30 days to CAT 2021 for IIM MBA Admission: How to ace it in first attempt, Tips by toppers and experts

With the CAT 2021 exam date nearing, only the right preparation strategy can help you ace it in the first attempt. Here are some CAT preparation tips from toppers and experts to score 99+ percentile.

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Sundararajan | Oct 29, 2021 - 3:49 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad will be conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) on November 28, 2021. Candidates must be aspiring to get a 99+ percentile in the MBA entrance test to pave their way to the IIMs and other top management colleges of the country. When it comes to CAT preparation, it is recommended to give equal importance to all three sections namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. Also, candidates must focus on attempting questions with utmost accuracy keeping a check on the clock.

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IIMA has released the CAT admit card 2021 and will soon be releasing the CAT 2021 mock test tentatively in the first week of November 2021 on its official IIM CAT website - iimcat.ac.in. Here we list 5 CAT exam preparation tips recommended by CAT experts and previous years toppers to help candidates secure a good score in the CAT 2021 exam.

IIM CAT exam date 2021

CAT events

CAT dates

CAT 2021 admit card releases on

October 27, 2021

CAT 2021 exam date

November 28, 2021, Sunday

CAT slot wise duration

  • Slot 1: 8:30 am to 10:30 pm (Morning Session)

  • Slot 2: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)

  • Slot 3: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Evening Session)

CAT paper pattern 2021

CAT Particulars

Expected CAT 2021 pattern

CAT 2020 pattern

CAT 2019 pattern

Test duration

2 hours

2 hours

3 hours

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Total marks




No. of questions in VARC section




No. of questions in DILR section




No. of questions in QA section




* Total marks: 228 (Total marks will vary based on reduced questions)

Know the expected CAT 2021 exam pattern here.

CAT 2021 Preparation in one month: 5 tips to get 99+ percentile in CAT

Below are five key CAT 2021 preparation tips by experts and toppers for aspirants to get a good score on the first attempt.

1. Understanding the exam

The CAT entrance exam for MBA will test the specific aptitude of the candidates. So in this short time, if the students miss any topic, they have to re-check and take note of the CAT syllabus. Prepare a mental map according to the difficulty level of the questions and then proceed. This will help to avoid stress and tension at peak times.

2. Practice previous years CAT question papers

It is highly recommended to practice previous CAT papers to improve performance. CAT sample papers and CAT previous year question papers are a kind of self-assessment tool for checking CAT preparation level. Students will get an idea of the difficulty level of the IIM MBA entrance exam, to divide the strategy accordingly.

3. Practice CAT mock tests on a daily basis

The significant advantage of taking CAT mock tests is that they help you identify areas where you are weak and strong, and analyze your preparation. Also, the CAT 2021 mock tests are accurate copies of the actual CAT 2021 exam. So, to get acquainted with the exam pattern of CAT 2021, mock tests give you more opportunities to perform better in the CAT exam.

4. Do revision thoroughly

While preparing for the IIM CAT entrance exam 2021, note down the important topics so that you can skim through the concepts later. Continue to revise the prepared content as it will be easier for you to retain and remember the information whenever needed. By following this CAT preparation tip, you are more likely to get a good CAT exam score.

5. Focus on time, speed, and accuracy rate

One of the important factors to consider for the CAT 2021 exam is time management. Candidates should first have an idea about allocating time for each section of the CAT 2021 exam paper. In competitive exams like CAT 2021, if you do not know how to direct your efforts at the right time, it does not matter how well prepared you are.

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