CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation strategy or the question how to prepare for CAT over the years is answered on the basis of 2 important things – CAT previous years test papers and the anticipated CAT pattern with expected changes in CAT. In every CAT exam, there are some changes. The CAT 2015 exam was different from CAT 2014 although CAT 2016 followed the CAT 2015 exam pattern. It is expected that CAT 2017 exam pattern will go again for slight changes.


Major tools that would help you in CAT preparation 2017 are-

  • CAT exam papers - Previous year papers comprising CAT questions give you the idea and type of CAT questions that you may face in the real CAT exam paper 2017
  • Get the Best Books for CAT preparation- IIM CAT preparation is not that easy. There are hundreds of books available in the market on Preparation for CAT. You need to choose the best books for CAT preparation. A distinction has to be made in CAT exam books and the best books for CAT exam.

Best books for CAT preparation
Books for CAT preparation play a major role in helping you score high in the CAT exam. A few of the best books to prepare for CAT 2017 are –

  • ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)
  • ‘How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and data Interpretation for the CAT’- by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’-by Nishit K Sinha
  • Latest RC Passages and practice questions provided by Study centres like TIME, CL among others
  • Editorial and short articles published in English news papers
  • ‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis
  • ‘High School English Grammar & Composition’ – by Wren & Martin
  • Regularly solve the Verbal Ability questions from your study material especially on Para summary, Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Mock tests for CAT – Practice test papers for CAT prepared by top experts and CAT toppers are good tool to prepare for CAT and crack CAT exam. CAT sample papers are available as CAT online tests also. There are number of CAT online mock tests comprising replica CAT exam questions to help in your CAT preparation. Don’t miss them.
  • CAT coaching- CAT coaching helps you overcome many weak areas. Choose for the best coaching for CAT preparation. CAT coaching online is a good answer to the working professionals who find it difficult to attend regular class room coaching for CAT. During the past few years preference for CAT online coaching has gone up many times. In fact CAT online preparation through online coaching for CAT is more cost effective, less time consuming and offers you more time to practice CAT question papers and CAT exercises.
  • CAT Study material for CAT preparation- CAT study material consists of the books for CAT; online CAT study material provided to you by your coaching institute or the offline CAT practice test papers bought from Market; CAT test series attended by you; the study and practice material for CAT provided to you by your coaching centre in hard copy among others. The more you study the CAT study material and the more you practice on CAT Mock tests and CAT sample papers, the more you will be able to score in CAT exam.


CAT exam pattern since 2014 has gone with perceptible changes not only in structure but also in content. Going by the tradition you cannot rule out a different CAT 2017 to be held in the month of November/December 2017. Next 6 months will be a crucial period to devise a well chalked out plan for your CAT 2017 preparation.

Despite number of changes brought about during last 3 years in CAT, the basics of the exam have not changed. Accordingly the past CAT exam papers and CAT Mocks are the great tools to prepare for CAT 2017. To make sure to bell the CAT 2017 with high score you need to begin your CAT exam preparation 2017 from now instead of waiting any longer.

CAT 2017 exam will have 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. Each section is timed with the individual time limit of 1 hour. You need to ensure high score in each of the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs.

Not only the 20 IIMs, other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, BIMTECH Greater Noida, TAPMI Manipal, IITs, NITIE among others will offer admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes on the basis of CAT 2017 exam scores.

This is the right time that you should begin your CAT 2017 preparation journey. The best way to prepare for CAT 2017 exam is to know your strengths and weakness and start working on them now. Since there is time to get over with your weakness and further strengthen your strong areas, you must devote around 2-3 hours a day from now on to crack CAT 2017 with a high score.

CAT is Common Admission Test and does not require a specialist or professor in English, Maths or reasoning. CAT exam is to assess how you approach the question and how intelligently solve it in the shortest time. CAT does not require you to attempt all the questions but the need is to maximise your correct attempts and minimise the wrong attempts. It may be noted that even half of the total questions, if attempted right can fetch you a percentile of 98-99. So prepare accordingly. CAT Preparation does not require you to study round the clock, instead you need to study smartly and with intelligent approach to crack the questions correctly in minimum time to achieve high score.


CAT Preparation for VARC
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension in CAT 2017 exam would be the 1st section. VARC is considered as the most tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions.

You need to begin your preparation for VARC much earlier than for other sections. During the last few years,VARC has gone for substantial changes in CAT exams. Your preparation therefore, has to be focused on the current trends. But another important feature of CAT exam is that it suddenly asks questions of such type which have not been asked during last many years. Your preparation therefore, has to combine the current as well as the past trends in CAT.

Sometimes you may find more questions on Grammar and Vocabulary and at other times the entire part on Grammar based and vocabulary based questions may be missing in CAT exam. The difficulty level of questions in VARC section is from moderate to highly difficult...Read more

CAT Preparation for Quant
Quantitative Aptitude in CAT 2017 carries a weightage of 34% in overall CAT 2017 exam. As per the trend in CAT exam during the past 2 years, Quant in CAT exam 2017 will occupy the 3rd and last section. Quant in CAT is considered as the very tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions in MCQ or Non-MCQ format.

You need to focus more than earlier to prepare on Quant in CAT 2017 and therefore require a well devised preparation plan to score high in CAT 2017 exam. The increase in sections has made it more crucial for aspirants to score high in Quantitative Aptitude section in CAT 2017 without any support of questions from DI part which could be attempted by not so proficient candidates in mathematics.

Since CAT 2017 test takers will reach this section after spending 120 minutes on other 2 sections, CAT preparation experts and toppers share key CAT quant preparation tip to practice more on this section right from the beginning and prepare themselves to keep their cool till the end of the exam as this section is more calculation based...Read more


CAT DILR Preparation
Data Interpretation for CAT and Logical Reasoning for CAT are now clubbed together and form a new DILR section. DI questions for CAT with solutions are available online also. The data interpretation for CAT syllabus is also a little more defined than other CAT sections. The Data Interpretation Study material like Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma; The Pearson Guide for logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation are the few of the best books for CAT 2017 prepration. Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning study material for CAT 2017 is available online also which can help you in CAT 2017 DILR preparation and will also save your time also.

Candidates who appear in IIMs Common Admission Text (CAT) find DILR as the most difficult and time consuming section. Candidates can hardly solve only a few DILR questions in CAT exam. Now, with creation of new section in CAT comprising only DILR questions, CAT has detached the DI questions and LR questions from their respective parent sections of Quant and Verbal. Now DILR is the 3rd section in CAT exam which requires higher focus on DILR preparation...Read more