Unlike a Degree exam where you cram up quite a lot of things to deliver on the D-Day, CAT is a completely anti-thesis to such exams. The prep you have done for the past months will come to fruition rather than what one does in the last five days.
Yet, these five days are important to ensure that one is in a correct frame of mind to attempt the CAT exam and deliver to one’s potential.
Here’s a quick guide to what one can do in each of the sections, in the last five days before the exam. Check it out here.
In need of some Motivation? We got you covered. Here's a list of some of the most inspiring stories and motivating journies of real people - *ALL ARE MUST READ - TWO FOR EACH DAY TO CAT*
We met Chitra on a rainy day at IIM Indore. Her journey from studying in a single classroom in Jammu, to rejecting top schools of DU because of logistical problems and her current life at IIM-I is truly inspiring.
This is for all those who take themselves too seriously. All those who think that their performance in CAT is what will define them for the rest of their life.
Where you start doesn’t determine where you will end up being. It’s all about what you do to be where you want to be. Isn’t that why such stories are inspiring? Here’s a motivating story of Bhimsingh Rajpurohit, a JBIMS student, who comes from a small town of Rajasthan, youngest of the six siblings and the only one not only in his family but in his town to be this educated.
Winners win because they want it badly. How badly do you want to win? How badly do you want to crack CAT?
Harsh Sinha had to make a tough choice between taking care of his ailing mother and joining his dream B-School. Life is not always fair and is full of challenges. This IIM Lucknow management student has gone through a lot of them in life and is keep pushing the boundaries every passing day.
Whatever the situation is, whatever your scores are in mock tests, just be sanguine and genuine to yourself and your dreams. You will accomplish your goals if you believe in yourself and deposit in the right efforts. But don’t leave the race as glory awaits you at the finish line. That’s all that matters.
Who doesn't like love stories? But with love, there comes heartbreak too. And heartbreaks while preparing for CAT can be really really difficult. Here is one such story.
Need some ultimate motivation? This cancer survivor made it to XLRI. Life can be crappy but you can still work hard and get where you want to be.
Preparing for CAT can be quite a lonely journey. And even more so when you are suffering from depression. But no matter how difficult things are, you can still make it. Let this not only motivate you but inspire you to do better each day.
No matter where you are with regards to your preparation, you can always work hard, give it your best shot, improve with each passing day and nothing would be impossible. The above article is just one such example.
Need help with Quant? Here are some articles that deal with this section -
These 6 tips by an IIM Lucknow student are just on point. From issues like accuracy to whether to use calculators or not, this article covers it all.
No matter how prepared you are for this section, this article will give you a lot of clarity. Bonus - it has some Mythbusters! *MUST READ*
Many will keep iterating that ‘Engineer hai to quant acha hoga hi’ and many such remarks when it comes to this section. This assumption is definitely not completely true, it all depends on your Test Taking ability, and this article covers just that.
A commonly asked question, even just a few days before the CAT. For people, who have JUST started preparing, this is your bible for Quant topics. A 99.87%iler and an IIM Ahmedabad student tells you in this quick article which topics you should definitely work on.
There are more than enough articles telling you what to do to score high in the Quant Section. But the other way of scoring high in this section is by avoiding some typical mistakes mentioned in this article. *MUST READ*
These 5 commonly made mistakes or so-called 'Traps' can lead to a low score in this section. Read the article and make sure you don't fall for any of these traps.
Let's move to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - This section can be a nightmare for some people. Perhaps, these articles would wake you up from the nightmare.
The tips in this article are a bit generic but good to refresh your strategies in this section. From the frame of mind required to implications of LRDI on Quant, it covers quite a few things.
Ah this article covers everything! It is an ideal read if you are just starting with this section! *MUST READ*
There are two tips in this article. Both of them will ensure that you score really well in this section.
Apart from the tips, this article is really motivating. No matter what your score is when you start, you can score 99+%ile if you work hard. The author of this article was scored a mere 52%ile in this section in his previous CAT attempt but in the last attempt, he managed to score more than 99%ile in this section. *MUST READ*
Forget how many days you have, this article covers some really important points about Accuracy Vs Attempts, What to attempt and how to attempt and how many to attempt!
Lastly, Verbal and Reading Comprehension section. Unlike Quant and DILR section, there are no set formulas to help you here. But worry not, these articles will give you an idea of what to do and what to expect.
You need not be a Milton or a Shakespeare or even a voracious reader to ace the Verbal Ability section. Yes, you read it right, and that’s because VA is not equal to vocabulary or literature. It’s about your ability to comprehend while you read. It’s about filtering the important information from a plethora of noise. It is, therefore, more scientific than literary. *MUST READ*
Problems with RC? This article comes to your rescue. Everything is right in front of you and all you have to do is to extract the answers from the passage itself! Hence RC is a weapon that is a must-have in your arsenal for cracking CAT. *MUST READ*
If you have neglected this section thinking you'd wing it, you need to read this. It breaks down the section to the most basic level and gives you an idea what to expect and what you can do about it. Must Read even if you are well versed with this section to recheck if you have missed out on any topic.
Still struggling with RC? Need specific tips. This is it. 3 simple ways yet very effective. Do give it a read. *MUST READ*
From Vocab to RCs, this 99.67%iler talks about all topics under Verbal Ability and how to maximise score in each of those topics.
VA is as subjective as it gets but this 99.81%iler tells you her secret objective way of cracking this section and scoring not only in confusing RCs but also those really annoying parajumbles we all hate.
Let's move to some general tips now.
T-7 days plan. Day wise plan. Can't get better than this now, can it? *MUST READ*
How to get a call from IIM A, B, and C? Read this article! Enough said for this one.
Just read it. It's a 5 minute read. You won't regret it. *MUST READ*
This counterintuitive approach helped the author crack the CAT and get into IIM Bangalore. Worth a read, no?
5 Days, 5 Tips. From sleep cycles to frequency of mocks. Includes all you should be bothered about in the last 5 days.