Well, this is what i have gathered from my expierence in the past two years. awaiting discussion on my views here...
Do not depend on coaching institutes. The kind of material they offer to students is pretty dumb
Definitely agree with catrepid. The material and sim cats of different institutes cannot match the cat standards. Its sort of a :cat and mouse game" (pun unintended)
. These institutes try to reach the standard of the final cat exam through the sim cats. But then the iims are alwaysa step ahead and spring a surprise every year. This was amply demonstrated this year. So the the cat has been always a different expierence to cherish. That gives all the more hope to the poor performers in the sim cats, coz they know teh cat paper will be different. (Always have been in that bracket
). But then the material by the institute are a good way to start ur prep and get ur fundamentals right. As of today, i have not known of any material other than those of the institutes.. If u guys have followed some other material please share...
The most important sections in CAT are verbal ability and data interpretation
I second that. The verbal is the most important section in CAT.
If you are a person with less than 2 years of experience, your task is even tougher. You need to really make it to the overall 98.0 percentile and above (or is that too low?). People with greater than 2 years of experience can do with 96.5 percentile and above.
Well, catrepid. Work ex guys do need a lower percentile to get thru the written exam. But if u see the profiles of the batches selected in iims, around 70% fall under the <2 years work ex. So the > 2 years guys have to vie for roughly 30% of the seats, which do make things difficult.
I would like to add one more point. More than the fundamentals, coaching institutes, your cat success depends a lot more on Strategy, ur approach to the final exam. Its the most important thing which will determine ur success on the D Day. its one word u cannot miss in the months to come