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How to prepare for NMAT by GMAC 2019 in 3 months?

NMAT 2019 Preparation in 3 months: NMIMS Management Aptitude Test is the national level management entrance test leading to MBA admissions 2020 in premier MBA colleges like NMIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, ISB, XIM Bhubaneswar and several other MBA colleges in India. The exam takes place in 75 days test window. One can prepare for this exam through self-study, via traditional coaching or NMAT Online Coaching. Alternatively, one can enroll only into an NMAT Online Mock Series since mock tests are the backbone of all management entrance exams. With less than 3 months left, here are a few preparation tips to crack NMAT 2019. 

NMAT 2019 Preparation in 3 months

NMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Section Number of Questions Time (in Minutes)
Language Skills 32 22
Quantitative Skills 48 60
Logical Reasoning 40 38

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NMAT 2019: Key points to note

One of the biggest differentiating points of this exam is that there is no negative marking, and hence candidates are encouraged to make educated guesses. This is the key differentiating point when it comes to having an exam taking strategy. Following are a few points you must keep in mind while preparing for NMAT and also while practicing mock tests.

  • The NMAT by GMAC allows you to choose the order of attempt. Hence, make sure you attempt your strongest section first, even while attempting mock tests. This will help build your confidence for the remaining portion of the test. It is recommended to attempt a more demanding section in the middle as concentration levels tend to peak at that time.
  • Since there is no negative marking, be both aggressive and smart with your approach. Even if you are not confident about an answer, go ahead make an educated guess. There’s nothing to lose here.
  • With 120 questions to be solved in 120 minutes, NMAT is a test of speed. The number of questions you need to attempt cannot be pre-determined as it is a function of the level of difficulty. Just keep a fine balance accuracy and speed. 

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NMAT 2019 Syllabus

Section Syllabus
Language Skills Grammatical Error Correction, Vocabulary Usage, Usage of Synonyms and Antonyms, Idioms, Fill the Blanks, Sentence Corrections and Usage, Usage on Parts of Speech, Tenses, and Conditionals, Jumbled Sentences, Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Aptitude Arithmetic (Averages, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion), Algebra, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Geometry, Number Systems, Probability, Permutations and Combinations, Statistics, Linear/Quadratic Equations, Venn Diagrams, Tables and Charts for Data Analysis
Logical Reasoning Calendars, Arrangement, Blood Relations, Coding and Decoding, Critical Reasoning, Puzzles, Syllogisms, Argument-based Questions

NMAT 2019 Preparation in 3 months: Begin your preparation with a diagnostic mock test

This is, in fact, one of the most crucial steps of preparation. It is based on one simple logic: You need to know where you currently are in order to be able to chalk out a way to get to the place where you want to be. Many people fail to take mocks before the exam, however, this is an important step and should not be missed. When you take a diagnostic mock and spend time analyzing, it will give you a reality check. You begin to develop an understanding of which are the areas you may be good at and find easy to prepare and which topics are troublemakers. This goes a long way in helping you plan a preparation strategy. Also, once you have seen your scores, you will have a rough idea of how much effort you must put in, in order to achieve the desired results. 

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NMAT 2019 Preparation in 3 months: Clear your basics and establish a stronghold 

Quantitative Ability

The four important areas in this section are Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Math. Begin with the basics and ensure conceptual clarity on fundamental properties, formulae and number operations, such as odd and even, prime numbers, LCM and HCF, etc. before graduating to advanced concepts. NMAT is essentially a speed test and thus having a good mental calculation ability has to be given importance. Familiarity with multiplication tables, squares, cubes, common fractions, and their percentage equivalents is desired. While giving mocks, check if you are taking more time in QA or DI section. If you are comfortable with DI, then you can solve the DI sets first. It has an advantage as you will be able to attend more number of questions in one go if you cracked the logic behind the question.

Reasoning

The two important areas in this section are verbal and analytical reasoning. While preparing for this section, remember never to assume or use any information that is not provided in the question. Develop a knack for identifying the questions to be done and the ones to leave. We can’t stress the importance of strong basics for the same. Understand that logical reasoning skills cannot be developed overnight. The only way to succeed in this section is to practice different question types from varied sources. The more you practice, the better you get! 

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Language Skills

The sure shot way of excelling in this section is to develop an extensive reading habit. This helps you improve your vocabulary as well as comprehension. Pay special attention to the editorial section in newspapers. Reference to an authentic ‘word list’, giving the meaning and usage of words, will be conducive to handling questions on synonyms, antonyms, and analogies, which are popularly tested in this section. In this section, the maximum number of questions can be attempted. Questions in this section are direct and knowledge-based. The time-consuming section is the Reading Comprehension section. So keep this section for the last and try to attempt at least 2 passages. Moreover, the more you give mocks, the more you will able to attempt this section faster.

NMAT 2019 Preparation in 3 months: Take topic tests of varying difficulty levels 

Taking tests is an indispensable part of preparing for any competitive exam and things are no different for NMAT. You must develop a habit of test taking and regularly attempt them throughout your preparation phase. Also, make sure you take full-length mock tests every once in a while. Devote the last stage of your preparation, to take full length mocks extensively and spend a good amount of time analyzing those. Based on the analysis, refine your test-taking strategy and test that in the next mock test you take. This way, by the time your exam is due, you will have a foolproof exam strategy that works wonders for you. Hope this outline helps you. All the Best!

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Tips for solving RC questions in CAT 2019

RC Preparation for CAT 2019: With a growing emphasis on communication, soft skills, language skills and the importance of Verbal Ability in today’s world has increased all the more. It forms a significant part of entrance examinations across disciplines and professions. It might appear that sailing through the Verbal Ability section would be easy since it comprises of questions which we encounter in some form or the other from our school days. While this may hold true for the exceptional cases, a majority of us need to continuously work on our language skills and when it’s for an exam, the stakes are raised. 

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The verbal section in CAT not only tests the grammar and language skills of the candidate but also the critical thinking skills. Well, the first thing that you need to know is the importance of Reading Comprehensions (RCs). RCs constitute almost 50% of the CAT verbal section and in fact, the percentage remains the same for most entrance exams. This section is a critical area that you cannot afford to neglect. Here are some tips on RC Preparation for CAT 2019 to score better. 

RC Preparation for CAT 2019

RC Preparation for CAT 2019: Tips for solving RC questions 

For vocab questions, think like a thesaurus: One of the basic requirements to ace the CAT Verbal Ability Section is to build your vocabulary. Approximately 15% of the RC questions will ask you about a specific word from a paragraph. Keep in mind that you are not expected to know the definition of this word, and most of the time the standard dictionary definition will be listed among the answer choices and will be incorrect. Look back to the passage and ask yourself, how is this word being used in context? Try to come up with your own word that is similar in meaning and could replace the word in the sentence. Use this prediction to eliminate answer choices.

