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CAT Preparation Tips by Bikramjit Das

Last Updated - November 11, 2016

Bikramjit Das appeared for CAT in 2012. He scored percentile of 55% in CAT and was offered admission from several colleges. In the interview, he shares his experience of his journey of strategic planning and hard work while preparing for CAT. He took admission in Regional College of Management. He prepared for CAT while being in the final year of graduation.

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Ques. How many GDPI did you take part in?

Ans. I participated in 3 rounds of GD.

Ques. The institutes that offered you admissions?

Ans.Jaipuria Institute of Management - Noida Campus, Global School of Business - Navi Mumbai, IILM,VAEL's institute of business administration, ICFAI-Agartala, Regional College of Management, New Delhi institute of Management, United School of Business Management- Bhubaneswar.

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Ques. Apart from CAT which exams do you appear?

Ans. MAT

Ques. Mode of Preparation

Ans. Classroom Coaching

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

Ans. The institute is good and the coaching that I had joined was really very helpful for me. Coaching center plays a major part in your preparation for CAT, in the coaching center you get a chance to practice the syllabus everyday as well as you can clarify your doubts easily. Coaching center provided me some really helpful question sheets and they took various exams to simply verify our position compared to others.

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

Ans. Yes, it is quite tough to get sufficient time for preparation but you have make it work anyhow. As I was in the final year so there issues to have enough attendance, so can make time from there or make particular schedule for your graduation subject and CAT papers. So in my point of view make a routine and follow every day.

What should be the Exam Strategy for CAT 2016

Ques. Name of the Institute Where You took the Admission?

Ans. Regional College of Management

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

Ans. 1.Attempt which is familiar to you and your strong areas. (1st round).
2. Avoid confusing questions/sections.
3. Choose less time consuming questions. If you follow this, you will get sufficient time for other papers.
4. Try to not waste too much time before round 3.
5. If you get stuck on a single section/question, just avoid go forward.

Ques. What Mock Paper You Took?

Ans. CAT free mock test, My CAT Study.
Quantitative Ability, Arithmetic., Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Algebra, Verbal Logic, Logical Reasoning, Geometry, Vocabulary, Data Interpretation.

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

Ans. 6

Ques. Name the Coaching Institute (Online or Classroom) ?

Ans. CAT free mock test, My CAT Study. Quantitative Ability, Arithmetic., Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Algebra, Verbal Logic, Logical Reasoning, Geometry, Vocabulary, Data Interpretation

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

Ans. As I am not good with numbers I tried to work on that area mostly, mathematical part is too tough for me as well as other papers, so I tried to attempt a full question paper every day, you will find on monster.com/naukri or online free test sites, in that way I have tried to move up my weakness to a stronger one. I think I am a bit good in english, that doesn't mean that I ignored that paper.

Ques. What are the websites you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates?

Ans. CAT Sample Papers with Solutions-jumbotest.com
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Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section?

Ans. I had to start with the basics because I was weak with numbers. So I gave my concentration on the fundamentals then started practicing every day. One of the most important thing is to remember the shortcuts, formulae, tables and simple tricks .Then in the exam time read the question carefully and try to have a glance before solving.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI ?

Ans. Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency by How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by our own Mr. Arun Sharma.

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Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section?

Ans. There are only 3 ways to learn anything Practice, Reading and Analyse. I did the same .Try to be good with calculations and learn shortcuts.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant?

Ans. Actually I don't have any particular book for CAT, but many of my friends used few books like How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma, we are bit biased about Mr. Arun sharma as many CAT students follows him and Quantitative aptitude by R.S Agarwal is also a very good option, Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma.
Candidates should follow chapters like Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Speed, Distance and Time and it’s applications, Time and work.

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section?

Ans. Spend most of your time seeking to understand what is being asked rather than jumping in and working on the answer. Do not answer without understanding the question. Practice hard and you can easily find many apps for your android mobile to practicing logical reasoning.

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

Ans. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma, How to Prepare For verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for the CAT. These are the chapter I followed specifically 1. Reasoning Section 2. Logical 3. Verbal

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section?

Ans. Practicing for your verbal aptitude test, Practice, Read Newspapers, Read books/articles, watch English movies it will help you.

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

Ans. There is not such particular book for grammar and vocabulary in my opinion. Try to read novels.

Ques. Vocabulary and Grammar: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section?

Ans. Try to learn at least 5 new words daily, keep a dictionary along with you (ebook dictionary is also helpful). Play some english learning games, Read as much as possible and try to have your conversations in english.

Ques. What should be the strategy for someone who is starting just two months before the exam?

Ans. This is my favorite part as I myself have been in this kind of situation many times, anyway just try to clear the basic fundamentals as early as possible, then to take mocks and fine tune your strategy. Try to solve various types of questions instead of same types of questions every day. Try to understand your strong area and work on that as well as give 200% on your weak areas. But mostly try to remember the shortcuts and tricks to solve problems in exams.

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

Ans. Don't think too much now, in this phase you just need to relax. Just enjoy and try to listen chill music, have a fun time with friends. Don't take tension whatever the situation is, hope for the best, just believe in yourself and go for the best. Keep your mind away from tensions and fear. That's it.

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

Ans. The interview was good for me thankfully, the interview process was consists of 4/5 rounds including GD, HR round, Director round, Technical round. So the college has decided to take 2 rounds of interview on that 1st day and fortunately I have successfully cracked the 1st round as well as the 2nd round also, then they asked me to come next day for remaining round which was director, technical rounds. After the whole interview process they told me we will call you back you can leave for the day. So the questions I have faced are like
1. Tell me something about yourself briefly?
2. As you have a commerce background, then why BBA/Why not BCOM?
3. How many colleges have you applied till now for your MBA?
4. What is marketing (in your language)?
5. Do you know who Dr. Philip Kotler is?
6. Why you want to join our college?
7. Do you have the capability to represent our college in future? Various segment (sorry but I forgot the exact question).
8. As you are not that good in English, so how can you survive in corporate and in our college?
9. Who inspires you most to go for MBA?
10. Basic marketing questions (7ps, 4ps etc.).

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Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Verbal Ability?

Ans. Actually there no such particular books for verbal ability but you can follow How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission by Arun Sharma apart from this read, write english as much as you can.


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