The following post describes the method I prepared for CAT (2016). This technique worked for me and hopefully it works for all you men also.
CAUTION!!!– This is a quite lengthy however descriptive post so those who don’t have the time, possibly you can come read this later!
I started preparing seriously from the month of March. So here it goes:
March– May: PRACTISE, PRACTISE PRACTISE!!!
I committed this period to work on the “Fundas” and getting conceptual clearness on various topics.
Before I get onto what I did, I simply want to say that if any of you out there want to sign up for an online or offline course where all the necessary Fundas are taught well– then please go to 2IIM’s official site. This is by far the finest location to get all your fundamentals.
Here is the link: http://www.2iim.com/
The director of 2IIM, Rajesh Balasubramanian himself is an alumni from IIM-Bangalore and to put it in easy words– his design of mentor and more than anything his articles and blog sites are AMAZINGG!!
Coming back to the primary content, my guidance to those of you who are simply starting your preparation will be: concentrate on practicing as many concerns as you can. This is not the time to take complete length MOCK CATs.
Quant: I had actually bought TIME material, so I just stuck onto those. Those books are excellent and provide enough practice for any major aspirant. The TIME product includes 3 types of workouts: Conceptual Review, Workout-( a), and Exercise-( b). So, I fixed each and every issue from the TIME books and I feel this is extremely essential due to the fact that this is when one ends up being familiar with all the different kinds of Quant problems that are most likely to come in the real CAT.
DI/LR: Again, to prepare for this section, it takes a great deal of practice. Simply practice all the issues that are there in the TIME material. When I began solving DI/LR problems, I somehow found that I was able to resolve LR problems simpler than DI. However the fact is, I feel DI issues are simpler to score as when you figure out how to get the response (which will take less time than in LR), you will inevitably get it. The primary thing in DI is understanding the offered information as quickly as possible and figuring out a method to get an option with the given data. A comparable thing holds great for LR problems too.
Another crucial thing is, DO NOT utilize the online calculator for every single tiny bit of estimation when resolving DIs. You can utilize it for some end-calculations where there is a complex department or so involved.
VA/RC: This area is something that numerous engineering aspirants tend to under-prepare. As far as the English section is worried, it needs constant practice and the fruits of your efforts can be seen just much later on, unlike the other two sections For RC, the only method to do well is to develop a great reading routine. Even if you have never had a reading routine, it’s high time you begin since RC is all about understanding. The capability to keep an eye out for what is important even as you read will come just when you keep reading. Also, your reading speed will enhance only with practice. While reading RCs, the technique is to make a psychological 1-line summary of every passage, as you read. When you begin answering the questions, you understand which passage to go and look at while referring the RC. I determined these things from Rajesh Balasubraminan’s blog site and short articles.
Here are some of his links:
VA section is once again just practice. This area has numerous types of questions like Para-Jumbling, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks concern, and so on. Once again, practice actually each and every single issue there remains in the TIME product. That is the only method the next couple of months of your CAT prep will go on smoothly.
The essence of what I want to state is resolve every single problem in the TIME material. To do that you have to frame a schedule. Back-work and figure out a schedule that you can stick on to so that you will have the ability to complete all the TIME materials prior to May. You can divide months into weeks and divide weeks into days and plan what you’ll be doing every day, so that it finally adds up till May. One crucial thing is to prepare a reasonable schedule. And by that what I mean is if there are 30 days in a month, do not plan something for all the 30 days. Keep like a buffer of 5-6 days of absolutely nothing, so that if anything spills over from recentlies, you can utilize your buffer days for finishing what you had actually arranged.
This is a good time to start taking your full-length MOCK-CATS. I followed AIMCATs. The entire of Internet is filled with stories of how AIMCATs are much harder than actual CAT. But, personally I never ever felt so. AIMCATs are around of the exact same problem level as the real CAT. So, take them seriously.
Quant: I wanted to get even more practice for all the topics, so I spent about 2 months completing the Arun Sharma book: LOD-I and LOD-II. I feel Arun Sharma’s Quant book is incredible and it will be useful if you get to practice from this book. So if you have the time, then proceed and end up fixing this book likewise.
DI/LR, VA/RC: If you are done fixing the TIME material, then you should start solving sectional tests that any coaching centre offers. I followed TIME for this. Their sectional tests are good and plenty. I was never ever able to finish all the tests for any of the areas. However keep doing it till the D-Day.
