A gap year before the CAT exam is defined as a year of no academic activity or employment. A gap year is a matter of curiosity for the moderator and one should have a valid reason prepared for taking a year gap. It is preferable not to take a year gap but if you have done something substantial, like a course, coaching, or a business, it is best to highlight them in your answer. This would ensure them that you haven’t wasted your year and added some value. A gap year is easier to justify if the candidate shows the willingness to learn even if they were preparing for one of the most difficult exams. Hence, the excess time should be used to expand the candidate’s horizons and be completely honest while answering the questions. The interviewer might be looking for multitaskers, but they are also looking for sincerity.