CAT 2017: 45 days preparation plan from CAT toppers; Study smart & don’t kill your IIM A,B,C chance

CAT 2017 preparation
Friday, October 06 2017, 02:01 PM
For next 45 days of CAT 2017 preparation, CAT toppers and preparation experts suggest to devise short cuts, attempt more mocks, analyse them and overcome the errors & weaknesses instead of wasting your time on more and more conceptual clarification now
You should practice more on Non-MCQs (TITA questions) as there is no fear of negative marking on them. CAT 2017 test paper is expected to have around 25% to 28% Non-MCQs

Next 45 days to CAT 2017 are crucial for the CAT aspirants and they need to devise a well chalked out preparation strategy which is based on smart to the point and diarised process instead of moving on various concepts haphazardly. CAT toppers and preparation experts suggest to devise short cuts, attempt more mocks, analyse them and overcome the errors & weaknesses instead of wasting your time on more and more conceptual clarification now.

Now the CAT preparation focus is to be shifted to further strengthen your strong areas and move to the selective study pattern and to learn how to skip the questions and contents that bring negativity within you. Another key point shared by toppers is that you should practice more on Non-MCQs (TITA questions) as there is no fear of negative marking on them. CAT 2017 test paper is expected to have around 25% to 28% Non-MCQs divided in all the three sections.

Almost all the IIMs are expected to increase their intake in PGP 2018-20 as suggested by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of HRD, Government of India to all the IIMs. If you can score well in CAT 2017, you may get the chance of studying at one of the coveted IIMs in the country. 

CAT toppers and students of MBA/PGP 2017-19 at FMS Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore share next 45 days preparation strategy to crack CAT 2017 with high score. The time period could be seen as too short to enable you score 99+ or sufficient enough to join club 99. Past CAT toppers prefer the latter situation and in their view the remaining days are sufficient to score 99 in CAT 2017.

Time sufficient to score high
According to FMS Delhi student and CAT 2016 topper with 99.99 percentile, Atul Goyal “Prepare sincerely and even 2 months are not less to score 99 percentile, just be sincere and devote some time every day to your CAT preparation.” Read all about the CAT success story

The CAT 2017 aspirants should therefore not get disheartened only because of the fact that only 2 months are left. Instead right preparation strategy with the help of different LoD CAT Mocks can lead to high scores and on the CAT 2017 exam day, the actual exam will be no different than another Mock test.

Right study material for each section
Each of the 3 sections in CAT 2017 is important and you need to clear the cut offs to get shortlisted by IIMs. Candidates need to overcome their weakness in the particular section of CAT.

It has been found that most number of candidates are weak in VARC and as shared by CAT toppers and IIM Ahmedabad and FMS students they devised different preparation strategy to overcome their weakness in this section.

IIM-A student Akhil was relatively weak at VARC. Hence, he focused a lot on reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies.

FMS Delhi student and CAT 100 percentiler Mukesh was also weak at VARC section. To overcome the weakness he practiced sectional tests and topic specific tests in order to improve this section. He used to focus on analysis part of these tests and solved a lot of RCs and CR questions

IIM Indore student with 96 percentile in CAT, Priya Sahni was also weak at English. She devoted approximately 40 % of her preparation time just to English. She read in all her free time and advises to devote more time to the section you are weak at.

How to crack VARC section
The most important part is the maximum time that you can devote to reading, so read a lot. Apart from this, practice at least 5 RC’s in a week and analyse them after solving them. Try to find out why your answers went wrong. Do the RC’s in a strict time frame.

Crack DILR with smart preparation
DILR gets better the more you practice. Try to solve one set every day and never leave any set unsolved no matter how much time it may take.

Quant: Key to score high
For Quant also practice is the key. Try to be clear with the concepts. Try to come up with your own shortcuts and logics. Preferred study material is Arun Sharma, Nishit Sinha, study material from coaching institutes, online reference material, regular reading of news papers among others.

Smart Preparation: Time to take different LoD Mocks & test papers
In next 45 days you should take Mocks with different difficulty level. CAT topper and IIMA student Chanchal Gupta appeared for multiple mock tests in the last 3 months leading up to CAT. Instead of trying to attempt all the questions, she focussed on improving her accuracy in the questions that she solved.

Official CAT Mock: Best to know the expected LoD
The best Mock is the one which is officially published by IIMs before CAT exam. The official CAT mock contains only those type of questions which are expected in the CAT exam.  The level of difficulty of the questions in official CAT Mock is also very close to the actual CAT exam. For the last 2-3 years, CAT has started publishing the full length official CAT Mock. It will also help you assess your preparation level.

Take official CAT Mock with questions and answers. The Mock is published by IIMs

Previous Test Papers: Key source of preparation
CAT toppers agree that you should solve more previous test papers and analyse your weak areas. The previous year CAT papers will help you to know the correct CAT exam pattern, CAT syllabus topics on which questions are based in CAT exam and give you a good practice opportunity.

Solve CAT previous test papers

According to Akhil, IIM Ahmedabad student and CAT topper, “Mocks are not useful until you thoroughly analyse your performance afterwards, understanding where and why you went wrong so that you know which areas to work upon.  Identify your weak areas, plan your strategies and monitor your improvement through future mocks.”

CAT topper with 100 percentile and FMS Student, Mukesh Goyal suggests, “One can try different types of strategies in mocks and accordingly see what kind of strategy suits him/her better. All the mock questions – incorrect, correct and un-attempted should be analysed properly. Through proper analysis, one can know about his/her weak and strong areas and can work accordingly.”

IIM Ahmedabad student and CAT topper with 99.73 percentile, Akhil Garg did not go to any offline coaching centre and preferred to adhere to self-preparation strategy. He says, “My main preparation strategy was regular practice. I regularly solved questions of each section with time limit.”

FMS Delhi student and CAT topper with 100 percentile, Mukesh Goyal says “I did not go for any offline coaching. It depends on the individual whether he/she needs coaching or not. Students have done well in CAT with coaching as well as without coaching.”

CAT topper with 99.79 percentile and IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2017-19 batch, Chanchal Gupta is also in favour of self preparation although she believes that joining or not joining coaching depends on the individual.

With intense CAT exam preparation, ensure that you are able to overcome your weakness, clarify your doubts and strengthen the strong areas. Taking Mocks now and and analysing them for the inadvertent errors must be done invariably, suggest the past CAT toppers.  

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IBSAT 2017
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SOIL Gurgaon
Application for PGP 2018-19 at SOIL is open till February 25, 2018
SIBM Hyderabad – SNAP 2017
To apply to SIBM Hyderabad, you should apply to SNAP 2017 to be conducted by SIU Pune on December 17, 2017 and apply to SIBM-H also in the SNAP application form
SIBM Bengaluru
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CAT Previous Year Question Papers, Answer With Solution:
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Section 1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension CAT 2017: Quiz 1 CAT 2017: Quiz 2
Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning CAT 2017: Quiz 1 CAT 2017: Quiz 2
Section 3: Quantitative Ability CAT 2017: Quiz 1 CAT 2017: Quiz 2