Accuracy is whatever so it’s actually crucial to know properly to analyse your MOCKs. You can find more comprehensive explanations on Rajesh Balasubramanian’s blogs. Here’s a gist of what I followed:
Re-Solve the entire paper.
· Make a note of the type of mistakes that you make. I utilized to arrange them in an Excel sheet (to make it intriguing)
o Conceptual Errors– because you didn’t understand how to do that issue ->> Once again make a note of the option.
o Ridiculous Mistakes -> > Make certain the variety of silly errors keep minimizing with each MOCK
o Questions you should not have actually tried -> > some questions are too hard/tricky– you ought to have the ability to make that judgement prior to you try.
o Questions you ought to have addressed, however you didn’t.
· There are some types of concerns that consistently appear in your MOCKs and have likewise appeared in previous FELINE documents.
o Ex: Some English words– include them to your vocab list and keep revising them daily
o Some kinds of Quant issues like– lying milkman, mixtures, compound-to-simple interest ratios.
Take down such things and modify them daily.
Also, DO NOT keep comparing your percentiles with other people or your instant previous percentile. Your efficiency must be procedure over an amount of time and typically AIR ranks provide a much better step of where you stand in the nation.
September-November: METHOD & & CONCEPTS
This duration is exceptionally vital and can be really aggravating. This is the time when you’ll have to gradually start forming a strategy as to how you will be answering the concerns (in which order and how much time). I followed the following technique:
VA/RC: I decided that I would address all the RC concerns first and then only do VA section. Considering that, usually more variety of concerns were for RC area in my MOCKs. The CAT-2016 pattern was such that the specific variety of questions in each area was not understood. I went with the strategy of spending 2/3rd of the time for RC (40 mins) and 1/3rd for VA (20 mins).
DI/LR: Between DI and LR, I had actually decided that I would do DI very first and then LR. In DI, I chose I would do the simplest DIs initially. Then I would do the most convenient LRs. After this, I should have resolved roughly 2 DIs and 2 LRs. Then if I have time, I would go back to the DI section to the DIs that can be done however will take a little bit more time to do. If there is time even after this (which is very not likely), I will do the staying concerns from the respective areas.
Quant: In this section I chose to spend half the time to actually resolve all the really simple problems in the area. There will be at least 10-12 extremely easy/easy level problems, which you can do and which you need to do. Then, in the staying half of the time, whichever concerns I understood how to do, but would take a little time to solve, I did those problems. And during the very first half, I would ‘Mark for Review’ the issues which I should provide for the 2nd half.
Depending upon the problem level, you should fix anywhere in between 20( if area is hard)-30( if area is easy) questions per area to get 98 or 99 percentile.
Day before FELINE: BE POSITIVE!
Rather honestly, there is not much preparation that you can do on this day. Just unwind! Hang around with people who will encourage you and will make you feel good about yourself. And whatever you do ensure your spirits is up and you stay positive. Likewise, make sure you keep a look at all the crucial stuff that you need for your test the next day. Try to get a great sleep!;-RRB-
D-Day: TRUST YOUR EFFORTS AND BE MUCH MORE POSITIVE!
DON’T go late to the exam centre! The last thing you require is feeling tensed about the little things. Keep in mind to feel excellent about yourself and your efforts. The more you think in your efforts, the greater are the chances that you will score well. Likewise, keep informing yourself that none of your efforts will ever go waste so just have faith in yourself and be favorable!
If you’ve reached the end of this article, well I got to state: Thanks for putting in the time to check out and hope this offers you direction for your CAT preparation. All the very best for all the candidates!
With that said, I wish to point out that I had actually got 96.72 percentile in CAT-2016 As far as I can remember, I attempted 29 concerns in VARC, 15 in DILR (it was the hardest section) and 15 in Quant( I messed up my time management a little).
My objective was to do PhD in one of the IIMs and enter teaching and management research. I had actually applied for the doctoral program at IIM – A, B, C. This programme is called FPM – Fellow Program in Management. Will write a short article on FPM and how to get ready for it very soon. The majority of the entrance test ratings can be used to apply for this. I picked CAT as I wished to keep my alternatives open – in case I didn’t get FPM, I thought of pursuing MBA.
I am presently pursuing FPM in IIMB in the location of Marketing.