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Toppers Tips for CAT 2021: Check How Toppers Prepare for CAT, Strategy & Study Tips to Score 99 Percentile

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaPublished On: August 04, 2021 | CAT

Candidates who are preparing for the CAT 2021 exam are advised to revise the maximum number of mock test papers of CAT. They can check the CAT preparation tips by toppers provided here.

CAT Preparation Tips by Toppers

CAT is a common management entrance exam conducted every year for admission in IIMs and other top B-Schools of India. The difficulty level of the exam is moderate but the competition and time pressure make it one of the most difficult MBA entrance exams in India. Even the brightest students find it difficult to score well in the CAT exam. Besides this, the changed exam pattern of CAT 2021 might also cause some anxiety for the students as they are not sure about the total number of questions that they can expect in the exam.

So what should they do in this situation? Well, we advise you to stick to the basics. Practice as many Mock Tests and Previous Years' Question Papers as you can. You can also consult the experts and toppers of the previous years’ edition of the CAT exam to know some CAT 2021 preparation strategies. CollegeDekho has provided you with some CAT preparation tips by Toppers in this article.

How do Toppers Prepare for CAT?

You should plan a proper preparation schedule for CAT in order to get a decent score in CAT 2021. Besides this, time management skills and shortcut techniques for solving quant problems are some important factors that create a difference between 100 percentiler and 98 percentiler. Thus, you are advised to focus on improving your time management and problem-solving skills in order to score well in the exam. 

Rishi Mittal, who scored 100 percentile in CAT 2019 said that he started CAT preparation one year before the exam. He focused on solving a maximum number of mock test papers. He also stated that he planned his CAT preparation according to his strengths and weaknesses. He worked on converting his strength into weakness by practising a maximum number of questions from his weak areas. 

Rahul Manglik and Somansh Chordia, both students of final year Mechanical Engineering said that they prepared for CAT alongside their 12th preparation. They solved more than 30 mock test papers and analysed their scores in order to identify their strong and weak areas. 

As we can see from both the cases provided above, solving CAT 2021 mock test papers and regular practice is the key to crack the CAT exam. You should also analyse your mock test scores in order to check your preparation level.

CAT Preparation Tips

How do CAT Toppers Work on Their Weak Areas?

Every student has his strengths and weaknesses but the one who is able to tackle his weaknesses will be the one to win the race of getting admission in B-Schools of India. Many experts and toppers of the CAT examination said that they prepared a preparation schedule in such a way that they devote enough time to the sections in which they are not so confident.

Lakshay Kumar said that QA was his weak section. He started devoting around 4-5 hours daily for Quant preparation in order to tackle his weakness. He also said that understanding the exam pattern is an important factor while preparing for the exam. 

The exam pattern of CAT 2021 allows the students to know the marking scheme as well as the type of problems they can face in the exam. Besides this, the exam pattern of the exam also allows the students to know the sectional breakdown of the exam. Around 100 questions are asked in the exam. These questions are divided into three sections with each section having a sectional time limit. The sectional time limit of the CAT exam was 60 minutes until 2019 but it has changed to 40 minutes for CAT 2020. The sectional time limit for CAT 2021 will also remain the same i.e 40 minutes. 

How Toppers Manage Time on CAT Exam Day?

Since the time limit for each section of CAT 2021 is 40 minutes, it becomes important that the candidates complete the exam within the allotted time. As per the experts and toppers, you should first solve the questions in which you are confident. You can skip the questions that are time-consuming. Solving mock test papers and sample papers of CAT 2021 will help you get an idea about the total time you should allocate for each type of question in the exam.

For the verbal ability section, you can allot 20-25 minutes for reading comprehension and rest of the time for TITA questions. There is no negative marking for TITA questions so you can answer all the questions without any risk of negative marking. Besides this, for DILR and QA, you can start solving easy and moderate difficulty level questions first and then you can proceed to the hard ones.

What do Toppers Prefer for CAT: Self Study or Coaching Institutes?

Should I join a coaching institute for CAT preparation is a common question among the CAT aspirants. Most of the aspirants are not sure whether they should join an institute or not. The coaching institutes guide the candidates for the preparation and allow them to understand the CAT exam pattern. They also conduct mock tests and sectional tests at regular intervals so that aspirants can get familiar with exam structure. However, it is not necessary to join an institute for CAT preparation.

You can crack the exam with self-preparation. Many toppers believe that a good preparation strategy and a decent level of practice is enough to score well in the exam. You can buy the books for CAT that are suggested by toppers. Apart from this, you can buy the test series provided by various coaching institutes in order to practise more type of questions. Those who are looking for cracking CAT exam without joining a coaching institute may check the article provided below.

