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CAT Preparation Tips by Lokesh Dua

Last Updated - November 11, 2016

Lokesh Dua appeared in CAT 2009 and secured 88.91 Percentile. We interviewed him and he shares his preparation strategies with us. He Says time management plays important role in his preparation. He got admission in IMDR, Pune.

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Below is the questionnaire we had with him:

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

Ans. Interview process is different in different colleges. For example IMT Nagpur has a panel member of 3 people and they cover various topics which includes my subjects in Honors courses, why I want to join the MBA course, behavioral questions etc.

Suggestions - They are mainly looking for confidence and clear cut thoughts from aspirants mainly fresher’s that why they want to join this course. For experience candidates, they have more expectations. But it is not a grueling experience, all of the interviews are very normal and they are mainly looking to know more about me, understanding me and wants to make me move out of my comfort zone.

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Ques. How many GDPI did you take part in?

Ans. 5

Ques. The institutes that offered you admissions?

Ans. IMT Nagpur, IMDR, LBSIM and UBS Ludhiana. I have only applied for 5-6 colleges and I got offer for admission in these four colleges.

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Ques. Apart from CAT which exams do you appear?

Ans. I appeared for XAT, SNAP, MAT, FMS and Delhi School of Economics. In our times, FCS and DSE conduct their separate exams.

Ques. Mode of Preparation

Ans. Classroom Coaching

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

Ans. Coaching institutes are good to a certain extent in providing the materials in teaching certain concepts. But MBA competitive exams tests students ability on a different level altogether. One should be clear with concepts and focus more on Self-study, the books play a major role apart from Mock tests and sample papers as it gives the confidence to students. Students should devise their own methods in order to solve the questions.

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

Ans. Time management plays a crucial role in my preparation of CAT Exams. My life was running in different directions in 3rd year of my college. I am handling lots of different responsibilities- CAT Preparation, 3rd year Graduation course and also I am tutoring 10th class students for mathematics and Science classes.

I was attending classes on 3 days a week and I immediately take a glance on all the concepts teach on the same day. I always carries CAT preparation material with me while traveling in metro. Sundays are hectic as I covered all the concepts taught in a week. Management requires proper following of schedule in those days and I am doing the same. Also the help of family members and friends is most important which I received fully.

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


1. Time Management

2. Self-study

3. Concepts should be clear and some innovative ideas devise by yourself in order to solve questions.

4. Take proper sleep and meditate, if possible.

5. Take mocks and don't be depressed is you score less. Make the weaker sections your stronger ones and don't be complacent for stronger sections."

Ques. What Mock Paper You Took?

Ans. I only joined MBA Guru coaching and took the mock series conducted by them.

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

Ans. 7

Ques. Name the Coaching Institute (Online or Classroom)

Ans. I joined MBA Guru nearby Delhi University. It is good institute offering me good subject knowledge for moderate fees apart from some innovative teaching ideas. The batch size is less as well so that it gives more time for student teacher interaction.

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. LR and Quant were my strong areas and Vocab was my weak area. But I improved it when I learnt few tricks to solve questions on Para Jumbles, Sentence Completions etc. I listened to my faculty intently in every lecture. And always stuck to basics.

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

Ans., and

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. It was my strongest area. I always tick the answer only when I am sure of the option. No guess work. I attempted 16 questions out of 30 and got 96.40 percentile. Accuracy should be as minimum as possible. Follow the R1, R2 and R3 strategy that Gautam Puri speaks of.

What should be the Exam Strategy for CAT 2016

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI

Ans. Only Arun Sharma and MBA guru materials

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. One of my weak areas as I take a lot of time in calculation. So I attempted only the easiest set and half of the moderately difficult set. Start from the bottom question in a set (My trick - always works for me)

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant

Ans. Only Arun Sharma and MBA Guru Materials

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. My strongest area. I always get all the questions correct here. Use the correct options of the questions in different questions - it helps solving the questions faster.

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

Ans. Only Arun Sharma and MBA Guru Materials

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Avoid Word association, word usage - you will always get it wrong.

Parajumbles, sentence completion and fill in the blanks are easy.

Target the easiest RC passage. Out of 3 sets with 9 questions you must get right 6 questions right minimum. You can leave other 3 questions but don't get it wrong.

Accuracy is the key in CAT. Minimize errors to score high.

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

Ans. Only Arun Sharma and MBA Guru Materials

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

Ans. It was easy sections. For this read as much as possible and cover wide range of topics.

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

Ans. Solve papers (past 10 years is a must), give sectional tests, less of mocks, revise formulas focus on the chapters from where questions come usually - number system, mixture, ratio, percentage, geometry, seating arrangement, etc. I gave my first CAT with one month prep by focusing on key chapters and scored 83 percentile. This gave me confidence that serious prep can help bring good result."

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 ClassesCoaching Printed Study Material
Very HighNot ApplicableHighHighVery HighModerateModerateVery High

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


1. Memories the bookmarked questions which you got wrong or which had an awesome trick

2. Formulas - keep writing it here and there

3. Do not give mocks in the last few days - a poor performance will dampen your spirits.

4. From every chapter do 4-5 questions that will boost your confidence.

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