Last minute tips to crack the CAT 2014
Syed Zaidie appeared for the Common Admission Test in 2013 and scored 99.33 percentile. He got admission calls from as many as 12 b-schools including...
Crucial last minute tips for CAT aspirants taking the test on November 22
Syed Zaidie appeared for the Common Admission Test in 2013 and scored 99.33 percentile. He got admission calls from as many as 12 b-schools including the IIM Kozhikode, IIM Shillong, six new IIMs, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Bombay and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Powai.
Zaidie, 21 is currently pursuing his Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management at NITIE, Powai. Here, he tells us how to make the best use of the last few hours and prepare...
How to manage time?
Before the exam, revise your basics and write as many mocks as possible.
Most importantly, review your paper after every mock.
During the exam, follow the 80:20 rule.
Try to go through the whole paper so that you don't lose out on attempting the easy questions.
It is important not to waste time on difficult questions at the start of the exam; that's the biggest mistake students make.
I'd suggest you to skip all those questions you find difficult and attempt them later when you have the time.
What questions to attempt first?
In section 1, I attempted Data Interpretation first and while doing so, I bookmarked all the one-liner math questions and those that looked doable in the first glance.
If DI is your strong point, you may do the same.
After you're done with DI, click the button that says "bookmarked question".
This way, you will get to attempt all the questions you feel you're comfortable with.
You can try out the unattempted questions later. This way, you get to answer more questions than you usually do.
For section 2, I was comfortable with Logical Reasoning so I preferred to start off with that.
After that, I took up Reading Comprehension and the rest of the paper. My strategy was to keep tough questions for the end and ensure not to waste time on tough questions in between.