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CAT Preparation Strategy 2023: Preparation Tips & Tricks


CATcat exam pattern 2023 Preparation 2023: It is no news that CAT is one of the most competitive exams conducted in India. Moreover, the number of candidates applying for it makes it even more competitive. CAT requires a hands-down approach when it comes to cracking the test at the first attempt. Candidates must have a good exam-taking strategy and be determined to score good marks. And since CAT 2023 is scheduled on November 26, 2023 this year, it is about time candidates got to work. This article highlights the CAT preparation tips and strategies to help candidates score good marks in the exam.

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CAT is the largest MBA entrance exam that provides admission to 20 IIMs and other business schools. CAT preparation must begin with properly understanding VARC, DILR, and QA subjects. Candidates can find topic-wise preparation tips and strategies to ensure that candidates get good marks and get admission into the college they want. Read on to know more.

CAT Preparation Strategy 2023

Aspirants wishing to score well in the exam must allocate 8-10 hours weekly. Candidates must distribute equal time to the three sections, i.e. VARC, DILR, Quant, etc. The overall CAT preparation can be divided into four distinct phases. This includes:

  • Learn the basics: Make the basics perfect for verbal ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Identify the strengths & weaknesses: Candidates must review the CAT syllabus and segregate the weaker sections. This will help in dividing topics into strengths and weaknesses.
  • Focus on important topics: The CAT syllabus has not changed over the past few years. There is continuity in terms of topics being tested. In VARC, 70% is covered by RC as per the previous formats, and DI & LR will be distributed in DILR sections. The most frequently tested topic in QA is Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry.
  • Attempt mock tests: While preparing for the entrance exam, candidates must attempt CAT mock tests. Mock test helps in being familiar with the exam pattern and will help solve problems and questions under pressure.
  • Check exam pattern & syllabus: Aspirants must check the exam pattern and syllabus before beginning to prepare for the exam. By going through the CAT syllabus, candidates can make a note of the important topics. The exam pattern of CAT allows the candidate to know the marking scheme and section-wise weightage of the exam. The CAT exam pattern has observed some changes in the format and number of questions. So, knowing the exam pattern, marking scheme, and section-wise weightage of the exam candidate will be able to prepare for the exam.
  • Get the best CAT books: Candidates must choose the best CAT preparation books that will include all important topics. Candidates must choose separate books for different sections.

How To Take CAT Online Test Series?

Follow the steps mentioned below to take the online test series on IIM CAT:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Use the mobile number/email to log in.
  • 3rd Step: Click on the menu bar “Getting a Government Job” 
  • 4th Step: Select the Goal “Management” from the Dropdown and click “Next”.
  • 5th Step: Search and Select “CAT” on the search bar and click “Next”.
  • 6th Step: Select the preferred language and click “Done”.
  • 7th Step: Click “Test” from the Header Section.
  • 8th Step: Scroll down to the “Subjects” section.
  • 9th Step: Click on any CAT subjects.
  • 10th Step: Scroll down to click on the chapters from the selected subject to begin the test.

Section-wise CAT Preparation Plan

CAT conducts one single online test to examine a candidate’s verbal, logical, and mathematical abilities. The total duration of CAT is 120 minutes, and each right answer carries 3 marks, whereas every wrong answer will result in a deduction of one mark. The online test consists of 3 sections as follows:

  • a) Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • b) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • c) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

CAT 2023 Preparation Tips For Quantitative Aptitude Section

The CAT Quantitative Aptitude section mainly includes topics such as Arithmetic, Algebra, Advance Mathematics & Geometry; thus, this makes up 1/3rd of the CAT question paper. The candidate must go through each topic to score well. The candidate must memorize basic theory and attempt various sample questions to solve QA sections. This type of question mainly requires heavy calculation.

The Quantitative Aptitude section can prove to be one of the most difficult sections in the paper. Candidates need to be well-versed in basic Mathematics and should have hands-on practice at calculation. Below are the CAT Preparation tips for the Quantitative Aptitude section:

  • Devote maximum time to solving the tough chapters.
  • Learn the formulas for each topic by heart.
  • Instead of just mugging up the tips and shortcuts to a particular sum, try to understand and practice it.
  • Focus on the weak areas and try to mend them by noting them.
  • Have a good knowledge of Trigonometry and Algebra.
  • Give importance to topics that can help to score marks, like Mensuration, Geometry, Partnership, Profit and Loss, etc.

