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How to prepare for CAT 2015

Last Updated - August 16, 2016

Candidate can do that by going through past years' CAT questions and exam analysis. Once candidate get the overall idea on what to study, he/she needs to plan how to study.

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Section wise study plan-

There are 2 sections in CAT 2016, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Start with the basics of both the sections.

  • First Section- Candidates don't have a mental block about a particular topic. For the Section 1, know what the important topics are. These would include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration and Higher Math to name a few.
  • Second section- Candidate must focus on grammar and vocabulary. Once you get a good grip over these areas, solving Reading Comprehension passages would not be a problem. As far as the Logical Reasoning part is concerned, practice is the key. You can start with solving puzzles, Sudoku, past year's Logical Reasoning section of CAT etc.

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Take mock test

As you identify your strengths and weaknesses and complete the first round of basic preparation, you have to start taking mock tests. Remember to take the mock tests in computer based mode and in section wise time bound manner. This will help you in familiarizing with the test environment.

Time Management

Time management is one of the most crucial factors of the CAT 2016 preparation. It would also be an important factor during the exam as well. Allocating four hours in a day for the preparation would be enough.

Suggested Materials for Preparation for Section 1 and 2 Only-

  • Arun Sharma’s Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

Recommended Business Magazines for CAT/MBA Aspirants-

  • Business Line by the Hindu Group
  • Business Today by India Today Group
  • Business World
  • Management Compass Career Launcher
  • Competition Success Review

Recommended Newspapers for CAT/MBA Aspirants-

  • The Hindu
  • Economics Times
  • The Statesman.

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CAT 2016 Syllabus

Tips For The Personal Interview

Successful candidates who are shortlisted for personal interview are advised to follow these tips to get clear through it.

The foremost thing is to be yourself in the interview. It should not be a mere question- answer session rather it must be more of a conversation. Interviewers can ask you any question ranging from academic background to your hobbies, interests.

You must be prepared well for must know questions that are highly expected. Your body language must show your confidence level. Be honest and polite while answering. Try to mould the interview from your weak points to strengths. Be calm and do not panic. You must be clear with all the minute details of your CV as interviewers are keen to ask questions from it.

Personal interview assess your clarity of aim, knowledge, communication skills and personality traits.

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Top Questions To Prepare For Personal Interview

Following is the list of questions expected to answer by candidates in personal interview:-

  • Why should they admit you into MBA program?
  • What skills would you be bringing to the classroom?(relevant if you have work experience)
  • What are you looking for in this program?
  • Tell something about yourself?
  • What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  • Where do see yourself in 5 years down the line?
  • Why do you want to study in this institute?

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Quick Tips For Group Discussion And Written Ability Test

Candidates who are preparing for GD and WAT are interested in knowing what would be their topic as there will be multiple rounds so it is better to prepare for every possible topic. It is generally believed that current topics will be asked in GD and essay writing rounds but it is not true always. Abstract topics and issues of sociological significance can also be asked therefore one should prepare accordingly.  Students are usually judged on their ability to take stand and have an opinion. It should not be a mere collection of facts. One should have habit of newspaper reading, magazines on social, legal, political, economic and sports related issues.

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For this, he suggests candidates to start reading a newspaper on a daily basis, browse through magazines and build on content spanning across legal, political, social, economic and sports domains.

To have an idea about the variety of topics, candidate should go through list of last year topics of several business schools.

Whistle blowing: Good or bad for the Society?New IIM Common Admission Process
Inflation or Corruption: which is more important?MDI Gurgaon
How to market PCs to convince the consumer to buy them over laptops and tablets.IIT Delhi
Role of Regional Political Parties in Indian PoliticsIIFT Delhi
Do eminent sports persons turn out to be good coaches as wellIIFT Delhi
Global warming is a hyped up propagandaIIFT Delhi
Should referendum be used as a method to take important strategic decisions?IIFT Delhi
Need of vocational training in today's education systemIIM Rohtak
MOOC will soon replace the traditional method of classroom teaching systemIIM Rohtak
Are women in positions of power more aggressive than men in the same positions?IIM Rohtak
Sanitation in IndiaJBIMS Mumbai
Whether juveniles who committed serious crimes should be tried as adults or notJBIMS Mumbai
Smart phones- boon or baneMDI Gurgaon
Are smaller states easier to govern?MDI Gurgaon
How the role of women has changed in the contemporary worldSPJIMR Mumbai
Comment on the merits and demerits of online education versus classroom learningSPJIMR Mumbai
How would you explain Facebook to your Grand momSPJIMR Mumbai
Promoting Hockey in IndiaSPJIMR Mumbai
Which is the song that defines youSPJIMR Mumbai
Does working along with texting from mobile makes one less productiveIIM Raipur
Should women be allowed to drive?IIM Raipur
Should cooking be a part of school curriculum?IIM Raipur


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