Things you need to know before starting CAT preparationnivedita
“The best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.” It is a typical myth that CAT is the most troublesome selection test of the country. On the contrary, CAT is the most aggressive examination. CAT exam is taken by almost a quarter of a million aspirants. It is therefore considered to be one of the most competitive MBA entrance exams.
The CAT exam requires the candidates to be well prepared and confident to be able to ace it. For that, candidates need to prepare efficiently and get properly acquainted with the exam. Here are some of the most important points that the candidates need to know before starting their CAT preparation.
Things you need to know before starting CAT preparation
Focus on Basic Concepts
As you know that the entire syllabus of CAT examination is the basic syllabus of Class 8th, 9th, and 10th. As most of the candidates haven’t dealt with these topics in a really long time, so the preparation approach should be according to the topics and individual needs.
First, you should focus on dealing with the basic concepts. In many cases, you may encounter a problem that you are not able to identify the start of the solution or how to initiate the solution. These issues arise due to lack of knowledge of the basic concepts. Search more and more for success stories of CAT aspirants who successfully cracked CAT exam to get a boost and motivation to begin.
You can get important topics of CAT2018 here
Know the exam pattern
After knowing the CAT exam pattern you can design your CAT preparation efficiently. There are 3 sections in CAT which are:
- quantitative aptitude (34 questions),
- logical reasoning and data interpretation (32 questions),
- and verbal ability and reading comprehension (34 questions).
Know your strengths and weaknesses
It is possible to crack the CAT exam without completing the entire syllabus. It’s all about knowing your strengths & weakness. Knowing the correct strategy is the technique to get the maximum percentile in CAT. CAT aspirants first need to focus on their strong topics. Then develop confidence in all the 3 sections through practice. All the candidates need to clear the section wise cut off in all the sections to increase their chances of getting shortlisted for IIMs.
Know tricks and techniques
CAT examination does not have an advanced syllabus and so, preparing in a systematic way along with proper tricks and technique is the key. As a fresh CAT aspirant, no one is expecting you to remember the theorems and axioms. You just need to focus on the approach with a proper conceptual knowledge and that is why faculty plays an important role in CAT preparation. Cracking CAT is all about speed and accuracy. So, smart shortcut tricks and rigorous practice are the keys to ace the CAT.
Plan your study schedule
Preparation for any examination requires a healthy mind along with a systematic schedule. Especially for working professionals, time-management is the only way to give time for preparations and regular practice. With proper health, both motivation and determination of a candidate increases.
Revision above all
To develop speed and accuracy for solving questions, you need to brush through all your concepts on a timely basis. Practice makes a man perfect should be your sole motto. You need to cover the maximum set of questions that you can expect in CAT exam.
It is also suggested that a timetable should be made according to personal preference before starting the CAT preparation. By following a proper time-table honestly, preparation can be more effective and the chances of cracking the CAT increases.
All the best.