Lakshya Kumar scored 99.99%ile in CAT 2019, the highest amongst non engineers to have written the exam in 2019. Also he started his CAT prep in Feb 2019, just 7 months prior to CAT. Lakshya's focus and clarity on writing the CAT and making it to IIM C is something every CAT aspirant will gain from. In this video, Lakshya tells us how he managed to score 99.98%ile in VA-RC and DI-LR and 99.7%ile in Quants. Lakshya even chose to work with NITI Aayog and IDBI Bank to learn the ropes of corporate culture as well as understand if an MBA was really the right path. Graduating with his BMS qualification, Lakshya paints a picture of how CAT can be cracked by non engineers with exemplary results. Watch this video to gain insights into just how to think about the various CAT sections, how to stay motivated, how to pace your preparation and more.
In this video, Lakshya breaks down his CAT prep into 4 parts. That's right, 4. Not 3. Because for Lakshya, along with preparing for VA-RC, DI-LR and Quants, you also need to prepare yourself mentally for CAT. Taking us through his own comfort with VA-RC, he shares how it's not all about understanding the language or grammar, but understanding the tone, the direction and the idea behind those RC passages. You just need to understand where the passage is going and answer accordingly! Next he talks about DI-LR and how one can refer to past CAT papers to get an idea of the type of questions to expect. He shares how LR was a tough section for him, but it is also a generally new and tough section for most CAT takers. He shares how one needs to be able to answer at least 4 familiar sets in the section to gain an advantage.
Finally Lakshya takes us to his prep for Quants. He shares how quant is not equal to mathematics. He basically tells us how anyone with 10th standard education can write the quant section; one only needs to practice. He goes on to share how he prepared for geometry, a part of quants that was particularly tough for him. He shares how to effectively analyse mocks and that using the averages provided by test platforms may not always be a good idea. Finally he shares that every CAT taker feels demotivated at some point. At such a time, persistence will yield great results!
- CAT consists of 4 sections, not 3. VA-RC, DI-LR, Quants & Mental Prep.
- The objective of the VA-RC section is not to get the meaning of the words; it's to get the correct answer.
- Only 3-4 sets in DI-LR are familiar; the rest are new for all CAT Takers.
- Check out previous years' CAT papers to gauge the question patterns for DI-LR.
- Quant is not equivalent to mathematics.
- Pick one book to prepare for quant and solve the questions 2-3 times.
- An easy question is not from a topic you've studied. It is something you can attempt within 2 minutes.
- When you feel demotivated, start working harder. Or talk to friends and peers in solidarity.
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