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6 Reasons Why You should target CAT before CET
April 10 2024

Six Reasons Why You should target CAT before CET are:

1. More competition for CAT compared to CET

Approximately 2 lakh students/applicants appear for the CAT per year, while nearly 1 lakh students appear for CET as this examination has gained more popularity over the past few years, One faces intense competition that appears in these examinations. Attempting the CAT before trying the CET gives you the advantage, since one faces intense competition, and is thus familiar with the extreme competition that has taken place which helps in getting mentally prepared for competition in CET.

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2. Chances of making to top college through CAT are comparatively easy than through CET

According to the analysis, to seek admission to renowned and renowned institutes that accept CAT scores such as IIMs and SP Jain, one must score 4/10 (assuming a total of 10), while to seek admission to one of the best institutes that accepts CET scores such as JBIMS, one must score 9.5/10 (assuming a total of 10). CAT enables students to focus on IIMs. It is always advisable to do MBA in IIM.

3.  Pay package is higher in the colleges through CAT than in CET

CAT college acceptance scores offer a maximum of Rs.30 Lakhs per year and a minimum of Rs.10-15 Lakhs per year, while CET college acceptance scores offer a maximum of Rs.17.5 Lakhs per year and a minimum of Rs.8 Lakhs per year. In addition to the written test, students taking part in these exams should also be prepared for the GDPI/WAT SessionOne needs to be up-to-date with all the latest issues that will help them move ahead in these schools. Also, there are a few CET colleges that deliver a high package although there are a large number of colleges via CAT that deliver a high package.



4. CAT has fewer questions & more time whereas CET it’s less time & more questions

In the CAT exam, there are 100 questions weighing 300 marks & the time frame is 180 minutes the exam is divided into 3 sections, whereas In the CET exam, there are 200 questions covering vast sections & a time frame is 150 minutes with no sectional limits. That means you're going to have less than a minute to answer a question in CET. Having sectional limits will help you structure your paper well. While sectional time limits often put pressure on students as well. Since CAT has a sectional cut-off, you must do well in all three parts. But this is not the case with CET, so you can disregard your weak section and concentrate on a strong section to improve your ranking. With the help of the CAT students can solve the paper in the given time.

5. To top CAT you require less number of right answers required

In the CAT exam, asking 40 right questions leads the applicant to hit 97% ile, you have to answer fewer questions in more time, while in the CET test, you have to ask 150 right questions to get 99.99% where you have to solve a large number of questions in a relatively short period. The CET cut-off for JBIMS is 99.87%ile approximately for the Maharashtra based Students and 99.99%ile for All India Students.

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6. Always better to target CAT than CET

CAT, is the first exam of all the management exams; if you prepare well for CAT you have better chances of doing well for the other exams as well. There are tons of exams post CAT viz NMAT, SNAP, MICA, and CET being the last if you fail you will have to wait till next year. Also, Colleges accepting CAT scores are more than the colleges accepting CET. So, targeting CAT first will broaden your choices of colleges.

Some More Info on CAT & CET:

Both CAT and CET are management entrance exams; that test the skills of the students on the basis of which they will select in MBA Colleges. Although these 2 exams help students to get into colleges; they have a vast difference in the pattern and colleges that accept their scores.


CAT is the most competitive MBA entrance exam in India. Over 1300 MBA colleges across the country recognize the CAT exam and offer admission considering CAT scores. The CAT 2024 exam will be conducted in three sessions at nearly 375 examination centres located in more than 167 cities nationwide. Prospective MBA students aiming to enroll in premier institutes should commence early preparation for the CAT 2024 exam. 

The CAT 2024 syllabus includes three main sections: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Aptitude. The CAT 2024 exam follows a multiple-choice question (MCQ) format and spans a duration of 120 minutes. Candidates need to solve 66 questions from the VARC, DILR, and QA sections during the CAT exam duration.


Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET), is a state-level entrance test used to select applicants for admission to engineering and pharmacy programs at various colleges throughout Maharashtra. The exam is conducted every year by the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell.

There will be 3 question papers in the MHT CET 2024 examination. Paper 1 will be Mathematics; Paper 2 of Physics and Chemistry combined, and Paper 3 will be Biology. Candidates willing to join the Engineering course should appear for Papers 1 and 2. Aspirants of Pharmacy courses should appear for Papers 2 and 3. The highlights of the MHT CET 2024 are given in the table below.

The syllabus for the entrance exam is similar to class 11 and 12 topics of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology. Students opting for BTech courses need to attempt Mathematics while those opting for BPharma have to appear in Biology. Candidates preparing for the exam can download the MHT CET previous year's papers here. As per the MHT CET paper pattern, the exam will be conducted online in computer-based test mode. The question paper will have multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

Difference between the CAT & CET exams:

It is important and necessary to understand the difference between the two tests. 

Take a look at the table below for syllabus and pattern of MBA CET and CAT. The table reflects highlights of latest exam patterns of MAH CET and CAT.





  • Logical Reasoning (LR)
  • Analytical Reasoning (AR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


Question Type

MCQ and non-MCQ

MCQ and non-MCQ

Total number of questions

200 questions

66 questions

Section-wise number of questions


75 questions


24 questions


25 questions


20 questions


50 questions


22 questions


50 questions



Marking Scheme

  • 1 mark for every correct attempt
  • No negative marking
  • 3 marks for every correct attempt
  • Negative marking of -1 for every wrong attempt

Total marks

200 marks

198 marks

Exam mode

Computer Based Test

Computer Based Test

Exam slots

One slot, two days

Two-three slots, one day

Exam duration

150 minutes

120 minutes

Number of test cities




CAT and CET both are different types of examinations on the basis of testing, pattern, and colleges. I  hope this article was helpful to you.  Please feel free to post your comments on the article.


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CET Preparation                                               MAH-CET Preparation Plan

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MBA CET Syllabus                                            CMAT vs CET 

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