IIM CAT 2021: Tips to overcome CAT exam stress and anxiety

IIM CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 28. Know how to deal with pressure and anxiety during the CAT exam preparation.

IIM CAT 2021: Tips to overcome CAT exam stress and anxiety
Devyani Prakash | Nov 19, 2021 - 6:35 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 is going to be conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on November 28. CAT 2021 will be conducted for candidates seeking admission into B-schools across India. With CAT exam 2021 day coming nearer, students preparing for CAT are feeling pressured and anxious.

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IIM CAT 2021 will have 3 sections Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (DILR). Candidates doing last minute CAT preparation and revision are dealing with a lot of pressure. Read on to get tips on how to deal with the CAT MBA exam stress and anxiety.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates must go through the CATexam pattern before their revision. Knowing the CAT exam pattern will give a sense of confidence, reduce anxiety and will help candidates to plan how to attempt the CAT MBA exam 2021 better.



CAT Exam Duration

2 hours

Total no. of questions


Mode of CAT 2021



  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension

  • Data interpretation & logical reasoning

  • Quantitative ability

CAT Marking scheme

  • Three marks for the correct answer will be awarded

  • One mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer

How to Overcome CAT 2021 Exam Pressure and Anxiety?

MBA aspirants must use the following tips in order to deal with the pressure and anxiety while preparing for CAT 2021 exam:

1. Prepare well

In order to feel easier and less anxious, CAT MBA aspirants must prepare well. If you have prepared well you will get more confidence to give the MBA exam. Make a schedule on how to prepare for CAT 2021 and stick to it.

2. Talk to people about your anxiety

Feeling intense pressure is very common during exams. Since CAT is a major exam, you might feel extremely anxious. The most efficient way to reduce CAT preparation anxiety is to open up and talk to your teachers, parents, friends and fellow CAT aspirants regarding the pressure. Tell them about why you are feeling anxious, what is bothering you and how you plan to cope with it. By doing so, you will feel relieved and the pressure on you will reduce.

3. Maintain good personal habits

Make sure to include the following in your daily routine to feel less stressed out and more energetic:

  • Exercise
  • 8-9 hours of sleep
  • Healthy diet

4. Keep your mind clear

Anxiety and stress is majorly centered around your mind. Keeping your mind positive in the following ways will help reduce your exam anxiety:

  • Do not think negatively.
  • Think about the positive outcomes of giving CAT. Think about scoring well and appreciate that you are getting to learn.
  • Meditate.
  • Relax your mind by taking naps and deep breathing.

5. Revise the CAT syllabus that you have covered

CAT entrance exam 2021 will be held on November 28. With the exam coming nearer, make sure you start revising everything that you have covered. Do not start a new topic. Starting something new will increase your anxiety whereas revising what you have already done will reduce it.

6. Keep CAT exam day things ready

Compile things such as your admit card and other things to carry for CAT 2021 and keep them ready to reduce the added pressure on yourself so that you don’t forget anything at the last moment.

7. Don’t compare

Don’t compare yourself to others. Your way of studying, how much CAT syllabus you have covered, your preparation, etc. Make sure to try your best but if you compare yourself to others then you will feel a lot more anxious.

8. Keep yourself organized

Having your things organized, your day planned out and studying according to a schedule will reduce your anxiety and keep your mind sorted.

9. Take some free time

Studying all the time and not having free time increases anxiety. Take free time to yourself. Go for a walk or listen to music. This will immensely reduce your stress.

About CAT 2021

CAT 2021, Common Admission Test (CAT Exam) is a computer-based MBA entrance test for candidates seeking admission into various IIMs and several other prestigious B-Schools across India. The CAT entrance exam for IIM MBA / PGDM admission is going to be conducted on November 28, 2021.

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