How to ace CAT exam 2023: Tips from toppers

CAT Exam 2023: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most competitive entrance exams in India, with over two lakh candidates appearing for it each year.

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CAT Exam 2023: The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most competitive entrance exams in India, with over two lakh candidates appearing for it each year. The exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to their postgraduate management programmes. Read More: CAT Exam 2023

While there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for success in the CAT, there are some tips that have helped toppers in the past. Here are a few of them:

Start preparing early

The CAT is a highly competitive exam, and it takes time and effort to prepare for it effectively. Toppers recommend starting your preparation at least six months in advance. This will give you enough time to cover the syllabus, practice questions, and give mock tests.

Understand CAT exam pattern and syllabus

The CAT exam is divided into three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and  Quantitative Ability (QA). Candidates will get 40 minutes to attempt each section. The total duration of the CAT exam is 120 minutes. Read More: CAT Exam Pattern 2023


Before you start preparing, it is important to understand the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly. This will help you smoothly navigate the preparation process. Also Check: CAT Syllabus 2023

Develop a strong foundation

The CAT exam tests your fundamental concepts in Mathematics and English. It is important to have a strong foundation in these subjects before you start preparing for the exam.

If you are struggling with any of the basics, there are many resources available online and in libraries to help you. You can also take the help of a tutor or mentor.

Practice regularly

The more you practice, the better you will become at solving CAT questions. Toppers recommend practicing for at least two hours a day, six days a week.

You can practice by solving questions from previous year’s CAT papers, mock tests, and other resources.

Take mock tests

Mock tests are one of the best ways to prepare for the CAT exam. They help you assess your performance, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and practice time management.

Toppers recommend taking at least 20 mock tests before the actual exam.

Stay calm and focused 

The CAT exam can be a stressful experience, but it is important to stay calm and focused on the day of the exam. To do this, get a good night’s sleep before the exam, eat a healthy breakfast, and reach the exam centre early.

During the exam, don’t panic if you get stuck on a question. Just move on to the next question and come back to it later if you have time. The CAT 2023 exam will be held on November 26, 2023 (Sunday). This year, the CAT exam is being conducted by the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM Lucknow). The admit card will be released on November 7 on the official IIM CAT website. Read More: CAT 2023 Admit Card