CAT 2019 Important Topics and Tips: CAT 2019 is fast approaching and this is the time when most of the CAT aspirants start analyzing their preparation to combat the challenge. To prepare well for the exam one needs to focus on the important topics. Although there is no specific CAT syllabus, aspirants must know the important topics to prepare for. CAT has are three major sections and each section of the test has a few important topics which a student must cover. If you are someone who is aiming at CAT 2019 exam, it is high time that you pull up your socks and get ready for the percentile battle. 

CAT 2019 Important Topics

It is always better to start the preparations early as this will give you enough time to learn, practice and test yourself, besides it helps you find the right study material for your exam preparations. Join an Online CAT Coaching and make a daily routine. In such a scenario, the most important thing is discipline. It is imperative to follow the daily routine that you have set and not waste a single minute. Prepare a schedule for your preparation and follow it diligently. Once you get used to that routine, extend it for another two months and so on. Initially, it might be difficult to follow, but once you get used to it, it will be like a normal day. 

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CAT 2019 Important Topics: Quantitative Aptitude 

Quant is the key area and having a good hold over this section will help the aspirants crack CAT. Mathematics is full of logical ideas, syncing perfectly with the QA section of CAT, mathematical questions are based on logics and theories. Solving QA section can be quite challenging for test takers as the difficulty level of this section, based on past years trend, has been of difficult to moderate level. Students, especially from non-engineering backgrounds, who are not too comfortable in QA, must focus in this section to improve their sectional scores, which will impact their overall CAT percentile. Some of the topics that the aspirants must focus under this section are:

  • Algebra and Number theory.
  • Arithmetic.
  • Geometry and coordinate geometry.
  • Permutation & Combination/Probability.
  • Set Theory.
  • Mensuration and Trigonometry.
  • Logarithms. 

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Quant Preparation Tips

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. The accuracy in this section should be close to 100% because if you spend time on solving a question, you must gain some marks out of it. Once you achieve accuracy, work on increasing the number of attempts. Also, the selection of questions is important. Each question has the same marks, but the time required for solving each of them is different. So, one should always solve the easy questions first.

Quantitative Aptitude section is all about practice. Solve as much as you can. Take up sectional tests and mocks. Analyze the mistakes you have made after every 10 sectional tests and make sure not to repeat them again.

CAT 2019 Important Topics: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 

CAT assesses the logical thinking aptitude of the candidates, and DILR section of the test is closest in resemblance to the kind of problems one might face as a manager. This section tests your decision-making ability and speed using limited input. This is the section which makes the difference between a mediocre and a good percentile. Join an Online CAT LRDI Course, take two test series and give at least 25-30 mocks before the exam. DI has generally 4 different types of graphs that can be asked in the paper:

  • Pie Charts.
  • Bar Graphs.
  • Line Graphs.
  • Tables. 

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Although topics on Logical Reasoning cannot be restricted nor there is any limitation to what should and what shouldn’t appear in LR section of CAT, following topics, if prepared well, will lead an aspirant to a well-placed position. Following are the important topics in this section of CAT:

  • Seating Arrangements.
  • Matching puzzles.
  • Investment based puzzles.
  • Constraint-based arrangements.
  • Blood Relations – family tree.
  • Syllogism.
  • Statements and Assumptions.
  • Sets.
  • Venn Diagrams.
  • Clocks and calendars. 

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LRDI Preparation Tips

LRDI is always the most unpredictable section, as past trends have shown. Start doing 4 sets every day. Take around 5-10 minutes to go through all the sets, and classify these sets into three sections in the order of difficulty. The first section has the must do sets(2-3sets), the second section has the sets that aren’t as easy, but still doable to an extent (2-3sets), the third section has the all the super hard sets that have to be left and given no further attention. That’s the trick, you don’t need to do 8 sets. You just need to do 4-5 sets. Lastly, even the most difficult sets have 1 or 2 easy questions. If you get time, try to pick those easy questions that require minimum calculation. Practicing different kinds of sets helps you do all of this better, and is, therefore, an absolute necessity. Here, the selection of sets is paramount. No easy set should be missed.

The more you practice, better will be your performance. The DI questions for CAT are known for being calculation intensive. Unless you take a lot of CAT Mock Tests, you can’t do well in CAT. After 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.

CAT 2019 Important Topics: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

This section is divided into two parts, Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The Reading Comprehension area carries around five passages followed by three to five questions from each passage. The English Usage area includes questions on grammar, vocabulary, etc. Following are the topics to prepare: 

  • Fact Inference Judgment.
  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Grammar.
  • Para Completion.
  • Para Jumble.
  • Sentence Correction.
  • Verbal Reasoning. 

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VARC Preparation Tips

This section does not require fluent English or a superior vocabulary. It simply tests the verbal logic. Focus on comprehension instead of speed reading. If you understand the passage well, answering the questions is quite easy. First and the most important thing for RC is to read the questions before reading the passage. When you have had a look at the keywords in the question, it becomes easier to find them and remember in which section they are, so solving the data based questions becomes easy. 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. 

Never ever give up. Hard work always pays. When it comes to CAT practice is the key. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Also, at some point in time, you might think that you’ve reached the zenith, but you have to go beyond that. All the Best!