Conquer CAT 2019 Without Losing Your Nerve - Known as one of the most competitive entrance tests in the country, the Common Admission Test (CAT), also happens to be the first leg to be conquered before even thinking of getting into any of the top Indian Business Schools. Every year the test sees over 2 Lakh aspirants contesting for less than 5% of the coveted seats offered by best schools across the country. As much as it is a test of intellectual prowess, the CAT is also a test of how well you manage your time, your focus, your speed and your accuracy. Cracking, or “Belling”, the CAT is all about how you perform under pressure without losing your nerve.CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode on Sunday, 24th November. The test will consist of 100 questions carrying 300 marks divided among 3 sections – Verbal Ability (10) and Reading Comprehension (24), Data Interpretation (16) and Logical Reasoning (16), and Quantitative Aptitude (34). About 70 to 75 questions will be multiple-choice with 4 options for each question, and about 25 to 30 questions will require the answer to be typed into a text box. Each correct answer fetches you 3 marks and each incorrect one takes away 1 mark. While VA-RC and QA sections come with moderate difficulty, DI-LR is more on the tougher side. However, it’s the competition one faces that pose a challenge for the test taker.
Latest: IIM Kozhikode has activated the tab for objection to CAT Answer Key 2019. Candidates can raise objection till December 6, 2019.
The last 30 days before CAT is the most critical days. These are the days of devoted practice and introspection and also, the days which prepare you to tackle the surprises sprung at you. Here are some tips for making the best of the last 30 days before CAT.
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Mock Tests: Take a round of mocks each day from different sources, analyse and drill down to the root cause of your mistakes and take notes. Different sources, free or paid, expose you to different iterations of the questions and varying difficulty levels. It’s useful!
Learn from your mistakes: You will make mistakes, you will get agitated, you will feel stressed, you will burnout. But don’t let these get the better of you. It’s okay to make mistakes, what matters is how you act on those mistakes. Figure out the improvement areas and work on them. Each mistake is a learning opportunity – Learn from them!
Read: Read the newspapers – informative ones and not entertaining ones. We’ll leave the choice of newspapers to you. Read rich content – business magazines, industry and technology blogs, or maybe even a bestselling novel by a prominent English author.
Write Summaries: Practice reading faster and assimilating the content at the same time. And then write a summary on the content that you have read. This would help you keep a check on how well your speed reading is helping you assimilate the content
Solve Puzzles: Keep your brain agile and engage in some fun at the same time. These would help you declutter your mind and think more clearly.
Flashcards: Keep your flashcards handy. Go through them and familiarize yourself with new words that you can add to your vocabulary.
Unwind: Don’t let these 30 days take a toll on you. You don’t have to do everything every day, apart from the mock exercise. Have different recipes for each day. Go for a walk, spend time with friends, family or pets, play games, watch a show, listen to music. Your brain needs a rest.
Let’s face the truth. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to crack the CAT. You will find many different strategies online from people who have successfully made it to the top percentiles in the past. In the end, it’s just what has worked for them. Each individual is different. These tips are only to guide you and set a perspective in planning your own personal CAT strategy. You need to understand strengths, weaknesses and your routine, see how much time you can devote a day on a regular basis, and start as early as you can. We wish you all the best for your CAT. Keep calm and crack it!
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