How to prepare for CAT 2017 in last 100 days?

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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100 days, for people who grew up in the 90s, was a thriller starring Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Sheroff. It was something that they talked about endlessly in school discussing the concepts of premonition and clairvoyance even though they could not spell it. People who are reading this might be too young to remember that. The idea that someone can be clairvoyant and predict incidents in future was fascinating.  In this post, I will try to do the same. Just kidding! I will try to suggest a few things that you can do and you should do in the last 100 days so that you don’t mess up the CAT exam on 26th of November.

How to Prepare for CAT in 100 Days – PPT Presentation

How to prepare for CAT 2017 in 100 days? from Ravi Handa

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Date: 13th August (Sunday)
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Online (Link would be emailed to you)
Agenda: Some of the questions that we would try to answer in the free online class are going to be:
1. What to do in the last 100 days for CAT 2017 Preparation?
2. Is it possible to cover everything in the last 100 days?
3. What are the high priority areas, specially in Quantitative Aptitude?
4. What portions of the syllabus should be skipped (if you have to)?
5. When should one start taking mocks?
6. How many mocks should a CAT aspirant attend if
a) He is just starting his preparation
b) He has scored 90+ %ile in CAT 2016
c) He has finished the syllabus

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3 Tips to Ace your CAT 2017 Preparation in 100 Days

1. Start taking mock tests for CAT 2017

As a part of our online coaching course for CAT 2017, we offer 10 full length mock tests. When I talk to my students, I always recommend that they should start writing those mocks once they are confident of at least 50% of the syllabus. If you have reached that stage, probably it is time you wrote the first mock. Do not be worried about the percentile that you score at this stage of your prep. Do not be worried about the number of questions you attempt at this stage. Do not be worried about clearing the cut-off in all three sections at this stage. The only thing that you should be worried about for CAT at this stage is the accuracy. We will discuss more on this later in the post. As far as the number of mocks is concerned, it completely depends on your level of preparation. If you got more than 95 %ile in your previous CAT attempt, probably you should write 25+ mocks. On the other hand, if this is your first attempt and you have just started preparing – you should write 1 mock test in August, 3 in September, and once a week after that. As far as which mock test series to join, I am biased in favour of the mock tests that we provide as a part of our online CAT course. Having said that, I like the IMS SIMCATs and CL mocks as well.

2. Focus on Accuracy and not on speed

Irrespective of your level of preparation, till October end – you should purely focus on accuracy. As a matter of fact, I would like to say that even till 29th of November you should purely focus on accuracy but that might lead to a situation where you neglect some other easy areas for improvement. Your accuracy should be close to 100% in Quantitative Aptitude section, Logical Reasoning questions, and Data Interpretation questions. It should be in the 80-90% in Reading Comprehension and around closer to 90 in Verbal. While these are ideal figures, you should be really worried if your overall accuracy is less than 75%. That is the first thing you should be trying to fix. To fix that a very simple idea is that you implement the focus on accuracy in your daily preparation. If you are solving questions from a book, always mark the answers and measure your accuracy. Every time you have marked a question incorrectly – make a note of it. For example, at the end of the day – you can make a note that I marked 10 questions wrong today. This small little manipulation will help you keep a tight check on your mistakes.

3. Do not neglect Logical Reasoning / Data Interpretation / Reading Comprehension in CAT 2017

One of the most common mistakes during CAT preparation, that I have seen students make over and over again, is that they neglect Logical Reasoning / Data Interpretation / Reading Comprehension. You should not neglect those areas. While there are 100 days left for the CAT exam, I would suggest that you sit down with a calendar right now and mark 30 days on it – 10 days dedicated to LR, 10 days dedicated to DI, and 10 days dedicated to RC. I am not saying that you should not study LR / DI / RC on the other 70 days. All I am saying is that if you give 10 days purely dedicated to LR, it will no longer be neglected. If you are someone who is a disciplined student and gives adequate time (50%) to LR / DI / RC already, then probably you don’t need to follow this. But most of the students are not. CAT aspirants spend days, sometimes even weeks, trying to finish the 26 chapters from a Quant book to finish the syllabus. In the process, they end up neglecting other important areas. The 10-10-10 rule of time allocation will help you excel in CAT 2017 as it will mean that you are adequately prepared for the often neglected areas.

I hope this post will help you form a plan for the last 100 days. Do provide feedback about the same via the comment section. If you liked it, do not forget to share it on Facebook / Twitter / Whatsapp.
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Ravi Handa,
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