CAT Preparation Tips 2017: With over 2 lakh candidates appearing for CAT every year, it is considered as the most sought-after management entrance exam in the country. As CAT 2017 is scheduled to be conducted on November 26, this leaves candidates with just one month to prepare for the exam. The exam is not tough but requires strategic planning to clear it. During this time candidates should practice mock tests and previous year questions papers as well as learning the concepts and brushing the fundamentals.Categorize the topics to be covered as most difficult, difficult, moderate and easy as it will help candidates to prepare in an organized manner and hone strong topics and work on the weak ones. Besides taking up new topics candidates must revise the ones they have learnt so far. Aspirants should focus on how to get the best score possible. In this article we have discussed CAT preparation tips 2017 that will help candidates in smart and targeted preparation. Read below to check CAT preparation tips.
CAT Preparation Tips & Strategies
To prepare early for CAT 2017, candidates can join a coaching Institute like T.I.M.E., Career Launcher, etc. However, if the aspirants are unable to join an Institute for coaching, then they can follow the simple CAT preparation tips 2017 given below –
- Know your syllabus
- Collect Books for CAT
Know your Syllabus – The candidates must be familiar with the syllabus for CAT 2017. The syllabus for CAT is as follows – Mathematics and Data Interpretation, English & Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning.
If you are serious for CAT, then you must cover all these topics and put them into daily practice. Also, according to the CAT Syllabus, candidates can get CAT Books and practice papers.
Depending on the time left for the exam date, you can set the priority for the section you need to work more. For e.g. you are comfortable with Mathematics and Data Interpretation but you freak out when it comes to English section, then work more on the English part.
Once you identify your weakness and strength, then it is time to take a decision on the CAT Preparation Books and other materials. There are numerous resources on Preparation of CAT, which is available online as well as offline. Therefore, the decision on the resources must be made well.
Collect Books for CAT – Choosing the right books is one of the most important CAT preparation tips 2017. As mentioned earlier, the list of books recommended for CAT preparation is humongous. Therefore, list of a few important books according to the sections is given here:
- How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission Test 5th Edition (Paperback) by Arun Sharma, Publisher: Tata McGraw Hill 2012 Rs. 625, 2012 edition
- The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data￼ Interpretation For The CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher: Pearson. Rs. 650, 2012 edition.
- Quantum CAT: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission Into IIMs (Paperback) by Sarvesh K Verma Publisher: Arihant, Rs. 650, 2013 edition.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT Common Admission Test 1st Edition (Paperback) by Arun Sharma Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Rs. 550, 2012 edition.
- How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission Test by Arun Sharma Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Rs. 450, 2012 edition.
- The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) by Nishit K. Sinha. Publisher: Pearson. Rs. 599, 2012 edition.
- How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the Common Admission Test 4th Edition (Paperback) by Meenakshi Upadhyay, Arun Sharma. Publisher: Tata McGraw Hill, Rs. 575, 2011 Edition.
- The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) by Nishit K. Sinha Publisher: Pearson, Rs. 599, 2012 edition.
You can also opt for the reading materials provided by the Coaching Institutes like IMS or CI and T.I.M.E. However, candidates can also go for some fiction or non-fiction novels, books, magazines, articles etc. to sharpen their vocabulary skills.
Other sources or materials are – T.I.M.E. booklets, Groups on Social Networking Sites, test series of Olive Board, Bullseye & IMS, Newspapers, Magazines and, of course, the Internet.
Practice & Read – Practicing for any exam is like making yourself stronger than before. For CAT 2017, candidates are requested to practice section-wise.
Mathematics and Data Interpretation: Urban legends say that the reading materials for Mathematics and Data Interpretation from T.I.M.E. cover the entire CAT syllabus. Practicing the exercises after each chapter will benefit you well. There are other books which are mostly recommended by top scorers of CAT, which are –
- How To Prepare For DI & Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma
- The Pearson Guide to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT (With CD) by Nishit K. Sinha Publisher: Pearson
- NCERT Mathematics books for 8th, 9th & 10th standard
- CBSE Mathematics books for 8th, 9th & 10th standard
- How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission Test, Author: Arun Sharma
- Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by Guha Abhijit
- Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit Sinha
- The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha
English and Reading Comprehension – If your English is not up to the mark, then put efforts on your grammar. Materials for English and Comprehension are easily available, both in the form of hard copy and soft copy. Apart from grammar, there will be questions on vocabulary, therefore, you must also prepare for the vocabulary. To get hold of words, you can also look into online materials such as Barron’s 333 High-Frequency Word List – GRE. Keep using the words as much as possible which will help in revising.
