CAT 2018 StrategiesCATKing
CAT (Common Admission Test) is an MBA entrance exam to get through B-School. Before we jump onto the CAT strategies lets understand the pattern and weight of the marks.
CAT is primarily divided into 3 sections viz Quants, LR / DI and Verbal ability. The following table helps understand the no. of questions & time duration for each of them.
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|Quants||34 Question||60 Minutes|
|LR / DI||32 Questions||60 Minutes|
|Verbal||34 Questions||60 minutes|
There are a total 100 questions which need to be solved in 180 mins i.e. approximately you have 1.8 mins per question.
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Focus on percentage not percentile:
Often we hear that a student scored 99.99%tile (percentile) to get a call from the top IIMs. This is true in most of the cases however, did you know the %tage (percentage) required to get that kind of percentile? Can you make any guesses? In 2016 CAT, if you scored 213 marks out of 300 you would get 99.99%tile i.e. 71% of marks and for 99.95%tile you needed a score of 200 out of 300 i.e. 66.67%
Haven’t you scored a first class or distinction in your 10th, 12th & graduation class? If you have this is surely achievable. Now that you do not have that extra high percentile burden on your head; think of CAT as an exam where you need to score between 67-70% +.
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Start slow but be consistent:
No matter what activity it may be, a disciplined student has a much better chance of scoring high then a disciplined one. Study is like going to gym, you may not do a night out & get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, it will take a disciplined & persistent effort.
Ideal start would be to spent around 2 to 3 hours a day working on the basics of all the three sections. The best thing that you can do is create a timetable and allocate equal time to all the 3 sections. Most of the time, some students make a crucial mistake of only studying their favourite sections, I know this is a tempting option but eventually will lead you to mess-up the sections that you are not good with.
Get a Timetable for yourself:
You can make a similar one if not adopt the same.
|2 hours verbal||2 hours RC||2 hours Quants||2 hours LR||2 hours DI||Revision||Revision|
It’s not only important to manage all the subjects equally but also to revise them before closing the week; this will ensure that you have thoroughly understood whatever has been done so far.
During the first month of your preparation; you need to rigorously follow this up; since unless you get a good start to your preparation, you will not have an edge over others.
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Keep your strategic hat on:
Always remember that it’s not about solving a question when it comes to CAT, it is how fast & effectively have you solved it, if you inculcate this habit from the start it would definitely help you cultivate that thought process and greatly help you during the actual CAT.
The best way to bring this to practice is by trying hard to find out a shortcut trick for all the questions that you have solved. Just ask yourself, if there is a better & quicker way of solving this?
Pace up at the right time:
Make sure that you keep increasing the duration of study gradually, in this case we started with 2 hours a day however, that will not be ideal when the exam is approaching close every month. Here is how you can gradually increase the no. of hours for study.
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|> 5 months||< 4 months||< 3 months||< 2 months||< 1 month|
|2 hours a day||3 hours a day||5 hours a day||6 hours a day||7 hours a day|
If you have more than 5 months before exam; you can start off with 2 hours a day, and every consecutive months you can increase the duration of study. This is very important to make sure the moment is not halted. Also, you can take 1 day break per month to get some breathing space.
To summarize; consistency with the right strategy is the key to success in CAT exam.