CAT is 4 months away. Many aspirants have a question in their mind!!! Let me discuss, in short, so that you become clear in your mind! Let me start by answering some Frequently asked questions!
Ans: First level do the concepts, second level revise them. Just like you do for board exams - do once then revise again and re-read again. Limit the number of questions you solve but solve multiple number of times.
How to improve accuracy in mock tests?
Keep three things in mind:-
1. Re-solve the questions that went wrong
2. Solve the ones that you could not attempt
3. Revise the topic between tests which is repeatedly getting you nerves in the exams.
How to overcome fear of Maths in the topics that I have never been comfortable with?
Two best options:
1. Do 10 questions from each topic from the basic school books like NCERT or RS Agarwal
2. Leave 1-2 topics which you are not at all comfortable with - specially if the topic is from higher maths like function/ permutation etc.
To make a good plan you need to understand the nature of the exam first. CAT is an exam of selection where you need to choose and solve the easy to moderate questions in the minimum possible time and with accuracy. You always have an option of leaving the questions which seem tough in the exam hall. Therefore your preparation should be centred round building a “CAPABILITY to solve all easy to moderate questions” irrespective of topic. You should also be ready to master some topics so that you can be sure to handle even a bit tougher questions from those topics which suit your aptitude knack.
Keeping the above mentioned things in mind, adopt this strategy:
a.Complete the basics of all the major topics once. <In class, through examples etc. Etc. Solving 10-15 questions from each chapter just to make sure that you are conceptually there should be enough>
b.Read newspaper editorial for at least 30 days. Read 3-4 good novels at least – preferably authors like Ayn Rand, Robin Sharma etc. Who focus on philosophy or motivation themes.
c.Appear for 2-3 full mocks just to build these four things
2. ADVANCED MODULE: 15th September to 15th October
a.Focus on the CAT important topics at an advanced level (Those 10 chapters which will give you 60+ questions in CAT). Solve these topics from 1. Your advanced sheets/books 2. Your topic test module (online/offline) – do give tests to make sure that you build practice on speed as well. During the test focus on speed maximization. At the end of the test, try to solve/read solutions/clear doubts of all questions that you got wrong. Also focus on those that you could not solve. Check your mistakes/selection. Question your judgement in attempting and try to understand the pattern of your mistakes in solving/selection. Make sure you don’t repeat these mistakes in the coming tests.
i.Chapter 1: Reading Comprehension
ii.Chapter 2: Para jumbles/completion/summarization
iii.Chapter 3: Time, Speed, Distance, Work
iv.Chapter 4: Percentage, Solution mixtures, Profit and Loss
v.Chapter 5: DI Pie-Line Charts and Tabular DI
vi.Chapter 6: Grouping, selection, team/matrix formation
vii.Chapter 7: Geometry and Mensuration
viii.Chapter 8: Quadratic equation/inequality and maxima minima
ix.Chapter 9: Factors, remainders and divisibility
x.Chapter 10: Arrangements(Linear/Circular) and ordering/ sequencing
b.For all other chapters, if time doesn’t permit – just solve 10-15 advanced questions each chapter from your books and revise it once more before CAT. It is not necessary to do tests on every topic as time won’t be enough to do it all.
FULL MOCKS: Do give at least 4 full mocks this month
a.50 days left to CAT: I recommend following a STANDARD SCHEDULE now.
i.TIRMURTI DAY 1: 16th Oct: Give a mock CAT
ii.TRIMURTI DAY 1-2: 16-17th Oct: Analyze the paper after the exam at three levels
1.Solve each unsolved question and understand the solution. See if you could have done it in the exam in given time and analyze whether your decision to not attempt it in the exam was right or wrong.
2.Solve each wrongly attempted question and ensure that you learn from your mistake so that it doesn’t get repeated in the next exam. Wrong attempts should seriously be catered to else they become your enemies in the exams to come.
3.Read the solution to the questions you got right and see if there exists a shorter solution or not!
iii.TRIMURTI DAY 3: 18th Oct: Revise/Practice any topic that you think is letting you down in mocks.
iv.19-20-21st Oct: Repeat the 3 day TRIMURTI pattern but this time on a previous year CAT paper.
v.22nd Oct: Take a break – have fun, listen to English music and read a good novel. <This is the seventh day. So every week has 1 full mock, 1 previous year paper, analysis and revision followed by a one day break>
4.THE LAST WEEK: 26th November to 3rd December
a.26-29th Nov: Read all the concepts that you have learnt till now. Keep making notes. Make a small TOOL BOOK/ Concept Summary of your class/coaching notes or study till now.
b.1-3 October: Read CAT relevant articles – Philosophy, Psychology and Socioeconomic/Culture based articles from Wikipedia.
THE KEY IS: Work, improve, check your progress and improvement.
Create strong support systems. Cut down on time extravagance and be with people who can help you perform better by understanding your exam preferences and sincerity.
You can do it! CRACK it big! Work hard, work smart, work planned!
All the best!
Alumnus, IIM Ahmedabad