Focus on the first and final paragraphs to find the main idea: The author usually uses the first paragraph to introduce his topic and start a discussion of the main idea. The final paragraph wraps up the discussion of the body paragraphs and reinforces the main idea. If you are having trouble finding what the overall purpose or point is for the passage, go back to these two bookending paragraphs. Look for thesis statements or concluding summations. The majority of the passages you will encounter on the reading comprehension questions will be shorter, but one or two will be longer. If you are running out of time, read the opening and closing paragraphs and skim the middle. You can go back and read body paragraphs more carefully as questions call for it.

Use context to help you: If a question asks about a particular line, don’t go back into the passage and read just that line. A good rule of thumb is to read at least 2 sentences before and after the line in question. This will give you an idea of where the point started and where the author is going with it. 

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Save unfamiliar passages for last: The passages will cover a variety of subjects, from history to science to literature. Do the questions that are easier first and save the harder ones for last. Each question is worth the same amount, so you don’t want to waste a big chunk of time on a passage with a few questions when you could answer twice as many questions on easier passages. If science passages are confusing to you, come back to that one after you’ve completed the rest.

For “Select one or more answer choices” questions, consider each choice separately: For some of the reading comprehension questions, you will have to choose one, two, or three of the answers. This format can lead you to second-guess yourself more than with a typical multiple-choice question where you can eliminate choices decisively. To avoid these issues, consider each choice separately and only select it if you feel that it could be the only correct answer to the question. 

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Underline and take notes as you read: Read the passage actively. Underline key words or sentences that contain the main idea. Jot down any notes, probably just a word or two, that you think might help you. If the author is taking a side on a certain issue, write a positive or negative sign next to the passage to remind yourself later what his or her position is.

Avoid extreme answers: Generally, if an answer choice sounds very extreme in tone, it’s not the best choice. Be wary of answers that use words like never, always, completely, etc. There’s usually an exception to the rule. 

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Don’t make assumptions: Inferring and assuming are not the same things. When you infer, you make an inference based on the information in the passage. When you assume, you make an assumption that brings in outside information or biases and is not based solely on the given passage. An assumption may seem valid, but if you can’t back it up with statements from the passage, it’s probably best to stay away from it.

Keep it simple and stay calm. Follow the thumb rule and formulate your D-day strategy. The key to scoring more is owning your mistakes and improving. You cannot expect to score more if you do not rectify your mistakes. I hope these tips will help you in your RC preparation for CAT 2019. All the best! 

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IIFT 2019 Sectional Preparation Guide

IIFT 2019 Section-wise Preparation: IIFT is a national-level management entrance exam conducted annually by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, for admission to its MBA (International Business) program. As the IIFT preparation time goes on reducing month after month with every passing day, you need to revisit your IIFT preparation strategy and synchronize it with remaining IIFT preparation time. The IIFT paper has six sections that test the candidates Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, and General Awareness skills. In this article, we bring to you IIFT 2019 section-wise preparation strategies and tips.

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IIFT 2019 Section-wise Preparation

IIFT 2019 Exam Features

Features Details
Name of the exam IIFT
Name of conducting body Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi
Category of exam Post Graduate
Exam type National level
Periodicity Annually
IIFT campuses Delhi, Kakinada, and Kolkata
Duration of exam 120 minutes
Pattern of IIFT exam Multiple choice questions
Mode of IIFT exam Offline
Sections in exam Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, General Knowledge, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude
Seat reservation As per regulations of the Indian Government

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IIFT 2019 Section-wise Preparation: English Comprehension 

English is one of the important sections in all the MBA entrance exams. One cannot take this section lightly at all. English Comprehension section has paragraphs that one needs to read, understand and then answer the questions. To solve this section, one should have reading speed and should be able to observe every detail as he or she reads it. Reading books and newspapers every day will increase the reading speed of the candidate and thus will help in the English Comprehension section.

  • Read newspapers to increase reading speed.
  • Read more books to have a better vocabulary.
  • Solve puzzles.
  • Solve mock tests to get the basic idea of the English Comprehension section. 

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IIFT 2019 Section-wise Preparation: Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation 

The Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation sections are moderately tough in the IIFT exam compared to every other management examination. The only tip to crack this section is to practice everything possible.

  • Practice mock tests.
  • Get a basic idea of the kind of questions asked to get comfortable with the topic.
  • Solve a lot of questions of the same type so that one can save time by reading just the data given and the basics of the questions. 

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IIFT 2019 Section-wise Preparation: Quantitative Ability

This section is very easy to score if one is quick with doing mental calculations. The use of a virtual calculator is not advised as it simply consumes more time. The candidates should first deal with the questions they know and then take time to think about the questions they are unsure as how to solve them. While preparing for this section, candidates should focus on their strengths and practice questions and should keep the weak areas for later.

  • While preparing for this section, handle the strong topics and known areas first so that you can ensure full marks in those questions.
  • Tackle the weaker sections and topics later if you have enough time before the exam day.
  • While appearing for the paper, solve the questions you are completely sure about first and leave the rest for later.
  • Mark the questions you think you can answer after giving it sometime and solve them in the end.
  • Do not answer the questions you are completely unsure about. 

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IIFT 2019 Section-wise Preparation: General Awareness

This section is termed to be the most difficult of all the sections as this section has a particular amount of importance and confidence that is required to answer the questions properly. The IIFT GK is more difficult than the GK section in CMAT, MAT and some other management examinations. One can either score very high in this section or very low. There are no calculations required in this section so saving time is easy and important. One has to read yearbooks and newspapers daily to answer the general knowledge section in the IIFT examination.

  • Buy and read yearbooks as old as 2014 at least.
  • Read newspapers every day to be able to answer the current affairs, general knowledge questions.
  • Save time by answering only those questions that you are completely sure about.
  • If you can eliminate two options out of the four options given to you, then it is advised to answer that question as well. 

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Stay calm and face your fears and focus on improving your strengths and weaknesses. Finally yet importantly, taking care of your personal and mental health is very important. Forget how many months are remaining, rather design weekly plans and plan each day. This is all you need to do. Hope this outline helps. All the Best!

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How to Prepare for IIFT GK Section?

IIFT 2019 GK Preparation: The IIFT exam is a national level test which is conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Generally, the IIFT GK section is of higher difficulty level in comparison to the other entrance tests such as SNAP, CMAT, MAT. Due to this, a large number of applicants fail to clear the sectional cutoff of the GK section. But the other good thing is that the cutoff for GK is usually low. In the last 4-5 years, it has remained in the range of 2 marks to 3.5 marks. The weightage of the GK section in IIFT test is not fixed and in the past, has varied from 13-14 marks out of 118 total marks. Even though the weightage for GK is less, however, each and every mark counts in this exam. Thus, it is advisable that you do not take this section lightly. In this article, we bring to you tips to prepare for the GK section, books to refer for preparation, syllabus, and more. 

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IIFT 2019 GK Preparation

Why is the GK section important?

Better accuracy: GK based questions give you the opportunity to increase your accuracy. This is because, if you know the answer to a GK question, there is no scope for confusion!

Time efficiency: Further, the GK section is highly helpful in time management as there is no calculation-work and analysis involved. You can use this to your advantage by allocating more time to other sections of the examination.

