CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation with an aim to get admission in top IIMs and other top MBA colleges accepting CAT must be started well in advance in accordance with the revised CAT exam pattern. In view of the experts and CAT toppers, a key component in CAT 2018 preparation strategy is your CAT preparation time. As the CAT preparation time goes on reducing month after month and with every passing day, you need to revise time and again your CAT preparation strategy with the tips on ‘How to prepare CAT in 3 months’; ‘How to prepare CAT in 2 months’ and so on.

 

After synchronizing the CAT preparation time, one of the important CAT preparation tips for beginners is to understand first how to prepare for CAT exam at home with the help of right books for CAT preparation and other appropriate CAT preparation material instead of getting involved into CAT coaching without looking and preparing with abundantly available good CAT preparation material and freely available CAT preparation online facility which offers  CAT exam Quiz 2018, CAT Mock test 2018 that can hone your CAT preparation and make you aware how to prepare for CAT without coaching.

Accordingly, the key CAT 2018 Preparation tips which will guide you how to start CAT preparation at home as per the revised CAT exam pattern, are focused on following points when you start your CAT 2018 exam preparation:

  1. CAT Pattern: You must be aware about the CAT 2018 exam pattern
  2. CAT 2018 Syllabus
  3. CAT Preparation Time
  4. How to start CAT preparation at home?
  5. How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 6 months?
  6. How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 3 months?
  7. How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 2 months?
  8. How to prepare for CAT without coaching and with self study?
  9. Books for CAT preparation
  10.  CAT Preparation with Coaching
  11. CAT Mock Test 2018
  12. Strategy to score 95+ percentile in CAT 2018

CAT Pattern

CAT exam pattern has gone with perceptible changes since 2014 not only in CAT structure but also in content. Going by the tradition in changes in different type of questions in CAT, you cannot rule out a different CAT 2018 Exam pattern. CAT 2018 exam is expected to be held in the month of November/December 2018. Next 6 months will be a crucial period to devise a well chalked out plan for your CAT preparation as per the CAT 2018 pattern.

 

However, despite number of changes brought about during last 4 years in CAT exam pattern, the basics of the CAT exam have not changed. CAT exam pattern since 2015 has remained on the same lines. CAT 2018 exam pattern is also expected to remain as per the last 3 years CAT pattern, although there could be some minor changes in number and type of questions and their sectional composition.   To make sure to bell the CAT 2018 with high score you need to begin your CAT exam preparation 2018 without waiting any longer.

 

As per the revised CAT exam pattern 2018, CAT 2018 will consist of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. Each section is timed with the individual time limit of 1 hour. You need to ensure high score in each of the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting....Read More CAT 2018 Pattern

 

CAT 2018 Syllabus

Once you know about the CAT Pattern 2018, your next step for CAT preparation is to scan the CAT Syllabus 2018. In fact, CAT Exam Syllabus has never had any boundaries and this fact also applies to define the CAT 2018 exam syllabus.CAT 2018 exam syllabus is based on past trend of CAT exams and putting it the right way, the CAT syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in CAT exam although the type of questions, their composition, format and number may change in each subsequent CAT exam.

 

The key point in CAT exam syllabus 2018 is that there is no repetition of CAT questions in any CAT exam although difficulty level of the questions in CAT exam would not go out of CAT exam syllabus. IIM entrance exam syllabus or CAT 2018 exam Syllabus is not pre-defined by CAT 2018 convening IIM nor the CAT syllabus was outlined earlier also by the CAT exam convening IIM Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Indore, Kozhikode or Lucknow.

 

CAT 2018 exam syllabus is based on the mentioned guidelines and current structure of CAT exam. Past tendencies reflect that CAT exam syllabus and pattern overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. CAT exam Syllabus covers all the major topics on these three test sections which are further divided into sub-sections... Read More CAT 2018 Syllabus

 

CAT Preparation Time
What is the ideal CAT preparation time that could ensure a high percentile score in CAT 2018 exam? Although there is no thumb rule on it, CAT toppers suggest the CAT 2018 aspirants to remain steady and regular in their CAT preparation and always think that CAT exam is round the corner.

 

CAT 2018 is to be held in November/December 2018. There is still good CAT preparation time which if fruitfully used, can turn the table in your favour. For the convenience of CAT preparation, CAT preparation time can be divided into three slots for which CAT preparation tips can be shared:

  1. How to start CAT preparation at home?
  2. How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 6 months?
  3. How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 3 months?
  4. How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 2 months?
  5. How to prepare for CAT without coaching and with self study?

