How to prepare for CAT 2019 and a list of books to refer to?

Are you planning to appear for the CAT exams? Take a look at this announcement to learn more about the dates and references for the CAT 2019 exams.

CAT (Common Aptitude Test) exam needs a well-planned approach and time management. The CAT exam is going to be held on November 24, 2019. The candidates should make a proper study plan for cracking the exam.

It is a Computer-based exam. The IIMs started this exam for selecting the students for the MBA programmes. The CAT exam is conducted by IIMs every year on the basis of rotation.

Important dates:

CAT exam date of notification27 July 2019
The Registration start date for CAT 20195 August 2019
Last date to register for CAT 201920 September 2019
CAT 2019 start date of admit card download date24 October 2019
CAT 2019 last date to download admit card24 November 2019
CAT 2019 exam date24 November 2019
Result date of CAT 20197 January 2020

CAT exam pattern:
The total marks for the exam of CAT 2019 are 300 marks. Total time of the exam is 180 minutes (60 minutes for each section). The questions will be in English language only. 3 marks will be given for each right answer and 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

SectionNumber of MCQNumber of Non-MCQTotal questions
Verbal and reading comprehension241034
Data interpretation and logical reasoning24832
Quantitative aptitude241034

In verbal and reading comprehension, the questions will be based on the English language and grammar. It will test the candidate's language and comprehensive skills.

In data interpretation (DI) and logical reasoning (LR), in DI the candidate's ability to derive a conclusion from a given set of data will be analyzed. In LR, it tests the candidate's logical reasoning and its application to everyday problems.

In Quantitative Aptitude, the candidate's mathematical knowledge will be tested.
Preparation tips:
  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus first.

  • The students should get the right study material.

  • First concentrate on the strong topics. And then move on to the weaker ones.

  • Learn all the concepts of each topic. Class 10th and 12th mathematics, logical reasoning, English will be useful.

  • While practicing date interpretation, do not use the calculator. Practice with a timer.

  • Practice each topic thoroughly and properly. This will help the candidates to know the strengths and weakness.

  • Solve 4 questions of 5 types from each topic, instead of solving 20 to 25 questions.

  • Make a list of strong and weak sections and practice them often.

  • Take the CAT 2018 question paper and work on it.

  • For DI and LR, make familiar with all kinds of charts and graphs and puzzles.

  • Brush up all the formulas and maintain a note for it. It will be helpful for the exam.

  • Read newspapers, magazines to get familiar with the section of Verbal and Reading comprehension.

  • Learn the basics of grammar.

  • Take as many as mock tests to analyze how far you are ready for the exam.

  • Take up to 1 to 3 mock test a week.

  • On the last two months before the exam do not prepare any new topics.

  • Strengthen the topics you are good at.

  • Take an adequate break during preparation and also a good sleep is needed.

  • Books for reference:

    Books for verbal and reading comprehension:
  • How to prepare for reading ability and comprehension for CAT exam by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay.

  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension for CAT by Nishit K Sinha.

  • Word power made easy by Norman Lewis.

  • High school composition and English Grammar by Wren and Martin.

  • Books for data interpretation and logical reasoning:
  • How to prepare for data interpretation for CAT exam by Arun Sharma.

  • How to prepare for logical reasoning for Cat exam by Arun Sharma.

  • Logical reasoning and data interpretation for CAT exam Pearson guide by Nishit K Sinha.

  • Books for quantitative aptitude:
  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT exam by Arun Sharma.

  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT exam by Nishit K Sinha.

  • Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams Pearson Guide.

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Book by Sarvesh K Verma.

  • Read more on how to apply for CAT 2019.

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    Author: Umesh22 Apr 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

    This is an exhaustive guideline article for the aspirants of CAT exam and the students can take advantage of this concise information.

    Preparing for CAT is not a short time project. Frankly speaking, the students should prepare for it right from when they are in class IX or X. The reason is very simple. When you want to study and prepare for an exam in a short time then you will have to catch up a lot and give more hours to the study to compensate for your late entrance in the said preparation. That will be strenuous as well as memorizing things will be an issue. Our mind absorbs at a slow pace with repetitions of the material and does not absorb the things in a hurry.

    This is also true of any other coveted competition exam like IAS etc. Another thing which I will like to mention is when you prepare for the exam the formula 'More is merrier' works. More you study and more you solve the different types of questions you get the expertise of a kind in solving the different types of problems including LR/ QA/ DI types. One obvious advantage of a long term strategy of preparing for exams is that you can utilize that knowledge and preparation for appearing in not only CAT but many other exams where many of the questions are simply the repetition of each other.

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