Good backup:  The additional GK section in the IIFT exam can also act as a good back up for you, especially if you feel you are weak in any of the traditional sections like Quant, Verbal, and LRDI. 

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IIFT GK Syllabus

As per the experts, the preparation for GK is not a matter of 1 or 2 months but a continuous process. The most tried and tested method to prepare for GK is to read the newspapers or magazines. For preparing for static GK, refer to the yearbook or GK encyclopedia of a reputed publication. Remember there is negative marking for an incorrect answer. Hence it is best not to answer questions which you are not sure of. However, make sure you attempt enough questions to not only clear the cutoff but to score maximum marks possible as well. The topics to prepare for IIFT GK section is as follows:

  • Current Affairs.
  • Politics.
  • Sports.
  • Science.
  • Economics.
  • History.
  • Books.
  • Geography.

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IIFT 2019 GK Preparation: Static GK

As the name suggests, Static GK consists of areas that do not change over time. While the syllabus for the Static GK section seems to be very vast, it can be completed effectively if you choose authentic and reliable sources to study from. Yearbook or GK encyclopedia of a reputed publication is a good source of preparation. You may expect questions from the following sub-topics in Static GK:

  • History.
  • Geography Economy.
  • Companies and Brands.
  • Indian Political System & Constitution.
  • Organizations.
  • Science & Technology.
  • Sports.
  • Miscellaneous: This section includes questions on various awards and honors, important international dates, books, and authors, etc. 

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IIFT 2019 GK Preparation: Current GK

Questions from Current GK will focus on the important national and international events in the past 12 months. The best source to prepare current GK is the newspaper. Besides newspapers, you may prepare current affairs of the last 12 months from any reputed competition specific magazine like Competition Success Review, Pratiyogita Darpan, etc. In Current GK, you may expect questions from these broad areas:

  • Economy.
  • Business & Corporate News.
  • Indian Polity.
  • Organizations.
  • New Developments in Science & Technology.
  • People in News.
  • Sports.
  • Miscellaneous. 

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Attempting the IIFT GK section

Answer what you know

Ideally, you should not spend more than 10 minutes on the IIFT GK section. This will allow you to allocate more time to other time-consuming sections. Answer the questions you are completely sure about. In general knowledge, one can save a lot of time as there are no calculations involved. One can simply read the question and either know the answer for it or not know the answer at all. The candidates are advised to answer the questions they are completely sure about and try to score as many marks as possible there. The questions do involve negative marking so answering questions one is unsure about is not advisable at any cost.

Think

The questions you think you can answer after giving it some thought or after searching your mind for it are the ones the candidate should go for next. The aspirant should think about the questions they are not completely sure about. If one is able to eliminate two options out of the four options, it is advisable to answer those questions after giving it some thought.

When one truly thinks about it, the general knowledge section is not a very difficult section and is only made so because it involves some reading. When handled step by step every candidate can solve the GK section in the IIFT examination. All the Best!

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IIFT 2019 Important Topics and Tips for Preparation

IIFT 2019 Important Topics and Tips: IIFT is a national-level management entrance exam conducted annually by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, for admission to its MBA (International Business) program. IIFT 2019 exam will be conducted in the first week of December 2019, in offline mode at around 18 exam centres across India. Through this exam, IIFT Delhi offers seats at its Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada campuses. The application process for IIFT 2019 exam will begin from the first week of August 2019. Candidates have to register for the exam through online mode. The tentative last date to fill the application will be in the second week of September 2019. Candidates who qualify the exam will be shortlisted for the subsequent selection process – Writing Test, GD, and PI. 

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IIFT 2019 Important Topics

IIFT 2019 Exam Features

Features Details
Name of the Exam IIFT
Name of conducting body Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi
Category of exam Post Graduate
Exam type National level
Periodicity Annually
IIFT Campuses Delhi, Kakinada, and Kolkata
Duration of exam 120 minutes
Pattern of IIFT exam Multiple choice questions
Mode of IIFT exam Offline
Sections in exam Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, General Knowledge, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude
Seat reservation As per regulations of the Indian Government

IIFT 2019: Things to note

  • Since IIFT is pen-paper based exam there’s no restriction of time to be spent on each section. You can devote your time to a particular section you find difficult and spend less time on the section you can solve easily.
  • Switching between the sections is quite easy and hassle-free.
  • The difficulty level of this exam is less than that of CAT.
  • The most important point that you must keep in mind while preparing for the examination is that you need to score minimum cutoff marks in every section of the paper apart from the overall cutoff. 

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IIFT 2019 Important Topics

Section IIFT 2019 Important Topics
General Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Geography
  • Books
  • Science
  • History
  • Economics
English Usage
  • Comprehension of passage
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Proverb
  • Odd one out
  • Jumbled paragraphs containing 4 to 5 sentences
  • Antonyms
  • Syllogisms
  • Idioms
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Completion of sentences
  • Contextual usage
  • Usage of foreign language words
  • Incorrect words
  • Correction of sentences
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Use of same words in different places
  • Punctuation
  • Error correction in choosing words
  • One word replacement
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
  • Sequence
  • Puzzles
  • Coding and decoding
  • Cause and Effect
  • Antonyms
  • Family tree problems
  • Identifying strong arguments and weak arguments
  • Identifying next number in the series
  • Statements and conclusions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Matrix arrangements
  • Probably false
  • Identifying Probably True
  • Symbol Based problems
  • Statements and assumptions
  • Assertion and reason
  • Assumption-premise-conclusion
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Identifying valid references
  • Definitely true
Quantitative Ability
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Geometric progression
  • Arithmetic progression
  • Quadratic linear equations
  • Average
  • BODMAS
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Partnership
  • Time-speed-distance
  • Work and time
  • Number system
  • HCF
  • LCM
  • Percentage
  • Allegation and Mixtures
  • Arithmetic mean
  • Geometric mean
  • Harmonic mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • Number based system
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Maxima & Minima progression
  • Work
  • Pipes and cisterns
  • Simple interest and compound interest
  • Set theory
  • Installment payments
  • Partnerships
  • Clocks
  • Probability
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Vectors
  • Binomial expansions
  • Logarithm
  • Calendar
  • Surds, Indices and Complex numbers
  • Venn diagram

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IIFT 2019 Preparation Tips

  • Quantitative Ability & Verbal Ability sections are concept-driven, which means that the questions depend heavily on the core concepts. It is therefore suggested that you prepare the key concepts in the Quantitative Ability section in a thorough manner.
  • Start your preparation with the weaker section. In this manner, you will have sufficient time to get the basic concepts clear and solve a sufficient amount of questions to understand the section and score well in that particular section. Candidates must aim for higher accuracy instead of answering more number of questions with a low accuracy rate.
  • If you are getting bored and want to break the monotony, go for an easy section which you know and start practicing it. You will in no time complete your entire syllabus and will have your concepts cleared.
  • Inculcate the habit of reading newspapers and good novels. To tackle the Verbal Ability section, one has to focus on improving their reading speed because the paper typically features 3-4 Reading Comprehensions. Also, you should prepare the basics of grammar in order to solve the sentence correction questions. Practice is required to solve usage-based questions like the analogy, fill in the blanks, etc.
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning is practice-intensive. It is advisable to practice different Data Interpretation question types like pie charts, bar graphs, data tables, line charts & combinations.
  • General Awareness is an environment-sensitive area and requires familiarity with both static and current components of the environment. For static GK one should focus on topics like history, geography, economics, political system, etc.
  • Once you are sure of the concepts and have practiced enough questions related to a particular section, go for mock tests. This will help you to analyze your preparations and you will also get an idea of marks that you may score in IIFT 2019 and accordingly practice hard and improve your weaker sections. 

