CAT 2018 is officially scheduled for Nov 25, 2018 by IIM Calcutta. The national level management entrance is entry to graduate programs in prestigious IIMs and other popular b-schools in the country.
The syllabus of CAT exam is divided into three sections, namely:
- Quantitative Ability
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension appears to be the toughest among the three for a vast majority of candidates appearing in CAT. As sectional cut-offs in each section will play a major role in final percentile calculation, we have to consider and prepare for each section equally.
Here, we would be focusing on important facets of CAT 2018 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension along with the preparation tips that are needed to upgrade your performance in this section. Some of these are as follows:-
Improve Reading Skills
Verbal ability section checks reading skills of a candidate. Hence, the priority while preparing for this section should be improving reading skills, more in width than in depth. So, one should start reading the material which they have not read before. For example mythology, spiritual, religion, social science, humanities etc.
Plenty of Practice
For preparing reading comprehension and verbal ability both, by hearting grammar rules or learning new words won’t be much significant at last moment of preparation. Instead of this, one should try to solve ample of questions. Solving previous years’ questions will add much more value to your preparation.
Giving Mock Tests
Keep on taking mock test at regular basis. Not only it would introduce you to the exam pattern and difficulty level of the exam but also will enhance confidence level in you to take the exam without any panic attack.
Analysis of Mock Tests
Every time you give mock test, try to analyze your performance, find your strong and weak areas. Work on your weaker areas to make yourself as good as you are at your strengths.
Allocate Time Proportionate to the Marka
Do not spend much time on any one question. If you are not sure enough about a question, leave it quickly and move to next. In entrance exams, time plays a crucial role and you should be very particular about on which question you have to invest what amount of time.
Identifying the Correct Option
In CAT exam, there would be questions whose options would appear to be almost same and that’s when head starts spinning. Do not get panicked, read all the options thoroughly, instead of finding similarities, try to find any difference in them. Because, answer lies in that difference only!
While going for reading comprehension section, try to attempt as many passages as you can. Analyze the passages and questions asked in them. Then start with the easy passages reaching to the difficult ones step by step.
Important Dates for CAT 2018
The important events for CAT 2018 are summed up below:
- Online registration started on Aug 8, 2018 and ended on Sep 26, 2018.
- Admit cards would be released on Oct 24, 2018 from 1:00 pm onwards.
- Exam would be conducted by IIM Calcutta on Nov 25, 2018.
CAT 2018 is the most prominent management entrance for taking admission into IIMs and other top business schools for the academic session 2019-2020. CAT exam is held annually every year and is conducted by one of the IIMs on rotational basis. This year, IIM-Calcutta is conducting CAT exam.
With little more than a month a left for CAT 2018, candidates need to streamline their preparation strategy. DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning) can often be a damper for students due to the logical nature of questions. Here we bring you some useful tips to overcome CAT 2018 DI-LR section carefully. CAT 2018 is scheduled on November 25, 2018.
Let’s take a close look at the exam pattern and syllabus for CAT 2018 before diving into the tips for DI-LR section preparation.
CAT 2018 Exam Pattern
- The question paper is broadly divided into three sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
- There are a total of 100 questions in the paper. Division of each section on the basis of number of questions is done as:-
|Subject||Number of Questions|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||32|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||34|
- 180 minutes are allotted to solve the question paper.
- 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect response.
CAT 2018 Syllabus at Glance
The brief overview of syllabus for CAT 2018 is as follows:
Quantitative Ability: Percentages and its applications, Ratio and its applications, Algebra, Numbers and its applications and geometry and its applications.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Table, Pie charts, Line graphs, puzzles, blood relations, direction sense, arrangement, data structures, series, coding-decoding, clocks and calendars.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Grammar, vocabulary, critical reasoning and its numerical applications and reading comprehension.
Tips to Ace DI (Data Interpretation) and LR (Logical Reasoning)
Looking at trends from last two years, many CAT aspirants went down due to the DI and LR section which indicates that their difficulty level is higher than other sections of the paper.
Tips for preparing DI and LR thus can turn out to be of great help for the students seeking decent percentile in CAT 2018. Here are some tips to prepare DI and LR in an effective way:-
- Do not panic: This is the first thing needed while you attempt these sections. Do not lose your cool and don’t panic.
- Skim through the sections: Spend around 10 minutes on scanning the section and know what questions you are going to attempt. Mostly, the questions containing “If” and “Cannot be determined” are suggested to leave.
- Set priority: While you go through the sections, set the priority according from the sections you are good in and so on.
- Regular mocks: Give as many mock tests as you can. This would help you know you strengths and weak points. Work on both of them.
- Analyze your performance: With each mock test you give, analyze your performance. Try to attempt more questions in the next mock test. Thus, you will learn to manage time and speed.
CAT 2018 Application Form
Registration for CAT 2018 started from Aug 8, 2018 and ended on Sep 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The application form was available on iimcat.ac.in and the hall ticket for examination will be also released here. The number of applicants has raised this year from 2.31 Lakhs (last year) to 2.41 Lakhs. This is the highest number of registrations recorded in last few years.
Image Correction Window
If a candidate has made mistakes while filling up the form, he/she could edit the details to make the form acceptable. The image correction window for CAT was enabled on Sep 27, 2018 and got closed on Sep 30, 2018. The facility was available for only those candidates who have made the payment before the deadline of application form.
So, this was all about CAT 2018 exam along with some handy tips on data interpretation and logical reasoning. Well, then all the best wishes for the examination coming ahead and keep visiting us again for more tips!
