CAT Analysis

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the MBA entrance exam for admission to the MBA programs in Top MBA colleges across India like IIM, SP Jain, MDI, NITIE and others. The students are advised to join the CAT test series for better level of preparedness for the entrance exam. The students are advised to go through the past year CAT solved paper and CAT exam questions either via website or via books for CAT. This will prove to be beneficial for the preparation for other MBA entrance exams like XAT, NMIMS, IIFT, SNAP etc. In addition to this there is other study material available for the Correspondence MBA courses.

CAT 2017

CAT 2017- Probability to get into IIM’s Doubled ?

Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT 2017Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 Exam for admission to flagship MBA/PGDM programs starting in 2018 and will be conducted by IIM Lucknow probably on December 3, 2017. The entrance exam will be convened by Professor Neeraj Dwivedi who is Admission Chair and Faculty at IIM Lucknow. Referring the past statistics it is expected that 2 lakh+ candidates will register and apply for CAT 2017. CAT has become a 3 hours exam instead of earlier 140 minutes exam. CAT is a mandatory exam to be eligible for IIM’s. The convener Professor Neeraj Dwivedi has done his specialization in Strategic Management.

Probability to get into IIM’s Doubled?

There is a total of 20 IIMs which provides 20,000 seats in total for various MBA Programs. The approximate registration for CAT 2017 is 2,00,000+ Earlier the intake of IIMs was 10,000 seats. But after a meeting held with the IIM Directors, the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced the decision to increase the intake capacity to 20,000 seats. Although the exact seat matrix and intake will be announced after CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Paper Pattern and Application Process-

CAT 2017 application form is likely to be available only in the online mode from the first week of August 2017. Candidates have to visit the official website of CAT 2017 in order to register and apply. After registration process of CAT 2017,  the candidates will get the login credentials which they have to login and complete the application process by uploading a photograph, signature and other necessary documents and payment of application fee. Although the last date of application is generally the third week of September, almost every year it is extended by a week.

CAT PAPER PATTERN

Important Dates to Remember for CAT 2017

One of the most important thing for the candidate is to remember the deadlines of all the entrance exams which quite a lot of people tend to forget. This leads to a massive loss of opportunity and time for the candidates. So the candidates need to make sure to register before the last date.

CAT 2017 PATTERN

Neha Rathore’s Secret to Score 98.97 % ile

CAT Exam

Success Mantra of Neha to score 98.97%ile in CAT Exam?

“Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you.” This quote is something that kept me motivated through the whole CAT Exam phase from a dreamer to an achiever. This is something that everyone should follow in order to achieve their dreams.The key is to stay focused and dedicated with no excuses involve.

From which Colleges did you get an Interview Call after CAT Exam?

Scoring 98.97 percentile in CAT Exam opened doors of a lot of colleges. But the colleges that made a huge difference and made me cross check twice to confirm that i was qualified for the interview round were IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak.

Did you appear for any other Entrance Exam?

Other than CAT Exam I appeared for NMAT and my score was 228.

CAT ExamWhat Study Material did you refer for your entrance exam?

One of the major problems that every CAT Aspirant goes through is collecting study material from everywhere and end up panicking because there is too much going on and very less time. So one of the major tips is to follow one consolidated study material. For me, CATKing books and Mocks helped a lot. 20% of the CAT Paper is related to the Past CAT Papers and CATKing Books have all the questions from the Past CAT Exam. Due to this a candidate also gets an idea of what to expect in the exam and the level of difficulty in the exam.

CAT ExamHow many Mocks did you give?

Mocks play a major role in this journey. Every CAT Aspirants should take the Mocks religiously. Every Mock should be assumed to be your CAT Exam. This will help to remove the anxiety and help to build accuracy which would be of great help in the actual CAT Exam. I gave 50 CATking Mocks to improve my accuracy and build my strategies to avoid glitches in the actual CAT Exams. The CATKing Mocks gave detailed video and graph analysis to improve my score and build better strategies to Crack CAT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any Important topics that you think the aspirants should focus on?

