How To Prepare For CAT 2020 Exam
‘How to prepare for CAT exam?’ — every MBA aspirant asks this question. With our tips to prepare for CAT 2020 DILR, Verbal analysis and Reading comprehension, cracking CAT exam seems easier.
By Arun Sharma
Cracking the CAT can increase your child’s chances of getting into the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management).
But, passing the CAT isn’t easy. For, during the three-hour CAT exam, a candidate must not only solve the problems but also manage time, handle stress and stay calm.
Although the CAT is considered one of the toughest exams, there are many who manage to score a perfect 100 percentile. This is because they know how to prepare for the CAT exam.
With the difficulty level of the CAT exam increasing every year, here are a few tips on how to prepare for the CAT exam, when to start preparing for CAT 2020 exam and the best books for CAT 2020 exam.
Cracking CAT exam
How to prepare for CAT Verbal ability and Reading comprehension
This is one of the most important sections of the CAT exam. The score obtained in this section is given a lot of weightage. With 34 questions of 3 marks each, here’s how a candidate should prepare for CAT Verbal ability and Reading comprehension test.
- He should read as much as possible — books, magazines, journals and articles. The habit of reading not only helps improve vocabulary and reading skills but also broadens the knowledge base.
- While reading, the candidate should mark the time it takes to read a passage or a page. Also, he should try to observe or understand his weakness, if any, for example, being unable to understand the meaning or connect the ideas.
- He should read about topics like economics, social issues and other current events.
- The candidate should learn to identify the main idea the author is trying to convey in every paragraph.
- While reading a passage, it is also important to analyse the ideas presented, and make a mental note of all the ideas.
- From an analysis of the write-up, the candidate should try to form an opinion(s) about what is being stated. Of course, the opinion should be based on facts and logic, and not on bias.
- Together with reading, he should also try to get into a discussion with peers about some of the things he has read. This will help learn different perspectives.
- The candidate should take the help of apps to develop vocabulary and learn new phrases.
- He should attempt mock tests available online or through other sources. He should also try to solve them within the stipulated time of 60 minutes.
- While reading the answer options for a question, the candidate must eliminate the incorrect ones based on a reading of the passage to narrow down the choices.
Tips to prepare for CAT Data interpretation and Logical reasoning
Managing a business in the modern world involves not only making simple mathematical calculations, but also assessing various types of data presented in different formats like graphs and charts. The Data interpretation and Logical reasoning section of the CAT tests a candidate’s ability to do calculations and deduce from the data in hand. To prepare well for this section, the candidate should:
- Revisit the formulae and concepts learnt in school
- Practise reading the problem carefully and remember the details
- Try to work out different ways of solving a problem; also, he should try to improve on the time taken to solve the problems
- Practise noting down on paper the values that need to be compared, or critical data from different charts and tables; this helps speed up the process
- Try to understand how to interpret data given in different formats like graphs or charts
- Learn to eliminate unnecessary data and calculations
- Practise doing calculations without taking the help of a calculator
- Get a very good idea of which type of questions can be solved in a short time; for, these are the questions that should be attempted first in the exam
- Bear in mind that while Data interpretation is about practice and revision, Logical reasoning is mostly about practice
- Remember that while Caselets are what a candidate should practise well for Data interpretation, in Logical reasoning, a little more attention should be paid to problems on family tree and blood relations
- Apart from practising logical reasoning problems, also solve riddles, Sudoku and puzzles to help quicken the pace of thinking
- Take as many mock tests as possible; the only way to improve is to practise again and again
How to crack CAT Quant analysis
Quite a few candidates find the Quantitative analysis section of the CAT 2020 exam more challenging than the other sections. Here’s how candidates should begin preparing for CAT quant analysis:
- Revise the basics of arithmetic — everything that was taught in school
- Invest some extra time practising Algebra, as, without proper practice, trying to solve algebra problems can consume a lot of time; nearly 25% of problems are from algebra
- Get acquainted with the elementary concepts of Geometry, as solving problems requires knowledge of the basic concepts
- Have a good understanding of Modern maths, as it can help a candidate clear the cut-off limit; there are several questions from this section
- Solve Quant papers from the previous years for adequate practice before moving on to taking mock tests
- Work on as many problems as possible to do well in this section; for, fluency in maths depends on practice
Scoring 95% and above in the CAT exam is a tough task, but it is not impossible, as every year, many candidates do this. However, to do this, a candidate should know about the CAT exam syllabus and paper pattern, and take the help of the best books for CAT preparation.
About the author:
Written by Arun Sharma on 27 April 2020.
The author was associated with the healthcare industry before becoming a full-time writer and editor. A doting father to two preteens, he believes in experiential learning for his children. Also, he loves mountain trekking and nature trips.
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