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Overall, the IIFT test can be best managed if you follow a three-pronged approach – ensuring concept familiarity, developing application orientation and sharpening test-taking strategies. While familiarity with previous test patterns and cutoffs helps, too much scrutiny of trend analysis may be digressing at times. You need to evolve as a test taker on that day, approach it with an open mind and go with the flow. All the Best!

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CAT 2019 Preparation Guide: 10 Commandments to Score 95+%ile and Get into IIMs

CAT 2019 Preparation Guide: As the clock ticks and CAT 2019 draws nearer, aspirants are constantly seeking inspiration as how to crack CAT 2019 in the next few months. One of the biggest dreams of any MBA aspirant is to clear CAT, the toughest management entrance exam and secure a seat in any of the top B-Schools. Crossing the 95 percentile mark is no piece of cake when it comes to CAT exam, it takes a good amount of hard work and persistence. In this CAT 2019 preparation guide, are the 10 commandments that will help you to score above 95 percentile and secure a seat in your dream B-school. 

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CAT 2019 Preparation Guide

CAT 2019 Preparation Guide: 10 Commandments to Score 95+%ile 

Define an appropriate study plan

Firstly, note down a detailed list of Quant & DI/LR topics and to get comfortable with the absolute basics of these topics, explore the CAT material of an Online CAT Coaching. Secondly, by this time of the year, it is very important to join a test series and start practicing mocks. Choose the mock test slot wisely so as to utilize your weekend effectively. Also, try taking the slot as per the real CAT schedule. Analyze your mistakes, weak topics from the test and work on these weak topics by giving the sectional tests before your next mock test.

Assume these CAT Mock Tests as your real CAT exam, follow the rules with full dedication and avoid taking breaks in between the test. If you are not aware, I must tell you that in CAT exam you don’t get even a 2 minutes break and you are not allowed to pause the exam or leave the examination hall under any circumstances. Joining multiple test series reduces your analysis time and gives you too much material to handle. Always remember, it is quality that matters not the quantity. Do not miss your mock tests. Mock tests will help you best to improve your performance.

Scan the Paper/Section first

Like every other competitive exam, the key to cracking CAT 2019 lies in actually evaluating the exam paper first and understanding how much time and effort you are going need to score above 95 percentile. Scanning the paper would give you an idea of where the easy questions lie which require less time and effort. On the other hand, if you follow a sequential order, you will end up wasting a lot of time on questions that you are not completely confident of solving in the given time. So, make it a rule to always scan the entire paper first and go through the entire question set; making a mental note of the questions that are easier to solve. 

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Do not pre-fix number of questions to attempt

One of the biggest mistakes that even the most brilliant of CAT aspirants do is to fix the number of questions to attempt from a particular section. While it is a good practice to perform a thorough SWOT analysis and understand your strengths and weaknesses and which sections to focus, fixing the minimum number of questions to attempt from a section is taking it to an extreme. No mock test or sample paper is good enough to truly predict the type, style, and format of questions which will be asked in CAT 2019. Therefore, fixing the number of questions to attempt in a section is a very bad idea. You would end up wasting a lot of time behind questions that you surely know are unanswerable. Therefore, it is advisable to attempt questions as you come across them without any compulsions and as per their merit.

Don’t lose heart if you fail to do well in one section

Another rookie mistake that MBA aspirants often do during CAT is to lose hope after not doing well in any one particular section of the CAT exam. While it is natural for one to lose heart for not meeting expectations in either VARC / Quant / DILR, you must remember that there are two other sections in which you can make up for the lost ground. Brooding over not performing well in one particular section would only bring down your own morale and put you into a negative mindset that would also adversely affect your performance in other sections. Therefore, never judge your CAT performance on the basis of one section. 

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Don’t get into an ego tussle with yourself

CAT 2019 is an exam which not only tests their intelligence quotient but also emotional quotient. Many a time, you will come across questions in CAT exam that seems very easy and similar to the ones that you have solved earlier, but in reality, they are much different and difficult. In such cases, it is best to always realize this in time and take a conscious call to not attempt them; instead of getting into an ego tussle with yourself for solving it. You must remember that ultimately only the things that you are able to do on the D-day are the ones that count. So, even if you have solved a particular type of question a 100 times prior to this day, if it is taking too much time on the D-day, it is better to leave it rather than waste a lot of time on it.

Be patient to avoid errors

This one is quite self-explanatory. Patience is one of the key traits which is thoroughly tested in CAT. Candidates doing all the hard work to arrive at the right answer, in the hurry candidates often end up selecting the wrong option. This is all due to the exam pressure and anxiety. Therefore, to avoid such mistakes, it is always important to be patient and avoid such errors.

Grow an eye for details

Again this point flows from the earlier one. Candidates often end up messing things up due to small errors. One such simple example of growing an eye for detail would be to keep an eye over the units in which the question and answers are posted. For instance, a data analysis question might provide you data in millions but the answers given as MCQs might be in lakhs. Therefore, until and unless you notice such minor details and calculate things accordingly, you might never make any headway with regards to solving the question. So, grow an eye for detail and you will surely save a lot of time and effort in solving CAT questions. 

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Don’t carry hangover of the previous section

After completing one section, you would either be quite happy and satisfied with your performance or be completely down in dumps; depending upon how you managed to answer the questions. However, when it comes to CAT, it is best to treat each individual section as a separate paper and also not to carry any hangover of the earlier sections in the next one. If you go in without any confidence or with a completely negative mindset, you might again make mistakes which you would not have made otherwise. Therefore, it is very important to be indifferent to your performance in each of the sections of the CAT exam.

Avoid the guessing game

Finally, coming to the biggest mistakes that thousands of MBA aspirants do every year during CAT exam is playing the guessing game. Even the brightest among the lot falls for this trick. After investing a lot of time in solving a particular question, when you are unable to come to any logical conclusion, you often resort to the guessing game. This puts you at a greater risk of not only losing out on the marks for that particular question but also marks you might have scored from other questions, thanks to negative marking. Therefore, negative marking is a complete ‘No’ when it comes to CAT. 

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Steer clear of rumours

Rumours are your biggest enemy, especially the ones which are directed in creating a negative mindset about the upcoming CAT 2019 entrance exam. As the exam day approaches, you will start hearing a lot of rumours related to the CAT exam pattern, CAT exam syllabus and the general trend which would dictate the way you should change your preparation strategy. But, as experience has taught up, such rumours never turn out to be true and will only deviate you from the core preparation strategy you have for CAT 2019. So, if you want to score above 95 percentile and get into the best MBA colleges in India, you must steer clear of such rumours and follow the MBA test prep strategy that you have designed for yourself.

