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CAT 2016 Preparation Strategy To Score High Percentile

Last Updated - March 31, 2017

 “To crack CAT with high scores, daily spend 9-10 Hours,“ Says Ranjith Sanjay, CAT, 89.97 Percentile, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management.

In 2009, Ranjith Sanjay sat for CAT and scored 89.97 Percentile. He took admission in Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management.

He is in our CAT Toppers List because of his hard work and efforts he put in the exam. For many CAT 2016 aspirants Ranjith ‘s Preparation Story will be an inspiration.


Find below His Response to Our Questionnaire for CAT Toppers.

Q. 1 What is your five-point rule to excel CAT?

Focus on your goal, Perfect planning of timetable, Move away from fear of failure and Take seniors’ advice which is of utmost importance. Read How Scores Are Calculated?

Q.2 What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving weak areas?

Strong areas were Computers, General and Business Knowledge for which I didn’t give much time just a routine check of Print and Electronic Media. Rather than calling weak areas, it’s better to call, areas of improvement and that is definitely a Mathematical and Logical Problem Solving Skills which only gets better and better with practice.

Q. 3 Did you take coaching classes? If yes, how they did help with your story?

No, I haven't taken any special coaching classes. I used to read the course curriculum, practice logical problems and used to read and watch English Newspapers and channels to improve my Vocabulary.

Q. 4 Review the coaching institutes and what was their role in your story?

I always used to prepare by referring online study material for those which I didn’t have any material and I have given much time to books of S. Chand for improving my Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills as they have a huge weightage in the written test.

Q. 5 What mock papers did you take?

I used to take mock papers from online as it covers the latest questions and the standards set for them is of high quality and you can choose the question papers from the range of low, medium and high toughness. Previous year papers also add a lot to your preparations as they helps in knowing where you stand in terms of your cracking the CAT exam. Read about  CAT 2016 Exam Pattern

Q. 6 What are the website you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates?

Google, the best way to prepare. Check CAT 2016 Sample Papers

Q. 7 Quantitative aptitude: Discuss your strategy for the section

Practice is the only trick/strategy I followed while preparing for the CAT exam. The more you practice, the more your brain becomes sharper in terms of solving the QA questions. And also time for solving each QA question also matters a lot as time management holds key at the end of the exam.

Q. 8 List the name of books you followed for Quant

Quantitative Aptitude by Chand is the book I followed while preparing for the CAT Exam. I would say the following or having too many books will only make you more pressurized to move towards your goal.

Q. 9 Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Cracking CAT is not a rocket science. It’s like other competetive exams, which needs more attention on your basic skills and as Data interpretation questions are lengthy and time consuming, managing your time for this section is very critical. 

Q. 10 List the Name of Books You Followed for DI

I have followed the books and study materials by S. Chand.

Q. 11 Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

As I have mentioned early cracking CAT is not a rocket science. I would just say, the more you practice the questions, the more you achieve.

Q. 12 List the Name of Books You Followed for Logical Reasoning

I preferred only S Chand and Google.

Q. 13 Vocabulary and Grammar: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

CAT is not a big deal to crack. It tests your basic skills. Vocabulary and grammar questions fetch you maximum scores and that too in less time. So please improve your vocabulary, just focus on English newspapers & movies.

Q. 14 List the Name of Books You Followed for Vocabulary and Grammar

English newspapers & magazines and movies.

Q. 15 Write some of the preparation tips for someone who is starting a month before the exam?

Focus & Clear Timetable. Do your SWOT Analysis and accordingly prepare a schedule which gives ample time to cover all the topics. Focus more on your weak areas and a nice revision to the strong areas. Try not to spend much time on a particular topic for the entire day. Change your topics and it would keep you fresh and focussed.

Also Check CAT Syllabus

Q. 16 How was the interview in counselling? Share some of the Questions.

It was basically to test mental ability and strengths. I would just say to be straight forward and confident while answering.



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