How to crack CAT if you are a non-engineer: Tips from CAT Topper
Being a non-engineering student did not pose a challenge for Shubham Goyal, an English Hons. Graduate to crack CAT 2015 with 99 percentile. The IIM Lucknow student took this as an opportunity to revisit the concepts of Mathematics taught in school. He made preparation fun by practicing puzzles, sudokus, crosswords etc. to hone his Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning skills.
For Shubham, who aims to be an entrepreneur, the key to crack CAT 2016 is to enjoy the process and take it as a learning experience.
Read full interview below:
Careers360: What made you pursue MBA, and why IIM?
Shubham: When I applied for admissions at IIM, I knew I would be treading unfamiliar territories. Being an English Hons. Graduate, it would be difficult coming up to pace with engineers and commerce students who are used to the sort of subjects taught in a management programme.
But it was the very tilting of odds that made me want to go for it even more. I want to be a successful entrepreneur and I took it as a challenge. I knew I had to compete with the toughest to really be successful. I wanted to learn about how big firms operate. I had ideas, but they needed practical grounding.
For all of this, IIM was the place to be. I would be pitted against the best in the country here, against people who are really good at what they do.
Careers360: How was your experience of CAT, since the pattern changed, the calculator was introduced?
Shubham: CAT changed its pattern last year and it did bring about some significant changes. One needed to be strong with all three sections: as equal time was to be allocated to all sections and each had equal weight-age. The calculator was not a major help though one could use it for huge calculations (which are generally very few in the CAT).
Careers360: How beneficial were the new changes, and would you like the officials to follow the same pattern?
Shubham: I feel that the changes made were justified, as it is really a better test of one’s aptitude when you test the candidates’ understanding and approach. There was lesser focus on speed, which I think is an area that could be made more challenging. But otherwise, I think the changes are for the good.
Careers360: Since when did you start preparing for CAT? Did you change your preparation strategy after the announcement of the pattern changes or you followed the same?
Shubham: I started preparing for CAT from July 2015 onwards and gave time to it regularly till November. To me, CAT was a learning opportunity. It gave me a chance to revisit things I had learnt in school and learn about new and other interesting topics. With the change in pattern, there was a lesser focus on speed and more on a wider understanding of all topics covered. That came to me as an advantage. I could spend more time on understanding concepts and their applications. It was fun, really.
Careers360: Please share your sectional preparation strategy?
Shubham: The Verbal Section was something I knew I could crack once I was familiar with the pattern. It was, therefore, only a matter of routinely solving papers to be in practice. I think it also helped that I read a lot generally. It creates a better understanding of language nuances than studying grammar particularly.
For the QA section, I put in a lot of effort. I covered topics one by one and started solving papers really early. It was discouraging in the beginning as I never scored well. But consistently keeping at it made me get through, I think. I became comfortable with the topics slowly and I tried to keep in mind the various kinds of questions I had encountered and any variations that could be made of those.
The DI and LR section needed smart work. Instead of solving only the CAT specific questions, I expanded my domain. I tried learning some Vedic Math concepts to increase speed in calculations. I solved puzzles on my phone through apps, solved Sudokus, crosswords, and anagrams to keep it fun at the same time. I think all of this helped considerably in strengthening my LR base.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Shubham: For Time Management, I only solved the questions I was extremely confident with first. After finishing those off quickly, I moved on to questions that seemed tricky and lastly to the ones that needed more time to interpret and understand.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the test?
Shubham: My strong area was the VA section. My weak area was the QA section. My strategy to tackle my weak area was simple, to give it enough time and effort until I feel comfortable with it.
Careers360: Your advice for this year’s CAT aspirants?
Shubham: The trick to crack the CAT is to enjoy the process. It is a great learning experience to simply prepare for the exam, if done well. The CAT might not be the perfect test of one’s aptitude, but one can use it well to expand one’s general aptitude.
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sir i got 575 and from obc category.is there any chance to get govt seat or a cat in andhra Pradesh or through all India quota?
Atfirst lots of congratulations for your result and wishes for your future life. I am afraid to inform you that with your score your chances in All India counselling are almost negative for the 15% seats . However judging from trends of previous years you can get some of good medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh by state counselling for 85 % seats . Some of those colleges are
Government Medical College, Government Gen. Hosp. Road, Ananthapur
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Ongole
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Srikakulam
ACSR Government Medical College, Nellore
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa
Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa (Muslim)
Narayana Medical College, Nellore
Nimra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ibrahimpatnam
NRI Inst., of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam
NRI Academy of Medical Sciences, Chinakakani
Maharaja Inst. of Medical Sciences, VizianagaramKonaseema Inst., of Medical Sciences, AmalapuramGayathri Vidya Parishat Inst. Of Health care Medical Technology,
VisakhapatnamKaturi Medical College, ChinakondrupaduGreat Eastern Medical School,
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Hello mam sir, I need information regarding colleges available for hospital administration in 2020 without CAT exams
Some of the best Hospital Administration Colleges in India without CAT Exam are listed below:-
- School of Management, Dr DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai
- Institute of Management Studies, Devi Ahilya University, Indore
- GEMS B School, Bengaluru
- Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
- Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
- School of Distance Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
- Punjabi University, Patiala
- Subharti Institute of Management and Commerce, Meerut
- Alagappa University, Karaikudi
- Sri Aurobindo Institute of Management and Science, Indore
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I hope this information helps you.
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With 498 marks in NEET 2020 you have good chances of getting seat in government colleges for BAMS course.
Uou may get seat in following government colleges
Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic medical college
Hair Brahman Ayurvedic College
Ayujyoti Ayurvedic College and hospital
Which college you will get depends upon cut off of the college. Cutoff depends upon number of candidates appeared and qualified in exam, difficulty level of exam and previous years cut off etc.
For more information and College prediction following link may help you
Im not a graduate yet, Im in final year of degree BCOM computers. Im interested to join MBA, when will the CAT exam Nd after the text when will be the collage admission?
You need atleast 1 year of hard preparation to crack CAT examination. So you start preparing for CAT now itself so that it makes easy for preparation. CAT is one of the best and tuff entrance examination, if need your lot of effort.
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I understand your situation. It is very difficultfor you to get a seat in All India Counselling. In Telangana state counselling you may get a seat in the following:
DR V R K WOMENS MEDICAL COLLEGE in the management quota if you are a women. Other than this you may get AYAAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES in management quota
You may get dental in ARMY COLLEGE OF DENTAL SCIENCES, SECUNDERABAD (mnagement quota), BALAJI DENTAL COLLEGE, MOINABAD (mnagement quota), KAMINENI INST OF DENTAL SCI, NARKETPALLY
MAMATA DENTAL COLLEGE, KHAMMAM
MEGHANA INST OF DENTAL SCI, NIZAMABAD
MALLA REDDY DENTAL COLLEGE FOR WOMEN and a few more but all of these in the management quota.
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