CAT 2019 Exam Dates, Syllabus, Pattern and Eligibility

On popular demand, we bring to you this one-stop page for all the critical information you need for CAT 2019 Exam. You will find it all here – CAT 2019 Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility and more. Bookmark this page and stay tuned with all CAT 2019 Exam updates and How to score high in CAT 2019.

CAT 2019 

CAT 2019 Exam is expected to be conducted on Last Sunday of November 2019, or first Sunday of December 2019. The exact date of the exam will be released by the IIM conducting CAT 2019 around the month of September 2019. However, you can begin your CAT 2019 Preparation with an offline coaching or the Best Online CAT Coaching from now on, keeping November as the month of exam in mind.

CAT 2019 Eligibility

  • The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST, and PWD/DA category).
  • The percentage obtained in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university/institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university/ institution. 
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100. 
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • CAT 2019 exam is the Computer-based Test (CBT) of 3 hours duration.
  • CAT exam is divided into 3 main sections of 60 minutes each
  • The 3 sections in CAT exam 2019 are – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR); Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • There will also be subsections within the 3 sections in CAT exam 2019 pattern. For example, the revamped CAT exam pattern for VARC consists of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension subsections; DILR contains questions on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
  • Candidates are not allowed to move between one section to another during the 1 hour assigned to the particular section.
  • The questions in CAT 2019 exam pattern will be divided into Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) where you need to pick out 1 correct answer choice out of 4; then there are Non-MCQs where you have to type in the correct answer on the computer screen.
  • Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be awarded 3 marks whether it is MCQ or Non-MCQ
  • Each wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2019 will be imposed a penalty of 1/3 negative mark (-1 mark)
  • There will be no penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non-MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern

CAT 2019 Exam Dates

Events Important Dates​ (Tentative)​
CAT 2019 Notification date 4th week of July
CAT 2019 Registration start date 1st week of August
CAT 2019 Registration end date 3rd week of September
CAT 2019 Admit card release date 4th week of October
CAT 2019 Exam date Last Sunday of November or First week of December
CAT 2019 Result date 2nd week of January 2020

CAT 2019 Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Numbers
  • Number System
  • LCM and HCF
  • Geometry – Straight Line and Circles being the most important
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss, and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Allegations

Verbal Ability

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Correction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Para Jumbles
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Summarize the given paragraph
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements

Data Interpretation

  • Tables
  • Column Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Charts
  • Pie Chart
  • Venn Diagrams

Logical Reasoning

  • Arrangements
  • Distribution
  • Games and Tournaments
  • Selections
  • Cubes
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical Deduction
  • Logical DI (Combination of data given in DI representation and a logic-based caselet)


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CAT Study Plan for Working Professionals

With a majority of working professionals facing the issues of Time Management and balancing work with CAT Preparation, today we bring to you CAT Study Plan for Working Professionals to ease out the problem of all the working professionals out there preparing for CAT. 

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CAT Study Plan for Working Professionals

Before we move to the Study Plan, there are certain pre-activities which a working professional needs to do, as most of the working professionals would have taken CAT at least once before and have a slightly better idea as compared to freshers when it comes to strengths and weaknesses.


Identify where you stand when it comes to different sections in CAT Exam. Identify your strengths and weaknesses in the beginning (latest by mid-June) so that throughout your preparation you put maximum effort on your weaker topics and improvise on those areas. Meanwhile, do not be overconfident about your stronger topics and keep working on them at regular intervals so that you can ensure that you maximize your score through these topics. 

Discipline and Determination

Much more than a fresher, a working professional needs to be much more disciplined and determined to crack CAT and achieve the dream of pursuing MBA from a top B School. May be to get rid of their current work profile, prove a point to friends/relatives, to get better packages and what not. However, the biggest driving reason for you to stay focused, determined and disciplined should be to PROVE A POINT TO YOURSELF that no matter what hiccups come in life, you are a fighter and no barriers can stop you from achieving your dream, dream of being an MBA from a highly reputed institute. 

Target Percentile

The moment you cross 1.5 years of work experience, 97 percentile is the minimum you need to land into a B School which can do justice to your profile. And the moment you cross 3 years of work experience bracket – nothing less than a 99.2 Percentile should be your target. 

Should I take a break from Job to prepare for CAT?

Let us answer this question too before moving to the CAT Study Plan. 

There is no harm in taking a break from the job, if you think that work is taking an excessive toll on you and draining you to an extent that you cannot even take out 1 hour in a day during weekdays for yourself and CAT Preparation. However, if the toll is not that excessive as mentioned above, try to prepare for CAT alongside your job. But yes, be clear that taking a gap does not harm your chances of converting the call. Many people in the past have taken 4-6 months break from the job to prepare for CAT, scored high and landed up in top IIMs. So this is not a barrier and should not be the reason to take a call on continuing or quitting a job. 

Now, let us move to CAT Study Plan for Working Professionals

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension is the topic with the highest weightage in Verbal Ability section. To ensure you do well in the section, try to follow the steps below:

1. Since you may not have time to read books, it is advisable that you read a variety of blogs or ebooks on the go on your mobile. 

2. Make sure you practice 2-3 RCs a day and you can do this at work or even on the go while commuting.

3. Adopt a practice-based approach for Vocabulary. Use sites such as ‘Thesaurus.com” or Use Vocab Builder through Mnemonics section of Career Anna to build vocabulary. Avoid mugging up the Baron’s wordlist, it will not help much. Try to learn words along with their synonyms and antonyms and that is where Thesaurus will help you a lot.

Quantitative Aptitude

If Quant is your strong area already and you are aware of the concepts and short cuts, this season just focuses on taking 1 sectional test every 3 days and 1 topic test every day. Try to take more topic tests of Geometry, followed by Algebra and then number system.

However, if you are weak in Quant – do not just solve questions or Arun Sharma’s book. Just reading the concepts from the book will not help. You need to focus on concept building, get handy with short cuts, and gain the confidence needed to maul the Quant section of CAT. Once you cross this barrier, you can take a next step of practicing with online tests with the same frequency which is mentioned above, and the same order of topics for topic tests.

However, what we have seen that most of the working professionals will think that fall in-between the above two cases: that is neither too weak nor too strong. In such a scenario, suggest you brush up the concepts from your past notes or a book – identify the topics where just brushing up from the book did not help. Then work an extra mile on these topics through Classes and being taught by some good teacher who has taken the CAT exam in the past and knows what it takes to score high. Since offline coachings with good faculty do not offer you this option to go for topic wise courses or section-wise courses, you can opt for Online Classes and here is the review and comparison of Online Classes for You.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Remember that there has been NO GOOD BOOK in the market ever which has matched the trend of LR DI Questions in CAT.

