How to prepare for CAT examination in few days


It is always a topic of discussion among the CAT aspirants that it is impossible to prepare for CAT exams in just 90 days. A hard-hearted study for 3 months will definitely prepare you to appear in CAT examination confidently.

Now students are very much enthusiastic towards their future. They don’t want to waste their time and prefer earning along with studies. So it becomes really hard for the CAT aspirants to manage 6 months time for CAT preparation. The time of 6 months preparation is really good if all the attention is on just the exam preparation. But smart and working aspirants can manage their preparations perfectly in three months also.  To prepare for one of the most competitive management entrance exams under half of the total duration definitely, the aspirants need to follow some tips and tricks. Below we will discuss those tips which will guide you on preparing for the CAT examination in just 3 months. But before that let’s take a look at some details regarding CAT examination:

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for CAT need to meet the eligibility criteria decided by the exam conducting body. It includes conditions like age, qualification, nationality etc. Apply for the exam, only when you meet the conditions as a discrepancy can result in the rejection of your application. 

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CAT eligibility criteria (Academic)

  • The students, pursuing the final year of their graduation are eligible to apply for CAT exams.
  • Students who have taken the final year exams and awaiting results are also eligible for CAT exams.
  • The aspirants belonging to the general categories need to score a minimum of 50% in their graduation or equivalent qualification to maintain their eligibility for the CAT.
  • The aspirants with a physical disability, Schedule caste, schedule tribe need to score 45 per cent for the same.

CAT Eligibility Criteria (Marks calculation): 

  • If the applicant of CAT has scored the marks in CGPA format, then the respective university or institution is liable to convert the marks as per the directed guideline.
  • In case the institute refuses to change the marks according to the format, the equivalent marks will be given by following the special calculation method.

Seat reservation

Under CAT eligibility criteria, the seats are reserved for the candidates with different categories.  15 % of seats are reserved for scheduled caste applicants. The schedule tribe category seats are reserved for 7.5 %. OBC category has a reservation of 27 % seats, with the term of non-creamy layer. The applicants with any physical disability get 3% seat reservation.

Following certificates are required from the SC, ST applicants:

  • Original details of residence
  • Tribe/ caste name
  • Attachment of the caste proof certification
  • Availability of original cast proofs to show at the time of admission.

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CAT Exam Pattern

Common Admission Test for MBA entrance is known as the most challenging exam. For the preparation under a very short term students are required to focus on the test pattern.  Pattern wise practice makes you friendly and aware of the question types. It saves you from getting nervous, wasting time, and making mistakes. CAT exam consists of 3 sections in it.

  • The first section covers verbal ability and reading comprehension
  • The second section covers data interpretation and logical reasoning
  • The third section covers  quantitative aptitude

First section: The first and second section contains 34 questions in each.  The third section consists of 32 questions. The time duration for each section is set for an hour. The total duration of CAT examination is 3 hours and the total numbers of questions are 100. 

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: In the first section, 70% questions out of 34 are from reading comprehension. 3 large and 2 smaller passages would be there in this section. Verbal ability section is smaller and only 10 questions are there in this section. This section will present the questions in 3 forms: paragraph jumble, summary question, and odd sentence picking out. The above-mentioned pattern was constantly the same from the last 3 years. The same pattern appeared in the last CAT exam 2019 also. 

Aspirants should focus on each section by using the given time properly. Saving a few minutes will not be a matter of benefit as balance minutes will not get included in the rest hours. 

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: This section can be hard for the aspirants and they need to prepare with an extreme focus on this section. Under data interpretation, aspirants will find four sets of four questions in each set. In the bunch of four questions, 3 MCQs and 1 type in the answers will be there in each set. Logical reasoning will also contain four sets. The MCQs and TITA questions related to blood relation, a combination of the topics and arrangements will take part in this part of the second section.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Cracking this section can help you in achieving passing marks for the MBA entrance. Profit and loss account, speed- time-distance, percentage, ratio, complex numbers, logarithm, mixtures and allegations, set theory, trigonometry, and many other subjects take part as CAT exam syllabus of this section. To appear for the exam with full confidence, you need to cover the maximum and attempt as many questions as you can with maximum accuracy. 

Try to cover the topics of the above-mentioned sections. Leaving any can be the reason for failure. Preparing for the third section deeply will be a bonus for the applicants.

The difficulty level of the CAT exam

According to several candidates who have appeared for various management exams like XAT and GMAT, CAT is considered as a comparatively difficult one. The question on the screen remains for the fixed time and maximum applicants get nervous in this situation. 

Candidates who need regular guidance of teachers can join coaching to prepare for CAT. However, the students who cannot attend coaching are required to prepare on some very important topics through self-study and need to follow the strategies to obtain quality marks. The best way to gain maximum knowledge and experience for CAT by solving as many online mock tests as they can on reliable platforms like Eduwhere. The right preparation plan for CAT can help you in this regard.

A preparation plan for CAT

  • First of all, make your study plan and set your weekly study hours. As there is enough time for preparation, there is comparatively less pressure in the June and July months. So, the 10 to 12 hours weekly would be enough. 
  • If the students focus on hard-hearted study, they can easily complete and revise the syllabus in a limited time.
  • Months of October and November require the study for 25 to 30 hours per week. Well, time management also depends on the learning capacity of a student. The study on important topics first is required for the maximum coverage.
  • Regular revision of the topics is the key to success. It helps students recall the formula and important information during the exam. 


The above-mentioned information will surely be helpful for the applicants to prepare perfectly for their CAT exams in just 3 months.