Blog

Why do students score low in Quants ?

Quant is another important section in CAT with 34 questions out of 100. In this article, we will help you with 5 most important tips that will help a CAT aspirant to score good marks in Quants section of CAT exam. These 5 important pointers are those which students generally don’t realize when they are preparing for Quants section. Let’s have a look on it.

  1. Let’s begin with Vedic Maths:

Vedic maths should be the first step towards the quants preparation. Vedic Maths helps to speed up the calculation and gives tricks and shortcuts for calculation. A topic like Arithmetic will become easier for students if they are aware of Vedic Maths.Students can test their basic skills when they give CAT Mock Exam. (more…)

CAT 2016 First Cut Analysis

 

CAT 2016 – First cut Analysis ( Powered by CATKing )

CAT 2016 has seen the highest number of registrations in the past 7 years. With a happy sign : number of female candidates rising up as compared to the last year.

Talking about the first cut analysis from the Morning Slot of CAT 2016, the paper did not surprise a lot. The exam pattern remained same as CAT 2015 and the official mock on the website; however the marking scheme saw a small twist. 1 Mark for the correct answers as compared to the always 3 marks per correct answer. Negative marking existed for the MCQ questions; 1/3rd ie 0.33 negative marks. TITA Questions didn’t have any negative marking similar to the CAT 2015.

(more…)

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. (more…)

How to score in CET Mocks

CET 2018 – 100 in Mocks to 130+ on D-Day

Disclaimer: before you read further; I am not drunk, nor am showing you false hope of moving your scores from 100 to 130; we are purely going to talk about strategy & hard-work which can ensure you achieve this difficult but achievable task.

First of all, congratulations to you for making / getting 100+ in your CET Mocks, you are doing much better than students who are still stuck at a score between 70-80s. Ok now that you are feeling better about the score; let’s jump to the main points:

Rome was not built in a day:

Well, some of you may say, yeah we know this from time immemorial. But, you need to understand this; if you are scoring 100 in a mock, you cant increase your scores to 130 immediately unless, Goddess of wisdom has some bias towards you. So what is an ideal jump you should be aiming at?

There is no standard, but you should look at an increase of 5 marks with every mock you take. So if you are scoring 100 it will take 6 mocks for you to reach a score of 130. Wow, it’s easier said than done, I wish I could end this article here. But there is more to it, this only helps us draw our rule no. 1 which is:

(more…)

Secret to Success by Amber Sahu (IIM Sirmaur)

What is it that fetched success for me in CAT? What did I do to reach there? Did I do something extraordinary? Did I take any magical pill?

Answer is No. I am very fond of this question. Even at one point in my life, I used to ask this question to numerous successful people. I got only one response in return: “Hard work”. But believe me there is nothing such as ultimate secret to success following which you will succeed anyway. You will have to prepare your recipe of success by yourself. What I can tell you is some key must to have points which will help you in reaching there.

Goals and Objective

Do you really want to crack CAT? Or Do you want to succeed in whatever you are doing? If answer is yes, then I assume you must be having goals towards achieving it. Goals and objectives are important to strategic planning (which I will talk about in next point) because they turn the mission and vision into specific measurable targets. Goals and objectives are concrete and help one to attain their purpose. If you are preparing for CAT your objective should be to get 100%ile in CAT. So that your efforts are directed into that direction. Your goals should be smart. To make your goal S.M.A.R.T., it needs to conform to the following criteria: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.

Habits

“How to succeed is no secret. It’s all in your daily habits.” – Harry Hoover

A habit is something we do regularly without consciously thinking much about it Habits make it possible for us to do things without spending exorbitant mental effort. They make everyday life possible – for good or bad. Build a habit of making good habits. When you are preparing for competitive examination, you are not only competing with others knowledge or talent but habits also. Successful person possesses productive habits. I understood the importance of it after reading a powerful book written on it – “Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. It is a wonderful book written on how habits can change our life in better way or bad way. So my point is to build productive habits. It could be reading newspaper daily, going for a walk daily, sleeping and waking up at right time and so on.

‘If you develop the habits of success, you will make success a habit.’ — Michael E. Angier

 

Reading

Someone once asked Buffet about keys to success, and he said “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

This is what influenced me to the core. I decide to read every day. And now I am glad that I took that decision. Reading can have profound impact on one’s ability to think and express. It also facilitates building perspective around issues.

