CAT 2019 Preparation Expert Interview - Ankur Jain of T.I.M.E talks about “last Minute tips”
CAT 2019 Preparation Expert Interview - The last one month is very crucial in terms of strategy for any exam. More so if it is Common Admission Test (CAT), then the candidates must be on their toes and follow the last minute tips for CAT. One of the essential aspects of the last minute preparation tips is to focus on the mock tests and analyse the mistakes in it. Candidates must work on the weak areas in each section and try to overcome the mistakes which they are making so that they do not repeat it on the day of the exam. In the last minute tips for CAT, some candidates are curious to know what are the important topics on which one must focus. In this regard, experts believe that it will be inappropriate to assume that any topic is unimportant or of less significance for CAT. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode will conduct CAT 2019 in computer based on November 24. Careers360 brings to you the CAT 2019 expert interview of Ankur Jain, who is Chief Knowledge Expert, T.I.M.E. in which he provides some vital tips to the candidates regarding last minute preparation tips for Common Admission Test.
Latest: CAT result 2019 will be declared on January 6, 2020.
Careers360: How should an aspirant prepare his timetable for the last month?
Ankur Jain: In last month, you can do mocks (AIMCATs and SAMCATs), analyse them and study and prepare as per the deficiencies revealed. This process can take 2 days per cycle. First day morning you can take a mock for three hours. Then analyse it for 8-12 hours (you will take less time to analyse if you are stronger and vice-versa). Then work on the deficiencies revealed for the next 1 day. You can do this through sectional tests or study material. You can also focus on revision of important concepts and formulae.
Careers360: What should be the ideal strategy regarding the Mock tests in the last month?
Ankur Jain: Don’t do too many of them, like two every day. That is overkill. But don’t do too few of them, like one in 10 days. Focus on doing some, and more importantly doing analysis of them and then working based on the feedback received. Then, take another mock. Most aspirants can manage this in 2-3 days per cycle, so you can take 2-3 mocks per week. If you are very strong then maybe you can manage more and if you are exceptionally weak then may be only 1-2 in a week. Now that authorities have released the CAT 2019 admit card, you will know your time slot for the examination. Do as many mocks as possible at the time of your actual exam slot. This, for one month, will sync your body clock and body cycle to perform at the peak on the exam day
Careers360: What are the important topics for last minute revision?
Ankur Jain: There is nothing less or more important in CAT. CAT as a rule is a surprising paper with something or the other which is unexpected. Don’t focus on vocabulary building or starting new grammar rules but you can revise tricky questions of QA or common mistakes of Grammar. Do lots of RC passages or VA questions, DILR sets etc. under time pressure.
Careers360: How can the students increase their accuracy and speed?
Ankur Jain: Speed is a function of accuracy. Build accuracy first and then with repeated practice, you will gain speed on your own. Build of sense of urgency while doing the exam so that you don’t dwell unnecessarily on longer and time consuming questions.
Careers360: How can the students stay calm, focused and motivated at this time?
Ankur Jain: Focus on the alternatives. Thinking that CAT is the only thing in their life will create unnecessary pressure. Think of past successes and how one overcame hurdles.
Careers360: How can the students select the ideal question in the test that can lead to maximum accuracy?
Ankur Jain: Maximum accuracy is not a desirable aim. In the CAT, due to time pressure and negative marking, doing questions with 100% or nearly 100% accuracy may lead to a drop in the score/percentile since you are sacrificing attempts. The ideal way to select is to look at all the questions and do the ones that are less time consuming. You can do the sections in two rounds. In the first round, do the easy questions and “bookmark for review” the moderate ones. In the second round do the “bookmarked for review” questions to do the moderate ones and drop the tough ones.
Careers360: How many questions should be attempted by the students in each section so that they can score 99+ percentile?
Ankur Jain: One cannot answer this question since that depends on the difficulty level of the test. In a difficult test, the attempts will fall and conversely, in an easy test, the attempts will rise. You should instead, try to focus on doing as many as you can, in the given time.
Careers360: What are the common mistakes that students must avoid on the day of the exam?
Ankur Jain: Make sure you check the physical location of the centre, at least a day before and check how to reach properly in good time and leave a margin for traffic jams etc. Make sure you carry all documents necessary. Avoid heavy meals before the exam as it is a long and mentally and physically taxing exam. Don’t feel panic if the paper seems tougher than usual. If it is indeed so, it is true for all others too and thus percentiles will not be affected. Don’t go into the exam with a pre-determined number of attempts or scores in your mind. Don’t waste time on any one question. Move forward and read all the questions. Do what you can in a reasonable amount of time and ignore/drop the rest.
Careers360: Any advice from outside the daily grind?
Ankur Jain: On the last day you should relax. Watch a movie! Go and enjoy it. Take your mind off the exam. That actually helps do it better!per week
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You can check your JEE Advanced rank using your score by the link provided below,
Your JEE Advanced rank depends upon various factors like no. of students appeared, exam difficulty level and previous years cutoff trends as well. It also depends upon your category and score.
If you want to know which college you might get , you may use our college predictor link given below,
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cat or GMAT are same or different
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See CAT stands for common admission test . It is a national exam which is held all over the India. It is the largest exam for MBA.
Whereas GMAT stands for The graduate management admission test. It is a global exam which is held across the nations for MBA.
It is easier to score in GMAT in comparison to CAT. If a person studies with full focus and concentration he can easily achieve 700+ marks.
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I belong to Muslim Minority. This year I am expecting 415 Neet score. Is their a chance of getting seat in any Minority College Cat. A ( Deccan, Shahdan, VRK, AAyan). Please let me know.
Muslim Minority Category falls under BC in a broader spectrum and BC-E. With a score of 415, you might hve a border line chance with Ayan Institute of Medical Sciences. The rest of the Colleges have higher cut offs. Having said that, this is based on 2019 data and cut offs change every year. Cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. For a complete list of colleges that you may have a shot at, please use our College predictor: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
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Check out the MBBS/ BDS seats through NEET out here:
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Hi, I am appearing for cat 2020, When should i apply for FMS , whether after cat exam or before the cat exam in October to November?
As per your query, FMS Delhi opens the online portal for registration from october and it closes in november . You have to register for the same before CAT Exam that is on 29th Nov.
The guidelines for registration are:
- Candidates with minimum 50% marks at the graduation level (SC/ST: Passing marks; OBC/ PWD/CW: 45% as per the University rules) or equivalent CGPA. Candidates in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.
Steps to follow for registration:
- Create your Login
- Verify your Email ID
- Fill the Online Application Form
- Upload the Required Scanned documents
- Pay the Application Fee
- Things to take care : You will need to submit subjective responses (essays) for 5 questions . You will need a couple of hours to finish the application process.
Application Fee and Registration:
Mode of Application:
All candidates are required to register using the online registration system available on FMS website
- FMS Application Fees: Rs. 1,000/- for all other category applicants, Rs. 350/- for SC/ST/PWD for each programme. Candidates who wish to apply for more than one programme are required to register and pay separately for each programme.
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