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06 February 2019

Strike the right balance For CAT Preparation - How to Prepare for CAT Examination ?

Strike the right balance For CAT Preparation

How to Prepare for CAT Examination?

Majority of CAT aspirants are either college students or recent graduates with one-two years of work experience. Since the exam isn’t as knowledge-intensive as others like UPSC or JEE, most aspirants prepare for it alongside their college or work, as the case may be. This makes sense, especially if you have more than four-five months at hand. The trick then is to be able to balance the requirements of CAT preparation with the obligations at your college or workplace.

Draw out a plan
A good way to plan your CAT preparation from now till November end, when the CAT is typically scheduled, is to see it as 45-week time period, and have a weekly schedule in place. It should allow you to balance your CAT preparation with your other engagements. One must understand that CAT is more a test of skill than knowledge. The skills that one needs to develop are how you think about problems, simplify them, make use of options by either selecting the right one or eliminating the wrong ones and get to the right answer in as less time as possible. Even when it comes to other skills like painting, acting, sports or music, you only get better with regular practice and not with sporadic bursts of effort. Two hours a day would take you farther than 14 hours dedicated to studies in one single day of the week. You can study regularly alongside your college or job.

Know your strengths
A thorough CAT preparation would require around 800- 1,000 hours of time investment, depending upon when you start, your strengths and weaknesses. Usually, one third of this is spent inside the coaching classes. There you will learn various topics, cover syllabus and use of shortcuts. You will also develop lateral thinking and learn test-taking and strategic inputs to maximise scores. At the same time, you must ensure that you make the best use of the remaining two-thirds of the time on your own. For this time that is roughly around 600-650 hours, it is imperative that you have:
1. A weekly plan that ensures the discipline that skill-building needs.
2. A knowledge of your stronger and weaker areas that ensures optimum investment of time.
CAT Preparation
A BREAK IS IMPORTANT Day-seven should ideally be the rest day – that allows you to take a break and re-energise. A good performance in CAT requires you to be fresh in your mind rather than being exhausted and jaded by the time the CAT arrives.

CHANGE THE STRATEGY WHEN REQUIRED Your plan will need to change once you start getting closer to the CAT, with more focus needed on mock-CATs, analysis and temperament. But remember, a beautiful building wouldn’t last long without a solid foundation. That is exactly what you need to focus on right now — maintaining the right pace and peaking at the right time. And while you are at it, don’t forget to enjoy the process

Add self-study to coaching
Assuming that you are engaged with a formal coaching for two days a week, which for most regular college students and working professionals might be the weekend, you essentially need to plan for the remaining five days for two hours a day. For the first few months of your preparation, this time should ideally be invested in getting basics right in various topics. This will prove invaluable later when you practice mock CATs and also when you actually appear for the CAT, because it allows you to select questions or leave them as per your strengths and weaknesses.

The right start
In the initial stages of your preparation, you could look to devote 90 minutes to VARC (verbal ability and reading comprehension, which is basically English), DILR (data interpretation & logical reasoning, which tests your logical ability and ability to infer from data) and QA (quantitative ability, which revolves around mathematical concepts) in rotation on fixed days of the week. The remaining 30 minutes daily should ideally be devoted to the areas such as reading, listening, watching, writing and speaking. Language as a skill proves invaluable not only during the written test i.e. the CAT, but also during interviews, written-ability test and group discussions that form the final step in the selection to various top MBA colleges.
Reading from as diverse sources as possible regularly improves performance in reading comprehension portion at the CAT, which has been the single biggest component of CAT, with 24 questions out of a total of 100, over the past several years. A day of the week should be devoted to the weakest areas of VARC, DILR and QA. Weakest areas allow for the maximum scope of improvement.

28 November 2018

CAT-2018 Test Analysis - CAT Cut-off May be Lower than 2017


CAT cut-offs may be lower than 2017

This years( 2018) CAT Test Cut-offs may be lower than 2017 test. Abraham Lincoln famously said, 'Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.' If there is something that has justified the intelligence of importance good preparation deserves, it is CAT 2018.

Some Questions and these Answer related to CAT 2018 Exam:

·       Did CAT 2018 spring a major surprise this year?
          Well, no!

·       Was CAT 2018 more difficult than CAT 2017?
           Well, maybe not!

VARC section: The VARC section gave a mild surprise to students across both slots. Out went the taken-for-granted 6-Q and 3-Q passages. Making a wonder entrance were five question and four-question passages. That would have immediately enlarged the complete length of the content that needed to be read by test-takers to attempt the 24 RC questions. Decision-making for those who weren’t looking to answer all the RCs would have been riskier, what with all the RCs apparently of similar struggle level. The topics covered were also more unusual than usual — environment, biology, sociology, and history were the flavours of the day. The slight increase in difficulty in RC was mostly compensated for by easier VA sections in both slots, the vast relief for scholars being four-sentence Para Formation Questions. Odd-Man Out questions were also low-hanging fruits, with summary questions proving to be somewhat riskier. All in all, the VARC section hung around the same difficulty level as last year 2017; those who haven’t practiced a lot might have found it a little harder, given the nature of options in some questions and the intensity of the subjects.