For Quants – Numbers, Permutation, and Combination, Geometry
For Verbal – Reading Comprehensions and Critical Reasoning
For DI and LR – Arrangements and 1 DI set every day

 What is the idle time to study for CAT per day?

Average 1 hours per day for the first 6 months.
Average 2-3 hours per day for the next 4 months.
Average 5 hours per day for the last 1 and a half month.

What Tips would you give to the future CAT Aspirants that you followed during your preparation for CAT?

One of the major rules that every aspirant should follow is to Believe in themselves and their ability.The moment you start doubting and thinking about all the negative scenarios you tend to take a major step towards failure. So positivity and to believe in oneself is the key to success. Every individual has different weaknesses and strengths and they should build their strategies accordingly. I followed the following rules that i would suggest every CAT Aspirant should follow –

  • Analyze Mocks – Now everyone will tell you to give Mocks but if you give 60 mocks and don’t analyze the mocks it’s of no use. It’s better to give 30 Analyzed mocks. The difference would be huge and you would easily build your own strategies and realize your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Time Management- If a candidate gets stuck on one question they should leave it and move further. If the candidate invests all their time on one question they may lose out on easy questions at the end. Candidates have to get rid of the urge to solve every question.
  • Skimming- The moment you start the exam skim through the section.At times there are easy questions hidden at the end or in the middle of the section. Candidates should not lose out on those hidden easy questions because that would play a major role to make or break your section in the CAT Exam.
  • Focus – “Success is a journey, not a destination” Candidates should make sure to be the better version of themselves. For example, if a person is scoring 8/10 they should not think about the 8 marks that they scored but about the 2 marks that they lost.This is very important and would help you to shoot up your score.
  • This is not a tip just for CAT but in life that I remind myself every day that if you want to achieve something strive for it like there is someone constantly trying to take that away from you this would help you to give your A game in whatever you do.

CAT 2010 v/s CAT 2017 Similarity IIM -L What can we learn from the Past?

CAT 2017 is conducted by IIM-Lucknow and the last time IIM-Lucknow conducted CAT was in the year 2010. It is very important to understand the thought process of the authority conducting the exam.This year IIM Lucknow PGP Admission Chair Professor Neeraj Dwivedi will be the convener of CAT 2017. CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM-Bangalore and the assumptions of Verbal Section being a bit tricky came out to be true.Further, we’ll analyze CAT 2010 exam and try to grasp all the information and the changes that we can expect in the CAT 2017.

Section-wise Analysis of CAT 2010

CAT 2017

CAT 2010 Quant Section was tough but with the coming years, the level of difficulty has gone down a notch or two giving the non-engineers a fair chance to get their dream college. Dividing the chapters according to their weightage and studying the chapters accordingly is one of the way to do smart work rather than hard work. Quants section for CAT 2017 candidate can expect the following breakdown of chapters with the approximate number of questions asked according to the chapters-

CAT 2017

Verbal Section-

Verbal section tests your reading ability and presence of mind. The CAT Verbal Section is all about testing Reading Ability. Fully one third of the Section is Reading Comprehension, with a total of 16 questions on this pattern alone. Apart from the 16 other questions from Logical Reasoning (more on this later), the other question patterns also focus on testing Reading Ability

CAT 2017

Logical Reasoning Section –

The vocabulary used in logical reasoning questions, according to the expert is different from the one used in Verbal Ability hence it is imperative that you must have the knowledge of the terminology used in this part, since the questions are formed on the topics based on the said terminology in CAT. Besides, certain topics on which CAT prefers to frame the questions have specific logical rules to follow to solve them.

CAT 2017

 

How to Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months ?

Are 5 months Sufficient to Crack CAT 2017?

Every CAT Aspirant have the same question in their mind. The only difference is the number of months left for CAT Exam. Right now the candidate has 5 months to Crack CAT Exam which sums up to 150 days approximately. So the answer to the query of every CAT Aspirant of whether they can Crack CAT in 5 months is positive. Candidate can Crack CAT with the desired percentile with 5 months of preparation.

CAT 2016 Pattern and Sections-

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

How to start off with the preparation?