The best way to practice LR DI is through Past Papers, Past Mocks, Coaching LR DI Assignments and Tests you can get in a dedicated LR DI CAT Online Course or in LR DI Classes of an offline institute.

For non CAT Exams, you can prepare LR from Arihant Logical Reasoning Book. 

CLICK HERE to read in detail how to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT – remains the same for both working professionals and freshers.

Mock CAT, Topic Test, and Sectional Test Frequency

  • June – 2 Topic Tests Daily – focus less on mocks and more on concept building during this time
  • July – 1 Full Length Mock every 7th Day, 1 Sectional Test every day, 2 Topic Tests Daily
  • August – 1 Full-Length Mock every 5th Day, 3 Sectional Tests every 2 days, 3 Topic Tests Daily
  • September – 1 Full Length Mock every 4th Day, 4 Sectional Tests every 2 days, 3 Topic Tests Daily
  • October – 1 Full Length Mock every 3rd Day, 3 Sectional Tests every day

What should be done about CAT coaching?
An important question here that should pop into your mind at this juncture: what should you do about CAT COACHING? Should you join offline coaching institute? Should you join the weekend batch of offline coaching institute and spend hours and hours at the center?

Truly, Realistically and Honestly, I believe you should save the weekends for yourself and not spend 7-8 hours on any offline coaching batch. Reason being no one teaches you to crack CAT, one can only guide you to crack CAT and ensure your all the doubts are solved and you are made to learn where are you making the mistake so that you can avoid those mistakes and increase your score. 

And with the least personal doubt solving done by any offline coaching institute, the weekend batches are the sheer waste of not only money but the much bigger asset for you at this critical juncture – i.e. TIME in hand to prepare.

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CAT Study Plan for College Students – 6 Months

Before making a CAT study plan, remember that the key to success lies in the consistency. Apart from the below-mentioned plan, make a habit of reading a newspaper on a daily basis. This will not only help you in your Verbal Section but will also be useful during your interviews.

CAT Study Plan for College Students

The very first step is to divide the four areas according to their importance.

Study Material:

  1. Online or Offline Coaching for shortcuts and course material of areas where you are not comfortable.
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  2. 2 Mock Test series
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Part 1: LR + DI

Over the past few years, LR/DI has been changed drastically. It has moved towards logical DI from just LR or DI. Start your CAT study plan with dedicating 1.5 hr to LR for 3 weeks and make sure that you solve all types of problems at least once. You can practice questions from your course material or old CAT papers. After completing LR in these three weeks, you need to start practicing 1 LR set in alternate days (Mon, Wed, Fri).
Since you’ll already be done with LR, start practicing DI at a bit later stage. After three weeks of LR, start practicing 2 sets of DI on days you are not involved with the LR set (Tue, Thu, Sat).

This routine will be constant for the next 2 months (June, July).

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Part 2: QA

Next in your study plan would be QA. While focusing on LR, it wouldn’t have been wise to ignore rest of the topics. QA is another area of concern because of the vast syllabus. In the initial 3 weeks, you’ll make sure that you finish the topics with whom you are comfortable with. After the initial 3 weeks, start focusing on QA (from June) and start with Numbers. Dedicate 1.5 hrs a day to QA. Continue this for another 2 months.
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Part 3: VARC

As far as VA is concerned, it can be divided into 2 parts while making a CAT study plan – RC and rest. Start practicing RC from the very first day because more than half of the questions appearing in VA are from RC (i.e. from today itself). Start with 1 passage a day and increase this number by 2 from the next week. After 3 months, when you’ll be done with LR and QA, start focusing on the rest of VA while practicing the rest three subjects by giving individual mock for all three, i.e. LR – Mon, Thu; DI – Tue, Fri; QA – Wed, Sat.

This routine was continued for another 4 weeks.
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Just practicing mocks is not sufficient, analyzing it is just as important.

Part 4: Mock Test

After you are done with your syllabus, 2-3 months would be left for CAT. Now you will start working upon your problem areas while giving mocks at the same time. Each mock test will help you discover more and more of your weaknesses and doing this on a daily basis will help you become more competitive and therefore increase your percentile in the long run. Don’t get demotivated by the low score, just keep working on your problem areas.

Keep a track of the following while analyzing mocks :
1. Accuracy – there’s always a trade-off between accuracy and speed – therefore you need to figure out what is working for you

2. The best approach to solve a problem – try to find the best way to solve a problem; most importantly have you used the same?
3. Strong-Weak areas – Are there any weak areas left – if yes, go back to the basics and work it out! Start slowly in the 3rd month itself with 1 mock per week – taking at least 3–4 days analyzing them and later on graduate to 2 mocks per week – slowly you will observe that the time taken for analyzing each mock test will also reduce!
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Good Luck!


Should I Drop a Year for CAT Preparation?

Should I drop a year for CAT Preparation? We are sure this is that one question which would keep you awake in the wee hours of the night, and rightly so, as which career to choose is one of the biggest dilemmas in life.

‘Should I drop a year for CAT Preparation?’ is a common question among MBA aspirants and one can easily observe them having queries about it on different social forums. While we understand the apprehension is right on your part, let us delve deep into the issue and see how should we arrive at an informed decision when it comes to the question ‘Should I drop a year for CAT Preparation?’

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Should I Drop a Year for CAT Preparation: Reasons to Drop a Year

Should I drop

  • Not getting enough time to prepare for CAT along with a job, especially after long 9-10 hours of job and hectic travelling.
  • Could not bag a job after Graduation. Should I now search a job or rather drop a year and prepare for CAT?
  • Joining date of job is late, around October. Should I get the joining date further postponed and focus only on CAT Preparation?

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Myths around what if I drop a Year for CAT Preparation

It is not normal to go for a drop?

Yes, it is normal.

Many people in the past have taken a drop of 6 to 10 months for CAT Preparation and have made it successfully to top IIMs. So, you are not the first one to do so.

Just stay focused during the gap period, prepare well and score high. This will take care of your gap easily.

Is it tough to justify your drop in Personal Interview?

No, it is not tough.

As mentioned earlier, people have easily converted the calls with a drop in profile. They justify it easily by getting a high score and telling the truth in the interview, that they decided in favor of a drop to focus on their CAT preparation and their decision is reflected to be a wise one with a high score which they have achieved, because of which they are sitting in the interview of a reputed IIM.

So, there is no point to worry even at this front.