It is undoubtedly the best thing you can start now and thank me later.

 

Basics

I believe that success in life is the refinement sound basic principles that never change. You might say, “Wait a minute, everything is changing.” Well that may be true, but not the basics and fundamentals. In the same way, basics are the core of any great happenings. If you don’t know the basics don’t expect to expertise in advance.

When I began my preparation for CAT, the only thing in my mind was to clear all the basics first. Because I had already learnt from the mistakes committed in past. Strengthen your fundamentals and conquer the rest.

‘Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals’ – Jim Rohn

 

Strategic Planning

Success does not come just by making things done. It always demands a detailed thought process behind your every step. It is a systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them.

It won’t be an overstatement when I say that I also had strategy to achieve my desired target which was excelling in CAT. It always starts with basic questions. You will have to answer few what, why, when, how and where type of question before building a concrete strategy. I prepared a full 11 months’ strategy to ace CAT. And result is actually what I had desired. Strategic planning is important because it provides a sense of direction and outlines measurable goals. It is useful for guiding day-to-day decisions such as which section of CAT to cover in the day and also for evaluating progress and changing approaches when moving forward.

Practice

Practice, Practice and Practice. There is no other way to attain excellence. You can say it hard work, smart work or whatever. In the end, if you are not putting efforts into practising you are not going anywhere.

‘Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.’ – Anton Chekhov

Enjoy the Journey

At the end, I would say enjoy your journey. Rome was not built in a day. It will take time. Till you reach there, enjoy your enriching journey. Because you are learning everyday after all and you must be proud about it. Go and unwind yourself.

“Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.” — Zig Ziglar

About the Author:

Amber An active listener and learner, Amber is a consistent performer since the outset of his academic career. He got Academic Excellence Award for his remarkable performance in BBA. He cracked CAT in first attempt and secured admission in esteemed IIM Sirmaur. He has been carrying out his responsibility dutifully as an organizer, campus ambassador, volunteer and class prefect. He possesses impressive skill in Stock Trading, Drawing and Badminton as well.

Life @ IIM Sirmaur by Amber Sahu

Coming from one of the highly dense city of the country, Varanasi to completely sereneone, Sirmaur is a whole new experience altogether. It all started with a mail from the Admission office of IIM Lucknow, congratulating me on my selection in IIM Sirmaur. I was euphoric not only because I would soon be a part of the IIM clan but also at the idea of staying in Himachal Pradesh for two years! As is usual, a chain of activities started, ranging from joining the WhatsApp group to fulfilling the formalities of admission; from withdrawing admission from a previously decided institution to running for getting important document prepared, etc.

Upon reaching Paonta Sahib, I was thrilled by the atmosphere. The curvy mountains touched our campus on the bank of Yamuna. It gives us the opportunity to see rainbows every now and then.

My all dreamy imagery started fading away as soon as our classes started after induction program. All motivational address by professors, guests and director could not last long as the academic pressure started building up. I hardly got time to move around the city and enjoy local cuisines.

An average day at IIM Sirmaur looks like this:

08:00 AM

There goes the alarm. Oh! Someone please shut the alarm off. Will have to brush up that chapter on ratios for today’s quiz. What better way to start the day off than grabbing a quick bite and rushing your way up to the library! Hope my number game is strong, won’t get more than 10 minutes to go through it all!

09:00 AM

It’s time for the first class. Where did I keep my case notes? Don’t tell me I forgot it in the library last night!

12:30 PM (Lunch Break)

Boy, did that quiz not go as planned. Thank my lucky stars I covered some topics this morning. Let me check out the progress of the Marketing group project before attending the Guest Lecture at 03:00 PM. Thank God! I have my business formals ready for this industry interaction.

06:00 PM

Enough of number crunching for a day! Let’s unwind. Hey Smasher! Where did you keep the shuttle? Guards’ room, eh? Hurry up guys, have a submission tonight!

08:00 PM

I never knew, so many types of leadership exist. Where do I find an example for each? Oh God, the clock is ticking. Why was this submission scheduled at 9:00 PM instead of the usual 11:59:59!

