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CAT Preparation Tips by Zakwan Shaikh (96%tile in CAT)

Last Updated - December 29, 2017
Toppers’ Profile:
Student NameZakwan Shaikh
Exam NameCAT
Year Appeared2015
Study ModeClassroom Coaching
Coaching InstituteIMS
Other Exams AppearedMBA CET

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

Ans. I have taken only test series and they help a lot in improvising our speed and analytical ability. Also, It's making sure that we get a real ranking among all the candidates across a nation.

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

Ans. IMS was one of the best institutes in terms of ease of giving their test in their coaching centers. Also, its study material was very relevant for the preparation of competitive exams.

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

Ans. Normally, we used to prepare in the weekends for 12-14 hours and also used to solve mocks in local trains while traveling. Apart from that used to chip in extra 3-4 hours every day on weekends

Ques. What mock papers did you take?

Ans.  I have taken IMS test series with proctored as well as self-evaluating test. Also, I have enrolled for TIME test series

Check   CAT 2017 Mock Paper

Ques. What are the websites you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates?

Ans. I used to follow the student portal of IMS test series to get the review of the sums we practiced as well as Time website to solve self-proctored test series.

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

Ans. Solve extensively LOD 1 as well as LOD 2 sums from the Arun Sharma book. Also, check for the mock papers in IMS test series. If possible solve the daily

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

Ans. Read some good novels under the category of the non-fictional domain and also read daily English newspapers and try to mark the words which you don’t know.



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