Will having ‘Zero Work Experience’ impact my shortlisting?

No, it will not.

If you analyze the shortlisting criteria of top B Schools, except few B Schools in top 15, there is no B School which gives such a high weightage to the work experience in the selection criteria that it will impact your chances of shortlisting.

If you analyze you will find that colleges like XLRI, FMS, MDI, NITIE, NMIMS, SIBM etc. have no weightage for work experience and hence if you can score high to fetch their calls, having dropped a year will hardly matter.

Even for IIMs, the only significant weightage is for 2-3.5 years of experience. You having 0 or 6 or 12 or 18 months experience will hardly make any difference; if you can back the drop with a high score.

Hence you may safely get rid of the apprehension that having no work experience or less work experience will deter your chances of getting shortlisted by top IIMs.

Building a decent profile with a drop year for CAT Preparation

There are multiple ways in which you may build your while you drop a year for CAT Preparation.

Enrich your skills

There are many online courses and certification which you may go for during the gap period to enrich your skills.

Just make a note of one thing that whatever course or certification you go for, is in sync with what you want to pursue as a career post MBA.

Certifications you may go for

  • If interested in Finance, you may go for CFA/FRM/FLIP certifications.
  • If interested in Marketing, you may go for Digital Marketing/CRM certifications.
  • If interested in Consulting or IT, you may go for PMP/CAPM certifications.
  • If interested in Supply Chain, you may go for CSCP/CPIM certifications.
  • Do Career Anna Nanodegrees across business functions and profiles offered in B Schools.

Be associated with a Social Cause

You may also get associated with a Social Cause, like an NGO to enrich your exposure and to get to speak about something constructive in your interview.

Do not try to treat NGO as work experience, as you cannot show it as work experience unless you were on a full time payroll of the same. Since most of the NGOs may not take you for the same, you may showcase your work for NGO in Extra Curricular and Social Activities, to demonstrate your different skills.

Some of the NGOs you may consider for joining are:

  • Teach For India
  • Protsahan
  • GodParents
  • GreenPeace
  • Social Action for ManPower Creation, among many others

Be a Freelancer 

Why join anywhere if you already have some skill, hobby or a passion which you may use to become a Freelancer and showcase in your Personal Interview.

Some of these could be Photography skills (send your photographs for publications), Writing Skills (become a writer with a website), Communicating, Planning and Coordinating Skills (Freelance with an Event Management Company), Teaching Skills (Freelance Faculty or Mentor with an offline or an online coaching), Painting, among many other skills.

Golden Advice for CAT Aspirants

“Just drive away all the negative ideas and thoughts, focus on what is your goal for next few months and that is to score high. Drop or no drop, decide on the basis of their impact on your CAT Preparation. If you believe that working will not leave you with any time to prepare for CAT, go for a drop. But even if you may take out 2 hours on weekdays and 5-6 hours on weekends for CAT Preparation, do not go for a drop. Rest stay focused, determined and nothing can stop you from securing an admission to the coveted B Schools of the country”, says Varun, Founder at Career Anna.

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How to Score 99 percentile in CAT Verbal?

How to Score 99 percentile in CAT Verbal? Is this question bugging you? Maybe you can solve equations just fine; it’s this “fuzzy language stuff” that gets you down. Maybe your teachers never gave you a good solid foundation in grammar. However, after reading this article, you will be clear with the approach needed to score 99 percentile in CAT Verbal. 

How to Score 99 percentile in CAT Verbal?

99 percentile in CAT Verbal

Maybe English isn’t your first language, in which case I sincerely admire you.

Or maybe you’re not so bad at English, but you want to do great in the CAT Verbal section, because you’re actually really worried about the math – and you want to get all the points you can.

Whatever the cause is, you are concerned about the verbal side of the exam.

Fear not!

6 straightforward verbal tips to help score 99 Percentile in CAT Verbal:

Break down Sentence Correction

Grammar isn’t fuzzy at all. Grammar is the set of rules for putting words into sentences. In fact, grammar is very much like a puzzle, sentence parts fit together precisely.  Master the fitting rules, and Sentence Correction becomes practically mechanical.

True, English grammar can be a little tricky, because no central authority holds sway over the language. So you have to study how the CAT makes certain controversial calls, particularly if you’re a native speaker. For instance, consider the following two sentences.

  • I play sports like lacrosse and soccer.
  • I play sports such as lacrosse and soccer.

Study how CAT specifically applies stylistic principles, such as clarity and concision. In the wider world, these concepts may be sprawling. But on the exam, concision always means something very specific; for instance, you should say indicates rather than is indicative of

Practice past year papers as your primary source material for Sentence Correction problems. And to master the rules of CAT grammar and style, you can also refer to our Sentence Correction Course.

Rewrite Sentence Correction sentences to retrain your ear

Even though I’m a native speaker of English, my ear pick up wrong information. Even with my command of the grammar rules, I can sometimes get Sentence Correction practice problems wrong just like the next person.  So, what do I do to improve?

Any time I get an SC problem wrong, I apply a great technique to hone my ear and my grasp of subtle rules. What I do is burn the correct sentence into my mind. All it takes is one patient minute of review, during which I rewrite the sentence in a notebook with the correct answer inserted. As I do so, I analyze the rules that make this version of the sentence correct, in comparison with the wrong answer choices.  Finally, I say the sentence aloud.

Store the sentence in your head using two different senses – sight and hearing.  Force yourself to produce it two different ways – on paper and aloud. Then you’ll always have it somewhere inside you, and you’ll remember the associated rules that much better.

This technique is especially helpful for idiom mastery. By the way, don’t go off and study huge lists of idioms that you find on the Internet or in non-CAT-specific books. You need to grasp and recall the idioms that appear on the real CAT, in sentences as they appear on the CAT. So reviewing a CAT-specific list is useful. Making such a list is even more useful. And writing out past year CAT Prep sentences that contain those idioms? That’s super-useful.

On Reading Comp and Critical Reasoning, practice taking stripped-down notes.

More than Sentence Correction, these two verbal types force you to imagine.  In Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension, you have to imagine a situation, a controversy, a set of objects and actors and events in the real world.

First paragraph of a sample RC passage: In the mid-nineteenth century, one of the most expensive metals, pound for pound, was aluminium. Emperor Napoleon III is said to have served his most eminent guests on plates of aluminium, reserving golden plates for less-favored visitors. The reason for aluminium’s high cost was not its scarcity; in fact, aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust. Rather, aluminium was very difficult to extract from any of its ores and in fact was not isolated as a chemical element until 1825.  Not until 1886 did two 23-year-old chemists, Charles Hall and Paul Héroult, independently discover an electrolytic process that required only relatively common materials and electricity (even if in large quantities) to produce aluminium.

