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CAT Exam Preparation Tips and Useful Reference Books for CAT Exam Preparation 23 Jun 2021

CAT Exam Preparation tips are given here. Candidates who are going to appear for the CAT are advised to check the CAT Exam Preparation tips. Additionally, aspirants can also get a list of reference books for CAT exam Preparation. Read this article to know more about the CAT exam pattern, syllabus, and CAT Exam Preparation tips.

| Updated: Oct 19, 2019, 18:42 IST

CAT Exam Preparation Tips and Useful Reference Books for CAT Exam Preparation 23 Jun 2021

CAT Exam Preparation Tips and Useful Reference Books for CAT Exam Preparation 23 Jun 2021

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An overview of CAT Exam Important Dates

Every year, around 2-lakh students appear for CAT exam conducted by the IIMs. Though, only a few of them will be qualified for further rounds. IIMs Calcutta has been released the CAT notification 2019 officially on the official website of CAT (iimcat.ac.in). As per the notification, the exam will be held on November 2019, in two sessions. CAT participants have a few days to prepare for the exam. So, it’s time to kick-start your CAT Exam Preparation to score good marks. Keep reading this section to know about CAT exam pattern, syllabus, and preparation tips.

Registration opens

7th August 2019

Registration closes

25th September 2019

Admit Card/Hall Ticket download

23rd October 2019

Test Date

24th November 2019

Result Declaration

7th January 2020 (tentative)

Number of Test Cities


What is the admission process followed by IIMs?

Please note that the selection process for each IIM varies from one to another. The common admission process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Candidate’s performance in the CAT exam plays a major part in the admission process. Moreover, IIMs may use other factors like the previous academic performance of the aspirants, relevant work experience, academic diversity, and gender and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of aspirants at various stages of the IIMs admission process. Candidates can get more information regarding the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites.

A Quick overview of the admission process of IIMs

  • CAT Score
  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interview (PI)

Some other factors may be considered by the IIMs are as follows,

  • Academic performance of the candidates
  • Relevant work experience
  • Gender and Academic diversity

What is the CAT Exam Pattern 2019?

IIMs conducts CAT exam to shortlist the eligible candidates for further admission process. IIMs has been released the CAT exam pattern. CAT 2019 is a computer-based exam and there will be questions from three different sections. Candidates have to concentrate on each and every section as there will be sectional cut offs also. When it comes to CAT exam basics, it remains the same. It is expected that there will be minor changes in a number of questions, type of questions, and its sectional composition. To score high marks in CAT 2019, you have to start your CAT Exam Preparation immediately.


Total Questions



Scores for each section

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension


24 - 27

7 - 10


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning





Quantitative Ability


23 - 27

7 - 11


How to download CAT Syllabus?

Referring the CAT Syllabus before the exam is extremely important. Through CAT Syllabus, you can get to know the topics that should be prepared for the exam. Questions will be asked from three sections and under each section, there will be subsections. Each section consists of 34 questions except the QA section as it consists of only 32 questions. Aspirants have to put their full effort into CAT exam preparation. Read this article to know detailed CAT Syllabus and exam preparation tips.

How to prepare for CAT Exam?

Looking for the CAT Exam Preparation tips? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this section, you can read useful preparation tips for CAT. Candidates can prepare for CAT exam in various ways such as own preparation, by attending the CAT classes, and so on. Aspirants have to put their full effort into CAT preparation. Let’s read the preparation tips below,

Refer CAT Exam Pattern

Once you’ve decided to crack the CAT, you should start your preparation from that moment onwards. Before starting your CAT exam preparation, refer to the CAT exam pattern to prepare a study plan.

Timely Preparation

Start your exam preparation as early as possible either before the announcement of the CAT notification or right after that. This is because earlier CAT exam preparation saves time so that you can revise everything that you have prepared before.

Prepare a Study plan

After referring the exam pattern, prepare a study plan based on the number of topics to be covered and days left so far. Give a mini review of those topics once you’ve completed a particular topic. This will help you to know your weak areas.

Make a Note

Keep a note of the topics you are studying as it will help you to revise after some time. Use note cards as it’s helpful for quick review.

Put yourself into Practice

Practice each section a lot which helps in improving your speed to solve aptitude and reasoning questions. Additionally, solve CAT mock test to test your skills before the exam.

Read regularly

Read newspapers and magazines regularly to improve your knowledge in general awareness. At the same time, get ready for further rounds by organizing a group discussion with friends.

Proper Sleep

Take a break in the middle of your study as it keeps you stress-free. Do some meditation as it keeps your mind fresh and helps in increase in your concentration levels.

Follow these tips to crack your exams in a single attempt.

Useful Reference Books for CAT Preparation

Candidates can prepare for CAT Exam by following the above-mentioned CAT Exam Preparation tips. Below are some useful reference books to prepare for CAT. Refer the books given here to prepare for the CAT exam effectively. Try to attend a mock test during your CAT Exam Preparation.

Book Title


How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (Tata McGraw Hill)

Arun Sharma

How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Nishit Sinha

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT Common Admission Test (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Arun Sharma

The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation For The CAT

Nishit Sinha

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (Arihant Publications)

Ajay Singh

The Complete CAT Digest (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Arun Sharma

How to Prepare for the CAT (Om Books)

Muhamed Muneer

Candidates who qualified for further rounds should be ready to face the GD and personal interview. The following are some of the magazines and newspapers to refer for Group discussion and Personal Interview preparation.

Some optional magazines for GD and PI preparation for CAT 2019

  • Business Line by The Hindu Group
  • Business World
  • Competition Success Review
  • Management Compass Career Launcher
  • Business Today by India Today Group
  • Business & Management Chronicle by Chronicle Publications

Recommended Newspapers for CAT 2019

  • The Indian Express
  • The Statesman
  • The Hindu
  • Economics Times

Refer the aforementioned books and magazines to get ready for CAT exam.

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