Noida, India (PressExposure) July 22, 2011 -- Now that it is hardly three to four months left for CAT 2011, the aspirants are facing different concerns regarding the preparation. Those who have already started the preparation have particular areas of concern. Whereas there are many, who are yet to start the preparation and seek guidance on the right way to start it. To answer all these questions, MBAUniverse.com hosted the AskMBAUniverse.com Live Expert Chat on July 21, 2011 with Gejo Sreenivasan, Principal Consultant, Career Launcher. The chat saw huge number of participants who came with all sorts of questions on the preparation for CAT 2011 and other MBA entrance exams which are about three months to from now.
Excerpts from the Live Expert Chat:
Q: Adil Ahmad: Sir, I want to know if four months are sufficient to prepare for CAT if the student is average. If yes than how much time he should devote for cat preparation on per day basis?
A: Ideally you will require around six months. However, you still have good four months to give a crack at it. Suggest you take out about three to four hours every day for the CAT and have a disciplined preparation.
Q: Pooja: My query is related to Quant section. I have already covered most of the basic chapters but still my percentiles in mock tests are very low, around 15-20 which is very much depressing. Please suggest.
A: Firstly, put things in the right perspective. The mocks are to assess your progress so that you can understand what needs to be done. I do hope that you are doing thorough feedback after the mock so that you can pin-point the areas to work on. Am I able to solve all questions? What kind of mistakes am I making? Where is my issue - is it accuracy or is it speed? There is no need to get depressed. Keep fighting, your scores will improve
Q: Pooja: Please tell proper action plan for the remaining three months so that I can get a good grasp and hope for a 99+ score in main CAT. I'm working hard but not getting much result. I want to get through a prestigious college.
A: It depends on what stage of preparation you are currently in. I would assume that you would have completed most of the basics and have started taking the mocks. In the last leg, you must take mocks and then do a complete feedback on the test. You then need to work on what that feedback tells you. Then take the next mock. Please note that from now on, the preparation is to understand the areas of improvement and working on them.
Q: Nikhil: Sir I'm going to take a scholarship test for a coaching institute where I would enroll for CAT preparation. Please give me some handy tips.
A: 1. Don't get stuck on any questions 2. Read instructions carefully
Q: Payel: What is the strategy for preparing for the GK section?
A: The best strategy would be to read newspapers & magazines regularly. Also, have a look at past years questions of the test so that you get a general idea of the kind of questions that they ask. Mostly, it is general awareness. So long as you have good reading habits, you will not have much of a problem.
Q: Rahul: The usual dilemma that one faces while preparing for CAT takes the form of a trade off between accuracy and speed. Honestly, one need not trade off one for the other. How to combine both of them?
A: To me, accuracy is more important. 50 per cent accuracy also means 50 per cent of the time wasted. In a two hour test that is one hour. And with negative marking, things are even worse. Having said that, as you keep taking your mocks, your speed would also improve. Bottom-line, never compromise on accuracy.