CAT 2018 PREPARATION TIPS
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CAT Preparation Tips 2018: CAT is one of the most competitive exams in our country. More than 2.4 lakh candidates compete for 4000 seats in 20 IIMs. The number of applicants increases each year and the IIMs have also started diversifying their intake pool. Adding to the above factors, a candidate needs to score really high in CAT to get a call from any IIM. Thus, an extensive CAT preparation is of primary importance.
Before going through the article, let us first look at the revised exam pattern of CAT. Listed below is a brief of the management pattern:
|CAT Exam Pattern|
|No. of Sections||3|
|Exam duration||3 hrs. (1 hr./ section)|
|Ques. with Negative Marking||75 (MCQs)|
|Ques. w/o Negative Marking||25 (non-MCQs)|
|Correct Answer||+3 marks|
|Wrong Answer||-1 mark|
|CAT Syllabus||Tips for CAT QA Section||CAT Sample Papers||Tips for CAT DILR Section|
After having a brief idea about the paper pattern, one must be well aware with the syllabus as well. It is important for the management aspirants to have a rough idea about the exam, its pattern and syllabus. The following article informs the same. CAT is not a test of intellect but of management. It tests the following skills in a candidate-
These skills can only be acquired by regular practice for an appropriate amount of time. Hence, we have curated some expert CAT Preparation Tips to help you crack the exam like a pro.
CAT requires between 8-18 months for an effective preparation. Time framed required for CAT is as follows-
To assess oneself in each field thoroughly and master the basics of every topic takes time. Identifying ones strong and weak areas needs studying each topic as well. Therefore, you need ample time to prepare for CAT well.
Collegedunia provides an exclusive timetable for all CAT 2018 aspirants. It talks about the section-wise time allotment, as per the important topics.
Here is a comprehensive table enlisting the number of days you need to study each topic in the first phase of CAT 2018 preparation. You must invest 2-3 months in going through each topic and learning it at its very basic.
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Quantitative Ability|
|Topic||Number of Days||Topic||Number of Days||Topic||Number of Days|
|English Usage/Grammar||5||Arrangements||8||Number System||10|
|Sentence correction||5||Venn Diagrams||4||Averages||4|
|Fill in the blanks||5||Set theory||5||Percentages||3|
|Para completion||10||Selections & Ordering||7||Profit, loss & discount||4|
|Jumbled paragraph||10||Networks & Routes||3||Simple & compound interest||3|
|Odd sentence out||10||Games & Tournaments||5||TSD||4|
|Para summary||10||DI based reasoning||5||Time & work||2|
|Verbal reasoning||4||Tables||5||Mixtures & alligation||2|
|Critical Reasoning||4||Graphs||12||Ratio & proportion||2|
|Reading Comprehension||14||Charts||9||Linear equations||2|
|-||-||-||-||Surds & Indices||2|
The given time table can be modified and accommodated as per a candidate’s day to day scehdule. One needs to invest minimum 3-4 hours daily for CAT 2018 preparation.
|Day||2 hours||1-2 hours||1 hour|
|Saturday||Take a Full-length Mock (3 Hours)|
|Sunday||Mock Analysis( 2-3 Hours) and retaking the same mock (3 Hours)|
Quantitative Ability covers the following areas of mathematics:
While preparing for QA, you can follow the tips mentioned below:
For past two years, DI/LR has proved to be the most difficult of three sections. Absence of a set syllabus, makes preparing for this section difficult. Practice is the only way to ace this section. You can follow the tips mentioned below:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is the section that scares a lot of aspirants. The section is designed to test your English skills in depth. It consists of the following types of questions-
Tips for VA/RC Section
Given below are additional reference material for each section of CAT:
The official mock test is released by the conducting IIM is an outline of the pattern of the exam. Do not rely solely on it and take mock tests from the beginning of your preparation.
CAT is difficult to crack due to its level of competition. If you practice well and prepare smart, you can easily score high percentile in the test. Good luck!
Ques. What is the basic key to crack CAT?
Ans. The first step to prepare for almost any exam is to UNDERSTAND THE SYLLABUS of the paper very attentively before starting. Understanding what is going to be the part of exam and the sources of preparation, will help covering syllabus fruitfully.
Ques. What are the factors that affect the preparation of a student?
Ans. There are factors which include mental health and the level of dedication to crack the exam which affects your preparation. Be sure to be free from any mental pressure when you sit to study for the exam.
Ques. How does Time Management help in making studies more easy and effective?
Ans. Time Management is one key which you necessarily require to excel. Keep your focus on solving one thing at a time and keep your goals time bound and realistic. Decide the amount of time you need to cover the syllabus and adhere to the schedule without failing.
