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CAT 2018- DO’S and DON’TS for Preparation

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that you must follow for your CAT preparation


  • Follow four R’s:

Read: Every CAT aspirant must be knowing the importance of reading as reading not only improves or helps in the Verbal section but it helps in overall development because reading improves the speed of reading the text which eventually helps increases the efficiency in hand.

Record: After doing one concept it is preferable to record all the important formulas or highlights so that when you do that particular concept again you don’t have to go through all the concept again.

Revise: You are not ready or prepare to give your CAT exam until or unless you have thoroughly revised all the concepts once. So you must revise beforehand.

Rest: Be well-rested before your CAT. Get sufficient sleep and eat well. Meet your friends or spend time with your family to be completely relaxed and calm.

  • Focus on accuracy:

One must focus on accuracy while practicing for CAT as there is negative marking for wrong answers, So attempting all questions is not a good option rather one should answer those questions in which they are sure and accuracy level is 100% Adequate practice and analysis of your performance will help you gain accuracy.

  • Time yourself:

It’s a good idea to time yourself while practicing the CAT  Exam questions. This will help you increase your speed and solve problems quickly

  • .Take multiple CAT  Exam Mock Tests:

Use this time to take as many CAT  Mock Tests as you can. Taking CAT  Mock tests will not only help you identify your weak areas and determine your speed and accuracy but will also familiarize and prepare you for the online CAT  Exam environment.


  • Don’t focus on new concepts just before the exam: 

It is always said not to start with new concepts just before the exams as it will not add-on something rather it will make put in more confused state. Do not waste your time learning new shortcuts as you may not know the conditions under which you can use that shortcut during the exam. When the exam is almost near try to revise and revise.

  • Don’t overdo for yourself:

Don’t panic or strain yourself before your exam. Straining yourself may lead to issues that can drain you out during the exam. Keep calm and be well-rested. If you think you’ve not prepared enough for your exam do not be disheartened. Keep an open mind as there are a lot of other exams and opportunities coming to your way

  • Don’t forget to Plan a timetable:

It’s always recommended that one should have a clear plan and structure for their preparation of CAT exam. It’s often said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Hence every candidate attempting CAT should have a strategy in mind. However, this tip must not be compared with your other peers or friends because everyone has their different capabilities and they plan according to that. It is always preferred that quality work should be the motto rather than the quantity work.

For example, those strong in one particular section may wish to attempt more questions in that section; while those strong in other section may seek to maximize their scores in that. So plan schedule and work accordingly.

  • Never underestimate mock results :

There is the common strategy adopted by CAT aspirants that they tend to go with more and more mocks after practicing their different sections which is not wrong but whats the point if you don’t compare your mock results because the whole point of solving mocks is that one is able to judge their performance and hence improves accordingly. This will help you realise where you do well and where you struggle. This should be based on the test results, not merely on perception. Very often I have heard students say that they are good with certain kind of questions, but their test results tell a different story!

  •  Don’t forget to have knowledge of the following :

Don’t forget to use the technological features offered by the test interface to the maximum extent. For example, it is common knowledge that there are now sectional time limits in the CAT; and that there is a minimum cut-off score for each section. How can the student know whether he has attempted enough questions in the given time limit to clear the cut-off?

Simple! Use the ‘Review’ tab that the test interface offers you. This will provide you a quick snapshot of how many questions you have attempted, how many you have left out etc. If you have clearly attempted too few questions, speed up and try and do a few more in the given time

  • Don’t attempt the too difficult questions :

While practicing various questions try not to practice those questions which are out of the level of CAT  as we tend to incline towards various questions which are not the level of CAT and therefore spending your time to clear those doubts and hence wasting that precious time. It’s better to have all the technical knowledge of past papers first then to attempt questions.

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Chhavi Gupta is one of the two female CAT 2017 toppers who secured 100 percentile score. An alumnus of IIT Delhi’s five year dual B. Tech and M. Tech degree in Biotechnology, she is currently working at Opera Solutions as a Business Analyst. To know all the tips given by her click here

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