Last Month Topper Strategy for CAT Preparation – The candidates who will be appearing in the CAT 2018 exam to be conducted by IIM Calcutta on 25th November 2018 must go through the article to have comprehensive information regarding the preparation tips during the last month. So, the candidates must strategize the study plan before 6 months of the CAT main exam. During the last month, the candidates must practice those topics in which they have good command, instead of commencing any new topic. Moreover, they can find so many previous years question paper, sample papers through different websites. So, keep solving that and also go for online mock test as all these will help the candidates in analyzing the exact question pattern and difficulty level of the exam. Above all, the candidates are allotted 2-3 hours to complete their paper so they can also learn the time management skills that will be beneficial for the candidates during the exam. Therefore, the aspiring aspirants must follow the above-mentioned things properly to qualify the CAT 2018 entrance test easily with good percentile.
Know your Starting Line
One should know where they stand in each section of the CAT exams. Try to give an initial mock test to analyze where you stand. This will help you to segregate the amount of time towards each section. With this you may avoid spending extra time towards the subject in which you are already a master. Make a note of your areas of weaknesses in each topic and try to point the faults you made and also what type of errors they were.
Time Boxed Practice
The limited time available to solve the questions in the CAT exam is the important point to note while preparing for the same. While most of the questions being asked in CAT are plain, what makes them hard to crack is the restricted timeframe. Therefore, make sure that you follow time-boxed practice sessions as part of your preparations. Of all, make sure to practice this with both multiple choices and non-multiple choice type of questions. This will help you improving your speed of attempting the questions.
Don’t Refer to too Many Study Materials
There might be thousands of books in the market which entitle to be the best guide to crack CAT. But too many references may confuse you, as they might have a concept defined and solved in a different way. So, CAT toppers propose that it is better to refer two good books on any topic for CAT exam preparation. Make sure these two books would give you all the necessary data you need.
Remember – Too many cooks, Spoil the food!
Try to create peer study groups with whom you can share questions, doubts etc. This helps in communication and knowledge sharing is also enabled.
Skip a Topic if Needed
The most important rather tough decision while preparing for CAT 2018 exams would be skipping a topic. However, that is not true as per the toppers. So if you really don’t understand a topic, then winding over it for a long time will not help. So, remember a fundamental rule, don’t twig to one area for a long time. It is ok if you don’t crack it too.
Mandatory Mock Tests
Mock tests help you a lot. They actually give you a simulated environment of the exams which will help you a lot. They not only help you to check and exercise whatever you have prepared, but they also give you a vision of what’s really working in your homework plan and helps you to readjust the same for the future days.
The candidates must take CAT 2018 mock test at least twice or thrice a week. It is not only about taking the mock tests but keeps in mind you should inculcate the art of endurance to sit in front of the computer for three hours without obstructing the focus and attention.
The Exam Pattern Changes – Don’t Panic
The CAT steering committee usually makes alterations to the existing exam pattern. So better not to get petrified, rather try to change it into an experiment and start preparing as per the newest exam pattern published.
Try to Improve Speed of Calculation
Dedicate some time to improve your calculation speed. For trying a question, try diving the time into two parts, to clinch the question and to determine it further. The Speedy calculation will certainly save your time. For calculation purposes start practicing the method of manual calculation, as the screen-based calculator may consume time.
Topic wise Tests
Understand it is most important to get familiar with a particular section or topic. To attain this try to choose a particular section, say Logical reasoning and try to solve as many problems as possible from each topic under the same.
Revising is the most key part of exam preparation. It helps you recall whatever you have learned until the exams and keeps them fresh in mind always.
Finally –Don’t get stressed! Just focus on the results.