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CAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Sahil Gupta

Last Updated - August 19, 2016

Sahil Gupta appeared for CAT in the year 2012 to seek admissions in management programme. He scored 91.89 percentile in the examination. He took part in one GDPI and was offered admissions in SRCC.

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Ques. Apart from CAT which exams do you appear?      

Ans. I appeared for IIFT, SRCC GBO Entrance Exam.

Ques. Mode of Preparation       

Ans. My mode of preparation for CAT was Classroom Coaching.

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

Ans. If you want to succeed in CAT then the best thing is the self-study. Solve as much as questions you can. Coaching institutes will just help you in starting a topic. Rest it will be up to you. So I will term coaching institute as an initiator and the aspirant as a finisher.

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

Ans. I enrolled in a weekend program as I my college was off on weekends. I used to solve questions on weekdays whenever I got time (whether during the class break or at my home in the night).

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Ques. Name of the Institute Where You took the Admission       

Ans. I took admissions in SRCC after appearing in CAT.

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Ques. What is Your Five Point Rule to Excel CAT 2015? What Mock Paper You Took?    



  1. Use shortcut formulas as it saves times.
  2. Solve as many questions as possible as it will bring efficiency.
  3. Solve previous year questions as it will give you an idea about the QA pattern.


  1. Try to solve 7-8 riddles every week as it helps brain in dealing with new riddles.
  2. Increase your calculation speed as lot of calculations are required especially in DI section.


  1. Improve your vocabulary by reading newspaper, novels.
  2. Try to communicate in English with your friends, family.
  3. Solve unseen passage on regular basis.

I took Career Launcher's test series. Mock papers helps you to adapt to the CAT test pattern. It will help you in identifying your weak and strong areas. Also it will help you to identify which topic you should start and which topics to be done at the end.

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

Ans. I would like to rate the role of coaching institute at 6 out of 10 for the help it provides in cracking CAT.

Ques. Name the Coaching Institute (Online or Classroom)          

Ans. I took coaching from Career Launcher (Classroom).

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 area was Quant and my weak area was English. To improve English I read Norman Lewis (helps in increasing vocabulary) and read editorial pages of Hindustan Times and Times of India. Also on every weekend I tried to solve 5-6 unseen passages.

What should be the Exam Strategy for CAT 2016

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

Ans. I took help from the following websites:


Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section         


  1. Take mock paper
  2. Use shortcut formulas used in allegations, time and speed, trigonometry as it will help you to save time.
  3. Solve as much questions as possible as it will bring in efficiency.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI                    

Ans. I followed the Career Launcher study books, TIME study books.

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section


  1. Increase your calculation speed
  2. Try to solve different types of questions (bar graph, pie chart and table)

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant   

Ans. As I was enrolled in Classroom program of Career Launcher, I referred to their study books. Also I used to exchange books with my friends who were enrolled in TIME.

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section 


  1. Try to solve as much as riddles possible.
  2. Take help from previous year LR questions
  3. Try to solve circular table questions as much as you can as it is asked almost every year.

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

Ans. since I was studying at Career Launcher’s Classroom Programme so I followed Career Launcher study books and TIME study books from my friends enrolled in TIME.

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section        


  1. Solve unseen passage on regular basis.
  2. Try to communicate in English with your friends, family.
  3. Read newspaper's editorial section.

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

Ans. I followed the following books for English:

  • Norman Lewis
  • Career Launcher study books
  • TIME study books

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


  1. Improve your vocabulary by reading newspaper, novels.
  2. Watch English movies.
  3. Read Norman Lewis book

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


  1. Go through 1 topic every day.
  2. Give mock papers on every Sunday
  3. Analyze your strong and weak areas and work accordingly
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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. Go through every topic and work on your strengths.

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

Ans. Overall I will say that my interview was good. Mainly questions from current affairs were asked. For example:

  1. Who is the current Vice President of India?
  2. Do you support Anna Hazare? If yes/no then why?
  3. Comment on the statement: Is India becoming intolerant?

Questions were also asked from the field of engineering (as I have done B.Tech). For example:

  1. Is it possible to have superconductors at room temperature.
  2. Which is your favorite topic. (I was then asked to explain that topic in laymen terms to them).

Also they asked what I have done in my engineering, what all activities I had organized in my college. In the last they asked me few questions about my internship. I would suggest that the CAT aspirants must read newspaper as much as possible; as most of the questions in the interview are based on current affairs. Secondly one should go through their engineering period as there is high probability that questions will be asked on it.



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