09:00 PM

Phew! That was exhausting. Last minute submissions drain you a lot. I will make it a point to get the things done well ahead of time next time. It was a long day. Well, let’s work on that case at around 12 tonight. Will that do?

10:00 PM

We have a big leadership summit lined up next month! Time for a quick MediaCommittee meeting. We were to finalize a hashtag for the event. What’s the progress guys?

11:00 PM

Oh! We have the brand-recognition quiz today. Could not qualify last time! Will give my best shot today. The guys at Quizzar have worked hard for this one. It shows. Now I have seen that logo somewhere. What was it?

12:00 AM

Hi! I did go through the case yesterday. But I found it hard to wrap my head around the STP of the product. Let me check Kotler first before discussing it with Markaizen group.

01:00 AM

That was quite a case. Haa! Time for a quick break! Let’s take a stroll at the back of the academic building.

02:00 AM

Let me see, what else we have now. Okay, let me work on the live project.

03:00 AM

Arrg! This is so not done! That took up a lot more time than I expected.

03:30 AM

Can’t take it anymore. Time for some z’s. Looking forward to the trip to Dehradun next Sunday.

So, it would be no surprise to say that each day of this campus starts with new struggle as well as a new hope to become more successful. The journey of this ride is definitely exhilarating and worth to bet on.

As the institute is in the early stage of its life, setting up each system in place from scratch, building the unique legacy which will be getting passed on to upcoming batches, imparts great learning curve and entrepreneurial spirit among the students.

Overall, the journey so far at IIM Sirmaur has been nonetheless exciting for me. Hopefully, I will cherish this journey after two years.

About the Author:

Amber An active listener and learner, Amber is a consistent performer since the outset of his academic career. He got Academic Excellence Award for his remarkable performance in BBA. He cracked CAT in first attempt and secured admission in esteemed IIM Sirmaur. He has been carrying out his responsibility dutifully as an organizer, campus ambassador, volunteer and class prefect. He possesses impressive skill in Stock Trading, Drawing and Badminton as well.

GDPI Experience by Amber Sahu (IIM Sirmaur)

Name: Amber Sahu

10th: 84.16% (UP)

12th: 87.67% (UP)

Graduation (Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi): 76.77%.

Received academic excellence award for excellent performance in BBA.

CAT: 89.19%ile (First attempt)

The Beginning of Preparation

CAT result was out on 8th Jan, 2017. Got shortlisted for first round by IIM L, K, and I within a week of result declaration. Next 2-3 days, after getting interview call from all three, I was very tense on how to go about preparing for the interviews. There were millions of things to be covered, and I knew I have to give an exceptional interview if I have the slightest chance of making to the IIM.

Resources to prepare from

I made a fat notebook (around 200 pages or more), and everything that I used to see, read, hear any relevant detail, I used to jot it down in that diary. It had numbers, figures, charts, quotes, drew India Maps, world Maps, electronics diagrams, equations, world capitals, major sports, everything. It was one thing that I kept with me at all times. The purpose was to devote the last week on revising that diary.

The Economic Times

TIME Institute material

Manorama year book

Academics

GD PI Experiences

IIM Lucknow WAT PI Experience

Date: 21-03-2017

Venue: IIM Lucknow

Profile: BBA, fresher

WAT Topic: Who inspires you the most and why?

PI

Two female panelist

F1: Tell me about yourself

Me: Answered in detail. Told about my family background, academic background, about city as I belong to the very famous city Varanasi. Told my objective In life as well as strengths and weaknesses.

F2: Why MBA now? (Why not after getting few years of work-ex?)

 

Me: Tried to answer tactfully but could not justify it seemed.Maybe I was not prepared for this question.

F1: Have you done internship anywhere before?

Me: I had not done so answered no. But told about exposures and learning I got in my father’s business.

F1: Tell me something about your City?

Me: Went on telling the historical importance of Varanasi. Its culture, famous “Banarasi Saree”, narrow streets, Ghats, Banaras Hindu University and Sarnath.

And few more questions followed on the same.

F2: What was your favorite subject in BBA?

Me: Marketing

Asked some basic concepts from Marketing.

Finally, they ended with final remark that I should get some work-ex first.

