CAT 2019 Strategy: 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. 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. Here are some CAT preparation tips and strategies by an IIM Calcutta convert, Utkarsh, an Economics graduate from Delhi University.

CAT 2019 Strategy

“Before I start with tips and strategies, let me tell you something about myself. I am a non-engineer fresher who took a drop. Now, each one of this is considered to be a disadvantage or a setback in one’s quest to write CAT and get into a good B School.  And yet here I am, with 99.87% in CAT 2018 and an IIM Calcutta conversion. My past academics are 89.3/95.8/72.3, for those who were wondering. I am sure some of you are able to relate to atleast one of these points. The objective of sharing this is not to boast, but to show that none of these things can stop you from getting into your dream college. I took up an Online CAT Coaching for my CAT preparation. And personally, I feel that classroom coaching is not necessary for CAT. Proper planning and practice is the key to crack CAT” says Utkarsh.

CAT 2019 Strategy: Verbal Ability

VARC section comprises of 34 questions, out of 24 are Reading Comprehension questions and 10 are Verbal Ability. 24 Reading Comprehension questions are usually divided into 5 passages. Verbal Ability questions consist of para jumbles, odd sentences, etc. A common error is that people read the passage, then read the question and again go back to the passage to figure out the answer. This isn’t the right approach, as it leads to wastage of time. You should try to read the passage thoroughly, that you don’t need to go back to the passage and practice doing this. Most of the practice that one needs for this section can be gained by joining the Online CAT Verbal Course and practicing mocks, and you can improve immensely if you work hard.

CAT 2019 Strategy: Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation 

LRDI is always the most unpredictable section, as past trends have shown. “Initially I would take over 30 minutes to be able to rack one set, and finally ended up getting the highest percentile in this section. The golden rule for LRDI is practice” says Utkarsh. Join an Online CAT LRDI Course to understand the logic behind this section. 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.

CAT 2019 Strategy: Quantitative Aptitude

The strategy to get good scores in this QA section is to have sound basics. So if anyone is struggling with basics, join an Online CAT Quant Course to understand the basics and 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. “I follow the 3 attempts approach. First, I try to solve all the question solvable within 90 seconds. Then in the second round, I attempt the questions that take 150- 180 seconds and finally if time permits, I go for questions for which I couldn’t realize the method to solve” says Utkarsh.

Importance of Mock Tests

The magic word to crack CAT is “Mocks”.  Unless you take a lot of mocks, you cannot do well in CAT. In my opinion, coaching and practice make up for only 50% of your total output. The rest 50% is your mocks. CAT isn’t a test of who knows more. If you were given 8 hours to solve the paper, you’ll probably be able to do it.  But the real challenge is to do it in 3 hours. You need to write at least 30 plus, preferably 40 plus mocks. This is a must. Apart from the full CAT Mock Tests, you should also write sectional mocks. They’re equally as important to hone your test-taking skills.

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 of time you might think that you’ve reached the zenith, but you have to go beyond that. All the Best!