Step by Step Guide to Crack CAT 2021 Without Coaching

Importance of CAT Mock Tests for Toppers

The mock test papers and previous years question papers of CAT exam allows the candidates to get familiar with the exam pattern. Besides this, they also help the candidates in understand the marking scheme as well as the type of questions that will be asked in the exam. Solving sample papers will also help in boosting confidence. All the CAT aspirants should solve at least 30-40 mock test papers. Check the article provided below to know more advantages of solving CAT mock test papers. 

CAT 2021 Mock Test: Importance of CAT Mock Test During Preparation

CAT Previous Years’ Toppers 

Check the previous years' toppers list of CAT provided below.

Candidate Name

Percentile

Exam Year

Ashwin H.

100

2019

Debarshi Chanda

100

2019

Patrick D’souza

100

2019

Rahul Gupta

100

2019

Rishi Mittal

100

2019

Somansh Chordia

100

2019

Amit Bikram

100

2018

Niranjan Prasad

100

2018

Rickshesh Manchanda

100

2018

Rounak Majumdar

100

2018

Swapnil Suman

100

2018

Ekansh Agarwal

99.98

2020

Shivam Kumar

99.95

2020

Swarnadeep Ghosh

99.92

2020

Anand Rajkumar Mishra 

99.92

2020

Sabyasachi Mishra

99.902020

Abhanshu Gupta

99.99

2019

Aditya Garg

99.99

2019

Amit Bikram

99.99

2019

Anurag

99.99

2019

B Gautham Rao

99.99

2019

Devavrat Mahajan

99.99

2019

Dhole Shreyas Kiran

99.99

2019

Kaushik Vyas

99.99

2019

Kulkarni Saurabh Sadashiv

99.99

2019

Lakshya Kumar

99.99

2019

Lokesh Soni

99.99

2019

Rahul Manglik

99.99

2019

Rahul Sharma

99.99

2019

Rajesh B

99.99

2019

Renjith Thomas Joshua

99.99

2019

Saathwik Kolluru

99.99

2019

Shreyaansh Gupta

99.99

2019

Shubham Pandia

99.99

2019

Sumit Khanna

99.99

2019

Swapnil Suman

99.99

2019

Thombre Sushant Sunil

99.99

2019

Anubhav

99.99

2018

Kishan Kashyap

99.99

2018

Kaustubh Vyas

99.99

2018

Abhishek

99.97

2018

Karan

99.91

2018

Mayur Arora

99.88

2018

Kushaagr Panwar

99.6

2018

Kuldeep Atri

99.44

2018

Avinash Misal

99.37

2018

Pratik Mishra

99.33

2018

Sakshat Goel

99.21

2018

Tushar Goel

98.89

2018

Preparation Tips for CAT 2021 

You are advised to prepare notes alongside your preparation so that you can revise it on the exam day. Additionally, you are also advised to note all the important topics provided in CAT 2021 syllabus and start solving 30-40 questions from each topic mentioned in the CAT syllabus. You can check the articles provided below to know more about the preparation tips for CAT exam.

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All the aspirants are advised to answer the questions in the CAT exam confidently. They are also advised to go through all the instructions provided on the CAT 2021 admit card as well as important exam day instructions before going to the exam centre. You can check the CAT 2021 Dress Code to know what should you wear on the exam day. The CAT 2021 Rank Predictor will give you an idea of the percentile you will score and you can use the CAT 2021 College Predictor to know the colleges in which you might be offered admission. If you have any questions regarding CAT, you can ask it on Collegedekho QnA zone. If you need admission related assistance, you can fill our Common Application Form.

We wish you All the Best for CAT 2021!

FAQs

What is the Importance of Mock Tests for CAT exam for Toppers?

Mock test papers allows candidates to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Besides this, it also allows them to know the exam pattern.

Who scored 100 percentile in CAT 2019?

Debarshi Chanda and Rahul Gupta scored 100 percentile in CAT 2019 exam. You can check all the toppers of CAT 2019 and CAT 2018 from here.

How do toppers Prepare for CAT?

The toppers have a proper preparation plan in place for the CAT preparation. Besides this, they also solve the previous years’ question papers of CAT in order to know the exam structure.

What are the CAT preparation tips by toppers?

Many toppers advise you to solve a maximum number of mock test papers as well as sample papers. They also advise you to understand the exam pattern before beginning with the exam preparation.

How can I check the list of CAT previous years’ toppers?

You can check the list of CAT previous years’ toppers from here. You can also check the list of 100 percentiles of CAT 2019 as well as CAT 2018 provided here.

CAT Previous Year Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 2

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 2

CAT question Paper 2017 f1

CAT question Paper 2017 F2

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