The CAT is taken by several MBA aspirants every year. It is one of the most competitive exams in the country and the scores are required for admissions in the IIMs and other MBA schools in the country.
To ace such a competitive exam, it is important to have proper CAT preparation and test-taking strategies for the exam. In this article, some of the best strategies to approach each section in CAT are given.
- For Quantitative Ability
Quantitative aptitude is a low scoring area. Precision is of utmost importance in QA and there is no vagueness. Attempting 25-28 questions correctly can easily let you score an excellent percentile and put you over the cutoffs of most institutes. The key is to pick which questions to endeavor. Also, avoid guessing and try solving each question with accuracy. Also, invest some time and choose the questions that are easily solvable and would require less time.
- For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The LR-DI section is also a low scoring section. Here also it is important to pick the questions precisely. But, DI questions come in sets and so, select the sets that seem conceivable. The DI sets need to be thoroughly read as a simple misinterpretation might lead to series of incorrect answers.
The logical reasoning questions are mostly solvable but at times can be a bit tricky. Solve them quickly and skip if a single question is taking too long. Also, draw diagrams wherever possible, especially for the sitting arrangement questions.
- Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability
VA-RC is generally a region in which you can score, essentially because of the reason that VA questions take less time. But, in the recent years, this area has been toughened up and cutoff scores have diminished.
In verbal section, you have to solve more number of questions with a decent speed. Time is squandered fundamentally when you attempt and pick between two close-answer decisions; do comprehend that investing extra energy does not enhance your odds of getting the question right.
In this way, endeavor a most extreme number of VA inquiries in around 20 minutes and you will have at least 30 minutes for RC. You could easily attempt the RC sets. For RC sets, always read properly and avoid answering in a hurry.
Some General Tips:
- You get the question paper no less than 10 minutes before the begin time.
Utilize this opportunity to check the paper structure, number of segments and sub-segments, inquiries in each segment/sub-segment and some other conceivable shocks. Presently, how about we make a technique accepting the paper is a three-area paper with two sub-segments (1 and 2 marks), which is the most plausible example.
- Partition the accessible time among all areas.
It is suggested to propose 45 minutes for every segment or a blend of 45 minutes for two areas and 50 for one. In the two cases, you are keeping some time for later use – a cradle time. This cushion is fundamental for three reasons.
- Begin with an area you are good.
Always begin with the section that you are confident of. Attempting questions that you don’t get right might have a negative impact on your performance. So, start with the section you are more comfortable and finish it quickly and move to the other sections.
There are some regular blunders that the candidates make in this section. Check these mistakes and try avoiding those in the exam.
1. Not Looking through the Questions:
The CAT paper includes few difficult questions that can take a lot of time and energy. It is important to avoid those questions initially and move to the easier ones. So, invest a little energy and time to take a gander at all questions.
2. Not Surrendering to a Question which you can’t Solve:
It is always suggested to not invest excessively energy and time on one question. It is important to understand whether a question is difficult and you are not able to solve it, stop attempting that and go for another question.
3. Not Utilizing the Answer Choices:
CAT is a paper with four answer options for every question. Utilize them as the options can enable you to tackle various questions more effectively and quickly.
These were some of the important strategies to solve the different sections more effectively. Attempting the CAT paper depends upon the individuals as one might be good at quantitative while another candidate might have a strong English skills. So, it is also important to know the CAT exam pattern properly and devise personal test-taking strategies to be able to attempt the CAT paper more efficiently.
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