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How do CAT 99 Percentile Scorers Planned Their Preparation?

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.


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