How to prepare for CAT

How to prepare for CAT

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CAT (Common Admission Test), a computer-based test, conducted by IIMs, is held in India for admissions into the top management institutes, including IIMs. As per the notification, CAT-2018 will be conducted on Sunday, November 25, 2018 in two sessions. The online registration for CAT-2018 will start on August 08, 2018.

Important Dates:

Registration opens:August 08, 2018
Registration closes:September 19, 2018 (5:00 pm)
Admit card download:October 24 – November 25, 2018
Test Date:November 25, 2018
Result declaration:Second week of January, 2019 (Tentative)

Official website:

The aspirant needs to visit the following link to register for the exam: CAT aims at testing the candidate on different areas of aptitudes. These include Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. CAT requires rigorous and timely practise of different concepts which must be accomplished in a smart way for succeeding in the exam. Toppers suggest that an austere preparation of 6 months is sufficient for CAT. Here are a few tips and tricks that you must swear by, while preparing for the exam:

Understand the exam pattern:

To start preparing for the test, it is important to understand the pattern of the exam. Usually the pattern of questions changes every year but there is an underlying similarity that candidates must stay aware. The pattern of the exam is as follows:
SectionNumber of questionsDuration (in minutes)
DI & AR3260
QA 3460
Total 100180

Get your basics right:

Basics must be mastered before moving on to advanced questions. It is advised to spend a significant amount of time polishing your basics, during your preparation for CAT. One must refer the right books and preparation material.

Find the shortest way to solve questions:

There is more than one approach to many questions. Because CAT is a time-based test, candidates must focus on the smartest and efficient ways to solve a question, so that they get enough time to solve the majority of questions. There are lots of tips and tricks videos on EduThrill which can be utilised by the aspirant to learn how to solve problems quickly.

Rigorous Practise:

Practising is the quintessential need of the hour while preparing for CAT. Candidates must start practising as early as possible as it gives a fair idea about one’s preparation insights. Mock tests and previous year exam papers help in pattern-based practise. One can also do rigorous practice by playing games on EduThrill.

Overcome your weakness:

Once the exam practise starts, candidates come to understand their weaknesses and strengths, which must be worked upon to succeed. All the sections in CAT must be paid equal attention. With appropriate strategy and preparation techniques, CAT can be aced easily.

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