Last Updated on May 23, 2013 by MBAUniverse.com News Desk

# 150 days to CAT: Build your CAT Quant strategy; Know prep tips

This article of MBAUniverse.com brings you tips on CAT Quant preparation strategy as the section along with Data Interpretation carries half of the CAT questions.

With CAT 2013 Aspirants getting into serious preparation mode for the elite MBA entrance exam beginning October 16, its high time they must create section-wise CAT preparation strategy to score enough CAT percentile to enter into their dream B-schools like IIMs, FMS, JBIMS etc.

This article of MBAUniverse.com brings you tips on Quant preparation strategy as the section along with Data Interpretation carries half of the CAT questions. A power-packed performance in Quant section will definitely help you get on the top.

According to CAT Expert & Author Rajesh Balasubramanian, though the section has become tougher and more application based in last few years, strong basics is must to get into the twists of the questions in this section. He opines that a candidate doesnt need to solve all 30 questions in the section to score 100 percentile. In my view, 18-19 correct answers in Quant and 20-22 correct answers in verbal would have fetched a percentile in the 99.3 to 99.6 range, he says.

What is CAT Quant section?

The CAT Quant section basically tests your numerical ability and mathematical skills and your approach towards problem solving through logic. The section covers areas like Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry and questions predominantly belong to what is taught to students up to the 10 + 12 standard.

The specific CAT quant section include questions from different areas like Number System, HCF, LCM, geometric progression, arithmetic progression, arithmetic mean, geometric mean, harmonic mean, median, mode, number base system BODMAS, Ratio and propos ion, Ratios, percentage, Average, partnership, time speed distance, work and time, Profit and loss, Installment and payments, partnership, clocks; Menstruation, work & time, pipe and cisterns, Geometry, lines, angles, triangles, spheres rectangles, cubes, cone.

Some of the questions can also be from advance mathematics like set theory, probability, venn diagrams etc. But top like Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate geometry, Logarithm, Calendar, Maxima & Minima Surds & Indices and Complex numbers are less likely to be there in CAT.

Tips for CAT 2013 Quant Preparation:

Build your Basics: Instead of memorizing long formulae, practice more with applying basic concepts on every CAT quant question. You should go back to basics for this section. NCERT arithmetic text books from classes 9 to 12 are the best in this regard. Pick up the guide books where the thought-processes are outlined well. Focus on Application: Experts suggest that merely learning the theory and lengthy formulae will not help much in solving the question, but solving questions with application of basics in each question helps a lot. You need to be very cautious that CAT quant section does not check your memory power as most of the sums in CAT are not based on direct formulae. Read and learn concept of topic and try to keep yourself away from big and lengthy formulae. Make your own Formula Sheet: Because learning is best done by doing, list of short cuts that you yourself develop is really helpful to speed up your problem solving technique. Use your short cuts and try solving the problems and find whether it helps save your time without compromising on accuracy. It will also help you easily revise what you have already learnt. Take Regular Mocks: Keep practicing quizzes and mocks after finishing every topic. Also you should take fresh weekly and monthly mocks of all the finished topics on regular basis. It helps you to keep you on track and assess the level of your preparation as CAT comes closer. You must analyse your mock and assess the weak areas and continuously work on the same by allotting more time to the areas which trouble you during mock.

Practice is Key: Last but not the least; you should practice as much as you can. Once you build your basics, the practice will give you the edge and enable you to just scan the equation and give the answer. This will really help boost your confidence, as says Mr Balasubramanian, The questions require more application. Importantly, there are no freebies. So, there is no place to hide. In many ways, this is more challenging and you need to practice a lot.

MBAUniverse.com also offers a comprehensive preparation package coupled with over 200 online interactive classes with Top CAT experts including from IIMs for CAT 2013 preparation.

Visit the link below for more information and new batch schedules:

http://www.mbauniverse.com/mba-exam-preparation/CAT_Preparation/mba_preparation_package.php Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more prep guide articles on CAT 2013.

This article of MBAUniverse.com brings you tips on Quant preparation strategy as the section along with Data Interpretation carries half of the CAT questions. A power-packed performance in Quant section will definitely help you get on the top.

According to CAT Expert & Author Rajesh Balasubramanian, though the section has become tougher and more application based in last few years, strong basics is must to get into the twists of the questions in this section. He opines that a candidate doesnt need to solve all 30 questions in the section to score 100 percentile. In my view, 18-19 correct answers in Quant and 20-22 correct answers in verbal would have fetched a percentile in the 99.3 to 99.6 range, he says.

What is CAT Quant section?

The CAT Quant section basically tests your numerical ability and mathematical skills and your approach towards problem solving through logic. The section covers areas like Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry and questions predominantly belong to what is taught to students up to the 10 + 12 standard.

The specific CAT quant section include questions from different areas like Number System, HCF, LCM, geometric progression, arithmetic progression, arithmetic mean, geometric mean, harmonic mean, median, mode, number base system BODMAS, Ratio and propos ion, Ratios, percentage, Average, partnership, time speed distance, work and time, Profit and loss, Installment and payments, partnership, clocks; Menstruation, work & time, pipe and cisterns, Geometry, lines, angles, triangles, spheres rectangles, cubes, cone.

Some of the questions can also be from advance mathematics like set theory, probability, venn diagrams etc. But top like Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Co-ordinate geometry, Logarithm, Calendar, Maxima & Minima Surds & Indices and Complex numbers are less likely to be there in CAT.

Tips for CAT 2013 Quant Preparation:

Build your Basics: Instead of memorizing long formulae, practice more with applying basic concepts on every CAT quant question. You should go back to basics for this section. NCERT arithmetic text books from classes 9 to 12 are the best in this regard. Pick up the guide books where the thought-processes are outlined well. Focus on Application: Experts suggest that merely learning the theory and lengthy formulae will not help much in solving the question, but solving questions with application of basics in each question helps a lot. You need to be very cautious that CAT quant section does not check your memory power as most of the sums in CAT are not based on direct formulae. Read and learn concept of topic and try to keep yourself away from big and lengthy formulae. Make your own Formula Sheet: Because learning is best done by doing, list of short cuts that you yourself develop is really helpful to speed up your problem solving technique. Use your short cuts and try solving the problems and find whether it helps save your time without compromising on accuracy. It will also help you easily revise what you have already learnt. Take Regular Mocks: Keep practicing quizzes and mocks after finishing every topic. Also you should take fresh weekly and monthly mocks of all the finished topics on regular basis. It helps you to keep you on track and assess the level of your preparation as CAT comes closer. You must analyse your mock and assess the weak areas and continuously work on the same by allotting more time to the areas which trouble you during mock.

Practice is Key: Last but not the least; you should practice as much as you can. Once you build your basics, the practice will give you the edge and enable you to just scan the equation and give the answer. This will really help boost your confidence, as says Mr Balasubramanian, The questions require more application. Importantly, there are no freebies. So, there is no place to hide. In many ways, this is more challenging and you need to practice a lot.

MBAUniverse.com also offers a comprehensive preparation package coupled with over 200 online interactive classes with Top CAT experts including from IIMs for CAT 2013 preparation.

Visit the link below for more information and new batch schedules:

http://www.mbauniverse.com/mba-exam-preparation/CAT_Preparation/mba_preparation_package.php Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more prep guide articles on CAT 2013.