CAT 2021 Preparation Plan

Common Admission Test or CAT is an online test for admission in MBA courses all over India. This exam is conducted by IIMs once every year to select suitable candidates for various postgraduate management courses across the leading business schools of India. This year's CAT exam is on November 28, 2021. The competition for CAT increases every year as hundreds of thousands of candidates participate in the exam. It is, therefore, extremely important for you to have a thorough preparation plan in place to help with your chances of qualifying for the exam. Here's a preparation plan curated by our experts, which will help you with securing the desired percentile in the exam.

Preparation Strategies for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • For this section, you have 60 minutes. Utilise this time effectively. Try to solve as many questions as you can in the first 50 minutes and use the remaining 10 minutes in revising the answers and attempting unanswered questions.
  • This section is to test your grammar. So, it is suggested that in case to prepare for this section, try to improve your grammar by following some grammar books.
  • This section also tests your reading skills. So, for that try to read some books of your interest, or newspaper articles, or magazines. This will really help you to improve your reading capabilities.
  • For a better result, you can go with junior-level grammar books. This is highly suggested because the junior-level books explain everything in detail with a very easy-to-understand language. This is also recommended by experts and CAT applicants who have scored 99 percentile.
  • Sub-sections like Para Completion, Fact Inference Judgment, Analogies, Verbal Reasoning and Para Jumble are the ones that need more attention and understanding.
  • There are some sub-sections that require a little bit of memorising, such as synonyms and idioms. For this, you can solve practice papers or previous years' question papers.
  • Also, solving previous years' papers will help you in understanding the pattern of the question paper more efficiently.

Preparation Strategies for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

  • For this section, you have a total of 60 minutes in which you must solve 32 questions. In this section, you should solve the maximum number of questions in the first 55 minutes and use the remaining 5 minutes for revision and unattended questions.
  • This section is to test your logical thinking.
  • Sub-sections like Caselet, Bar Graph, Data Sufficiency, Clocks and Calendars, Data Arrangement, Binary Logic, Constraint-based puzzles, and Venn diagram are to be prepared first.
  • You should read the questions carefully before answering them. Also, read the options carefully because they have the keywords like "some", "all", "none", etc., which may confuse you in choosing an option.
  • Think wisely before attempting or eliminating the question.
  • Try to eliminate those which are more time consuming and utilise your time by solving the quicker ones.
  • This section also requires some tricks to solve the questions quickly. For this, you can take help from a teacher or senior.
  • For this section, try to understand the methodology of finding out the solution.

Preparation Strategies for Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • For this section also, you have 60 minutes to solve a total of 34 questions. Similar to the second section, try to solve as many questions as you can in the first 55 minutes and use the remaining 5 minutes for revision and unattended questions.
  • This section is to test your understanding of the arithmetic reasoning and numeric calculation system. This will help you in making quick calculative decisions when on the field as a professional.
  • Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry and Calculus are some important topics to prepare for this section. For this, you can take help from the books and study material required for this exam.
  • If you are not able to prepare on your own for this section, as it requires some good guidance, you can look for a good coaching centre.
  • Going through the examples given after every explanation in the books is a must to do a thing for your success.
  • When your preparation, start with the easy ones and then move forward with the harder ones.

How to Prepare for CAT 2021 in the last 30 days?

Here are some important tips to help you finalise your CAT preparations during the last month: -

  • Mock tests: Mock tests are the best way to test your preparation. It gives you an idea about what topics you have to work harder and what are your strong points.
  • Previous Year Papers: Another important task to do is to solve the previous year papers to know more about the exam. This will help you to strategise your practice according to the requirements of the exam.
  • Newspapers and Magazines:Reading newspaper articles and magazines will help you in improving your reading skills. This will also help in improving your vocabulary as you come across various new words and phrases.
  • Regular revision: While preparing for CAT, your main focus is to solve the mock test and previous year papers, but do not forget to revise your notes and syllabus regularly.
  • Give your best: Try to give your best in the mock tests as well as in the exam. Stay focused and motivated.

Books and Study Material

For Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT- by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning- by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Trishna's Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and Other MBA Examinations- by TIME
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback - by Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

For Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT- byNishit K. Sinha
  • How To Prepare For The Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning For The CAT- by Arun Sharma
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - by Gautam Puri
  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency- by Ananta Ashisha

For Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT- by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT- by Nishit K. Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations- by Abhijit Guha

Now that you have read all the expert tips, it is time to create your own study plan and start preparing for this highly competitive entrance exam.

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