CAT 2015 Preparation Tips and tricks

CAT 2015 Preparation Tips and tricks – CAT 2015 is scheduled to be held on the 29th of November of this year and the exam consists of three sections namely – Quantitative Aptitude (34 questions to be attempted in one hour), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (34 questions to be attempted in one hour) and Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (32 questions to be attempted in one hour). Clearing CAT required very disciplined and comprehensive preparation. Given below are certain tips and tricks that will help you in your CAT 2015 preparation and help you bag the desired percentile.

Steps for CAT 2015 Preparation:

  1. The candidates should be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses with regard to the kind of questions that are asked in CAT 2015. The candidates are advised to take online mock tests in order to analyze their SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat).
  2. After the identification of the weakness the candidate is required to chalk out a short horizon plan that can be either daily or weekly and a long horizon plan that’s up till the date of CAT 2015. The candidates can then divide the number of chapters or concepts by the number of days and then personalize a study plan and stick to it religiously.

Pointers to keep in mind:

Quantitative Aptitude:

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The candidates should always have the thumb rule of  70/30 rule in mind which states that approximately 70% of the questions in Quantitative Aptitude are asked from 30% of the chapters namely Number System, Geometry, Time Speed Distance, Ratio proportion, Function/graphs, Equations and Permutation and Combination. If the candidate even manages to get 3/4th of these questions correct there should be able to secure 92 percentile in QA.

The candidates are however suggested to go through all the concepts and chapters at least once. It is also of vital importance to understand that almost half of the total number of questions will be fundamentals based questions with simple 1-2 step solution.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation:

In this particular section the students are expected to have practiced a plethora of questions on their own even though they join a coaching institute. The most frequently asked questions in this particular section consist of arrangement based questions (linear, circular and tabular), sequencing based questions (loose sequencing and strict sequencing), network diagram, games based and team formation questions.

In Data Interpretation most of the questions are based on two or more than two types of charts. In the previous years both calculation intensive and interpretation based questions have been asked frequently. Questions from Data Sufficiency can also be asked. In order to prepare for this section the candidates will need to keep a target of solving 4-5 sets daily and ensure that the questions are of different types.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

In this particular section the questions can be distributed into three types

Type 1: Questions based upon logics like Para jumble, Critical reasoning, FIJ, Logical completion of idea etc.

Type 2: Questions based upon application of grammar like sentence correction and vocabulary based questions like fill in the blanks questions

Type 3: Questions based upon reading comprehension

The fill-in-the-blank questions are designed to measure a candidates ability to understand the intended meaning of a sentence and each question requires one to analyze the context of the sentence and determine which word or words are the best in order to complete that sentence.

After completing all this the candidate should join any national level test series and analyze their performance in all the tests thoroughly.

How to go about this?

The candidate is advised to make a table that will be consisting of two columns – column (1) questions that you got right, and column (2) questions that you could have got right. In this manner the candidate can analyze the gap between the potential and performance in every test. In the subsequent test the gap should decrease with an ideal level of zero.

Furthermore the second column should be segregated into three parts – Conceptual Error (you were not aware of the concept), Practice Error (You know the concept but have not practiced upon variety of problems based upon this concept), Calculation Error (or, Silly mistake).

After getting this self-assessment report done , work upon it and get the desired percentile

Happy studying!


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