10 Common Mistakes Students Make in CAT and Ways to Avoid Them


CAT is considered to be the most important exam for MBA admissions into top IIMs that is grabbing the eyeballs of the aspirants. We are now explaining 10 common mistakes students make in CAT and ways to avoid them. Every year around 2 lakhs candidates sit for the Common Admission Test conducted for MBA admissions after graduation. CAT 2018 application forms have already been released and the interested candidates can apply till September 19, 2018.

10 Common Mistakes Students Make in CAT

It has been witnessed that CAT exam is mostly taken by recently graduated students, so they tend to commit some common mistakes while preparation as well as while attempting the exam. Below are some common mistakes that candidates make and the tips to keep in mind while attempting the CAT exam.

Setting Predefined target

Most of the coaching institutes does not tell you to score high in the exam but how to score more than others. Setting a target with minimum number of marks will increase the pressure if you fail to achieve the target. Therefore prepare well to score maximum marks without any predetermined targets.

Making assumptions about Cut offs

It is misleading to assume the cut offs before the result declaration by official authorities. Checking last years’ cut off might get you a vague idea but do not completely rely on it. So, it is advisable to attempt all the questions you know in the exam and avoid assuming that you have reached a particular threshold while attempting the paper.

Attempting Maximum Questions

As CAT exam pattern follows negative marking scheme. For every incorrect MCQ answer, 1 mark will be deducted. Therefore, it is highly advisable to attempt only those questions for which you know the answers.

Spending too much time on TITA Questions

As there is no negative marking for TITA questions, students tend to spend more time in solving it. Set a time limit for these questions and move on to other.

Answering only Correct Answers

In fear of negative marking some students answers the questions for which they 100% sure. This can lead to drop in number of attempted questions and over all score since CAT is a time constraint exam. Ideally one should answer the questions for which he is 70-85% sure.

Not Analysing sections

On the right side of screen a button is provided where you can see the entire section during CAT exam. Click on that, scan the complete section, pick the easiest questions and start answering it. Do not merely rely on luck to find the easiest questions from wherever you begin.

Attempting all parts of a question

There is a strong tendency among the candidates to attempt all the parts of a question once they have understood it. This might backfire as some of the parts will take more time than others. Therefore answer the known parts and move on to the next.

Relying on Scores instead of percentile

The CAT Cut off is released in form of percentile not marks. Many students tend to calculate by conventional scoring system and remains in pressure to obtain more marks.

CAT can be cracked only by brilliant minds

Self-belief is an important aspect in achieving any goal in life. Therefore have faith in yourself, prepare well and you will definitely score well in CAT 2018. As per the past records, many students who have achieved 99 percentile in CAT were not among the highest scorer in their college time.

Start preparing at the end moment

Unlike college exams where preparation in the end or one night fight works, the competition level of CAT is very high. You need to start preparing well for the exam as early as you can. You can also take help of mock tests and last year questions papers online for preparation.

The above mentioned tips has been shared by Ankur Jain, Chief Knowledge Expert from T.I.M.E (A leading preparation Institute for CAT)