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CAT Preparation Tips by Shubhanshu Gupta (91 Percentile in CAT)

Last Updated - January 02, 2018
Toppers’ Profile:
Student NameShubhanshu Gupta
Exam NameCAT
Year Appeared2016
Study ModeClassroom Coaching
Coaching InstituteCareer Launcher
Other Exams AppearedXAT

Ques. Did you take coaching classes? If yes, how they did help in your story?

Ans. Yeah, I took coaching classes from career launcher, Kanpur. The most important part these awesome coaching classes play in your preparations is that they offer you a mentor. A trained personality from IIMs or FMS who can structure your way of studying and will motivate you and give you directions from time to time. I used to get highly enthusiastic watching my mentor's energy level and the way of decision making he used to approach. After that coaching centers also gave me continuous evaluations of my knowledge by offering regulars mock cats and other MBA Entrance Exams like XAT, SNAP, MICA, etc. So it was very helpful. Plus they also rank your marks in an overall India merit lists, so that helps you get where you stand among your competitors.

Ques. Review the coaching institutes and what was their role in your story?

Ans. Before starting to prepare for CAT Exam, I found out all the institutes who were giving classes for cat preparations near or in my city Kanpur. So best of those came out to be Career Launcher and Times. Closely analyzing both I found out that career launcher Kanpur was giving more successful CAT percentile than times and they are after cat PDP classes were also heard to be better than times. Hence, I joint career launcher and it turned out to be the right decision. I compared my curriculum and way of studying of my coaching to my peers in times and it turned out to be mine was better than them. So I would give Career Launcher an 8 out of 10 and Times a 7 out of 10.

Ques. How did you manage your CAT preparation schedule along with graduation studies/working hours?

Ans. Yeah, This part was one of the tough ones while cat preparations. So I used to attend classes at my grad. The College from 9 am to 4 pm. and then I used to attend my classes at career launcher from 5 pm to 8 pm. The main focus of mine at that time was my Cat exam, so I used to study my graduation course mid 9 am to 4 pm in the time free from the classes and at the time I reach home, I used to devote my time from 10 pm to 3 or 4 am for my Cat preparations. After I was done with my Cat then for the interviews, it was not much to prepare about as compared to preparing for CAT so I focused more at that time on graduate studies.

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Ques. What mock papers did you take?

Ans. I used to take daily sectional mock of Career Launcher in which they give a mock of 1 hour for each section separately so, it was more of a flexible learning mock. Then I used to give whole 3 hr. Cat level career launcher mocks thrice a week so that I could train my mind to work efficiently for whole 3 hr. as Cat exam is more about perseverance. Then I also used to give mocks of SNAP, XAT, MICA and IIFT. Besides career launcher mocks, I also used to give Times' AIMCAT mocks. I also used to solve past years CAT exam papers so that I could get a real time scenario of CAT exam. For perfect use of these mock exams, it is important that we should create an atmosphere that is suitable for thinking and also we should use our perseverance to sit for whole 3 hr. rather than pausing the timer and taking breaks.

Ques. What are the website you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates? and You can also follow PaGaLGuY for real time updates about exams.

Check   Coaching Institutes for CAT Preparation

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss your strategy for the section (Mention the Books, Mock Papers & Notes You Referred)

Ans. Strategy for quantitative aptitude is that you have to think on the micro level. If a question is been asked in cat it’s not just because to check you remember the formulae or not. There is a whole lot of background thinking for that. You have to identify that only. Practice and practice more kind of question because familiarity with questions is a major factor in cracking CAT quant. Plus, the more you practice, the more your brain gets apt to think quickly and attack the problem with the root level. Plus practicing helps revising your concepts. Notes that can be used for that can be CL's or Times notes. Rather than that you can solve questions from books like M.L Aggarwal and R.L Chawla. After then that giving the kind of mocks that I already have mentioned above will cover 70% of your preparation for quant.

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss your strategy for the section (Mention the Books, Mock Papers & Notes You Referred)

Ans. For Data Interpretation the key is practicing the mocks and learn from the previous year papers that what pattern of DIs they give in CAT exams.

Check    CAT Paper Analysis of Data Interpretation

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss your strategy for the section (Mention the Books, Mock Papers & Notes You Referred)

Ans. Same goes with Logical Reasoning as for Data Interpretation. But in this section people have to be more careful as in comparison to DI it is more scoring provided you have the cognitive skills to break the problem. That can only be developed by continuous practicing.

Ques. How Would You Rate the Following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?

Coaching-ClassSelf- StudySubject- WiseOnline Study MaterialRole Coaching InstituteNCERT Books

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss your strategy for the section (Mention the Books, Mock Papers & Notes You Referred)

Ans. Verbal Ability is a main game changer in CAT as it can take down many cognitive thinkers and people with great technical knowledge. The key in this part is getting mastery over Reading Comprehensions. The major part of this part is reading comprehensions and getting mastery over that will not only help you getting correct answers in reading comprehensions but also will improve your vocab and grammar skills. For getting mastery over that you have to read newspaper articles and editorials. The Hindu can be a better choice. Give more and more mock papers that give you maximum reading comprehension part. Attempt at least 4-5 reading comprehension on a daily basis and while evaluating your answers looks for the logic that the writer gave for a particular answer.

Ques. Vocabulary and Grammar: Discuss your strategy for the section (Mention the Books, Mock Papers & Notes You Referred)

Ans. There would be no books or something that can help you getting a better vocabulary because until and unless you have the world with a real time scenario then in some time or future, you will forget that word. So, for that attempt more and more reading comprehensions. Immediately look for any word that is not in your knowledge. Install a Merriam Webster app and other vocab building apps in your phone and play vocab games. Read newspaper on a daily basis and instantaneously go for the Merriam Webster app as soon as you feel difficulty in understanding a word. Take vocab building as a passion.



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