If, on the test, you just let your eyes run over that paragraph, you would be sunk.  If you never awakened any corresponding thoughts or images – if you never imagined the aluminium and all the rest – you wouldn’t be able to answer questions correctly.

How do you force yourself to imagine? By writing a little bit down.

Don’t copy down the whole paragraph, word for word. You don’t have time, and you’ll get lost in details. Remember, you don’t have to answer the questions using only these notes!

Rather, try to capture the gist – and the gist ONLY! Rephrase to simplify. And make sure it’s all connected.

1800’s: Alum – super-$.

    Ex: Emperor

Why so expensive?

    Not b/c scarce!

    But b/c hard to isolate

1886: 2 guys found easier way

After you’ve created notes like these, you understand the basic point of the paragraph – because you’ll have imagined the important parts. Practice such a note-taking technique, and no crazy topic or convoluted argument can really throw you.

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On Reading Comprehension, do extra passages on topics you dislike – and pretend to be interested.

You might not like history. Or chemistry. Or the history of chemistry. In that case, the paragraph above might have made you gag.

Get over it!

Whatever distaste you feel for the subject, whatever self-pity you experience for having drawn the “aluminium” passage – laugh it off. And then get into the subject. Pretend that you care.

Wow, I had no idea that aluminium was once super-expensive! That’s strange!

Wonder why it was so expensive?  Was it scarce?  No. Oh, I see – it was hard to get out of the ore.

Go ahead and be geeky. No one is listening to your thoughts. Everything can be interesting. If you stop telling yourself that you don’t like a certain subject, you might just taste it for the first time – and discover that you actually don’t mind it so much. Then it’s so much easier to learn. 

Guess what – you have to temporarily learn something about four subjects (on four passages). And it’s almost impossible to learn something that you hate. So give this liking thing a try – and practice it on extra passages. By doing so, at least you won’t be afraid any more of the topics you dislike.

To a lesser degree, the same thing holds true for Critical Reasoning. If certain argument situations or topics annoy you, bore you, depress you – well, pretend you care.  Get into the situation.  And do extra problems.

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5) On both Critical Reasoning and Reading Comp, review by finding the proof.

On these two question types, four of the answer choices are lies. Only one is the truth.  (The exception is “except” questions, of course.) This observation may seem obvious, but it points to a review tactic you should always take advantage of: analyze how the truth was there all along.

This does NOT mean you should always try to predict the answer from the question stem. In some cases, you can “fill in the blank” before looking at the answer choices. For instance, if you’re asked to Find the Assumption on a Critical Reasoning question, and the argument has a logic gap, you may be able to articulate the missing puzzle piece ahead of time.  Likewise, for a Specific Detail question on Reading Comp, you should go find the truth in the passage and boil it down to fighting weight before looking at the answer choices.

In other cases, you should definitely NOT try to predict the answer. For instance, on general Reading Comp questions, you should generally dive right in and try to eliminate the lies. The right answer may be expressed at a level of abstraction that you didn’t anticipate.

However, the right answer must always be right. It must be true. So, as you review the question, study the heck out of how it matches up to the passage or the argument.

Understand how vocabulary works in context
Learn how words function in context. A great way to do this is by looking up example sentences online. For instance, let’s say your flashcard defines perfunctory as performed merely as a typical duty; superficial. You can ingrain that definition into your head and still be totally flustered if perfunctory shows up as one of the answers in a Text Completion. That’s because you really aren’t equipped—by that definition alone—to know if perfunctory fits on the blank.
On the other hand, if you go read several example sentences, or use flashcards with well-thought out example sentences, then you are far more likely to get a grasp of how to use perfunctory in a sentence.  
And that’s the key to success on the CAT Verbal: knowing not just the denotative (dictionary/flashcard definition) but also the connotative definition (the ways—both figurative and literal—that a word can function in a scholarly context).

Likewise, study how the “close-but-not-right” answers are false. Don’t simply stay content with fuzzy understanding.

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CAT 2019 Mocks: Things to do to Improve CAT 2019 Score

CAT 2019 Mocks: Mock Tests are unarguably an excellent way to identify what mistakes you make, what are your strengths and topics which you find difficult, etc. If you have not started taking mock test yet, you should start doing it. It is important that one should take mock tests as this has not only been recommended by the exam experts but also by the regular CAT Toppers. One of the common mistakes which students do is that they postpone taking mock tests until they have a grasp over the subjects. The next most important thing is to analyze the answers in the mock test series. You cannot improve in these tests if you do not know what mistake you are actually making, analyzing your weak and strong points is the foundation for your success.

With season gearing up, many of us out there falter between, getting discouraged by the mock scores, and starting to feel that CAT is not their cup of tea and much more. While everyone should introspect at regular intervals and do what is best for him/her, the decision to give up on CAT should not be based on CAT 2019 Mocks performance. Hence to address all the demotivated minds, here I share with you some of the things which you should do after taking CAT 2019 Mocks to improve Score.

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What after CAT 2019 Mocks?

First of all, remember that CAT 2019 Mocks are nothing but just a means to measure your current level of preparation and not any indicator of how will you do in actual CAT. There have been many 99 percentilers of CAT Mocks not ending up even at 90 percentile and many 85-90 percentilers of mocks ending up at 99.5+ percentile on the D Day. Hence, just treat CAT Mocks as thermometer to measure the performance, to cure the gaps and then to emerge with flying colors on the D Day. 

Also, do remember that you are taking mocks to improve your performance and not to impress people by tuning your preparation as per their mocks. You should tune your preparation as per your strengths and weaknesses so that you are better prepared for the D Day. 

What to do after solving Reading Comprehension Questions in Mocks?

With the increasing indications of CAT 2019 set to have high weightage in CAT, importance of Reading Comprehension has increased multifold. 

  • Attempt the unattempted RCs from mocks and then analyze and decide if your reason to skip them in the mock was right or wrong. Will help you in fine-tuning your ability to skip or attempt an RC. 
  • Find the meaning, synonyms, and antonyms of the new words you came across in RCs.
  • Find out the reasons for questions that you marked incorrect. Was it the understanding of the passage or getting confused between 2 close options or did you miss out at a sitter?
  • Identify the type of RC Questions which you should revise every week and ensure you are practicing them every week from now on.

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What to do after solving Verbal Ability Questions in Mocks?

