How To Prepare For CAT Exam at Home? Expert Tips and Suggestions

By Aditi Joshi|Updated : February 26th, 2022

Candidates have a common question in their mind if they can prepare for the CAT exam at home? The answer to this question is ‘Yes’. They can self prepare for the CAT without taking any help from offline coaching. Here, in this article, we’ll articulate the tips on how to prepare for the CAT through self-study.

Before moving on to the strategy of how to prepare for CAT, first get acquainted with the exam pattern of CAT 2022. Common Admission Test or CAT is CBT based test conducted to admit the CAT aspirants to various IIM institutes and top B-Schools. The exam pattern has been revised in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. The CAT 2020 was of 2 hours with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes each. There were a total of 76 questions consisting of VARC-26, DILR-24, and QA-26. CAT 2021 was of 2 hours as well with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes each. There were a total of 66 questions consisting of VARC-24, DILR-20, QA-22.


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Understand the CAT Exam Pattern

The first approach towards CAT should be knowing the CAT syllabus and pattern. Candidates should first pen down all the topics of different sections of CAT. Then, he/she should solve at least two previous years’ papers of CAT so that they can visualize the format of CAT. Once the candidates are crystal clear about the pattern of the exam and the weightage of each topic in different sections, then, they can easily plan their approach toward the preparation. Prepare a timetable that carries equal importance to all the subjects. If a candidate is weak in a particular subject, then he/she must spend extra time on that subject. 

Crystal Clear your Concepts

Once you are precise about the topics of different sections, then prepare a schedule covering each topic. Make sure that you provide equal weightage to all the subjects. The candidates are strictly advised to stick to a particular topic for at least half a month. For instance, if you take a topic like Profit and Loss in the Quant section, then at the minimum spend half a month on that particular topic. If you are done with the concepts then solve questions related to it. This would create your base strong and feel confident about that topic in future aspects. If you follow to such an extent, then your basics related to each section would be clear.

Also See: CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Online CAT Classroom 

Candidates can also join CAT online courses through diverse apps for CAT preparation. If you join an online classroom, your time will be spared. You can explore different apps and the best teachers in it, and then get a subscription for it. Online study is much better than offline. Your time gets wasted in offline coaching by traveling so much along with the weariness you have after coaching. So, it’s better to prepare for CAT at home via online classes.

Significance of Attempting CAT Mock Tests

The paramount in the preparation of the CAT exam is to attempt multiple CAT Test series. By doing this, you would get an idea of your level of preparation. Try to attempt at least two mock tests in a week to get an idea of the difficulty level of questions in CAT. Once you get used to 2 mock tests, then increase the count to 5 mocks. Your speed and accuracy of solving a paper would increase. Analyze your mistakes in each mock test and avoid in future mocks. In such a manner, your preparation would ameliorate day by day. The analysis is a must after each mock test.

Try to Share a Study Group

Try to have a small study group of the same page companions. You can exchange your ideas with each other and enhance your knowledge. Try to study difficult topics together so that everyone can share their ideas over that topic and can have clarity. Clear your doubts with one another and expand your knowledge through others. Try to solve the same mock paper at a time and experience your preparation level with others. You would nurture a healthy competitive environment and be able to study efficiently.

Make the Best Use Of The Internet

If a candidate has decided to study at home, then he/she can make the best use of the internet. There are a plethora of sites where you can surf and get your study material. Also, you can attempt mock tests online without any charge. You can access different apps for preparing for CAT. There are a variety of online courses available on different platforms where you can join and prepare for CAT. Also, you can join the test series at your convenience. Join on different forums where you can be updated with the latest notifications for CAT. There is an excess of stuff available on the internet. So, utilize it to the fullest.

Be Confident and Self-Motivated

It is extremely important to be self-motivated. Though It's a tough drive to always be motivated, however, the aspirants at least should try as it is a key to success. Whatever be the negative vibes you listen to, just have it in one ear and out the other. If this is your attitude, then no one can stop you from climbing the success ladder. Whichever situation you’re in, be confident enough to handle it. For instance, during the examination time, the aspirants feel so nervous that they become diffident and out of that they make silly mistakes. So, the aspirants should be confident while attempting the exam. 

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CAT 2022 Syllabus

CAT 2022 Preparation Tips

CAT  2021  Analysis



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  • Yes, there is no issue with preparing for CAT without any offline coaching. The only thing required is to be disciplined and focused while preparing for it. You can also surf through the internet. If you follow your daily schedule earnestly, no one can stop you from getting selected in Top B School.

  • Yes, there are different sites available on the internet from where you can attempt online mock tests without any charge. You can also join the test series if you wish to give a mock test topic wise.

  • CAT is conducted once in a year by one of the IIMs across India. Candidates who are graduates or in the final year of graduation can apply for this exam.

  • Yes, it is important for CAT 2022 preparation. You should at least attempt 35-40 mock tests before appearing for the CAT exam as it gives you an understanding about the paper and your level of preparation as well.

  • The candidates are advised to start their preparation at least 6-8 months before the D-day. If the candidate has decided to self-prepare, then he/she must start a little before. 

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