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Preparation Tips to Perform Well in CAT 2020

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on August 06, 2019

The registration process for CAT Exam 2020 is around the corner and it is the time students started preparing for the entrance examination. Since the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 29th November 2020, it has now become mandatory to have a quick revision and go through of each topic. Over lakhs of students appear for the examination every year and a few crack it.

As per the recent notification released by IIM Kozhikode, the application procedure for CAT exam is getting started from 5th August 2020 and the registration window remained open till 23rd September 2020 (5PM).

CAT 2019 Preparation


In order to qualify the examination, one must understand the prerequisite for the examination, a thorough scan of previous years' question papers, and a detailed description of exam pattern.

Where to start from?

CAT exam stands firm in the list of tough examinations conducted across the country. It is not possible to qualify the exam without a proper strategy and planning. Self-Study turns out to the most efficient technique when it is done proficiently and adamantly. Here are few tips to prepare for CAT examination.

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Exam Pattern and Syllabus are the two aspects that come first in the list. It helps students know the way exam is carried out, number and types of questions asked, and how much weightage each topic holds. A brief illustration of key components should be known by the students.

As per the recent trend of CAT Exam Pattern, it is possible to figure out the difference that could be there in the upcoming CAT 2020 exam. The exam is getting tougher by every passing year. The coming months would serve to be the most crucial period in terms of preparing for the exam.

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The revised CAT Exam pattern is given as below:


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


Quantitative Ability

Total Number of Questions




Total MCQ




Total Non MCQ




Maximum Marks




Total Marks


Study Material

A good study material covers all the essential topics that are going to contribute in exam pattern. The question paper consists of three sections namely Verbal Ability and Reasoning Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. All the questions roam around these three topics and a firm grip on these topics would certainly be helpful. Following are the topics the study material should cover:

  • Quantitative Ability

It comes out to be the most dreaded section for those who have not studied Mathematics as main subject in their graduation and it obviously is the most preferred for students with Engineering background. This section generally analyses the quantitative skills an aspirant possesses.

  • Data Interpretation

Data are the most vital aspect for the administration of the business. Data interpretation mainly deals with the features that help in interpreting the data received or obtained from various sources. It is not only crucial but critical as well.

  • Verbal Ability

It is one of the factors that contribute to the admission procedure. Communication is one of the most important features of business and this is the reason CAT aspirants are examined for their Language Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension in this section.

It is very important to have excellent language skills in order to crack the verbal ability section.

  • Logical Reasoning

This section consists of several hypothetical situations that need logical assistance and reasoning. The types of questions asked in Logical Reasoning section leave students perplexed. The answer derived by the students may sometimes look correct but it is not.

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Mock Tests

Mock Tests are the best way to ensure if you have been preparing the right direction or not. The mock tests basically consist of each type of question that could be asked and have been asked in the upcoming examinations and previous examinations respectively.

Taking mock tests would help students recognize their strengths and weaknesses. After the complete analysis of mock test, you must make changes in the way you have been preparing for the examination. Since it is the most crucial time of preparation, so it would not be enough to take just 2-3 mock tests in a week. The students must take at least 2-3 mock tests each day. A quick revision to each topic is a necessity.

Candidates can join online mock test series for better result.

Mock tests also help you understand the factor keeping you from qualifying the examination.

Staying Confident and Motivated

It is the most effective among all. Confidence is the most powerful characteristics that keeps you going on. You must believe in your abilities and never think of anything tough or impossible. A proper timetable and routine are the key to success. Preparation went well and hard work eventually pay off.

A proper understanding of your limitations and what you can do to overcome them define your attitude towards career. It may be a difficult path, but this would lead to a better place than you are in right now.

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