How to start CAT preparation at home?

CAT preparation 2018 should be started at home now without waiting any further. CAT topper with 99.73 percentile and IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2017-19 batch, Akhil Garg advises to start self preparation at home without being dependant on any coaching. CAT preparation tips to start CAT preparation at home are:

  • Go through the revised CAT exam pattern
  • Read thoroughly the CAT syllabus 2018
  • Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the three sections
  • Gather the best books and preparation material for CAT 2018 preparation
  • Improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly
  • Take as many CAT Mocks during your CAT 2018 preparation and do the analysis of each Mock. Without analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
  • If you are weak in VARC, reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies will be helpful.
  • Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day
  •  Data Interpretation (DI) is considered a bit more time consuming. Start practicing on DI questions. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.

How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 6 months?

CAT preparation tips for beginners or for the repeaters are not much different? CAT preparation time of 6 months is sufficient to crack the exam. Following should be adhered to before proceeding on CAT preparation journey:

  • As you are left with sufficient CAT preparation time, first of all go through and understand the CAT exam pattern
  • Get a good feel of CAT 2018 exam syllabus
  • Find out your strong and weak areas
  • Start building up the fundamentals and get conceptual clarity on the topics which fall in your weak areas
  • Don’t waste too much time on theory. If you have understood the basics, attempt CAT sectional quiz.
  • Practice after theory is a must. Accordingly take periodical CAT 2018 Quiz, attempt CAT previous years Mock test, CAT previous years question papers
  • Get the best CAT preparation material with best books for CAT preparation.
  • Beginning your CAT preparation early will give you time to periodically assess yourself and overcome your weaknesses.
  • Remain confident right from the day one during your CAT preparation journey.
  • Self Preparation is the best preparation strategy for CAT 2018 however time is also an important factor. If a candidate gets stuck on some question due to his/her lack of conceptual clarity, the wastage of time is more and depression begins to set in. It could be a small quant formula, LR logic, or Verbal usage clarity which might need a simple push to come out of the shallow waters. This help can be provided by your mentor online or offline depending upon your preference or a mix of both.  

How to prepare CAT in 3 months?

Now CAT 2018 is only 3 months away. CAT preparation time of three months is not short. What you have done in last three months or whatever you have prepared can be revised now in three months with various CAT preparation tools. The time is ripe to intensify a little your CAT preparation strategy for three months:

  • See that you have achieved good clarity on fundamentals and have strengthened your basics
  • Alongwith going through the books for CAT preparation, visit number of  online CAT preparation material
  • It is time that you started taking CAT Mock test, analyse your errors and rectify them
  • Instead of reading the theory again and again, now you should attempt the question and when you are stuck, visit the basics and clarify your point to clear the confusion
  • Solve CAT previous year question papers
  • Join a good Test series for CAT preparation

How to prepare for CAT 2018 in 2 months?

It may sound a little surprising but it is true. Many CAT toppers are of the view that CAT preparation time of two months is good enough to bell the CAT. Atul Goyal CAT topper with 99.99 percentile and student of MBA 2017-29 batch at FMS Delhi advises the MBA aspirants to study effectively even if they study less. This way even 2 months are sufficient to score 99 percentile provided you are sincere enough.

  • Focus more on CAT Exam Quiz, CAT Mock tests, different types of questions as appeared in CAT
  • Don’t leave any CAT Mock Test without analyzing it
  • Go through the Books for CAT preparation and the CAT preparation material and ensure  that you have gone through the sectional and overall quiz and practice tests in these CAT preparation books.
  • There are some strong areas within your weak areas and some weak areas within your strong areas. Try to focus on all the weak areas and see if you are able to improve them. However, you should not waste more time on them. Instead focus more on your strong areas and improve them further.

How to prepare for CAT without coaching and with self study?
There is no substitute of CAT preparation with self study which does not require any coaching until and unless you are stuck. Experts therefore, recommend that you should start your CAT preparation by self study and later make it a mix of self study as well as help from coaching to avoid wastage of time.

