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CAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Ketan Jain

Last Updated - August 19, 2016

Ketan Jain appeared in CAT 2008 exam and secured 87.1 percentile. While preparing for  CAT Exam He opt for coaching institute as coaching institute can help candidate in preparing in right direction. He secured his admission in IITM Gwalior.  We have interviewed him in which he shares his some of the preparation strategies he follows at that time.

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Here is questionnaire we had with him:

Ques. The institutes that offered you admissions?          

Ans. IIITM-Gwalior, IIIT-Allahabad, BIMCAT Gr. Noida and Amity University Noida

Ques. Apart from CAT which exams do you appear?

Ans. MAT, XAT and GATE

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

Ans. Okay, see the interview process was very detailed. They basically focused on my logical reasoning and data interpretations. The interview panel consists of various professors who asked me certain questions related to my IT Background and management.

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

Ans. Coaching institutes can help you prepare in the right direction. The amount of efforts needed in what kind of areas can be fruitful. They will help you prepare the detailed questions with the help of MOCK papers which are very fruitful in cracking CAT.

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

Ans. Preparing for CAT requires immense amount of preparation. We need to get our fundas right and stick to the basics. Getting up in the morning and solving mathematics was my strategy. Engineers are weak in grammar. They face a lot of issues in Verbal section. Reading newspapers and analyzing the paragraphs requires deep thinking.               

Ques. Name of the Institute Where You took the Admission      

Ans. Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM) – Gwalior

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

Ans. Focus, Hard Work, Eliminating the options, learning the shortcuts to solve issues and formulae’s on fingertips

Ques. What Mock Paper You Took?        

Ans. I basically joined the test series provided by T.I.M.E itself. Test series help you prepare in the right direction with right amount of efforts.

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Ques. Name the Coaching Institute (Online or Classroom)           

Ans. It was T.I.M.E Institutes Gurgaon

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 Areas were quantitative and Data Interpretation. In order to crack CAT, one needs to focus more on his strong areas so that maximum score can be gained into it. My weaker areas were mainly in verbal. The strategy could be not to attempt those questions for which you are not very sure. Improving verbal by analyzing the paragraphs is a must.

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

Ans.’s online tutorials are very handy, plus tutorials provided by them could be very helpful.

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Stick to your basics. The material provided by the institutes adds to more examples and help you solving fast.                

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI           

Ans. Coaching Material basically. That was enough for me           

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Solving and Interpreting Pie Charts, Bar Graphs are a must for solving the logical puzzles.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant  

Ans. RS Agarwal (Quantitative) and Coaching Material

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section  

Ans. You have to learn to breakdown the context into miniatures and consolidate from it. 

What should be the Exam Strategy for CAT 2016

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

Ans. Coaching Material

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section           

Ans. Verbal was more tough for me. To be honest, I have not attempted much questions on verbal. Analyzing para’s captures your reading skills which is very useful

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

Ans. GRE Barron 12th edition, WREN and MARTIN, Coaching Material                      

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

Ans. Learning new words each day, speaking in English with your colleagues can help to develop your grammar

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

Ans. 2 months are more than enough for CAT, if your fundas are good. You need to be regular in your coaching and get practice everyday

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

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

Ans. Just focus on your basics. You have prepared hard though the entire year, now it’s time to consolidate. Don't hush while attempting any question. Relax and read the question 2-3 times before marking the right option.



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