CAT Preparation 2022: Your Love for Reading Can Get You Desired Result

Common Admission Test 2022 ( CAT )

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The only way to perform well in RC section of CAT exam by developing the habit of reading. Check out the benefits of reading books, novels and newspapers and how it improves your CAT preparation level.

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Common Admission Test or CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India. Every year, over two lakh candidates appear for it. The exam is a gatewat to over 1,200 b-schools across India and is conducted in November.  If you are planning to appear for CAT 2022, it is time to plan your CAT preparation strategy. While most of you have already pressed the start button of preparations, some of you may still be strategising– For how many hours to study? How many sample papers to solve? How to divide the day? How to practice Quantitative Aptitude? Which tricks to apply in Logical Reasoning? And how to manage Reading Comprehension?

Yes, for many CAT aspirants the biggest worry happens to be – How to tackle RC (Reading and Comprehension) in the stipulated time?

Given the structure of CAT exam and time limit, it is impossible to read the paragraph word-by-word before answering the questions. Though the aspirants get ample tips and training on how to handle RC by experts in coaching institutes, one thing that an aspirant can do to strengthen their command on the dreaded section, is to READ.

If you are a voracious reader you are sorted, but if you are not, you can develop the habit well in advance. So, start now.

What to Read for CAT Preparation?

To prepare for CAT 2022 exam, one can study a variety of books. From novels to short stories, newspapers and journals to essays, you can read almost everything under the sun. Reading regularly will not only help to build your vocabulary and introduce you to foreign words and idioms, it will also help in developing the ability to focus on minute details in the passage, something which is of crucial importance for tackling CAT's RC section. Also Read: CAT Preparation 2022 - Books, Study Material, Expert Tips & Strategy

If you don't like reading novels then read short stories or articles, blogs and essays. They are short and concise. Not only will they help you build the habit of reading but will also add to your knowledge of current affairs, economy, politics and international events.  

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When to Start Reading for CAT Exam?

Ideally, each one of us should start reading books and novels in childhood. However, it's never too late to develop this habit.

Having said that, for a CAT aspirant it is but mandatory to start reading at least six to nine months in advance, for the simple reason that if you start reading keeping a deadline (CAT exam date) in mind, you will be under pressure and will not get the desired result. In fact will be a futile effort. Moreover, the earlier you start the better it will be for you. It will not only enhance your language but will also improve your knowledge in GK and current affairs.

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CAT Exam Preparation: Benefits of Reading

Reading Improves Vocabulary

The biggest benefit of reading is that it improves vocabulary. Since rich vocabulary and strong grammar are the two main weapons against VARC section, developing the habit of reading will be an advantage. Moreover, at the time of GD and PI you don't want to be left tongue tied for the need of 'the right word' or 'the right expression' while presenting your argument.

Secondly, reading helps you handle all the problems you are likely to face in RC section. Strong English is the first and foremost priority for tackling RC as the questions asked in the section of CAT are nowhere close to the language we use in our everyday lives. It is quite likely that you would have never come across, words, idioms, expressions etc. asked in CAT.

Moreover, in essay writing or during GD/PI it is only words and their correct usage, that you've got to impress the panelists. Remember, having a great idea is not enough. How you put it across makes the difference.

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Reading Enhances Your Speed

We all know, CAT is all about time management. So, how do you plan to read long paragraphs, remember important points and answer related questions, all within a few seconds? In this scenario, nothing but the ability to read fast without missing important points, can help. Those who are avid readers, need not worry. Those who don't read, must start now.

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Reading Helps in Strengthening Comprehension Skills

Both Reading Comprehension passages and Parajumble questions need a good command over English comprehension. The CAT RC passages are inference based and often dense. One needs to understand hidden meanings and unsaid expression in passages to decipher the correct answer. This is possible only if one has a good comprehension skills. It is not only about reading fast, but also understanding well. 

Reading Improves General Knowledge

Reading newspaper and current affairs magazines will increase your general knowledge, thereby taking some pressure off you of preparing for the subject. By reading newspapers and journals regularly you'd be aware of the events and happenings and when it's time to prepare for CAT, all you'd need to do is to revise instead of cramming GK books in the last few days.

