September 25, 2023
How to prepare for MBA CAT examination 2021 in one month

How to prepare for MBA CAT examination 2021 in one month

CAT is a national level MBA entrance examination. It is the gateway to enter the top IIMs, IITs, etc. . . . There are overall 20 IIMs and also top B-Schools that accept CAT marks. It is 3 hours online based examination that includes three sections, that are,  Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA).

Candidates who wish to take admission to the leading business schools in India like IIM, MIIM etc need to be very strict with their study pattern, they should gear up with their preparation as the time comes near and they should make some strategy to add some valuable scores too. The first thing is to be aware of the exam pattern for the year so that strategies can be planned accordingly. Since there is negative marking, you have to be careful while answering the questions. Be sure that you know the answer very well because every wrong answer leads to deduction in 1(1/3) which may be a disgrace for not entering into your favorite colleges like MIIM. Before attending, you need to prepare a lot and be sure of all formulas, verbs, constants, etc.

Dedication, hard work, and time management are all required for you to prepare for CAT in 1 month. The candidate may be a beginner, who is, giving the exam for the first time make sure to follow the basic success rules. MIIM gives in this article with complete details on how to prepare for in a month time period. The candidates are always requested to go through the exam pattern of CAT twice. Being aware of the CAT 2020 pattern will help in formulating a good plan.

The pattern for the CAT exam 2021

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning SyllabusVerbal Reasoning Syllabus
Number SystemsTablesEnglish Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss, and DiscountCase letsVocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the blanks
Speed, Time, and DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsCloze Passage
Time and WorkVenn DiagramsJumbled Paragraph
Ratio and ProportionPie ChartMeaning-Usage Match
AveragesOther Basic Reasoning QuestionsAnalogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear EquationsCalendarsSummary Questions
Complex NumbersNumber and Letter SeriesVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestClocksFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmVenn DiagramsReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesCubes 
InequalitiesSeating Arrangement 
ProbabilityBinary Logic 
Surds and IndicesLogical Matching 
Set Theory & FunctionLogical Sequence 
Permutation and CombinationSyllogism 
Mixtures and AlligationsLogical Connectives 
TrigonometryBlood Relations 
Coordinate Geometry  

How to prepare for MBA CAT examination 2021 in one month

Days Things to be done
First 15 Days

Ø Quickly revise each section in 5 days,

Ø Focus on your weak area and don’t forget to brush through your strong area too

Ø Make flashcards for quick reference like formulas, short tricks

Day 16 to Day 25 (10 days)

· Practice CAT question paper sets

· Give one to two mock tests a day

Day 26 to Day 30 (Remaining 5 days)

· Keep on revising the formulas and short tricks

· Take a healthy diet and adequate sleep

Quickly revise each section in 5 days

Be planned and prepared because you don’t have enough time to work out all the topics. You have a maximum of 15 days to prepare 3 vast sections, which are, Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Data interpretation & logical reasoning, Quantitative ability. It’s always prescribed to refer to the particular year’s exam pattern for proper and effective planning. Organize the sections into a direction of 5 days each, i.e., 1 section to be completed within 5 days. Give at least 3 hours continuously for learning and take a short break of one hour in between for better results.

Focus on your weak area and don’t forget to brush through your strong area too

Supervise on your weak areas, so that you can concentrate more on that and practice more. Don’t waste time on what you know or feel easy. Be sure that you solve your difficulty first and then go towards the easy one. Do not forget that in CAT, quality over quantity should be the sole aim of all candidates.

Make flashcards for quick reference like formulas, short tricks

While preparing for CAT, making flashcards will help you to refer at the last moment so that you remember all the points to be kept in mind before doing quantitative aptitude. Always remember quantity is not much important but quality changes things.

Practice CAT question paper sets

As 15 days are over for revising all the portions of each section, it’s the time to practice a lot of questions and does question paper sets, so it will help you to think continuously and understand the pattern and its changes brought forward. Practice makes a man perfect is always true when it comes to every area. It helps us to put more effort from the last time we did, keep on practicing will give show you way.

Give one to two mock tests a day

To give candidates exact ideas about the exam day bearings. The mock test of CAT 2021 is almost similar to the exam day. IIM Indore will release the official CAT 2021 mock test in online mode soon

Keep on revising the formulas and short tricks

After doing and practicing, revising is important to increase efficiency and confidence level. Topics that are frequently asked must be revised by candidates in the remaining five days. Pick topics randomly from the three sections and give it a read otherwise try to solve random questions of any topic and see if you are able to solve them. Make a note of the time allotted as well.

Take a healthy diet and adequate sleep

The pressure which may arise on CAT exam day can be reduced to an extent if candidates take a healthy diet. Candidates are requested to take at least 6 hours of sleep and relax their minds.  Keep calm and be cool on the day of CAT, not need to burn your nerves. You need to have the proper balance of sleep these days and Note that any kind of imbalance be it physical or psychological can lead to the stressful situations on the exam day.

The Day of the CAT Exam

Absolutely no studying! If you don’t know then you can’t learn it now. It is better to accept that there will be some questions that may be better for you to skip, but also be proud of the knowledge that you’ve acquired and trust yourself on the preparation that you made this month. It’s been an intense time, but it will pay off when you get the scores you’ve been dreaming of!

Best Books for MBA CAT Exam 2021 

 Books for Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAuthors
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay
PSC for VA for CATNishit Sinha
Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma
Books for Quantitative Aptitude 
CAT Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma


This one of the candidates who scored 99.8 in CAT 2019, Ronit Banerjee, his strategy was

‘’VARC took me by surprise, so I had to ditch my initial plan of finishing RCs before moving onto the VA portion. I instead spent 40 minutes on the RC section and skipped the set on British Colonialism, before finishing the VA portion and coming back to that set. For DILR, I proceeded set-by-set, studying each of them and understanding which topic the set belonged to. If it fell in my wheelhouse of comfort, I’d attempt it immediately before proceeding to the next. If not, I’d skip it for later. I also made the decision to skip the novel set in the section because of the variables involved, which proved to be the right decision. For QA, I didn’t have a particular strategy in mind. I was confident in this section, so I proceeded question by question unless I found any of them excessively long (found only one of that variety).’’

Pursuing an MBA at Marian International Institute of Management (MIIM) will open a wide range of opportunities in front of you. MIIM accepts CAT, CMAT and KMAT scores. It has its own uniqueness as compared to other institutes. Its infrastructural facilities, management, faculties, and programs have a different touch from other institutions. The students of MIIM have conducted the first online management fest ORIGO which went successfully through the midst of difficulties. The active management and aspiring students of MIIM have always decided to forward through the adversities. MIIM is the leading business school in Kerala, India.

After all, the preparations for CAT should be done with hard work and dedication, so you can get into the top 20 IIMs and also MIIM to pursue MBA.  CAT will be tough and competitive if not prepared well as thousands of candidates will be appearing for it. Well, planning and preparation will help in cracking CAT easily. Go through the guidelines, pattern and syllabus so you will score well.




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