  • Find out the meaning, antonyms and synonyms of all the new words encountered. 
  • Mark the specific type of questions or concepts you are getting wrong in Sentence Correction and Grammar. Revise them every 2-3 days to ensure you neither forget nor miss at applying them while solving.
  • Go through all the ParaJumble, Critical Reasoning, Para Completion questions to see where you went wrong and what you could have done better. Chalk out the plan and work on it with high focus on these topics on regular interval of 2-3 days.

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What to do after solving Quantitative Ability Questions in Mocks?

  • Compare the solutions of questions you solved correctly with the ones given in solution booklet. See if you could have solved it earlier through some better means. 
  • For unattempted questions, check their solutions and then decide if you did a mistake by skipping it or would you actually like to skip it in the exam due to the Return of investment of time from the question.
  • Check if some logic could have been used to reduce the given options by elimination method.
  • Revise all the new questions and concepts encountered every week.

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What to do after solving LR & DI Questions in Mocks?

  • Attempt all the data sets which you did not attempt in the test. Then decide if you should have solved them or left them. 
  • Identify the data set types which you could have solved with just options and not had to use paper and pencil. Mark such type of questions and revise them weekly so that you do not miss at the speed part.
  • Identify the questions in which you could have applied the shortcuts directly and revise them regularly.
  • Identify the type of caselets which you should have actually left in the exam so that you may work on them better.

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Many students make this mistake that they just keep solving the mocks but never revise or analyze the stuff done in those mocks. Remember that you can only improve accuracy and speed with the help of revising and analyzing the mocks solved. Never move ahead to a new mock without having done with the analysis of the previous one.


How to master Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019?

Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019: Reading Comprehension has always been an important section of CAT Exam. It is one of the key areas of CAT Verbal Ability preparation. Reading Comprehension also called as RCs can be a bit challenging for aspirants in terms of commitments and efforts.

The Reading Comprehension section from Verbal Ability holds around 70% weightage (VARC). Out of the total 100 questions divided in 3 sections in the CAT exam, VARC consists of 34 questions and out of them 24 questions in CAT are RC based questions. This proves that RC is a critical section for CAT which aspirants cannot afford to neglect.

Considering all these factors, we can say that Reading Comprehension is a scoring area in CAT Exam. So it is very important that aspiring candidates master Reading Comprehension. But what should be the right approach to master Reading Comprehension for CAT? Cracking Reading Comprehension depends on the following factors.

  • Accuracy and Analysis of the questions efficiently
  • Comprehension and Retention
  • Speed of Reading

Reading Comprehension can be a tough section for aspirants not only because of the difficulty level of the questions but also because of the length of the paragraph and the time allotted to read and solve it. RC can be tough but it can be improved and mastered by aspirants with some smart work. Here, we are providing some tips on how to master Reading Comprehension for CAT.

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Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019

CAT 2019 VARC Section
Reading Comprehension Composition
Section Name
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Total VARC Questions
Number of Reading Comprehension Passages for CAT
Type of RC Passages for CAT
3 Long RC Passages; 2 Short RC Passage
Total questions Based on Reading Comprehension passages for CAT
Bifurcation of RC Based Questions
6 Questions follow each Long RC passage (Total 18 questions);
3 questions follow each short RC passage (Total 6 questions)
Type of Questions Based on RC Passages in CAT
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Time to attempt the complete section
60 Minutes
Marks for Each Correct Answer
Negative Marks for Each Wrong Answer
Difficulty Level of Verbal Ability Questions
Moderate to High
Number of Reading Comprehension questions with No-Negative Marking

Changes in the CAT 2019 Reading Comprehension section

  • Earlier, there existed around 16 questions out of 50 based on 3-4 Reading comprehension passages for CAT prior to year 2015. However, of lately, the number of RC Passages have gone up to 5 and the RC questions have gone up to 24 questions out of 34 questions.
  • All RC Passages are followed by MCQ type questions with negative marking. This, notably, is one point of difference between Verbal Ability questions and Reading comprehension questions. While almost all the Verbal Ability questions are of no negative marking type, the Reading Comprehension questions in CAT are of MCQs type carrying 1/3 negative marking.
  • The length of the long RC Passages in the CAT has been reduced from 1200 words to 800-900 words, and of the short RC passages to 500 words. However, the number of questions following the long RC Passages have increased.
  • The RC Passages in CAT have difficult vocabulary words, which need consistent preparation. There are 4-5 questions from Vocabulary following the RC Passages, which ask you to identify the meaning of the word used in the RC Passage.
  • A few questions following the RC passages in CAT are of Reasoning type like Assumption, True/False statement, Inference among others. Notably, such questions did not appear in the CAT Exam prior to 2015.

Mission CAT 2019: How to master Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019?

Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019

Make a habit of reading

Reading Comprehension can be very difficult for candidates because of the time it takes to read the full passage. Not only they have to read the whole passage but also remember all the points so that they can answer the questions later. One of the most important and easiest things that aspirants can do to retain what they have read and increase their reading speed is, making a habit of reading a lot. Candidates can read different books, magazines that interest them and should read the newspaper and editorials on a daily basis.

Tip: After reading the passage, make a summary of it, which should ideally be one-third of the passage size. Check that all the key points are covered in the summary of RC passage.

Improve Vocabulary

Vocabulary means knowledge of words. Candidates who do not have a good vocabulary will have to stop at every new word while solving Reading Comprehension. To improve vocabulary aspirants should start reading anything that will keep them immersed in English like newspapers, comics, stories, etc.  They should keep a book to note down the new words that they are learning in the process. This can help aspirants to improve their vocabulary easily.

Time Management

Competitive exams like CAT not only test a candidate’s knowledge but also their skill of time management. Time management is one of the main components for preparing for any exam. Candidates should be totally aware of the CAT 2019 Syllabus and CAT 2019 Exam Pattern before starting preparing for the exam and they should divide their time according to their strength and weakness. Practising many reading comprehension problems with the help of a timer can be a good strategy to improve time management skills.

Candidates preparing for CAT should keep these points in mind while practising the Reading Comprehension exercise. Solving previous year’s CAT 2019 Question Paper can also help candidates to improve their skills to solve Reading Comprehension.

Tip: Monitor your time to attempt the CAT RC passages. One RC passage followed by 5-6 questions should not take more than 15 minutes to answer. 

CAT 2019 Study Plan for Working Professionals


CAT 2019 Preparation – Study Plan for 6 months!

CAT 2019 Preparation: We have nearly 6 months till the feline strikes and 6 months is more than enough time for CAT 2019 Preparation! However, a structured approach is required to tackle the same!

