How ready are you for CAT 2021?

It is time to set your preparation for CAT’21 in the right gear. CAT has come to be known as the most difficult MBA entrance exam. But is that true? And are you prepared for CAT 2021? Want to know how you can start preparing for CAT 2021?

With our CAT Readiness Test - prepared by MBA experts, get a taste of the actual difficulty level of the CAT exam, identify how CAT ready you are at present. In addition, basis your CAT Readiness Score get a tailored strategy for CAT 2021. You can get all of this in just 30 minutes.

How can you take the test?

Register to take the CAT Readiness test and you will be automatically redirected to the test page. The test comprises of 20 questions with a total duration of 30 minutes.

How to Start Preparing for CAT 2021?

A question that every CAT aspirant comes across at the onset is "How to start preparing for CAT?". Not knowing the right answer to this question can cripple your preparation. So, "How should you start preparing for CAT?" The first step in the process is determining where you stand at present, i.e. if you were to take the CAT exam today then how much would you score? It’s easy to know, take our CAT Readiness Test and understand your preparedness for the exam. Accordingly, chalk out a preparation plan for yourself. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind:

Coaching vs. Self Study

The question that follows right after “How to start preparing for CAT?” is what resources you need. Whether you should join online or offline coaching or take the route of self-study. There is no one answer to this question. A student is the best judge of his needs and the answer varies from student to student. To know if self study is the right choice for you, take a litmus test. After preparing for 30 days through self-study you don’t see any improvement in your preparation then it’s time to take the help required through online or offline coaching. In addition, joining a coaching program will indefinitely help you and guide you in the right direction throughout your CAT journey.

Get your basics strong

Strong basics are imperative for scoring well in any exam and same follows suit for the CAT exam. The first priority should be ensuring that you have attained mastery over the basic concepts. How do you achieve that? Start solving the study material from one of the institutes. Keep revising and solving questions from you areas of your weakness. This will put you on the right track. Alongside, continue to take mocks.

Prepare with CAT Mocks

Taking CAT mocks is not an option if you are planning to write CAT. Waiting to finish the basics to take CAT mocks is a foolish play. Preparing with CAT mocks is the right strategy - to take CAT mocks along with the rest of your preparation. Each mock analysis will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, which will then help you strategize your preparation.

What to expect from CAT 2021?

CAT 2021 will be conducted by one of the IIMs in rotation. The official notification is expected to be released on the last Sunday of July and registrations are expected to start from the first week of August. The paper pattern is something which might be confirmed in the CAT Notification although CAT has been known to withhold the information till the day of the exam.

CAT Paper Pattern

  • CAT comprises 3 sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA).
  • The duration of the test may be 180 minutes or 120 minutes. Each section has an individual time limit of 60 minutes or 40 minutes.
  • The paper consists of both MCQ and Non MCQ questions. Each question carries 3 marks.
  • For MCQ questions, each incorrect attempt draws a penalty of 1 mark.
  • There is no negative marking for Non MCQ questions
Section Time Limit (in minutes) No. of MCQ's No. of Non-MCQ's Total No. of Questions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 60 or 40 TBC TBC TBC
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 60 or 40  TBC TBC TBC
Quantitative Ability (QA) 60 or 40 TBC TBC TBC
Total 180 or 120     TBC

How to fetch a 99%ile in CAT 2021?

In order to be able to perform well in any exam it is important to stay positive throughout the process. Hard work and determination never fail to pay off.

Consistency: 99%ilers follow a strict study plan and are consistent with their preparation. Consistency provides the pace and momentum that your preparation requires.

Take CAT Mocks: They treat each mock CAT exam as the actual CAT exam and attempt it with complete sincerity. This helps them focus better and perform well under pressure. Each 99%iler spends at least 3 hours analysing every mock, to gain insights into their strengths and weaknesses.

Have a sound Strategy: With the analysis of each mock taken, every 99 %iler works on building a sound strategy, for the D-Day. The primary purpose of developing a strategy is to help maximise your score on the day of the exam. The easiest way for you to create your own strategy is through mocks.

To know more on how to start preparing for CAT 2020, check out the CAT NotificationCAT SyllabusCAT Eligibility CriteriaCAT Cut-offs and kick-start your preparation in the right direction.

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