Common Admission Test ( CAT) is one of the most prominent management examinations. Every year approximately 2 lakh students write CAT examination and among them, only 1% manage to get above 99 percentile. This means among 2 lakh students, only around 2000 students get a score close to 99 percentile every year. Therefore, making it tough but not impossible to achieve.
If you ask these 2000 students the way to achieve this score, most of the answer will be hard work. It is because there is no shortcut to getting what you dream. However, there are a few strategies that one can apply during the preparation time to score more marks at the CAT exam. With examination around the corner, it is natural for students to feel a certain amount of stress and anxiety. This blog will help the students to come up with their own method of preparation to face one of the toughest management entrance exams in the country.
Know the Exam Pattern
Before you start your preparation for the exam, it's important to know the latest exam pattern. Once you know the examination pattern, you will understand how the questions are divided. It will help you determine which sections need more importance, therefore, strategise a better preparation plan. Check out the table below to understand the examination pattern for CAT 2019.
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)||24||10||34|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)||24||8||32|
|Quantitative Aptitude (Quant)||27||7||34|
For CAT exam preparation, it is better to start early. This helps a student to have enough time so that they don't have to cram everything in the last moment. However, for fresh graduates with a strong understanding of the quantitative section, even 12 weeks are enough. It all depends on your confidence level. Even though only one month is left for the examination, you can always make up the time with hard work and diligence.
Focus Equally on All Sections
No matter what you do you simply cannot neglect any section. You have to balance the score in all the three sections to get a good percentile. If you score high in one section and low in others, it is as good as getting a zero percentile in CAT Examination. No one has managed to score a 99 percentile in CAT examination by ignoring any of the three sections, i.e., Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation, Verbal Aptitude And Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning.
Read More and Read Everything
Free time is the best time to read newspapers, business magazines or magazines for competition success. Magazines like Time, The Economist, and newspapers like The Hindu, etc. publish news articles which are in-depth and accurate. It will also help you with the verbal section and as well as keep you updated with the current affairs to ace in the interview. However, remember to keep your focus related to CAT 2019 only.
Set a Target
Making small achievable targets throughout the practice sessions will help you stay focused. It is better to divide the topics and complete each topic as a whole by practising a variety of questions based on it. There is no point to practise questions for long hours and continue studying concepts without any clarity. For instance, if you are studying for Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts? try to complete all the topics related to it with practice questions.
Don't Mug Up
CAT examination will not test your memory. Therefore, there is no point to memorise theorems and properties by heart. Rather, you need to focus on understanding the concept and use that knowledge to crack the questions asked in the test.
Understand the Concept
The questions that are asked in the examination for data interpretation and quantitative aptitude vary each year. Thus, only practising different types of questions will not help you tackle questions asked in the examination. You need to focus on the technique to solve the questions and get to the root of the concepts. Once you are thorough with the concept, you can deal with any type of questions related to that topic.
Monitor Your Performance
You are never going to find out how prepared you are for the CAT exam unless you monitor your performance. Solving previous year question papers and giving online mock tests will help you get an idea of that. You need to time yourself for each section to find out how much time you are taking to complete it. This will help you with time management during the examination as well. The mock test also helps you to assess your weaknesses and strengths. Apart from that, you can also find out if you are adopting the smartest and quickest way to solve the questions. Mock tests are the best weapon for you to formulate a strategy for the actual test.
Smart attempt on the day of examination
Finally, all these preparations will be useless if you are not taking a smart attempt on the day of the examination. If a question is taking more than 3 minutes to solve, it?s better to leave it and move on. You need to remember that CAT has negative marking and it is of no use to solve a question if you are unsure of the answer. Therefore, try solving the easier and known questions first and then move on to the difficult ones. CAT examination is all about focusing on your strengths and trying to work around your weaknesses. This will help you save some time and also boost your score.
Finally, these are only a few tips that you can adopt to score better marks in the examination. As you go with the flow of preparation you will realise what works for most may not work for you. There are many more ways to do the same thing and it is always better to find your own way.