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Last Minute Preparation Tips and Strategies for CAT 2019 - There is less than a month left now for Common Admission Test (CAT). The mock test of the examination has been released by Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode on the official website. Since only a few days are left last minute preparation strategy for CAT 2019 will hold the key to success. Now is the time for the candidates to gear up and take the necessary and important steps towards their preparation for CAT 2019. The last few days before the exam are the most crucial days if one is talking about preparation. Candidate preparing for the examination should now narrow down their preparation to some specific points and they should avoid wasting their time doing unnecessary things. This is an integral aspect of last minute preparation tips and strategies for CAT 2019. Here are some important tips and strategies which the candidates must follow. CAT will be conducted in two slots on November 24 by IIM Kozhikode. Read the full article to get to know all about last minute preparation strategies for CAT 2019.LATEST: Admit Card of CAT 2019 issued on October 23 by IIM Kozhikode. Authorities have released the workflow for CAT 2019.
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Last Minute Preparation Strategies for CAT 2019 - Focus on topics with which you are familiar
In spite of covering all the topics of the syllabus, candidates should focus on the topics about which they are confident and they should become well versed with it. According to the last minute preparation strategies for CAT 2019, experts and toppers hold the view that candidates should invest their 5 minutes in scanning the questions from the section and attempt those questions from the topic first for which they are well prepared as they appear for CAT 2019.
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Self Introspection is an important part of Last Minute Preparation Strategies for CAT 2019
With only a few days left, now is the time for the candidates to analyze their and gauge where they stand. One way to do this is by solving previous years papers, on the basis of that they would be able to assess in which area/topic they are good , average or need improvement. The areas in which the candidates need improvement should be less focussed on and the candidates should work hard on those topics in which they have command or are good at.
Practicing Mock Tests is an integral part of Last Minute Preparation Strategies for CAT 2019
Candidates should analyze their weak areas by practicing mock tests of CAT. Solving mock test in a time bound environment will help candidates familiarise themselves with the test environment. Candidates should solve mocks on a daily basis or every alternate day. Solving the mock test will help the candidate to improve his time management skills also.
Calculation speed and accuracy is an important aspect of Last Minute Preparation Strategies for CAT 2019
Candidates while preparing for CAT should focus on their speed and accuracy. Candidate should try to increase their calculating speed in a smart way. The questions which are asked in CAT do not require too much calculation, one with smart approach candidates will be able to solve the question in very less time. Candidates can improve their calculation abilities by learning the tricks from different books that are available as well from the internet. Candidates are also advised to do mental calculation while solving the questions as it will help them save time as compared to using the on-screen calculator. Solving the question mentally will also be helpful for reasoning part.
Minimum number of questions to be attempted in CAT 2019
According to some experts and interviews were done with the toppers, it can be concluded that the candidates should attempt a minimum 75% of the questions in the examination. This is a vital Candidates are also advised to not to spend more than five minutes on a single question and they should solve the Non-MCQs question first as there is no negative marking for such questions. Solving these questions correctly will give them an edge over others there is no negative marking.
The quantitative section is the most important and candidates need to focus most on this section. The question from this section requires calculation with accuracy. While preparing for this section candidate should focus more on the basic concepts as many questions which are asked are conceptually based. As mentioned above also, candidates should solve questions by calculating mentally because it will help them save a lot of time.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The unique thing about this section is that the questions which are asked do not require any formula or any method, one needs to merely apply their logic. The best approach that one needs to adopt while solving the questions is to do it mentally. Another approach that can be adopted while answering these questions is by eliminating things one by one and finally choosing the correct answer from the remaining options. Focus on the questions from the topics like seating arrangement, blood relation, sequence related problem.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehensions
Verbal Ability: The various topics from this section are synonyms, antonyms, para jumbles. To solve all these topics candidate should have a command over their vocabulary first. Candidate can improve his vocabulary by reading novels, newspapers and other material available from the internet. Now, during the last minute preparation strategy for CAT 2019, candidates must go through the flash cards which they prepared during the course of their preparation. Studying from the books would not be a good idea.
Reading Comprehension: The main thing to be focussed while attempting this section is what is the conclusion of the paragraph, what is the actual message that the author wants to give through the passage. Hence read the passage carefully, understand it well and then answer the questions.
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Ayush, 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.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
Yes I'll enlist down some of the top institutes for MBA whose cutoffs are between 80 to 90 percentile.
Thank-you. Best wishes.
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