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CAT is one of the most important exams for admission to MBA programs in 20 IIMs and several other B-Schools. Appearing only in CAT 2016 does not suffice for admission in a good management institute and a candidate must score a good percentile. The key to scoring a high percentile in CAT is preparation beforehand and regular practice.
In 2015, CAT received more than 2 Lakh applications. In the pool of candidates who appear for CAT every year, there is a huge diversity and students from all academic backgrounds appear for the test. Consequently, the competition is tough too. Keeping in mind the competition factor, it is prudent to prepare for the CAT exam at least three months prior to the exam. Preparation and regular practice not just helps in learning the topics, but also helps in increasing the accuracy and speed of attempting questions.
Ideally, a candidate desirous of scoring a good percentile in CAT should start preparing at least 3-4 month prior to the exam. For candidates in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree, their final examination is over by the month of July. So they are in the position to start their preparation in the month of August.
The interval of 3-4 months is sufficient to brush up on the concepts related to Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning.
CAT 2015 was of 3 hours duration and there were three sections in the question paper. Unlike previous years, this time students were not allowed to switch between the sections as per their choice and were given a time limit of 1 hour to complete answering one section.
While preparing for CAT 2016, you must keep these factors in mind and prepare your strategy accordingly. Below are some points which will help you devise a full-proof strategy for the CAT 2016 exam.
Quantitative Aptitude is a section where students have done well in past and you can secure a good score too. To effectively prepare for this section, you will need to have the complete syllabus. This section broadly covers the following topics:
You will need to focus on each topic separately and attempt all kinds of problems from all these topics. An ideal preparation method can have following strategic points:
Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning can prove to be a scoring paper and thus an asset if prepared diligently. While the syllabus for DI is limited, syllabus for Logical Reasoning is vast.
This section can be aced with continuous practice and solving previous year papers. Questions in DI mainly consist of various kinds of graphs and charts. So to get a good score in DI section, you must have knowledge of all kinds of graphs and must be able to analyze the graphical representations to glean meaningful inference.
Logical Reasoning section can be tough but there is no way that this particular section cannot be mastered with some strategy. The key to successfully attempt questions in this section is “Practice”.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension is one section which might look easy on the outset but proves to be tough if not prepared for carefully. This section comprises questions from grammar, language usage, reading comprehension etc. There are varied types of questions in this section and you must go through all of them while preparing.
Preparation for CAT 2016, cannot be complete without the right preparation material and reference books. There are pantheon of materials and books available in market and on internet which claim to help score 99 percentile in CAT. However, not all these books and preparation materials are genuine and can often misguide the participants.
Here, we have compiled a list of preparation material and guide books which can help you in scoring that perfect percentile score in CAT 2016.
To begin with, if you have joined a coaching center for preparation for CAT, then the first step should be to go through the material provided by the coaching center and solve all the test papers provided by them.
In case you have not joined any coaching center, then fret not. You can always get the study material by enrolling to the correspondence program run by these coaching centers. An added benefit of opting for correspondence course is that you can appear for the mock tests organized by the preparation centers.