This year, IIM Calcutta is conducting CAT (Common Admission Test) exam on Nov 25, 2018. The exam is one of the most sought-after management entrance exams in the country. On an average, the number of candidates appearing in CAT annually is around 2 lakhs.
Out of this number, less than one percent could make it to 99 percentile which is around 2000 candidates. The stats itself shows that scoring 99 percentile in CAT exam is no cake walk but then it is not impossible too!
CAT 99 Percentile Scorers have revealed their strategy which may help the would-be-appearing candidates in a big way. So, let us see what 99 percentile scorers has to say to enlighten the path for the candidates who would be taking exam for the first time:-
Lay down a blueprint and know how to start
Majority of the candidates well aware of the exam pattern, syllabus, books to be referred etc. do not know how to start the preparation for the concerned exam. So, it is important that you set up a strategy of yours and implement it strictly. Just know your strengths, enhance them and put them in the direction of your plan.
Increase number of correct attempts
Know the average number of questions to be attempted to acquire 99 percentile and start preparing to at least maintain that minimum number while taking the exam. To achieve 99 percentile, candidates require to score around 178 out of 300. Thus, knowing the marking scheme, candidate must plan accordingly as how much attempts he/she should make so that they reach the required margin.
Work on quality rather than quantity
Try to increase your precision level while attempting the mocks. As we know, there is negative marking in CAT exam. Keeping that in mind, attempt the easy questions first as it would boost your confidence in the exam. Then, go on the difficult questions and do not mark any option if you don’t have a single clue about it. Hence, while increasing number of attempts, try that you attempt most of the questions correctly.
Interpret the complexity level of the questions
There is no remedy to success other than hard work. Practicing more and more questions will help you get an idea of the difficulty level of the questions. It would make you familiar with the exam pattern and help you know the format of the questions being asked in the exam. Thus, try to solve plenty number of questions from various topics of the syllabus.
Manage time and speed
These two factors highly influence a candidates’ performance in any competitive exam. While giving mocks, students must try to solve more number of questions than they did in previous mock test. Learn short tricks to solve the questions and do a lot of practice applying the tricks you learnt so that you become accustomed of solving questions in a particular way. Mostly, short tricks are helpful in questions from quantitative aptitude and reasoning.
For the CAT aspirants who never studied Mathematics after secondary school, the Quantitative Aptitude section of this iconic eligibility test can be very daunting. However, the one fact that candidates can cheer about is that the syllabus for the CAT Quantitative Aptitude covers the elementary level of mathematics taught till class 10th level.
In the tables below, the segregation of type of questions that appears in the Quantitative Aptitude section as per CAT Exam Pattern is presented followed by the topics that have most frequently covered in the last few editions of CAT:
|Section name||Total questions||Total MCQs (With negative marking)||Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)||Total maximum marks|
|Quantitative Aptitude||34||23 – 27||7 – 11||102|
Some major topics covered under each section:
|Arithmetic||Number System, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixtures, Averages|
|Algebra||Linear Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Quadratic Equations, Time-Speed-Distance, Time-Work|
|Geometry||Lines-Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals & Higher Polygons, Circles, 3-D Figures, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry|
|Modern Math||Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Logarithms, Functions, Set Theory|
- Of the above topics, algebra and geometry have featured comparatively number of times than arithmetic and modern math topics over the last couple of years. As such, aspirants for CAT would do well to lay a little more stress on the algebra and geometry topics.
- Your success in the CAT Quantitative Aptitude section rides on your conceptual clarity. The foremost thing that you should do is make friends with your math books from school to brush up all your basics to start with.
- Other than strong basic fundamentals, phased practice tests elevating from moderate to difficult questions is what will make your handling of problems much more confident.
- Regular timed practice will help you sharpen your basic concepts while taking care of problem-solving within a time constraint.
- A list of topic-wise formulae will help in better retention and easy recollection.
- Identify the topics that you are weak in and focus on them instead of the topics that you are most comfortable in. In order to excel, you need to step out of your comfort zone.
- Finish a topic and immediately attempt a test based on the same. This is very important to seal in the concepts that you have just acquired.
- Once all topics are covered, sectional mock tests followed by their analysis is the way forward to practice in a simulated time-bound environment.
- Analysis of each and every mock test is as important as attempting the test itself as it would correctly indicate your problem areas. You can pick up the problem areas for further clarification of concepts and revision.
- Try and attempt alternate ways of attempting a particular type of problem so that you can find the shortest method to solve the same thus reducing time spent on problem-solving.
- Apart from basic mathematical skill, what is more important for a CAT aspirant is to be able to comprehend and interpret a question and the given options correctly. CAT is essentially a test of your strategizing skills as a would-be manager; how well you prioritize the more doable question over the ones that you are not sure of, and how efficiently you take care of problem-solving by choosing the minimal steps to reduce time consumption.
You may consider referring to the following books and study material for preparation of CAT Quantitative Aptitude section:
- How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT – by Arun Sharma (Tata McGraw Hill)
- Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT – by Nishit K.Sinha (Pearson)
- The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams (Pearson)
- Quantitative Aptitude study modules by TIME, Career Launcher, IMS
To sum up the preparation tips for the quantitative aptitude section of CAT, a well-charted plan to brush up basic concepts, hard work, self-discipline, and relentless practice is what will help you score high.
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CAT Preparation Strategy
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Clear your basics
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Focus on your fortes
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So here comes the big question. Can CAT be cracked in 2 months? Well, the answer is Yes! With a proper strategy and consistent implementation of it can really lead you the golden 99th percentile or even more in CAT. Today, we will tell you how you can ace this wonderful exam in just 2 months. Stay with us and we will let you know how: –
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