The main and the biggest obstacle a student faces is “Procrastination”. The excuse of starting CAT Preparation from tomorrow will only lead a candidate to a position where he/she will search the net on “how to crack CAT in 1 month or a week ?“ Before reaching this point the candidate should get up and start their preparation and don’t delay your preparation even by a day. One of the most important things is not to do the countdown in months but do the countdown in days.

 

From where to start the preparation?

  • Basics

Candidates should start off by revising their basics. The strength of the building depends on its foundation. Similarly, a candidate through with their basics would face less difficulty than the candidates who are not sure about basics of each section in CAT.

  • Mocks

Candidates should give a mock or two to understand where they stand and what are their weak or strong areas in the CAT Exam. This will help the candidate to understand their level of preparation at the present moment and understand the sections that the candidate should concentrate more on.

  • Past Papers

20% of the CAT Paper is repeated every year. Candidate should give major attention to this data. Since real CAT Papers are not present online candidates can download the CAT Past Papers that are similar to the CAT Previous year Papers. This will not only help because 20% paper is repeated but the candidate will get an idea of what will the rest 80% of the paper consist.

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Things that the candidate should avoid doing during their CAT Preparation.

  • All kinds of Study Material-

Refer to a particular study material. Candidates often buy all the study material available in the market which leads to panic and demotivates them to a great extent. So stick to one set of study material and complete it thoroughly then if needed shift to a different set of study material

  • Only Collecting Information-

Most of the candidates search on the net for various tips and strategies to Crack CAT. But piling up the information from various platforms and zero application would be of no use. Candidates can spend one particular day and search all the strategies and shortcuts on the internet but after that stop searching and start applying it in the mocks and understand whether they are helpful or not.

  • Panic Mode-

Don’t freak out and press the panic button just because the preparation days are getting lesser day by day. Every person is different and has different strength and weakness. The preparation level of every candidate is different so follow your own plan and stick to it.

  • Influence and Environment

However simple or stupid this sounds a candidate’s surroundings, environment and their company play a major role in their level of preparation. Surround yourself with people who are willing to fight and have a positive attitude. This will boost your energy and motivational level which will also push the candidate to put their 110% in the CAT Preparation.

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Things that the Candidate should consider during their CAT Preparation-

  • Analyse Mocks-

Candidate should not give the mock test and analyze the mock on the same day. Take one full day to analyze the mock given and understand the weak and the strong areas.

  • Strategies and Shortcuts

Candidates should try different types of shortcuts and strategies in the practice mocks and decide one strategy to be used in the CAT Preparation. Trying out a new strategy on the day of the exam is a strict no the tried and tested strategy which is in favor of the candidate should be executed in the exam.

  • Number of Mocks

The number of mocks in total given by the student should be at least 40-50 Analysed Mocks. Initially, a candidate should start with giving one mock in a week and after a month when he/she is clear with their basics and know their level of preparation start off with giving 2-3 mocks in a week.

 

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Points to be considered due to possible changes in CAT 2017 Exam

  • IIM Lucknow is to convene CAT 2017 they are decreasing the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude Section to give the non-engineers an equal chance to fight for the highest percentile.
  • This may lead to increase in difficulty level of other sections. This is where the candidates who are thorough with their basics will be benefitted.
  • There may be changes in the number of MCQ’s like the last time.

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CAT 2017 Registration Process & Application Procedure

CAT-2017-Exam-Dates-Procedure-and-Registration-ProcessCAT 2017 Overview

Common Admission Test (CAT 2017) is one of the entrance exams for pursuing post graduation. It offers a big opportunity to candidates for taking admissions in  19  Indian Institute of Management(IIMs).The IIM conducting CAT will issue the application form for the test online.This year IIM Lucknow is going to set paper for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Registration Process

CAT 2017 candidate will have to download the application form, a link will be provided on this page for the convenience of the aspirants. Candidates have to register themselves for the test before filling CAT 2017 application form. For login id and password, the candidate must enter necessary details properly.This login in credentials should be used by applicants to fill CAT 2017 application form. Candidates are also required to upload the essential documents and scanned application form.Images of candidate’s photograph and signature. The images must be accurate as per the required size and format mentioned by the conducting authority. Candidates are required to pay the necessary fee. The application fee is expected to be around Rs. 1700/-  (SC/ST/PWD/DA: Rs. 850/-) for CAT 2017. Avoid making mistakes while filling the Application form for Common Admission Test.If there are errors in application form than candidates would be disqualified for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Dates

