Updated: 10/11/2021 8:34 PM IS
New Delhi [India], October 11 (ANI / Oswaal Books): The Common Admission Test is the qualifying test for admission to some of the country’s most renowned MBA institutions.
The CAT exam is named with an application from approximately 2.3 lakh students and is one of the most competitive exams in the country.
In the final month of preparation, candidates should adhere to the core exam strategy, i.e. knowing the exam pattern, practicing with sample papers, and trying the mock tests.
Sample questions can be of great help in preparing for the CAT exam.
Do you want to know how?
This is how you can achieve good results in the CAT exam 2021 with sample papers.
1. Strict Practice
To achieve a top percentile in the CAT exam, you need a section-by-section exam strategy. There are three sections and you will need specific strategies to make sure you get them right.
* Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) assesses your language skills and reading skills.
You can focus on factual judgments, verbal reasoning, para-completion, and analogies to successfully complete the VARC section.
* Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) has historically been one of the most difficult sections in the CAT exam for candidates.
Typically, the sections that require more preparation are the data adequacy, the data arrangement, the binary logic, the caselets, the clocks, and the calendar.
* Quantitative Ability (QA) tests your understanding of the number system and arithmetic reasoning.
Candidates should identify in which of the arithmetic, geometry, algebra, scale, and calculus subjects they are weak and supplement this section with sample question papers.
Practicing with sample question papers can help you identify and create a solid section-specific strategy.
2. Understand the CAT exam pattern
The CAT exam is divided into three sections and comprises around 76 questions.
The Verbal Skills and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Quantitative Skills (QA) sections each contain 26 questions, while the Data Interpretation and Reasoning (DILR) section contains 24 questions.
The duration of the CAT exam 2021 is two hours and the time limit for each section is 40 minutes.
Thorough knowledge of the exam pattern enables students to take the exam with confidence, and provides the serenity and confidence required in a high-stakes exam such as CAT.
3. Mock exams
The CAT exam is not just a test of expertise. It’s also a rating from:
* Time management
There are tons of tips for cracking the CAT exam out there that focus on maximizing the number of correct attempts per section.
This can only be achieved by practicing with solved sample question papers.
Practicing with sample questionnaires can help mimic the actual exam scenario, and the more you practice, the more you develop your problem-solving skills.
It also helps you identify your weak points and improve your strengths.
In addition, by solving a large number of sample papers, you will build speed, discipline, and accuracy, skills that are vital in a high-stakes exam like the CAT.
The sample questionnaires from Oswaal CAT contain numerous questions and the latest solved paper for 2021. It also contains examination questions from previous years (1990-2008 & 2017-2020) to facilitate a focused study.
4. Thorough analysis
As important as the preparation itself is a thorough analysis of the questions you attempted.
By analyzing where you made mistakes, you can gain insight into your weak points.
This could be due to a conceptual misunderstanding or a wrong conclusion. Analyze each sample questionnaire to reveal patterns of your weaknesses, work on them, and you are sure to see improvement.
In addition, through the analysis, you should try to improve the accuracy of your testing of your vulnerabilities.
It is not enough just to strengthen your strengths, but to develop them strategically!
Your efforts should be focused on highlighting your weaknesses so that you can maximize your chances of getting a high percentile.
If DILR is your weak point, there is no avoiding questions. DI is an important part of the CAT exam and it is important to make sure to improve your DI skills to optimize your results.
Care should also be taken with the accuracy. Make sure to focus on accuracy in addition to speed as there will be a negative mark for every wrong attempt.
Oswaal sample questionnaires have a thematic trend analysis. This allows you to delve deeply into the topics and examine the trends in the work and prepare accordingly.
You can also map the subject-related trends on your performance and further close the gap to achieving high scores.
5. Learning aids
The CAT exam focuses on basics and application. Students are required to have a set of reference notes on important topics in the QA and DILR section.
Before the exam, you can start going through the notes to remind yourself during the CAT exam.
Regardless of whether it is DILR or QA, prepare short tips for experimental questions for each section and keep them to hand. Follow the framework as you try the questions and improve your time with each attempt.
Oswaal CAT 23 Years Chapter-Wise and Topic-Wise Solved Papers includes learning tools such as mind maps and mnemonic, conceptual revision notes to help students prepare for the CAT exam.
CAT preparation is one of the most exhausting and demanding preparations.
The preparation for the CAT exam usually takes place while studying in another course of study or while working.
Juggling all of these responsibilities puts a strain on their health and preparation. Therefore, as you prepare, you need to be careful to keep your balance.
CAT preparation requires a unique focus and dedication.
With only a few weeks left for the CAT exam, candidates need to focus on the core exam strategy and fundamentals to get high scores.
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