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How did 99+ Percentilers prepare for CAT?

CAT is known as Common Admission Test which is conducted for all the students who want to get admission in MBA programme which are offered by the top business schools. The examination is conducted via online mode only. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow is responsible for organizing CAT examination. Here you will the prepare tips by 99+ percentilers.

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Questions in the CAT exam will be asked from the subjects like Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning.  The CAT examination is of moderate difficulty level. So, for cracking the examination with better marks, students have to prepare each and every topic of the syllabus very carefully.

All the aspirants who are able to score 99+ percentile in the CAT examination said that they learn and absorb from the experiences of previous year aspirants who cracked CAT. So, all the students share their techniques and strategies which help other students in their future preparation.

How 99+ Percentilers prepared for CAT?

As per the CAT toppers following are some points that students need to keep in mind at the time of preparation:

Time Management

CAT examination has a sectional time limit, so time management is an important aspect for cracking it. In paper, there are 100 questions that students have to attempt in just 170 minutes.

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That’s why for better time management, students are advised to divide time for analyzing all the questions so that they will get to know which question is easy. It is important to solve easy questions first, and then focus on solving difficult questions.

Make Better Planning

Cracking CAT examination totally depends upon how students plan and practice for the examination. It is very important for the students to make a strategic preparation plan to tackle the exam. Because a well-prepared plan is a key to obtain high percentile. Students should make their preparation plan in such a way that improves their speed and accuracy of solving questions

Practice Mock Tests

Mock tests play a very important role in examination preparation. It gives an idea about the examination pattern, type of questions asked in the exam, marking scheme, and difficulty level etc. Mock tests help students to evaluate their current preparation level and help them in making their future preparation plans. If students solve previous 10 years question papers of CAT, then chances of clearing CAT exam with good percentile increases.

Improve Speed

Students should increase their speed of solving questions section wise. For securing good percentile, students must work on three things such as Time, Speed and Concepts. Clarity of the concepts improves chances of securing a good percentile. If student’s concepts are not clear then they are unable to complete the exam on time.

Fast Calculations

CAT test takers are allowed to use a basic on-screen calculator for calculations. So, it’s better to do calculations with the help of calculators. Fast calculating speed help students to clear the exam with better marks.


Improved Vocabulary

Verbal ability section checks student’s quotient for the English language. So, students have to put an extra effort to improve their vocabulary and score more in the exams. Students can improve their vocabulary by reading daily newspapers, watching English movies, consulting Oxford Dictionary etc.

Focus on Weak Areas

Students should work on weak areas and tackle the exam with more marks. They have to work on their weak areas and focus on the stronger ones. Because it’s true that practice makes a man perfect.

Be Confident

Students must be confident about their examination preparation. They should be ready and confident for any kind of paper. To work hard and perform confidently students should start early preparation and do regular mock tests.

Important Resources for CAT Preparation

Books are the best source of examination preparation because it clears the student’s doubt regarding any topic. But choosing the right book for the CAT preparation is one of the most important steps. CAT examination is divided into three sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. The best books for CAT preparation that cover all the three sections are as follows:

Books for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section

Books Name Writer Name Publisher
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission Test 5th Edition (Paperback) Arun Sharma Tata McGraw-Hill
The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Quantum CAT: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission Into IIMs (Paperback) Nishit Sinha Pearson
The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) Sarvesh K Verma Arihant
NCERT Mathematics books for Class 8, 9 & 10
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations Tips, Techniques, And Short-cut Methods Guha Abhijit

Books for Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning section

Books Name Writer Name Publisher
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT Common Admission Test 1st Edition (Paperback) Arun Sharma Tata McGraw-Hill
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission Test Arun Sharma Tata McGraw-Hill
The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) Nishit K. Sinha.

Books for Verbal Ability Section

Books Name Writer Name Publisher
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Common Admission Test 4th Edition (Paperback) Meenakshi Upadhyay, Arun Sharma Tata McGraw Hill
The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) Nishit K. Sinha Pearson
Word Power Made Easy NORMAN LEWIS
A Communicative Grammar of English Geoffrey Leech
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis

Best Books for CAT Group Discussion and Personal Interview Rounds

Novels Argumentative Indian, Tipping Point, Thinking Fast & Slow, Guns, Germs, and Steel, Beyond the MBA Hype, The Black Swan, The Great Indian Novel, Midnight’s Children, India after Gandhi, The World is Flat, Freakonomics, The Last Mughal
News Papers Economics Times, The Hindu, The Indian Express
Magazines Competition Success Review, Business World, Management Compass Career Launcher, Business Line by The Hindu Group, Business & Management Chronicle by Chronicle Publications, Business Today by India Today Group


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