How Preparation for CAT (Common Admission Test) 2020

How Preparation for CAT (Common Admission Test) 2020

Do you want to crack the CAT to be a part of the IIM or prestigious B-School of India? Are you ready to appear CAT this year? What is your greatest fear related to CAT exam? And there are a lot more such questions in your mind which will lose your confidence to face the paper with full enthusiasm. In this article, you will not only clear your doubts and get your answers but you will also boost your confidence level to appear and crack the cut-off percentile of the exam.

How Preparation for CAT (Common Admission Test) 2020

What is CAT?

The Common Admission Test or CAT is an exam which is started by the IIMs to select the students for their business administration programs. The exam is conducted by the one IIMs faculty every year which is based on the rotation policy. This year the exam will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode. However, apart from Institutes of Management (IIMs), there are numbers of B-School in India, but every CAT appearing candidate aims to take admission at IIM, just like a JEE appearing student aims to be a part of IIT.

Exam Pattern

Further talking about CAT exam pattern, it is an online exam of 3 hours which includes the questions based on Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation (DI) Verbal Ability (VA) & Reading Comprehension (RC), and Logical Reasoning (LR). The paper will be of 300 marks and you will get 3 marks for every correct answer while for every wrong answer you will lose 1 mark. The negative marking is only for the MCQs. The exam held once a year to select the students for business studies.


Some Important Updates Related to the CAT 2019:

Registration starts on 7th August 2019

Last registration date: 25th September 2019

Admit card release date: 23rd October 2019.

CAT tutorial release date: 16th October 2019

CAT Exam Date: 24th November 2019.

Result date: 6th January 2020


Eligibility to appear CAT

There are few things which are mandatory to appear in CAT. The students need to fulfill all the requirement of the authority to be eligible for the exam.

  • Bachelor’s Degree is must with 50% marks for General Category and SC, ST, PWD and differently able candidates needs 45% to sit the exam.
  • The degree will be accepted if it is granted by the genuine university.
  • No Age limit is decided for the Exam.

Guidelines for the Exam day

As we all know the exam day is the most hectic. Sometimes we don’t understand what to do and how to manage all the things and stuff. Here are some of the effective guidelines which will be proved very helpful for you during the exam day. Check Out:

  • Put your Admit Card in your bag on the previous day of the exam. If in case you will forget it, then you are not going to allow entering the exam center.
  • As like admit card is important, your identity card is also one of the most important documents which are compulsory to take in the exam hall.
  • If you have changed your name for any reason then carry your Changing name documents for proof.
  • Some items which are prohibited to take inside the exam hall. Some of them are Calculator, watch, mobile phones, electric items, Purse, wallets, Food items, jewelry, accessories, closed footwear, no pocket clothes. Now some authorities have made the exam rules of wearing lower and t-shirt during exams to avoid the cheating methods.


How to prepare for CAT

As you have got all the basic information about the CAT examination, the most important things to know are still there. CAT is not an easy paper and it needs very hard work to get over the cut-off percentage. Every year minimum 99% remains the highest; CAT is a cut-throat competitive examination which cannot be cleared without high efforts. We are here with few smart and quick tips which will help you to crack the CAT paper very easily. Check out:


Faith Yourself

If you want to crack the paper of CAT, the very thing to understand is the faith in yourself. Don’t discourage yourself and have faith in your strength. Be confident while preparation and always say yourself that YES I CAN DO IT, I HAVE THE STRENGTH TO CRACK THE CAT PAPER.


Introduce yourself with examination

This is very important to let yourself know about the pattern, syllabus and other vital information related to the books, coaching, and best teachers. Having information about the expert’s guidance can also prove helpful while preparation.


Best study material

Sometimes we get confused in selecting the right material to study. Take help from the coaching teachers to know which books are more effective to clear all the doubts. You can also gather the right stuff information online. Apart from proper CAT study material, stay updated with the current affairs by reading daily newspapers and magazine.


Solve Online Papers

Solving online papers will make your habit of solving papers within time and also on clearing many doubts. You can also solve the previous year papers or there are many sample papers available online uploaded by various websites.


Manage Timetable

This is very important to make a routine for your study time. Maintain a timetable to know that how much time you are giving to your studies.


Group study

Make a team or group study for at least 2 days in a week where you can discuss the topics in which you have doubt. Through group studies, you will get to know many new tricks for solving the paper quickly.


CAT Toppers

Read the articles related to the CAT Toppers with 100% percentile to know their strategy and tricks they have used while preparation. The toppers also discussed how they have overcome with their weakness and scored the marks in the weak topics. You will get inspiration and enthusiasm for preparing CAT.

How Preparation for CAT (Common Admission Test) 2020


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