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CAT 2017 Preparation Strategy

Why July and August are important for CAT 2017 aspirants?

It is that time of the year again, when more than a lakh candidates would either begin preparation or would be halfway through their preparation for CAT. CAT is one of the most coveted exams for admission to the top B-Schools in the country. A good percentile score in CAT can ensure admission to either of the IIMs or other top notch B-schools which accept CAT score. However, a good score in CAT is a matter of hard work and persistent practice.

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The ideal time to start Preparation

If you search the internet, it is full of various theories on when is the ideal time to begin preparing for CAT. While there is a faction which agrees that anything less than 12 months is not ideal for CAT preparation, there are others which vouch about a focused 6 months preparation. Although one can never accurately determine when is the right time to start preparing for CAT, it is resonated throughout that the months of July and August are very important for a CAT aspirant.

In the following article we will assess the importance of the months of July and August in a CAT aspirant’s preparation and what should be the strategy during these months and onwards.

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Importance of July 2017 and August 2017 for CAT 2017

By now all the candidates, aiming for CAT 2017 must have begun their preparation. July and August is the time by when an appearing candidate is expected to have mastered (or at least revised) the basic concepts related to the topics asked in CAT exam.

Those candidates who have a good command over QA, DI and/or Verbal Ability and who just need to revise their concepts are also expected to have started their preparation by this time of the year. Considering that CAT 2017 will be held on the last Sunday of November 2017, July and August is the crucial juncture for candidates to brush up their concepts.

All top percentile scorers in previous year CAT exams, reiterate in unison that the last two months leading up to CAT exam must be dedicated to solving as many mock tests as possible (possibly one mock test every day).

To solve one mock test every day, a candidate needs to have mastered their concepts. Mastering concepts doesn’t mean that a candidate needs to have complete command over all the topics comprising the CAT Syllabus. What it essentially means that a candidate has read up on all related topics, practiced questions concerned with each related concept and is able to solve all major problems.

For all the candidates aiming to appear for CAT 2017, July 2017 and August 2017 is the time when they should be done with revising the basic concepts related to Quant, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. It is also expected that by this time the candidates have developed a fair speed of going through reading comprehension passages and must be thorough with current affairs.

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The official notification for CAT 2017 will be out by the end of July and CAT Application Process will begin in the month of August. So, naturally these two months are considered to be very busy for CAT aspirants.

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Assessment and Practice is the Mantra!

The months of July and August is also the time when a candidate needs to sit back and assess their performance. These two months represent the crucial juncture, which could make or break a candidate’s chances in CAT 2017. Below is a point by point schedule for CAT aspirants for July and August:

  • In the beginning of July, a candidate must take a mock test. It would be better to appear for one of the mock All India tests, organized by MBA coaching centers. This will help you in developing a fair idea about where you stand among a group of other aspirants.
  • Go through the result of the test and assess your performance. Which are the sections where you performed better, which are the sections where you need to work more? These should be some questions which should form the main component of your assessment.
  • Devote the month of July to going through the concepts again and solving questions related to them. Also begin solving a minimum of two mock tests in a week.
  • By the time, the official notification for CAT 2017 is out, you need to assess your performance once again and see how much you have improved in the course of one month.
  • The month of August is important on two counts – now only three months left for the D-day, and it is finally time to fill the application form for CAT 2017.
  • Eligibility before filling the application form online. A candidate must take proper care while filling details as information provided during registration cannot be changed or edited later.
  • Coming to preparation, by the beginning of August, you must have gone through and solved at least twice, each type of question which is asked in CAT exam.
  • By August, you are also expected to know your strengths and gap areas. Go through your previously attempted mock tests and mark the questions which you had found tough to solve or had left unsolved. Now in the month of August, your strategy should be to focus on these questions/topics in addition to your regular study schedule.
  • By the end of August you should be able to solve every time of problem that has been asked in the CAT exam in past 6-10 years.
  • Also, in the month of August you need to keep the frequency of Mock tests to 2-3 per week. Include previous year papers in your preparation schedule along with mock tests.
  • This is also the time to join a test series with any of the CAT coaching centers in your vicinity (if you have not already joined one).



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