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CAT 2021 Preparation Tips

Common Admission Test is conducted by IIM for MBA admission. CAT 2021 not only tests the speed and accuracy but also question selection, pressure handling and decision making. Common Entrance Test is followed by Group discussion and Personal interview. Besides IIM, all other Management schools accept CAT 2021 Score for admission.

Mode of CAT Exam : CAT 2021 is a Computer Based Test.

CAT Exam Question Paper Format : The medium of the test is in English language for all candidates. The test has three sections as follows :

Quantitative Aptitude34 Questions
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning32 Questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension34 Questions

Number of questions and Time duration : QA and VRC will have 34 questions each, and DILR will have 32 questions. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.

Duration of the CAT examination is 180 minutes.

Number of CAT Exams per year : It is conducted once a year in the month of November.

Preparation tips for CAT Exam 2021

CAT exam questions are MCQ type and attending MCQs need more practice. Time factor, speed and accuracy should be played well for succeeding the toughest CAT exam. In order to improve the speed and accuracy, number of online mock tests practice should be done. This is the only way to gauge the CAT test taker’s time management factor.

Speed and accuracy are the two important keys to solve Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. Thorough knowledge of mathematical concepts and knowing short cuts will help to kick down the difficulty level of Quantitative ability. For data interpretation questions, one has to be very comfortable with numbers, charts, and tables and be very good with mental calculations. Test Takers should practice a data interpretation problem everyday, reading and analyzing stories which consist of graphs and pie charts in business sections of newspapers.

Verbal ability is elevated by reading newspapers regularly, conversing with good English speakers, raising vocabulary, thorough with current affairs. These aspects will assist the test taker to break the tie.

Logical reasoning skills can be developed by solving more previous year question papers which will give you a clear idea and eases your methods. Business papers, Magazine’s graphs and data should be analyzed to identify techniques to solve questions which require big and time consuming calculations.

CAT Negative Marks : One (1) point will be deducted for each wrong answer.

CAT Cutoff : There is a sectional cut-off as well as a combined cut-off. All the students are informed about their score through written communication.

CAT Group Discussion and Personal Interview : The GD / PI are essential parts of final selection. In the GD / PI, a candidate’s Communication skill, Presentation Power, Perception, General Awareness, Confidence, Interpersonal Skill, Group Behavior etc. are checked.

CAT Weightage : CAT Weightage is determined by CAT score, X , XII , UG , PG, Essay writing and Personal Interview.

Validity of CAT Score : CAT score is valid for One Year ie., 31st December, 2022.

List of the Institutes / Colleges accepting CAT 2018 Score for admission : All IIMs, Government and Private universities, colleges are accepting CAT score.

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.