So, due impetus should be given to improve your reading skills as well as how to analyze an article or passage. According to me there are two simple ways to achieve this:-
GJ Gyan 1: Reading novels, for at least an hour daily.
GJ Gyan 2: Trying to analyze 3 to 4 newspaper articles and write their summaries.
Novel reading inculcates the habit of reading in you. It also helps in increasing your reading speed with precision. Why reading for an hour daily? Simply because the verbal section is of one hour and this will help you to be in practice for the same duration as your CAT verbal paper.
Now let see how analyzing articles and editorials help us. Suppose an article or editorial has 15 important points. Initially you would be able to identify and write 3 to 4 important points in your summary of the article. Once you analyze 25 to 30 articles, you will see a remarkable change in your retention power of important points. You will start writing 12 to 13 important points in your summary which shows about eighty percentage increase in retention of the main points of the article at the first reading itself. The same thing happens in CAT exam also. While you solve the passage you read the passage once and you will retain about eighty percent of it and there is no need to read the same passage two to three times. It not only saves lots of your time but also improves your accuracy. This way you increase your reading speed and also master the art of identifying the main argument of any given article or passage.
In addition, reading articles helps you build contextual vocabulary. This increases familiarity of terms in types of articles that you get in CAT-XAT. Particularly you should try reading topics like philosophy, socio economics, psychology, arts, literature and culture. Noting down words from these topics helps you become familiar with verbal reading. You should also practice a lot of Jumbled paragraphs, odd one out, paragraph summarization and completion questions. May be a practice set on each of these –once a week should suffice.
How to prepare for the Quant Section effectively? There are four basic steps to achieve this. To begin with choose a topic from the Quant Section and follow the following steps:-
GJ Gyan 3: Revise the class notes and solve class sheets of that topic.
Once you do this, the concepts pertaining to that topic become fresh and clear in your mind. This will effectively help you in solving the questions from that topic easily. If the concepts are not clear you may face a lot of difficulties in solving Quantitative Aptitude problems.
GJ Gyan 4: Solve institute books.
Once your basics are clear then attempt solving B-Factory books for a topic that you have chosen. During solving, if you are able to solve 15-20 questions per hour, it means your basics are clear. You may now continue your solving to gain mastery over that topic.
Note:-Those students who are able to solve only 6-8 questions per hour are advised to follow Gyan 5 before Gyan 4.Others may skip Gyan 5 and move to Gyan 6 directly.
GJ Gyan 5: Solve your class 7th, 8th and 9th maths book for that topic.
If you solve this it will make your basic concepts more clear. This way with practice you may enhance your basic problem solving skills. After this you revert to Step 2.
GJ Gyan 6: Attempt sectional & topic tests from your B-Factory login. After the successful completion of the above given steps you are now ready to attempt full tests and previous year mocks. Solving questions normally is very different from solving questions in highly demanding competitive exams like CAT. In such exams you need to solve questions within a given time frame. For instance you are required to solve 34 questions in one hour, hence a consistent practice of attempting Section and Mock tests become all the more essential. Once you go through this step you can now master the art of solving questions within a time frame with accuracy.
DI-LR Section is also equally important section for the CAT. According to latest trend, LR and DI section has become tougher as compared to previous years.
How to prepare for LR/DI sections of CAT?
Basically LR/DI can be categorized into the following types:
GJ Gyan 7: How to prepare for Structured DI/LR?
Structured DI/ LR includes questions based on Pie chart, Bar graph, Line graph, Tabular chat, Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Team Formation, Routes and Network etc. Students are well aware of these types of questions and the method to tackle these questions. To become expert in structured DI/LR, redo your class sheets and books at least thrice so that you can get accustomed with the types of questions and the strategies to solve them.
GJ Gyan 8: How to prepare for Unstructured DI/LR?
Nowadays, questions based on unstructured DI/LR are more frequently asked. In unstructured DI/LR, questions are not based on some specific pattern unlike structured DI/LR. The level of difficulty is high as compared to that of the structured one. The best way to prepare for unstructured DI/LR can be further divided into two Steps:
Step1.Solve 25- 30 sets without time limitation (to get into the groove for tackling unstructured DI/LR)
As per the questions being asked for the last few years in CAT, questions based on Unstructured DI/LR are tough and time taking. Firstly, you need to develop a sense of confidence to tackle such questions, For this, solve questions without time limitation so that you become aware about the pattern and the types of questions asked. Solve at least 25-30 sets.
Step2.After completing Step 1, solve sets with time limitation.
Once you will solve 25-30 sets of questions without time limitation, you will gain confidence and you become aware of the types and patterns of questions being asked. Now it’s time to practice DI/LR sets within limited time frame. Plethoras of questions, based on unstructured DI/LR are available on B Factory login. Solve more and more questions to become an expert in this section.
Consistent and regular practice is the key to gain higher accuracy in solving unstructured DI/LR. What is required is to solve at least two-three sets based on unstructured LR on a daily basis.
Overall you should practice 2-3 sets of DI-LR-RC every day. In addition you should keep working on your mathematics topics to make sure that you remember the concepts that you have learnt. Further you should give a mock test per week and try to analyze your performance. Talk to your expert mentors for feedback on performance. Also, re-do the tests with solution given.
Coming to the daily scheduling part: Study as much time as you can. Divide you preparation time into three sections most of the time. Try to sit for CAT studies in three slots every day.
All the best!
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