Noida, India (PressExposure) October 03, 2011 -- With just 20 days left for the CAT 2011 to get launched, the hearts of CAT takers is beating faster. There are numerous questions coming in the minds of students preparing for this big exam.
To give you the right tips on how to best utilize these 20 days, MBAUniverse.com hosted Live Expert Chat on the topic, '20 day preparation strategy for CAT 2011'. The Live Expert Chat was held on September 30, 2011. The expert for the chat was Nishit K Sinha, author of CAT preparation books and IIM Lucknow alumnus.
We bring to you the excerpts from the live chat:
Nihant: I'm not scoring more than 20-25 in Quant, i.e, 8-10 questions. But when I practice at home, I get 20-22 questions right. I don't know what is wrong with me. What should I do? Can I still hope for good B-schools?
A: Reason may be the one or more of following: 1. When you are solving the questions at home, you are seeing that for the second time (1st time in the examination hall). Hence more likely to use a new perspective. 2. Quite at ease at home. 3. Peer pressure at exam hall. Solution - Ensure more practice upon typical questions so that when you see a question in exam hall, you should feel that I have done this kind of question.
Akash: Which are among the most important areas in QA?
A: Number System, Geometry, TSD, P and C. I would still say that if you have CAT around mid November, you have time for other areas too. Ensure that at least you have done the basics of all the chapters, so that, if easy question appears from those chapters, you should be able to identify and solve those.
Deepak Kanaujia: I'm not able to score much in the Quant section. Though my basics are clear, still I can't solve difficult questions. Please suggest.
A: Take note of the following points: a. There are at least half of the questions in CAT (now a days)/ SNAP that can be said to be easy question. If you do those, you will be getting close to 88 percentile in CAT QA. b. A difficult problem is difficult because (i) You don't know what to do with it (ii) Steps involved are not known (iii) You have never seen such kind of problems. Ensure that these three things don't happen. Anyways, work on DI-LR and Verbal too. You may get more output in the time invested for preparing QA.
Arunika Sharma: How can I prepare for the social & general awareness section of IRMA? I am reading newspaper The Hindu & Times of India and CSR. What else can I do to clear the cutoff?
A: Coverage wise that should be sufficient. In addition: 1. Make notes of what you read 2. Go through Yojana or Kurukshetra and see for the Government Schemes. 3. Keep tab on awards in the socio-economic sector.
Akash: How to tackle questions which seem like going to take enormous time. Should they be simply left and tried if time left?
A: Initially those should be left out. You should try those only if you get some time at the fag end of the test.
Bhumish: My score of mocks is 50 percentile how should I improve it to 90 +? Is it possible now?
A: By now, you must have filled in CAT form. Isn't it? Take it seriously this year. Focus on SNAP 2011 and CMAT 2012 (not MAT 2012). The CMAT notification will be out in few days.
Himanshu: What shall be the Dos & Don'ts for the coming days?
A: The following are the DOs: a. Distribute everything in three parts - All Clear, Not so clear and Not at all clear. Revise All Clear Areas, work upon Not So clear areas so that they become All clear areas, and take a call on Not At All clear areas. b. Must practice at least one set of either DILR or RC everyday. c. Keep taking MOCK test 2-3 every week.