About the  CAT 2019 Exam

CAT 2019 Preparation

CAT 2019 will be held in the last week of November. CAT 2018 was held on November 25, 2018 and saw over 2.40 lakh registrations, out of which 10,000 were re-takers and the ratio of female candidates appearing in CAT 2018 was also on a rise. Quite obviously, these students would have worked night and day to achieve the score that would steer them towards the B-school of their dreams.

Where preparation for the CAT 2019 exam is concerned, it can be done both online and offline. But since we are living in a technology-driven industry, resorting to online coachings and study material is the new norm. Let us attempt to understand through his article how to prepare for CAT 2019 in 6 months and how CAT 2019 Preparation will be helpful to get a good score in the CAT 2019 Exam.

CAT 2019 Preparation – Study plan for 6 months!

Phase 1

Setting weekly targets & aiming to achieve them before time: While working/studying work may come up suddenly (ad hoc work/surprise test) and we understand that one needs flexibility to do well in the CAT 2019 Exam. Hence, juggling between CAT 2019 Preparation and office work/college becomes all the more necessary. Also innovation in preparation also helps a lot.

Varun Saxena, Founder of CareerAnna, found himself in a similar kind of a dilemma during his CAT 2019 Preparation phase: Whether he should work or study, what should he do and how much time he should allot. That is when I decided that he need to do something. He used to set targets like:

  • Half an hour a day of reading
  • Two Quant concepts a day (theory)
  • 1 DI set, 1 LR set (preferably from old mock papers)
  • Half an hour a day of quants practice

Varun followed this for around 2-3 months and did feel that it helped him a lot. If you look at this as a bunch it will take you 1.5-2 hours a day but if you segregate it into smaller sessions then around 6-7 15-20 minute sessions will suffice, and this amount of time you can easily take out in between your work.

Also, find ways to use the time you think goes waste every day. For example, Varun used to read while he used to commute in the Mumbai locals. So, he used to make use of that 1 hour in the train which would have gone to waste otherwise.

Phase 2

In the later 2–3 months,  Mocks will start pouring in and giving them enough time and attention is of paramount importance. So it is wise to finish the theoretical part of preps before Mocks, and do start right away if possible! If not then learning through Mocks (as good Mock Series mostly cover all the types of questions asked in  the exam) is another way but one must not lose heart because of low scores as the end goal is to score well in CAT 2019! Also one should thoroughly experiment and finalize on a strategy for the actual exam.

Keep a track of the following factors while analysing Mocks :

  • Accuracy – there’s always a tradeoff between accuracy & speed – so figure out what is working for you and what is not!
  • The best approach to solve a problem – What is the best way to solve a problem; have you used the same?
  • Strong-Weak areas – Are there any weak areas left – if yes, go back to the basics and put in the required hard work!

Start slowly with 1 Mock per week – taking at least 3–4 days to analyse them and later on promote yourself to 2 mocks per week – slowly you will see that the time taken for analysing also reduces!

So to summarise:

In the first 2–3 months:

  • Start off with learning concepts
  • Learn to apply them
  • Practice as you learn
  • Try to complete your topic wise learning before mocks start

In the last 3 months:

  • Take 1–2 mocks/week – Analyze them – Experiment

Have a look at the articles given below for more comprehensive insights on CAT 2019 Preparation:

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75 Day CAT Study Plan | How to Use them Best to score High

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How to Score 99 Percentile to Crack CAT in First Attempt

CAT is certainly among the most competitive entrance exams in India when it comes to Post Graduation and Management degrees. The major reason for the same is that it opens its doors to some of the most coveted management institutes of the country. While the aspirants gear up for one of the toughest exams (majorly due to the level of competition), there are multiple questions which goes around in his mind.  Some of these are, ‘Where should I start from? What should I study? What are the books I should refer to? How to crack the CAT exam in the first attempt and many others. In this article, we at CareerAnna, have tried to come up with the most recommended strategy to score 99 Percentile to crack CAT in First Attempt. 

Strategy to crack CAT in First Attempt

crack CAT in first attempt

Here is the set of most recommended strategies to crack CAT in first attempt. All these need to be backed up with strong determination and confidence of the aspirant that irrespective of what happens, he/she will surely achieve the dream to Crack CAT in First Attempt.

Coaching or Self Preparation 

The first and foremost thing you need to choose is whether to go for coaching or to take self-preparation. Cracking the CAT exam in first attempt without proper guidance or regularity is not an easy task. Many have cracked the exam even without coaching, but you at least need to prepare under the mentorship of a helpful expert (can be Alumni of top B Schools, students of top B Schools or MBA Faculty with more than 5-6 years of experience) to help you at different moments of the CAT journey which eventually turn out to be the make or break for an individual come the big day.

If, in case you plan to enrol in coaching, choose the best institute in your city which suits your requirements. Before choosing the institute, not only check the past records but also the time which its faculty gives to the students to help them resolve their doubts.

Know the Syllabus

Go through the CAT Syllabus thoroughly and start preparation from basics. This is so as once you clear with the basic parts, you will be able to understand the rest of the part clearly. 

Check yourself at Concepts

To check your knowledge on the conceptual part, start attempting the mock tests of the previous years or a couple of past CAT papers. In the attempt, you may not be able to score too well, however, you must not lose your strength and confidence. Keep your focus on the weaker sections and practice well. Every year the CAT Exam style and Pattern may vary, even though attempting the previous question papers to know the difficulty level of this exam is advisable.

Know the Expected Trends

To know the important sections, the applicant must analyze and be familiar with the previously asked question papers. After knowing the same, candidates can prepare accordingly. Focus on the important topics expected in the CAT examination of the year, in this case, CAT 2019. Some of the most common ones across the years remain Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Selection and Arrangements, Geometry and Numbers. 

Time Management

It is one of the basic factors for success in any competitive exam and it doesn’t undergo any changes, not even for the CAT Exam! The CAT Exam is all about managing your time for preparation and problem-solving. Therefore, you must prepare a strategy to attempt to complete each section comprehensively and assign more time on a high scoring section to ensure you have not only met sectional cutoff, but have also maximized your overall score. 

Focus on Accuracy

To crack CAT in first attempt, the candidate should focus on accuracy as there will be negative marking for wrong answers. Do read the question twice or thrice before marking the answer correctly. At times, students do make the mistake of marking an incorrect answer, despite having solved it correctly. 

