According to stats, more than 2 lakh students appear for CAT exam every year and compete for about 3500 MBA seats at the premier institutes(IIMs) in the country. Lack of seats and huge demand for them makes CAT exam one of the toughest exams in India. Once registered, candidates face one of the biggest challenges: How to study and what to study for the exam!
The solution for this is further answered in two ways:
- Enroll themselves in coaching/ tuition classes for the same.
- Self Study
From providing with study material to preparing schedules, from holding doubt classes to conducting mock tests, coaching institutes play a huge role throughout the process.
However, being totally dependent on tuition and considering coaching classes a must to crack the exam is a myth which needs to be busted. History stands witness to some marvellous students who excelled in CAT without any coaching or expert guidance.
Therefore, CollegeDekho brings you some of the key points to keep in mind while preparing for CAT exam without taking help from coaching or tuition.
1. Familiarise yourself with the syllabus and exam pattern:
To crack on any exam you need to be particular about the exam syllabus and the pattern. Go through the syllabus and start from preparing yourself from the very basic. Also, reach out to previous year’s exam papers to understand the pattern of the question paper.
Remember, the exam is divided into four parts:
- Quantitative Ability
- Data Interpretation
- Logical Reasoning
- Verbal Ability
2. Collecting the study material:
One of the major advantages of coaching classes is that they provide their students with study material on the basis of the different sections in the paper. But students who are preparing for the exam without taking help from coaching classes need not worry about the same. Ample study material is available for students on the internet and in the market.
Hack: To keep track on the current happenings, read magazines and newspapers daily and brush up your language skills, comprehensive skills and general knowledge.
3. Study Schedule:
Once you are equipped with the syllabus, what you require next is a preparation strategy. Prepare a schedule by dividing different topics and subjects into various slots and further assign deadlines for covering each of these slots. Once this is done, devote your time as per the schedule to meet the desired deadlines.
4. Online Mock Tests:
Solving mock tests online will not only help you understand the exam pattern but will also provide you with an honest review of your own preparation levels. Apart from this, mock tests are a great way of judging your conceptual knowledge. You may not score well in the very first attempt, but don't lose hope, instead figure out your weaker sections and practice more.
This is one of the most important steps while preparing CAT without any coaching. Analysing your strengths and weaknesses will not only help you understand the bigger picture but will also let you focus on key sections individually.
6. Always a scope for improvement:
This is the last step but is equally crucial. Once you are familiar with your strengths, practice harder to excel in it. Don’t stop unless you score 99%ile in that section, every time you sit down for a mock test.
Also, identify your weaknesses and practice until it becomes your strength.
Believe in yourself and all the best!