These are the 10 simple commandments that one must follow in order to make CAT 2019 a fruitful attempt in scoring above 95 percentile and getting into the best MBA colleges in India. Hope this CAT 2019 preparation guide helps. All the Best!

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CAT 2019 Study Guide: 10 Steps to Improve Calculation Speed

CAT 2019 Quant Study Guide: CAT is not only a test of Quantitative Ability or Verbal Skills, but it is also a test of speed and accuracy. The questions from various topics of Quant may be easy or tough, but what makes the difference is how well and fast you use your mind to solve them with 100 percent accuracy. It’s said that calculation is an art you are born with, but it is not the fact always. Calculation indeed is an art, but it can be acquired with consistent practice and persistence. When preparing for any MBA entrance exam, speed calculation is one tool that can help you achieve accuracy and precision in the exam. Therefore, candidates aiming for high scores in the exam must put their effort in improving their calculation speed. This skill will not only help you with time management in the exam but will also save you from the crisis of potential negative marking. In this article, we bring to you CAT 2019 quant study guide and tips to score 99+%ile in CAT 2019. 

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CAT 2019 Quant Study Guide

CAT 2019 Quant Study Guide: 10 Steps to Improve Calculation Speed

Leave no concept unturned: It is important that once you list down all the topics, you understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Do not make the mistake of spending too much time on your strong topics and neglect the weak ones. Each topic in this section is a different ball game altogether, so it goes without saying that one must be above average in all topics and great at few, in order to succeed. Finish going through all the concepts and solve as many questions as possible. This would mean, you will need to devote an hour and solve at least 30 questions on a daily basis. Maintain notes for all the concepts and revisit them during weekends.

Math exercise: Morning is the time where you can work with high efficiency. Get up early in the morning; warm yourself up a bit, so that you are completely fresh; then sit up and start your calculation practice. Well, it could be the same for some people who work at night as well; however, morning time is something that is preferable above all. 

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Follow the hierarchy: The term hierarchy here refers to building basics from the beginning. Go for calculations which are easy, then slowly proceed to the intermediate level, then to the advanced level. Start with as simple calculations as you can.

Set Fixed Schedule: Now, set fixed schedules for practicing. Practice daily, at least for thirty minutes. Keep increasing your practice duration. Keep a check on the speed daily. Set targets, try to accomplish the targets. In no circumstances, there shall be a drop from your previous ones. It is important to work out of the comfort zone. Time, speed, and obviously accuracy do matter.

Short methods and group studies: Nothing boosts the confidence of a candidate more than a question which he can solve without lifting the pen in an ongoing test. More such questions, better the score. This can be achieved by improving the mental calculation and by discussing unconventional methods with a focused study group. Many times it involves the use of options to get the correct answer. 

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Building stamina: Quant is the last section of the test paper. That means aspirants would reach this part of the paper in the 121st minute of the test. An aspirant who hasn’t developed stamina for the last hour would be challenged to deliver his regular performance. Study for 3-4 hours at a stretch while doing practice and this would help you in increasing your productivity.

Mental calculation: CAT will offer a basic calculator to all the test takers. But this will not reduce the importance of mental calculation. Since it’s an on-screen calculator, the mental calculation will win against the calculator in time consumption in most cases. Do enough practice of the basic summation, subtraction, tables, and fractions. Remember, solving the chapters for the first time teaches you Mathematics. The second time, it brings speed in solving. Aspirants are advised to solve all the chapters twice to get the advantage of speed and accuracy in the exam.

Accuracy: There are three elements to securing a good percentile in Quant: Accuracy, Selection, and Speed. The key to accuracy is selection. Do not spend more than 30 seconds on a question at first glance. If you think a question is going to take more than 60 seconds for you to solve, mark for review and move on. You can come back and solve it once you have glanced through all the questions at least once. Attempt all the easy questions at first, move on to moderate questions during your second round and keep difficult questions for the end. One of the most important advantages of CAT, as opposed to GMAT, is the freedom to revisit questions. Make use of it. This applies to all sections, not just Quant. 

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Attempt all non-MCQ questions: The best part of non-MCQ questions is that there is no negative marking. So, CAT 2019 test takers are advised to not leave these questions. These questions in CAT 2019 question paper do not require guesswork but will be based on logical reasoning. So, focus on the analytical and logical deduction to be able to answer these questions.

More mock tests: The best advice anyone can give would be to give as many mocks as possible before attempting the CAT. Practice as much as you can. For QA, sectional tests by any of the coaching institutes would be the right way to go about it. Keep a track of your attempts and accuracy in each mock test. Analyze the mocks to diagnose the reasons behind your accuracy. Analyze the mocks even if you have secured good marks in this section. It is always good to know alternate and faster methods to solve any problem. 

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The best way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics. This signifies that practice, practice, and practice can make you excel in Mathematics and improve your speed and accuracy. The key to scoring more is owning your mistakes and improving. You cannot expect to score more if you do not rectify your mistakes. I hope these tips will help you in your preparation for the CAT 2019. All the Best!

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CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: 5-Step Strategy to Solve MCQ and Non-MCQ Questions

CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: One of the biggest dreams of any MBA aspirant is to clear CAT, the toughest management entrance exam and secure a seat in any of the top B-Schools. CAT is undoubtedly one of the most competitive exams in the country which is conducted by one of the IIMs on a rotational basis. It is taken by numerous fresh graduates and experienced professionals from various fields every year. It is always necessary to have a proper strategy and experienced faculties to guide along to excel in CAT. As the clock ticks and CAT 2019 draws nearer, aspirants are constantly seeking inspiration as how to crack CAT 2019 in the next few months. However, cracking CAT is more than just mugging a few formulas or learning a few shortcut tricks. CAT as an exam adopts a very pragmatic approach to test the students on realistic conditions. 

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CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: Read the question

Although this might sound as obvious, under the pressure of appearing for the toughest MBA entrance exam, many candidates taking up CAT end up skimming through the questions rather than reading it in detail. It is important to gather all the information that is a part of the question as this information is pivotal to answer the question correctly. Therefore, the first step to answer any question would be to read the question thoroughly. Thereafter, understand what is being asked of you along with keeping an eye on what information is provided that can be used to arrive at the right answer.

CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: Comprehend the content

This is probably one of the biggest challenges for MBA aspirants who have undergone a lot of sample tests and mock tests as part of their MBA test prep process. Many a time, you might come across questions in CAT exam which might look awfully similar to the ones you might have attempted in your CAT mock tests. But remember, in the last 3-5 years, CAT has not repeated a single question from their question bank or mock test series. CAT, being one of the toughest MBA entrance exams, all the questions asked in the exam are prepared by a core team on their own. Therefore, you will never get a repeat question or a question that is picked from any other mock tests. So, ensure that you read the question and comprehend it very carefully before you begin to answer the question. 

