How to prepare for CAT in COVID Times? Tips by CAT 2020 Topper Vatsal Dedhia 97.92 Percentile
CAT 2020 Topper Interview Vatsal Dedhia - Impeccable efforts and perpetual hard work lead one to live their dream in real life and Vatsal Dedhiya are also one of those who not only live the life of a Chartered Accountant (CA) but also goes to explore the aspects of management. He proves if you are an extraordinary personality and willing to be a multi-tasker then there are no boundaries for you. Vatsal shares his journey on what it takes to ace CAT and what qualities one should possess to get admitted to an elite B-School of the country. In an exclusive talk with Careers360, Vatsal shares his experience from CAT preparation to IIM Kozhikode. He shares all the aspects of the CAT preparation strategy. He shares his success mantra for aspiring MBA students in near future.
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In the introduction, Vatsal added he have secured 97.92 percentile in CAT, 95.8 percent in 10th standard, 92 in 12th, and 77 percentage in graduation.
Careers360 - What MBA entrance exam did you take? It is usually perceived that the CAT preparation is more or less the same for all MBA entrance exams. What did you observe during your preparation about this?
Vatsal Dedhia - I appeared for two MBA entrance exams namely CAT and XAT, the only difference being the Decision Making instead of DILR section in XAT and for CAT, I took around 5 to 6 months of preparation along with managing my work.
Careers360 - Why MBA after CA? Was it difficult for you as a commerce student to study concepts of management? Share your experience with us.
Vatsal Dedhia - MBA was something which I had decided pretty much decided during my childhood because I was inclined towards the aspects of business and CA gave me a broad horizon to learn different aspects of audit, costing, etc and the time of work I learn that an MBA degree would be great enough to help me get into different roles and explore different areas like how the marketing of a product goes, and how sustainability happens in a product, the supply chain works, etc. So, to understand such concepts and also live the life of B-school which I have missed at the time of CA curriculum and I wanted to enjoy the college life of two years and take part in various interests.
Check out this video to know the CAT preparation strategy of Vatsal
Careers360 - From where did you begin the preparation and what was your strategy?
Vatsal Dedhia - My CAT preparation strategy was simple, I just put in my efforts and didn’t worry about the result. You only have to put the effort in the very beginning as I told you it was a bone and disguise the virtual lectures because it helped me to sustain and maintain the workload of my office where I was in the role of auditing and assurance along with studying for CAT.
Careers360 - Tell us about your CAT preparation journey during the COVID 19 pandemic?
Vatsal Dedhia - So, the times have been tough, even I qualified Chartered Accountancy (CA) and the job market is really in a bad shape there are more than layoffs than the recruit, but that really helps me and it came as a boon and disguise because it helps me to understand where I should pursue my career.
Careers360 - Is there any particular syllabus for CAT?
Vatsal Dedhia - There is a particular syllabus which generally if you enroll for classes you do get it and also if you do not enroll in any classes you can check the same online on YouTube channels. There is a certain number of topics that are really important at least in Quants, VARC does not have a close syllabus but as we know that there are Comprehensions, there is an odd man out as of now, ParaJumbles, Para summaries, etc. For DILR, they have no concise syllabus, but there are certain types of sets that usually appear in the CAT exam.
Careers360 - Did you take mock tests? Did they benefit you?
Vatsal Dedhia - First is the preparation journey which takes around 3 to 4 months. But, remember I had made this mistake actually that while I was focusing on the fundamental concepts, I really didn’t know that I have to appear for mocks on a daily basis, right now I will suggest who come to me at least from the month of May or June at least give one mock every week and just don’t look at the score as of now because you haven’t covered all the syllabus and you don’t know different type of sets lie in front of you.
Careers360 - What mistakes did you commit at the time for MBA entrance exam preparation?
Vatsal Dedhia- I have made plenty of mistakes because at the very first thing this was my first CAT attempt so I didn’t know how to maintain my calm and composure and I was in a total mess when I started and I saw there are just three subjects but I was not aware of how to deep we have to study, how many hours to work hard. So, I was pretty much chilled at the start of my studies but right now I am thinking I should have slog much more at the very beginning.
Careers360 - What was your preparation strategy for CAT that made you one of the toppers?
Vatsal Dedhia - I really feel that was one of the things that suited me as I told you VARC maximizing my attempts with decent accuracy, In DILR choosing the right sets which were not right for everyone but it was right for me, according to the strength which I had witnessed during my mock papers and choosing that set is very important.
Careers360 - What according to you were the toughest and easiest section?
