CAT Preparation Tips for Non Engineering Students - Check Study Plan & Strategy

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: November 21, 2020 | CAT

IIMs are employing various methods to increase the diversity of their batches and invite more non-engineering students to the campus. But what would it take to break the stereotype that CAT is meant for engineering students?

CAT Preparation Tips for Non-Engineering Students

Engineers have always dominated admissions at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) but not anymore. There used to be a time when engineers formed almost all of the batch of IIMs but now the institutes are employing a variety of strategies to increase diversity in their courses. The percentage of non-engineering students in IIMs has seen an increase in the past couple of years.

There is a notion that the Common Admission Test (CAT) is more suited for engineering, which is not true. Any student with good critical thinking ability can crack the CAT and get into their desired IIM. In this article, we take a look at how a non-engineer can prepare for CAT and explore some of the best CAT preparation strategies for students from a non-engineering background.

How Do Non-Engineering Students Prepare for CAT

Essentially, there does not lie any difference between the preparation strategies recommended for engineering or non-engineering students. However, there is one very important thing that every non-engineering student must do before they start CAT preparation.

Remove this myth from your head that engineering students are better for CAT. It is a level playing field and you have just as much chance of cracking CAT as an engineering student.

This is very important because if a student keeps believing in this myth, they already have a negative image of their preparation. Simply, removing this myth from your head can provide you with that boost of confidence to help you better study for CAT.

The performance of a student in CAT has nothing to do with their educational background. What matters is their perseverance, logical approach to solving questions and an open mind for new ideas.

Understanding the CAT Exam is Important

When you begin to prepare for CAT, it is important that you spend some time in understanding what it is all about. Read about it online. Go through the CAT exam pattern and CAT syllabus. Understand the importance of CAT in MBA admissions. Having a well-rounded idea about CAT will help you at every stage of the process and will also help you in forming a good preparation strategy for CAT.

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Preparation Tips for CAT

Candidates must use their time wisely to prepare for CAT. Spending too long on CAT preparation will only make you forget the older concepts. Limiting your time for CAT preparation will also make you more serious about your preparations as it will help you quantify how much time you have used up.

When preparing for CAT, it is recommended that you divide your approach section-wise and steadily cover the complete syllabus of each section. Since the syllabus and focus area of each section is different, so is the way you approach preparation.

There are three sections in CAT -- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Since a CAT aspirant simply does not have the time on his hands to say their complete names, they are known in the fast-paced world of CAT preparation as VARC, DILR and QA respectively.

However, one thing that every CAT aspirant must find the time for is checking the best tips to prepare for CAT. Here are some of the best CAT preparation tips compiled by our experts.

SectionPreparation Guide
QAHow to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks
VARCHow to Prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension) - Expert Advice, Tips
DILRHow to Prepare for CAT DI & LR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

Learn Shortcuts to Solve CAT Questions

Shortcut techniques are essential when solving CAT questions. Shortcut techniques drastically reduce the time taken to attempt a question and also the chances of error when solving CAT questions.

Since they help in keeping calculations to the absolute minimum, they are even more vital to non-engineering students, who don't stay in touch with mathematics as much. The links given below will fetch you some simple tips and formulas to boost your CAT preparation

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50+ Important Formulas for CAT Preparation: Topic-Wise Formulas Used in CAT 2020Importance of Vedic Maths in CAT 2020 - Best Vedic Maths Tricks to Use in CAT
Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT 2020Toppers Tips for CAT 2020: Check How Toppers Prepare for CAT
Common Admission Test (CAT) Preparation 2020: How You Can Make the CutTips to Solve Para Jumble Questions in CAT

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Practice As Much As You Can

All that developing a positive approach, learning new techniques and hopping through shortcuts would be futile if you don't put it to work. Practice as much as you can using the new techniques that you learn when solving questions. However, it is important not to blindly copy what everybody else says.

Has a CAT topper recommended a technique that does not work for you? Throw it out, try another.

Is your accuracy dying when opting for a quicker approach? Practice more. If it still does not work, go with another strategy.

Experiment with new techniques when practising and develop your own techniques and strategies. Check CAT Mock Tests, CAT Previous Year Question Papers and you will find yourself making progress not only with the speed but also with accuracy and confidence to attempt the exam.

One of the limiting factors that non-engineers have in cracking CAT is the lack of like-minded peers who they can turn to for advice and support. The good news is that our experts are available for help. Just post a question on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone and receive personalised answers to your queries.

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