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Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT 2024

Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT 2024

Edited By Himanshu Shekhar | Updated on Feb 28, 2024 05:56 PM IST | #CAT

Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT 2024 - With the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2024 in its last leg, candidates should move towards effective CAT preparation. It is high time to focus on the last-minute preparation strategy for CAT exam. In order to ace the toughest entrance exam of Management of Business Administration (MBA), last-minute CAT strategy plays an important role. A few days before the exam is known as the high time to gear up and take the necessary steps toward CAT preparation. Read the full article to know the last-minute section-wise preparation for CAT 2024.

CAT 2024 - Last Minute Preparation Strategy and Tips

Every year prior to a few days before the exam one should take the CAT mock test which will be released by the exam authority to get more familiar with the CAT question paper.

Prior to a few days of CAT, one should evaluate themselves, and how well they are prepared to tackle the exam day pressure. Apart from that how you are going to apply the concept while solving a question on the exam day to not lose the accuracy level and manage time as well. Check the CAT last-minute preparation tips that one can apply during the last-minute preparation strategy of CAT 2024 and fetch the desired score.

If we talk from the point of view of CAT preparation for the last five days, it is totally different and crucial as compared to the early days' preparation strategy. At this point, candidates should slender their CAT preparation and should avoid doing unnecessary things such as taking new topics to cover, investing too much time in lengthy questions, and getting overconfident about the CAT.

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These are the things included in the last-minute preparation strategy for CAT 2024. For those who are taking CAT 2024, this article belongs to them, it contains all the important tips and strategies that one needs to follow at the CAT last minute tips.

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Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT 2024

Avoid Studying New Topics

In these last few days of CAT 2024 preparation, never ever touch on any topic that is new to you. Learning an entire topic in these crucial days will lead one to confusion. The main demerit of taking a new topic is, that it will reduce the quality of understanding and it will make it difficult to memorise pre-learned concepts. Candidates should only focus on and polish such topics about which they are confident.

Expert says- keep polishing learned concepts and get command over them. On the exam day prior to solving any question from the section, one should invest five minutes to scan the section so that one will get to know, which question they should take to solve first so that time will be easily managed.

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Revise from already prepared notes - Every day till the exam

As per experts, it is good to do last-minute CAT preparation with the prepared sticky notes and not touch the books that they have used during the early days of preparation. Doing revision through handouts will help you to brush up on such topics in which you are confident about it. Sometimes, candidates can easily figure out the answer while just taking a look at those notes (This clearly saves candidates time if they are able to do the calculation in their mind).

Apart from saving time, practising with handouts in the last days of preparation will boost the candidate's confidence level. So, candidates are advised to avoid preparing from the textbook and from other study materials in the last days of CAT 2024 preparation.

Keep taking the mock test in the final days of preparation for the CAT

It is always better to give mock tests every day, but due to the length syllabus of CAT many candidates would not be able to take mocks every day in the last five days of the examination one should take mocks and keep track of the time. While taking final mocks one should set an aura like they are sitting in the examination hall for this they need to keep aside their phone, the room should be locked, have your rough sheet and a pen, and the timer should be set.

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Quality (not quantity) should be your measure

Candidates should ensure that, do not take such questions first when they are not sure of what. By doing this one can lose their confidence level at the beginning of the exam. Firstly, they should solve such questions that they can solve while reading the question. At the beginning of every section one should keep aside the difficult questions, through this candidates can increase their overall number of attempted questions.

Keep polishing speed and accuracy level

Losing speed and accuracy is always a bane in any entrance exam. When the exam day is near one should keep the focus on them, as speed and accuracy are an integral part of the CAT. If someone is seeking an answer how they can maintain speed and accuracy level? Then here is the answer- candidates should try to increase their calculation speed in a smart way.

