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CAT Preparation 2018 Tips & Tricks - There are various coaching institutes available that cater good preparation for CAT exam to score good percentile. However, not everyone likes to join coaching classes because of several reasons, whether it can be time, budget or any other factor. Thus, here rises the question, how to prepare for CAT without coaching classes. There is no denying that self-preparation also plays a vital role to get into the top IIMs. For this, CAT aspirants just need some good guidance, strategy, plan, tips, and practice. There are so many CAT toppers that suggest preparing for CAT without coaching classes is a good option.

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For those who are aiming towards the IIMs and top BSchools without joining any coaching, this page can be beneficial for them. We bring some important and easy ways by some experts and toppers on how to prepare for CAT 2018 exam without coaching classes. By applying these self-preparation tips one can able to crack CAT exam easily with good percentile.

Know CAT 2018 in Detail

First of all, aspirants need to know about CAT exam pattern and syllabus. Then, candidates will have to analyze it by going through the previous years’ question papers and prepare a comprehensive plan. Understand the importance of the topics cover in CAT 2018 including Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Verbal Ability and prioritize according to it. The concept used in CAT exam is broadly from Class 10 level. The questions need more logical thinking and it can be easily developed through practice.

Only after the becoming familiar with CAT syllabus 2018, aspirants are advised to go for the study materials. Also, only becoming familiar with the syllabus, candidates will be able to prepare accordingly and avoid wasting time on unnecessary topics.

Right Study Material

The coaching students get section wise study material while the students who are not opting for coaching will not able to access expert notes. But, there is no shortage of good study material. There are a large number of various study materials available like important and preparatory books, question banks, sample papers etc. Some of the important books that can be used for self-preparation for CAT exam are like:

  • For Quantitative Ability: ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ - Arun Sharma and ‘Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT’ – Nishit K Sinha
  • For Verbal Ability: How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay and ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ - Nishit K Sinha
  • For Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning: ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ - Arun Sharma and ‘Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha

Also, CAT aspirants can buy study materials from the coaching institutes. Apart from books, it is also suggested to read enough newspapers and magazines to improve their command over the Reading Comprehension section of CAT 2018.

Disclaimer: The above-mentioned books are solely for the benefit of students preparing for CAT or other MBA entrance exams

Practice with Online CAT Mock Test

After the basic preparation, aspirants should start practising with CAT online mock tests on a regular basis. It will help in observing the candidate's strengths and weaknesses. Practising with mock tests also plays an important role in time management. Writing CAT mock test will enable to finish your paper on time. Later, candidates have to take mock test twice or thrice a week and analyze each error after completing the mock test. Aspirants must understand the factors behind the errors. Mock tests are best for self-preparation of CAT exam.

Stay Motivated

CAT aspirants must start preparing for the test with keen determination. When one starts feeling low or demotivated then think of the day when they will crack the CAT 2018 exam. It is common for human beings to have mood swings or feel low. Thus, to fix their mind, candidates can watch a motivational movie, read a good book, listen to music or do things that will lift their motivation.

Take help from the Internet

The internet is a boon for self-preparation as aspirants can do a lot with it. It will help in getting guidance on anything, get your doubts clear, taking help from online mentors and tutorials, download sample papers, mock tests, question papers and much more. Candidates can also take help from social media by liking and following several pages on Facebook and Twitter related to CAT 2018 preparation, notification, CAT Important dates, current scenario, and also one can join groups for online study.

About CAT 2018

Common Admission Test is scheduled to be conducted on 25 November 2018 by IIM Calcutta. Every year, CAT exam is conducted by one of the IIMs at various exam centres to provide admission in management programs offered by 20 IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) and other prominent management institutes in India. The test will be held in a computer-based mode and it will contain 100 questions, both MCQs and non-MCQs. Each question will carry 3 marks and for every wrong attempt, 1/3 marks will be deducted. More than 4000 management seats are provided by these IIMs.

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