These are the tentative dates:-

CAT 2017

Eligibility criteria

  • The minimum qualification required is bachelor’s degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST). If the obtained marks are in the form of CGPA then it would be converted to percentage marks based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where the candidate has passed his/her bachelor degree.
  • The candidates appearing in the final year of bachelor’s degree and whose results are waiting are also eligible to apply for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017Key Features

The candidate must have the following before they start filling the CAT registration form –

  • A valid email ID and a mobile number should be provided. The ID and the number must remain active until the end of the admission process.
  • Scores of Class 10 & 12  and the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent exam percentage or CGPA.
  • The total years and months of work experience.
  • The name of IIM that candidates want to apply.
  • The name of the city in which they wish to appear exam according to their convenience.
  • Scanned image of the candidate’s passport size photograph (colored), signature, and the category certificate under which they are applying.
  • The Net Banking, credit card and debit card details to pay the application fee

Steps that the candidates must follow while filling in the application form of CAT 2017 –

  • CAT 2017 registration is to be done online only.
  • Registration will remain open only until 45 days from the day it starts.
  • You will automatically apply online for CAT 2017 when you register for CAT 2017.
  • In the case of filling incorrect information in online application form, not only aspirant will be treated as invalid but the registration fee will also be forfeited.
  • In 3 steps registration will be completed.
  • Before you start filling the registration form please read the instructions carefully.
  • In registration, form aspirants can edit any number of times and aspirants can also save and exit the form and complete it later or can Save & Continue each section till you submit the application.
  • After aspirants filling CAT online registration form and online application form they have to pay fees.
  • If aspirants do not pay the exam fee after completing the registration form, the application form will be regarded as incomplete and aspirants will not be allowed to appear in CAT 2017 Exam.

Note: –After the candidate has successfully submitted the application form, a confirmation message will be sent to candidate’s registered email ID. So it is necessary to enter email ID correctly while registering for the exam.It will also include additional details such as Admit card window.

Source- http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/cat-2017-to-be-conducted-on-november-26-registrations-between-august-9-september-20/articleshow/59823468.cms

Candidates can also click on this link to cross check the official announcementhttps://iimcat.ac.in/per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/1/index.html?756@@1@@1

 

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Strategies to crack Data Interpretation

Strategies to crack Data Interpretation for CAT

An Overview
The Data Interpretation section of CAT 2017 is divided into two parts.

1) Data Interpretation
In this section intensive calculation is to be done . It consists of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to analyze data.

Aspirants  before the official exam,  should be familiar not only with the question types they will see on the exam, but also with the different ways the exam may present data:

  • Line graphs
  • Bar graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Scatter plots
  • Tables
  • Multiple data sources

Aspirants should be have good knowledge as well as comfort level with this concepts. These consist primarily (but not exclusively) of the following:

  • Percentages
  • Averages
  • Ratios
  • Proportions
  • Data comparison

Tips to crack Data Interpretation

  • Read  the Questions Carefully:
    In Data Interpretation questions will consist of  statistics, numbers & diagrams that might look difficult but are actually not at all difficult to solve. The scarier a DI set,the easier it is to solve. So don’t loose heart and loose your confidence. Don’t start finding the easier-set.
  • Improve your Calculation Speed:
    The Date Interpretation section needs much calculation. Such calculations can waste your time. So learn shortcuts and strategies. Vedic Maths is the best technique which can be used to save time in complex calculations.So it is good to learn Vedic Maths Techniques which makes Data Interpretation more easy and fun-loving.
  • Know all types of Data Interpretation questions:
    When you will start practicing DI questions for a while, you’ll notice that there are different types or formats of questions in this section. There will be bar charts, tables, pie charts etc. There will also be questions where a lot of text/information will be provided in 1 long paragraph.Start reading newspapers which have data interpretation bar graphs,line graphs.
  • Day-to-day preparation
    It is necessary to practice Data Interpretation questions at least once a day. Follow one of the strategy that is at least one question of Data Interpretation will be enough to crack Data Interpretation in CAT.