 

IIM Kozikode WAT GD PI Experience

Date: 02-04-2017

Venue: Hotel Janpath, Delhi

Profile: BBA, fresher

WAT Topic: Digital India

GD Topic: same as WAT

GD went smooth. Was not a fish market but there were very less number of points brought up during the discussion.

PI

Two male panelist

M1: OK Amber. So how was your journey from Varanasi to Delhi?

Me: Sir, It was tiresome. I travelled in the general coach of the train as I could not get confirmed ticket. But after reaching here, I took enough rest and now feeling very upbeat.

M2: Introduce yourself in brief.

Me: Again reiterated the same rehearsed lines.

M1: Tell me something which is not written in your CV.

Me: Told them about my learning I got from my father’s business.

M2: Which subject you liked the most in BBA?

Me: again, I answered Marketing.

M2: What is Marketing Myopia?

Me: Got confused between two terms I recollected at that time.

M1: What is Cognitive Dissonance?

Me: Answered

M2: What is BCG Matrix? When it is used?

Me: Answered but could not tell all of four elements of quadrant.

M1: Draw a map of India and locate Kozikode.

Me: Though my drawing is good, but drew like a kid in jittery at that time. Kozikode was located correctly.

M1: Where is Malabar Coast?

Me: showed.

Interview ended with hysterical laugh on my drawing.

 

IIM Indore WAT PI Experience

Date: 10-04-2017

Venue: IIM Indore

Profile: BBA, fresher

WAT Topic: How can employer take care of employees’ work-life balance?

PI

Three male panelist

M1: Tell me about yourself

Me: Answered but they felt it as if I have memorized those lines.

M2: Did you like your preparation phase of CAT?

Me: Yes (Lied). Gave few reasons behind that also.

M3: Which part you find most difficult?

Me: I answered quant as more difficult than other two. (Damn! I should not have done so.)

M3: Lets solve some maths problems

(Gave some tricky questions which I obviously could not solve)

M2: In Economics, usually an assumption is made that buyer is rational. So what is Rationality?

Me: I answered but could not satisfy them as they were looking for some examples.

M1: What is something very crucial happening in the world right now?

Me: Told about the Syrian war going on then.

M2: Difference between Private and Public Company?

Me: Gave 3-4 points answer but they interrupted and confused me in between.

About the Author:

Amber An active listener and learner, Amber is a consistent performer since the outset of his academic career. He got Academic Excellence Award for his remarkable performance in BBA. He cracked CAT in first attempt and secured admission in esteemed IIM Sirmaur. He has been carrying out his responsibility dutifully as an organizer, campus ambassador, volunteer and class prefect. He possesses impressive skill in Stock Trading, Drawing and Badminton as well.

CAT Strategy by Amber Sahu (IIM Sirmaur)

24th June, 2017

“Finally, I am also going to an IIM.” I said to myself.

Two year ago, I was one among the numerous aspirants of Common Admission Test – CAT as we popularly know it. Now, I am in my 3rd term of Post Graduate Programme at IIM Sirmaur. This has been a great journey for me, filled with many ups and downs. It’s an experience that I would like to share with my fellow aspirants. I’d be extremely satisfied to know if the strategies that had worked for me, work for you as well.

To put things into perspective, CAT 2016 was my first attempt at the test. Preparing for CAT involves a deeper understanding of yourself. You should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. The main question that students ask themselves initially is – Where to start? This can be a very confusing situation to be in, as right direction is important from the beginning. I started my CAT journey from the basics. I started preparing for CAT when I was sophomore. Believe me, in the beginning I had never thought about getting into an IIM. It was the preparation phase that instilled confidence in me to dream high. I divided my preparation journey into three phase.

  • Building base strong
  • Addressing the elephant in the room
  • Problem solver mode
  • Finishing strokes

CAT-StrategyBuilding Base Strong (Jan-March) – In this phase I solved basic question from all areas. I started giving test from basic areas. In verbal ability, I was solving short RCs and various handouts of sentence correction and grammar usage. In Data Interpretation and logical reasoning, I solved 8-10 easy set to strengthen my understanding of fundamentals. Quant section, which was my weak area, I was most concerned about. Taking help of RS Aggarwal book for senior and higher secondary proved to be right decision. I was solving 40-50 basic questions every day from this section. I gave 2-3 full mocks just to realize that I have long way to go.

