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CAT Preparation Tips by Shubham Choudhary

Last Updated - September 07, 2017

Shubham Choudhary appeared for CAT in 2015 and scored 99.46 percentile. We chatted with him and procured some preparation tips which may help other aspirants to secure a similarly good percentile.

Ques. In which year did you appear for CAT and what percentile did you score?

Ans. I appeared for CAT in 2015 and scored 99.46 percentile. This percentile helped me in getting a call from IIM Nagpur.

Ques. Which are the institutes which offered you admission to their MBA programs and where did you take admission?

Ans. I got a call from IIM Nagpur.

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Ques. Apart from CAT which other exams did you appear for?

Ans. Other than CAT I appeared for XAT, and IIFT.

Ques. What was your mode of preparation?

Ans. My mode of preparation was self-study as I believe that CAT is not a very tough exam and it is easy to score a good percentile with focused preparation. If one follows the right strategy, self-study can prove to be a boon for CAT aspirants.

Ques. Can you review your Coaching Institute?

 Ans. The TIME tests are a level higher than CAT. So it helped me strengthen my forte and find out my weakness. I also solved a lot of Verbal and LR/DI questions on their website which helped me score more.

Q. How did you manage CAT preparation schedule alongside graduation study or working hours?

A. My attitude was quite strong, so I focused more on reading comprehension. I didn't have to study too much, a 2-week break before the exam was enough.

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. I am strong in this section, however, there were some topics which I feel is not stronger for me. I work hard specifically on those topics from Conduira material and Arun Sharma Quant book. I practice regularly and solved most of the questions. I made my own tricks, I calculate really fast for example if I want to calculate 17*8, I followed this strategy 17*10 = 170 - 34(17*2) and comes up with 136, although not everyone could follow this strategy.

Suggestions - Make your stronger sections the strongest one, so that you can solve any question and does not get it wrong and make your weaker sections into average at least, so that simple questions from that category can be solved out. Make sure accuracy is the key here. So for example test has 40 questions, it does not mean you have to solve 40 out of 40. Make sure you can solve at least 25 but make it 95%accuracy in order to have good percentile."

Ques. What should be the Strategy for Someone Who is starting just two months before the exam

Ans. Take some mock tests and then you eventually got the idea of your weaker sections and stronger sections. Don't get complacent on stronger sections and keep on improving by spending 1-2 hours a day and try to correct basics of weaker sections. Leave the weakest sections. These competitive exams test various things and time management and ability to choose questions with great accuracy would be key here.

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Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI

Ans. I only followed and practice from practice material provided by Conduira, I am very strong in this section and I only prepared via mock exams after content from my coaching institute.

Ques. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. This is my strongest section but make sure the questions you are solving. CAT usually have 10-15 questions on graphs, pie charts, and other figures while they seem easy to solve. It requires complete accuracy, speed in the calculation and most importantly correct interpretation of every type of chart.

Once a student has a good grasp over the subject, he needs to choose the questions needs to be solved, usually, 7-8 questions can easily be solved. Leave the difficult one, one should not spend more than 2 minutes on 1 question and try to find out the maximum information from graph before you start solving the questions.

Ques. List the Name of Books You Followed for Quant

Ans. Arun Sharma for most of the sections especially for Time, speed questions, Permutation & Combination.

NCERT Books for solving 10th class level questions like trigonometry, quadratic equations etc. These are my weaker sections, hence prepare most of the time. I did not touch geometry at all because I am not comfortable with it. So I answer 1 question only out of 3 in every mock exam which is very simple and I had a clear concept about it.

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Again, this is my strongest subject. At first, I am not sure how to solve these questions and honestly speaking I still don't have any idea or trick for this one.

I read the whole question and took out all the points which are clearly mentioned and try to figure out the missing places. I usually picked easier sections and don't spend much time on tougher ones. I scored 97%le in DI and Reasoning.

Try to be focused while solving DI and Reasoning questions, they appear difficult at first but once you got the grasp of that particular question, it is easier to solve each one of them.

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

Ans. I only followed and practice from practice material provided by Conduira, I am very strong in this section and I only prepared via mock exams after content from my coaching institute.

Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Ans. Ahaa! This is my weakest section and still is. I tried a lot and sometimes I failed miserably. My strategy in this section might not work for everyone. I answered every question from this section as my accuracy is on the lower end. I practice a lot for this section and usually try to understand the gist of these questions.

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

Ans. Word power made easy - I read the whole book twice in a year and learned most of the words. It is a very nice book and I would recommend to everyone.

Wren n Martin for grammar, sections are concisely covered and it is recommended for everyone.

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

Ans. There was a special trick designed by our faculty for vocabulary although honestly speaking, it does not help much.

Also, I prepare by my own by studying some books, reading novels and be attentive. However I would like to mention that vocabulary cannot be built in a year or so, it requires constant efforts from childhood. So if someone is looking for extraordinary, be attentive and devote some serious time.

I am weak in grammar and does not pay much attention to it as I know I am not going to do well in this section. Although I cleared some basic concepts in classes and via books, it is again a difficult section for novice and if roots are not strong, then it is difficult to master this section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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