Score 100 Percentile in CAT 2019 Exam: “Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don’t like to do.” The same fits well for the CAT exam which is hailed as one of the most difficult management entrance exams of the country and tests a candidate on myriad aspects like speed, accuracy, time-management and subjective knowledge. However, one should either go all the way or not even start – there is no try. If you are a CAT 2019 aspirant, we advise you to aim for the sky and bring to you the CAT preparation strategy of 100 percentilers so as to help boost your preparation. In case you want additional guidance and a tailor-made course on CAT, we suggest you enrol into an Online CAT Coaching.

Score 100 Percentile in CAT 2019 Exam

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Before I start handing you tips to prepare and nail each section, I would first like you to familiarise yourself with the CAT Exam Pattern.

  • The CAT exam is a computer-based test meant to be completed within three hours, with sixty minutes allotted to each section.
  • There are three sections in the CAT exam namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR); Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • The exam has both MCQs and Non MCQs – the former requires you to pick the correct answer out of the given options, while the latter involves you to the type in the correct answer (TITA).
  • 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 is no penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non-MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern.
Sections MCQs Non-MCQs Total Questions Total Marks Time allotted
VARC 24 10 34 102 60 minutes
DI/LR 24 8 32 96 60 minutes
QA 27 7 34 102 60 minutes
Total 75 25 100 300 180 minutes

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CAT 2019: What does the CAT Exam test you in?

The CAT 2019 exam will be held on November 24, 2019 with IIM Kozhikode being the convener of the same for this year. The CAT 2019 exam will be held in two sessions across 140 cities for students willing to take an admission in MBA and PGDM programmes in the best management colleges within the country.

The key objective of this exam is to select candidates who have the potential to flourish into responsible future managers and leaders and leave a mark in the corporate world. This is initially tested through Quantitative, Verbal, Reasoning and Data Interpretative abilities of an individual and subsequently through Group Discussions and Personal Interviews.

The questions in the written exam are framed in a manner which requires a candidate to use all logic and basic concepts so as to arrive at the right answer. IIMs and other top-B schools shortlist students post careful assessment of students on all levels.

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CAT 2019: What to expect in the exam

The CAT exam is now held exclusively in an online mode only in 3 hours, with 1 hour devoted to each section of the exam. The CAT exam has always been unpredictable in terms of its level of difficulty, therefore, students must be well prepared to write this exam. The questions in the exam are of both MCQ and Non-MCQ nature (TITA – Type in the Answer) and the CAT Exam Pattern has remained stable for the past few years and is likely to remain the same this year as well.

The CAT 2018 exam was conducted by the IIM Calcutta and considering previous years’ trends, CAT 2019 will have VARC and QA on the moderate and the LRDI section will be the most difficult section of the exam.

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CAT 2019: Tips to Score 100 Percentile

In general, CAT toppers say that there is no magic formula to score 100 percentile in the CAT exam. Structured preparation and constantly working upon and improving your weak areas helps improves the overall percentile.

No fixed hours are required to prepare for the CAT exam, just focused preparation from the months of May-June, strengthening the basics, attempting and analysing CAT Mocks, maintaining an error log etc. can help you score high in the CAT exam.

If you are a CAT 2019 aspirant who has already begun or will begin his/her preparation now, the following study schedule by toppers will help you score 100 percentile in CAT 2019 exam:

  • Since May has already come to an end, it is highly advisable to have a measurable and personalised study plan for the next few months till the CAT 2019 exam. Also, you must identify your strong and weak areas first and divide each of them further in two parts.
  • For areas of strength, you can divide them into two parts, one where you solve with 100% accuracy in less time and the second part where you solve with 100% accuracy but end up taking more time than the average time required to solve those questions.
  • For areas for weaknesses, you may follow the same pattern: divide them into two layers, the former being the ones where you lack in accuracy but can manage solving with a bit more time in hand, and the latter where you are completely lacking the basics and need to work upon from scratch.
  • This way you will both improve on your existing strengths and master your weaknesses and also learn to efficiently distribute time across topics and recognising the number of questions you need to solve for every topic.
  • Inculcate a reading habit in yourself to perform well both in the CAT exam and for long term gains as well. You must, however, avoid spending time on ‘vocabulary building,’ since it is no longer needed to score high in the CAT exam.
  • Gradually, when you move to attempting both sectional and full-length mocks, in case you feel that your performance is trailing in other areas, you could work on bringing the weaker areas at par with others.
  • It is crucial to chart out a plan for every topic/question type within each subject and define targets for the same.
  • The months of August and September are the peak time for your preparation. Therefore, the latter should be devoted to building concepts for eliminating weak areas and practicing applications to further strengthen strong areas.  September should be devoted to improve weak areas and ensure 80% attempts with 80% accuracy and 95-100% attempts in strong areas with at least 90% accuracy.
  • After solidifying basics, you should spend the next two months in fine-tuning your test preparation by focusing on better question selection, spotting tough questions so you can prevent wasting time on them unless done with sitters and questions with a medium level of difficulty.
  • Last but not least, you must not only solve as many Mocks as you can but also analyse them and introspect in the outcome of them before hopping on to more Mocks.

We hope you have a good time preparing for the CAT 2019 exam. Good Luck!