Two Weeks to Go for CAT 2016!

Dhanshri Sharma updated on : 22 Nov 2016

Just two weeks to CAT 2016! These 10 questions will tell you whether your CAT preparation plan is going in the right direction or not.

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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the top MBA entrance tests that almost every MBA aspirant in the country attempts, in order to get admission in top-notch business schools in India such as the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

CAT exam has been through many changes in the past few years. In 2015, lot of changes were introduced in the CAT exam pattern, and candidates had to tweak their CAT preparations accordingly in order to increase their chances of scoring high in the exam.

CAT experts come up with infinite suggestions when it comes to CAT preparations. From reading newspapers to taking CAT mock tests, experts suggest a number of things to help aspirants boost their CAT preparations.

However, everything ultimately boils down to the strategy prepared by the student.

With only two weeks left for the CAT 2016, all candidates should now be  at final stages of preparation. 

How does one judge whether the preparation is going in the right direction or not?

Following is a list of 10 questions that will certainly tell you whether your CAT exam preparation is going in the right direction or not.



1. Do you know the syllabus by heart?

When talking about CAT syllabus, you should know that CAT 2016 question paper is going to be prepared to test candidates on general aptitude including Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VRC), Quantitative Ability (QA), Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) skills.

Quantitative Ability: Number systems, geometry, trigonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.

Data Interpretation: Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, etc.

Logical Reasoning: Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.

Verbal & Reading Comprehension: Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms, and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.

2. Is your preparation plan in sync with the latest exam changes?

CAT exam pattern has been through many changes in the last few years. While there are no changes for CAT 2016, it is extremely for applicants to keep a tab on the latest exam news.

Some of the changes introduced in CAT exam last year include:

  • 3 hours (180 minutes) to attempt the question paper
  • Time limit of 60 minutes to attempt each section
  • No switching from one section to another section while answering a particular section

3. Have you practiced enough mock tests?

If you haven’t taken any CAT mock tests till date, it means only half the battle won.

MBA mock tests or you can say CAT mock tests will help you practise and evaluate your preparations plan.

Taking the mock tests and solving CAT previous year question papers will improve your speed and you will also learn time management in the process.

As you take a mock test, you must observe and analyse your performance, and take an action accordingly.

4. Do you have a time management strategy?

While preparing for the CAT exam, you should plan those 3 hours wisely. You should try to complete a section in the given time frame. You can learn to manage your time well by taking as many mock tests as possible. You will gradually realize that your speed has improved and that you have learnt how to handle the paper in a given duration. Stick to the plan on the big day to achieve the desired results.

5. Do you know your weaknesses and strengths?

As you prepare for CAT 2016 examination, you should know your strengths and weaknesses. This way, you can focus on your strong sections first while attempting the management entrance test.

While preparing for CAT, take as many CAT practice papers as possible to understand your strong areas and where all you should improve.

Monitoring your progress throughout CAT preparations is extremely important if you want to score well in the exam and get admission in IIMs.



6. How good are your Verbal skills?

Polishing your verbal skills will help you easily sail through the Verbal section in CAT. During your preparation, you should focus on practising para-jumbles and reading comprehensions so that you do not end up panicking when you see the length of the section.

7. Are you following news on a regular basis?

You should keep yourself updated with the latest news all the time. A good knowledge of the latest happenings in the world can go a long way in improving your performance on the day of the exam. Reading newspapers and magazines strengthens general awareness and improves vocabulary.

8. Is your paperwork ready?

Apart from preparing well for CAT 2016, you should keep your documents ready prior the examination to avoid any last moment hassle. Some of the important documents required on the day of the exam are CAT admit card and an ID proof. You may check the official website of CAT 2016 to check other requirements. You will not be allowed to sit for the exam if you do not present your CAT admit card 2016 in the exam hall.

9. Do you train your mind to stay calm?

As you devote long hours to prepare for CAT, you must also take breaks like go for a jog, play some game, listen to music or just go out with your friends. Regular exercise and eating right are also essential to strengthen your mind and body. A calm and composed mind is extremely vital for cracking this exam.

10. Are you getting enough sleep?

Like exercising and eating healthy, getting enough sleep is also important if you are preparing for the CAT examination. Getting a good night’s sleep keeps your mind and body relaxed, and prepares you well for the next day, especially if it is your exam day.

If you keep all these pointers in mind while preparing for CAT, your chances of scoring well in the exam will be much higher. All the Best!

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