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How to Crack CAT 2024: Best Strategies From Toppers

How to Crack CAT 2024: Best Strategies From Toppers

Edited By Himanshu Shekhar | Updated on Feb 29, 2024 05:09 PM IST | #CAT

How to Crack CAT 2024 - Strategies from Toppers: There is a saying, “Winners do not do a different thing, they do things differently". Those appearing for the CAT exam must be well aware of the CAT exam pattern and the syllabus from which the questions will be asked. For an extra edge, candidates must know how the CAT toppers cracked the exam and what is that they did differently. Read the full article by Careers360 to know all the details pertaining to “How to crack CAT 2024: Strategies from toppers” and section-wise best books for CAT preparation.

CAT 2024 Preparation Strategies by Toppers: Overview

Appearing for CAT exam and acing the same with ease is not a cakewalk. CAT preparation needs a lot of hard work as well as immense dedication towards it. Certain things are common in toppers' strategy which is they always focus on core topics. Every CAT topper has their own opinion on every section. For instance, if we talk about VARC sections, most of the toppers say “Even a non-reader can score well in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section”. Along with this strategy they stick to a structured study plan, regularly give CAT mock tests to analyse their performance and preparation
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CAT 2024 Strategies from Toppers for VARC

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) is all about understanding the text and comprehending the ideas that the author or writer wants to convey. Usually, the reading comprehension section consists of a total of 4-5 passages with approximately 300 to 400 words and each passage will consist of a minimum of five questions. Read the following tips from CAT toppers on how to prepare for the CAT VARC section.

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Ravi Prinshu - On asking for VARC preparation strategy Ravi says- “I used to read a lot of novels and while preparing for VARC, I used to just give the mock tests. To ensure that I could answer the question with ease, again I used to practice a lot of CAT mock test

Ashish Sen - For VARC preparation, Ashish added “This was the section that troubled me a lot in mocks and I put a lot of effort into it. I used to read articles daily from sites such as aeon (aeon.co) and aldaily(aldaily.com). Along with that, I used to solve at least 3 RC Passages daily. Consistent practice improved my performance in this section considerably."

Shivam Chandak - On the other hand, Shivam Chandak says, "My VA was weak, so I had to really work for it, like a lot of reading but was not pretty consistent with it, which got me really scared. I knew I wasn’t good at VARC. So in the first few CAT mock tests, I tried to understand the questions I could solve correctly in the section. This is where analysing the mocks comes to the rescue. Once I understood that I wasn’t comfortable with inference-based questions and para jumbles, I started practising more RCs and more para jumbles daily. Also, I started reading an article or two daily for one month to increase my reading speed."

Recommended Books for CAT 2024 VARC Section by Toppers

Books Name

Author

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT

Ajay Singh

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

CAT 2024 Prep Strategies from Toppers for Quantitative Ability

While preparing for the Quantitative Ability section one should focus on their mathematical skills, numerical ability as well as problem-solving skill. Most of the questions asked in the QA section are related to elementary mathematics. As per experts, those who have good command over fundamental concepts can easily ace this section.

CAT topper, Ashish shares his CAT Quantitative Ability preparation tips. He says “I first focused on strengthening my concepts in all the topics asked in CAT, for this I completed the entire module provided by TIME, after which I was pretty confident about my Quantitative section."

CAT topper, Ravi Prinshu also shares his QA preparation tips. He quoted “I searched Facebook groups from where I could get to know about the formulae and their short cut and I could execute them while solving the questions. For Quantitative ability, I used to give four to five hours in a week. After every CAT mock test, I used to analyse the questions and see where I had made a mistake and work accordingly and ensure that i fix my mistakes at the earliest."

The Quantitative Ability section is considered as the most challenging section for all CAT aspirants. Aditya Devalla (CAT topper) shares his QA preparation journey and says, “For Quantitative Aptitude, I made the short notes of all the important concepts of quantitative aptitude. I managed my time for each section equally. I appeared in sectional and overall tests every week to know my performance. Also, it is very important to go through your wrong answers, this is what I used to do after all tests.”

