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CAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Amit Kumar

Last Updated - August 19, 2016

Amit Kumar appeared for CAT 2011 and secured 96 percentile. He got offers from various IIMs which includes IIM A, IIM B, IIM C, IIM L and IIM S. He took admission in IIM Ahmedabad.  He shares his experience about his CAT preparation and he told that coaching institute and self study played important role in cracking CAT exam. He also shares preparation tips for CAT Exam with us during the interview. His preparation might be useful for all the aspirants those who want to crack CAT 2016.

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Here is the questionnaire we had with him:

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

Ans. The interviews were all different. So there is no specific pattern. One interview was stress-interview where two panelists were just bombarding me with questions without giving much time to think. The key there was to keep my cool, and not be distracted. In another interview I was mostly asked logical reasoning based questions. In some interview I was given a 6-sigma problem to solve, which was a technical question. In yet another interview, I was asked more about recent socio-political issues.

I think the general idea would be to keep one's cool and not be overpowered by any question. When in doubt, ask. It is also important to stand by your answers but not show a rigid attitude. Be open to the interviewer's suggestions and add your viewpoint. If you don't know an answer even after trying, tell them the same. Don't try to fool them by showing that you are really trying hard, as mostly then can see through it.

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Ques. How many GDPI did you take part in?

Ans. I had attended 7 GDPIs.                     

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Ques. Mode of Preparation

Ans. I took coaching classes and also done self-study

Ques. Review the Coaching Institutes and What was their role in your story?

Ans. The coaching institute was good. Teachers were punctual and were always ready to help. There were separate teachers for Quant, LR/DI and English. They even conducted mock GD/PI for us.

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

Ans. I made a study schedule for two months before CAT. I generally got only about 2-3 hours to study after work and other chores. So everyday I focused on different subjects. I had a study material from previous year. So my first aim was to complete it. At first I focused on giving correct answer, irrespective of time taken to solve, as I wanted to build the concept. Then after a couple of weeks, I started timing myself. I generally did Quant and LR/Di during weekdays and Comprehension during Saturday. Sundays, I just revised all of it. Also, everyday during the week, my aim was to learn 5 new words and revise them during the weekend.     

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


  • Practice
  • Discipline
  • Keep calm
  • Revision
  • Take care of health

Ques. What Mock Paper You Took?        

Ans. Online

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Ques. Rate the role of your coaching Institute (Classroom or Online Both) in cracking CAT?          

Ans. 9

Ques. Name the Coaching Institute (Online or Classroom)           

Ans. Career Launcher, but in 2010

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 weak area was some sections in Quant, which I overcame by practising more. Also, my weak area was that sometimes in DI questions, i got so engrossed that I exceeded the time limit. So I practiced it by making a strict stop at time, so it helped me more disciplined.

What should be the Exam Strategy for CAT 2016

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. I was generally good in this section. So I just practiced and revised

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI                           

Ans. Career Launcher Study Material Career

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. I practiced to be within time or leave the question, because I generally put too much time in many questions, and not getting the answer in the end left me frustrated. So the key was discipline and keeping calm.   

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant  

Ans. Nothing except Career launcher Study Material

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Again the strategy here was to be disciplined with time. Also, many times I generally followed the elimination strategy to eliminate the very rare possibilities early. Then it makes choice easy. Also, it is good to solve this problems in a diagrammatic way on paper rather than trying in one's head, so that it doesn’t get mixed up.        

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

Ans. Career Launcher Study Material     

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. I practiced two comprehension each week and the key was time management      

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Vocabulary and Grammar                           

Ans. Career Launcher Study Material

Ques. Vocabulary and Grammer: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section  

Ans. I practiced 5 new words every day during the week and revised them over the weekend. Also, I used the words in one sentence each. I also tried to write a short paragraph on the weekend, suing all the words that I learnt, so that i would remember the meaning of each.

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

Ans. I started two months before the exam too. So be disciplined and it will do the trick               

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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 GroupsSubject Wise ClassesSelf Study
Very HighVery LowModerateVery HighVery HighModerateVery HighVery High

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

Ans. Be calm. Focus more on revision now, than learning new concepts.



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