Direction to Solve:-

Study the following table and answer the questions.

1.Number of Candidates Appeared and Qualified in a Competitive Examination from Different States Over the Years

 

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1.Question:In which of the given years the number of candidates appeared from State P has maximum percentage of qualified candidates?
A.1997
B.1998
C.1999
D.2001

2.Question:What is the percentage of candidates qualified from State N for all the years together, over the candidates appeared from State N during all the years together?
A.12.36%
B.12.16%
C.11.47%
D.11.15%

3.Question:The percentage of total number of qualified candidates to the total number of appeared candidates among all the five states in 1999 is?
A.11.49%
B.11.84%
C.12.21%
D.12.57%

 

2) Data Sufficiency
This is the second section of Data Interpretation for CAT 2017.Data Sufficiency questions consists of 2 statements and are generally in form logical puzzle.You have to select question in this form.First,if one statement is enough to answer the question.Second,Both the statements are true to answer the question.This type of questions need much practice and and it also needs time.So prefer them to solve after you have solved each and every question.

Direction to Solve:-

In each of the questions below consists of a question and two statements numbered I and II given below it. You have to decide whether the data provided in the statements are sufficient to answer the question. Read both the statements and

Give answer

  • (A) If the data in statement I alone are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in statement II alone are not sufficient to answer the question
  • (B) If the data in statement II alone are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in statement I alone are not sufficient to answer the question
  • (C) If the data either in statement I alone or in statement II alone are sufficient to answer the question
  • (D) If the data given in both statements I and II together are not sufficient to answer the question and
  • (E) If the data in both statements I and II together are necessary to answer the question.
1.Question: How is ‘No’ coded in the code language ?

Statements:

  1. ‘Ne Pa Sic Lo’ means ‘But No None And’ and ‘Pa Lo Le Ne’ means ‘If None And But’.
  2. ‘Le Se Ne Sic’ means ‘If No None Will’ and ‘Le Pi Se Be’ means ‘Not None If All’.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

 2.Question: Who among P, Q, T, V and M is exactly in the middle when they are arranged in ascending order of their heights ?

Statements:

  1. V is taller than Q but shorter than M.
  2. T is taller than Q and M but shorter than P.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

3.Question: Which code word stands for ‘good’ in the coded sentence ‘sin co bye’ which means ‘He is good’ ?

Statements:

  1. In the same code language, ‘co mot det’ means ‘They are good’.
  2. In the same code language, ‘sin mic bye’ means ‘He is honest’.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

4.Question: What is the numerical code for ‘water’ in a certain code ?

Statements:

  1. The code for ‘give me water’ is ‘719’.
  2. The code for ‘you can bring water for me’ is written as ‘574186’.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

5.Question: How many visitors saw the exhibition yesterday ?

Statements:

  1. Each entry pass holder can take up to three persons with him/her.
  2. In all, 243 passes were sold yesterday.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

 


CAT 2017

CAT 2017 – Important Notifications

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most challenging entrance exams and is scheduled to take place in the month of December 2017. IIM Lucknow will be conducting CAT this year which is one of the most highly anticipated exams.IIM Lucknow already aired the notification of tender for advertisement services on June 21, 2017. IIM Lucknow convened CAT earlier in 2010. Currently, there are total 419 seats for PGP and other courses. About two lakh aspirants are expected to appear for this highly vying competition.

IIM Lucknow will introduce some changes in the structure of CAT 2017 as well as in the level of difficulty. One of the changes in CAT 2017 will be in the number of questions in each section. Positive news for non-engineers is that IIM Lucknow will try to bring down the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude Section.The new format is quiet student friendly and will help the CAT Aspirants to score better.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are known for imparting quality education in management and research.CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM Bangalore across 138 cities and twenty aspirants were able to secure 100 percentile. The registration process of CAT 2017 will start in the month of August 2017 following which the admit card will be released in the month of October 2017.

