Are you looking for ideas on how to prepare for CAT 2021 exam? You have come to the right place. In this article, I will guide you through, step-by-step on how to prepare for India’s finest exams and how to ensure your admission to the best IIMs.
First of all, CAT requires two things: a graduation degree and a heart ready for the challenge.
Now that you have completed your graduation and now your heart aspires you to become an IIMian — it’s the time to move ahead. India’s most prestigious management schools (yes, the IIMs) are inviting students to appear in one of the toughest exams on the planet — CAT (Common Admission Test).
Neither CAT is just another exam nor IIMs are just some colleges. Having MBA from IIMs is the best course you will ever have.
But for you to enter IIMs, you will have to bring out the best of your skills and knowledge.
Students prepare in the best of academics/coaching institutions to pass the exam yet most of them fail to concur with the result.
In the midst of that, preparing for CAT in 2021 can be planned for those who wish to study from home.
Preparing for CAT at home and without coaching is only suggested to those who have no other choice than just this. If you are able to join a coaching institute in your area, just do it for a year at least.
CAT scores affect your career significantly, as a good rank helps you get into a good college and later advances you to get a good job down the line. There is a great amount of hard-work, practice and persistence involved in order to make it through this exam.
In this guide we have collected opinions from industry experts, toppers and teachers from various academies and compiled those for your convenience.
How to Prepare for CAT Exam?
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Know about the exam
CAT or Common Admission Test is a management aptitude test organized by the IIMCAT admission to the IIMs and over 1000 other business schools in India. The CAT exam is conducted in an online mode. There are more than 376 centers across 156 cities (2019) all over India. Students have to choose 6 cities in the list. The CAT 2021 exam will be conducted by an IIM (to be declared) . Indian Institute of Management will open the registration window for CAT exam 2021 on August 5 at iimcat.ac.in.
|Full name of the exam||Common Admission Test/CAT Exam 2021|
|IIM conducting CAT 2021||Indian Institute of Management|
|Official Website for CAT exam 2021||iimcat.ac.in|
|Organized||Once a year|
|Exam Type||Computer based national level exam|
|Exam date||November 28, 2021|
|Eligibility and age||No age limit; any graduate with 50% can appear for the CAT exam|
|Application fee||₹ 2000 (general category); ₹ 1000 (reserved category)|
|Participating Institutes||20 IIMs, IITs, MDI, FMS, SPJIMR, JBIMS and more than 500 management schools in the country|
|CAT Score is valid till||December 31, 2022|
CAT 2021 Dates
|CAT 2021 notification released on||August 2, 2021.|
|CAT registration window||August 5 to September 16, 2021|
|Application correction window||Last week of September 2021|
|Mock test release on||October 15, 2021|
|Issue of CAT admit card 2021 on||October 27, 2021|
|CAT 2021 exam date||November 28, 2021|
|Release of candidate’s response sheet||First week of December 2021|
|Release of CAT answer key 2021||Second week of December 2021|
|CAT 2021 result date||Second week of January 2021|
|Validity of CAT Score||Till December 31, 2022|
The CAT question paper comprises of 100 questions in MCQ format ranging from Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
Understand CAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus
Before taking the CAT exam, students must know the exam pattern & CAT syllabus in detail. The CAT exam pattern has seen several changes over the years. They can prepare a complete plan and also set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections.
The Exam Pattern of CAT 2021
The basic exam pattern of CAT is that it is a multiple-choice objective type (MCQ) & Non MCQ test from three sections such as Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & reading comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.
There are a total of 100 questions for the CAT exam in 3 sections. Each section will give a time limit of 1 hour. For each correct answer 3 marks will be rewarded & 1 mark will be deducted for wrong answer.
|Sections||Non- MCQ Questions||Objective Type Questions||Total Questions in each Section||Total Time Allotted|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)||10||24||34||60|
|Quantitative Ability (QA)||7||27||34||60|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||8||24||32||60|
Get the right study material
Candidates who are opting for coaching in preparation for the CAT exam will get proper section wise study material, but for those students who do not go to coaching classes, getting the correct and targeted study notes may be way tougher.
But no problem, there are lots of ample books, question banks, CAT sample papers & preparatory books by the expert authors available in the market. These books help students to study for CAT in a systematic manner. The practice papers also help to know your strengths & weakness.
Take Online Mock Tests
After the basic preparation for CAT exam, you must start taking mock tests on a daily basis. This will help to be clear about your strengths and weaknesses after taking each mock test.
You can check your preparation by giving mock test & changes your preparation plan according to it. You need to take the mock tests once or twice a week and slightly can increase the frequency of the mock tests to thrice or four times a week.
These mock tests help to find the common errors & mistake & tips to overcome them.
Utilize the Internet
Today everything is available on the Internet. The best part of the Internet is that you can get help and guidance on anything and everything about the CAT exam.
There are lots of educational websites that provide article & news related to CAT exam along with study materials and sample papers on their website.
You can also join social media groups for the CAT or XAT candidates by liking some Facebook pages or Forum threads created by candidates or coaching institutes and being a part of online study groups.
You can also follow the Twitter handles of the exam authorities and officials to be updated about the CAT exam.
Best Learning Resources for CAT Preparation
Remember it’s not the money that you spend at coaching institutes that will hit your goal, rather it’s the time, self-study, and devotion that counts. How you plan your study schedule, what books you choose to study, your perfect time table and the Test series that you join to practice the level of your learning are all that matters!
To relieve you from the burden of searching for study materials and resources, here we are with a bucket list of some reliable resources on which you can count on for your preparation along with the crisp information that will surely help you prepare for CAT examinations.
How to plan your CAT 2021 preparation?
Start with recommended books
As I said earlier, the exam has three sections to test your skills and for each section, some of the recommended books are mentioned below:
Books For Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning
These books will help you get through the section of data interpretation and logical reasoning easily if they are given a thorough study along with a good practice of question bank.
Books For Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension
Well, to crack this section you need to put in a bit more effort than the other sections as it requires good vocabulary along with the ability to solve Jumbled Questions so here are some books to help you out
Books For Quantitative Aptitude
This is indeed a very interesting section, easy for those having good mental power and difficult for those who aren’t good at calculations. Check out the books listed and practice your level best to make yourself capable of cracking this section
Some other books on which you can look upon for perfect study strategy to crack CAT are mentioned below-
The list of books for preparation is never-ending still it was a small effort to provide you info about some really good books . Besides this, you can also read some newspapers and magazines to keep yourself updated for your approach to hit your CAT target.
Online Coaching for CAT Exam
Digging out some other deep pockets for your master plan for preparation? Here is a list of online coaching(s) that you can use as an approach to meet your goal.
iQuanta CAT Online Coaching
BYJU’s Learning App
Handa Ka Funda
Other digital platforms include:
Useful Facebook groups & pages
Free Study Material for CAT
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Be confident and stay motivated: This is the most important factor about candidates, who are preparing for any exam. Candidates must be confident & stay motivated during the preparation for CAT exam. You should never doubt your potential. You should believe in your abilities & preparations so that you can crack India’s toughest exam.
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