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CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: Decide whether to attempt or not

Now, coming to the difficult part of whether to attempt a question or not. The whole idea of negative marking in the CAT exam is to test the confidence of the MBA aspirants in their ability to solve the questions and arrive at an answer that has a logical backing. Basically, negative marking helps in ensuring that you take the right risks and evaluate your chances of success realistically in a pressure situation.  Therefore, the aspect of whether to attempt or not is a major step in the process of answering a question and can often end up as a major factor determining your selection to the IIMs.

You must decide to attempt a CAT question if you are at least 90 to 95% sure about the accuracy of your answer. Another factor that you must consider while deciding to attempt any question is the time it would take you to arrive at the answer. As wasting too much time after one question might cost you dearly while trying to solve other questions that would have required much less time, comparatively. Therefore, do keep these two very important aspects in mind while taking the call of attempting a question in CAT exam. 

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CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: Begin solving the question

Now, once you have read, comprehended and decided to attempt the question, comes the most important part of actually solving the question. Here’s where all your shortcuts and tricks that you learned to solve the CAT questions will come into the picture. Therefore, make sure that you put your best foot forward when it comes to solving the questions.

As per experts, while solving the questions, candidates must first rely upon their own ability to solve the question without any other tools like an online calculator. Although the on-screen calculator is quite a convenient tool but does consume a lot of time. Also, while using a rough sheet for doing calculations, make sure that they are done in a relatively neat and clean fashion. You must be able to identify all the steps that you have done in order to arrive at the answer. Make sure that the calculation of one question doesn’t end up over spilling into another, or you might have a tough time comprehending the solution later. 

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CAT 2019 Exam Preparation Guide: Answer should address the question directly

Finally, once you have the right answer to the question, make sure that you input it correctly in the MCQ options provided. If you are answering a descriptive question, make sure that you make all the relevant points within the space provided and are addressing the question directly and not really beating around the bush. This will help you to not only impress the evaluator, but also the chances of getting a higher percentile also increases if you are able to address the question directly.

Following these simple steps will enable you to answer even the most difficult of questions easily. In addition to enabling you to answer the questions easily, these steps will make sure that you have complete confidence and logical back to any and every answer that you arrive at. So, start following these simple steps and you will surely be able to score above 90 percentile in the upcoming CAT 2019 exam.

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10 Most Important Things To Do For CAT 2019 Exam

Things to do for CAT 2019 Exam Preparation: With CAT 2019 just a few months away what shall you do now to score well in the exam? Searching here and there will fetch you fragmented suggestions. This article aims to provide a holistic approach to crack CAT 2019. At this point, it is very important to utilize your time effectively, spend your time in the right direction and define your priorities. There are 10 most important things that you should consider while preparing for CAT 2019. 

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Things to do for CAT 2019

10 Most Important Things to Do for CAT 2019 

Start right: The toughest journey starts with a single step. Make sure to start right. Set a timetable for your everyday preparation and strike a balance between your work, study, and recreation. Always build up right & appropriate basics. One can join an Online CAT Coaching to get a thorough understanding of the syllabus and basics.

Manage time: Time is the key while preparing for CAT and while writing the final CAT exam. Organizing yourself will help immensely. Set out time for each and every topic under each section. While attempting the CAT 2019 exam, set a time limit for each question and make sure you do not end up wasting time on a question which is extremely tough and time taking. 

Think differently: Pave your own path and a customized plan for your CAT 2019 preparation. Create your own strategies that are tried and tested by you and which works well for you. Keep that conviction, courage, and confidence in you which will make you stand out at the end of the day. 

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Formulae & Shortcuts: Keeping the formulae, tables, squares, cubes, and square roots for numbers up to 50 on your tips will help you save a lot of time while solving the Quant, DILR sections. Such handy tips will quicken your calculations. Also, work on your mental calculations and do not rely on calculators. Using mnemonics (tricks to memorize easily), can be highly useful to remember long derivations, formulas. A lot of books and materials are available in the market, which teaches mnemonics. This, in turn, reduces the time for preparation and increases memory power.

Strengths are your scoring areas: The sure-shot mantra of success in CAT is mastering and focusing on your strengths. Strengths are the areas you are good at or that interest you. Practice and polish your key areas and turn them into your score boosters. Also, understand those areas you dread and target them separately. Make them your strengths.

Learn to leave lengthy and difficult questions: Every student must learn to leave the very difficult question in case they take too much time to get solved. There is no place for any guesswork in the exams which have negative marking, so it should be avoided even in all the practice tests and assignments. 

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Solving previous year question papers: Practice previous year questions subject-wise and further chapter-wise. This should be done alongside your CAT preparation. It is always a good habit to read old CAT exam questions, as this gives you a good idea about the pattern of the examination. Not just topic-wise, but also question-wise preparation is required to easily crack CAT entrance exams.

Write mock test: Writing CAT Mocks Tests and simulating CAT exam like scenario is a very crucial aspect. Mocks help you understand where you stand and what kind of strategies work for different types of questions. It is a means to test as how well you can apply the concepts. Regular Mocks and analysis is a must for every aspirant. You can simply not neglect your mocks thinking about attempting them later when you are prepared. Attempting mocks and thoroughly analyzing them is a part of preparations and seeing the detailed answers, analysis, video solutions will help you to gain an extra advantage in tricks and tips. You must spend 5–6 hours analyzing every mock. Revising them before mocks, later on, helps you in not repeating the mistakes again. 

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Track your progress: It is very essential to track your progress. Unless you do not analyze your mistakes and mock tests, there is no point further preparing for CAT. You may be writing 2 mocks per week, but they are only going to help if you understand where you went wrong or how you could have done better and attempted a few extra questions. Keep a note of the score, time and number of mistakes you make and try to rectify them. 

Group discussions: Group discussions are a boon in the preparation for any entrance exams. Each one from the group knows something and has a unique skill set. While taking part in group discussions, everyone shares the knowledge he/she knows. This small share, in turn, helps all the participants to understand all the topics, which were discussed in the group discussions. Always remember, peer learning is extremely useful, and particularly for a competitive exam like CAT. In other words, you can always solve what you can solve but when you come across what topics others have stumbled upon, or have doubts on, then your skills on those topics also get honed. 

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One of the major prerequisites for CAT preparation is to completely eliminate fear as this is a major obstacle. Stay calm and face your fears and focus on improving your strengths and weaknesses. Finally yet importantly, taking care of your personal and mental health is very important. Forget how many months are remaining for CAT 2019, rather design weekly plans and plan each day. This is all you need to do. Hope this outline helps. Wish you all the very best!

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CAT 2019 Preparation Plan: 5-Month Strategy to Crack CAT 2019

CAT 2019 Preparation in 5 Months: There are about 165 odd days left for CAT 2019. This is a time everyone starts thinking of an MBA and begin their CAT preparation! Five months are more than sufficient if one is systematic, consistent and committed. Very few students have started their preparation in right earnest and almost everyone is gearing up to the same. June and July are the months in which students wake up to the reality of taking CAT. If you plan your 5 months properly, there is more than enough time to prepare and become ready for the exam! Online CAT Coaching offers a lot of benefits over conventional classroom programs. However, as CAT preparation is self-driven a few things need to be taken care of during the course of preparation.

