How to crack CAT?

how to crack CAT

How to crack CAT?

 

How to crack CAT- 8 tips to succeed in it!

What comes to your mind when you hear about Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, etc? They are the names of cities in India. Right! What else? Some of the Indian institutes of management are situated over there. You are absolutely correct about it. Institutes like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C are among the top b-schools in the country. Getting a seat into one is like indirectly securing one of the best job packages in India. There is no question that you will get to interact with some of the best minds of the country including their faculties. Also, getting associated with the IIM brand name itself reflects the level of competency you have!.

However, in order to get a ticket into the IIMs(How to crack CAT?)- you have to nail one of the most gruesome exams in the country.   I’ve used the word ‘gruesome’ because students usually experience a nervous breakdown when concerned with their preps for the Common Admission Test. The Common Admission Test tests a candidates reasoning, language, problem solving and various other skills. The task of solving 100 questions accurately within 3 hours makes the examination sound daunting. But, despite the challenge- a handful of students manage to ace the entrance with great percentiles every year. The 2 common ingredients that helped them in conquering the exam is- firstly, their level of preparation and secondly, the execution of it during the paper.

However, in order to get a ticket into the IIMs- you have to nail one of the most gruesome exams in the country.   I’ve used the word ‘gruesome’ because students usually experience a nervous breakdown when concerned with their preps for the Common Admission Test. The Common Admission Test tests a candidates reasoning, language, problem solving and various other skills. The task of solving 100 questions accurately within 3 hours makes the examination sound daunting. But, despite the challenge- a handful of students manage to ace the entrance with great percentiles every year. The 2 common ingredients that helped them in conquering the exam is- firstly, their level of preparation and secondly, the execution of it during the paper.

How to crack CAT

How to ace the Common Admission Test?

The Common Admission Test scores are very crucial in determining the faith of management aspirants in India.   A common question that arises in the minds of MBA aspirants is, “How to crack CAT?” When you have spent an entire year preparing for the entrance, you are determined to do anything that will give you a 99 percentile score. The following steps will assist you in achieving a good percentile-

1. Do evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses:

Do analyses of the area where you can score well and also the section that make you nervous. This includes sections like verbal, data interpretation, logical reasoning and quantitative ability. How to get started with your entrance prep?

a. Start solving questions from the study material. Do the solved examples first and then, attempt the unsolved ones. If you are struggling to attempt the questions, then it’s an indication that you need to work on your basics! Don’t rush with your studies. Set a target of the things you need to achieve on a regular basis. It could be solving 2 types of problems daily along with doing an evaluation for the same. During the initial stage of your preparation, don’t compare yourself with your friend. Doing comparisons won’t do you any good, but will only get you all the more stressed. And, believe me- stress is the last thing you want to think of.

2. Sturdy Foundation:

If your fundamentals aren’t good enough, then there’s no point in attempting mock papers. You are bound to do mistakes due to a weak foundation. You need to be crystal clear about how to solve a specific problem. CAT is all about knowing your fundamentals. Most of the problems demand you to apply more than 1 formula to get the desired answer. Know your basics well for it is the secret of getting good marks on the exam day. Also, make sure to do a revision of all the fundamental concepts 1 month prior to the paper.

3. Plan of action:

‘Practice what you plan’, is the second secret for excelling in the Common Admission Test. It is easy to create a study plan, but difficult to implement it. If you’ve set a target of getting your basics done within 2 months, then make sure it happens. The best thing to do is make a daily target list. Follow your daily study plan sincerely and don’t postpone anything for the next day. If you can achieve your daily target, then you’re just a step away from getting merit. Failing to fulfill your daily study plan can severely hurt your preparations for the test.

4. Gain familiarity with the paper pattern:

The best way to become familiar with any exam is by attempting sample mocks. Solving past papers will give you an idea of how you would fare in the examination. Time yourself while giving the paper and see the average time you spend on a particular problem. Since, the duration of the paper is 3 hours; you need to divide your time accordingly for every section. Start with the section that you’re confident about and try to avoid negative markings.

Don’t spend more than the average time on a particular question as you may fall short of time for attempting the remaining questions. If realization hits you that you’ve wasted too much time on a specific question- then don’t panic. Complete that problem first and then go for the easy ones. Keep a track of the time and don’t get over confident. By chance if you find the paper easy, don’t get excited as others may also have a similar experience. An easy paper means more candidates having the chance to secure a 99 percentile. On the other hand, if you find the paper difficult; then there’s a good chance that others may find it too. Experiment with various strategies while mock solving and see which works out the best for you.

5. Practice your short cuts well:

Having a good speed always gives a candidate an edge over others in any examination.  Although CAT tests a candidate’s core basics, being well versed with all the short cuts will assist you to attempt different problems with greater speed. Hence, it is advisable to familiarize oneself with various short cuts as it will save you a great amount of time during the paper.

There may be various ways to solve a particular problem. Check out the ones that consumes the least amount of time. Apply those shortcuts while solving mock papers and attain mastery over them. If you haven’t joined a coaching class, then there’s no need to worry. You can surf the net and see the tricks of solving a problem quickly. Also, there are sites like quora and yahoo where the past CAT toppers have shared their study secrets. Go through them and see whether you’re implementing them or not!

6. Take a break: 

It is necessary to sincerely follow your study plan. But, it is equally essential that you engage yourself in other activities apart from studying. Getting adequate amount of sleep is also essential. Make sure you get 7 hours of sleep daily. Going for a morning or an evening walk will refresh your mind. Also, you can engage yourself in some sports in order to keep yourself fit. Strike a balance between your studies and your play time. However, don’t overdo either of the two!

You can also make your studies fun by using flash cards or quizzing your friend. Teaching a friend will also be a good revision for you.

7. Remember the larger goal:

What is your objective of getting into a b-school? It is to gain corporate exposure, industry exposure or get good job placements. Getting a good score in CAT will land you into a good college. But, what you want to achieve in life is what really matters! Don’t do something because everyone around you is doing the same. Follow your passion and success will come naturally to you. It is better to pursue something you love rather than doing something you regret all your life.

8. A calm mind is the key:
The final secret of nailing the Common Admission Test is maintaining a calm mind. Your entire year’s preparation will be judged during those 3 hours. Avoid taking unnecessary stress or studying anything at the last moment. Give your best and leave the rest to the examiners. Those who tend to get tired while writing can have a chocolate or an energy bar before the paper. This will help you in remaining energetic throughout the test.

 

15 days schedule for preps- CATKing

Week 1Week 2
MondayMock 1MondayMock 4 to 6 analysis
2 sets of LR| DI| RC2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants
TuesdayMock 2TuesdayMock 7
2 sets of LR| DI| RC2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants
WednesdayMock 3WednesdayMock 8
2 sets of LR| DI| RC2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants
ThursdayMock 1 to 3 analysisThursdayMock 9
2 sets of LR| DI| RC2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants
FridayMock 4FridayMock 7 to 9 analysis
2 sets of LR| DI| RC2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants
SaturdayMock 5SaturdayRelax revise your components
2 sets of LR| DI| RC2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants
SundayMock 6Sunday4th December, 2016- CAT day
2 sets of LR| DI| RC
20 questions of verbal; 50 of quants

 

 

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  • Val

    Great post!

    November 20, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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