CAT PREPARATION AT BEGINNER’S LEVELAnisha Mukhija
How to start your preparation?
Preparing for CAT 2022 without proper guidance can be overwhelming and exhausting. Higher chances are there to get burned out and that’s why mentorship is highly suggested here. Without further ado, let’s get on-board with the preparation method.
The paramount trait each aspirant must have regardless of their level is CONFIDENCE. So the first step ever will be if you are too nervous then consider taking CAT 2020, 2021 actual paper just to see where do you stand in your preparation and spare judging yourself as it is too early to make unnecessary conclusions. Situations are volatile and dynamic now so one thing you must keep in mind is that our motive is to prepare ourselves and not demotivate ourselves.
The first 2 months: –
This time is highly crucial for the preparation. Ensure you are studying Monday to Friday 2hours daily (1hr class and 1hr self-study). Now many candidates do a mistake where they prepare in the weekends. This should not be done. We must prepare during weekdays.
What to do in weekends then? Ans- Revise, Consolidate and Chill. This routine will not get preparation to your nerves and you will be mindful of your preparation.
During month 1: –
This should be the time where you set goal of 20days. If you are a CATKing student, then consider taking up 20days challenge course. In this period, focus on concept and improve your speed. Find ways of solving things faster. With CATKing dashboard, you will be provided a dashboard that is specially curated for a structured bent of preparation.
During month 2: –
In the next 20days, take a mock first and then take another 20days challenge for concept building and speed enhancing. Repeat the same process for further topics too. Whence done, take 1 mock each month for 2months.
Never stop your preparation: –
In Quantitative Aptitude Section:
- According to the previous year statistics, you need to be God in Arithmetic to ace this exam as it consists of nearly 50% of QA section i.e. approx. 11-12 questions in actual CAT exam paper.
- After this, consider Algebra, Geometry, Modern Maths then Special Topics.
In Verbal Ability Section:
- Read AEON essays daily for RCs. Reading Aeon essays has three steps and those are Firstly, read Aeon Ideas, Secondly, Aeon Essays and Thirdly, Aeon Psyche. Search CATKing Aeon for specific results in CAT topics.
- Do para-jumbles, para-summary and out of context questions thoroughly. There come 8 questions from these topics in VA.
In Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section:
- Choose one between both. We recommend LR for non-engineers and DI for engineer candidates.
Monetary Plan for MBA: –
Before planning for an MBA know that in India, MBA is commonly the highest degree one gets as very few pursue PhDs after their PG. so, your MBA has to be from the best college. You will be branded with your college and keep the badge for the next 40 years of your professional life. Number one has to be joining a coaching where you find value for money. You must Beg, Borrow, Steal if aiming for top business schools.
There are 2 courses highly recommended by previous CATKing toppers currently sitting in top IIMs of the world:
|TURBO COURSE||INTENSIVE COURSE|
|8 months of CAT preparation mainly from April to November.||CAT and non-cat preparation from April to next year April.|
|Expenditure: 10,000 INR for CAT forms + 20,000 INR coaching fees. Altogether, 30,000 INR.||25,000 INR for CAT and NON-CAT forms + 25,000 for coaching. Altogether, 50,000 INR.|
|After November, we have Jan, Feb, March for GDPI, WAT and PI calls converting process.||Oct- NMAT
Dec- IIFT, SNAP, MICAT
Jan- XAT, TISSNET
Feb- MICAT2, SNAP 2.
March to April- GDPI, WAT PI, CDPI calls and converting process.
|June- end of entrance Preparation and beginning of actual MBA journey.||June- end of entrance Preparation and beginning of actual MBA journey.|