Prepare Selectively as per the time in hand

To Crack CAT in first attempt, the candidate should work hard to reduce the problems arising before the exam because, sometimes, the candidates feel burdened to cover all the topics on time. Therefore, they will be more tensed and sometimes they become stressed and forgetful due to the upcoming exam. We all know that the CAT Exam is all about your mental strength, as a depleted mind can’t help answering the logical questions. For better results, the candidate should work hard by making at least a 15 mins time interval for every 2 hours study to absorb the topic which they have learnt.

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Focus on general and shortcut formulas for quicker answering and to save money. Try to solve the problems on time, for success the optimization of time is imperative.

Mock Tests Analysis and Improvement

Post complete preparation of the CAT Syllabus, religiously take the Mock Tests everyday to gain good practice and time management. This tradition will help to crack the CAT exam in first attempt. Check out the Mock Frequency suggested by Alumni of Top B Schools HERE.

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How to Solve Questions on Circular Seating Arrangement in CAT 2019?

Circular Seating Arrangement Problems in Logical Reasoning Section of CAT can be most ambiguous of all the problems. This topic includes a variety of subtopics with multiple variation and integration of them. One such topic in arrangements is Seating Arrangements, which is one of the most important and consistent questions in CAT. Seating Arrangement questions can be confusing, Time-consuming and at times brainstorming in Logical Reasoning section. But don’t forget that around 3-4 questions are based on this topic in CAT 2019. So answering them correctly can boost your percentile and a little mistake can cost you significantly. These problems can be categorized into two types namely,

  • Linear Seating Arrangement Problems.
  • Circular Seating Arrangement Problems.

As the name suggests Circular Seating arrangement is the type of seating arrangement where people are sitting or standing in circular, square or polygonal way. Linear seating arrangement problems are those where arrangements are made in rows or lines. The arrangement can be in a single row or there can be multiple rows but generally, two rows questions are asked. And in two-row arrangement objects are arranged in two different rows facing each other.

This article brings to you all the shortcuts to solve CAT Circular Seating Arrangement Questions. We have seen students finding this as one of the toughest topics in CAT, XAT and other MBA Exams and hence we have tried to compile a list of shortcuts for you to solve CAT Circular Seating Arrangement Questions.   

Types of Circular Seating Arrangement Problems

  • Facing Inwards – Here the participants are sitting facing towards the centre of the circle. 
  • Facing Outwards – Here the participants are sitting facing away from the centre of the circle.

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Case where Participants are Facing Inwards

Two rules of thumb in the case where participants are facing inwards are:

  • All their “rights” refer to Anti Clockwise Direction. 
  • All their “lefts” refer to Clockwise Direction.
So, if someone asks who is sitting left to A, you may just recall the above rule of thumb and mark the answer as B.

Case where Participants are Facing Outwards

Two rules of thumb in the case where participants are facing inwards are:
  • All their “rights” refer to Clockwise Direction. 
  • All their “lefts” refer to Anti Clockwise Direction.

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How to Seat in Circular Arrangement

This is the question that bugs most of us out there. Which participant to seat first, where to make which participant seat and more. Let us try to have a look on how to address these problems. The best way to solve is:
  • Draw a circle and mark the positions as 1,2,3,4 … (till the number of participants given in the question) in a clockwise manner. 
  • Arrange the information given in the problem in the drawn circle and start marking positions 1, 2, 3, 4 … as the name of the participants given in the question. For Example: A is 2nd to the left of B, while sitting inwards. You may mark any position as A (generally begin with position 1) and mark position 1 for A. Now look for the position 2nd to the left of A, and mark it as B. In this case, it would be position number 3. 
  • If incase there is a dilemma that a particular participant can occupy 2 or more positions, go ahead with one position and arrange the rest accordingly. In case, you find any given condition getting violated, understand that you picked the wrong position for the participant. Quit this case and allocate the other position to the respective participant. 
  • However, if you were able to solve without violating any condition given, then the position assumed by you for the respective participant was right and there is no need to retry with the other possible positions.
  • While solving, first allocate the position to those participants whose position is easily identifiable and you can accurately see the position. Delay the allocation of position of those participants for whom there is uncertainty or there is a dilemma between two or more positions. 
  • If there are 4/6/8/10 persons, i.e., even number of people and all facing one particular direction – then 2nd/ 3rd / 4th / 5th to the left or right is always the person sitting opposite!
  • If the question says that few people are facing inwards and few are facing outwards, then use the arrows to mark the same for the positions to refer to the same. This is illustrated in the diagram below. For example, in the below diagram – A and D are facing outwards while B and C are facing inwards. 
  • Last but not the least, the golden key to ace CAT Circular Arrangement Questions is to practice. Keep practicing and analyzing your approach vis a vis the solutions given. Discuss with your mentors the difference in approaches and why either of the approaches could be the better, in case you solved in a different manner as compared to the one given in the solution.

Henceforth using the above simple steps, we can solve many circular problems swiftly. But don’t forget that “practice makes a man perfect”. Thus, perfection can only be achieved if we practice questions. So, keep on solving several types of questions as many as you can.

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When to leave a question in the CAT Exam?

When to leave a question in the CAT Exam to ensure that accuracy doesn’t take a hit is one of the most popularly asked queries by MBA Aspirants. In this article, Team Career Anna will try to share some insights on Question Selection and when should we decide in the exam or mock to leave a question. 

When the CAT Exam is just around the corner, candidates are generally palpitating out of fear, yet are fully prepared with the syllabus to the best of their ability and want to attempt as many questions correctly as they can. However, just like every exam, even the CAT exam paper has certain curveballs which are either hard nuts to crack or must be left unanswered to avoid wasting much time.

Attempts in the CAT Exam

Generally, the number of attempts for a majority of students is around 18-20 in each section with 12-15 of correct answers, which leads to an accuracy of around 70% after spending approximately 4 minutes per question. However, the big question here is, how do you define an attempt?

Most students (and faculty) define attempts as the number of questions for which an answer was marked. However, the general definition of attempts includes:

  • QA questions which require around 100 seconds to form equations, do calculations with no answer being marked.
  • The DI/LR sets where you spent a considerable amount of time in making the table. However, you turned out to be unsuccessful and abandoned the set without marking answer(s) to the questions.
  • The RC questions whose answers were not marked post reading the passage
  • The Critical Reasoning, Para Completion & Para Jumbles questions which were left unmarked after a couple of minutes of working on them.

Therefore, the accurate representation of ‘Attempts’ in the CAT Exam is the number of questions which consumed over 1 minute of yours, regardless of if you marked the answer or not is not important. In every section there are at least 5-6 such questions, therefore, most of the students are attempting 25+ questions with 12-15 answers marked correctly, 6-8 incorrect answers and 5-6 questions for which the answers were not marked even after spending quite some time on them.

