Tips To Prepare for CAT Exam in 2 Days

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a prerequisite for admissions in the IIMs and other prestigious B-Schools in the country. The exam is conducted by the IIMs every year and is taken by over a quarter of a million MBA aspirants.

The exam is generally conducted in the last week of November and the registration for it starts by August. It is important for the CAT aspirants to start preparing for the exam keeping at least a year in reserve.

However, due to certain circumstances, some candidates fail to dedicate proper time for preparation and get confused at the last minute. In this article, some important tips are given for to help the candidates prepare for CAT in 2 days.

The CAT candidates are categorized into three sections and the tips for the respective sections are discussed below.

  • For Candidates who are Well-prepared

[Key Points: Revision, Time-management, Confidence, Shortcuts]

Candidates who already have a good preparation has nothing much to do before the exam. Be well rested, motivated and keep being confident. However, it is also important to keep revising the concepts and browse through previous year CAT questions papers and sample papers. Check if all the questions are solvable and it is suggested to avoid losing confidence, in case, any question seems difficult.

It should be realized that the CAT includes a few difficult questions every year to confuse the candidates. Those questions are best left for the end and one should not waste time by solving them in the beginning. The CAT is all about accuracy and not attempting more.

  • For Candidates who are Less-prepared

[Key Points: Revisiting Basics, Practice, Exam-Taking Strategy, Confidence, Motivation]

Candidates who did not dedicate enough time for preparation need to understand that the CAT tests the basic aptitude of the candidates. Candidates who are well-acquainted with the basic maths and English grammar have a good chance to secure a good score in the exam.

At this time, it is important to brush up the basics of maths and English and practice a few questions related to the basics to get confident to apply the concepts in the CAT questions. Also, practice a few variations of questions from logical reasoning and data interpretation sections.

Also, practice not less than 5 reading comprehension passages and try completing each passage within 15 minutes.  In the exam, start with the easy questions and avoid guess-attempts. Check for shortcut techniques and be thorough with their applications to be able to solve questions in the exam quickly.

  • For Candidates who are Unprepared

[Key Points: Motivation, Self-analysis, Practice, Exam-Taking Strategy, Confidence]

Scoring an excellent score in the CAT exam is actually a difficult task for the candidates who are completely unprepared for the exam. However, candidates should not be demotivated and lose all their confidence.

Check the syllabus and analyze the topics that are easy and scorable. Also, check important topics that are repeated almost every year. The exam only includes basic maths and English grammar questions. So, it is possible to score a decent score by getting acquainted with the basics.

Practice the topics which are easy (according to individual preference) and practice few variations of questions from there. In the exam, attempt all the easy questions first and go for calculated risks only (avoid blind guesses).

Some Important Points for the Last Couple of Days:

  • Avoid learning anything new at this time.
  • Keep revising the important points and keep practicing.
  • Avoid over-stressing and take periodic breaks.
  • Eat healthy and avoid any distractions.
  • Never mug up new concepts at this time.
  • Take a few mock tests and devise exam-taking strategies accordingly.
  • Be confident and motivated.

These were some of the tips to help the candidates prepare for CAT in two days. It is always important to start preparing for CAT beforehand and not at the last minute. Also, it must be understood that even if one does not get the desired score, he/ she can always apply for the preceding year with proper preparation.

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