The CAT Exam, or Common Admission Test, is required to appear for the applicants seeking entry to IIMs and premier management institutes. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude are the three components of the CAT Exam question paper. The exam’s difficulty level has remained between moderate to challenging for the past few years.
The CAT Exam is held on the last Sunday in the month of November every year. The CAT Exam date will be officially released by the IIM in the month of July. CAT 2022 is tentatively scheduled to be held on 27th November 2022. Most of the Management institutions in India accept the CAT Exam scores, and this has been the premier exam that has its registration numbers increasing every year.
Some Important Points to be Noted Before CAT Exam Registration:
- To be eligible for the CAT Exam, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50%. 45 per cent in case of SC/ST and differently abled applicants.
- Candidates who are in their final year of the bachelor’s program are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam.
- Candidates must enter their information carefully during registration, as requests for revisions in any form will not be accepted. When the correction window is open, however, candidates are able to make edits to specific fields such as exam, city preferences, photograph, and signature.
- Candidates with backlogs are permitted to take the exam if they submit a declaration from their institution stating that they are waiting for results.
- The CAT Exam has been held as a computer-based test since 2009. Previously, the exam was held in a paper-and-pencil format. There are both MCQ and non-MCQ questions on the exam, summing up to a total of 66 questions and a 40-minute sectional time restriction. The exam-taker must choose the proper option from a list of four for Multiple-Choice Questions, and the applicant must type in the answer on the screen for Non-Multiple-Choice Questions.
Why is it important to solve previous year’s CAT Exam question papers and Mocks?
- Solving Mock exams and previous year question papers allows applicants to become more familiar with the exam pattern, as well as improve their speed and accuracy when solving question papers consistently. By practising previous year’s examinations’ questions, aspirants learn how to answer questions in a simpler manner by applying the shortcuts learnt.
- Candidates will improve their time management abilities and gain an awareness of how much time to spend on each question as they solve more sectional Mock exams and past year questions.
- Aspirants gain a clear understanding of the areas they need to improve and how to adapt relevant techniques to improve their performance through analysis and feedback from mentors.
There has been an increase in CAT registrations every year. For CAT 2021, the number of CAT registrations exceeded 2 Lakh. The rising number of registrations shows that the MBA is the most sought Postgraduate degree programme. Why Mba is the sought after degree programme? This is the question that arises for most beginner candidates in CAT preparation. It is because of the higher remuneration and having an MBA Degree will land you in the dream company of your choice. Candidates must remember that consistent preparation and a proper learning environment has a significant effect on their results. It is very true that regular practice and dedicated preparation are unquestionably necessary to meet the exam’s difficulty level. The ideal preparation time for the CAT Exam is 6-8 months before the exam date. But for aspirants who are running behind schedule, with a proper coaching institute and a clear preparation strategy, it is possible to crack the exam with two months of preparation.