When to leave a question in the CAT Exam?

leave a question in the CAT Exam

To start off with putting a message across, we would like to say “CAT is like a game of cricket, where you need to play (Attempt) every ball (question) at its merit.” However, this merit will vary from player (student) to player (Student). So just because some verbal god can solve a verbal question, doesn’t mean that you should be able to solve it as well (Remember that what might be the ball to hit for Sachin, might not be the ball at which Dhoni may hit as well).

Now, these balls (questions) could be coming to you in four different forms: 

1. Questions from your area of interest or from topics you are comfortable with (i.e. from topics which are your strengths) and can be solved in less time.

2. Questions from your area of interest but the ones which will take time to solve. 

3. Questions from not so good areas from your perspective, but which may be solved if worked around properly.

4. Questions from not so good areas from your perspective, and cannot be solved by you unless you spend at least 7-10 minutes on them or maybe even longer.

Therefore, the CAT Exam Paper Attempting strategy should accordingly be drafted:

Phase 1

You solve all the sitters from your strong areas in this phase. All the questions falling in this category are attempted.

Phase 2

This phase comes when you are done with sitters. Here you solve all the questions which are from your strength areas but take slightly longer time. 

Phase 3

This phase comes after Phase 2 and you give a shot at these questions. If you are able to solve them in 2 minutes or are about to reach the solution, you invest upto 1 more minute in them and solve them. Else, you should leave them after 2 minutes itself and not invest more time in them. 

All the questions which do not fall in top 3 categories, should be left unattempted by you in the examination unless you are done with all the questions falling in top 3 categories and still have time in hand (with the sectional time limit being introduced, this will be a very rare case). You should not be even wasting 1 minute for the question (unless done with first 3 categories) which falls in the 4th category i.e a non-sitter from your weak or not so strong area. 

Quick Important Tips to Keep in mind while attempting the CAT Question Paper

1. Read the question
2. If you think you can solve and in less time, solve it.
3. If you think you can solve a question but which will consume more time, mark it for review and come back to it later.
4. If you think you cannot solve, leave it.
5. If you get stuck at any point, leave it, mark of review and come back later.
6. Don’t mark unless you are sure of the answer.

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Top MBA Colleges Accepting 80 to 90 CAT Percentile in CAT 2019

Top MBA Colleges accepting 80 to 90 CAT Percentile: While we endorse pursuing an MBA only from some of the best institutes, as it is generally the last education degree one will pursue, and hence should be a memorable journey, we also understand that some of us might not be able to score that high or fulfill all the criteria. This coupled with personal obligations may make us opt for a college which might not be in the dream list. 

The problem here we face is that while all the B Schools seem similar, make similar fake claims, use similar websites for misleading claims etc. and we get lost in the web. Hence, as requested by our wonderful Career Anna buddies out there, we bring to you a filtered list of decent MBA colleges which you may opt for, if in case you score in the range of 80 to 90 CAT Percentile. So, without any further delay let us get to MBA Colleges accepting scores between 80 to 90 CAT Percentile.

Why MBA?

80 to 90 CAT Percentile

‘Why MBA?’ is the most pertinent question which comes in the mind of every CAT aspirant. This is, however, an ignored question in general as most students want to pursue an MBA as part of the rat race. Some want this degree to have better pay and job security and others as only an additional degree to add to their existing qualification and resume. However, just like we ponder and research properly before buying real estate, property or even electronic gadgets for that matter, when it comes to education and building a career, one must not slack and have clarity on whatever they are getting into, especially when it comes to a management degree and career.

What is an MBA?

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is a Post-graduate programme which aims to provide a complete understanding of management in terms of conceptual, theoretical and practical training in various aspects of business like economics, operations marketing, basic accounting, corporate finance etc., regardless of the specialisation. However, if you are inclined towards pursuing a particular stream or specialisation like Human Resources, Finance, Sales and Marketing among others, you can always opt for a  specialized MBA in that specific facet.

Notably, most MBA programmes in India are accredited by AICTE or UGC, and many others come with prestigious international accreditations. For example, the prestigious IIM Calcutta’s programs are accredited by AACSB and AMBA, making it the only Indian B-school with both these global accreditations.

MBA programmes can be divided into two types, depending on the kind of degree and the duration required to complete it. One is the two-year Full-Time Program and One-Year Executive Program. The former is extremely common and highly sought after, and offers both a Diploma (PGDM) and a Masters degree (MBA) as well. Notably, MBA is offered by colleges that are affiliated to a university and PGDMs are provided by colleges not affiliated with any university. However, the said degrees don’t make a difference to recruiters as they go by the reputation of the college and the potential and aptitude of a student.

Notably, IIMs and XLRI are two of the most prestigious B-schools of India.

What does an MBA comprise of?

An MBA programme typically has 6 terms (also known as trimesters) of 3 months each. Both the years have 3 trimesters each. Also, a student is supposed to undertake a 2 month long summer internship after the end of the first year.

There are also certain MBA specialisations and electives which are domain-specific and intend to provide in-depth knowledge about a particular stream of management. The most common specializations are Finance, Sales & Marketing, Logistics & Operations, Human Resource, IT. Most B-schools, however, have a General Management program, wherein the first year is about learning the basics of all the various streams of management. In the second year, the student can choose his specialization and the electives he intends to take.

MBA Colleges accepting scores of 80 to 90 CAT Percentile

For 85 and above bracket

Please note that institutes are NOT listed in ranking order.

  • Goa Institute of Management, (GIM) – Considers Profile so you may get a call at around 85 Percentile as well 
  • Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur
  • IMI Delhi – HR Programme
  • XIM Bhubaneswar – Rural Management Programme
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai (2 Year course)
  • Fore School of Management, Delhi
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi (LBSIM)
  • BIM Trichy
  • Faculty of Management Studies, FMS BHU
  • Xaviers Institute of Social Services, XISS Ranchi
  • University Business School, Chandigarh (UBS)
  • TAPMI Manipal

For 80 and above bracket

Please note that institutes are NOT listed in ranking order.

  • MICA Ahmedabad (Need to take MICAT as main entrance exam)
  • Delhi School of Management, Delhi Technological University
  • Institute of Rural Management, Anand
  • Welingkar Mumbai
  • Institute for Financial Management and Research, IFMR Chennai
  • K J Somaiya, Mumbai (IB Program)
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai (LIBA)
  • NIRMA, Ahmedabad
  • Alliance School of Business, Bangalore
  • XIME, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

Feel free to shoot your queries through comments and we would be happy to answer.

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