CAT 2018 is scheduled for 25 November, and all the time you got is 2 months. Since CAT is among the most difficult exams in the country and lakhs of aspirants competing for the best colleges in the country to qualify CAT with 100 percentile is a tough nut to crack. All you need is a full proof strategy with full focus and you will get through. The students who are serious about CAT, by now have prepared well either by self-study or joining any coaching for an extra guidance. It is the time to gear up the preparation level so here are the five must dos for every candidate before 8 weeks of the CAT.
Section wise study plan – This is the first and foremost method if you are preparing for a cut-throat competitive examination like CAT. Since we know the question paper for CAT consist of 3 sections namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Students need to focus on the basics and start preparing accordingly. Make sure you do not hold any kind of block for a particular topic and it is needed that you make the topic clear in time.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses – Knowing the areas of your strength and weakness is of utmost importance. Once you identify the sections in which you have conceptual clarity and can score high and vice versa, you have to prepare your study plan accordingly. Maximize your focus on the weak areas but do revise and practice strong sections as well. At this point, you are required to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and give special focus to the areas that need more attention.
Take mock test – As you identify your strengths and weaknesses and complete the first round of basic preparation, you have to start taking mock tests. Remember to take the mock tests in computer-based mode and in section wise time-bound manner. This will help you in familiarizing with the test environment. The initial mock tests can be either sectional or full length. Ideally, take a full-length mock test first followed by sectional ones for your weak areas. As mock tests played a huge role and help you identify problem areas.
Analyzing mocks tests and your mistakes – The whole point of taking mock tests is to analyze your preparation. The mock tests will give you the idea of your strengths and weaknesses so that you can channelize your preparation accordingly. Before 3 months of CAT 2018, you must spend more time on your weak areas to strengthen them. However, you should not be too confident or comfortable with your strong areas. Practice those to make them even stronger and solve questions of next level of difficulty. Have a balanced approach so that you are able to get the requisite cut off in both the sections as skewed performance will hamper your chance of getting into IIMs or a top B-School in India. At this point of time any serious CAT aspirant must perform SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the paper, this lets you analyze which kind of questions must be attempted and are most scoring meanwhile, it also helps you analyze which kind of questions are to be left alone and consumes time.
Time Management –As discussed above time management is the most crucial factor. If you do it right and have problem areas in the paper but know your strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly you will surely qualify the examination. You must know which kind of questions consume how much time and hence in that particular time frame how much questions can you solve.