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Vishal Kumar Shaw appeared for CAT in the year 2013 and got 99.2 percentile. He secured admission in Department of Management in IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi. He shares his Preparation strategies with us through the interview we had with him.
He preferred Classroom Coaching over the mode of self-studying because they teach you professionally with all the necessary notes, mock papers and previous year questions. According to him, one must solve all the easy questions first and leave all the difficult ones. Afterwards, try to solve the difficult questions but make sure to not to waste more time on them.
Here is the excerpt from the interview round:
Ans. The interview was different for different colleges.
IIM K (average interview - could not convert) -
MDI (average interview - converted IM) -
XIMB (good - converted) –
IIT B (very good - waitlisted) -
IIT D (very good - converted) –
Ans. Out of all the institutes I participated in, I got selected in XIMB (Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar), MDI (Management Development Institute) and IITD (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)
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And. Apart from CAT, I appeared for XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) and IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade).
Ans. I preferred classroom coaching over the mode of self-studying because they teach you professionally with all the necessary notes, mock papers and previous year questions.
Ans. At Conduira, I had the opportunity of being guided and mentored by some of the best brains. Our faculties included IIM graduates and our director was from MDI. They just enthuse you with so much positive energy that you will study for hours without any boredom.
They were very good in their subject areas with excellent presentation skills. They were so helpful that they even stayed back for long hours after classes to clear doubts.
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Ans. I was working with TCS while preparing for CAT. I used to attend the morning classes on weekdays and studied for long hours during the weekends. In office hours, I used to utilize every break opportunity by solving few questions.
Ans. Following are the success tips to ace CAT 2017
1. Solve every CAT past 10 years question.
2. Keep bookmarking the questions you answer wrong and revise them every week.
3. All the formulas/tricks should be at your fingertips.
4. Solve as many chapter tests and sectional tests as possible.
5. Arun Sharma/ Institute materials are all you need. Nothing else."
Ans. My strongest area was Reasoning and the weakest section was English.
I employed various strategies for improving my weaker section like:
Ans. I was strong in this section, however, there were some topics which I feel were hard to solve. I worked hard on those topics from Conduira material and Arun Sharma Quant book. I practiced regularly and solved most of the questions. I made my own tricks, for example, if I wanted to calculate 17*8, I followed this strategy 17*10 = 170 - 34(17*2), although not everyone could follow this strategy.
Suggestions - Make your stronger sections the strongest one, so that you can solve any question and change your weaker sections to average at least, so that simple questions from that category can be solved out. Make sure accuracy is the key here. So for example, if the test comprises 40 questions, it does not mean you have to solve 40 out of 40. Make sure you can solve at least 25 but make it 95%accurate in order to have good percentile.
Preparation tips to ace CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section
Ans. I only followed and practice from practice material provided by Conduira. I was very strong in this section, so I only prepared via mock exams.
Ans. This was my strongest section. CAT usually have 10-15 questions on graphs, pie charts and other figures, they seem easy to solve but it requires complete accuracy, speed in the calculation and most importantly correct interpretation of every type of chart.
Solve all the easy questions first and leave all the difficult ones. Afterwards, try to solve the difficult questions but make sure to not to waste more time on them.
Preparation tips to ace CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section
Ans. Arun Sharma for most of the sections especially for the topics such as time, speed questions and permutation & combination.
NCERT books for solving 10th class level questions like trigonometry, quadratic equations etc. These were my weaker sections, hence I prepared for them by investing more time on such topics. I did not touch geometry at all because I was not comfortable with it.
Ans. Again, this was my strongest subject. There was no particular strategy for this section but while solving such questions I always focused on the missing places and usually picked easier sections first. Don't spend much time on the tougher questions. I scored 97 percentile in DI and Reasoning.
Try to be focused while solving DI and Reasoning questions, they appear difficult at first but once you get the grasp of that particular question, it is easier to solve each one of them.
Ans. I only followed practice material provided by Conduira.
Ans. Word power made easy - I read the whole book twice in a year and learned most of the words. It is a very nice book and I would recommend it to everyone.
Wren n Martin for grammar- sections are concisely covered and it is recommended for everyone.
Preparation tips for CAT Verbal & Reading Comprehension Section
Ans. Take some mock tests and then you will eventually get the idea of your weaker sections and stronger sections. Don't get complacent on stronger sections and keep on improving by spending 1-2 hours a day and try to correct basics of weaker sections. Leave the weakest sections.
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Ans. Be strong, don't get disheartened even if you score low marks in some mock tests. Try to get proper sleep, don't read new topics, revise all the concepts and try to solve one mock paper exactly the same time as per our time duration of the exam.
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