How to start preparation for Common admission test (CAT) ?

Hello everyone, if you are looking for a key or strategy to crack one of the prestigious examinations of India and also not able to figure out effective strategy for your preparation. Team CAT Aspirants will help in your preparation for CAT 2019.  “How to start preparation for CAT 2019 “is the toughest question for everyone including students and coaching institutes, but we are trying to provide the best possible way to start preparation for CAT through our blog after comprehensive research done by our experienced team. We hope that you find this blog interesting and useful for your preparation. Please feel free to write your feedback which would be helpful for our team as well as for fellow CAT aspirants.

Firstly we will discuss about structure of CAT 2019 computer based examination and then after we will dissect it strategically for complete understanding.

Structure of Common admission test (CAT 2019):

The duration of the test will be 180 minutes comprising of three sections:

  1. Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. Section III: Quantitative Ability

Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this. Also, we will allow use of basic onscreen calculator for computation.

Strategy and study plan for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

Data Interpretation (DI) & Logical Reasoning (LR), is one of the most difficult & toughest components of CAT/ MBA entrance examinations. It is advised that CAT/MBA aspirants should develop interest in DI & LR by practicing and solving problems, based on puzzle and logical reasoning on regular basis. The continuity & practice, help you to score high percentiles in this particular section. Majority of the CAT aspirants are ignorant and not recognizing the importance of DI & LR which generally resulted into low scores in this section. It is recommended and advised that CAT / MBA aspirants should understand and revise the fundamental concepts and theories of statistics (Average, mean, mode etc.), which already learnt in school up to 10th Level. A good understanding of concepts and theories will increase accuracy and confidence of CAT/ MBA Aspirants on exam day.

Engineering students are familiar with concepts & theories, so they can directly go for mock tests but working professionals should revise basic concepts and theories before taking any mock test series. Other Stream Students should start with basic concepts & theories from zero level. DI & LR can be divided into three fundamental blocks as mentioned in below table.

Modules Subjects Remarks
DI & LR: I Data Interpretation Various data tables and form of representation, Identify the useful data and convert it into required format
DI & LR: II  Logical Reasoning Very tricky and scoring,  Time consuming  Don’t invest too much time in one problem,  Practice of variety of questions can make a difference,  Practice previous years questions
DI & LR: III Data sufficiency  2-3 Questions  Should attempt at last  Very tricky,

A lot of Practice required

Study Plan for DI & LR:

Modules Subjects Time Duration Time Period
DI & LR: I Data Interpretation 2:00 HRs 4 Weeks
DI & LR: II Logical Reasoning 2:00 HRs 4 Weeks
DI & LR: III Data sufficiency 2:00 HRs 4 Weeks

Strategy and study plan for Verbal ability and reading comprehension:

Verbal ability & reading comprehension is one of the scoring components of CAT & other MBA entrance examinations. In recent years, this section has been changed a lot, earlier it was directly based on straight forward questions but now it has evolved comprising questions based on analytical application of English literature. The Syllabus is open-ended and questions could be asked from anywhere.

Classification would be done for this very component, on the basis of questions asked from different sections of question paper: -

A.) Word Structure

B.) Meaning of Words

C.) Correct Syntax, structure and formation of sentences.

D.) Identification of Theme, Ideas and Important facts from thematic passage or Reading Comprehension

E.) English Grammar

F.) Analytical application

CAT Aspirants should practice daily at least two reading comprehensions or passages, two question sets of designed for fill in the blank’s on analogies, 10 new words and one module based online mock test. Regular practice increases accuracy and speed in this section and maximizes opportunity for high score. CAT Aspirants should give highest priority to passage or Reading comprehension because it is one of the high scoring components in this section.

Study Plan for VA & RC:

Component Duration Time Period Remarks
English Grammar 01.30 hr. Daily Revision of Concepts: 45 Minutes

Question Solving: 45 Minutes

Reading Book 01.30 hrs. Daily Reading Book: 1:15 HRs

Vocabulary: 15 minutes

Newspaper 02.00 hrs. Daily National: 30 Minutes

Financial: 30 Minutes

International: 30 Minutes

Vocabulary: 30 Minutes

It is also highlighted that good control on English language is not only important for CAT exam but it is essential and critical criteria for developing strong communication skill which will be required for MBA studies and also for career growth in the corporate world. So, CAT Aspirants should put sincere efforts to get good control over this very subject.

Strategy and study plan for Quantitative aptitude:

Quantitative aptitude may be maker or breaker in terms of ensuring high percentile in CAT / MBA entrance examinations. It is recommended that CAT aspirants should start preparation of quantitative aptitude, by brushing fundamental concepts and theories of mathematics up to 10+2 Level. A good understanding of fundamental concepts and theories would increase accuracy and confidence of the CAT aspirants.

Modules Subjects Remarks
Quantitative Aptitude: I Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry


25-30 % Weight-age in CAT Paper3-5 Questions from Geometry

2-3 Questions from Co-ordinate Geometry

2-3 Questions from Mensuration

Quantitative Aptitude: II Algebra

Number Theory

Time & Work


50 % Weight-age in CAT Paper3-4 Questions from Number System

2-3 Question from Progression

2-3 Questions from Permutation & Combination

2-3 Questions from Probability

2-3 Questions from Time & Work

3-4 Questions from Arithmetic

Quantitative Aptitude: III Trigonometry



15-20 % Weight age in CAT Papers2-3 questions from Trigonometry

2-3 questions from Calculus and miscellaneous

Study Plan for QA:


Modules Subjects Duration Time Period
Quantitative Aptitude: I Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry


2:00 HRs 3 Weeks
Quantitative Aptitude: II Algebra

Number Theory

Time & Work

Arithmetic Calculations

2:00 HRs 4 Weeks
Quantitative Aptitude: III Trigonometry



2:00 HRs 3 Weeks

Thanks & Regards,

Team CAT Aspirants 🙂




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