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CAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Manish Panda

Last Updated - August 20, 2016

Manish Panda 94.2 percentile in CAT 2014 shared his experience about preparation strategies he followed and how his efforts lands him to IIFM, Bhopal.His strategies are worth sharing with all the aspirants those who want to crack CAT 2016

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Here is the questionnaire we had with him:

Ques. How many GDPI did you take part in?

Ans. 3

Ques. How was the interview? Share some of the questions   

Ans. The interview was good. Faculty asked me basic questions like - Why you want to join IIFM?,About academics, About my Work Experience, About Hobbies, interests, etc.

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Ques. The institutes that offered you admissions?

Ans.IMT Nagur, K J Somaiya and IIFM Bhopal

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Ques. Apart from CAT which exams do you appear?

Ans. XAT

Ques. Mode of Preparation       

Ans. I opt for Self Study

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Ques. How did you manage CAT preparation schedule along graduation studies/working hours?

Ans. I did studies on weekends at home. Also took subject wise online mock tests frequently.  

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Ques. What is Your Five Point Rule to Excel CAT 2016?


  • Aim
  • Aspire
  • Focus
  • Determination
  • Hardwork

Ques. What Mock Paper You Took?

Ans. Old IMS test papers and time mock papers.

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Ques. What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving your weak areas?      

Ans. My Strong area was Data Interpretation and Weak area was Quantitative Analysis.

For quant I just practiced more and more this subject and gave more mock tests in this subject.

Ques. What are the websites you followed regularly to Practice Free Sample Papers or to Get Updates

Ans. I followed

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section         

Ans. It was my weak area so for this I solved more problems in this subject and gave more mock tests.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI

Ans. Online resources and IMS material               

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. It was my strong area therefore I practiced and I was ready for this section.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant

Ans. Online resources

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section  

Ans. It was my strong area so simple practice was enough

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Logical Reasoning            

Ans. Online resources and IMS material

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Reading newspapers and magazine.              

What should be the Exam Strategy for CAT 2016              

Ques. What Should be the Strategy for Someone Who is starting just two months before the exam

Ans. If basics are strong then 2 months are enough to have a crack at CAT.Only give as many mock papers so that time management does not become an issue in the exam.         

Ques. How Would You Rate the Following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story

Coaching ClassesNCERT Text BooksOnline Study MaterialCoaching Printed Study MaterialMock & Sample Test PapersStudy GroupsSelf Study
ModerateLowHighModerateVery HighNot ApplicableHigh

Ques. What will be Your Prescription for Students in the Last Phase of their Preparation for CAT 2016     

Ans. Relax and don’t take extra stress.Subjects in CAT are not something that can be mugged up.



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