How to Prepare for CAT Exam without Coaching?

By Debasmita Mohapatra

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer test held in India. The test is on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and logical reasoning. The Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) started this exam and used the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. Once in every year, IIMs conducted this exam. 


Know details about CAT Syllabus, Answer key, Exam pattern, Click here


Why it is important 

Basically CAT is an examination that shortlisted the candidates for seeking a seat in IIMs and any other B –schools. Many other schools also taking the students with regarding the score of CAT.

CAT 2020 Exam pattern:

1. It has 3 sections

2. Quantitative Ability 

3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

4. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

With 3 hours of time resulting in 1 hour for each section. Questions are in the format of MCQs and Non-MCQs. For multiple-choice questions, four choices will be given. Every year on the November CAT exam is conducted.

Age limit: There is no limit for the CAT exam.


How it prepares without coaching:

The level of competition for CAT is tough given that more than two lakhs students appear for CAT exam for seeking seat in top most IIMs and 100s of B-schools. Entering into such type competition a student’s required a highly developed and qualified guide for prepare their syllabus with a definite timeframe. But, what if your circumstances don’t allow to take a proper coaching, then a student’s does few things for preparing their own in best level.


Here some basic information relating to the preparation of CAT without coaching:

Know the exam pattern and syllabus in details- After you top decide the MBA entrance exam you have to 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 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.


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 tell 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 online mock tests:

After few days of preparation it is important take regular basis of online test which measure your speed capacity and weakness. With increasing order you can clear about your weak point, for which you have to prepare harder. There are a lot of very good online test are available on web so you can choose the suitable one by comparing with others.


Creates your own CAT group:

It means you create your own group where you can discuss everything with 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.


Utilize internet:

This is the most important and best part because if you don’t utilize internet properly then it is like swim in ocean . Because now in this modern period internet is like a macro library. There are a number of education web sites, number of article relating your study, number of 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 students to find a CAT qualifier. As that person already qualified the CAT exam, he/she has better experienced or knowledge how to crack the CAT exam. According to their guidance you can also get very good things which increasing your ability, confidence with suitable timeframe.


Read here, 7 Smart Approaches to Crack CAT in Three Months!!
Read also : How to score 100 Percentiles in CAT ?



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