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You Gain Knowledge of Various Topics

An MBA aspirant must opt for reading over any other leisure activity, for the battle doesn't end with CAT. In order to make it to a top college every aspirant has to pass the litmus test of essay writing and GD/PI. This is where reading helps in a significant way. A well-read candidate is much more capable of holding his/her own in face-to-face interactions. A confident candidate gets noticed by the interviewers, as much as a fumbling candidate. If you want to flaunt knowledge, first gain it. And there's no other source of knowledge greater than books.
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Reading Helps in Relieving Stress

Several research studies say that reading can reduce stress by up to 68 per cent. In fact, even six minutes of reading can reduce stress level by more than two thirds. It works better than other relaxation methods because it takes you into a world away from your daily life and issues related to it. And stress is the last thing you want while preparing for CAT or any competitive exam.

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Which college can I get with 75 percent marks in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

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At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Which colleges can I get with 75 %ile in CAT?

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Navneet Kaur

Guide-Level 14

4 days ago

LPU is known for its MBA. LPU provides quality education, with great scholarship programs plus holistic learning opportunities. As per the eligibility at LPU, student need to Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or...LPU is known for its MBA. LPU provides quality education, with great scholarship programs plus holistic learning opportunities. As per the eligibility at LPU, student need to Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT and Interview or Completed Company Secretary CS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) or Completed Chartered Accountancy CA from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or Completed Cost & Management Accountancy (CMA) from Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). Applicant should have 80 percentile or above in CAT or MAT or all India rank upto 20000. For more detials you can check the website.

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Harsh Pandey

Guide-Level 12

a week ago

At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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What CAT score do I need to get into FABM? I'm from B.Sc. Agriculture.

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Srishti Pranjal

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General cut off to get into FABM for general is 80, for OBC, it is 70 and for SC and ST, it is 60.

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Can I get admission for MBA in IPS Business School without giving CAT or any other exam?

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Sharanya B

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Hello Priyanka, CAT is one of the most commonly accepted exam. CMAT XAT MAT exams are also accepted in IPS business school.

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Neha Sudarshini

Beginner-Level 1

5 days ago

Although CAT percentile is kept as a criterion in most colleges, there are other management entrance exams too. Few of the different exams are MAT XAT NMAT etc. These scores again are accepted by numerous number of colleges.

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While filling CAT 2022 form, I followed the best of 5 marking pattern for SSC which is not correct. Can I fill the form again?

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yash sahani

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a week ago

We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error. 2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it wh...We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:
1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error.
2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it while entering their personal details.
3. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: uploading your photograph is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form.

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Harsh Rastogi

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No, you cannot fill the form again. You should always read the instructions carefully before filling any form.

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I have heard that UGC has given regulations for CAT eligibility that the colleges can accept CAT eligibility for the past two years. Is it?

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Harsh Verma

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An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibil...An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. As per the CAT notification for CAT the same criteria will be followed without any changes. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing. They should understand the factors and requirements to appear for CAT 2022 to avoid disqualification at any stage of the admission process. Moreover, candidates should also identify the eligibility criteria for the B-schools separately along with the difference in the eligibility requirements for CAT and the IIM.

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ANKIT Tiwari

Beginner-Level 5

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The CAT score card is valid for a period of one year only. After which candidates will have to take the following years' CAT exam for admissions in respective institutes. Most of the Institutions/Universities in India accept the CAT score for admissions.

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What percentile should I score in CAT exam to get MDI Gurgaon under defence quota?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a s...Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a safe bet.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

The MDI Gurgaon is the best college which has defence quota. The percentile which is required by MDI Gurgaon under defence quota is expected as 94 percentile. It is also the best college for defence.

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How to start preparing with CAT and IIFT?

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Sunit Chatterjee

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

To start first start with your basics remember these 4 to 5 points 1) read 1 hour every day
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5. Give ample amount of mock and sectional test thanks.

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I am applying for CAT 2022 and also had applied for CAT last year. Do I need to re-register or should use last year's credentials?

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Yes, you have to apply for the CAT form again from the beginning even if you have registered last year also. Since exam score is valid for only one year.

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I have a gap year in my engineering. What should I fill in the duration of course in CAT form? Should I fill 4 or 5 years?

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Sonima Dwivedi

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It will still be counted as 4 years.

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