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Six steps for CAT 2012 - 2013 Exam Preparation

by Pritika Ghura

Want to bell the CAT 2012? Want to get calls from IIMs and XLRI? Want to get the best scores in your tuition batch? Then follow these steps. Learnhub in association with experts presents six steps to get into your dream management institute.

1. Know what the test consists of: To score well, you need to know what sections the test paper consists of. CAT consists of Quantitative Ability or mathematical aptitude, Verbal Ability or your English language skills and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The Quantitative Ability section consists of the topics of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration and all those topics which you have studied till class X. The topics covered in Verbal Ability are reading, grammar, comprehension and vocabulary. The questions on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are on Graphs, Charts etc. It is very important to know the content of the test, to ace it.

2. Know your strengths, work on your weaknesses: Plan your preparation after knowing your strengths and weaknesses. For this you should take a diagnostic test as it will tell you where you stand. Speaking on the importance o working on your weakness, Abhishek Jha, a IIM alumnus says, "You should identify your strengths and weakness and work out a strategy based on your strengths. Cracking CAT is all about time management. You don't need to answer all the questions, but have to ensure that you crack the maximum questions in what your are confident about and ensure that you crack the minimum required in your weak sections to clear cutoffs and thus division of time so as to get the maximum out of the paper is very important."

3. Work on your weaknesses: Start your preparation after gauging your weaknesses. Experts say the first step is to start with class X level CBSE/ICSE books on Math and English grammar. One should also read newspapers, business dailies and magazines as this exercise will help you to understand different topics and increase your hold over English, general knowledge and various other topics. Speaking about importance of reading newspapers, an expert on CAT said, "English is always the key in CAT. You should try to figure out if you are weak in comprehension or is it with questions in verbal ability and work out a strategy based on your strong points. Ideal case preparation for English is reading editorial of a paper like Hindu with full comprehension and underlining those words which you don't understand and then find out those words meaning next day. This will help improve your vocabulary."
Many institutes like T.I.M.E., IMS Learning, Career Launcher and PT Education also prepare you for CAT, and are especially useful if your fundamentals are weak,

4. Prepare a time table: To excel, one has to be very organised. You should make a time table and follow it. Manish Saraf, COO, PT Education, in an interview to a news portal, has divided the time table as allocate 45 days to get all fundamentals of Quant, Verbal and DI/Logic in place. Slot one hour per area, i.e., three hours of study every day."

5. Practice makes you perfect When you get a grip over the basic syllabus of the CAT exam, you should start taking regular mock tests to know your preparation status. Also you must see if you are improving after taking the tests and analyse your performance.

6. Plan your answering strategy: These are few points you must plan out before taking the CAT-:

1. Which section, whether it is English, Quantitative Ability or Data Interpretation, you are going to attempt in the beginning, followed by which section and which in the end. Within these sections, what will be your order of attempting the various types of questions? For example, within the English section, will you do Reading Comprehension first or begin with the Verbal Ability part?

2. What is your time allocation strategy? How much time do you plan to spend on each of the sections? In particular, do you plan to devote equal time to each section or slightly more time to the section that you are the strongest at?

3. How will you respond to a differential marking scheme if that is specified? For example, if there are 2 mark and 1mark questions, do you plan to attempt the 2 mark questions first?

4. Do you plan to spend some time at the completion of the exam, cross-checking or verifying some of the answers, especially of those questions that you are not really sure of and have just estimated or guessed the answer?

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    saurabh_shine
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    saurabh_shineSat, 04 Oct 2014 13:22:48 -0000

    I am a working person. and i have four years of work experience in finance sector… i want to do regular MBA … plz suggest

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    devanfFri, 12 Sep 2014 06:07:21 -0000

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    niharika11Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:17:04 -0000

    just wanted to ask……..cn we prepare for cat rite frm 2nd year engineering….n if yes…how??

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    sreesreejithSat, 10 Aug 2013 13:37:10 -0000

    ma'm …i have just started the preparations..can i know if 3 months time is enough for cracking cat…and within this time limit where should i concentrate more???

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    kritikaverma Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:38:07 -0000

    very informative post indeed.. being enrolled in http://www.wiziq.com/course/9830-live-online-cat-exam-2013-preparation-by-arun-sharma
    ,I was looking for such articles online to assist me for CAT preparation.. and your post helped me a lot :)

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    kritikaverma Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:36:09 -0000

    very informative post indeed.. thnx Miss Pritika ,being enrolled in http://www.wiziq.com/course/9830-live-online-cat-exam-2013-preparation-by-arun-sharma
    ,I was looking for such articles online to assist me for coaching for CAT.. and your post helped me a lot. :)

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    rashi01Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:45:57 -0000

    thanks for the useful article.thnx Pritika mam for posting above point.
    Mam ,i have a query. i am currently doing a part time job and don't have enough time to join some institute for proper preparation of CAT. so i need some good online tutor's for studies. i have found this online course during my online search 'http://www.wiziq.com/course/9277-lr-vr-di-ds-speed-calculations-quant-general-awareness'.
    kindly guide me about the above tutorials . are they good enough??? or if you have any other online tutorial link then kindly post it in the thread.
    thank you mam

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    shristy_agrawalTue, 04 Jun 2013 03:49:29 -0000

    thanku 4 the valuable guidelines…wont 4get it

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    jeyakumarkuppusamyWed, 02 Jan 2013 01:57:41 -0000

    Hello!! Thnks for ur idiea's…im befinner..now doing 2 nd yr b.sc any one could help me more frnds

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    rush_hourSat, 22 Dec 2012 06:09:43 -0000

    im a beginner.i really had some valuable tidbits here which will be
    really usefull for me

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    imakhandSun, 14 Oct 2012 03:16:41 -0000

    all the information that is mentioned above, is affected me deeply. i hope it must be valuable for all the students……

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    Yadeep PaliwalWed, 18 Jul 2012 03:21:38 -0000

    i am just a beginner and thanx to all those peoples who post their comments. It is very important for a beginner like me.

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    Avinash NewtonTue, 19 Jun 2012 04:37:00 -0000

    thanks for the valuable talk

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    nsurieeeTue, 29 May 2012 12:22:52 -0000

    nice guide lines

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    nsurieeeTue, 29 May 2012 12:18:59 -0000

    good nice guide lines

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    sujit_100Mon, 07 May 2012 04:23:38 -0000

    thanx for your advice,this is very useful for a beginner

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    Pragya NiranjanSun, 06 May 2012 13:16:43 -0000

    thnxxxxxxxx……… Really helpful

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    RaviPHIThu, 29 Mar 2012 04:42:34 -0000

    Thanks for the guidelines

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    Bhavin GrapaTue, 13 Mar 2012 20:54:45 -0000

    thanks helpful

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    mkumar653Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:58:59 -0000

    thanks very good guid lines

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    Pritika GhuraWed, 10 Nov 2010 05:21:00 -0000

    Thanks all. Rupa I have informed them about the fact that they have copied some content from this article. Thanks for informing.

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    bhanununeTue, 14 Sep 2010 13:55:03 -0000

    very useful for a beginner

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    ambekaromkarFri, 13 Aug 2010 19:18:31 -0000

    ya, thanx…

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    Himanshu48782Tue, 20 Jul 2010 04:01:58 -0000

    very useful steps.

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