CAT 2019 Preparation in 5 Months

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Section Area No. of Questions Marks in Section Time Limit
Section I Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 102 60
Section II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 96 60
Section III Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 102 60
Total 100 300 180

Each section consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) as well as non-Multiple Choice Questions (non-MCQs), also known as Type In The Answer (TITA). For Non-MCQ questions, there are no negative marks. 

CAT 2019 Preparation in 5 Months

Preparing for any entrance exam requires an executable plan! Here is one that can give the broad contours of what one has to do to make it to the coveted IIMs.

June to August: Building Foundations

The objective in these 3 months would be to gain complete familiarity in the areas, topics, concepts, and type of questions that the CAT exam has. In the months of June, July and August, the focus should be in going through all the topics in all areas of CAT viz., QA, DILR, and VARC. The first two to three months must be utilized for the first round of preparation in all areas of the exam through a simple method called CAT! 

Fundamentals of Concepts, Application & Tests (CAT)

  • Concepts: Learn all the basic concepts and formulae for each topic.
  • Application: Solve exercises to apply the concepts/formulae learned.
  • Tests: Taking topic-wise tests to assess your speed and strategy.

In addition to the above, one has to start taking Mock CATs. Ideally, not more than one per two weeks is sufficient for the months of June and July and from August onwards, one is expected to take two-three mocks per week.

CAT 2019 Preparation in 5 Months: Quantitative Ability 

To prepare for the Quant section, your focus should be on the number of correct responses rather than the number of attempts. This section will consist of every kind of question, from easy to difficult ones. Speed is essential while solving these questions. The 5 essential tips which can help you excel in the Quantitative Ability section is as follows:

  • Practice chapter by chapter. Know basic theories and varieties of problems from all chapters. For a better understanding of basics, one can join an Online CAT Quant Course.
  • Ask questions. Do a regular discussion of short-cut methods amongst your study group.
  • Build up your speed. Study for 3-4 hours at a stretch while doing the practice.
  • Solve numerous questions. Solve at least 20-25 mock test to prepare well for this section of CAT.
  • Avoid using a calculator. 

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CAT 2019 Preparation in 5 Months: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 

LRDI is one of the scoring section in CAT and is especially important for those who are not much comfortable in other sections. There is no simple, comfortable or straight-forward way to improve in LRDI section. However, with regular practice and by applying a few methods you can definitely improve your performance.

  • Solve the question in a pictorial or tabular form. This will improve the speed of discerning the information given in the passage.
  • Solve puzzle-based games such as Sudoku, Crossword puzzles, etc.
  • Attempt as many questions as possible from the online mock test or by solving sample paper. 

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CAT 2019 Preparation in 5 Months: Verbal Ability 

  • Read as much as you can and try to comprehend.
  • Reading newspaper opinions and editorials will help you improve your speed of reading and ability to comprehend.
  • Solve at least four passages and few questions of Critical Reasoning, Para Completion, Para Jumbles daily. 
  • Most of the practice that one needs for this section can be gained from an Online CAT Verbal Course and mocks, and you can improve immensely if you work hard. 

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September & October: Second Revision Phase

These two months are crucial for CAT 2019 preparation. One has to work on strategy, second revision and continue taking full-length mock CATs. In addition to that, this is the time to experiment on the strategy of taking the exam. The 60 days in September and October have to be used for the second revision of all concepts through topic-wise tests and section-wise tests; one can monitor the progress in each specific topic or area of the exam.

Full-length CAT Mock Tests are to be used to hone one’s strategy and arrive at a strategy that gives maximum benefits. Please note that there is no one good strategy and depending on each person’s strengths or weaknesses, the strategy should be devised. 

November: The Final Assault

The last 25 days before CAT would be the final assault on the exam! Here one has to take up selective revision, take mock CATs and additional sectional tests and finalize exam strategy. After every mock, a thorough analysis of each of the sections, zeroing in on the problem areas, working towards eliminating these problem areas and most importantly strengthening the mental ability to crack this exam would be the main requirements in November!

Aptitude is something that has a time validity attached to it. With these tips, you are all prepared for the CAT 2019. Take a lot of mock tests and get completely prepared to tackle the CAT questions easily. So, it can be said that preparing for CAT in 5 months is not very difficult if one prepares in a smart and efficient way. All the best!

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Journey of an engineer to IIMA against all odds in his 3rd CAT attempt

CAT 2019 Preparation for Retakers: It’s common to take CAT twice, some have gone as far as retaking CAT three or four times! At the end of the day, we all have the same reason for retaking CAT, to get a higher score. Perhaps you need a higher CAT score to compensate for a weak area on your business school application. All that said, if you have made the decision to retake CAT, it’s time to diagnose what went wrong in your first attempt and rectify those problems. “I am Chirag, currently pursuing my MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. I am another General Engineer Male by education aiming to become a financial market expert post my management course at IIM. But here’s the thing, I couldn’t even manage to cross 80 percentile in my first two CAT attempts”. 

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CAT 2019 Preparation for Retakers

“I am not going to give you general tips to prepare for CAT. The internet is flooded with all of that and really, my methods were no different. I am going to tell you the things that worked for me. You may know some of them. A mock or two every week, in-depth mock analysis, previous year papers, exam-specific preparation, reading newspapers and articles, sectional tests – yes, I did all those things that every serious candidate does. And the good part is that I converted each one of my calls and choose to go with IIM Ahmedabad” says Chirag. 

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CAT 2019 Preparation for Retakers: Define an Appropriate Study Plan

Firstly, note down a detailed list of Quant & DI/LR topics and to get comfortable with the absolute basics of these topics, explore the CAT material of an Online CAT Coaching. Secondly, by this time of the year, it is very important to join a test series and start practicing mocks. Choose the mock test slot wisely so as to utilize your weekend effectively. Also, try taking the slot as per the real CAT schedule. On Monday/Tuesday, you will usually get your test analysis and performance. Analyze your mistakes, weak topics from the test and work on these weak topics by giving the sectional tests before your next mock test. Assume these CAT Mock Tests as your real CAT exam, follow the rules with full dedication and avoid taking breaks in between the test. Mock tests will help you best to improve your performance.

CAT 2019 Preparation for Retakers: Find the Right Strategy

“Since it was my third attempt, I knew most of the concepts and formulae already. This is why I had enough time to adopt different strategies to find my key to crack the exam. Obviously taking enough mocks to validate your strategy is the thing here. And I took around 60-70 of them around the year” says Chirag. According to the toppers and other experts, a major ingredient of your strategy is the time you devote to preparing for the CAT exam. As the time for the exam nears, you should revise more intensely and repeatedly, so that your preparation is solid and you remember all that you learnt. Once you get the time factor in place, you need to understand how to prepare for this exam at home by studying out of standard books and other preparation material and focus on the weaker sections.

CAT 2019 Preparation for Retakers: Practice is the Key

I solved around 60-70 mocks and analyzed each one of them. Practice will tell you which questions you have to pick, but more importantly, it will tell you which ones not to pick. Try not to leave any easy ones in the exam and find ways to solve questions faster. If you are stuck somewhere after having spent 1.5-2 minutes kindly move onto the next question. 

