CAT Preparation: The Prep Roadmap

CAT is the entrance exam for more than 160 management institutes across India, including the 20 IIMs. The online CAT exam is conducted every year in the months of late November – early December. The CAT result is usually declared in January every year. The WAT/GD/PI rounds typically takes place from Feb to May. The academic sessions begin in the months of July-Aug.

How to get admission into IIM?

Each IIM independently shortlist candidates for second stage of selection. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Performance in CAT is an important component of selection process. Hence CAT coaching at T.I.M.E. coaching center can make a huge difference to ones chances of securing admission into the IIMs. IIMs may consider previous academic record, work experience and other similar parameters in their selection process.

One question that often troubles students is when is the right time to enroll for CAT coaching and start preparation for CAT 2017 exam.

The answer to this question would depend on what you are currently doing.

You may look at preparing for CAT is you are in any of the following three categories.

  • Students who are in pre-final year of their graduation.
  • Students who are in their final year of graduation.
  • Those who have finished their graduation and are either currently pursuing a job or looking for a job.

We are excluding those who quit jobs to prepare for CAT from the scope of this discussion, for obvious reasons.

Pre-final year students

The right time to start preparation for next year’s CAT exam is in pre-final year of graduation ( 3rd year of engineering or 2nd year of 3 year graduation course ). These students can join T.I.M.E. coaching center in a super long term CAT classroom batch. This will give them adequate time for preparation. Since they will be preparing for almost one and half years, they will be able to crack CAT exam by preparing for 1-3 hours everyday. The only thing that needs to be ensured is to stay motivated and constantly prepare for the entire duration of the program.

Final year students

Since these students are eligible to take CAT this year itself, they need to start the preparation for CAT examination as soon as possible. They can surely secure good CAT percentile provided they plan their preparation properly. It would be advisable for those in this group to devote around 25-30 hours per week towards preparation for CAT exam. Every year a lot students who join T.I.M.E. coaching center for 3-4 months of CAT classroom program crack CAT exam and secure admission into the IIMs.

Working MBA aspirants

They need to decide whether they would like to take this year’s CAT or next year’s. In case one decides to take CAT this year itself then they need to start the preparation for CAT examination as soon as possible. They can surely secure good CAT percentile provided they plan their preparation properly. It would be advisable to devote around 25-30 hours per week towards preparation for CAT exam. As mentioned above, many students who joined T.I.M.E. for 3-6 months of CAT classroom program have cracked the CAT exam and have secured admission into the IIMs.

All the best!!

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