Common Admission Test or commonly known as, CAT, is an entrance test conducted by the IIMs to select the high-grade students. Sitting for an exam like CAT requires a lot of hard work and dedication. One has to focus and should be able to manage time well. It surely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Here are a few points candidates should keep in mind while preparing for CAT exam:
Understanding the CAT Exam Pattern:
If you don’t know what the components of the paper are, you would just not be able to prepare yourself for it. That is why knowing and understanding the topics and subjects is very important. Also, a gradual change in the CAT exam pattern has been observed over time in the last 5 to 6 years. Despite the changes, the basics of this exam remain the same. Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Abilities, proficiency in speaking and reading are the base for the majority of the questions. One should carefully look for resources online for the particular year of examination.
Take Mock Tests:
Before starting to prepare for the comprehensive test, one should first give a round of mock exams. Mocks give candidates an insight into where they stand because these tests are prepared in accordance with the previous years’ question papers. Having done this, any candidate can question themselves for where they lag and where the real hard-work is required.
Preparations with or without coaching:
One has a choice if they want to take up coaching or not. Depending on the amount of time available, the topics remaining, and if they can do them on their own. These factors decide if one requires coaching. These factors may differ from an individual to another. As long as one has the right study material and is confident about themselves, they do not need any assistance.
Make a Time Table:
After penning down the low-scoring-subjects, one should plan to give time to each subject wisely. This depends from person to person. Someone can be good at reasoning but bad at comprehension and the other can be good at comprehension but not at reasoning. It’s just different for everyone. That is why knowing our flaws and working on them correctly is the only way to succeed.
Start Preparing Section-Wise:
CAT exam has five sections, namely: Verbal Ability, Comprehension, Logical reasoning, Quantitive Aptitude, and Data Interpretation. Preparations for all these at the same time will use a lot of time and will eventually become confusing. Going one by one, starting with the most difficult and eventually finishing all. This method helps to keep track of how much we have learnt and how much remains.
Apart from having a seat in an IIM, preparing for CAT has other benefits too. Because one does deep study in logic, reasoning, aptitude and other such brainstorming topics, they are able to process things faster. The mental ability of a person grows and because they work with a given time limit, they understand the value of time too.