Essential Tips for Students to Crack CAT 2017
MBA/PGDM has become the most sought after career option. However, it is not at all an easy task to get admission into the best management colleges in India such as IIMs. Reputed management colleges in India affiliate to the common entrance exam at national level or conduct its own entrance exam in order to select the best students. Various MBA entrance exams in India include XAT, CAT, SNAP, JMET, MH-CET, CMAT, IBSAT, IRMA, NMAT, MICA, IIFT, and others.
CAT 2017 is approaching and cracking it is not at all a simple task, it is pretty daunting. An aspirant needs high-level of preparation to achieve his or her admission goal in a top management college that will further increase the chances for a great career.
Passing CAT exam with good percentile in first attempt requires hard work and a preparation strategy. You need to put in 12-14 hours of practice on a daily basis for few months. Don’t forget revision, it is a vital key in preparation strategy. Try to play on your areas of strength and it is imperative to understand the pattern of exam.
Number of aspirants increases every year and it makes CAT highly competitive and even challenging. A good percentage will help you to get into the best management colleges in India.
Read on for tips and preparation strategy
Work on Basics
First of all you need to brush up your basics. The aspirants should have deep knowledge of the subject, excellent verbal ability and quantitative aptitude. CAT tests these abilities through logical & analytical reasoning and data interpretation. Rigorous preparation with thorough understanding of the subject matter and a cool minded approach is readily needed.
You need to understand the general pattern of exam which will give you an idea about number and type of questions that are asked, weightage etc. Over the past years quant section was dominated by Algebra, Arithmetic and Numbers/Geometry. It would be better for the aspirants to focus on the above mentioned topics. This will help to minimize wrong attempts during exam.
Computer-based test of three hours,
100 objective type questions which includes multiple choice and non-multiple choice,
No. of questions in verbal and reading comprehensive and quant section is 34,
No. of questions in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section is 32 and
Each section is time bound, allotted time is one hour.
Marking scheme: Each question carries three marks, negative marking of 1 mark on each wrong answer. There will be no negative marking for unattempted questions or non- multiple choice questions.
Analyzing CAT Mocks is an essential element of preparation strategy. Practicing mocks will undoubtedly help aspirants to understand their areas of strength and then they can plan a strategy accordingly. Students must attend the mock papers numerous times from various institutes and that will definitely be helpful in facing final exam.
After appearing in mocks spend good amount of time on their analysis. Make a strong mock analyzing strategy that will include your areas of strength, questions you did not attempt, questions which should have been left but you wasted time on them, questions marked incorrectly etc. This strategy will help you attempt the right questions and will improve your productivity. Whether you are taking coaching classes or not self-study is important that makes all the difference. So stay focused to hit your goal.
You must invest in good standard CAT preparation books. Books play a major role in helping you score high in exam. Always prefer to focus on single reference book for Verbal Ability, Quant and Data Interpretation. You need to be very strict with your schedule, bind yourself to time table and practice daily.
Books for preparation:
‘Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis
‘Logical Reasoning and data Interpretation for the CAT’- by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)
You need to religiously follow reading about fundamental facts in all disciplines, including science, geography, political science, economics and others. The knowledge collected from reading is very important to generate worthful insights.
Aspirants should promptly work on their language skills and their communication ability. News paper and magazine reading are the best tools to enhance your comprehension and general awareness. Stress on your spellings, vocabulary, grammatical usage etc.