  • Self Preparation is the best preparation strategy for CAT 2018 however time is also an important factor. If a candidate gets stuck on some question due to his/her lack of conceptual clarity, the wastage of time is more and depression begins to set in. It could be a small quant formula, LR logic, or Verbal usage clarity which might need a simple push to come out of the shallow waters. This help can be provided by your mentor online or offline depending upon your preference or a mix of both.  
  • Most of the candidates coming from Engineering or other technical background find it easy to get along well with Quant, DI and LR but when it comes to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, they find the section too difficult. It is where they need an expert guidance.
  • CAT preparation 2018 needs improvement in your speed and accuracy as the time to solve per question is reduced now. Till CAT 2013 the test taker had 2.32 minutes per question to solve but since CAT 2014 the time is reduced to 1.8 minute per question to solve. Ironically it will not be sufficient to score overall high in CAT 2018; your section wise score should also be high to become eligible for shortlisting at IIMs.
  • CAT 2018 preparation should equip you with continuous sitting for more than 3 hours without break. To achieve this you are required to take more Mocks, CAT previous year test papers.

Books for CAT preparation
CAT preparation books and CAT preparation material online or offline play a major role in helping you score high in the CAT exam. A few of the best books for cat recommended by toppers  to prepare for CAT 2018 are:

 

Books for section-1: VARC

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha
  • Latest RC Passages and practice questions provided by Study centres like TIME, CL among others
  • Editorial and short articles published in English news papers
  • ‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis
  • ‘High School English Grammar & Composition’ – by Wren & Martin
  • Regularly solve the Verbal Ability questions from your study material especially on Para summary, Jumbled Paragraphs
  • There is also number of CAT preparation books PDF free download available online for CAT 2018 aspirants
  • Use the study material of best online coaching for CAT 2018

Books for Section-2: DILR

  • ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)
  • ‘How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)

Books for Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
Following books and study material have remained a good CAT preparation tool for Quant for past many years:

  • ‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT’ – by Nishit K.Sinha, Published by Pearson
  • ‘The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams’
  • Quant study modules by TIME, CL, IMS

CAT Preparation with Coaching
CAT coaching helps you overcome many weak areas. Choose for the best coaching for CAT preparation, if you wish to prepare for CAT with the help of coaching. TIME, CL, IMS are considered as some of the best coaching institutes for CAT exam.

 

CAT coaching online is a good answer to the working professionals who find it difficult to attend regular class room coaching for CAT. During the past few years preference for CAT online coaching has gone up many times. In fact,  CAT online preparation through online coaching for CAT is more cost effective, less time consuming and offers you more time to practice CAT question papers and CAT exercises.

 

CAT Mock Test 2018

CAT 2018 Mock Tests and CAT Previous Years Question Papers are the major CAT preparation tools for CAT 2018 exam. Alongwith the CAT Mock tests, CAT exam quiz, CAT previous years Mock test, CAT sectional quiz also play a major role in improving your speed and accuracy in CAT preparation.

 

CAT Mock test alongwith CAT previous years mock tests and CAT Practice test papers for CAT 2018, prepared by top experts and CAT toppers are good tool to prepare for CAT and crack CAT exam. CAT sample papers are available as CAT online tests also. There are number of CAT online mock tests comprising replica CAT exam questions to help in your CAT preparation. Don’t miss them.

 

Take official CAT Mock, Previous CAT papers and CAT quizzes prepared by experts

 

Strategy to score 95+ percentile in CAT 2018
It may be noted that even half of the total questions, if attempted right can fetch you a percentile of 98-99. So prepare accordingly. CAT Preparation does not require you to study round the clock, instead you need to study smartly and with intelligent approach to crack the questions correctly in minimum time to achieve high score.

 

The five parts of CAT namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, Reading comprehension and Logical Reasoning need a systematic study schedule. Looking at the level of difficulty and surprise elements that appear in CAT every year, a thorough preparation of 6 to 7 months is required to crack CAT 2018.

 

According to the experts and toppers, the best way to prepare for CAT 2018 exam is to know your strengths and weaknesses and start working on them now. Since there is time to get over with your weakness and further strengthen your strong areas, you must devote around 2-3 hours a day from now on to crack CAT 2018 with a high score. 

 

CAT Study material for CAT preparation 2018, therefore, consists of the books for CAT; online CAT study material provided to you by your coaching institute or the offline CAT practice test papers bought from Market; CAT test series attended by you; the study and practice material for CAT provided to you by your coaching centre in hard copy  among others. The more you study the CAT study material and the more you practice on CAT Mock tests and CAT sample papers, the more you will be able to score in CAT exam.

 

CAT is Common Admission Test and does not require a specialist or professor in English, Maths or reasoning. CAT exam is to assess how you approach the question and how intelligently solve it in the shortest time. CAT does not require you to attempt all the questions but the need is to maximise your correct attempts and minimise the wrong attempts.