The exam will be conducted in two sessions to ensure fairness in comparison of performances of aspirants through separate test sessions. CAT 2017 will be an online mode exam of 170 minutes duration that will encompass three sections namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The questions asked are multiple-choice questions each of it carrying three marks and negative marks will be allocated for an incorrect answer.

CAT 2017 results will contain the list of candidates shortlisted for the second stage of selection which may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Though, the basis of selection varies from IIM to IIM. The process of Normalization comes into play while evaluating mark sheets. Normalization is an efficient process also adopted by Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), it helps in comparing aspirant scores across multiple forms. CAT 2017 results will be expected to air in the month of January 2018.

According to the feedbacks from last year toppers, it’s not just about the amount of Knowledge a candidate has or practicing Mock tests daily but more about a candidate’s performance during those 170 minutes and of course their confidence level. To score desired percentile candidate should attempt a good number of challenging questions. Consistency matters a lot in the examination so the candidate needs to make sure that along with the number of attempts take a note of their accuracy level.

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How to Analyze CAT Mocks ?

CAT MocksStep-wise approach for CAT Mock Analysis

With few months left for the CAT Exam, all candidates should start giving their CAT Mocks. Candidates appearing for CAT tend to forget one major factor which leads to a low percentile. Every Candidate should analyze their mocks thoroughly. Mocks without thorough analysis is futile and is waste of time. But before jumping on the analyzing part of the mock every CAT Aspirant needs to make sure they have their own strategies and shortcuts to solve CAT Mocks.

This article will give you a detailed analysis with Steps to analyze CAT Mocks thoroughly. Candidates following these steps to analyze Mocks will understand his/her weak areas and strong areas in the CAT Exam.

Steps to Analyze CAT Mocks-

Step 1: All Candidates should appear for CAT Mocks

A majority of the CAT Aspirants don’t give Mocks. Every Candidate has the temptation to start giving mocks ” next week”  Before doing anything the candidates should get rid of procrastination.

Step 2: Scores

The next obstacle for the aspirants is giving CAT Mocks half-heartedly. Appearing for mocks just for the sake of it is something that the candidates should not do.  This is less common than the first one but this issue also exists. Some students just ignore their scores and forget to analyze where they went wrong.

Step 3: Analyze your section, area and time-wise performance

When the candidates analyze the mocks the first thing to do is make a note of their weak and strong areas and also check which question was more time-consuming. Also try to gauge the amount of time you took to solve Reading Comprehensions.

Step-4: Re-solve the exam

Make sure to solve the questions that were not attempted, wrong and the questions where you didn’t get time to solve. Make a note of the questions that you are able to solve without the time pressure and see if you can solve the questions.Try to understand how you solved the paper in the first go and how you should have actually solved it. Identify the questions you missed out on, and try to segregate your silly mistakes.

Step-5: Make a cheat-sheet
Make a quick cheat-sheet of the all the things you learnt from the exam. This should include:

  • Mathematics shortcuts
  • Data interpretation tips and techniques
  • Grammar and usage rules (new ones that you discovered in the exam)
  • Words you learn from the exam

Step-6: Focus on Verbal Ability
Try to identify the different passage sources, and read further from these. Make a note of all the vocabulary based questions and different tones of the reading comprehension.

Step-7: Draw up a strategy for the next mock
On the basis of your current attempt, draw up a strategy for the next exam. Give yourself a series of directives to follow in the next exam, and see how it goes.

Step-8: Do give the next mock
Remember one golden CAT prep rule: Candidates should understand Mocks are just like the net practice before the actual match. So use all the Mocks given and decide strategies and shortcuts to be used in actual CAT Exam.

CAT Exam

Rules to Decode CAT and get a Call from Top 10 B-Schools

An Overview of CAT Exam 2017
CAT 2017  is a Common Admission Test held in India.The score is based on Quantitative Ability(QA), Data Interpretation(DI), Verbal Ability(VA) and Logical Reasoning(LR).CAT  is considered as a mandatory entrance examination for an admission into any top-notch management institutions and premier business schools in the country.
The total duration of CAT  is 180 minutes or 3 hours.Each section of the CAT has a time limit of 1 hour each.It is necessary to attend the CAT is in particular order.We cannot switch over sections.
As per the marking scheme, each question carries 3 marks and there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for the non-multiple choice questions.

