CAT Exam Preparation 2019: CAT or Common Admission Test, is not just a test of quantitative ability or verbal skills, it is also a test of speed and accuracy. “The questions from various topics of Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning & Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 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” says Himanshu Singla, an average working engineer, who managed to score a 98.32 percentile in CAT by joining an Online CAT Coaching and following an effective preparation strategy and cleared CAT in his very first attempt.
The need to know the CAT exam syllabus and pattern thoroughly is the first and foremost requirement. Being able to choose the question you can solve quickly and accurately, making calculations quickly and accurately and reading passages quickly and accurately are the key areas you need to work upon during your entire CAT preparation. Here are a few CAT Exam Preparation 2019 tips by the topper.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
VARC section of CAT exam normally has three different parts, vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension.
Vocabulary-based questions include synonyms, antonyms, analogies, spellings, odd words, words often confused, sentence completion and cloze tests. To crack these questions, you require a combination of vocabulary knowledge, reading skills, and reasoning powers for which one could join an Online Verbal Ability Course. Vocabulary is not merely knowing what a word means but understanding what contexts the word can fit into. Once you start understanding a particular word’s usage in context, it will be easy.
Grammar: There are two approaches to solving grammar based question – one is, go by rules and learn the various parts of speech and their usages and the rules that apply, or you practice the kind of questions that are asked and you take an approach of learning the kind of errors which lead to questions based on error detection or sentence correction. Once there is familiarity with the error types, a lot of practice helps you to cross the line.
Reading Comprehension can be tackled only by cultivating the habit of reading over time. Start with simple fiction, newspapers, and blogs. Target nothing less than a reading speed of about 300 words per minute depending on the level of the text. And read diverse. Choose to read those topics that are out of your comfort zone.
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
The weightage of Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) in a CAT exam is usually the 1/6th of the test paper. However, in CAT 2018, this section was most difficult and time-consuming. There was over emphasis on DI with only 8-10 questions based on LR. The most tricky part about DILR is that it is not mathematics and there is no formula. It is logic based and requires some amount of calculation and counting. Mental calculation is the key here. To strengthen your hold on DILR, don’t use the calculator, relay on your brain. Join an Online CAT LRDI Course and practice sectional tests. Master tables till 20, knowledge of fractions from 1/1, 1/2, 1/3 till 1/20, basic addition and subtraction, etc. DILR section of CAT can be mastered with practice, the more you practice, the quicker you will get in achieving accuracy.
The Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT includes Arithmetic, Algebra, Advanced Mathematics and Geometry; and makes up for the 1/3rd of the CAT question paper. In this section, there is no other way of scoring well but by being thorough with each and every chapter. To understand the basics one can join an Online CAT Quant Course. Memorize basic theories and attempt variety to sample questions to tackle QA section of CAT. This section may require heavy calculation. Rely on mental calculation as these mental calculation will win against the calculator in time consumption in most of the cases.
Tips to Optimize CAT Exam Preparation 2019
Your daily routine can play a huge role in your CAT preparation and eventually in your performance in the exam. Here we list a few things you need to pay attention to.
A good night’s sleep: A good night’s sleep is essential for everybody. More so for CAT aspirants as the key here is having sharp memory and alertness. The better your sleep, the better you will be able to concentrate on CAT preparation. There’s no point in burning the midnight oil if you can’t recall in the morning what you studied at night.
Healthy diet: To be able to optimize your CAT exam preparation you have to be fully fit. Avoid fried and fatty food as they tend to induce lethargy. Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet for protein, vitamins and other important minerals.
Time and place of study: Since studying is going to be your main occupation for the next four months, you need to create the right environment for it, free from noise and disturbances. Set up your study area away from your living room, where family members watch TV, listen to music or converse with each other. Don’t study in a room which invites noise from outside. Also, you need to set a time table for CAT preparation. Experts say early morning is the best time to study new concepts and solving problems as the mind is fresh after sleep. Post-dinner study time is good for revision and studying relatively lighter topics.
Stay away from phone: Last but not the least, stay away from your smartphone, IPad and other gadgets that have the potential to distract you.
Stay Calm and don’t pressurize yourself too much. It’s true there are 2 lakh other candidates with a similar dream, you have to rise above them and prove yourself, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Have faith in yourself, and cherish the next 5-6 months. Good luck!