When should an aspirant for CAT 2018 should start preparing for the exam?
The ideal time to prepare for CAT is when you think that time has come to start the journey. CAT 2018 notification is expected in the month of August 2018 and examination might be conducted in October or November 2018. The candidates who are eagerly waiting for CAT Exam notification, for them preparation for 3 to 4 months is enough. More or so it all depends upon the level of learning and understanding that a candidate possesses. Those who are good in academic records and their basics are clear can crack the examination easily.
Before you want to start preparation in any field it is always better to know the details of exam pattern and syllabus. Recognize your goal and aim to accomplish it.
It is rightly said that -
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
Work passionately for your dreams and it will surely make you reach the target.
Let us discuss some important points about CAT exam preparation:
Full form of CAT is Common Admission Test. It is one of the difficult exams in India. It is a common entrance exam conducted by IIM i.e., Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to grant admission in any of the top 19 institutes and in other business schools.
The eligibility for CAT exam is post graduation in business and management. The one who clears CAT 2017 Examination will be eligible to take the second round which comprises of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), this is the most crucial stage as it decides about the selection and rejection of a candidate. CAT 2018 Notification offers a great opportunity to those who aim for post graduation in business and management.
Tips and tricks to prepare for CAT 2018
CAT 2018 being the toughest exam in India, therefore, one must make a strong strategy to crack this exam. There are some tips and tricks to be followed for the best preparation of CAT 2017.
Since the CAT’18 is usually held in end of November/December thus December’17 or January’18 is the best time to start your preparation.
It is better to divide the preparation into various phases. It will help you to set your target for every month or phase before the date of the examination.
Phase 1: In the month of December
Develop the habit of reading
Develop the habit of reading skills by reading editorials, business news and other articles of daily newspaper. It will enhance your speed of reading as well as knowledge. Latest news helps a lot in GD-PI which is the qualifying session of CAT Exam. Try to understand the articles and do some self – research to understand and learn the topic being discussed. It will improve your analytical skills, vocabulary, and knowledge. It is a very good habit one can maintain it for the lifetime to keep yourself well-informed.
Have concrete idea about various MBA entrance Exams and B-schools
If you are aspiring for PGDM or MBA, CAT and IIM are not the only options. Besides these, there are other institutes which are similar to IIM such as. MDI, XLRI, SPJIMR, etc.
There are many top institutes like NMIMS, SIBM, XLRI which are conducting their own entrance exams. Keep a track of their batch profile, placement figures, Job offered profile and then decide which option suits you the best.
Phase 2: From January to April
- ` In this period you should try to understand the CAT Syllabus and exam pattern. Although there is no fixed syllabus for CAT examination yet one can understand it by attempting the mock tests or previous year papers.
Paper comprises of four sections
- Quantitative Ability or Mathematics,
- Data Interpretation,
- Verbal Ability & English and
- Logical Reasoning.
Questions will be based on the above-mentioned subjects. By doing this through exercise you will be able to prepare for the CAT 2018 effectively.
- Keep analyzing your aptitude level by taking free Mock tests available online to have a clear idea about the examination syllabus and pattern. It will also help you to maintain the level of difficulty while preparing for the exam for the complex subjects like Mathematics and verbal ability. Concepts of these two subjects are the prime concern of this exam as more focus is on these sections and generally, questions asked in these sections are tough and needs thorough knowledge.
- In case you score below 60 percent in the Free Mock tests, it means that you need an expert coaching for your preparation. CAT 2018 Coaching in Jalandhar is the ideal hub for the effective preparation of CAT 2018 Examination.
- After figuring out your basic requirements and knowing your weaknesses you can start practicing in the right direction. It will give you a professional and dedicated preparation flow.
It is highly recommended to dedicate the months of January to April to understand the concepts and practicing the Mock Tests set according to the level required for CAT 2018 Exam
- Make an authoritarian study plan for each day to keep your preparation intact. Besides being studious one should not forget to entertain yourself by going around with friends or to the parties, it will boost your mind and make it fresh to study better.
- Track your preparation by analyzing your practice pattern on weekly basis. Try to overcome the weaknesses and maintain the strengths to the best level to crack the exam when it comes.
Phase 3: From April to November
By the end of April, one should be well versed with the basic concepts and the practice pattern you need to follow. Take regular sectional tests to improve your preparation subject-wise. Develop the comfort level with all the sections or topics which are to be covered in the CAT 2018.
Attempt at least 15-20 Mock tests to test and analyze your performance and keep the preparation intact by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses till the exam.
Phase 4: One week before CAT 2018
This is the crucial phase of your preparation, it is better not to try any new topic or take any mock tests. Only revise the basic formula and the mocks which you have already attempted. Go through the questions which you found to be difficult.
A day before the exam is the day to relax your body and mind. Keep yourself cool and don’t over strain your mind or worry much about the exam. It will keep you fresh for THE APPOINTED DAY of your exam and you will be able to perform to the best of your knowledge level.
Always remember TO GIVE YOUR BEST TO GET THE BEST!!! Follow this and go ahead.
All the best!!!!