CAT - Know you Exam 0
CAT - Know you Exam

According to stats, more than 2 lakh students appear for CAT Exam every year with an aspiration to secure a seat at the premier management institutes (IIMs) in the country. Since you are here, you might be one of those 2 lakh students. CAT or Common Aptitude Test, signifies more than what meets the eye. It tests your Aptitude apart from testing your knowledge, which makes it different from other exams in India. What makes it even more difficult is much competition and the Scarcity of seats. As the above quote suggests, Intelligent Direction is a crucial ingredient to achieve excellence. So this article is intended to put you in the right direction in your CAT preparation

1. Know your Exam

To crack on any exam, you need to be particular about the syllabus and the exam pattern. Go through the syllabus and start by preparing yourself from the very basic. Also, reach out to the previous year's exam papers to understand the question paper's pattern.CAT exam aims to test a candidate's reasoning ability, mathematical prowess, and proficiency in the English language in a dedicated 1 hour time for each of the three sections i.e., Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude in a particular order.

  • CAT exam pattern


Total Questions

MCQ’s with negative  marking

MCQ’s without negative marking

Maximum Marks

Verbal ability and reading comprehension





Data interpretation and logical reasoning





Quantitative Ability











2. Decide whether to take coaching or not.

Once you have thoroughly analyzed the syllabus and the exam pattern, the next step is to decide whether you will take coaching for CAT or go for self-preparation. Deciding this will require you to analyze your potential, strengths and weaknesses, and exam requirements. Apart from the above considerations, there are other external factors such as availability of good coaching institute in your city, availability of time, affordability, etc which will impact this decision. You can also choose to take online coaching for CAT. You can visit to buy online courses for CAT from India’s best institutes.

Coaching is essential but not an indispensable part of your preparation. It will guide you about what to study, how much to study, and help you in monitoring your progress. If you can manage these things on your own, then you can opt for self-preparation. 

3. Choose your Study material wisely.

The next confusing thing is deciding what books/study material one should refer to for CAT Exam. The choice of books is vast and varied. However, what MBA Aspirants need to understand is that it is not the choice of books, but how they refer to them. All books are very similar to their content, but the important thing is what you make of it. Here we provide you with a list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.


Quantitative Ability

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma (8th Edition)

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh Kumar (2018)

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha (2016

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal (2019)

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma (2011)

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha (2018

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma (8th Edition)

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Nishit Sinha (2016)

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis (2019)


5. Make a realistic schedule and stick to it.

Prepare a schedule by dividing different topics and subjects into various slots and assigning deadlines for covering each of these slots. Make sure that you keep realistic, keeping in mind the time left for the exam. Devote your time as per the schedule to meet the desired deadlines.

6. Take the Online Mock Tests series to analyze your performance.

Solving online CAT mock tests will help you understand the exam pattern and provide you with a good review of your preparation level. Apart from this, CAT mock tests are a great way of judging your conceptual knowledge, and they provide you with much-needed insights into your strengths and weaknesses. Mock tests will help you understand the bigger picture and let you focus on key sections individually. You may not score well initially but don't lose hope; instead, figure out your weaker sections and practice more.

Check out some of the best CAT mock test series available at  

We hope you find something new and valuable that will help you live your dream life at your dream b-school.


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