CAT Mock Test: Importance and Benefits of Practising It

By Sarada Rath

The registration for CAT 2020 is going on and the exam is only 2 months away. Now is the time to gear up and prepare with various online mock tests. A mock test is basically a replica of the actual test a candidate can give to have an experience on how the exam is conducted. Those candidates who are preparing the CAT exam must give mock tests to have an understanding of the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Types of Questions, the Difficulty level of the questions, etc. CAT 2020 mock tests are designed in such a way that candidates will feel that they are giving the actual CAT 2020 Exam, except that it isn't the real one.

CAT 2020 (Common Admission Test) is the biggest MBA entrance exam in India which will be conducted on 29th November 2020. Every year lakhs of candidates give this exam to get admission into the best B-Schools in the country such as the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). The difficulty level of this exam is very high as compared to other MBA entrance exams. So, in order to prepare for CAT, Mock Tests are the best way to go. There are many mock tests available on the internet but only a handful of them come close to the real essence of the CAT exam. You need to give a minimum of 10 mock tests to gain a bit of experience of the exam.

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Importance of CAT 2020 Mock Test:

Understand Exam pattern:

Giving mock tests will make you familiar with the exam pattern of CAT 2020. How many questions are asked, what is the marking scheme, what is the time limit, etc? Understanding the exam pattern fully will help in avoiding hassles while taking the actual test.

Time Management:

Probably the most important aspect to consider during any exam is Time Management. You have to complete a given set of questions within a stipulated time frame. Giving mock tests are the best ways to improve your skill in managing time. By giving multiple mock tests, you will measure how much time will be given to which section.

Makes You Quicker:

Like the popular saying, "Practice Makes a Man Perfect", the more mock tests you give, the quicker you get. You will notice the amount of time you took to get the 1st mock test done will be shorter when you give your 20th mock test. The more you get familiar with the question, it will be easy to answer them.


Only improving your speed won't fetch you marks if your answers are wrong. Speed and Accuracy go hand on hand. With getting fast to solve the question, you must also be in the direction to get the correct answer. As there is negative marking in CAT 2020, one wrong answer can also make a huge difference in your percentile.

Strength and Weakness:

When you solve mock tests, you will get to know which are your strength and which are your weakness. You will realize which section you are able to solve easily and which sections are difficult for you. After that, you must work harder and longer on your weak sections. In the actual exam, play to your strengths and solve the easier section first, so that you can give more time to the difficult sections.


Even after heavy preparation, some candidates have the anxiety to appear in the actual exam. Giving mock tests will reduce those anxiety levels and motivate you towards giving the exam. It will boost your confidence as it places you in the headspace of the actual exam while being in a comfortable environment.

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Mock Test Links:

Here we have given a few links where students can take Free Mock Test:

Best Books to Prepare for CAT 2020:

Check out the best books recommended by experts for each section to get a good percentile in CAT 2020:

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

Book Name Author/Publisher name
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

Book Name Author/Publisher name
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Sharma and Upadhyay


Quantitative Aptitude:

Book Name Author/Publisher name
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs Sarvesh K. Verma

Giving mock tests is the best preparation you can do for CAT 2020. Increase your speed and accuracy by giving the mock tests from the links given above. Prepare from the books recommended by experts which are given above to score a good percentile in CAT 2020.

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