Last day before CAT – what should you do?

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Last day before CAT – what should you do

CAT 2020 exam is barely a few hours away. I can understand that some of you might be worried or panicked. Don't be. You have put in the months towards the preparation and I am sure you will come out with flying colors. I know it sounds obvious but there is no harm in repeating – it is just an exam. It does not define who you are and will have a marginal impact on your career in the long run. CAT is a standardized test and perhaps one of the best tests in the Indian education system to select the best candidates. It has been going on for decades and has always rewarded students who are smart and have put in the hard work to get success at it. I have been teaching for CAT since 2006 and in these 14 years, most of the students got the marks/percentile that they deserved. By pushing yourself too hard in these last few hours, you can only do yourself and your chances a bit of harm. Given below are a few things that I suggest you can and you should do.

Preparation Tips for Last 24 hours before CAT Exam

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude in the last 24 hours?

It would be a good idea to revise all the important concepts and formulas. I have made a compilation that you can go through in roughly 1-2 hours. You can download it by filling the form below.

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Hope you find this PDF useful.

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation in the last 24 hours?

Go through all the mocks that you have taken till now. Have a look at the sets that you attempted and you got more than 50% of the questions wrong. Reattempt / revise those sets. It will tell you what your shortcomings are and what are some obvious mistakes that you had made. This would help you avoid making the same mistakes in the exam again.

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension in the last 24 hours?

By now, you would have made a strategy for the VA-RC section. You should have a rough idea of how much time you are going to give to the RC part of the paper and how much time you are going to allocate to the non-RC part of the paper. While there isn't much that you can do in these last few hours, I would strongly recommend that you practice a few questions on Odd one out (Sentence Exclusion) and Para-Summary. Practicing RC and / or Parajumbles at this stage would be a bit futile. Here are a few practice questions to help you with that.

Practice Questions on Para-Summary – Set 1

Practice Questions on Para-Summary – Set 2

Practice Questions on Para-Summary – Set 3

Practice Questions on Odd One Out Submission Set – 1

Practice Questions on Odd One Out Submission Set – 2

Practice Questions on Odd One Out Submission Set – 3

Non-Prep Tips for Last 24 hours before CAT Exam

Meet Friends and try to relax

I am sure you will have friends who are not trying their hand at CAT this year. Most probably you will also have friends who don't even know what the CAT exam is all about. I would suggest that you go out with them for a movie or laser-tag or whatever it is that young adults do these days. I am in the mid-30s and I am perhaps not the right person to suggest what 'fun activities' are. However, please avoid any sort of outside food and drinking. You do not want to take the exam when you are not at your 100%. Relaxing with non-CAT friends will take a load off your mind and that is very important.

Eat, Drink, and Sleep Right

Have light food and drink lots of water. Try to go to sleep on time and wake up on time. Some of you might have been studying till late at night. I guess it is time to stop that now and get your body clock back on track.

Avoid unnecessary stress triggers

It might be a good idea to visit the center a little before the exam so that you know exactly how much time you will take on the exam day. Also, figure out the stuff that you are going to carry with you to the exam center, the clothes you are going to wear, the breakfast / lunch that you are going to have. Carrying a packet of biscuits with you might not be such a bad idea as well. These small little things distract you on the main day and you might just panic if you can't find your 'lucky pen' in the morning. Avoid unnecessary stress triggers as much as possible.

Hope you find this post useful and score beyond your expectations in CAT 2020. In case you are willing to share your CAT 2020 experience with other students, we would happily feature it on our blog. Please send me a whatsapp message on 09765142632 and we will figure out a way to do that.

Best wishes from the Handa Ka Funda team are with you.

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