6 Things to keep in Mind for CAT Repeaters

6 Things to keep in Mind for CAT Repeaters

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level examination conducted by The Indian Institute of Management (IIM). It is a mandatory exam for seeking admission into IIM or other prestigious Business Schools like Faculty of Management Studies (Delhi), Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (Mumbai), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai) and many more. The exam is conducted annually in the last week of November. CAT 2019 will be conducted on November 25, 2019. 

Important Dates for CAT Exam 2019

The following are the important dates for CAT Exam 2019:

Dates Event
27 July 2019 CAT Exam Notification Date
5 August 2019 Registration Starts (Fee – Rs. 2000/-)
20 September 2019 Registration Ends
24 October 2019 Exam Admit Card Download Starts
24 November 2019 Exam Admit Card Download Ends
24 November 2019 Date of Examination
7 January 2020 Declaration of Result

If you haven’t scored well in CAT in your first attempt and are re-attempting the exam this year, then here are some extremely helpful tips for you:

1. Try to know what went wrong

Analyze what went wrong in your first attempt. Try understanding which subjects or topics caused you the most trouble and in what questions you lost your marks. Analyze how much less did you score than your aimed percentile.

2.Avoid making the same mistake

Once you analyze your mistakes, try noting them down in a book. Before solving a mock each time have a glance through it. This will help you avoid the same mistakes. Also, make try and not make new mistakes. This will help you lose fewer marks. Be careful while solving. Be quick with solving the problems. Don’t waste much time on a particular question. If you are not sure about an answer, keep the question for later and solve it if you have time in the end. But while solving with speed, you cannot afford to make silly mistakes. Silly mistakes are a major reason for low percentile. You need to be careful and alert with every question. Understand the question correctly.

3.Don’t lose hope

Even if you haven’t scored well in your first attempt, there is no need to be upset. Instead, you must use those emotions in working harder. Think as if you have gotten another opportunity to score a good percentile and to get into one of the best IIMs.

4.Try different strategies

You surely must have made a strategy in your first attempt, but that clearly didn’t work. Make a new strategy. Take 3-4 days and brainstorm into making a new strategy. Make different strategies for different sections. Strategizing is extremely important. Plan how you will prepare and how will you write the exam. Know how many minimum questions you must attempt in order to achieve the score you desire. Allot of much time you will give to the section and how much maximum time you will spend on one question. Don’t waste more than 1 minute on questions in the quant sections. Work on your mental math techniques. Do not leave a question unattempted in Psychometric or Descriptive section as even a single unattempted section may lead to disqualification.

5.Be more focused

Work harder this time. Go all out and work extremely hard. Do not leave any stone unturned. Be confident of the practice and hard work you have done in order to prepare for the section. Being calm and patient do wonders not just while preparation but also while actually appearing for the exam. Do not panic before or during the exam as it can wash away all the hard work that you did before finally appearing for the exam. Being in the right mind will give more effective results.

6.Practice harder

Solve as many mocks as you can. The more you solve the more better you get and the more better your score will get. Solve as many questions you can. Understand what went wrong with the answers that you got wrong and make sure you don’t make the same mistake again. Keep practicing regularly. Work harder on the topics that you find tough. Keep practicing all the topics even the ones you are already good at. Be careful while solving each question and concentrate completely on it.

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