How to Crack CAT 2021: Strategies from toppers
How to Crack CAT 2021 - 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 basic CAT exam pattern and the syllabus from which the questions will be asked.
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What next? It is that aspirants must be familiar with, how the CAT toppers cracked the exam and what is that they did differently. Appearing for CAT and acing the same with very ease is not a cakewalk. CAT preparation needs a lot of hard work as well as immense dedication towards it. There are certain things which 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 non-reader can score well in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section”. Read the full article by Careers360 to know all the details pertaining to “How to crack CAT 2021: Strategies from toppers” and section-wise best books for CAT 2021 preparation.
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How to Crack CAT 2021 Strategies from Toppers for VARC
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) is all about the understanding of the text and comprehending with the ideas which the author or writer wants to convey. Usually, the reading comprehension section consists of a total of 4-5 passages with approximate 300 to 400 words and each passage will consist of a minimum of five questions. Read the following tips of CAT toppers on how they prepared for the CAT VARC section.
Ravi Prinshu (CAT 2020- 99.78 Percentile) - 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. In order to ensure that I could answer the question with ease, again I used to practice a lot of CAT mock test”
Ashish Sen (CAT 2020- 99.99 Percentile) - 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 (CAT 2020- 99.91 Percentile) - 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 2021 VARC Section by Toppers
Word Power Made Easy
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT
Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
How to Crack CAT 2021: Strategies from Toppers for Quantitative Ability
While preparing for 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
Nishit K. Sinha
How to Crack CAT 2021 - Strategies from Toppers for DI and LR
While preparing for DILR section candidates will have to follow an effective preparation strategy in order to have a good sectional and overall score. After the QA section, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is the most challenging section. 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 which detailed my analysis of all types of sets. It helped me in categorising the sets into easy, medium, 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
How to prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
Nishit K. Sinha
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I am a general category student from UP domicile i got 53000 rank in jee main can i get nit or iiit or gfti
May be you can get seat in NIT's ,GFIT with this rank because Admission in colleges depends upon Cut off list prepared by JoSAA. It depends on your rank you get but you should apply for counselling.
Pro Tip :
- Apply for Home state NIT first through Home state quota.
- Fill your counselling details very carefully
- Before Applying for any college do check previous year cut off list and closing rank of that NIT's and IIIT's and GFTI's
- Use Carrer 360 app to compare colleges, their ranking and check their reviews.
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All the best.
SIR MY NEET SCORE 471 AND I AM GEN CAT FROM PUNJAB DEMILIE CAN I GET MANAGMENT SEAT IN LUDHIANA DMC OR PIRM JLD OR SRI GURU RAM DASS AMRITSAR .
First of all, a very heartiest congratulation for securing such good marks in your NEET examination. Secondly, I would like to say that each and every year the cut-off criteria get changed depending upon the merit list. This year it is expected to secure 50 percentile for general category ,for getting the chance of admission. The previous year's cut-off marks was 720-147 .
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460 neet score,obc cat can possibility of get admission in MBBS course
Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
----------) SBKS Med. Inst. and Res. Centre, Sumandeep Vadodara:- 446 marks
----------) Yenepoya Manglaore:-436 marks
----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
And a few more
To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
Visit http://hbtu.ac.in/ for further information.