CAT preparation strategy advice

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Hmmm.... had posted this on the time aimcat thread . Thought that by posting it here, will be helping the non Time juntha too... posting with some modifications. Guys (and Gals).. My name is Puneet. I was a TIME student, then went on to be...
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hi my strategy is simple. hope it will be effective as well.

1. look at the exams of the past few years.
2. go through your subjects of grad carefully, and have at least 4-5 strong subjects.
3. have a hobby which you know something about
4. develop a habit of talking in english
5. have an awareness of things around you. in every field. especially the one you are in and are concerned with.
6. dont panic on the day of the exam. (ruins most people)
7. be confident and accepting during your gd/pi.

I feel these 7 steps are good enough to see anybody through to any good MBA institute. Hope it helps.

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Hi everyone.. I am at present working in Infosys. I have planned to go for MBA. First thing is that I am impressed by ISB. Want to get in. ISB does not say that 4 years of work is mandatory but most people in there are some 4 years experienced only. More over it has only one year of study. Thats very good. I have to study GMAT for ISB. Next is if i have to get into IIM's or any other good college in India itself then I have to study for CAT.
In case i start studying for GMAT and dont get ISB is there any other option that with that score i get some good b-schools abroad. Or should i drop the idea of getting into ISB and start studying for CAT and get into some IIM's (suppose) or some other good colleges in India itself. I dont want to wait for 4 years to study. Thought of doing MBA after 1 or 1.5 years of experience. I am not able to decide on this. So thats y i am askin u an opinion. because i might be kiddish and dreaming for ISB( getting in after 1 or 1.5 years of experience). so i have to decide on whether CAT or GMAT. and one more thing i wanted to know is will studyin for one of these (GMAT/CAT) help cracking the other??????
After all this.. I dont know where to start for this MBA STUFF. I have to start from the scratch. Where should i start studying? how should i start studying? How long will it take to get fully prepared for the exam?
I want to start studying as soon as possible because my work now is very smooth and easy too. So i have time to study.Please reply for the last part as soon as possible :-)

hey ashokgk,
thing is first buddy you have to decide the kind of money you are willing to spend on mba and the kind of returns you can get. See ISB and other good b-schools do not just take you on the basis of marks alone, they have quite a few parameters. So getting into or targetting a single b-school is never a very good idea. there is no absolute guarantee of success in any b-school.

secondly, 2 yrs of work ex will give you a good enough platform to establish yourself in a good mba college say iims. and certainly at the end of your course you would reap benefits. however, whether the same remains after 4 yrs is questionable. this is so because after 4 years the return on your investment decreases. look at the iim b selection criteria and how they have calculated marks with respect to work ex. that would give you a good idea about how to go about this studies.

and mba requires just basic aptitude and practice. there are quite a few who ahev cracked it with just oen of the above, and there are quite a few too who havent been able to even after both. so its gonna take some work and some time. if you can put in the time and effort required, go for mba.
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Hi,

IDIOTS Guide to Proverbian Approach to CAT08 :sneaky:

Well its been close to 6 months since i took CAT 07. Almost 6 months remain for CAT 08. SO i believe its the right time to share my thoughts about CAT. :baaa:

ps: I am noting down whatever that comes to my mind .Whatever i have typed below are personal opinions and should be taken in the right spirt

1.The longest journey starts with a single step:thumbsup:
As rightly said by MAO, Please dont get intimidated by the sheer volume of CAT syllabus. Beleive me no one has actuallty completed all the materails at his disposal. Just think that this is the right time to start ur preperation. Start with small doses before getting into high profile stuffs.

