CAT Exam 2021: Tips by toppers to score 99+ percentile

Students preparing for the CAT 2021 exam are advised to take and revise numerous CAT mock test papers. Check out these CAT preparation tips by the toppers to score 99+ percentile.

CAT Exam 2021: Tips by toppers to score 99+ percentile
Sundararajan | Aug 29, 2021 - 3:26 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad will be conducting CAT 2021 exam on November 28. Students interested in appearing for the Common Entrance Test (CAT) this year have three months to prepare. For all CAT exam aspirants, the main objective is to get a score above 99% to join IIMs. But the question is - how to get 99 percentile in CAT? how many questions to answer correctly to get a 99 percentile score in CAT 2021?. Here is the topper's CAT preparation strategy that can help students to crack the CAT exam with 99+ percentile.

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CAT toppers say, to aim for the 99+ percentile, one should try to answer at least 75 percent of the questions accurately. It is important to maintain good accuracy in each section of the CAT exam as the sectional percentile and overall percentile are of individual significance in IIM admissions. For an efficient CAT preparation, students must follow a well-structured study plan, take numerous mock tests, and use some tricks and strategies to crack CAT 2021 with a 99+ percentile.

How to score 99+ percentile in CAT 2021

Here's the table indicating the number of good attempts against the total number of questions in the CAT exam paper that can be followed to score a 99 plus percentile.

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Tips by toppers to score 99+ percentile in CAT exam

To get a good score in CAT 2021, students must have a proper CAT preparation schedule. Time management skills and shortcuts to solving quantitative problems are also contracts or breakers to reach 100 or 98 percentile.

  • Make a proper time table

  • Start with the unknown

  • Don't get confused by using a number of books

  • Keep reverse strategy

  • Seek for experts guidance

Toppers tips and study plan for CAT 2021

Vatsal Dedhia, a CAT topper who scored 99.92 percentile, said that he started preparing for the CAT exam in July. Since he came from an engineering background, it helped him in the preparation because he was good at quants. He started his preparation by learning about the CAT exam pattern and syllabus. As soon as he finished the syllabus, he started taking CAT mock tests. Although he did not join any coaching institute, he bought study materials and took a series of mock test series from reputed institutes for training purposes.

Another CAT topper, Shivam Kumar, who scored 99.95, said that he was strong in the QA section, therefore, he did not devote much time to this section. However, I tried a lot of mock tests for this section. For the DILR section, he started his preparation on “How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT” by Arun Sharma. He solved 60% of the book. VARC was the weakest section, so he took coaching classes for this particular section. He focused mainly on solving mock tests for all three sections for six months.

About CAT

Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is a popular computer-based MBA entrance test conducted every year for admission to various PG management programmes offered by IIMs and other management institutes accepting CAT scores.

The CAT question paper will consist of questions from three sections namely, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA).

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