How to do Time Management for CAT?
How to do Time Management for CAT? - Time these days is precious and becomes more valuable when you are planning to crack India’s toughest exam i.e. CAT. It is a saying amongst candidates that if you can crack CAT you can do anything. But the question that bothers CAT aspirants is “How to do Time Management for CAT?”. Managing time is the most important and crucial aspect when it comes to CAT preparation. Ever thought about what you will do with the best books of CAT or study material, when you do not know when to start your CAT preparation. Common Admission Test i.e. CAT is a national level entrance exam which is conducted once in a year. CAT is conducted by Indian Institutes of Management on a rotational basis. CAT 2020 registration will begin from the first week of August.
Topper’s Say on Time Management
When we say Time management for CAT, it does not only refer to the overall timings of CAT exam but includes the sectional timing as well. One of the theories on Time Management is “Goal setting theory” which is based on the concept that a person can be more motivated to perform any task if they have a clear and specific goal to achieve.
As per topper of CAT 2019, Lakshya Kumar, “Time management should be considered as the fourth section of the CAT examination. It is not just preparing Verbal Ability, Reasoning, and Quant but preparing all these 3 and attempting them within 3 hours of the stipulated time”. For him, Time management & hard work will lead to success for sure.”
Another CAT 2019 topper Sukumar said, “Time management combined with my knowledge on my strong and weak areas benefited me to get 99+ which I never expected. I managed to schedule the preparation time along with placement preparation. During the exam, I found 2 sections in DILR time taking and chose not to attempt them. Coming to QA, I knew which questions I would solve in 60 minutes and attempted only 20 questions.”
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What to Ask Yourself Before Doing Time Management for CAT?
No doubt about the fact that CAT is radically different from entrance exams as it requires candidates to answer a large number of questions in a restricted time duration thus forcing CAT candidates to choose which one’s to leave and which one’s to answer. Henceforth, proper CAT preparation strategy is beneficial for candidates beforehand. The IIM Entrance exam requires focus on both simultaneously i.e. accuracy+speed. Remember, CAT is never about solving maximum questions, but correct ones.
Why is it Important to Manage Time?
As per the exam pattern of CAT 2020, candidates will not have more than 60 minutes to solve any particular section. In a duration of 60 minutes per section, candidates will have to solve both multiple choice questions as well as TITA questions. Henceforth, it becomes imperative for candidates to understand and manage their time well. This moves on another time management theory that is Pareto’s 80/20 rule which states that 80% of the task is completed with 20% of the efforts that you come up with.
Before Exam Day - How to do Time Management for CAT?
Make A Proper Time Table - Making a time table will allow candidates to move as per schedule.
Always remember that planning before execution should be made compulsory
Another time management theory for CAT is the ABC System theory that states,to use time more effectively, a person needs to prioritize on the tasks that need to be undertaken
Sukumar (One of the toppers of CAT 2019) said, “I had not joined any coaching but I took test series and also did previous CAT papers. I think self study is sufficient when one has a clear picture of his/her schedule. That being said, I think a good coaching will definitely improve one's chances provided he/she maintains self study along with it”
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Start With The Unknown - Since you have a good 6 to 9 month time duration in hand, you can always start with those CAT syllabus topics which are unknown or what you find difficult.
Use the technology and search those topics over the internet on google, bing etc.,
Make sure to find apparent and meticulous ways of solving questions using the time management tricks
If you are unable to understand or find any topic, make sure you contact a few of your friends who are on a similar track and are preparing for CAT or have attempted in previous years
To start ahead with the unknown, it is advisable to give one hour daily on each topic and simultaneously make notes of the same.
Practice Mocks With Set Schedules - To gain an understanding of the CAT exam day scenario, giving mocks is extensively recommended. Mock test of CAT will help candidates to assess themselves, understand the exam pattern well, and see the preparation level required.
