5 Things To Know Before Starting The CAT Preparation

This national-level entrance examination, which is conducted every year for an admission to management courses in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM's) and other business schools, is believed to be one amongst the toughest academic examinations in the country.


According to the official source, the CAT will take place in the month of November and the detailed notification will be released in July/August. As the organisers have confirmed the test date for the Common Admission Test (CAT), it's high time for aspirants to start preparing. Here are the five things you need to know before kick-starting the CAT preparation.

Also Read: All Know About Common Admission Test (CAT) Before The Official Notification Release

Things To Know Before CAT Preparation

Is Taking CAT Coaching A Good Idea

Though there is no set rule for CAT preparation, an aspirant can either opt for self-study or join in a coaching class for preparations. Many students might have started preparing for CAT by enrolling in coaching classes.

It does not mean, those who opted for self-study will be left behind. As you have more than five months left for the CAT preparation, give enough time to assess whether you require coaching classes or not.

Will Coaching Material Help In CAT Preparation

You have to ace CAT for an admission to the IIMs. One has to put in all the effort they can to stand out. Most of the aspirants know that the right coaching material will take you to places. If you join a good coaching class, they will provide all the expert coaching material.

If you have opted for self-study, you can still access the best material with question banks and other sources. One can also use social media pages and online portals for studying.

Why We Need To Gather Past Question Papers Of CAT

Solving or practising the previous years' question papers will help a lot in every examination because it will make aspirants familiar with the weightage and question format.

By solving the past ten years question papers, one will understand how the question format will be. Hence, it is suggested to gather at least the last ten years of CAT question papers.

Time Management Is Required To Score Well In CAT

Frankly, how many can answer the CAT question paper completely? It is difficult for any candidate to attempt 100 questions in 180 minutes. Hence, one has to increase their speed and accuracy before kick-starting the CAT preparation. It is also good to use the time management techniques while practising.

Section-wise Preparation Is A Boon Or A Bane

This is the most common doubt for many aspirants specifically in CAT because one can switch between sections in the examination. If you want to crack CAT, strategies you follow in the preparation should be applied in the exam.

Both of them have pros and cons. However, the best way to tackle the exam is starting with the section that you are confident in.

Also Read: Can An Average Student Crack CAT?

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