Why, When and How to take CAT Mock Test - Authorities activated the link for CAT 2019 Mock test on October 16. It is rightly said that practice builds confidence and empowers you to perform well. When it comes to competitive examinations, mock tests become necessary to know the level of preparation and areas that need more focus. Candidates who aspire to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT), they must know why, when and how to take the CAT mock test. By solving CAT mock tests on a regular basis candidates will be able to score higher percentile and analyze their strong and weak areas. IIM Kozhikode conducted CAT 2019 on November 24. Owing to an increase in competition and with an increasing number of candidates appearing in the exam, the importance of mock test of CAT has increased. Hence, in order to leave no stone unturned so as to sail through the exam with ease, candidates must practice regularly the CAT mock test. By going through the mock test, candidates how to solve the questions in each section. With a month left for the test, candidates must buckle up for CAT mock tests which is available by IIM Kozhikode from October 16. Read this feature article by Careers360 to strategize preparation for CAT through mock tests.
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Why, When and How to take CAT Mock Test?

Why to Take CAT Mock Test?

Mock tests are taken to evaluate one’s performance. Moreover it helps candidates in analyzing their areas of concern, as suggested by one of the CAT 2018 100 percentile scorers, Rickshesh who says, “The first step I took for CAT preparation was to take up certain mock tests to understand my potential; my strengths and weaknesses which was followed by revision of concepts where I lacked knowledge and confidence. The basis of my preparation was on the sectional tests more than full-length mocks as it helped me understand my weaknesses.” Highlighting the significance of CAT mock test, who had scored 100 percentile states that, it increases speed and accuracy. On how to take CAT mock test he shares the strategy adopted by him and added, “I was weak in both VARC and DI & LR. For VARC, I employed different tactics in separate mocks, getting to know which sequence I should attempt the questions in. For LRDI, all I did was intensive practice and increase my speed.”

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Further why, when and how to take CAT mock test, Kaustubh, 99.99 percentile scorer says that “I made sure to practice mock tests at that time to make myself acquainted with the timing. This helped me a lot as it gave me a balance and did not drain me while I attempt the examination and took minimal breaks as possible to make myself comfortable on the day of the examination.”

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Therefore, mock tests must be taken frequently to assess oneself. No matter if one opts for either coaching centres or self-study, practicing mock tests will help one gain confidence and speed.

When to take CAT Mock Test?

The importance of when to take CAT mock test holds the key to success in the exam. One should avoid taking the mock test in the initial stage of preparation. However, candidates in the first two months can take one or two mock test so that they are able to gauge their preparation. Later on when they are well versed with the sections from which questions will be asked, and that point of time the frequency of taking CAT mock tests should be increased. Let’s have a look at the five stages of taking CAT mock test.

Stage 1- Before beginning the preparation

Stage 2- During the course of preparation

Stage 3- Before 4-6 months of examination

Stage 4- Before 2-4 months of examination

Stage 5- 1-2 weeks before examination

Stage 1- Before beginning the preparation

It is advised that the candidates must take a mock test before starting with CAT preparation. Taking a mock test before helps in knowing the exam pattern and the areas that need focus. Mihir, who scored 99.97 percentile in CAT 2018, while sharing his preparation strategy on why, when and how to take CAT mock test states, “I started off with my preparation by attempting mocks. This helped me to assess where I stood and where I needed help the most. I am a working professional so attempting mocks was the most convenient way for me to assess my performance.”

Stage 2- During the course of preparation

After analyzing weak areas and CAT exam pattern, candidates must now start their preparation by taking one mock test every month. Taking a mock test during the course of preparation will help to rectify strategy for preparation. Jagesh, who scored 100 percentile in CAT 2018, suggests that, “it is very essential that you attempt at least 20 to 30 mocks and go through the past years CAT question papers thoroughly. And even days before the exam you must go through the question papers so that you can familiarise yourself with the pattern.”

Stage 3- Before 4-6 months of examination

Herein candidates must finalize his/her preparation strategy and try appearing for one mock each week to tune in with the preparation well. Candidates might discover new areas to work upon. It is said, “Knowledge is of no value, you put into practice.” Knowing only the weak and strong areas will not help one improve unless the preparation through mock tests continues.

Stage 4- Before 2-4 months of examination

Just two to four months before the exam the question of “why, when and how to take CAT mock test” tends to baffle the students. At this stage students must attempt 2-3 mocks every week. Attempting 2-3 mocks will help in managing time and increasing accuracy for the final day of the examination. Amit, who bagged 100 percentile opined, “I started my CAT preparation in May 2018, as I was quite confident of my basics. I focused on intensive practice and solving as many questions as I could during the last five to six months leading up to the exam day. I spent May to June revising my concepts and started taking mocks around July and August, at a rate of one per week and increased it to one every day in the last month.”

Stage 5- 1-2 weeks before examination

In the final stage, when almost 10 days are left for examinations, students must analyze their previous mocks. Now the candidates must taper their preparation by giving more attention to previous mocks and taking 2 mocks in a week. Students must pursue their hobbies to de-stress for the D-day.

How to take CAT Mock Test?

CAT mock tests helps one in mastering topics and other areas which they already know about. Knowing how to utilize the CAT mock test is important to focus on other aspects as well as mentioned below:

Sectional Mock tests - With each section allotted 60 minutes, candidates must focus on their section-wise preparation strategy to complete each section within 60 minutes. Having said that mock tests will help candidates in getting familiar with each type of questions in each section and to plan accordingly. Manaswi, who scored 99.14 percentile shares his sectional strategy stating that, “I first solved all RCs before moving to VA. As RCs were much easier than mocks, I finished in around 40 minutes, and then subsequently I solved verbal questions in the remaining time.

For DI & LR, I spent the first eight minutes selecting questions and arranging them according to their difficulty level. My strategy was clear, even if I am stuck on a puzzle which seems easier, I won't spend more than eight minutes. I may solve two questions that of puzzles or three, I will move forward. By this way I attempted a fair number of questions with around 85 per cent accuracy.”

Remain focused, practice more and do not panic- Now in the last leg of your preparation you are able to know the level of your preparation for CAT 2019. Hence it is advisable not to panic and try to recall the mistakes that you committed while taking the mock test of CAT. Do not try to repeat those mistakes and remember the measures or steps that you took to rectify. Jagesh, who bagged 100 percentile share his strategy to tackle weak and strong areas, “ Since QA was my strength, I made it a point to practice as many QA questions and mocks as possible. And whenever I went wrong I sat down to understand my mistakes and make sure I understood the process and work. VARC was my weakness and to make sure it did not cause much trouble I practised as many passages as possible. I started by reading newspaper articles and editorials and increase my reading speed. After this was achieved I started solving passage questions.”

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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,

Thanks.

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How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you 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. 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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if i obtain 80 marks in quantitative aptitude 80 marks in data interpection and 80 marks in verbal reasoning what is my total percentile of cat because my 10th and 12 marks is low ?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
Hello,
Your CAT percentile has nothing to do with class X and XII marks.
The percentile indicates your performance relative to the other candidates. For example if you get 80 percentile it means your score is more than 80% of the appearing students.
The percentipe is calculated as:
P=(R/N) 100
where R=Rank of student and N=Number of students who appeared.

Follow this link for more information
https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/how-calculate-cat-percentile/amp

Good luck
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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work experience..how much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

Click at this link to know more about CAT - https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat

Hope this was helpful

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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha

3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Best Wishes.

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