CAT Preparation Strategy For Data Interpretation Section

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning in the CAT exam covers about 1/6th of the paper. This section is moderate to difficult but time-consuming. The questions asked in this section are tricky, but this does not require any formula. The questions in this section are logic-based and require some calculation and counting. To solve this type of question, the mental calculation is the strength. This section of the CAT can be mastered with practice.

Data Interpretation, or DI, can be a tricky section of the paper as this part checks the problem-solving ability related to organised and unorganised data. Below are the CAT Preparation tips for the Data Interpretation section:

  • Have the basics clear for elementary Mathematics. Candidates will need them for this section.
  • As candidates go about it, make notes of important points and shortcuts.
  • Practice Pie Charts, Graphs, and Line Graphs extensively as they are scoring in nature.
  • Try to understand the various data given in detail. Cultivate the habit of going through them carefully.
  • Solve practice papers in a time-bound manner.

CAT Preparation Strategy for Logical Reasoning Section

This section tests logical reasoning ability and can perhaps be the scoring section of CAT. Below are the CAT Preparation tips for the Logical Reasoning section:

  • Be aware of the basic theory behind each topic before starting.
  • Start off with the easy topics and finish them as early as possible. Do the difficult topics later.
  • Inculcate the habit of preparing notes, this will help candidates in last-minute revision.
  • Go through the examples for every concept and solve as many practice questions as possible.
  • Always follow a single book at once, and move on to other books of higher difficulty only after feeling confident about the basics.

CAT Preparation Tips For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section is divided into three segments: vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension. The questions asked in this section determine the skills of verbal ability and reading comprehension. This section mainly focuses on grammar, vocabulary, and general ability skills. Let’s have a look at the details below of the segments covered in VARC.

  • Vocabulary-based questions: This type of question includes synonyms, antonyms, analogies, spellings, old words, confusing words, and sentence completion. To crack this question, candidates require a combination of vocabulary knowledge and reading skills. Vocabulary-based questions mean what the contexts of the words fit in.
  • Grammar: Two appropriate approaches are followed to solve this type of grammar-based question. One is to go by rules and learn the different parts of speech and usages and the rules that apply; the other is to practice the kind of questions that will be asked in the exam. A proper approach to learning the errors that lead to questions is based on error detection or sentence correction.
  • Reading Comprehension: This type of question can only be solved by cultivating reading habits in our daily routines. Begin the preparation by inculcating the reading habit by starting with simple fiction, newspapers, and blogs. Keep the reading speed of about 300 words per minute, depending on the level of the text.

 Below are the CAT Preparation tips for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

  • Refer to any of the high school English grammar books for a basic start to the preparation and brush up on English grammar rules.
  • Practice questions like spotting errors, cloze test, fill in the blanks, etc.
  • Write essays to spot grammatical errors and to learn the different usage of the same words.
  • Try conversing in the English Language to apply the knowledge of English grammar. 
  • Stay up to date with new words. Read various kinds of books. 
  • Also, use flashcards to improve vocabulary.
  • Note down new words and phrases and learn their meaning and usage.

FAQs On CAT Preparation Strategy 2023

Below are the most frequently asked questions about CAT preparation tips.

Q: How to crack the CAT exam 2023 with the mock test?

Ans: Candidates can score a high percentile score in the CAT exam. Tips to crack the CAT exam includes:

– Learn the basics,
– Focus on important topics,
– Take the CAT mock test,
– Explore the exam pattern of CAT 2023,
– Identify your strengths and weaknesses,
– Prepare using the best CAT books.

With the right study material and the Internet, all these tips will help candidates score high percentile in the CAT exam.

Q: Is practising sample papers enough to cover DILR sections?

Ans: DILR is a logic-based section, and solving sample papers will not only be enough to solve different types of questions. The candidate must understand the fundamentals of DILR topics. The important topic will include Venn diagrams, Percentages, Approximation and conversion techniques, and number systems. The candidate must solve questions for all the topics and practice mock tests.

Q: What are the CAT preparation books for beginners?

Ans: CAT preparation books include “How to prepare for quantitative aptitude for CAT” by Arun Sharma, Word power made easy by NORMAN LEWIS and Nishit K. Sinha’s logical reasoning, and Data Interpretation for CAT.

Q: How much time do you need to prepare for CAT?

Ans: As per students and teachers, a period of 6 months is considered ideal for CAT preparation. However, with proper resources, candidates can crack the exam in less time.

Q: How many study hours are enough to prepare for the CAT exam 2023?

Ans: Studying for 3 hours regularly is sufficient, but during this time, candidates must be focused, determined, and committed towards the goal.

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