The Common Admission Test (CAT) is regarded as the biggest MBA entrance test in India for the admission to more than 5000 seats in all IIMs and hundreds of top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, XIMB, IMT, IMI, TAPMI, and others. This year the CAT exam is going to be held on 24th Nov 2019 by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) of Kozhikode. Test cities are mentioned in the CAT website and the name of the test centre is in the Admit Card. The candidates who want to get admitted in the management programs at IIMs in India and other top B-schools have to qualify in the Common Admission Test (CAT).
CAT entrance exam: A worthy choice as a career:
Before going to discuss about the preparation tips when and how to start CAT, aspirants should know about the worth of CAT exam. CAT exam is one of the top exam for getting into the IIMS and other reputed institutions across the country for Business Administration programmes.
When and how to prepare for CAT?
It is one of the most usual questions arises in the mind of the aspirants before thinking about CAT. Inspite of knowing the syllabus and exam pattern students get confused about their strategies for preparation. The fresh time for CAT preparation is the time after graduation. Aside from a student can seat for CAT exam in their final semester or final year of Graduation but it is not the eventual time for CAT preparation rather than your graduation.
Let us discuss about the CAT preparation tips:
Know the pattern and syllabus completely.
know about the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly. Go for the previous year exam pattern and questions, which create complete ideas about the system, how the question comes from the different section. The general pattern of the CAT exam is the multiple type questions with four choices (Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability and Data interpretation) and some exams also have a section of General Knowledge.
|Subjects||Number of questions||Time duration||Marks|
|Quantitative Ability||34||60 minutes||102|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||32||60 minutes ||96|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||34||60 minutes ||102|
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Get the right study materials.
Those who are not going for coaching for them it is very difficult to find the appropriate materials, so it is better to find someone who tells you about the concept or find someone like who already take a picture of coaching. On the other way, some can take books, materials and practice sets available in the market. Most important is the practice sets because set is the only things which can measure your strength and weakness.
Take an online mock test.
After a few days of preparation, it is important to take the regular basis of online test which measures your speed capacity and weakness. With increasing order, you can clear about your weak point, for which you have to prepare harder. There is a lot of very good online test are available on the web so you can choose the suitable one by comparing with others.
Create your own CAT group.
It means you create your own group where you can discuss everything in a friendly manner. It is also better for you if you add some students who take coaching regularly because at that time it is easy for you to access their notes and practice sets. By taking that practice set you can also calculate your level in compare to coaching students.
Proper Utilization of internet.
This is the most important and best part because if you don’t utilize the internet properly then it is like swim in the ocean. Because now in this modern period internet is like a macro library. There are a number of education web sites, a number of the article relating your study, the number of the free class available, a student must have to utilize the internet properly. You can also follow different teachers of your like by using social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc).
Find a CAT qualifier.
If it is possible then it is very good for a student to find a CAT qualifier. As that person already qualified the CAT exam, he/she has better experienced or knowledge of how to crack the CAT exam. According to their guidance, you can also get very good things which increase your ability, confidence with a suitable timeframe.
We have discussed about the CAT preparation for getting admission into the valuable management colleges. Theo only preparation is not important, take preparation with concentrate and dedicatedly is important. For more details check the official website of CAT.
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