Tackling Difficult Areas (Apr-May) – Now, my basics were clear, I notched up my efforts a bit. I started tackling with those areas which were constantly making me afraid of attempting CAT. It was important to gain confidence in all the areas of particular section. So that on D-day I am not filled with any negative thoughts. Gave 4-5 mocks during this period. Performance was still not improved much.

Problem solver (Jun-Aug) – This phase was one of the busiest phase of my life. I left no stone unturned in solving problems as much as I could. Gave intermediate sectional tests and analyzed thoroughly my faults and where I needed to improve. I solved all materials and handouts given by TIME Institute during these three months. Found improved performance in all the 10-12 mocks I gave. This boosted my confidence.

Finishing Strokes (Sep-Nov) – In this phase, I did not touch materials and handouts much except in the case when I have had to refer for clearing doubts. I can remember I gave 15 full length mocks and approx. 20 advance level sectional tests from each section. At that moment I was clear about one thing that this period is going to defining phase of my life. In my last full mocks I had scored 80%ile. Now, I was pretty much confident about scoring well in CAT because TIME mocks are considered as tougher than any mocks.

D-Day (4th Dec, 2016) – As per suggested by TIME faculty, I rested for 2-3 days before CAT. I watched movies, played cricket, slept a lot except thinking about CAT. I was very relaxed on the D-Day. I went there, wrote CAT and returned. I was satisfied with my performance.

Jan 8, 2017 – 90%ile

About the Author:

Amber An active listener and learner, Amber is a consistent performer since the outset of his academic career. He got Academic Excellence Award for his remarkable performance in BBA. He cracked CAT in first attempt and secured admission in esteemed IIM Sirmaur. He has been carrying out his responsibility dutifully as an organizer, campus ambassador, volunteer and class prefect. He possesses impressive skill in Stock Trading, Drawing and Badminton as well.

GD PI Experience by Nivedita Das (IIM Sirmaur)

I was selected for the GD/PI process of IMT Ghaziabad and NMIMS.

IMT Ghaziabad experience:

IMT Ghaziabad was sweet enough to conduct its interviews in the metro cities. Since I am based out of Kolkata, my interview center was Kolkata itself. IMT conducted its interview in three rounds. The first round was the WAT round. The topic given to our batch was “Is Brexit a political phenomenon or a social phenomenon?”. For this topic, we had to right minimum five points along with an introduction and a conclusion. The total time allotted to us was 30 minutes. After the WAT, we were divided in a group of 10-12 people (I don’t remember distinctly :P). The groups were then escorted to a second room where a panel of 3 professors were present. This was the second stage of the interview. We were given a topic “Your dream job and the characteristics required to fit the job.” We were supplied with a chart paper, sticky notes and a set of sketch pens. We were asked to draw and write down the various attributes of the job in front of the professors. We discussed the profile of our dream jobs amongst ourselves and utilized the chart paper properly. We also took care that after the time was over, we responsibly submitted the chart paper and put all the pens back in the box.

The final stage was personal interview. The session went as follows:

Interviewer 1: Tell me something about yourself

Interviewer 2: What do you know about Sister Nivedita? (As I share my name with her)

Interviewer 3: Who is your role model?

Interviewer 2: Which specialization do you want to choose and why?

Interviewer 1: If there is a group of 5 people, among which 1 person works very hard and the overall performance of the group was beyond expectations. How would you award this group?

The interview went pretty well and I was comfortable talking to them. It was like old friends meeting up!!

NMIMS experience:

The NMIMS interview was held in the Mumbai campus of NMIMS. One shouldcrack NMAT just to be inside the campus.

The interview was held in two rounds. The first round was a case discussion round. A group of 10-12 was formed. We were meant to sit around a semi-circular panel in front of three judges. A case-let was distributed to each one of us and we were asked to discuss about the case for about 15 minutes.

The next round was the PI round. Three panelists were present. Here it goes:

Interviewer 1: Tell me something about yourself.

Interviewer 2: Who is your favorite singer? (Looking at my CV)

Interviewer 2: You say you like Eric Clapton. Who plays the guitar when Eric Clapton sings?

Interviewer 3: How many stocks are listed on Sensex and Nifty?

Interviewer 3: What is mutual fund?

Interviewer 1: What is autism? (I had worked with an NGO which looked after autistic children).

