CAT 2019: Preparing for a competitive exam like CAT may be very difficult but it is certainly not impossible. If candidates come up with a strategic and systematic plan, then attempting this national-level examination should not be a tough nut to crack. The Common Admission Test (CAT) will take place on November 24, 2019 at different test centres all over India.
With two months in hand, candidates can still work on ways to boost their performance on the day of the exam.
Apart from this, candidates must also know about the CAT preparation plan that must be adopted a few days or weeks before the examination. The best thing to do a few weeks before the exam is to take a decent number of CAT mock tests and analyse the results. The more questions are practised, the better will be the performance of the candidate. Revising important concepts and formulae is another way to boost performance on the exam day.
Start reading the tips and tricks given below and simultaneously track your CAT preparation. Implement these pointers in your preparation pattern and see the remarkable change in your CAT 2019 result.
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CAT Preparation Strategy 2019: Section-wise
Every CAT 2019 aspirant must know that it very important for them to be aware of the subjects that are to be prepared for the examination. For this, the candidates must take a look at the CAT 2019 syllabus. They must also know how to prepare these subjects in order to cover maximum topics and sections. Let’s check out some of the easy tips and tricks that can be beneficial for the preparation plan.
CAT preparation strategy for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
The time given to complete this section of CAT 2019 is 60 minutes. Test takers must not take more than 50 minutes to answer the maximum number of questions in this section. The remaining 10 minutes should be utilised revising the answers and attempting unanswered questions
The VARC has been structured in a way to judge your reading skills along with your language knowledge. Experts advise on improving grammatical understanding, which can be done by following good grammar books
For a better understanding, reading through junior level books is recommended by experts and CAT applicants who have scored 99 percentile
Sub-sections like Fact Inference Judgment, Para Completion, Verbal Reasoning, Analogies and Para Jumble are the ones that need more attention and understanding
Other sub-sections need more practice and a little bit of memorising when it comes to synonyms and idioms. For this, you can solve practice papers or previous years’ question papers
Solving previous years’ papers will also help in understanding the pattern and structure of the questions framed for VARC
Experts also advise learning as many as 10 new words with their meaning, synonyms and usage.
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CAT preparation strategy for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI and LR)
There are a total of 32 questions that are to be answered in 60 minutes. However, an idol examinee would be expected to complete this section in not less than 55 minutes while 5 minutes can be kept for revision and unattended questions
The motive for this section is to understand the calibre of the candidates with respect to their logical thinking and approach. In order to master this section, candidates will have to first understand every given topic in detail and then start practising them
Sub-sections that must be prepared first include Caselet, Bar Graph, Data Sufficiency, Clocks and Calendars, Data Arrangement, Binary Logic, Constraint-based puzzles and Venn Diagram
Candidates should read the questions carefully before solving them. They should have a clear explanation for choosing an option
They should read all the response choices carefully before choosing or eliminating any. It is to be noted that no changes can be made after the candidates choose an option
Special importance should be paid to words like “some”, “all”, “none”, etc. Many a time these words are used to twist the question which in turn leads to confusion in choosing an answer
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Candidates can also utilise scratch paper to draw schematic notes or diagrams
Take help from teachers and seniors to study the tricks and methods of solving the questions in this section
While preparing the sub-sections, remember to complete one topic at a time. Devote equal amount of time to each topic and sub-sections to understand the details including the methodology of finding out the solution
Remember not to rush in attempting all the questions. Instead, pick the questions that you can solve easily and attempt them first, and then switch to the time-consuming ones.
CAT preparation strategy for Quantitative Ability (QA)
As prescribed by the exam conducting authority, there are a total of 34 questions that must be answered within a time span of 60 minutes. It is advised to complete the maximum number of questions in this section in 54 to 55 minutes and rest of the time for revision.
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Quantitative Ability section in CAT 2019 exam is meant to judge candidates’ understanding of the arithmetic reasoning and numeric calculation system. This in return helps candidates in making quick calculative decisions when on field as a professional
Some topics that are to be prepared for this section include Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry and Calculus. Take help from best books and study materials to score well in this section
If reading through the books and understanding the terms seems difficult, then you may consider joining a reputed Coaching Center. The mentors at these centres will teach the difficult topics in an easy and simple way combined with regular practice sessions
Going through the examples given after every explanation in the books and study materials is a must for CAT applicants. These examples will help in understanding the problem in a clear way and will also help in knowing the steps to approach the solution in a simplified manner
The right way to approach questions is to go for the easier ones first and then gradually move to the more difficult or tricky ones.
Courtesy: India Today
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