2. Stitch in time saves Nine

The basic motto is to be REGULAR.So you should be spending the MAX(time at ur disposal) for ur CAT preperations every day.It may be 2 or 3 or even 5 hours everyday.For people who are working, its quite difficult but nobody other than urselves can help you out . Even if you are not in a mood to learn, do develop a habit of spending 2-3 hours daily on CAT related tasks. It can either be reading Newspapes etc or doing simple Arithmetics or going through Grammar. It is humanly impossible to go through all the sections(Quant/DI/Verbal/Reasoning) and its subsections(Number theory, Time speed, Probability, RC, Grammar etc) in a single day. SO u can schedule urselves in such a way that you brush up all the sections within every 3 days and all subsections in say every 10 days


3.A friend in need is a friend indeed:cheers:

Try Forming a study group. Pagalguy is having vibrant communities @ most of the metros.Make use of it. Get new friends.if u r staying with ur frineds who arent preparing for CAT I strongly suggest u to rent out a new home with fellow aspirants for say 6-7 months and then move back.

4.A problem shared is a problem halved

Be active @ pagalguy.com . Try contacting seniors/ fellow aspirants and try talking out ur issues. Post devotedly.One important thing to be noted is not to get intimidated by the scores other pagals are posting. Just think that pagalguy is a den where all these 99.99%tilers participate. But there are also other cool percentiles to grab during the actual CAT. believe me 98.91% tile is also cool...So be confident and work towards ur goal


5.Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

The basic idea is not to be over confident.I personally know at least 7-8 heavy weights who have faltered at the final step. They were getting mesmerising scores at mocks(99+ %tiles) but couldnt perform well during the D day. So if u r having good mock cat scores, then its well and good.BUt dont be over confident and treat the lesser mortals in a derogatory way. You never know whats going to happen on November 19th. So be cool :chillpill: and work towards ur goal


6.Make hay while the sun shines

The basic idea is to be flexible.Be flexible in ur strategy.But not on the Dday. You will get ample mocks to finalise ur strategy. BUt dont have a rigid time frame like (50-50-50) for the sections. Do learn thru the mocks on which section to start with and apply ur self developed strategies accordingly

7.It's not worth crying over spilt milk/Let bygones be bygones:clap:

This should be the golden rule. You might be getting close to 98 % tile overall and clearing all sectionals mock after mock but one fine day ur mock score became 68%tile.Learn ur mistake and get out of it. MOck CAT will give u an approximate picture on where u will be standing .. not the absolute picture.. Have faith in thyself and continue working towards ur goal.


8.Don't put all your eggs in one basket;-)

You may be a heavy weight. You may be getting KILLER PERCENTILES @ mocks. Everyone knows that u r destined to be @ IIM-A. BUt u never know what future has in store for you. SO do write other exams like XAT/SNAP/FMS/NMAT/JMET etc. Write these exams get a good score, get a call , convert that call and then decide whether to join or not to join. Because Our thought process changes a lot once we get a REJECTION. So always have a backup plan

9.Don't try to walk before you can crawl

Preparing for CAT should be a step by step approach.Dont start with Full length tests if u r not comfortable about the basics. Its not the number of
Mocks/FLTs that matter but what u deduce from them matters the most


10.Oil and water don't mix:w00t:
"Either u r with us or You are against us"-George Bush proclaimed after 9/11. Similarly words like laziness,boredom,Apni yeh Paatshala Masti ki patshaala dont go hand in hand with ur CAT preperation. I am not asing you to be a book worm. You have to be active but ur activities shouldnt hamper ur CAT preperation tempo. So a strict NO to gossips, masti, booze, pubs, girlfriends/ boyfriends etc when its ur study time.


11.Put your best foot forward

You have prepared diligently and its ur final day. Be cool. If u have prepared well Just think that You havent done that much crimes in life so that GOD is
gonna harm you at this juncture.Its ur day and perform well.

12.All's fair in love and war

This is a very very very tricky one. Viewer discretion advised. You may have to face situations @ actual CAT where you may get undue advantages.Instances like copying, not giving back the OMR etc are a strict NO NO:nono:. What i meant is say for eg: the instructor @ ur class room may give 5 minutes extra due to his stupidity. So make use of the time.Just go with the tide. I personally know people who have sat idle thinking about morality at that point.Please remember that Alexander Ruled the world not Harischandra...