 

CAT Test series
You may enrol for CAT test series at some good CAT coaching like TIME, VISTAMIND, CL, IMS among others. They will help you overcome many weak areas. Choose for the best coaching for CAT preparation. CAT coaching online is a good answer to the working professionals who find it difficult to attend regular offline class room coaching for CAT. During the past few years preference for CAT online coaching has gone up many times. In fact CAT online preparation through online coaching for CAT is more cost effective, less time consuming and offers you more time to practice CAT question papers and CAT exercises.

 

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CAT 2018: Sectional preparation
CAT 2018 exam will have 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. Each section is timed with the individual time limit of 1 hour. You need to ensure high score in each of the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs.
 

This is the right time that you should move fast and be smart on your CAT 2018 preparation journey. The best way to prepare for CAT 2018 exam is to know your strengths and weakness and start working on them now. Since there is time to get over with your weakness and further strengthen your strong areas, you must devote around 4-5 hours a day from now on to crack CAT 2018 with a high score.
 

CAT Preparation for VARC 
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension in CAT 2018 exam would be the 1st section. VARC is considered as the most tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions.
 

You need to prepare for VARC by devoting much more time in practicing on variety of RC passages and Verbal Ability questions. During the last few years,VARC has gone for substantial changes in CAT exams. Your preparation therefore, has to be focused on the current trends. But another important feature of CAT exam is that it suddenly asks questions of such type which have not been asked during last many years. Your preparation therefore, has to combine the current as well as the past trends in CAT.
 

Sometimes you may find more questions on Grammar and Vocabulary and at other times the entire part on Grammar based and vocabulary based questions may be missing in CAT exam. The difficulty level of questions in VARC section is from moderate to highly difficult...Read more
 

CAT DILR Preparation
Data Interpretation for CAT and Logical Reasoning for CAT are now clubbed together and form a new DILR section. DI questions for CAT with solutions are available online also. The data interpretation for CAT syllabus is also a little more defined than other CAT sections. The Data Interpretation Study material like Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma; The Pearson Guide for logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation are the few of the best books for CAT 2018 prepration. Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning study material for CAT 2018 is available online also which can help you in CAT 2017 DILR preparation and will also save your time also.
 

Candidates who appear in IIMs Common Admission Text (CAT) find DILR as the most difficult and time consuming section. Candidates can hardly solve only a few DILR questions in CAT exam. Now, with creation of new section in CAT comprising only DILR questions, CAT has detached the DI questions and LR questions from their respective parent sections of Quant and Verbal. Now DILR is the 2nd section in CAT exam which requires higher focus on DILR preparation...Read more

 

CAT Preparation for Quant
Quantitative Aptitude in CAT 2018 carries a weightage of 34% in overall CAT 2018 exam. As per the trend in CAT exam during the past 2 years, Quant in CAT exam 2018 will occupy the 3rd and last section. Quant in CAT is considered as the very tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions in MCQ or Non-MCQ format.
 

You need to concentrate more to prepare on Quant in CAT 2018 and therefore require a well devised preparation plan to score high in CAT 2018 exam. Your own devised shortcuts to quickly solve the questions with accuracy will help more. The increase in sections has made it more crucial for aspirants to score high in Quantitative Aptitude section in CAT 2018 without any support of questions from DI part which could be attempted by not so proficient candidates in mathematics.
 

Since CAT 2018 test takers will reach this section after spending 120 minutes on other 2 sections, CAT preparation experts and toppers share key CAT quant preparation tip to practice more on this section right from the beginning and prepare themselves to keep their cool till the end of the exam as this section is more calculation based...Read more

 

Take Sectional Quiz for CAT 2018
Despite number of changes brought about during last 3 years in CAT, the basics of the exam have not changed. Accordingly the past CAT exam papers and CAT Mocks are the great tools to prepare for CAT 2018. To make sure to bell the CAT 2018 with high score you need to focus more on your CAT exam preparation 2018 now.
 

Not only the 20 IIMs, other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, BIMTECH Greater Noida, TAPMI Manipal, IITs, NITIE among others will offer admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes on the basis of CAT 2017 exam scores.
 

CAT is Common Admission Test and does not require a specialist or professor in English, Maths or reasoning. CAT exam is to assess how you approach the question and how intelligently solve it in the shortest time. CAT does not require you to attempt all the questions but the need is to maximise your correct attempts and minimise the wrong attempts.

 

It may be noted that even half of the total questions, if attempted right can fetch you a percentile of 98-99. So prepare accordingly. CAT Preparation does not require you to study round the clock, instead you need to study smartly and with intelligent approach to crack the questions correctly in minimum time to achieve high score.

 

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