Best Books for CAT Quantitative Ability - Recommended by Toppers

Book name

Author

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

CAT 2024 Strategies from Toppers for DI and LR

While preparing for the DILR section candidates will have to follow an effective preparation strategy to have a good sectional and overall score. After the QA section, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is the most challenging section of CAT syllabus 2024. Vigorous and regular practice helps one to get an edge in the DILR section. Go through the tips and strategies by the toppers on the DILR section.

For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Shivam Kumar (CAT 2020 topper) says “For DILR, I religiously solved all the sets which were there in the mocks. I maintained a list that detailed my analysis of all types of sets. It helped me in categorising the sets into easy, medium, and tough buckets."

Aditya Devalla also shares his preparation strategy for DILR section. He quotes “ For DILR, I practised a lot. The more you practice the better you will be. The practice helped me to attain accuracy in the CAT exam. I would further move on to the last minutes, I would just solve the questions which could be solved with either specific data or less data and eventually would end up doing 4-5 complete sets and around 2 partial. Even on the D-day, I attempted 6 complete sets and 2 sets partially. DILR is more about accuracy than speed. On the exam day, I found the Quantitative section easy and I can say I solved easily. The DILR section was definitely the toughest this year. It was not easy to answer the questions in one go. Meanwhile, Data interpretation and logical reasoning questions were on moderate level, you can answer if you practiced and appeared for CAT mock tests."

Best Books for CAT DILR Recommended by Toppers

Book name

Author

How to prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha


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As a self-employed individual with your own cafe, you'll need to provide documents that establish your business and work experience. Here are some documents you can prepare for your CAT application:


1. *Business Registration Documents*:

- Partnership Deed (already have)

- Business PAN Card (already have)

- FSSAI License (already have, though it's in your partner's name)

2. *Proof of Business Ownership*:

- Affidavit or declaration stating your ownership and role in the cafe

- Business registration certificate (if you have one)

3. *Proof of Work Experience*:

- A letter or certificate from your partner or co-owner confirming your work experience and role in the cafe

- A detailed resume highlighting your entrepreneurial journey and responsibilities

4. *Financial Documents*:

- Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the last 2-3 years (if applicable)

- Balance Sheets and Profit & Loss statements for your cafe (if audited)

5. *Rental Agreement*:

- Already have, but ensure it's updated and signed


Additional tips:


- Ensure all documents are scanned and uploaded in the required format (usually PDF or JPEG)

- Keep your documents organized and easily accessible for the application process

- Be prepared to provide additional information or clarification if requested by the admission authorities


Remember to check the specific requirements for each B-school you're applying to, as they may vary. Good luck with your CAT application!

Hello aspirant,
The CAT exam syllabus is not officially prescribed, but it generally includes topics from the following sections:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Quantitative ability

  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Mensuration

  • Number System

  • Modern Math

It seems unlikely that you would be able to get admission in the BTech CS branch at BIT Sindri or Mesra with a CML rank of 2058 and category rank of 433.

Key points:

1. The search results indicate that a CML (Common Merit List) rank of 2058 is quite low for admission to premier engineering colleges like BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra.

2. The cutoff ranks for BTech CS branch at these institutes are usually much higher, often in the range of 1000-2000 for the general category.

3. With a category rank of 433, you may have a better chance of getting admission in the reserved category quota, but the competition is still quite high.

4. The search results do not provide specific cutoff details for BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra, but the general trend suggests your current ranks may not be sufficient for the CS branch in these institutes.

My advice would be to:

1. Check the latest cutoff ranks and admission criteria on the official websites of BIT Sindri and NIT Mesra.

2. Explore other options like state-level engineering colleges or NITs where your current ranks may have a better chance of securing admission.

3. Consider improving your performance in the next attempt of the entrance exam to increase your chances of getting into your desired BTech program.



For VARC, read daily from diverse sources (newspapers, novels, journals) to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Practice RC passages and verbal ability questions regularly. For DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and QA (Quantitative Aptitude), solve previous years' papers and take mock tests to identify weak areas. Join a coaching institute or online courses for guidance and stay consistent with your study schedule. Review and analyze your performance in mocks to understand mistakes and improve. Maintain a positive mindset and stay disciplined in your preparation.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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