13.Learn to keep ur Mouth shut and Ears Opened:bigear:
When it comes to CAT , 100 people will be having 101 opinions. Do listen to it thru one ear, and if its crap let it pass out through the other ear.Believe me there might be situations when some wise people advice u to change ur startegy a day prior to D DAY. Approach only those people whom u genuinely think will help u ( @ pagalguy u will find hoards of them). Also dont go around proclaiming that you are preapring for CAT and u r expecting IIM calls. Its indeed a soothing experience to tell others if u have 98% tile but quite heart breaking when every tom **** and harry asks u about IIM calls when u r actually having 80%tile. :banghead:


Thats it from my side.WIll kep this post updated..

CIAO,
2008-2010 PGDM Batch
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hey dude thats ok... but i am expecting a answer like study this book... study this part in this book... these are the portions for CAT etc

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In case i start studying for GMAT and dont get ISB is there any other option that with that score i get some good b-schools abroad. Or should i drop the idea of getting into ISB and start studying for CAT and get into some IIM's (suppose) or some other good colleges in India itself. I dont want to wait for 4 years to study. Thought of doing MBA after 1 or 1.5 years of experience. I am not able to decide on this. So thats y i am askin u an opinion. because i might be kiddish and dreaming for ISB( getting in after 1 or 1.5 years of experience). so i have to decide on whether CAT or GMAT. and one more thing i wanted to know is will studyin for one of these (GMAT/CAT) help cracking the other??????
After all this.. I dont know where to start for this MBA STUFF. I have to start from the scratch. Where should i start studying? how should i start studying? How long will it take to get fully prepared for the exam?


Ashok, the fundamentals of both papers i.e. CAT and GMAT are pretty much similar, but both exams are poles apart in the approach required. GMAT is supposed to be 'easier' than CAT because it needs an absolute score instead of a relative rank. So, your performance is in your hands only.

However, don't be discouraged by people with workex. ISB does take folks with less workex also. And of course there are foreign b-schools that'll be glad to take you if you have a good GMAT score.

As far as planning for an exam goes, I'd say that a plan is like a shoe in some ways. My shoe might not fit you, or may not fit as comfortably as your own choice. Also, you might outgrow your own shoe soon, and look for a better one. Same goes for a plan.

I'd suggest, draft a plan for studying, stick to it for a week or 10 days, then evaluate your progress, and update it if necessary.

Also, for starting, brush up your basics, if they're lacking. Otherwise, probably you could start building speed and accuracy.

P.S. Since I've only listed my opinion here, it may or may not be applicable to you. So, please take it with a pinch of salt, and do your own research and analysis also. I hope you make it through whichever path you choose. All the best!
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Hi everyone.. I am at present working in Infosys. I have planned to go for MBA. First thing is that I am impressed by ISB. Want to get in. ISB does not say that 4 years of work is mandatory but most people in there are some 4 years experienced only. More over it has only one year of study. Thats very good. I have to study GMAT for ISB. Next is if i have to get into IIM's or any other good college in India itself then I have to study for CAT.
In case i start studying for GMAT and dont get ISB is there any other option that with that score i get some good b-schools abroad. Or should i drop the idea of getting into ISB and start studying for CAT and get into some IIM's (suppose) or some other good colleges in India itself. I dont want to wait for 4 years to study. Thought of doing MBA after 1 or 1.5 years of experience. I am not able to decide on this. So thats y i am askin u an opinion. because i might be kiddish and dreaming for ISB( getting in after 1 or 1.5 years of experience). so i have to decide on whether CAT or GMAT. and one more thing i wanted to know is will studyin for one of these (GMAT/CAT) help cracking the other??????
After all this.. I dont know where to start for this MBA STUFF. I have to start from the scratch. Where should i start studying? how should i start studying? How long will it take to get fully prepared for the exam?
I want to start studying as soon as possible because my work now is very smooth and easy too. So i have time to study.Please reply for the last part as soon as possible :-)
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ashokgk Says
hey can u just tell me where to start for CAT 2008.

hehe..U have started in the right place..by joining pg .
See this thread, for more details.U'll have answer's' to ur question here. :
http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/all-i-wanted-to-speak-about-cat-25002933
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hey can u just tell me where to start for CAT 2008.

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