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Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the toughest entrance exams conducted in India. CAT aspirants are highly motivated and spare no expense that their CAT preparation strategy is on point to ensure their success. However, that is not the only thing that helps CAT stand out among all of the MBA entrance exams conducted in India.
In 2019, 2.44 lakh aspirants registered for CAT and around 2.09 lakh appeared for the exam. Going by the past trends, the number of registrations this year can reach around 2.60 lakhs with aspirants fighting for the 4,951 seats in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) while also contending for other MBA colleges in India. Hence, it is necessary for candidates to ensure that they have a solid plan for preparation.
Experts consider that the ideal time required to prepare for CAT is 6 months and one should always ensure that they have sufficient time for preparation. However, for those who start preparation late, there is still hope for success. In this article, we share some tips to plan your 2-month CAT preparation. However, first things first, here is a 2-month preparation strategy for CAT.
Should I Follow a 2-Month Preparation Strategy?
No, absolutely not, it is a bad idea!! If you have 6 months (or more) to prepare for CAT, then use all of that time to work steadily towards improving your CAT preparation. That being said, there are still chances that some candidates may simply not have enough time to start CAT preparation that early. Through hard work and a determined study, they can also ensure a good score in CAT.
Before moving on to the CAT 2020 2-month preparation tips, candidates also have the option to look for alternatives such as appear for any other MBA entrance exam. Candidates can check the schedule of MBA entrance exams in India and find an exam that allows them sufficient preparation time. A good alternate choice would be CMAT. It is conducted in January, which would significantly extend the preparation time and it is also quite widely-accepted by colleges in India.
However, this would also mean that a candidate will have to give up their claim for the IIMs. For those who want to apply for IIMs, this will be the time to gear up and start preparing.
Tips for Prepare for CAT 2020 in 2 Months
Anyone who wants to prepare in 2 months must be prepared for a rigorous and dedicated study plan as well as an attitude for success. Here, hard work will count just as much as smart work. First of all, candidates will have to ensure that they stay updated with all of the latest information about CAT.
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When you don't have a lot of time to prepare, you have to play to your strengths and ensure that you follow a smart strategy not only when preparing but also when attempting the exam.
Make sure you have good quality study material for CAT 2020 and are only getting information from reliable material.
Solve CAT 2020 Mock Tests on a regular basis. 4 - 5 Mock Test per week would help you get good practice.
Find a mentor to help you prepare, if possible. Look for CAT 2020 coaching institutes offering crash courses or just preparation guides.
- Try and stick to revising the topics you are good at or familiar with. Start a new topic only if it is vital to the exam.
Section-Wise Preparation Tips for CAT 2020
When preparing to study for CAT, you should be aware of the most asked questions in CAT 2020. While ideally you should aim to cover the complete syllabus, it can get near impossible to do so in just 2 months. In such a situation, a targetted study plan is the right way forwards. Given below are some important topics in each section of CAT.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Seating Arrangements, Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Venn Diagrams, Puzzles
Quantitative Ability: Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Permutation and Combination, Logarithms, Set Theory
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Para Jumble, Fill in the Blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Vocabulary
Now, let's explore explore the important tips for section in CAT.
Section I: Verbal Ability/Verbal and Reading Comprehension
1. Keep calm and read on:
Reading must have turned into a habit till now. Right? If yes, good going! If no, then I think this is your cue to start!
Benefits of reading include:
Increased ability to understand
Helps comprehend a lot faster
2. Focus on vocab:
The very basic pillar of the VA section is vocabulary and owing to the difficulty level of the exam, we know that the words will not be the ones we use in our regular conversations. So prep up for the same using the following methods:
Take a quick read through books like Word Power, Barron’s etc.
Try to remember every new word you learn by writing it down somewhere.
Not only learn words to increase your vocab but also try using them in sentences.
Try using Flash Cards to make learning vocab a fun and knowledgeable process.
3. Don’t forget grammar:
Remember, there is no escaping from bad grammar and losing marks is complimentary. So for all the grammar victims out there, start from the very basic and read Wren & Martin. In case you have doubts, take help from your seniors and mentors for better understanding.
4. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Whether it be the unseen paragraphs, editing sentences, jumbled up sentences fill in the blanks or omitted sentences, practice will help you gain power over every aspect!
Also, don’t forget to take mock tests which will not only help you gain experience but will also help you analyse your overall performance.
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Section II: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
1. Familiarise yourself with caselets:
We advise you to have a look at the mock tests and familiarise yourself with the topics and types of questions to expect in this section.
- Data Interpretation questions will be in the form of line and bar graphs, pie charts etc.
- Logical Reasoning questions will be based on arrangements, blood relations, family tree, Venn diagrams etc.
2. Are you ready for tough calculations?
DI questions are usually calculation-intensive and what decides if you are in the game or not is the speed of these calculations. It is important that you time yourself to evaluate the performance.
3. Again PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
Apart from excelling in the previous year’s papers and mock papers, try solving riddles and puzzles to sharpen your logical reasoning skills. Also play mental games and games like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, blood relations and family tree riddles etc. This will help make learning a fun process!
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Section III: Quantitative Ability
1. Familiarise yourself with topics and areas:
A very useful strategy to help you crack this section is starting by learning the basic concepts, understanding them with the help of examples. Start with easy questions and then move onto the difficult questions. Once you are familiar with the topics that hold the maximum weightage in this section, focus on the same.
2. Figure out the important topics:
Since the syllabus for the exam is not definite, one cannot study for each and every topic that has appeared in the previous year papers. But what you can do is, figure out the important topics on the basis of the number of times it has appeared over the years and how much weightage does each hold. Make sure you do not skip any important topic and try to cover as much as possible.
In case, you find yourself stuck on one of the topics and are not able to perform well, despite repeated efforts, it is advisable to skip that topic and further spend time in strengthening your strong areas.
Note: Try not to skip important topics like Number System, Arithmetic, Modern Math or Geometry.
3. And finally PRACTICE!
Now you know what we are talking about. Practice is key! Hold on to it as it will open many doors. Solve previous year’s papers and mock tests and see your weaker sections turn into your strengths.
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Stay focused on your preparation and ensure that you are investing sufficient time every day in CAT preparation. This should be the time for you to sit down and start studying. Each day and every hour spent in preparation will take you closer to your goal of cracking the CAT.
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