9 Tips for CAT 2016 preparation – CAT 2016 aspirants

CAT is Common Admission Test which is the most competitive MBA entrance test in India. CAT is conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM).  The exam pattern of CAT is dynamic and changes every year. These changes in exam pattern are controlled by IIM. The scores of CAT 2016 are accepted by 19 IIMs and over 100+ B-schools all over India apart from IIMs.

CAT 2016 Eligibility

As per IIMs, CAT 2016 exam aspirants should be graduates in any branch/department from an institute or university with a minimum 50% marks aggregate or an equivalent CGPA. The cutoff percentage is 45 for the reserved category. Final year graduation or Bachelor’s Degree students are also eligible to take CAT 2016. And there’s no age limit for appearing in CAT.

CAT 2016 Selection Process

The institutes will shortlist the candidates who took CAT 2016 by cutoff percentiles and other factors like work experience and past academic records. The shortlisted candidates will undergo Group Discussion (GD) or Written Ability Test (WAT) and then Personal Interview (PI) rounds. IIMs also consider the academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities.

Now the new IIMs are conducting a Common Admission Process where WAT and PI rounds are held combinedly. The final admission offers are made separately by their individual admission criteria.


Focus on easy topics first

Instead of focusing on all topics at the same time, CAT aspirants should select the topics with are easy and which are more comfortable for them. Also on the day of the exam, after seeing the question paper, students should attempt the section in which they are comfortable and easy with and start answering them instead of wasting time and energy to solve each and every question. So start focussing the topics which are easy and learn them and repeat the same in the exam.

Understanding Syllabus from previous papers

CAT aspirants inorder to crack CAT should understand the syllabus, blueprint of the exam. So you should have to look at previous years question papers to Also, the syllabus. When you go through these previous question papers, you can assess yourself whether you can take the test whether you are proficient or needs any improvement. The areas in which you are weak, you have to evaluate that first in previous papers.

Early preparation

CAT aspirants should start preparation as early as possible. Because, as early you start preparation, the more you learn. Start early preparation and you will be benefited by gaining more knowledge. You will learn the way how the questions to be asked when you start your preparation early. Also, aspirants should develop habits of reading different books and increase your vocabulary and communication skills.

Calculation Speed

The speed of calculations is the primary skill required for CAT aspirants. CAT aspirants should start learning maths or calculations to do fast. You have to learn various tricks to make calculations faster. Candidates should practice more on calculations with large numbers. There are many books available which make you learn math tricks. And of course, CAT exam will not have long equations. The equations are simple but values may be long.

Mock Tests

Mock tests play very important role in CAT preparation. It is the best way to evaluate yourself for every two weeks by taking mock tests. When you take mock tests, you will know your mistakes you are doing while taking the exam. You should make a note of that mistakes made and try to cover those errors in next mock tests. Otherwise, there is no use of taking mock tests. So aspirants should take mock tests to improve their mistakes.

Go with basic concepts

When you start preparing, many of your refer high standard books consisting high standard and tough questions. But see, Management always tests a student with the basic concepts. If you are through with the basic concepts, you are done. You must know the basic concepts and have the proper understanding ability of new concepts. So kick off the tough materials and learn basic concepts.

Build Vocabulary

As I mentioned earlier, Vocabulary plays a significant role in CAT exam. You will have a reading comprehensive section in the exam. So you should read various English books and newspapers daily to build up your vocabulary. Also, you should improve your communication skills. Try to read novels, magazines daily so that you can have a bundle of words in your brain by the time you attend CAT 2016.

Time Management

Time management is one more important thing for CAT aspirants. You should be able to solve questions in a given time and even faster than the given time. To manage time properly, you should be a quick problem solver, and should be through in reading comprehension so that you can save more time in the exam.

Avoid Negative Marking

Also, you might be aware of negative marking in CAT. So don’t blindly mark the answer. You will lose marks. Instead, you leave the question.

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