The urge to be a part of the prestigious IIM brand made Vershita Srivastava, a B.Com graduate, prepare with a strategically devised plan and crack CAT 2015 with 99.21 percentile. Currently, a PGP student at IIM Raipur, Vershita says that the sectional time limit in CAT is a valuable factor for the students, as it saves time from sectional rotations.  She also states that her fear of geometry was allayed by her technique of writing the theorems on paper and reading them at least thrice a day.

 

In this interview with Careers360 on the series of CAT topper strategies, she further shares that CAT 2016 aspirants must start with their preparations as early as possible to take the best advantage of the time. They must also identify their weak areas and work on them religiously, as every single mark has the capacity to make a huge difference.

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Careers360: How was your experience of taking CAT, since the pattern was changed?

Vershita: The introduction of sectional time limit was a welcome change. A lot of time wastage was saved. Also, the new pattern somehow ensured that marks in one section did not overpower the other sections. I did not find the calculator much helpful because students tend to become dependent on it, which thereby slows their mental calculation ability.

 

Careers360: Why did you opt for admission in an IIM and not in any of the top B-schools?

Vershita: My decision of joining an IIM came due to its heritage and the kind of exposure and experience that you get from it. The personality development opportunities that you get from an IIM are of altogether a different level and they go a long way in shaping you for the corporate world. Also, IIM comes with a brand of its own. The respect and recognition that you get when people come to know that you are from an IIM make you feel delighted.

 

Careers360: Since when did you start preparing for CAT? Did you change your preparation strategy after the announcement of the CAT pattern change?

Vershita: With the change in the pattern a change in preparation strategy was necessary. With the announcement of the new pattern and inclusion of ETA questions, we had to answer questions without the help from the options which actually increased the time taken to answer the question. Adhering to the time constraints also required some time to adjust to. Just a little bit of adjustments was what was required, rest the basic level tips and tricks were same.

 

Careers360: Please share your section-wise preparation strategy?

Vershita: For the verbal part I started with an RC but never did two consecutive RCs, I always sandwiched some grammar questions in between as reading all the RCs in one go can be tiring and may not give optimum results.

Quants was my strongest section, the only point of worry for me in Quants was Geometry, the best way to tackle that is to write all the theorems on a paper and read it thrice daily.

My LR was very strong but I was not that great with the DI part. Since they form the same section I tried balancing any deficiency in one with a high score in the other.

 

Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?

Vershita: Since sectional time limits were introduced I did not have to worry about when to switch between sections. There are different ways to approach an exam like CAT, attempting sufficient mocks gives you an idea which strategy is best suited for you. I used the ABC approach to categorize questions which helped a lot in managing my time.

 The ABC approach is

A-    Abhi karo

B-    Baad mein karo

C-    Chod do

 

Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the test?

Vershita: My strong area was Quants and my weakest area was DI simply because it was too time-consuming for me. My observational DI was fine but I wasn’t very comfortable with calculative DI. Since DI/LR fall under the same section I focused my attention to improvise my LR and observational DI to such a level that it would cover any inefficiency in calculative DI thereby balancing the score.

 

Careers360: Your message/tip for this year’s CAT aspirants?

Vershita: Start your preparations early, the time advantage would help you a lot. Identify your weak areas and work on them religiously, every single mark has the capacity of making a huge difference. Be well prepared with all the topics, CAT can be as unpredictable as it gets. Though you have the option of using a calculator don’t make it a habit because other exams don’t have that option plus mental calculations are always faster than using a calculator.

 

Also Read:

CAT Topper Interview

What if I don’t take coaching? Can I still crack CAT?

CAT 2016: When and how to start preparations

Must read books for CAT

Know CAT evolution over the years

 

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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

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.

Hope it helps,

Thanks.

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How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.


Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.
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if i obtain 80 marks in quantitative aptitude 80 marks in data interpection and 80 marks in verbal reasoning what is my total percentile of cat because my 10th and 12 marks is low ?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
Hello,
Your CAT percentile has nothing to do with class X and XII marks.
The percentile indicates your performance relative to the other candidates. For example if you get 80 percentile it means your score is more than 80% of the appearing students.
The percentipe is calculated as:
P=(R/N) 100
where R=Rank of student and N=Number of students who appeared.

Follow this link for more information
https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/how-calculate-cat-percentile/amp

Good luck
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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work experience..how much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

Click at this link to know more about CAT - https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat

Hope this was helpful

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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha

3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Best Wishes.

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