Counting from today, there are exactly 100 days left till the D-day and many aspirants wonder,
"Is it possible to crack CAT in 100 days?"
We have talked to three experienced and leading trainers in Verbal, QA & LRDI and to your relief - the answer is,
"YES! With right strategy, it is ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE TO CRACK CAT 2018 IF YOU START NOW."
Let’s breakdown CAT section-wise through the strategies shared by these trainers to chart out the next 100 day plan.
Leading Verbal trainer, Mr. Sankalp Sharma says, “CAT verbal section has seen a major rise in RC questions in the last three years. To tackle RC, the utmost important task is to read, A LOT! And that too variety of genres/topics in both novels and newspapers. There is no way around it.”
As a matter of fact, RCs are the most dreaded and yet least practiced component of Verbal. But if you think critically, solving an RC,
- Increases your familiarity with different topics of RC that may appear before you.
- Enhances your reading speed which is very much essential in any time bound exam.
- Improves Grammar - The more you read the more you get comfortable with it.
So, make sure that you practice 2-3 RC passages daily!
It is impossible to mug-up hundreds of words in this short time. The better approach is to concentrate on the words that you encounter while reading and in the Mock Tests and make sure you are thorough in those. In fact, you must check out VOCAB STORIES. They have been specially designed to ensure maximum retention of difficult words.
Finally, spend at least two hours every day on reading on a variety of articles, ‘Editorials’ being most important. This may be done during cooling off period i.e. between two intense preparation sessions that can be Verbal, QA or LRDI. And of course, you can utilize your time during commute to read as much as possible.
According to LRDI expert Mr. Sachin Gupta, “the quality of LRDI questions have once again started to increase in terms on difficulty level as it was during the CAT 1998 – 2008 phase when papers were conducted through offline means, so it’s best to start with solving all those papers for LRDI”.
The good thing about these papers is that they are easily available on the internet.
Next important thing that he mentioned is there are some specific traits that one can develop only practicing the CAT questions:
- Certain numbers that are favorite for exam setters from calculation point of view
- Up to which extent HIT & TRIAL can be used to solve questions
- And a gut feeling to reach the final answer
The favorite topics that appear in CAT LRDI section every year are Group Averages, Games and tournaments.
Coming down to actual strategy, since this is a crucial time for preparation, you should practice mocks and normal question sets only on computers because there is a significant 45% decrease in your speed when you solve LRDI questions on screen because of so much scrolling.
Finally the most important thing in LRDI is to separate the question sets that you have to attempt from the ones you should leave. There may be sets with data heavy graphs and charts which can panic any test taker but which were the easiest to attempt. This habit is developed only by doing an analysis of mocks first by yourself and then comparing it with analysis of some other website or institute providing the mocks.
Check out our article on LRDI where another lead trainer Mr Subrat Kumar shares 3 secrets to approach LRDI without pen. CLICK HERE
The approach to cover QA section is to divide the entire syllabus into broad topics and make a target for each of these topics. We’ve posted an article on correct order of approaching QA syllabus, to access it CLICK HERE
Also, while setting your targets, you have to dedicate 30 days to understand the concepts and theory. Ideally, you should have finished the basic studying of concepts and formulas by mid of July. However, if you have started after July, keep this target as August 31st. Aspirants who prepared for CAT previous year but have lost touch with concepts, should also revise them.
Use modules or workbooks of any coaching institute so that you get refined content. Target only Level 2 questions that have a difficulty level which is right for this time along with brushing your concepts. As Level 1 or Level 3 questions will waste your time and effort at this point. This will cover 20% portion within first 30 days.
After that only, go with full throttle and start taking mocks, at-least 3 in every 2 weeks. This will help you in analyzing your weak areas in Quant and strategise which questions are to be not attempted.
Analyze each area and find out where you are strongest and where you can excel with little improvement. Concentrate on those topics more. But do remember to note down your mistakes as well.
Remember, in effectiveness, a single wrong question costs you (-4) marks which can land you from an IMT to an IIM C if corrected.
Overall strategy common for all three sections:
- You are left with 14 weeks. Start with studying or revising concepts for the first 30 days which makes 4 weeks, in rest 10 weeks if you do 3 mock tests every 2 weeks, you’ve done 15 mocks till the end which is sufficient.
- Making a point to do maximum questions onscreen in addition to mock tests.
- Mock Analysis - Noting your mistakes, especially if there is a particular pattern related to calculation and which can be easily avoided. Compare your analysis with the analysis provided by websites or institutes.
According to these guidelines, we have tabulated your exact 14 week schedule
Pointers from last year CAT toppers to stay mentally prepared
Ø Start with a positive mindset and maintain a CAN DO attitude till the Exam day
Ø Don’t shy from reaching for help
Ø Chalk out the preparation study plan and follow it religiously
Ø Learn from mistakes and improve
Ø Practice as much as you can...
All the best for your preparation. Feel free to contact us in case of any query or suggestion.