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How to prepare for CAT 2024 along with other entrance exams

How to prepare for CAT 2024 along with other entrance exams

Edited By Sundararajan | Updated on Feb 28, 2024 10:49 AM IST | #CAT

Preparation for any management entrance test needs dedication as well as a planned strategy. And the same goes for CAT preparation. The first choice of every MBA aspirant is to crack CAT on the very first attempt and get into an IIM. This makes the Common Admission Test (CAT) the most popular entrance exam in India. Every year, more than two lakh candidates appear for the CAT, and very few of them make it into the IIMs of India.

How to balance CAT preparation along with other entrance exams

The rest of the 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 with some tips on how to prepare for CAT along with other entrance exams.

CAT Exam Pattern 2024

Prior to setting any strategy for CAT 2024 or any other entrance exam, it is necessary to know the exam pattern of a particular exam. By knowing the exam pattern of CAT 2024, one will be aware of its marking scheme. The exam pattern of the CAT and other MBA entrance tests varies in terms of the marking scheme too. CAT 2024 entails a negative marking scheme, implying there is no need to attempt all the questions. More focus must be placed on the accuracy of the questions answered. Let us check the detailed CAT 2024 exam pattern.

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Exam pattern of CAT 2024

Particulars

Details

Total time duration of the exam

Two hours

Sectional time duration

40 minutes for every section

Total number of questions

100

Exam mode

Computer-Based Test

Marking scheme

  • 3 marks for every correct answer

  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer

One can easily make a preparation strategy by understanding the exam pattern of the CAT entrance exam. By knowing the total number of questions, nature of questions, time limit, and marking scheme, one can easily determine 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 a 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 2024, there are only three sections from which questions will be asked, but in XAT, there is the addition of one more section, which is General Awareness, and the newly reintroduced essay writing.

The time duration is the same for both exams, but in CAT there is a sectional time limit, that is, candidates (except the 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 the essay writing section (10 minutes). Check the major difference between CAT and other management entrance exam patterns.

Variation in Exam Pattern: CAT vs Other MBA Entrance Tests

Particulars

CAT

XAT

CMAT

Exam mode

Online (CBT)

Online (CBT)

Online (CBT)

Total number of questions

66

100 (Varies year to year) + 1 (Essay Writing)

100

Total time duration

2 hours (120 minutes)

3 hours (180 minutes + 10 minutes)

3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of sections

3

5

4

Section name

  • Quantitative Aptitude

  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

  • Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • Verbal and Logical Ability

  • Decision Making

  • General Knowledge

  • Essay Writing

  • Quantitative Technique and Data Interpretation

  • Logical Reasoning

  • General Awareness

  • Language Comprehension

Marking scheme

  • +3 marks for every correct answer

  • -1 mark for every wrong answer

  • +1 mark for every correct answer

  • -0.25 mark for every incorrect answer

  • A 0.10 mark will be deducted for eight or more unattempted questions

  • No negative marking for the GK section

  • +3 marks for every correct answer

  • -1 mark for every wrong answer

Total marks

198

100 (varies year to year)

400

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CAT Syllabus 2024

It is also a must to know all the topics on which questions will be asked in CAT 2024. Prior to starting the preparation, one should go thoroughly through the syllabus of CAT 2024 so that one gets to know which sections they need to work on hard and which topics they need to work on less. Sections from which questions will be asked in CAT 2024 are: Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, and Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability.

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Detailed syllabus of CAT 2024

Section Name

Important Topics

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Algebra

  • Geometry

  • Time and work

  • Time and distance

  • Special equations

  • Probability

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Mensuration

  • Number system, etc..

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

  • Tables

  • Graphs

  • Data Caselet

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Blood Relations

  • Syllogism

  • Coding and Decoding etc.

Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability

  • Sentence completion

  • Questions based on reading comprehension

  • Inferences

  • Para-Jumbles & Para Summary, etc.

Know the difference between CAT and Other MBA entrance test syllabi

After knowing the syllabus of the CAT and other MBA entrance exams, one should first check the common topics, 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 sections, there is no need for a different study plan, but for the rest of the sections, a different plan needs to be mapped out. In XAT, there is a section Decision Making, and General Awareness, and one will have to allot some time to them.

How to prepare for CAT 2024 along with other entrance exams?

As we know the popularity and difficulty level of the CAT, one needs to dedicate four to five hours to studying daily, but preparing for another management entrance test along with the CAT makes the task tough. In that situation, one should 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 2024 preparation. Know all the tips and tricks to balance CAT 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 the CAT and other management entrance exams, one should make a preparation table and try to determine in which section they need more time. One needs to categorise topics that require daily practice. In exams that have a general awareness section, 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 that is common in every management entrance exam. After doing such things, one will know how many hours are needed to study daily for preparation. Allot section-wise time accordingly and refer to the recommended books by experts.

As we mentioned above, there is a difference between the CAT and other MBA entrance exam patterns and syllabi. 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 analyse their weekly performance, then he or she must include taking mocks at the end of the week to analyse their strengths and weaknesses. In the meantime of CAT preparation, candidates can easily moderate their preparation strategy by taking mocks. Taking CAT mocks not only boosts a candidate's confidence level but can also improve their speed and accuracy. If a candidate takes command over mocks, then they will learn how to manage time.

Set up a daily routine for practice

While drawing the schedule for CAT preparation along with other entrance exams, candidates should set a daily routine that 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 2024 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 paste it on your wall. Take a look at the highlights of the daily study routine set up for CAT 2024.

  • Practice two Reading Comprehension (RC’s) daily

  • Practice two Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) questions daily

  • Practice Quantitative Ability to work daily for two hours

  • Read the Newspaper and Magazines daily

  • Revise all the formulas daily

Include solving samples & previous year papers in preparation strategy

Solving previous year's 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 become familiar with the exam structure and marking scheme. Over the Internet, all the sample papers for every entrance exam are available free of charge.

Candidates should avail of this facility, download such sample papers as needed, and solve them on a daily basis. Solving the question papers for 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 of reading

Whether it's 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 habits will immensely help in the Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation section, but they are also helpful in the General Knowledge section.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the difference between the sections syllabus in CAT and XAT?

In CAT exam, 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. How many questions are asked in CAT and CMAT?

In the CAT exam, there will be 66 questions. CMAT will have a total of 100 questions.

5. 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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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


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Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


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Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

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Option: 4

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