How to prepare CAT

How to prepare CAT or How to crack CAT is the first curiosity that flashes. Many test-takers also start kicking around how to score high in CAT even they consult how to reach 99 plus percentile in CAT or how to improve CAT verbal score. Honestly speaking, it is not tough, if you have a road map. Here you are with the full-fledge sketch. Just follow religiously, you can score high. Trust me; under my guidance, many test-takers got proven success, 90% grade improvement, and 75% higher test score as I have been mentoring for more than 10 years.

Follow these strategies:

  1. Evaluation: where should CAT preparation begin from if you don’t know your present level of knowledge? Many test-takers hesitate to give the mock test, thinking that they are weak so there is no use thinking about any mock test. I will recommend changing such a habit if you have. Remember, mock is to mark the current level and to keep track. How much you are studying CAT study materials or books is not a matter of discussion instead how much you are scoring in CAT Verbal, CAT Quant, is a matter of concern. This can be justified only by looking at a performance report or report card. The test is only a measuring pole that will keep on piloting you. After the test, make a note: question-wise, score-wise, and test-wise then tighten yourself for the next step.
  2. Material: social media and its experts suggest the same study materials to everyone, but the fact is that books vary from student to student’s level of knowledge and need. Select study material as per your score and need. These are the study materials for CAT but only for CAT Verbal.

    1.If your score is very poor in CAT Verbal, you can go through these three books: 

i.i Cambridge Intermediate English Grammar by Raymond Murphy and English Grammar and Composition by wren & Martin, good to brush up on all the grammatical concepts.
i.ii Cambridge vocabulary in use- Intermediate, up to the mark to improve vocabulary.
i.iii The Hindu Newspaper editorial, The Indian Express Newspaper editorial, and Advance Essays by R. Gupta’s, are the best to improve reading habits and knowledge.

       2. If your score is moderate or average in CAT Verbal, you can go through these books: 

ii.i Advance English Grammar Cambridge by Martin Hewings, good to improve advanced grammatical knowledge.
ii.ii Cambridge vocabulary in use- Advance, up to the mark to improve advanced vocabulary.
ii.iii Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT by Nishit Sinha, to get familiar with CAT syllabus Pattern.

iii. If you score up to the mark and your aim is 99 percentile plus, just go with the mock test and make an error log and cover your weak area.

You can follow: How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay, good for practice.

(If you want to learn how to make an error log, you can book your slot to discuss: it is chargeable, mail

  1. Mock Test:If you have done your foundation strategically, you should get ready for mock tests. Remember, the testing phase should be more planned than the foundation and the intention of the testing phase is not to check the level but to recollect and refresh the strategy. You should begin with sectional mock tests based on a particular topic or concept (we provide paper-based sectional mock tests with video solutions). Once you find that you are well-versed in concept, go for a full-length test. Your next step will be to go for a full-length testing phase.
  2. Pick any three free mock tests, and make an error log. After attempting the test, and average your score, cover your loophole with the help of advance study materials.
  3. Pick the second round of three mock tests. Make an error log after attempting the test. Now check which one is still the weakest area. Either clear your concept with your mentor or find out the relevant sources to justify.
  4. Now, this is the final round of mock tests to get familiar with the test. In the third round, there is no fixed number of mock tests. Attempt as per your need.

Now you are ready to crack your CAT.

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What is CAT?

CAT is a national-level management entrance exam; CAT means common aptitude test that is a gateway to IIMs and other Indian B-schools. IIM conducts CAT in November in online mode. The exam is held in two slots and the question paper comprises 100 MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, data interpretation & logical reasoning, and quantitative ability. The overall score of CAT is based on the candidate's performance in each section. There is no age limit for CAT but there are qualification criteria. The test taker should be graduated with at least 50 percentages though the final year of a graduate student can apply. Other than graduation, holder of the professional degree, CA/ CS/ ICWA with required percentage is allowed. Test takers belong to a special category require 45 percentages. The score of CAT is given in percentiles, Hence there are two types of scores involved: a raw score and a scaled score. The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or left un-attempted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are given for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling. Different colleges have different cut off, even though it ranges 80 to 90 percentiles in common.

Course Overview

Duration: 3 hours

 Number of questions: 100

 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC): 24+10 questions, 60 minutes

 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR): 32 questions, 60 minutes

 Quantitative Ability (QA): 34 questions, 60 minutes

Short Look About The Topics:

1.   CAT VARC is the first section that is given with a duration of 60 minutes. It has two parts: VA (verbal ability) + RC (reading comprehension). VA consists of 10 questions in which Para-Jumbles, Para-Summary, Sentence Completion & Correction, Odd Sentences, and few others are tested. The RC consists of 24 questions based on passages that range from 600 to 900 words. The questions of the passages are based on three types: Fact-based, Inference-based, and Vocabulary-based. The topics are from science, history, politics, environment, society to literature, mythology, etc. the number of passages is 6 in which average 3-4 long passages and 2-3 short passages. Short passage contains 4 questions and long passage contains 6 questions on average.

2.   CAT DILR consists of 32 questions that are divided into two parts: 16 DI and 16 LR. DI consists of case-lets and tables. These case-lets have data in the form of bar graphs, column graphs, Venn diagrams, lines, and pie charts. 

In short, it is a test of data interpretation of given data. In the logical section, questions from seating arrangement, blood relations, syllogisms, direction sense test, and other puzzles are included.

3.  There are 34 questions in CAT QA. The topic, QA covers are Algebra, number system, arithmetic, modern maths, and geometry. The arithmetic questions in QA are from the Class X level based on tricks. Geometry questions are rule-based. Algebra and Trigonometry may be used in conjunction with other topics. Sequence and Series is a topic which is occasionally tested