Vatsal Dedhia - There are just three-section, so I really don’t think so they were the toughest and easiest but if you ask me as per my liking, I like VARC a lot because I like reading articles and I myself into the hobby of writing so it really helps me and has a neck of finding new words and I really like it. So, if you want to nail VARC read comprehensions and try to figure out things and try to analyze the comprehensions.
Careers360- How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Vatsal Dedhia - So for me, the VARC section was easy and I went out to solve a good number of passages. For DILR, there were two sets of DILR sets and for Quants I have prepared concepts sheets so that I can attempt N number of questions.
Careers360- Elaborate on your exam day strategy. What was going on in your mind when you were taking CAT?
Vatsal Dedhia - One of the best questions thrown at me, because I thought I did things differently that eventually help me out, as I mentioned I studied till the very last moment. I revise the formulas sometime before CAT and it actually helped me because there was one of the questions that came in front of the in the morning. Since my CAT slot was 2, I had that time so that I could go through the formula and it really helped me that one question I was able to attempt otherwise It cost me 3 marks, and maybe my percentile could have been affected.
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Questions related to CAT
i want admission on iim for that i had to clear CAT exam so i need full details about CAT course
CAT is not a course rather an entrance examination through which you can get into IIMs and many other B-schools.
Here's the complete detail about CAT
CAT i. e Common Admission Test is a national level entrance examination for admission in MBA/PGDM in B- Schools, including IIMs and several other prestigious B- Schools. It is conducted by IIMs themselves every year in rotation in online mode/computer based examination in English medium and it is accepted by 1100+ B-Schools.
>>>>>>>> Eligibility criteria
CAT eligibility criteria says that:
To be eligible for CAT ,
you need a Bachelor's/graduation degree in any discipline
you must have got at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA in your graduation . SC/ST/PH students need only at least 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline to be eligible .
Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are also eligible for CAT examination.
There is no age restriction to be eligible
It is not mandatory to have work experience to be eligible
For detailed information about eligibility go through
>>>>>>>> CAT examination pattern:-
CAT EXAMINATION PATTERN
Mode of examination
Online i. e Computer-Based Mode
Name of the Section
There are 3 sections :-
----------) VARC i. e Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
----------) DILR i. e Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
----------) Quantitative Aptitude
Types of questions asked
There are 2 types of questions in CAT
----------) mcqs &
----------) non - mcqs
---------) +3 marks for each correct answer
---------) -1 marks for each wrong answer in case of MCQs ,
---------) No negative marking is there for wrong answers in case of non-mcqs
You can get the complete examination pattern:-
>>>>>>>> How to prepare for CAT
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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can you please guide me where I star preparing for cat exam
A proper mindset and dedication is required to crack CAT entrance. You need to make a proper time table, a proper strategy. Understand the pattern of the exam, your capability, your strong and weak area/portion.
There are total 3 section in CAT exam -
- Verbal and reading comprehension (VARC)
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DI and LR)
- Quantitative analysis (QA)
Try to read a lot of vocabulary related books such as Word power made easy, or you can read any novels too, This will make your reading comprehension more strong in verbal section.
Read the newspaper everyday, this will make you aware about the current affairs.
Complete the basic concepts of quanta, you can start doing maths problem of 10th grade.
You can join any class for CAT exam, this will help you to make your doubts clear.
Start giving mock tests, as you know practice makes a man perfect. Try to practice a lot this will help in boost your confidence and your flow. Join the test series and stick to your schedule. Focus on smart learning.
Later on, test your accuracy and your preparation. Solve previous year papers, don't lose hope if you aren't scoring well in mock tests. Try to give your best.
Stay motivated and focused.
Hope this helps !
All the best for your bright future
from where most of questions comes in CAT exam
You have to be regular with your studies , be updated about current affairs, for making vocab string you should read newpaper , books.
regularity is the most important thing for crack the CAT.
every year questions are different so it is hard to predict.
i hope this information is helpful for you.
I am currently in my final year in the 5th semester of my college. my 6th and final semester will get over by July. can I give the cat exam then fir MBA admissions
Yes it is possible that student who is pursuing his last year in bachelor's degree can appear for Common Aptitude Test for MBA admission. However the candidate must have completed their bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate and 45% marks for reserved categories.
For more details click here:
can I get q govt seat for 520 marks in Karnataka, I am OBC cat 1 pls say
According to prior year's cut-offs or scores, your prospects of getting into a government medical institution in Karnataka under the first category are high.
Private institutions or designated universities, on the other hand, may provide opportunities.
You may see the previous year's cut-off (AIQ) and the state quota for Karnataka below.
Click below to see which institutions you might be eligible for based on your category, state quota, and NEET score.
I hope it helps.