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With just a week left for CAT 2013 to start, it is assumed that you have completed 90% of the CAT preparation. As the test is approaching, you must focus hard on the section wise preparation strategy for CAT 2013. In this article, we will share with you the section specific preparation tips for CAT 2013. First let us have a look at the details of the sections.CAT 2013 sections at a glance
According to the CAT 2013 exam pattern, there will be 2 sections:
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI)
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR)
The first section that you will face right after the CAT 2013 exam is unveiled at your computer is the QA & DI section. The section will have 30 questions, 20 on Quantitative Ability and 10 questions on Data Interpretation. In the second section, out of 30 questions, there will be 20 questions on Verbal Ability and 10 questions on Logical Reasoning.
CAT 2013 section wise marks
Both the sections will have uniform marking scheme. Equal weight is given to all the questions. The CAT section wise marks will include 120 marks in each section. There are 3 marks for each correct answer but there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. Hence you must try and maintain as much accuracy as possible.
Now we will take a look at the section wise preparation strategy for CAT 2013. Let us start with Section 1, i.e. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
The best strategy to crack QA & DI section is through practice. The more problems you solve, more confident you will get. For a better understanding of the topics, go through the past years’ CAT analysis and the CAT 2013 syllabus. You will get a fair idea on what are the top areas and topics of this section.
Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education mentions, “Take up all the comfortable topics and practice each and every question. Categorize your comfortable areas so that you can connect with the questions instantly when you see them in the CAT 2013 test day.”
He also talks about taking mock tests and revisiting the questions which you could not solve earlier. “Find out the reason why you were not able to solve the questions and now settle for a fool proof strategy which lets you solve the questions with 100% accuracy,” he advises.
Being strong with the basics is the key in this section. Apurv Jain, 99.31 percentiler in CAT 2012 and a first year student of Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), DU states, “For Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, I was confident about the fundamentals and concepts so I focused on practicing the questions from previous CAT papers and various sources available online.”
For Data Interpretation questions, learn the structured approach. You will receive the questions in the form of case-lets where you will get a graph or chart followed by a group of 3 to 4 questions. In order to answer the questions, it is important that you analyze the right data. There are several sitters in the question which can easily distract you, but with regular practice it would be easier for you to identify the sitters and focus only on the relevant data.Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
The basic preparation tip for Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning is the same as that of QA & DI. Read the past CAT analyses and know the syllabus for VA & LR section. The specific strategy for VA & LR section which you must follow at this stage is to read a lot. Reading newspapers for 2 to 3 hours a day will solve multiple purpose. Your vocabulary will be strong and you will be more well versed with basic sentence construction and grammar which will help you solving questions on Reading Comprehension passages as well.
“For vocabulary, scan through as many words as possible. It will also help you for the Reading Comprehension questions. Practice 2 to 3 Reading Comprehension passages in a day. However, make sure that you do not stress yourself,” says Sandeep Manudhane. Reading is the most important aspect in the Reading Comprehension passages. Read the passage carefully then go through the questions. After you complete reading, skim through the passage again to look for the answers of the questions.
The next aspect of the Verbal Ability is in English Usage which consists of questions on vocabulary and grammar. Practice is the best way to crack this. As Koundinya Nellutla, who scored 99.79 percentile in CAT 2012 and is currently pursuing MBA from FMS Delhi said, “I faced lot of difficulty in verbal section. I used to read The Hindu newspaper. I asked my lecturers to give me extra material so that I can work on them. I completely solved all the questions in the material, both given by the institute and lecturers.”
Last but not the least, you should not attempt to start any new topic at the moment. “Don’t start any new topic in the last week before CAT 2013. Leave out the uncomfortable areas and select the questions carefully. However, if the topic carries high weight, it is advisable that you get the basic idea so that you can clear the cut off,” says Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning.
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In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:
IILM UNiversity Gurugram
Appejay school of Management
SGT University etc...
All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.
Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.
CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.
Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.
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Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.
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