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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.LATEST: IIM Kozhikode to release CAT Mock Test 2019 on October 16. CAT Admit Card 2019 to be released on October 23.
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Candidates can check the detailed schedule of CAT 2019 along with other MBA entrance exam important events and dates.
Application Form Start Date
Application Form End Date
Release of Admit Card
Result Declaration Date
August 7, 2019
September 25, 2019
October 23, 2019
Second week of January, 2020
August 23, 2019
November 30, 2019
December 20, 2019
January 31, 2020
September 9, 2019
October 25, 2019
November 11, 2019
December 11, 2019
August 16, 2019
November 23, 2019
December 2, 2019
January 10, 2020
November 1, 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
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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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.
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.
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.
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
Graphs, Tables, Seating Arrangement, Data Caselet, Syllogism, Blood Relation
Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Time and Work, Number System
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.
Total time duration of CAT 2019 entrance exam
Mode of CAT 2019
Computer Based Test (CBT)
Total Number of Questions
Each section time duration of CAT 2019
Negative marks for every wrong answer
Marks for every correct answer
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.
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.
Note: Registration for CAT 2019 has been closed. Correction window is available from September 28, 2019 from 10:00 onwards.
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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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
For more information please check the article:-
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