In the pursuit of that perfect VA score a lot of students tend to not focus on the big picture in the CAT. For example the average CAT aspirant will go hell for leather for Fill in the Blanks (FIB ), Word Usage (WU) , Commonly Confused Words ( CCW) and Sentence Correction (SC). The problem is that for most aspirants the probability of getting these questions correct is around the same as our beloved Prime Minister becoming loquacious anytime soon. It may happen any day. Or never.
So how do we hit that coveted 99 percentile? (By the way – this article is designed to add a few words to your vocabulary range – hence the verbosity)
We must realize that Section 2 is very clearly divided between 2 types of questions
Type A – These types of questions are skill based and can be improved by practice . You do a 100 LR sets / RC passages and you become better at the 101st one.These questions include LR RC PJ PC and CR
Type B – These types of questions are purely knowledge based. Solving even 300 FIBs / SCs/ WUs does not guarantee you that you can crack the next question! Each one is a separate unit and rarely do derivations work specially with a weak base in English
Target 1 : Logical Reasoning Questions : CAT will throw 3 sets at you . (Or 2 sets plus one off puzzles ) You need to crack ALL OF THESE or kiss top IIM calls goodbye!
And so please ensure that your coverage of LR types of questions is absolutely thorough!
LR PROBLEM TYPES TO BE COVERED
Truth Teller and Liar sets
Seating Arrangement problems
Mapping and best routes
Games and Tournaments
Selection of Teams with Conditionals
Sense of Direction
Syllogisms and Logical Deductions
Puzzles ( Shakuntala Devi , George Summers , Martin Gardner)
Statements Assumptions Conclusions
Deductions and Inductions
CAT/ XAT LR questions of last 6-8 years
Cracking LR is also significant for another reason. In CAT 12 many aspirants were surprised to find LR questions in Section 1 as well. Quite a few CAT takers had to tackle 5 LR sets in the paper !!
QUESTIONS CRACKED :9
Target 2 : Crack the RC Questions . At least 2 out of 3 paragraphs must be attempted with complete accuracy. How to achieve this ?
2) RC Prep
QUESTIONS CRACKED :6
Target 3 : Solve all Parajumble and Paracompletion and Critical Reasoning questions
Gyan on these topics:
Critical Reasoning questions are also instrumental in solving some RC questions ( inference , conclusion and assumption based questions)
QUESTIONS CRACKED :3
Target 4 : FIBs CCWs WUs SCs
Reference: Phrasal Verbs
QUESTIONS CRACKED :3
TOTAL QUESTIONS CRACKED : 21 + = SUCCESS
ALL THE BEST FOR CAT 13 !!