Well, what is the ideal approach to prepare for CAT? In this article, we outline some of the steps you should take for your preparation. The following tips are divided according to the sections in the exam.
Area-1: Quantitative Ability for CAT (Maths in simple words)
Go through the following list of topics:
How many of these are you genuinely comfortable with? How many of these were you good at in school? If the answer is most, you don’t need to worry. Pick the one you are not comfortable with and attack that topic. If the answer is one or zero, well the alarm bells should be ringing. A simple scheduling tip for you: depending on the breadth and depth of topic, assign 3 to 5 weeks per topic from now onwards. That should mean you are done with the most of the concepts by end of June.
Which are the books you should refer to?
Area-2: Data Interpretation for CAT
Data interpretation requires a combination of two skills: raw mathematical ability and calculation skills. For the first, if you honestly start your work on Area-1, you are sorted. For the second, you should do the following:
As far sets for practice go, you can let them be for the time being. Remember, we are still in February, and the focus has to be basics more than anything else.
Area-3: Logical Reasoning for CAT
Before we get to the advice part, what exactly is logical reasoning? In simple terms, it is the ability to make connections between the data provided to you. As simple as that! So should you fuss over it? No. Can there be a rule-based approach for Logical Reasoning? Probably No. Can you learn it and cram it? Most definitely no. Can it be done then? Yes, most definitely yes. What should be the first steps?
Would these help? Yes, they would make sure that your mental engines start to buzz and you set aside the cobwebs.
Do you need to solve Logical Reasoning sets for the time being? You can begin with about 2 to 3 sets a week for now.
Area-4: Verbal Ability for CAT (English for the layman)
Ah, at last our favourite area: Verbal Ability
What should be you be doing for improving in this area?
Our one word answer: READ.
Read like crazy, read like there is no tomorrow, read to learn, read to explore, read as if your life depends upon it, read till the night ends, read till daylights lasts, just READ!
We are crazy reading people (if that was a type). We believe in reading. We believe literally reading anything would also help (*though a planned approach would be better).
What should you read?
In short, become a compulsive reader.
For Vocabulary and Grammar:
Before we actually advise you what to do, you need to keep in mind that Vocabulary and Grammar questions have not appeared in CAT in the last few years. But questions from these topics are most definitely a part of other major MBA entrance exams, such as SNAP, IIFT, XAT, and NMAT. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to take up these topics and study them in an in-depth manner.
Simple game plan for these topics:
For verbal, make sure you place sufficient emphasis on the three areas:
The above form our recommendations for CAT-2017 Prep.
Along with the above cursory information, we have a detailed post on how to prepare for CAT Verbal Ability. Make sure you go through this post here. This article provides you further in-depth knowledge with regards to how you should prepare for this topic.
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