The CAT 2020 entrance exam has been scheduled for 29th November. It is one of the most competitive exams held every year. Common Admission Test (CAT) is an aptitude test that evaluates a candidate’s analytical and verbal skills required to have a successful career in business management.

The student who wishes to take admissions in elite MBA institutes appears for this exam. Since it’s one of the toughest exams, one needs to start preparing priorly to crack CAT 2020. Most of the students either join a coaching class for the preparation, but if you want to prepare for it all by yourself then here are some of the guidelines you could follow to get into India’s top B Schools.

  • Analyze the CAT Exam Pattern

CAT is an online test with 100 questions and a duration of three hours, before preparing for the examination one must know the CAT Exam pattern. Analyzing the exam pattern is the first thing to do to prepare well. The exam pattern of CAT 2020 will be the same as CAT 2019. Here is a tentative CAT 2020 exam pattern.

Duration 3 hrs
Total no. of Sections No. of Que Total marks Duration
1. Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension, 34 102 60 mins
2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, 32 96 60 mins
3. Quantitative Ability 34 102 60 mins
Total Question 100 300 180
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +3
Wrong Answer: -1
No penalty for unanswered
  • Know the Syllabus

Apart from analyzing the exam pattern, candidates must also know the complete CAT 2020 syllabus. Going through the syllabus thoroughly will help you to prepare well as then you can prioritize the important topics to be covered. The syllabus is expected to be the same as CAT Exam 2019.

  • Strengthen Your Basics

After going through the exam pattern and syllabus, head start with understanding the basics of each topic. A better understanding of the concepts gives clarity, and hence help to ace the subject in less time. Regular reading is essential to enhance verbal skills. Whereas, you need to put in more time and effort to practice arithmetic and logical sections. When you are done with the basics, you can start solving previous years CAT question papers. You can get hold of online or you can find it in bookstores.

  • Practice CAT Mock Tests Regularly

You should make sure that you attempt the online CAT mock tests. Test paper is prepared to give students an idea of the level of the paper. Furthermore, it’s great for self-assessment i.e. the aspirants come to know about their strengths and weaknesses related to the subjects. Hence, you can easily work on your weaker areas and strengthen your strong points to score well in the examination.

  • Use online resources and seek expert opinion

Besides referring to good study material, you can also make use of CAT sample papers, CAT eBooks, video tutorials. They are all available on the internet and for free. You can also consult an expert or candidate who has already appeared for the CAT exam to clear out your doubts and learn some tricks and techniques to crack the exam.

  • Time Management Is the Key

Time is an important factor in the examination, therefore keep a check on how much time you spend to complete the mock test. Make it a point to complete a mock test in less time each time as it will improve your performance in the main examination.

Hence, by following these tips you can crack the upcoming CAT Exam and get admission to the best management schools. The registration for the exam is expected to be starting from 4thAug, 2020 – 18th Sept, 2020 with fee payable Rs.2000/-.

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