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Sectional Strategies 

Quantitative Ability: Mock tests are more than sufficient to score well in Quant. You need to improve your speed and accuracy in Quant and for that reason, you need to solve more and more questions in a given time. The strategy to get good scores in this QA section is to have sound basics. So if anyone is struggling with basics, start with NCERT textbooks. Having good basics will help you to visualize each and every problem, and would often be able to predict what the question setter is going to ask, even before reading the entire question. One can join an Online CAT Quant Course to get a thorough understanding of basics.

Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability: In RC, again speed matters a lot. So, I would suggest that regular mock tests are sufficient. Along with that, try to solve at least one RC every day. Verbal Ability questions consist of para jumbles, odd sentences, etc. Most of the practice that one needs for this section can be gained from an Online CAT Verbal Course and mocks, and you can improve immensely if you work hard.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: This is the only section where the real CAT exam is much more difficult than the mock tests. But still, the only strategy to score better in this is by solving more and more mock tests so that you are at least thorough with the basic techniques. The key to this section is to develop the ability to identify the difficulty level of the set. The DI section in CAT is calculation intensive. Once you are done with your daily preparation, take out time for some brainstorming sessions, like solving crossword puzzles, Sudoku, riddles on blood relations, family tree, etc. Join an Online CAT LRDI Course, and give at least 25-30 mocks before the exam.

Common Mistakes

  • When you are preparing for CAT, you need to ignore your preferences and invest more time in your weaknesses, even if they include subjects you do not enjoy. Targeting your weaknesses should be your priority and fortifying your strengths should come second.
  • Another common mistake is not being consistent in your preparation. When you have decided to take CAT, you need to devise a solid plan from the start and stick to it. Procrastination may lead to poor test performance. Inconsistent study will prevent you from learning the concepts effectively.
  • One of the main reasons why this test is so difficult is that you are under a severe time constraint. In your retake study schedule, be sure to emphasize test pacing.
  • Poor time management will often lead to stress, which will seriously affect your ability to answer all the questions. Be sure to practice under simulated conditions so that you will get used to performing under pressure. It’s also worth mentioning that a lot of people feel more comfortable on their retake because they have already gone through the whole process once and thus are more familiar with the testing conditions. 

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Stay surrounded by positive people. Find your daily dose of motivation. And always remember, persistence is the key. All these golden rules will help you ace one of the coveted management entrance exam CAT and secure calls from various top colleges. All the Best!

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The Right Way to Analyze Mock Tests: Tips from CAT 99%iler and IIMA Student

CAT 2019 Mock Test Analysis: Practice makes a man perfect and the saying goes perfect when it comes to preparing for one of the most competitive management exams CAT. Mock tests are the most effective method of evaluating one’s current preparation level and re-strategize their future preparation plans. CAT Mock Tests play a vital role as they examine the level of preparation for the actual exam. Giving mocks will help one to analyze their strong and weak areas. They help in analyzing speed and also develop a strategy for the D-day. CAT mock tests helps students gain familiarity with the exam pattern and the variety of questions being asked. In order to gain maximum benefit out of the Mock CATs, one should analyze the mocks and overcome their weaknesses. 

CAT 2019 Mock Test Analysis

Aakriti is an economics graduate who scored 47 overall in her first mock and cracked CAT in her very first attempt with a 99.6%ile and now a proud student of IIM Ahmedabad. Her journey bears testimony to the fact that grit and hard work can make one tide against every force of the world and achieve what one wishes for. “I wrote my first mock scoring just 47 percentile. I didn’t let the scores define me and kept on working on improving my knowledge. Mocks and sectionals formed a major part of my Online CAT Preparation. I would suggest everyone to treat mocks as their main study material. Marks should not matter in the initial stages, rather you must learn and analyze each and every mistake you do. The more mistakes you commit, the more you learn” says Aakriti. Here are a few tips on CAT 2019 Mock Test Analysis. 

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CAT 2019 Mock Test Analysis: Points to note

After giving a mock test, the next important thing is to analyze the mock CATs to know the strengths and weaknesses. While analyzing the CAT mocks keep the below points in mind:

Time: You need to analyze how much time has been taken to solve each question, which question took the maximum time to solve, which section was the easiest and the hardest, average time spent on each question.

Accuracy: Number of attempts and accuracy of the questions attempted is very important because less accuracy can bring down the percentile. Every time you write a mock co-relate the attempts and accuracy and try to increase the accuracy. A decent number of attempts with high accuracy will fetch you more percentile than a student attempting a high number of questions with very low accuracy. 

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Short-cuts: A lot of problems that you solve might have hidden short-cuts which help in saving time. Solutions of these mocks by experts will help you to learn these short-cuts and also strengthen the concepts.

Errors made: Most students tend to make silly mistakes while attempting exams. Mocks help you to analyze the silly mistakes and rectify them in the main CAT exam. If there is any common pattern in committing the mistakes then these mocks are a great tool to rectify them.

Go beyond score and percentile: Do not get caught into the web of score and percentile. Delve deeper into the data to find out where your mistakes lie.

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Attempting the entire paper again: An average CAT aspirant can focus on nearly 50-60 questions properly in the three hours of time allocated to him. This way they end up missing out on a large number of questions. Therefore, students must reattempt the entire paper once without being time-bound and solve even the questions they got right in the first attempt. It should not take you long the next time around since you are already familiar with the majority of the paper. This would, however, give you a good insight into the various kinds of questions that were asked.

Selection of Questions: This is perhaps the most important rule of analyzing mock tests. Once you have gone through the entire CAT mock test again, you should try and evaluate your performance. The main thing to remember here is that you do not need to attempt all questions but all questions you can so as to beat your competition. Therefore, analyzing questions/sets/passages which you have picked becomes even more important if the paper is on the harder side.

Identify your strengths: There is no right or wrong way to write a Mock CAT Test or even the actual CAT exam. Therefore, you must discover your own path and walk on it. Experimenting with Mocks and analyzing them is probably the best way to achieve the same. 

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Identify your weak areas: Aspirants who aren’t faring well in their Mock CATs should especially pay heed to this rule. CAT Mocks are like medical examinations meant to diagnose your problem but are not the solution to your problem. Using this ideology, you must analyze your mocks to identify weak areas and mistakes. Watch out if you are consistently making the same mistakes in more mocks. Work on them before proceeding to more mocks and gradually you will improve. However, identifying the problem and analyzing mocks is the first step to acing CAT 2019.

Plan your next Mock Test: This rule, in a nutshell, summaries all the above-mentioned rules for you. Post every mock analysis, you should be clear as to which strategy you will adopt in the upcoming mocks and how you will invest the time before the next mock.

Before the D-day, it is very essential to stay calm and not worry too much about the exam. As the timer starts, focus on getting each question that you attempt to contribute a positive score. Do not be afraid to move on from questions that take more time to solve. Remember, it’s about getting the questions right and not getting difficult questions right. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful. All the Best! 

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