TIPS FOR CRACKING CAT EXAM
Cracking the Common Admission Test (CAT) is the first and foremost priority for all MBA aspirants. This year CAT Exam will be conducted by Indian Institute of Management Lucknow. CAT 2017 notification has been released on July 29, 2017. CAT 2017 will be conducted on November 26, 2017 in two sessions. The application process will commence from August 9 and will end on September 20. In terms of exam pattern, there has been no change introduced by IIM Lucknow. So, buckle up students!
With just 3 months left, one needs to give ample amount of time to their preparations. Here are a few tips that CUBIX knows is best for you in all aspects and will help you achieve your score. Who knows you might end up in one of the top B-schools of your choice!
Build your basics
Be well versed with basics. It will always help you in solving difficult questions giving you a clear idea about the chapter. So stop looking for the toughest material to practice and realize that your understanding of concepts is not as good as you think it is.
Practice online Mocks
It is advisable to take as many mock tests that a student can in order to be familiar with the online environment. Taking the mock CAT in real environment will make you completely prepare to take the computer-based test on your CAT day and save any wastage of time on understanding the mode of test. It will also boost your confidence when you will find the actual CAT to be easier than the mock tests.
Focus on strength
Going by your own evaluation, focus on your strong areas and build on the same. As most of the questions in CAT syllabus are based on the application of basic concepts, learning both concepts and application at this stage is not advisable. Instead, put all your efforts towards the areas which you have nearly been able to control and solve questions on the same.
Time management is an essential ingredient to crack the CAT exam and make it to your favorite college. Managing one’s time includes balancing speed with accuracy, handling the pressure and uncertainty and the apt decision making. With 60 minutes allotted for each section during your CAT test duration, you should first attempt the questions which you can solve quickly. If you are doubtful on a question in the first glance, you leave it in the first round and come back to it in sequence after you have completed the first round of attempts. As you quickly solve a few questions, it will instill a higher level of confidence to attempt the difficult questions during the second round of attempts.
Eat Right. Sleep Right.
Students have a lot of pressure at this point of time since there’s no looking back now! But that does not mean not paying attention to healthy living. Students have a routine set up for each day which must be rigorously followed. It is important to have a good sleep for the brain to function and learn so much. If you fall sick now, you lose on time to prepare and work upon yourself every single day.
Once you enter the test centre keep yourself focused on the test and maintain calm. Pranit Arora, who secured 100 percentile in CAT 2015 says, “It is important to stay relaxed and not get nervous for the test. Stress leads to failure which must be avoided. So do not overthink, stay calm and confident.” The more you think, the more are your chances of being wrong since you are not being confident about your choice of answer.
CAT will have three following sections:
- Quantitative Ability (QA) with 34 questions
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 questions
- Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) with 34 questions
The segregation suggests that candidates have no escape. It will be mandatory to attempt all sections and achieve the minimum required percentage in individual sections apart from the overall total to make it to any of the IIM’s or top management colleges. Prepare and consider all the parts in all the 3 sections of CAT 2017 equally important if you wish to get through the exam.
Make some space for Me-time
It is essential to study hard and spend a good number of hours daily on your exam preparation but for an hour or so in your daily timetable, make some space just for yourself. Keep yourself mentally, physically and emotionally fit or devote this time to engage in any extra-curricular of your choice. The ultimate goal is to keep your mind fresh so that when you go back to studies, you feel more focused.