How to attempt CAT 2018: Last minute tips for the exam

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CAT is the entrance exam that opens gateways to more than 160 management institutes across India, including IIMs. The online exam is conducted every year to basically test a candidate’s capability in several areas of aptitude like basic Quantitative Ability; Reasoning branching into logical, critical and deductive; Data Interpretation and English Language skills. Candidates need to follow a certain plan of action to prepare for the CAT exam. Every tick of the clock is bringing the d-day closer.

With only 3 days left for the Common Admission Test (CAT) to be held on November 25, 2018, candidates must be oblivious about how to study in the last days of the exam. Here we bring last minute tips on how to attempt and prepare for CAT.

Don’t Focus on selected topics:  Do not narrow your preparation by focusing on a few select topics. History of CAT has elements of surprises. So, be prepared to see surprises in the test and make suitable plans to tackle it.

Mock is the key to success in exam: Take 2-3 mock tests. Do not take more than that as it may add the element of discouragement and confusion in the last days. It is very important to keep the confidence intact.

 Do not guess: The negative marking in CAT can really pull down your scores. Candidates may be tempted by the non-multiple choice questions for which you do not have negative marking. Yet it would be important to understand that such an approach may lead you to lose marks and time.

Time management With three sections and the imposition of sectional time limits, CAT 2015 is going to be the longest paper. It is very important to manage the 60 minutes allocated to each section in the most prudent manner so that you meet the twin objectives of clearing the cut-offs and also maximizing the score in that section.

Stay extremely calm in the examination hall: Jittering and panicking will only make you lose concentration.

In case of any query, never hesitate to put them forward: Always contact the concerned authority to clarify the same. 

Do not panic: In case of technical glitches, do not panic. Follow the required protocol and it will be satisfyingly dealt.

Follow the instructions extremely carefully: Any inconsistency is totally unacceptable as the authorities are very strict in concern with the conduct of the examination.

Don’t get influenced by others:  Do not get influenced by the pompous statements of fellow aspirants that they attempt a very high number of questions. The optimal number of attempts is a function of the difficulty level of the paper. That cannot be predicted.

Take care of your health:  CAT is a long and time taking exam. It is important that aspirants build their stamina to take each section of the exam at the same level of intensity.

The venue: Ensure that you reach the venue well before time on the 29th since the check-in process will take a lot of time. Get ready for more exams.

We hope that these last minutes tips and suggestions help you do great in the exam. So gear up and gather the courage to reflect the best in you.

All the best

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