Ques. Is there a limit on the number of attempts for CAT exam?
Ans. No, there are no limits to how many time a candidate can give the exam.
Ques. Is it required to have 5 to 7 books to study from when you sit to prepare for CAT?
Ans. Having a pile of books and a bunch of notes in addition to it will not help you. You can decide which book suits you best as a complete guide to all the sections will be enough. You can also have a book separately for each section but try to keep the number low as to 2 or 3 books to prepare.
Ques. Is joining a Coaching Center a great investment in studies for CAT?
Ans. Joining a coaching center depends upon the time that you can put into the preparation of CAT exam. Full time course or a crash course can be always beneficiary as coaching centers give you extra guidance to prepare well.
Ques. Is the Study Material provided by the coaching center reliable?
Ans. Study Material which is prepared by the coaching centers is prepared on the past data of the exam and can be very useful. Although there is no harm in referring to an extra book if you have time.
Ques. How can reading prove to be helpful in studying for CAT exam?
Ans. It is well noted that candidates who can easily ace the quantitative ability lack in verbal ability. It is advised to constantly read and cultivate a habit of reading to become more avid in English. This will help getting verbal ability section well in grasp.
Ques. How does a series of tests help ace CAT?
Ans. Taking a series of tests should be a ritual for preparing for CAT exam. Writing at least 15-20 tests before giving the final exam will give you an idea of the level of questions and the way to solve them. Also, subscribing to a series of Mock Tests is helpful as it provides you an edge over the actual exam.
Ques. How does having a great deal of General Knowledge helps in CAT exam?
Ans. General Knowledge might not be the part of exam but is still useful for you in Personal Interviews. Also, good G.K. helps build confidence in a person to face people and converse.
Ques. Does having a full-time job affects preparing for CAT exam?
Ans. Having a full-time job can affect your preparation but not to a great extent. CAT preparation can be done parallel to your work. But, you must build a schedule and stick to it so as to devote required time for the preparation. Prior experience added in your CV can only benefit to get the admission.
Ques. Can preparing 2 sections of the exam thoroughly give an edge over the paper?
Ans. If you really want to score well in your CAT exam, you need to prepare well enough for all the three sections of the paper. CAT score comprises of sectional cut-off which doesn’t leave you with much options.
Ques. How many hours of study is enough for a candidate to prepare for CAT?
Ans. Candidates are advised to study for at least 2 to 3 hours daily for good preparation. This schedule will suit in the cases where candidate has enough time to prepare for CAT. It also depends upon the study habits of the candidate and the study hours can always go up relating to every individual’s study habits
Ques. How do problem solving methods help to prepare for the exam?
Ans. Candidates should make note of the fact that they should constantly try solving the questions through more than one method with accuracy. Depending on their own method of solving and mastering is more helpful than following tips from outside.
Ques. What preparation pattern should a candidate follow to score well in the exam?
Ans. Starting with the most difficult sections, candidates must pay more attention towards concept building. Afterwards, easy concepts can be considered as they will take lesser amount of time.
Or, it is also advised that a candidate should try to study 2 topics simultaneously with 1 easy topic and the other difficult which will save a lot of time for other topics.
Ques. Is preparing for CAT for candidates who are in their final year of graduation a difficult task?
Ans. Candidates can divide their study time and utilize them in the best possible way. It is advised to constantly prepare for the CAT exam while completing the graduation.
Ques. How long should a candidate study in a day so as to get good grades in the entrance exam?
Ans. It is more important for candidates to focus on regularity rather than several hours to study for while preparing for the exam. A candidate should not over pressurize himself by studying for many hours, but the practice should be constant.
Ques. What should a candidate do in case he/she has left mathematics as a subject in their 12th standard and is pursuing graduation in some other course?
Ans. Candidates in such case are advised to polish their 10th grade mathematics as the basic concepts asked in CAT are up to 10th grade only. With a thorough revision of previous math questions can help them prepare well for the paper.
Ques. Is CAT a very difficult exam to crack?
Ans. CAT is not difficult, it is just competitive. If you have your concepts clear and practice mocks regularly, you can easily score 90+ percentile in CAT.
Ques. What is the syllabus for LR/DI? How do I prepare for it?
Ans. There is no fixed syllabus for LR/DI. You can prepare for it by practicing previous year question papers and following the type of questions that came in LR/DI section.
Ques. I am scared of Maths. How do I prepare for Quant?
Ans. The maths asked in CAT is of school level. Prepare your basics well and practice as much as you can.
Ques. My English is not very good. Can I still take CAT?
Ans. CAT requires one to have a decent level of command on English. You can strengthen your English skills by reading books and watching grammar lectures on youtube and such sources.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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