Interviewer 1: Is it a disease or a disorder?

These questions were pretty much all they asked.

About the Author:

Nivedita_pictureI am Nivedita Das from Kolkata, West-Bengal. I pursued B-Tech in Electronics and Communication engineering from Netaji Subhash Engineering college. I have worked with TCS Kolkata for 3 years as a developer. I have experience of working with an NGO, where we spent time with Autistic children, trying to help them live a better life. Apart from being an avid reader, I also like listening to music, baking and stitching. Currently I am pursuing MBA from IIM Sirmaur.

Life @ IIM by Nivedita Das (IIM Sirmaur)

Life at IIM is pretty much what you get to hear from outside. However, I would like to describe life at an IIM situated in a temporary campus.

A typical day at our college starts at about 8:30 am. This is mainly because we are not fully established yet. So most of our faculty are visiting faculties. Hence, when they visit our campus, the classes start early in the morning and continues till 1-1:30 pm. Each session continues for 90 minutes and between two sessions there is a gap of 15 minutes.

Just like any other student, mostof us wake up just half an hour before the class!! It goes like this:

If the class is at 8:00 am

7: 35 am: One of the roommate wakes up and books the toilet

7:40 am: Gets out and wakes up the other room-mate.

7:45 am: Gets ready and leaves for the mess.

7: 47 am: Stands in the queue for breakfast.

7:50 am: Gets breakfast. Starts gulping.

7:55 am: Pours coffee and leaves for class with the mug in hand.

It goes without saying, the other room-mate misses breakfast!!

The classes go on till 1-1:30. We hurriedly come back to our rooms and take a bath. Have lunch and then again leave for class at around 2:20 pm. The classes again resume and extend till 5:45-6 pm. Snacks is served from 5:30 till 6:30 pm. After snacks,we usually indulge ourselves in badminton, table-tennis or gym. Every other day various clubs and committees like the marketing club, finance club, cultural committee conducts some events and the students participate enthusiastically. Dinner is served from 8:00 pm and it continues till 9:30 pm. That is the time when we fight over tv remotes like siblings!! The fight is usually over movies and matches. At 9:30 pm, milk is served and that’s when we usually move to the library for studying. Studying usually comprises of making presentations for the next day’s class and reading Harvard cases. This usually continues till 2-3 am in the night. After this, the students usually play another one or two matches of volley ball or badminton. To let go of the frustration of case studies!!

After a longday, we usually go to sleep by 4 am and the next day again starts at 7:30 am.

Given all these, life at an IIM is really mesmerizing. You won’t get bored for a moment. The schedules are packed with sport tournaments, club events and guest lectures. Even the weekends are packed with classes and guest lectures. And if luckily, we get a holiday of 2-3 days, we pack our bags and leave for a trip. This is the beauty of an IIM. You are given full freedom to do everything. You can live life to the fullest but yet again the boundaries like presentations and case studies never let you forget your actual purpose. Above all, residential campus ensures amazing bonding between students of both the batches and the professors. There is no power gap between the professors, students and the support stuff. It is a big family which embraces people from the length and breadth of the country with open arms. It welcomes everyone to the huge IIM family. It is a home away from home.

Lunch is served from 1:30

About the Author:

Nivedita_pictureI am Nivedita Das from Kolkata, West-Bengal. I pursued B-Tech in Electronics and Communication engineering from Netaji Subhash Engineering college. I have worked with TCS Kolkata for 3 years as a developer. I have experience of working with an NGO, where we spent time with Autistic children, trying to help them live a better life. Apart from being an avid reader, I also like listening to music, baking and stitching. Currently I am pursuing MBA from IIM Sirmaur.

Secret to Success by Nivedita Das (IIM Sirmaur)

CAT is a competitive examination taken by graduate students across the county to get into some selected B-schools. It comprises of three sections:

  • Verbal Ability
  • LR_DI
  • Quantitative Ability

The following two points can be considered as my secret to success for belling the CAT:

  1. Taking enough mocks:

Apart from preparing each and every topic of the entire curriculum diligently, I took 2-3 mocks every week. This is the main “mantra” of cracking CAT. I didn’t wait till I finished the entire CAT syllabus. I started appearing for the <<<mocks>>> right after the first 3-4 months of my preparation. However, I didn’t stop at taking a mock. I went a step ahead and analyzed the mocks thoroughly. That is what made all the difference. While analyzing the mocks, I took into account the following points:

For the questions which I haven’t been able to solve:

I carefully looked at the problems which I hadn’t been able to solve. I tried to find out was it because the concept was unknown or because I ran out of time? If it’s the first, I learnt the new concept and wrote it down in a notebook so that I can revise it quickly before the next mock. If the reason was the latter, I tried to practice more to increase my speed.

