How to Prepare for CAT Without Coaching 0
How to Prepare for CAT Without Coaching

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 is just around the corner. It is arguably one of the most difficult, yet most aspiring exams in India. This entrance exam focuses on delivering results using unconventional methods that cannot be adopted via rote learning and requires out-of-the-box thinking. Considering that the CAT exam is the gateway to step to 20 IIMs and around 100 B-schools, it’s not surprising that the competition is immense. According to Careers 360, more than two lakh candidates had applied for this examination in 2019.

A common question regarding CAT which frequently appears in the mind of every aspirant is whether it is possible to crack CAT without coaching? The answer to this question lies in SELF INTROSPECTION. CAT preparation can be done either with or without coaching and it is very much possible to ace this exam without any coaching. The aspirants are required to assess their strengths and weaknesses, the requirements of the exam, and most importantly, the role of a coaching institute play in the journey of preparation to decide whether to join a coaching institute for CAT or not. Though most students decide to join coaching, you can choose not to be a part of the rat-race and go for self-preparation.

Tips to prepare for CAT without coaching


  • Know CAT

Firstly, get an in-depth understanding of the pattern of the paper and its syllabus. Go through the past years’ papers and analyze them so that you can prepare a comprehensive plan, and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across various sections. Usually, CAT comprises of multiple-choice questions from four areas, namely Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. Some other MBA entrance exams also have a section on General Knowledge. On the basis of that, prepare a study plan. Focus on all the sections and don’t leave anything for the last moment. 


  • Get the best CAT study material

The CAT study material you refer plays one of the most important roles in deciding your selection. Have good books & resources handy with you. Since you are not joining a coaching institute, you will not get a tailor-made list of books. So invest some time in deciding which books you should buy. It is suggested that you should refer standard books recommended for CAT.

  • Make a study plan

Make a suitable study plan by setting realistic short-term and mid-term targets to ensure you complete the entire CAT syllabus well before the actual CAT Exam. Give ample time to each subject so that you can develop a good understanding on each topic. Also, keep enough time to revise and consolidate the topics you have learned.

  • Study group

Try to make a small group where everyone can throw their ideas on solving different questions in different ways. This will help you immensely to clear your doubts as you will not be having faculties at your side to clarify your doubts. Teach your friends about the topics that you are thorough of and ask them for the same, this will help everyone in the group to study efficiently.

  • Online Study Material for CAT

Refer to the free resources of coaching institutes available online. There is an abundance of CAT study material available online for free like online CAT mocks, Sectional tests for CAT, videos etc. This will widen the diversity of your resources.

  • CAT mock test series

It is of utmost importance to track your progress while preparing for CAT. It helps to realize your strengths and weaknesses and aid you to analyze whether you are on the right path or not. The best way to keep a track of your preparation is to take a CAT mock test series or by solving CAT mocks online.

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For a more detailed strategy to prepare for CAT, read CAT- Know Your Exam


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