DILR Section: The DILR Section was comparatively easier associated to CAT 2017, but make no mistake, it was still very challenging in both slots of the CAT Exam. Though, unlike last year, there was at least one doable set in both the slots along with some manageable/fight-worthy sets. Both the slots saw some straightforward set types - Distributions/Venn-Diagrams/Calculation based sets. Nevertheless, the time that these sets demanded was a dampener which would contribute to lowering the cut-offs.

Quant Section: The Quant Section in this CAT Exam 2018 proved to be the high tide in both slots. CAT Exam under Quant section was easily a few notches higher in difficulty level as compared to CAT 2017. This difficulty level was tempted mainly by the need to work around fixed methods. In this Section these is no low hanging fruits and very few questions could be solved without breaking a sweat. Quant Questions were long, and some also had extra conditions (read twists) that the scholars needed to watch out for. The number of Easy questions saw a obviously drastic fall compared to last year which will contribute to a steep fall in the cut-offs this year. The other seeming feature of the QA section this year is the continued focus on arithmetic. Pure-maths questions (on Functions, P&C, CG, etc.) were present, albeit lower in number.

Within mathematics, the focus on normal suspects like Numbers was very low in both the slots, while Geometry, TW and TD had very good representation. While a very well-prepared scholar would not have broken much sweat, those who were tentative on their homework would have found out that the going was not as smooth as they would have liked it to be.

Overall:  CAT 2018 Examination was a smooth practice for scholars across the republic. From the students' viewpoint, it turned out to be more or less on the expected lines with a bit of fluctuation in the difficulty of sections here and there. The CAT Exam 2018 cut-offs are expected to be a tad lower than those of last year 2018, overall, QA being the spoilsport this time around.

Disclaimer: This Information is taken from The Tribune Newspaper. This information was printed on weekly paper well known as “ Job and Careers” on the Front Page on 28th Nov. 2018.

31 October 2018

30 Day Plan to Crack CAT Examination 2018 - Some FAQs To Pull Up your Percentile in CAT Exam

A 30-day plan to crack CAT

With just a month left for the CAT exam date 2018, here are answers to some FAQs to pull up your percentile in CAT Examination.

How should an aspirant prepare a timetable for the last month?
In the last month, a candidate can take mock tests (AIMCATs and SAMCATs), analyse the performance and study and prepare to overcome shortcomings. One can also focus on revision of important concepts and formulas.

What should now be the ideal strategy for taking mock tests?
Don’t attempt too many of them. Two a day are enough. More than that is overkill. But, it is important to take tests. And a far more important thing is to objectively analyse and then work on the feedback received. Most aspirants can manage this if they make a cycle of two three days. If you are very sure about your preparation, then maybe you can manage more. However, if you still need to practice, then take two tests in a week and focus on concepts. Now that the CAT authorities have sent the admit cards, you know your time slot for the examination. Attempt as many mocks tests as possible at the time of your actual exam slot. This will sync your body clock and body cycle to perform best on the exam day.

A 30-day plan to crack CAT

What are the important topics for last-minute revision?
There is nothing less or more important in CAT. As a rule, CAT is an exam that is meant to surprise candidates with questions that are unexpected. Don’t focus on vocabulary building, but do revise tricky questions of QA or common mistakes of grammar.

How can the students stay calm and motivated at this time?
Focus on the alternatives. Thinking that CAT is the most important thing in life will create unnecessary pressure. Think of past successes and how you overcame hurdles.

How can students increase their accuracy and speed?
Build accuracy first and then with practice, you will gain speed on your own. Build a sense of urgency while taking the exam.

How should the ideal questions in the CAT be selected?
Maximum accuracy should not be the aim. Due to time pressure and negative marking, doing questions with 100 per cent accuracy may lead to a drop in the percentile since you are sacrificing attempts. Check all the questions and attempt ones that consume less time. You can do the sections in two rounds. In the first, do easy questions and “bookmark for review” the moderate ones. In the second round, do the “bookmarked for review” questions to do the moderate ones and drop the tough ones.

How many questions should be attempted in each section to score 99+ percentile?
It all depends on the difficulty level of the test. In case the test is difficult, the attempts will fall and conversely in an easy test, the attempts will rise.

What are the common mistakes to avoid on the exam day?
Make sure you check the physical location of the centre at least a day before and analyse how you reach the exam centre much before time. Carry all the necessary documents. Avoid heavy meals before the exam, as it is a long and mentally and physically taxing exam. Don’t panic if the paper seems tougher than usual. If it is indeed so, it is true for all others too and thus percentiles will not be affected. Don’t take the exam with a pre-determined number of attempts or scores in your mind. Don’t waste time on any one question.

A last-minute advice to the aspiring candidates... Relax on the last day. Watch a movie. Take your mind off the exam. That actually helps the performance on the D-day.

Disclaimer: The Tribune Newspaper.