How To prepare For CAT In 2 Months | Can I Crack CAT 2021
CAT 2021, which is scheduled to take place on November 28, is just two months away. In this article, let us see how to prepare for CAT in 2 months time. The first step is to have some understanding of where you stand with respect to the competition. This can be established by taking mock tests. If you have not taken a mock test yet, start by taking a free CAT mock. In this article, let us see how to prepare for CAT in 2 months and give yourself a shot at scoring 99+ percentile.
After seeing how well you fare in the mock, find out the areas you are weak in. If you feel that you need some guidance, try online preparation for CAT. Solve previous year papers of CAT to get an idea about the various types of questions that can appear. Also, solving past papers will help you boost your confidence.
The last few laps are always the hardest. Hence, it is important to not lose momentum now. In this article, let us see some of the things that aspirants must do and things one should avoid to get into their dream B school.
How to prepare for CAT in 2 months:
Let us see how to prepare for CAT in the 2 months available to us. Make sure that you are almost done with your basics at least by the end of October. With just 60 days remaining, avoid mastering concepts that are completely alien to you. If you have not started yet, learn by giving mocks. Since there is a dearth of time, go through short video lectures to brush up on the concepts and have a go at solving the questions.
By this time, most of you will have at least some vague idea about your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t let your weakness prevent you from getting the call you dreamt of. Ensure that you comfortably clear the sectional cut-off of your weakest section.
Exploit your strengths. Try to score as high as possible in your area of strength. It will help to enhance your overall percentile. Also, spend as much time, analysing a mock test as taking it. Check whether you are picking the right questions to attempt. Also, make sure to avoid deceptively simple questions. Let us now briefly look into the section-wise preparation plan.
How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:
You can ace this section if you are already into the habit of reading – reading anything out there. If not, you must get started at the earliest possible. Reading is the only way that will help you ace this section, hence the focus should be on reading. Start with reading newspapers and novels, and then slowly shift to reading online articles, especially from foreign sources. The more you read, the better you will get in this section.
How to prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:
This depends on your logical reasoning skills and your data representation and calculation skills. Go through all underlying concepts and get used to the conventional sets. Then, you can solely depend on practice. The more you practice, the more diverse the set of puzzles you solve, the better you will become in this.
How to prepare for Quantitative Ability
This section has a predefined syllabus for CAT and hence a systematic and well-articulated preparation plan will go a long way in ensuring success. If you are already a quant-heavy person, you need not pay much focus in this section. However, others must know the basics and underlying concepts very clearly and have a good amount of practice to ace this section.
CAT is all about time management. Hence, try to stay away from time traps. Do not get emotionally attached to a question, especially if it is from your favourite area. Treat every question with the coldness of an object. There are plenty of questions to choose from, and hence, if you are spending more than 3 minutes on a quant question, it is time to bin it. Solve tough questions during practice sessions but pick out the easier ones in the exam. You can do the harder ones later if time permits.
There are no special incentives for choosing a tougher question over an easier one. Hence, make sure that you are choosing the right questions. From now on, increase the frequency in which you take mocks. Take at least two mocks every week. Try to give the mock in standard timings- Morning and evening slot timings of CAT.
Make sure that giving mocks becomes a part of your muscle memory. Doing so will help to maintain your composure during CAT and provide you with the ability to tackle the oddballs that CAT may throw at you. Also, take mocks in a professional setting. Avoid taking the mock in pieces and take it in one go.
Strategy for 2-Months CAT Preparation:
Experiment with various strategies and finalize the one to adopt on the D-day. Do not be too rigid with your strategy. Adjust it according to the level of difficulty of the exam. But, develop the ability to adopt a strategy 2-3 minutes into a section. The more the number of mocks you give, the better you get at gauging the difficulty level of the paper.
If you are relying too much on one section over others for your overall percentile, make sure that you do not leave any room for luck to operate. Do not omit any topic in that section. Chances are there for CAT to contain the most number of questions from the topic you omitted. Also, the topic you omitted may contain some easy questions in the exam. You can cut yourself slack in this regard if your scores are more balanced though.
Note down the mistakes you are making in the mocks. Work on them before taking the next mock. Make sure that you do not repeat the same mistake more than once. Give some space between 2 mocks to work on your shortcomings. Also, make a repository of the mistakes you make so that you can revise them a week or two before the CAT.
We hope that this article would have helped you to figure out how to prepare for CAT in 2 months. Use the limited time available prudently to bell the CAT this time. Try reading our other blogs on how to improve mock cat scores and CAT preparation tips for beginners for more guidance.