sir, I'm a student of Calcutta university in 3rd semester and my semester exam is going to be held in January so I'm little bit confused that if I will start my preparations of CAT by february then will it okay to crack CAT in November??
Komal, the best part of CAT is you do not have either a PASS or a FAIL mark. The scores are released in the form of percentiles. Let's say you managed to get 85 percentile, it means that you fared well and scored better than 85 percentage of Candidates who have appeared for CAT. And there are almost more than 1000 participating Institutions which accept CAT score. So getting a good college with your CAT score is reasonably easy. Now the reality is IIMs are everyone's dream and if it is yours too, then you will have to manage to pull off a feat because IIMs and the Top B schools have their own selection criteria. IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. The process is more or less the same with top B-Schools. So if your dream is to get into any of the IIMs or top B schools, you should have a clear mind that you have only 9-10 months for preparation and you cannot wonder whether you can prepare or not. If you want to appear for CAT, you fill in the application form that "YOU CAN MAKE IT". You cannot afford any apprehensions and doubts on your hardwork. Now that we are clear that you can crack CAT, we need to figure how to do it.The tricky part in CAT, is there has never been an official release of syllabus. Based on the previous question papers, the syllabus has been assumed. So your job is quite cut out because you know what to expect.
CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Quantitative Ability: Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
CAT is a National level Common Admission Test to pursue MBA in IIM's and B schools. The Basic eligibility criteria is one must have passed graduation or final year students are allowed to write the exam. If you meet the above eligible criteria then you are allowed to write the exam. If you are worrying about the Time and how to prepare, if you really start your CAT preparation in February you will have more than 9 months to CAT exam which is far enough to crack CAT exam. So Don't worry 9 Months is a good period of time and start executing your plan.
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