CAT Expert Chat: 'Go Back to 9th and 10th Books to Strengthen Your Basics'

Noida, India (PressExposure) May 27, 2013 -- In the first Online Expert Live Chat of CAT 2013 season held on May 24, Mr Abhishek Gupta, National Product Head, MBA Test-Prep, Career Launcher India shared his tips on section-wise strategy, time management and other related queries on CAT 2013.

This article brings you some questions asked by MBA Aspirants and answer shared by Mr Abhishek Gupta during the Live Chat session.

Ranbir Singh: How much time an average candidate should spent daily for CAT? What should be the section-wise distribution?

Mr Abhishek Gupta: The section wise distribution of your available time would depend on one's current level of preparation, what all topics the person has already done, whether the person is working or not, and a few other things. However, a serious candidate should definitely give it at least 4 hours daily at this stage.

Nagpal: What are the most important chapters in Quant as well as in DI? Given the huge syllabus, should I go for selective preparation in this section?

Mr Abhishek Gupta: There are no important chapters in QA-DI as such which you can pick and prepare. I would strongly recommend doing everything that's there. I won't agree that the syllabus is huge for somebody to leave certain topics. Instead, it would be a huge risk. I would suggest you to pull up your socks, and start working hard...

Anu Aggarwal: Please suggest me which section need more focus in Quant. How do I keep my interest alive during my CAT preparation?

Mr Abhishek Gupta: The most important topic in Quantitative Aptitude would be Algebra, though you need to prepare all the topics to be successful. You need to devote some time regularly to all three subjects - VA, QA and LDI. This is the best way to prepare. The preparation won't get monotonous and boring, and you wouldn't ever feel as if you have forgotten some topic since you haven't been in touch lately.

Kumar Kohli: How should I work on my basics to score a good percentile in CAT?

Mr Abhishek Gupta: If you think you have a real problem with some topic, I would advise going back to the basics textbooks. Pick up your 9th, 10th standard books and start by trying to finish them quickly. Then you can go to the more advanced problems.

Arpita: I am a tech professional and my working hours is 9.00 am to 7.00 pm. How do I manage my time for CAT preparation?

Mr Abhishek Gupta: Dear Arpita, I understand that preparing for CAT along with working in an IT company can be very tough. However, it is definitely not impossible. Try to dedicate your weekends completely to CAT prep. During the weekdays, if not more, devote 1-2 hours daily along with some serious reading. This is the minimum that you need to do.

Anurag raj: Sir, I am an average student and starting preparation for CAT 2013 now. Are the next 5 months sufficient for my CAT preparation? Mr Abhishek Gupta: Yes.. It is. If you are ready to work hard and are able to get the right guidance.

Sameer Kansal: What is the best way to prepare for CAT, attend some coaching classes or buy some CAT books and do self preparation? Mr Abhishek Gupta: It depends on your preparedness for CAT at this stage. I would suggest taking some diagnostic test or previous papers and going for counselling...

Ambika: I started my cat preparation but how should I prepare for GD simultaneously..and how should I prepare for RC section? Mr Abhishek Gupta: Answer to both of your questions lie in doing a lot of reading. That will prepare you to handle the Group Discussions with ease (at a later stage) and also make you more comfortable with those "incomprehensible and boring" RC passages.

MBA Aspirants seeking guidance and advice from renowned CAT Experts can login to Chat page and post their query to the expert who shall revert on real time basis during the weekly Online Chat hour. The Aspirants can also post their pre-chat queries on to seek information and guidance on preparation for CAT 2013.

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