For the questions I solved but that went wrong:

I tried to find out where I went wrong. Was it a calculation mistake or did I apply the wrong concept? If it’s the latter, I relearnt the concept and wrote it down somewhere for a quick check before the exam.

For the questions which I correctly solved:

While analyzing, I never skipped the problems which I had solved correctly in the mock. I always tried to find out from the solution provided that whether my way of solving was optimum or not. If not, I learnt the new concept.

Trust me, I learnt a lot more by taking and analyzing the mocks than I did by simply solving problems from books.

  1. I maintained consistency

 

No matter how busy I was due to work load, or how preoccupied I was, I maintained regularity and studied every day. In CAT, this consistency is very much required. I studied for 2-3 hours every day when I solved problems from book/materials and during the weekends, I took out 8-9 hours to take mocks and analyze them.

 

  1. I always had my goal in mind and stayed motivated

 

No matter how bad my mock score was, (there were days when I scored something between 80-90 percentile) I never gave up. Although at times I felt like quitting, I kept myself motivated by visualizing myself in one of the IIMs and I never gave up. I guess this attitude helped me a lot to start afresh after a bad mock.

 

  1. Good Habits

Apart from following the above points, the other thing that I followed diligently was maintaining good habits. I went to sleep early and in turn woke up early in the morning so that my body clock gets adjusted to both the morning and afternoon slots. I followed proper diet and rejected all kind of junk food. I also went to the gym regularly in order to stay healthy and fit. These essential good habits had helped me a lot in building up my inner stamina which came in handy during the preparation phase and during that 3 hour long sitting during the examination.

 

I believe that the amalgamation of the above four points will surely pave the road for the success you desire in CAT.

About the Author:

Nivedita_pictureI am Nivedita Das from Kolkata, West-Bengal. I pursued B-Tech in Electronics and Communication engineering from Netaji Subhash Engineering college. I have worked with TCS Kolkata for 3 years as a developer. I have experience of working with an NGO, where we spent time with Autistic children, trying to help them live a better life. Apart from being an avid reader, I also like listening to music, baking and stitching. Currently I am pursuing MBA from IIM Sirmaur.

CAT Preparation Strategy by Nivedita Das (IIM Sirmaur)

Even before you start preparing for CAT, you should be very clear on how much you want to crack CAT. How much are you ready to put at stake for your dreams. Are you willing enough to give up frequent Whatsapp chats, watching movies during the last three months and other beauties of life? If the answer is yes, then kudos! you are definitely ready to bell the CAT.

Below are the steps that I followed to prepare what I consider to be one of the most important examinations of my life.

  1. Figuring out weak areas:

 

The first and foremost thing you need to do is to figure out the areas of your strengths and weaknesses. Pick up any past <<<cat paper>>> and try to solve it within the stipulate time. Then see where you stand. Chalk out a plan on how to improve your weakness and leverage your strength. Suppose if LR- DIs is your weakness, put more emphasis on this section. But that does not mean you will neglect the other two sections.

 

  1. Prepare each and every section diligently:

Pick up topics from each section and prepare from any standard book or <<<material>>>.  Don’t leave out any area because it seems difficult to you. For example, many students tend to leave out probability, permutation-combination because they find them difficult to deal with. Don’t ever commit this mistake because you never know, in the actual examination, problems from these sections can be very easy, very basic. So never ignore any topic, just go through the basic concept even if you find it difficult. Try to note down each days learning- formulas, concepts, short tricks and strategies in a copy such that when you need to revise, you find all the things in one place. If you find it difficult to prepare all by yourself, you can join any <<<classroom classes>>> to help you out.

