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Amit Kumar appeared for CAT 2011 and secured 96 percentile. He got offers from various IIMs which including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kolkata, IIM Lucknow and IIM Shillong. He took admission in IIM Ahmedabad.
In the best interest of CAT 2017 aspirants, Collegedunia has come up with tips and strategies which were assumed by previous year candidates. Amit was kind enough to share his experience with us and provide valuable tips for those who are preparing for the exam currently. He shared his experience about CAT Preparation and credited his coaching institute. The amount of effort put in by him can be evaluated with the hours of self-study he recommends. Find below the complete interview.
Ans. The only rules I had set up for myself and I strongly recommend are,
Ans. I faced difficulty, particularly in the Quantitative Ability section. The major problem I feel. was my speed. I could solve the questions but time managed to beat me in the initial stages. However, I practiced intensively and got hold of the problem without compromising on the accuracy.
Also, I had to work upon by Reading and Comprehensive skills to perfect this section. I managed to score decently after I made reading a daily habit and paid equal heed to it along with other sections.
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Ans. I joined Career Launcher, Indore. The coaching institute was good. I learned many important tips, and strategies were shared with us. Since I joined in the crash course, our focus remained at solving questions using tricks with speed and accuracy.
I was specifically trained to complete the exam within stipulated time. Time management is one of the most important factors to successfully attempt the paper. I attended mock GDPIs as well.
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Ans. I had attended 7 GDPIs.
Ans. I made a study schedule for two months before CAT. I joined a crash course and apart from attending the classes, I generally got about 2-3 hours to study. I was made to solve previous year questions. At first, I focused on giving the correct answer, irrespective of time taken to solve, as I wanted to build the concept. Then after a couple of weeks, I started timing myself. I generally did Quant and LR/Di during weekdays and Comprehension during Saturday. Sundays, I just revised all of it. Also, everyday during the week, my aim was to learn 5 new words and revise them during the weekend.
Ans. I took the papers that our institutes prepared for us. Apart from it, I solved online sample papers available at testfunda.com and tcyonline.com.
Ans. I feel I took the coaching at the right moment, had I not been part of Career Launcher, I would have messed up. The amount of dedication, tips shared and knowledge imparted was immense, I can rate their efforts 9 out of 10.
Ans. I was generally good in this section. So I just practiced and revised each and every concept thoroughly. I recommend CAT 2017 aspirants to apply elimination method. Eliminate each wrong option to reach at apt answer.
Ans. Career Launcher Study Material. Apart from it, you can go through the following books:
Ans. Try solving questions from previous year question papers, apart from it, follow the books given below for better preparation:
Ans. I practiced two comprehensions each week and the key was time management. Do not take this section lightly. It is important to keep a strong hold at your vocabulary and be consistent with time, speed and accuracy. This does not apply to Verbal Ability section alone, but to the entire CAT exam.
Ans. I based my preparation for this section on Career Launcher Study Material. I followed Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability in CAT by Nishit K Sinha, How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension in CAT by Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sinha.
I practiced 5 new words every day during the week and revised them over the weekend. Also, I used the words in one sentence each. I also tried to write a short paragraph on the weekend, using all the words that I learnt, so that I would remember the meaning of each.
Ans. I started two months before the exam too. So be disciplined and it will do the trick.
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Ans. Be calm. Focus more on revision now, than learning new concepts.
Ans. The interviews were all different. So there is no specific pattern. One interview was stress-interview where two panelists were just bombarding me with questions without giving much time to think. The key there was to keep my cool, and not be distracted. In another interview, I was mostly asked logical reasoning based questions. In some interview, I was given a 6-sigma problem to solve, which was a technical question. In yet another interview, I was asked more about recent socio-political issues.
I think the general idea would be to keep one's cool and not be overpowered by any question. When in doubt, ask. It is also important to stand by your answers but not show a rigid attitude. Be open to the interviewer's suggestions and add your viewpoint. If you don't know an answer even after trying, tell them the same. Don't try to fool them by showing that you are really trying hard, as mostly then can see through it
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