| 23 June 2013 0238 IST
In this special column CAT expert and author Mr Rajesh Balasubramanian shares his insight on a few things that the CAT 99th percentilers do differently.
As far as CAT is concerned, systematic preparation should take one to 90-93rd percentile. It is the climb from here to the 98-99 range that is sometimes challenging
In most fields, the gap between the excellent and the merely good is not something profound, but is a collection of small details. CAT is no different. As far as CAT is concerned, systematic preparation should take one to 90-93rd percentile. It is the climb from here to the 98-99 range that is sometimes challenging. From my experience as a teacher, I have culled out a few things that the 99th percentilers do differently.
Let us think about this with an example – If a car travels first half of the distance at ‘a’ km/hr and the second half at ‘b’ km/hr, the overall average speed should be 2ab/(a+b). This is usually stated in many books. The natural follow-up question here would be – if a car travels one-third of its distance at ‘a’ km/hr and the remaining two-thirds at ‘b’ km/hr, what should be the overall average speed. Students should not only have solved 4 questions that involve plugging in the formula, but also have tried 2 where a small variant makes the formula invalid. The old adage says – Practice till you crack it, and then some more. This is very true of CAT as well.
Imagine M S Dhoni during a tricky run chase. The sense of calm he conveys is delightful, but this does not mean he is not thinking about who might be bowling the 49th over. In a bid to do everything quickly, one should not become a headless chicken.
One should take calculated risks during the exam, but taking a shot at 6 questions without bothering to drill down further is just foolhardy.
Finally, approach the exam with a quiet confidence. I know this is easier said than done. Importantly, it can happen only when everything that has gone before sets you up for having that belief. But the guys who get this belief are the ones who take the right decisions in the exam hall.
Author of this article, Mr Rajesh Balasubramanian, an IIT, IIM alumnus, & 2011, 2012 CAT Topper and the author of CAT books published by ‘Access Publishing India’, guides CAT Aspirants through a series of expert articles on MBAUniverse.com.
In his previous articles, he guides on a 3-step process that you must go through for each topic in Quant section.
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