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CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners

Now, that you have decided to take a jab at CAT 2019, half the mental task is already done. Just ensure you highlight to yourself, the motivation that made you take this decision – DAILY! At the outset, I’d like to tell you that CAT is not a difficult exam, infact it is not even an exam that requires coaching of any sort, but yes, it is an examination of discipline and understanding. The topics are straight forward, and things that you’ve studied in school. But, the depth of your understanding is what is tested. So no one is actually a beginner for CAT Prep.

This article is tailor made for students that are taking a jab at CAT for the very first time. This means that you mostly in your final or pre-final year at your under grad college. So what are some things that you should follow:

1.High Graduation Percentage

At this stage, your focus should be inclined towards getting a great score in your undergraduation, as this will not only aid you in achieving a great admit, but also help during MBA Placements.

2.Know everything about CAT

Since you have a head-start into the preparation, get to know the examination and all its facets

  1. What are some important dates
  • Date of examination
  • Deadlines for application forms
  • Declaration of results

2.Pattern

  • How many sections
  • Number of questions in each section
  • Marking scheme
  • Type of questions asked

3. Colleges

  • Understand the requirements of Top10 colleges
  • Look beyond CAT – NMAT, IIFT, SNAP, XAT
  • Look beyond IIMs – FMS, XLRI, SPJIMR, MDI, NMIMS, NITIE

3.Know yourself

This is a very important exercise, as it will allow you to know where you stand today, and what you need to do to get ahead. The simplest way to do this is to take about 3-4 mocks in a span of 7 days à Analyze each mock à Not your strong and weak sections à These are your identified strengths (build on them) and weaknesses (work on them).

4.Preparation Strategy

1.Quantitative Abilities 

  • Maximum focus should be on speed and accuracy. The course is basic 10 Math, but you need to be adept to apply it to various scenarios.
  • Identify your strong and weak points topicwise and build/work on them
  • Time management is key here. Attempt the section in layers. Identify questions that you can definitely solve and do them in the first layer, and as leave out the time consuming ones for further layers

2.VARC  

  • READ. READ. There is no shortcut here. You have to increase your reading speed.
  • Pick up different genres of articles and sit through them. Calculate how many words per minute you can read (online calculator) and try to improve on that

  3.DILR

  • The best place to practice DILR is past year CAT Papers. Get a repository of them, with solutions and start solving. Practice is the only way you can pioneer this section

4.Coaching dilemma

The first dilemma a student faces in preparation is whether or not to join coaching. These days, they are expensive, time consuming (travel time) and can stretch to 8 hours on weekends. But thankfully, there is a better way. With iQuanta students can prepare online sitting anywhere in the world at their own convenience at prices you wouldn’t believe. Year in and year out iQuanta has been giving stellar results

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5.Motivation

Finally, there is nothing more important than keeping yourself motivated. Know that it is possible and that you can do it. Like I said in the beginning, always remind yourself why you are doing this in the first place – that will keep you motivated!

All the best

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