CAT 2019 to be held next week, Check last-minute preparation tips

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
    Exams Prep Master

    CAT 2019 is around the corner and is scheduled for November 24, 2019. These four climacteric days, you must channelize your energy and concentration for the main day. The competition like every other year is soaring high, with a total of 2.44 lakh applicants this year. It is the highest number of registrations in the past 10 years. CAT 2019 will be conducted in 153 test cities and 376 test centers in two shifts i.e. morning and afternoon. CAT 2019 will be a computer-based test.

    Don’t think a lot about the CAT Result, focus more on optimizing your existing preparation level. For all the CAT aspirants, we are here to help you all with some effective last-minute preparation tips.

    Download CAT 2019 Admit Card

    CAT 2019 Question Paper

    Before starting with the preparation tips, let’s have a look at the CAT 2019 Exam PatternHighlights of CAT 2019 question paper are as follows:

    • CAT question paper will be divided into 3 sections. One can move to the next section only after completing the previous one.
    • The progression of sections in the CAT question paper is the same. It is fixed and in the order: VARC; DILR; QA
    • There is a fixed sectional time limit of 1 hour for each section. Candidates cannot give any extra time to a specific section.
    • To make the question count, you save your response and then move to the next question.
    • There will be MCQs and Non-MCQs as always in the question paper and each correct answer values 3 marks, whereas for each wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted.
    • Non-MCQs do not have negative marking and there is no negative marking for unattempted questions.

    Also Read CAT 2019 Answer Key

    CAT 2019 Last Minute Preparation Tips

    No worries, even if CAT 2019 is just a few days away from your doorstep. Until now you have been swimming through the ocean of mock tests and study materials. Do not make a mistake of stressing yourself out during the last days. The majority of top rankers suggest, relaxing your body and mind before the examination is the best practice for better performance.

    • Do Not Entertain Any New Concept

    Shut the door for any new concept. This is not the right time to waste your energy on something new. Revise what you have already prepared. To ace a new concept you need to put some effort into it and, there will be no time left for revision. Focus on what you have already learned and prepared. 

    • Practice TITA Questions

    As we know Non-MCQs or as popularly known as Type in the Answer (TITA) have no negative marking, that is why it is suggested by many top rankers to attempt these questions first during the exam. First attempt TITA questions then go to MCQs with negative marking. Practice TITA questions as much as possible, as these are Non-MCQs you must work on your speed to handle these.

    • Run Through Important Formulas and Topics

    Keep rereading all the important formulas and topics that you have already prepared. It is always suggested to keep a note of all the important topics and formulas for quick revision, right before the examination. It will keep these fresh in your mind.

    • Make smart attempts

    It is not compulsory to attempt the entire questions in the section nor it is possible. Play smart and learn to skip a question that you think is consuming your time. Even if you know a lot of the questions it is still suggested by many to not waste your time in attempting all the questions. Utilize your time in attempting questions you are 100% sure of and try to attempt as much as you can in each section equally. You should have a clear idea in your head about how many questions you aim to attempt per section to achieve your desired percentile. Move with a plan. 

    • Keep your Sectional Strategies ready

    Since by now you have already identified your weak and strong zones, you must have your sectional exam day strategies ready. However, since CAT is an unpredictable exam, you shouldn’t completely rely on such strategies. You should be able to mold your strategy as per the question paper. 

    • Maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule

    Yes, we often tend to ignore this part easily. Many think it is not important enough to be mentioned as an important tip. However, on the contrary, it is the secret ingredient for the success of many high rankers. Eating healthy will keep your mind and body active and alert. Sleep will help you with your memory. This is the time to relax your body and mind. Sleep well and eat healthy. 

    Candidates are requested to locate their exam center once prior to the exam. Please don’t forget to carry your CAT 2019 Admit Card, original photo ID proof, and a photograph to the exam center and follow the exam day instructions. All the best!



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