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Sectional Time Management Tips for CAT 2019 - Time is precious, use it wisely, is an idiom which perfectly expresses the significance of time management for CAT 2019 aspirants. This year, CAT was conducted by IIM Kozhikode on November 24, 2019, on a similar pattern as that of last year. For prospective aspirants, it is vital to know sectional time management tips for the CAT 2019 exam. This feature is a must read for the aspirants to learn the key factors for developing a sectional time management strategy for CAT 2019. With preparations in full swing, it is time to focus on preparation for CAT keeping in mind the sectional time limits. Admit card for CAT 2019 has been released by the authorities on October 23, 2019.Latest: CAT 2019 result will be declared on January 6, 2020.
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Let us first examine the CAT 2019 Exam Pattern. CAT comprises a total of 100 questions covering three sections, namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA), in that order. With exactly 60 minutes to answer each section, test takers will not be able to switch between sections. Since the sequence of attempting the sections and the time allotted to each is fixed, the only thing you can work on is using the time for each section to its fullest. This makes it all the more important to know sectional time management tips to efficiently manage time for each section in CAT 2019.
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Expert Gautam Puri, VC, Career Launcher, suggests “The sectional time limits might lead to higher sectional scores of 95 percentile and it is likely that candidates might save time in each section”. Keeping a buffer time of minimum 10 minutes to complete one section while taking mock tests will let you complete the exam beforehand, thus saving the time.
It is important to build accuracy and speed in a competitive exam like CAT. Take mock test for each section with time limit. Gautam Puri also suggests another way to manage time in the three sections for CAT 2019, "Try to attempt each section in three rounds. In the first round, pick the questions that you are sure about and can solve without wasting time. In round two, pick questions that are an opportunity for you, while in round three, pick the questions that you think you can solve but are time-consuming and ensure you answer all the non-MCQs as they do not have any negative marking."
The first round can go on for 30–35 minutes where you must try to attempt around 15–16 questions. Alongside, keep marking the questions which seem solvable but might take more time. Attempt the marked problems in round two. If there is still time left, go for another stab at the tough questions in round three.
The CAT 2018 topper and 100 percentiler Rickshesh Manchanda highlighted that the key to CAT preparation lies in mock tests. These tests help analyze one's potentional, strengths and weaknesses associated with the topics and types of questions which will appear in CAT. Additionally, mock tests help aspirants gauge areas which require further revision and practice in order to obtain a higher score. Rickshesh mentioned that it is always more important to focus on stronger areas and score higher in the same instead of struggling with weaker areas or sections during the exam.
CAT 2017 topper and 100 percentiler, Chhavi Gupta shares her detailed section-wise time management strategy for the exam, which seemed to work out well. She says “Selection of the questions was the first thing I indulged in and devoted five to seven minutes for doing the same. I had answered 24 questions in RC and spent 42-45 minutes as my accuracy level was very high. In general, the accuracy in VA questions was low, so for rest of the VA questions (Jumbled sentences and Fill in the Blanks), I spent nearly 15-20 minutes.
For DILR - I gave five to seven minutes to plan and select the order of the sets. As I could not comprehend the first two sets, just skipped and solved rest of the sets.
Finally, for the QA section, I gave 30 minutes each to the two sets of 17 questions.
I religiously followed my preparation pattern and did not change my strategy on the test day. It is important to let go of a question if it is costing more time.”
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Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.
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For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.
There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from
IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C
if you have at least
99 percentile in CAT
also you should aim for
99+ percentile in CAT
and also keep in mind that if you score
95+ percentile in VARC Section
it will increase your chances of getting in.
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Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:
1. For Quantitative Aptitude:
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3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :
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