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Taking mock tests, analysing them to know your strong and weak areas, this method is not applicable, especially when merely 15 days are left for CAT 2016. This is your final lap for preparation where you need to buck up to score high. The strategy you follow during these crucial days will either make or break your chances of securing 99 percentile. So what steps should you take at this stage to maximise your scores? How to rectify the habitual mistakes you have been committing throughout the preparation phase? Careers360 comes to the fore by addressing most of your queries and concerns as you venture into your final lap of preparation.
CAT 2016 will be conducted in an online mode on December 4 ( two slots) across 135 test centres. With the last 15 days left for the test, you must have covered the CAT syllabus left, right and centre. However, it is a matter of concern if you are still unable to secure 99 percentile in your mock tests despite your full-fledged preparation.
Arks Srinivas, CEO, VistaMind, on improving the overall scores in your mock tests says that for the next 15 days, concentrate on your weak areas and the steps that need to be taken while attempting that topic in the test. “Divide your weak topics into sub-topics and then decide on which two you need to prepare more. Concentrate on those for the next 15 days as well as in the CAT exam. You will see a decent score as well as a good percentile.”
Once you know the topics, you may ask how many questions to attempt overall to achieve the desired percentile. Well! the answer is, as many correct answers you can. But there definitely is an ideal number of questions to attempt. Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher, suggests that if we assume the same level of difficulty in CAT 2016 as that of 2015, the estimated correct attempts and score required for a 99 percentile is as below:
QA -net score of 70-75 (23-25 attempts out of 34)DILR -net score of 65-70 (22-24 attempts out of 32)VRC -net score of 55-60 (20-22 attempts out of 34)Overall -net score of around 175.
You may look for increasing your percentile by attempting maximum questions, but you must also ensure the accuracy level of the answers. One may attempt all questions and get a very bad percentile if one’s accuracy is not good. Suggesting further, on this, Srinivas says that what matters is the accuracy level of the answers resulting in a good score. One must aim at attempting at least 240 to 250 marks in all three sections combined. Even if you make mistakes (which you are bound to), you would be in a position to maximise your score.
That was about scoring high by attempting a specific number of questions correctly. However, you need to overcome the situation where you are performing well in one section as compared to other due to the paucity of time. The last 15 days before CAT 2016, seem to be too short to excel, but there is a trick to push you towards better performance within the stipulated time.
The trick lies in identifying the questions which would be less time consuming. Regular practice will build that ability to identify how much calculation intensive the question is going to be, or if it is a sitter question, which means questions appearing easy but turning out to be complicated in the long run.
For instance, if you think DI & LR to be time-consuming, Srinivas suggests solving 10 sets each day. He says, “In the next 15 days, solve five sets each of DI and LR (every day) from the Mock CATs that you have written. You are going to solve close to 75 sets each of DI and LR. Now, in the exam, pick up six sets out of the eight that may come, and give about nine to 10 minutes per set. In these nine minutes, even if you solve only one or two questions per set too, it would be good. And your percentile would be good too.”
Arks Srinivas further advises that in these 15 days, you have to put in four to six hours of work on resolving the mocks that you have written. This will ensure that you get into a rhythm for the exam. Push yourself to attempt more in the Mocks and probably in the CAT exam; do not attempt blindly!
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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:
VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
OBC-Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
PWD-ST 50 50 50 60
On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at:
Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months
We can recommend a few books for you:
NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha
You can also download free downloadable e books at:
NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.
The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.
The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.
For more information please check the article:-
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