

S.No

Section

Important Topics

1

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

Graphs, Tables, Seating Arrangement, Data Caselet, Syllogism, Blood Relation

2

Quantitative Aptitude

Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Time and Work, Number System

3

Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability

Questions based on reading comprehension, Sentence completion, Para-Jumbles & para-summar, Inferences

CAT entrance test is conducted by IIMs for admission to the MBA programmes that offered at different IIM’s, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR, IMT and several other MBA colleges. XAT is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur, this MBA entrance test if for XLRI, IMT, SPJIMR, XIMB and more than 150 other MBA colleges. Varying topics and sections are the key difference in the CAT and XAT syllabus. XAT exam has decision making (DM) and general knowledge (GK) as separate section but in CAT there is no DM and GK section.

Check Exam Pattern

There are a total of three sections carrying total of hundred questions. To know all details pertaining to CAT 2019 exam pattern, go through with the below provided table. CAT exam pattern contains overall and sectional structure of the exam.

S.No

Particulars

Details

1

Total time duration of CAT 2019 entrance exam

3 Hours

2

Mode of CAT 2019

Computer Based Test (CBT)

3

Total Number of Questions

100

4

Each section time duration of CAT 2019

60 Minutes

5

Negative marks for every wrong answer

-1

6

Marks for every correct answer

3

If we talk about CAT and other MBA entrance exam pattern such as IIFT, they we’ll see few differences. CAT is a computer based test while IIFT is PBT mode test. Every year IIFT goes on changing the number of questions while CAT has fixed number of 100 questions. When it comes to marking scheme CAT has +3 marks for each correct answer while IIFT varies between 0.5 to 1 mark for each correct answer. CAT have a fixed exam pattern where IIFT exam pattern changes every year.

Importance of Mock Tests with regard to CAT preparation and other entrance exam

Mock test for CAT 2019 plays a vital role in preparation of any type of examination. Any aspirant preparing for MBA entrance exams, must practice mock tests as it would not just boost their level of confidence but will also help them to make their SWOT analysis e.g. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? What is an opportunity for them and what is a threat for them (where they are lacking and need to work really hard).

Cracking the MBA entrance exams without practicing mock tests makes the situation very feeble. So, if candidates doing their practice with mock tests, then he/she can do to make it to top management schools. But, practicing mock tests is not sufficient until and unless they judge their performance after each mock test. Therefore after attempting the mock tests and getting scorecards, aspirants must make performance report of their tests.

Daily Routine Set-up

It is apparent that balancing CAT preparation with drawing up schedule for exams is a tightrope to walk on, but a little bit of planning and minor changes in daily routine can do the trick. Structuring your day according to your study plan can be fruitful for you but for that, you must know where candidates have to give their more preparation time, which can be done by setting up a good daily routine. With the help of “Good Daily - Routine” In which activities candidates are spending their time because sometimes, during preparation for any exam, time just flies off leaving us wondering where it has gone.

Extensive Reading is Mandatory

While preparing for any MBA entrance examination, candidates should make a habit of reading, which will be immensely helpful. If a candidate does not have a habit of reading, then it is right time to inculcate it. This habit will not only help them in Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation but also help them in GK section.


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Can I join IIM Ahmedabad using GMAT rather than going for CAT?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at: https://www.iima.ac.in/web/pgp/apply/domestic/admission/selection-process

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i am in first year of graduation. please tell the correct time to prepare of CAT. Should i start preparing it from first year itself or from second year??

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019
Rohan, every year, lakhs of students appear for CAT for admission in 20 IIMs and more than 1000 participating Institutions. Now the exam is not tough but to be able to score the percentile required for admission to IIMs and Top B schools is tough. So no time is too early for preparation. You should start preparing from the 1st year so that you can know how to manage time and also with practise you will know the short cuts or easier ways of solving problems. Here is the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.


Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge.
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I am a newly qualified chartered accountant presently started working. My aim is to study mba in iim. Please tell me the procedure which I have to follow to make my journey for cat 2020 successful.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:

VRC          DILR       QA       Overall

General                   70            70          70            80

OBC-Transgender 65            65          65            75

SC                           60             60           60           70

ST                           50             50           50          60

PWD                      60             60           60          70

PWD-ST                50             50            50          60

On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at: https://www.iima.ac.in/web/pgp/apply/domestic/admission/selection-process

Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme.  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.

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.

Preparation tips:

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



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can someone apply for NIFT without appearing CAT and GAT?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019

hello,

NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.

The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.

The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.

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Where i get CAT study material?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019
CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.


Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.
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