CAT ExamHow to Crack CAT 2017?

  • Basics should be Crystal Clear.

Every Candidate should be thorough with the basics of all the sections in the examination.

The foundation of the candidate should be so strong that he/ she can solve basic questions or the easy and moderate level questions without any problem.

  • Sectional Tests

Start appearing for sectional test and also note the time taken to complete your test. These Mock tests should be taken 2-3 times a week so it helps the candidate to know their strong and weak areas.

  • Mock Tests

To prepare for CAT start taking a mock test every week.Candidates will understand their level of preparation and what are they lacking in their preparation. If a candidate wants to secure admission in top 30 B-schools he/she has to give at least 40-50 mocks before the actual CAT Exam.

  • Analyze the Mocks

Analyzing the mock tests is the most important rule to be followed by every candidate. If the mocks are not analyzed properly then giving Mock Tests is of no use. Candidate should take one full day to analyze the Mock test given.

  • Time Management

Time Management plays a crucial role in the CAT Exam. To get a hold of time in the exam the candidates should apply shortcuts and strategies to solve the questions. These strategies and shortcuts should be tried and tested by the candidates when they gave Mocks Tests. Candidates should not experiment in the actual CAT Exam. The shortcuts and strategies will help the candidate to increase their speed, improve their accuracy and reduce the time taken to solve a single question.One of the strategies or a  shortcut suggested is  Vedic Maths. Vedic Maths is the best shortcut that can be used for Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation.

  • General Knowledge

Reading Newspaper is one habit that every MBA aspirant should develop in their daily routine. Reading newspaper will give the candidate an idea of the what’s going on in the world. This knowledge will help to crack various entrance examinations as well as GD/PI of various B-school.

 

CAT 2017

CAT 2017 – Importance of Parajumbles and Strategies to Solve it

CAT 2017 – Expected Parajumble Questions-
Out of the total 34 questions in Verbal Ability, 3-5 questions are expected to be from para jumbles which sum up to 15% of the CAT 2017 verbal section.
Four types of Para Jumble are asked in CAT 2017
In each category, the Jumbled sentences are coded with an alphabet (usually A, B, C, and D).
  • The toughest category among all the four type is where 4/5 sentences are given in a random order and the candidates are supposed to unjumble all of them.
  • The Second category consists of the opening sentence + 4/5 sentences are given and the candidates have to rearrange the group of 4/5 sentences, having been given prior knowledge of the thought that starts off the flow of the discussion.
  • The Third category consists of 4/5 sentences + the closing sentence is given and the candidates need to correctly sequence 4/5 sentences so that they flow in the last sentence.
  • The Fourth category is the easiest among all the categories.In this category, the Opening sentence, + 4/5 Sentences + Closing Sentence are given. Candidates know where the story starts and where it ends. They only have to figure out the screenplay in the middle.

Smartest Approach to Solve Para Jumbles –

  1. Free-Fall Strategy –

Step 1-

This is the best approach to solving Para Jumble questions. Candidates have to develop a high reading speed and scan all 4-5 sentences. This will help the candidate to get the central idea of the passage.

Step 2-

At this point, candidates need to decide whether this particular paragraph is one which he/she is comfortable with or not.

Step 3-

If the candidate decides to go ahead, then scan the answer options. Check if they are of any help to solve the para jumble quickly.

For Example-
The options are:
a) BDAC b) BCAD c) CABD d) CBDA
When the candidate checks out the option he/she will immediately realize that the paragraph has to start either with B or C. Quick glance at B and C will tell which one looks like a better sentence and already the choices will be halved.
Similarly, with options like:
a) BDCA b) CDBA c) DCAB d) ACDB
Now it’s clear that it has to end with either B or A. So go through the sentences A and B and see if any one of them looks like a concluding sentence.
Some Pointers to look out for –
For example, if three out of the five options start with A and the other two with C/B/D there is a good probability that A is the starting sentence.
If, say, a link CB occurs in more than 2 options, then it is something worth paying attention to.