CAT 2018 is just a few days away. With just around 50 days to CAT, it is time to prepare harder than ever. In this article, we try to provide you with some broad guidelines on how to prepare in these last 50 days to CAT.
Since the time left is limited, try 50 days crash course for CAT can help you to boost your percentile. Take free CAT online mock tests to improve your question selection skills. Also, solve previous year papers of CAT to acquaint yourself with the level of questions that appear in the exam.
50 days to CAT 2018 preparation:
- CAT is less than eight weeks away. Most aspirants have questions such as ‘Can I crack CAT in 50 days?’ in their mind.
- To be honest, preparing for CAT in 50 days is like racing against time and a lot depends on where you stand now. Also, you need to define what ‘Cracking CAT’ means to you before starting the preparation.
- If you want to score a 95%ile, you have a very high likelihood of cracking CAT.
- On the other hand, if your target is to the north of 99.5th percentile, you have to brace yourself for the tough ride ahead.
- You have to give the exam all it takes to have a shot at scoring a 99.5th percentile with just 50 days to CAT.
- Since the time available is very short, avoid studying from books. Watch a few videos to refresh the concepts and have a go at solving the questions. Do not spend time too much time on learning from basics. Though learning from basics is usually better, it is not something that can be done with 50 days to CAT.
- Give a CAT mock test immediately to know where you stand without preparation.
- Do a SWOT analysis after the mock and classify the topics accordingly. Now you will have a clear idea about your strengths and weaknesses.
- Draft a 50 days study plan for CAT having your strengths and weaknesses in mind. Allocate preparation time to various sections accordingly.
- Check whether you are comfortable with dealing questions that involve multiple concepts. Questions in CAT usually are not topic specific and require the application of more than one idea. Hence, make sure that you are comfortable in dealing with such questions.
- If you find yourself lacking in basics, try to complete your basics in the next 10 – 20 days. Devote the last month entirely for taking mock tests and making some tweaks to your strategy.
- Make sure that you perform to the maximum of your potential in this section.
- Getting a very high score in one section can significantly improve your overall percentile. Make sure that you score as high as possible in this section.
- If you are weak at some section, try to compensate it with a sufficiently high score in a section you are comfortable with.
- Download and learn from CAT maths formulas PDF and also Verbal ability for CAT PDF
- Have a clear strategy about how to attempt this section.
- Do not try to attempt all the questions in your weak areas.
- At the same time, make sure that your accuracy is very high to compensate for the lack of attempts.
- Make sure that you clear the sectional cut off comfortably in this section.
- Do not let a low score in a section spoil your chances of getting the call you dreamt of. Practice your weak areas enough so that they do not hinder your progress.
Taking mock tests:
- Take at least 1 mock every weekend.
- Have a strategy about how to attempt the exam. Test your plans in the mock exams and finalise on the one that suits you the most.
- After taking a mock test, spend an equal amount of time analysing it.
- Check whether you are choosing the right questions and leaving the questions that are meant to be left.
- Have a time cut off to decide whether you have to continue solving the question or to move on to the next one.
- Avoid getting too involved with a question. Do not get emotionally attached to particular topics.
- Remember, our objective is to maximise your overall scores – not to prove your prowess in specific topics.
- Make sure that your mock percentiles follow an upward trend.
- Also, make a note of the mistakes you frequently make. Note down the type of questions at which you err frequently. Be cautious while solving such questions.
While giving the exam on the D-day, give it with a calm mind. 2 out of the 3 sections in the CAT do not require you to memorize anything. Verbal and DILR are driven by pure logic and hence, someone with a logical bent of mind has a decent chance of clearing this exam with minimal preparation.
Try reading our other blogs on how to prepare for CAT in 2 months and score 99 percentile and how to improve mock CAT scores.