The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted as an entrance exam for admission in Post Graduate Diploma in Management(PGDM) and Master of Business Administration(MBA) by all Indian institute of management. It is a compulsory test for a management student to enroll in the Postgraduate program. The student who is eligible to enroll in an MBA / PGDM program has to perform CAT in order to get admission to the various programme in MBA / PGDM offered by institutes and colleges.
The CAT score is used by every institute and college along with the parameters i.e. academic performance, work experience, group discussion, written assessment, and interview performance, etc. The weightage assign for the CAT score may differ for each institute. The candidates are advised to read about the weightage, process, and breakup of each institute from its respective website.
In the present CAT exam is divided into three categories i.e. Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability before doing the CAT exam a brief study of these topics could have a positive effect on your performance in CAT exam. In other words, you should prepare for these topics if you are going to take a CAT exam it could claim to a good rank of you. A brief introduction of various topics that implies a student that how should get prepare before taking the CAT exam is given below:-
- Prepare a list of all possible topics in the section from a number system to equation and number series to quantitative analysis etc.
- Identify the areas you are weak in these topics i.e less than 50% accuracy.
- Make a schedule to study the weak areas first and then the other topics till 30 days to CAT.
- Simultaneously practice questions from various resources till about 10 days from CAT.
- Quantitative ability needs speed and accuracy so that you have ample time to look into the tougher Quantitative part of the section, improve the best you can.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- Logical reasoning gets easier with more problems you do as you start learning all the tricks involved.
- Typically varieties of data interpretation include Table, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Column Charts or any other unusual but structured representation of data more variety which has maintained its presence in entrance test paper is casselets.
- A sound control over Mental Calculation is a very good advantage in any test paper. This advantage cannot be compensated by the presence of the “Basic Calculator” of CAT. Mental Calculation includes Tables till 20, knowledge of fractions from 1/1, 1/2, 1/3 till 1/20, basic addition and subtraction, etc.
- LR aptitude includes puzzles that need basic common sense + practice of a variety of questions. Indeed, puzzles can be too random at times but there are some standard types of LR question types that are seen more often than others. Most important among them are the LR sets involving the arrangement of data in a tabular structure.
- These are generally large data sets in which aspirants are supposed to count the instances which meet the questions’ needs. They require patience and focus to ensure that not a single mistake happens.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
- Keep switching between the topics you find interesting and other boring ones. This would help you get used to the passages in CAT which are normally from philosophy, biology, theology, etc.
- Quickly finish the basic syllabus and then practice as many questions as you can.
- For verbal learning from mistakes is the best approach.
- Leaving questions that you find dicey in VA helps more than it hurts so remember that.
As far as practice for Reading Comprehension goes, you should build up your practice slowly and steadily. As of now, you would do well to solve one RC a day. Carry out this exercise for 5 days at least every week, and this way, you should be able to cover 5 passages a week.