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To do justice to this topic, it was not possible to keep it too short . How to prepare is mainly divided in following subtopics




Fundamentals of Preparation - This is common to all competitive exam preparations
Exam Specific Preparation - Important Areas for CAT
Books - A brief on text and reference books for CAT.

In short - first believe in yourself - you can do it  and build will power, learn to manage time, study specific to competition - then self assess each topic wise- identify gap - fill gap - move on - on completing syllabus move to mock tests and finally no match to practice

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Construction of knowledge in your mind is the key because only you have to reproduce this knowledge in exam. Teaching (Instructions) from school / coaching class / digital media are methods of giving knowledge to you but far more important is how much have you gained (construction of knowledge in your mind) and for that only your efforts will matter.  Memorising is short lived. Learning is lasting as you have put in efforts to understand each topic. In objective exams there is no shortcut to learning

CAT mainly tests your concepts with speed and accuracy

In most competitive exams, your knowledge is important but how much you know more than others is more important. As CAT has a limited curriculum, do not leave anything

This year CAT is computer based. You may be required to practice on computers beforehand. However the nature of preparation is same

You can divide your CAT study in two phases


Phase 1 is setting your fundamentals right. Master each topic chapter wise. Self assessor would be of great help

Divide you curriculum into short objectives. Each objective should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. The overall period of all short term objectives should not extend beyond 10th October

1. Start Quantitative ability and Data Interparation and Logical Reasoning, verbal and Reading Comprehension simultaneously
2. Master topics step by step


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Phase II -  Start practicing to improve your speed and accuracy. Test simulator will come handy




Methodology

Study yourself from any good book
90 minutes maths
30 minutes Reasoning and Logic
45 minutes Data Sufficiency and Data interpretation
30 minutes English Proficiency and Usage
45 minutes Reading Comprehension

Thereafter take ten to fifteen minutes self test in TestBag Self Assessor on each topic of the subject studied by you to assess level of understanding achieved in the topic studied. These tests draw questions from a large and specific knowledge pool based on your selection criteria.  Kindly ensure that there is sufficient challenge in your self test. Your number of questions be more than 10 for the topic, level of questions should be at least L2 (except in Elementary maths where it should be L1) and time should be bare enough to solve questions.

Analyse results. For questions done incorrectly refer to books to understand where you have gone. try to complete this exercise alone. Alternatively take help of your mentor. The mentors can be your school teacher or teacher in coaching class. To economise time prefer  coaching if necessary only in subjects where you are weak.

Thereafter retake test with new set of questions. Once confident, move to next topic. This is active learning as you have yourself put in efforts to understand topics. You will start enjoying your studies and these concepts will be long lasting in you mind

Remember - Move step by step to ensure that you cover all topics and avoid confusion

Start arithmetic with number system - understand concepts from any good book. Initially take a 10 minute tests with 10 questions on number system in TestBag at question level L1 with question type Any. (Number system questions in CAT can be straight objective multiple choice or common data type where more than one questions are linked to a common data or comprehension)  Analyse what is not known to you and what mistakes are you doing. Go back to books, peers in group study or take help of teacher. Take tests again and till you achieve requisite confidence

Repeat this for other areas in arithmetic - ratio proportions, simplification, averages, logarithms, ages, boats and streams, time and work, time and distance, calendars clocks . Thereafter work on Mensuration , followed by geometry. And now cover the most important - Algebra (mainly Theory of Equations,Inequalities, Logarithms and Permutations andCombination). At the end work on Probability

Start English with Vocabulary, then move to English Proficiency  ( working on sentence improvement, rearrangement of words in sentence, sentence in paragraphs, paragraph formation, paragraph completion etc) and then move to English Usage (common errors, spotting errors, in appropriate usage)

Start Reading comprehension with history paragraphs, move to science and technology paragraphs, sociology and philosophy

Start data interpretation with less complex tables, bar charts, pie diagrams, line graphs and then move to complex graphs, charts, mixed diagrams

Start Reasoning with data arrangements, data comparison, move to analytical reasoning and case lets

Remember - Move from simple topics to complex and excel step by step.

Once you are confident on all topics, move to TestBag Test Simulator for final leap. There are mock tests and test patterns on CAT.

Each test is build on previous patterns or by subject matter experts and clearly indicating topics included, number of questions, level of questions and type of questions. Each test simulates exam like environment with time and marking pattern of CAT

Mock tests and old papers have fixed question. But test patterns every time generate new online tests where computer based on specific  parameters randomly generates questions from CAT knowledge pool. This pool keeps getting enriched regularly

Again the new set of questions replaces old questions in mock tests after regular time intervals

Test Simulator will help you to build Speed and Accuracy and indicate

  • your shortcomings so that you can  initiate steps for improvement
  • your mistakes so that you can avoid them
  • topics you have not covered or covered inadequately


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Remember Some Basic Facts which is helpful in any competitive exam:-

I. First of all try to understand what questions say? If you understand the question, you can easily give the right answer for that question. So you should have to read the question carefully.

II. Everytime tries to solve questions with proper formulas and shortcut tricks. As time is most importantant part your Exam.

III. As there is negative marking – So try to attempt those questions which you have sure as there is a negative marking  for every wrong answer and so you are advised to be careful in answering the questions in exam and Don’t try to attempt all questions.

IV. Most important doesn’t waste your time on a particular question. Always give proper time for all the questions. Always attempt first those questions which you will answer quickly then try to attempt for others. As you should remember time is a most important key to success in compatative exam.

V. Most Important Formula or Rule to Success in any exam- “Practice makes perfect “. So you need to practice lots of questions and Mock test for CAT Quantitative ability and Data Interparation and Logical Reasoning, verbal and Reading Comprehension according to syllabus.

Books : Study from any good book. Preferably use only one/two books as your base/test books . Other books be only used for reference. This saves lot of time. Few books are mentioned below

 

Topic

Name of the Book

Writer/Publisher

To Be Used For

Maths

NCERT Maths from 8th to 10th

NCERT

Brush your fundamentals

Maths

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Nishit Sinha/Pearson

Text Book

Maths

Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations

Abhijit Guha

Reference Book

Maths

Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations

R.S. Aggarwal

Reference Book

Maths

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL

Reference Book

Maths

Puzzles and some other number books

Shakuntla Devi

Reference Book

Maths

Higher Algebra

Hall and Knight

Reference Book

Maths and DI

Crack The Cat Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

Vivek Gupta and Sandeep Amar

Data Interpretation

Any good book in Statistics

Brush your fundamentals

Data Interpretation

How To Prepare For The Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 3rd Edition

Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL

Text Book

Data Interpretation

Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude

Edgar Thorpe

Reference Book

Data Interpretation

Fundamental of Reasoning  A Logic Book

Robert M. Johnson

Reference Book

English

High School English Grammar and Composition

Wren and Martin

Text Book

English

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Reference Book

English

Business English and Communication

Clerk Grade C

Reference Book

English

All about Words

Rosenblum and Nurenberg

Reference Book

English

How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma & Meenakshi

Reference Book

   

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