CAT Mock Test: After the announcement of the CAT Exam Date i.e. November 25, 2018, the countdown has begun for the CAT aspirants. With the sea of topics that fall under the CAT exam syllabus aspirants are expected to take round of CAT mock tests. CAT mock test are targeted to make them familiar with the pattern, syllabus, strategy, techniques that will enable an exam taker to score high in the exam.
CAT mock test is a trump card to ace the CAT exam. Understanding this need of the candidates, IIM released the CAT mock test paper every year approximately 1 month prior to the exam date. The candidates who have registered for CAT can appear for the mock test on the official website of CAT. This mock test is only available to people who have registered for the exam. This mock test is generally released in the month of October by the CAT exam convening body.
Here is an analysis of the CAT 2016 mock test that was released y IIM Bangalore to prep up the candidates for appearing in the exam. It is aimed at providing the candidates with the perfect idea on exam structure, pattern, and types of questions, navigation process, and an overall test taking experience. Going through this mock test would help them save the last time hustles and won't leave them confused at that moment.
Steps to access CAT mock test
- Go to the official website;
- Click on the "CAT mock test" link;
- Enter the login details;
- Submit; also take printout for future reference.
Tips to appear in the CAT Mock Test
- Take care of the time;
- Turn your weaknesses into strengths;
- Be confident and focused while giving the exam;
- Read instructions properly;
- Appear as if you are giving the final shot.
Expected Exam pattern of CAT 2018 Mock Test:
The sample mock test contains 100 questions with, beginning with verbal and reading comprehension (VARC) comprising of 34 questions, Data Interpretation (DI), and logical reasoning (LR) comprising of 32 questions and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) comprising of 34 questions. Time allotted for the test is 180 minutes. As per the sample paper, VARC and QA have 10 non-MCQs each, whereas DILR has 8 non-MCQs. Taking this test for students is compulsory not from registration point of view, but from preparation and examination point of view, providing candidates the real time exposure to test.
Time Management is the Key
As noted above, the time allotted for the test is 180 minutes. This time is equally divided between the sections, i.e. 60 minutes for each section. One cannot switch from one section to another during the overall limit. The constraint of 60 minutes applies to each section. Even, the sequential order of the exam is fixed, and you would have to move in the same order, without being able to choose any section of your choice first.
VARC Section of CAT
In CAT 201, the first section was QA, whereas, for this year, the first section is VARC and QA is the last section. This is the first section in the paper. On 34 questions, there are 24 questions based on 5 reading comprehension passage. The 2 on 5 passages are with 3 questions each, whereas, the other 3 passages are with 6 questions each. The other questions could be based on jumbled paragraphs, picking odd sentences out of jumbled paras or para summary, etc. These could be in non-MCQ format.
Negative marking in CAT Exam
We all are aware of the fact that there is negative marking in the CAT exam, the penalty being one mark for every wrong answer. However, there is no negative marking for not attempting not wrongly attempting a non-MCQ question. With 28 non-MCQs questions, if you attempt 10 correct and 12 incorrect with 6 un-attempted, you score 10 and are not penalized for wrong or un-attempted questions.
The previous year CAT mock test paper does not guarantee that CAT 2018 would be exactly alike. The number of MCQ and non-MCQ questions could be different from the same mentioned above. Though the last two years' mock test papers have revealed that the CAT exams for the respective years were alike, but, following it with no confirmation would not make sense. The mock test is just to give an idea to students so that they can anticipate the exam following next month.
Though the CAT mock test going to be released soon but there could be areas where you find your preparation not consistent with the same, well, in that case, do not panic.
Case1: If the mock test does not cover questions you haven't prepared: Since this is just a mock test and does not guarantee the CAT 2018 to be alike, you need not shut your preparations of those topics. Keep them handy as well. They could be asked in the exam.
Case 2: If the mock test contains questions you haven't prepared: Stay calm in such a scenario. Try practicing such questions. You still have a month; and in case you have been preparing for CAT wholly since time, there won't be many such topics. Read the basics, practice questions related to the topic and try turning the same into your strength. At the end, revise all you have prepared yet, and be ready to give the best shot. All the best, and crack the CAT.
We hope that the analysis of CAT 2016 Mock test will help you in your preparation of CAT 2018 exam.
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