Candidates can take mock test of CAT before and after the preparation depending on their personal preference
Do not take mock test of CAT for granted. CAT 2019 topper Rahul Gupta said “he used to regularly take mock test and devote at least four to five hours. He practised a lot of questions on Geometry so that he was able to solve it with ease as solving more questions gave him confidence to respond correctly on the day of the exam”
Topper Rishi Mittal said “he attempted mocks regularly, identified his strengths and weaknesses in every mock, capitalized on strengths and worked on his weaknesses, and repeated this cycle. By the time CAT arrived he had given around 20-25 mocks which gave him exposure to a lot of questions and DILR sets. Rest it was just being present on the day of the exam and applying all of this properly”
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Keep Reverse Strategy - Do not try to workout your brain on what is unimportant. Solve the previous question papers of CAT using the reverse strategy specially for those questions which seem difficult to leave. Understand the questions, look out at the options. In reverse strategy, candidates first have to go through the options given and then try to put the question with options to find the most suitable answer.
During Exam Day - How to do Time Management for CAT?
Solve Easy Questions First - On the exam day, as soon as you start your CAT question paper, it is advisable to start with easy questions. Here easy questions means those which candidates are comfortable in solving i.e. questions which are easily understandable, quickly solved and require less time. Finding such questions becomes easy only when you know the time management for CAT. Questions that appear to be unknown or time consuming, mark them for later on. While you are in the exam hall to give the CAT, before starting a section, spend initial time scanning the questions. On the top right corner, small button on the screen will allow candidates to look at the entire section in a single view.
Attempt TITA Questions At The End - Every year IIMs include more than five TITA questions in the question paper. TITA questions are attractive because of no negative marking. Candidates tend to waste a lot of time on TITA questions on account of no negative marking as they forget they have MCQs to solve as well. But candidates forget that TITA questions are time consuming. Henceforth, it is advisable to do TITA questions at the end when you are done with MCQs of that particular section.
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Make Average Time For Each Question - Before starting CAT question paper, it is advisable to set an average time per question. If you are unable to do so, try taking an average time per section and along with that leave some additional time to review what you have answered to ensure chances of accuracy.
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Apply Reverse Strategy For MCQs - To properly utilize the technique of time management for CAT, try solving the multiple choice questions with the reverse strategy for those questions which are difficult and non-understandable.
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Do you know the Art of Leaving?
To save time and do sectional time management for CAT, it is crucial to remember that you know the art of leaving. Leave those questions unanswered which you think are difficult, time consuming or are out of your reach.
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Questions related to CAT
Would CET be conducted for IPU this time? or only on CAT basis for MBA program? #IPUniversity
GGSIPU Considers both CAT scores as well as IPU CET. It also accepts CMAT scores if there are vacant seats.
On the basis of CAT 2019 Scores candidates will be called for councelling. In case of vacant seats CMAT will be considered and then finally IPU CET. These are the entrance exam for MBA acedemic year 2020-2022.
IPU CET MBA Admission 2020- correction window is opened from June 1- june 3. Dates are extended now.
For more information or details about the same you can visit through this link once:-
Ive filled for CET application for IPU. I have not given cat would they conduct the cet exam?
IPU is going to conduct the entrance exam for the MBA course 2020. IPU conducts the exam every year and they would conduct this year too
So even you have not given CAT. You need not worry about the cet. The date of exam is not notified yet
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how i start cat preparation in starting?
CAT is one of the high weighed exam for MBA. So first target the year you wish to give CAT. You can join coaching classes either Online/ Off-line. For now offline will be a better option
Start preparing from books as well. Try to finish the syllabus thoroughly so that you can give mocks. Mocks and solving last years papers is a very important part in preparation. Give as much mocks possible.
Read newspapers daily, have update of what is happening in the surrounding. It will add value to your GDPI round
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Which is the best online classes for CAT preparation?
When does conducting CAT entrance exame?
CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.
CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.