To deal with the reading speed, read newspapers like “The Hindu” and “The Economic Times”. Books are also available for this part’s preparation; some of these books are –
- English Proficiency IMS India
- Word Power Made Easy by NORMAN LEWIS
- Wren and Martin English Grammar
- Word Power Made Easy by NORMAN LEWIS
- Student’s Companion By Wilfred D. Best Verbal Ability BY Arun Sharma
- 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis.
- A Communicative Grammar of English By: Geoffrey Leech
- Business English and Communication By: Clark
- English PLUS I.C.S.E. For Class 10 by Xavier Pinto
Logical Reasoning – This is one of the trickiest section and it is a fact that Reasoning can’t be taught. Many of the CAT preparation tips 2017 focus on finding the right books for this section. Books are available to give tips on Reasoning, some of the most recommended books are –
- How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Common Admission by Arun Sharma Publisher: TMH
- The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT by Nishit K. Sinha Publisher: Pearson
- A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition by R. S. Aggarwal Publisher: S. Chand Price
- Trishna’s Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by TIME Publisher: Pearson
Apart from the above-mentioned books and websites, there are a few Business Magazines that will help to prepare for CAT and in the later stages. Some of these magazines are –
- Business Line by The Hindu Group
- Business Today by India Today Group
- Business World
- Management Compass Career Launcher
- Business & Management Chronicle by Chronicle Publications
- Competition Success Review
Mocks test are one of the important phases in the CAT preparation. Appearing for Mock Test will test your skills and also help you to identify your weakness and strength. Most top scorers have enrolled into two or more different mock series. If you are able to crack down 30 to 40 mock tests leading up to 10 days of the exam post is quite relaxing. Constantly practicing mock tests will improve your accuracy in each attempt. There are many mock tests (paid and unpaid) available online. Many coaching institutes prepare their own mock tests and make them available online. Apart from mock tests, candidates can also opt for CAT Sample Papers. These Sample Papers for CAT are easily available online over the Internet.
Relax – Taking too much of tension about the exam is a ticket to making things worse. It is true that performing under pressure is not easy and many may stumble down. Studying for long hours is not always possible, therefore, most top scorers of CAT suggest doing some activities that ease the tension and mind. Be relaxed on the exam day and don’t fret on the level of difficulty of the question. The most important thing to remember is to concentrate on accuracy rather than overall attempts.
Section-wise CAT Preparation Tips
Quantitative Ability (QA): In QA, majority of the questions come from algebra, number system and permutation and combination. To prepare QA candidates should focus on clearing the concepts, they should not leave any topics, focus on important chapters and practice well by attempting mock tests.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC): In VARC, questions come from para-jumbles and Reading Comprehension (RC). In Verbal Ability, RC is the most important topic. Therefore, solve RC of different topics like psychology, science, economics, medicine etc. The foremost step to prepare for reading comprehension is to read read newspapers, novels, magazines. To prepare VARC candidates must focus on improvising grammar and vocabulary, mark difficult words and learn their meaning from dictionary, underline and take notes and practice critical thinking questions.
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR): LR & DI is all about practising and increasing speed of solving. Candidates should sharpen mind by solving as many diverse questions as possible.
How much study time candidates should put in for CAT?
To prepare for CAT 2017 candidates do not need to study for 8 to 12 hours every day. Even 4 hour regular study is enough provided candidates are focused and attentive. Candidates should devise a routine and follow it judiciously. While preparation candidates should pay equal attention to all the sections of the exam equally. To know more on this, candidates can read the article How much study time candidates should put in for CAT.
Tips to Improve CAT 2017 percentile
CAT comprises 100 questions from Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR). To score a good percentile in CAT candidates does not have to attempt all the questions rather they need to solve questions correctly for accuracy, wise selection of questions and increase speed of solving questions. Experts and toppers are of the opinion that the only way to improve CAT percentile is to appear for the mock tests.
About CAT 2017
CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow in computer-based mode. The exam comprises three sections – QA, DILR and VARC according to CAT 2017 exam pattern. The total marks of the exam is 300. CAT 2017 result will be declared in the second week of January.
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