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CAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Rohit Ranjan

Last Updated - August 19, 2016

Collegedunia surveyed previous year CAT aspirants and we got some useful preparation tips for CAT 2015 Aspirants. Rohit's response can be instrumental for the students seeking admission other than IIMs. He suggests channelizing efforts in right direction and there is no specific time specific schedule for studying and preparation learn as much as one can practice. 

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

Ans. I had started my preparations along with my graduation but I joined a 3 months crash course at IMS, post my graduation course. During the 3 months’ crash course at IMS (Jamshedpur), we were given worksheets on each topic. Our teachers taught us tips and tricks to solve the questions in a fast and efficient manner. I solved the questions and made sure all my doubts were cleared in the class. I solved the remaining questions that day itself. On the next day of class, I started solving the study material provided to us and finished all of it as soon as possible. There were some tricks which appeared difficult at first, and the traditional methods appeared easier to me, but I made sure I solved the questions using the tricks rather than the traditional method that helped me a lot. The tricks that teachers teach appear difficult at first, but practicing those helps you develop a faster approach of solving the questions. That helped me but depending purely on these coaching centres is something I would say a big no to.

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

Ans. Preparation for CAT  cannot be done in few months, it may land you in a good college but will not enhance your aptitude. Practise as much as you can. There is no specific schedule for studing and preparations, learn as much as you can and practise. The important part, attempt mock tests with your group, online anyways.This helps to great extent.

QUES. Name of the Institute where you took the admission.

Ans. I am a student of SP Jain, Mumbai.

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QUES. Do You Want to Review Your College?

Ans. Yes, I would like to contribute the information I have.

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QUES. What is Your Five Point Rule to Excel CAT 2015?

Ans. I will cut the long story short and tell u frankly what can be done now. Prepare a schedule according to time availability. Work your weaknesses, when less time is left.

  1. Work on improving your vocabulary and read newspapers regularly.
  2.  If you are addicted to Facebook, go to Facebook for group. Search for them. They helped me.
  3. Give mocks and review them seriously. If the test takes 170 minutes, the review must at least take 100 minutes. Refine your test strategy. 
  4. Be in touch and practice. Don't just read theories and stories; prefer practicing questions every day.
  5.  Leave last 2 weeks for chilling out. A calm mind bears great results.

QUES. What Mock Paper You Took?

Ans. I took T.I.M.E Booklets and BULLSEYE; it is free, through with a free account you only have access to half the tests. Once you do well in their tests, they open the remaining tests also for free to you. The difficulty level was identical to CAT.

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QUES. What were your weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving your weak areas?

Ans. I had difficulty is coping with Data Interpretation section in beginning,  my mocktest CAT scores were very poor specifically in DI. So, I took a module on DI, sat in the library the entire day and finished all 10 exercises at once.Each day I solved a maximum number of questions maintaining my speed, a few weeks later, I found the DI sections easier to solve.

QUES. What are the websites you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates on Quantitative Aptitude section? Discuss your strategy for the section.

Ans. I have a strong background in Quantitative Aptitude. The strategy was simple, I tried to eliminate options and get answers first. if it's a 'type' question, apply the method and crack the code, if it requires special effort, attempt other questions first and solve it later.

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QUES. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. LR is all about practice

QUES. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Read, Practise and  write, the key to excel.

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QUES. List the Name of Books You Followed for Verbal Ability; Vocabulary and Grammar: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Read, practice and write, the only strategy that would let you succeed in this section. Improving vocabulary is also the key to success.The more you read, the better you'll get at comprehensions and other questions on VA. Practice comprehensions from sample papers, previous year papers, study material from coaching classes, etc. I think reading novels at this stage might not be particularly helpful. Newspapers may be a good way to revise the vocabulary - a lot of words from the words list appear in the newspapers. And newspapers help you keep updated with current affairs.

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

Ans. You need to somehow manage and  compromise on anything now other than CAT scores. if you are in your graduation, u have to compromise on graduation scores for CAT  scores. Obviously, the key point here is that put your time to studying and not just dawdling around.

QUES. What will be your last prescription for students preparing for CAT 2015?

Ans. Don’t waste time and energy on questions that you are unable to solve; learn to channelise your efforts in the right direction. Investing excessive effort in the wrong direction is equal to putting no effort at all.Give ample of mocktests. Identify and rectify your weak areas.Once you've prepared well, just relax and be confident.

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

Ans. After the essay writing, where I was supposed to write in not more than 300 words about the reasons leading to farmers suicide, after that I was selected for personal interview which lasted for around 20 minutes. Some of the questions were: what do your friends think about you?,  Why mba?,  Why B.com, Finance hons?,  Where do you see yourself 10 years down the lane? , What will you choose to work for -a big brand with lower salary or a small brand with higher package?  What brands are you wearing right now? Basically prepare about yourself,how have you landed to this interview and do a detailed study about yourself.

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