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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Hello Aspirant

I'm not able to understand your question properly,can you please re-frame your question so that I can help you accordingly!



Can i apply for MBA at JK Lakhmipat University if i have not given CAT?

Megha 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Abhishek !

Yes ,you can apply at JK Lakhmipat University if you have not given CAT , because as per their eligibility criteria for getting admission their the candidates must have appeared in CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/CMAT or any other national level entrance test.

In case the candidate has not appeared for any of the mentioned tests, they will have to appear in the JKLU Management Entrance Test (MET) to qualify for the programme.

So, you can apply there by appearing in their Entrance test.

Hope it helps !


What is the CAT exam pattern ?

Aashima Puri 29th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant, hope you are doing well!

CAT ( Common admission test) is a very reputed entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admissions into various colleges for MBA. The duration of the exam is 3 hours for all the categories and 4 hours for the PwD category. The sectional duration for each section is 60 minutes each whereas it is 80 minutes for the candidates of the PwD category.

The total number of questions asked in the entrance exam are 100. It is a computer based examination.

Candidates lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer and gain 3 marks for every correct answer. No marks are deducted for the questions which the candidate didn't attempt.

The examination consists of 3 sections namely - Quantitative ability , Data interpretation & logical reasoning and Verbal ability and reading comprehension. These sections consists of 34,32 and 34 questions each respectively.

The candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. He/she can move to the next section only after attempting the previous section which he/she was completing. Though, the candidates are allowed to switch between questions within the same section.

These were some of the main points to be kept in mind for the CAT exam.

Further you can go through this link to know everything about CAT exam. https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-exam-pattern/amp

Hope it helps! All the very best for your future endeavours!


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Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Following is the list of top CAT coaching institutes in Hyderabad:

  • IMS Learning Resources Pvt. Ltd., Begumpet
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The fees structure differs on the basis of students past academic records and batches. However, you can expect an approximate fees of 40,000 for the year. I'll recommend you to contact the coaching personally for batch details.

Good Luck


whats think different in a CMAT and a cat

Shiksha 28th Mar, 2020


Although both the exams are for getting into Bschools in India for post graduation but there is a huge difference between the two:

  • Cat is common admission test and cmat is common management admission test
  • Cat is one of the most popular exam in india for management given by around 2 lakhs of people and cmat is given by a lesser candidates around 50k-60k.
  • Most of the bschools & iim accept cat score and around only 400+ colleges in india iccepts cmat score.
  • Cat has a higher difficulty level and cmat is a bit on the easier side.
  • Both exams are online but the exam pattern is different. Apart from quantitative ability, verbal ability and logical reasoning that are there in both the exams, cmat also an additional section for gk & current affairs.
  • There are very few top colleges through cmat and many top colleges through cat that you can target.
  • I hope this helps.
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