Do mental calculations as much as one can. As per the past year's trend, the questions asked in CAT do not require complex calculations, hence, candidates are easily able to do the mental calculation, try to avoid an on-screen calculator as it will save time. There are lots of tricks available over the internet and in textbooks to increase mental calculation speed. Those questions related to the reasoning part will be easily solved by doing mental calculations. This is one of the most important last-minute preparation strategies for CAT.

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Manage time in an effective way

After taking command over speed and accuracy level candidates should take a look at time management. Firstly, they need to evaluate whether they are able to solve a section within the stipulated time or not. If we talk about the CAT 2024 time management strategy, then one should classify their time into three parts. In the first part, one should attempt those questions, which they can answer at the time of reading the questions or need a bit of calculation.

After that candidates should take such questions, that they find they can solve but need some additional time. In the end, candidates take such questions which are time-consuming and tough ones. If a candidate is able to solve 75 percent of questions from the whole paper with good accuracy and speed one can expect a decent percentile. By doing time management, candidates can stay relaxed on exam day.

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Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT 2024 (Section-wise)

In the last moments of preparation, candidates need to focus on major as well as minor things. No doubt preparation as a whole is very important for any competitive exam but at the same time, it is also essential to emphasise specific sections of the test as it ensures how well one can attempt the paper. Check preparation strategies given to ace each section of CAT 2024.

Last Minute CAT Preparation Strategy (Quantitative Aptitude)

The quantitative aptitude section is considered to be the most difficult section in CAT. To ace this section, one needs to have a good speed and accuracy rate. The major part of this section is covered by concept-based questions. Thus, it is quite important for the candidates to first, clear their concept for each topic.

To excel in this section one should have a strong command of calculation as well and one should try to calculate in mind without using pen-paper in order to save time. In the last days of CAT 2024 preparation, candidates should go through the previous year's question paper so that one should know the dominating topics of the Quantitative Aptitude section and attempt such questions first while taking the CAT 2024.

Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT 2024 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section is wholly based upon practice. Generally, the question asked under this section is to check the analytical and logical thinking of the candidates. There is no need to learn any kind of formulae to ace this section. One needs to apply his mind logically to get the answers. The elimination method can also be used to perform better in this section i.e., one can eliminate the options that are totally irrelevant and illogical to get the right answer.

Last Minute Preparation Strategy for CAT (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

The Verbal and Reading Comprehension section is well known for taking the time. The only section which can disbalance time management. In this section, candidates will have to read long passages and answer all the asked questions pertaining to the passage. This section requires good reading skills. Another important thing is that the aspirants must have a good command of their vocabulary as it is very important to ace the verbal ability section of the paper.

Verbal Ability

Only those candidates who can easily tackle questions from the Verbal Ability section did their Verbal Ability preparation for CAT 2024 from day one. In the last-minute preparation of CAT 2024 for the Verbal Ability section, one should read the flashcards they have prepared at the initial stage of their preparation.

Reading Comprehension

Those who have a good command of reading can easily excel in the Reading Comprehension section. Those who have developed the skill of concluding the long passages by reading at the time of preparation can score well in this section. Experts say while taking this section at the time of CAT 2024 one should read very carefully the whole passage and try to understand it in the first read. Do not read the paragraphs in a hurry, because sometimes questions asked in the Reading Comprehension section are tricky ones.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Can I prepare for CAT in one day?

No one can prepare for the CAT in one day, one can only revise the important formula in the last day of CAT preparation.

2. Is there negative marking in CAT?

Yes, 1 mark will be deduced for each incorrect answer. 

3. How many topics are there in CAT exam?

The CAT exam is divided into three sections including Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). 

4. CAT last minute tips?
  • Develop your strategy
  • Prepare a Clear Study Plan 
  • Build on your Strengths 
  • Ignore your Weaknesses
  • Taking CAT Mocks and thorough Analysis is key
  • Take a week off from your job/studies before the CAT Exam 2024
  • Avoid stress in the Last 24 hours to CAT Exam Day
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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.

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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.

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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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