  1. Take as many mocks as possible:

This is the main “mantra” of cracking CAT. Take as many mocks as you can. Don’t wait till you finish the entire CAT syllabus. Cause by the time you complete the entire syllabus, it might be very late to start taking the mocks. Start appearing for the <<<mocks>>> right after the first 3-4 months of your preparation. Take at least 2-3 mocks each week (preferably during the weekends). But never stop after taking the mocks. Analyze the mocks thoroughly. While analyzing the mocks, take into account the following points:

For the questions you haven’t been able to solve:

Carefully look at the problems you haven’t been able to solve. Was it because the concept was unknown or because you ran out of time? If it’s the first, learn the new concept and write down somewhere so that you can revise it quickly before you take the next mock. If the reason is the latter, then find ways to increase your speed.

For the questions you solved but that went wrong:

Try to find out where you went wrong? Was it a calculation mistake or you applied the wrong concept? If it’s the latter, then relearn the concept and write it down somewhere for a quick check before the exam.

For the questions you correctly solved:

While analyzing, don’t skip the problems you have solved correctly in the mock. Your answer might be correct, but you might have taken an approach which is more time consuming. Look at the ways these problems have been solved and try to find out a shorter method of solving the same so that you can save time and invest it on some other problems.

Trust me, you will learn a lot more by taking and analyzing the mocks than you would learn simply by solving problems from books. So make sure you take the mocks very seriously

  1. Read:

Read loads and loads of articles, editorials etc. to familiarize yourself with a vast range of topic that can come up in RCs. READ, READ and READ. Read anything you lay your hands on. Read informative newspapers like The Hindu, ET, Mint etc.

  1. Stay motivated:

The last and the most important thing that you do is to stay motivated. Trust me there will be days when you will feel like quitting. Frustration will build up when your mock score cards won’t show satisfactory results (god forbid!!). But don’t give up. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destination. And the destination is indeed beautiful. Take it from the person who has been there.

About the Author:

Nivedita_pictureI am Nivedita Das from Kolkata, West-Bengal. I pursued B-Tech in Electronics and Communication engineering from Netaji Subhash Engineering college. I have worked with TCS Kolkata for 3 years as a developer. I have experience of working with an NGO, where we spent time with Autistic children, trying to help them live a better life. Apart from being an avid reader, I also like listening to music, baking and stitching. Currently I am pursuing MBA from IIM Sirmaur.

Abhinav Sharma’s Secret To Success (IIM Sirmaur)

As we all know that every year lakhs of students take one of the toughest exams in India Common Admissions Test (CAT) with a dream to pursue their MBA the best B-schools of the country. But the secret of success is “Stop wishing Start doing”. A year of disciplined, focused and strategic is all what to need to score 99+ percentile in CAT. CAT exam is the test of Time Management, Aptitude and Logical Thinking. Gauge yourself at every point of time and make the necessary improvements.

Just remember that TIME MANAGEMENT is the key here. Make a proper schedule and don’t take stress from either your preparation or job. Let me guide you clearly that if you leave your job thinking that it will give you more time to prepare, then my friend you are living under the myth.

The way you handle the things in your preparation and at the day of exam is the deciding factor. Look within yourself and decide your timetable accordingly.Always focus on clearing your fundamental concepts instead of jumping from one topic to another. Acandidate can perform well in CAT by taking mock tests seriously and analysing them to learn about their mistakes and not to repeat them in future. Taking and analysing Mock tests play a very crucial role in polishing the basic concepts. Try to take around 2 mock tests per week, this will give you ample time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and to fine tune your strategy.

Always solvedifferent level of questions because easy questions demand quick solve and difficult questions demand strong concepts. The art of attempting the test is equally important to knowing the concepts and fundamentals. After-all it is all about picking the right questions in the exam.

One can join a coaching class and start working with a schedule and deadlines ready.it is definitely not mandatory, however, it would be helpful because it will provide you with a more disciplined approach. Because one has paid for the classes therefore you attend them or at least listen to the instructor and note down the basic concepts.

After all this, when you are nearing the day of CAT exam, just read a couple of daily newspapers and revise the fundamentals. Just relax and watch couple of good movies. Avoidany kind of stress and have the confidence in you.

About the author:

My Pic (1)Abhinav Sharma is an Information Technology professional with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) focused in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is currently pursuing PGP in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur. His interests include trekking and travelling. In his free time, he loves to do theatre.