Isha Nisar decided right out of school that she wanted to get into IIM A. A Few years down the line, she's all set to join the IIM A Class of 2022. Anushree Naik was studying CA and CA + MBA, the very cliched but highly sought after the path was her dream. But when she did not get an AIR rank during her CA finals, she decided to pay extra attention to cracking the CAT and getting into an IIM. On the verge of joining IIM A with Isha for the class of 2022, Anushree's MBA dreams are also on track. With 98.2%ile in Anushree's case and 99.37%ile in Isha's case, you've probably read their very detailed guides and articles on CAT prep via InsideIIM. In this video, Isha and Anushree come together to share their key CAT tips, strategies, and winning attitudes. If you want to get into some of the best b-schools in India, this video is for you.
Isha and Anushree met each other during their b-school interview prep stage. They bonded over similar interests, shared focus and hard work. These 2 commerce students have completely different approaches to CAT prep. While Isha made the really tough VA-RC section in CAT 2019 look simple, Anushree admits that she is most certainly not a reader and therefore had to figure out a way to crack the VA-RC section despite that. They both share how they approached the VA-RC section in different ways, Isha brushing up on her reading speed while Anushree made a habit out of solving RCs daily.
Both of them share how they were relatively comfortable with the DI-LR section, but focused on solving sets within the given time. They share how they approached QA differently as well. While Isha had a good grip on mathematics and focused on understanding how formulae were actually derived, Anushree worked on increasing her speed.
They talk about writing multiple mocks and how one should go about selecting these mocks. Anushree emphasises the importance of not just mocks, but sectional tests as well. If you're a CAT aspirant hoping to crack CAT 2020, they share some invaluable advice on approaching the exam, on analysing the mocks and lots more. Check out this video packed with insights.
Complement this by reading Isha and Anushree's CAT prep stories.
- To boost your Verbal sectional score, you can start by learning how to eliminate the options in the RC section.
- If reading is not your strength, solve various RC passages daily to get used to reading and understanding at least those.
- A good DI-LR prep strategy = Sharpen your strengths first, and then move on to weaknesses.
- Analyse your mock CAT results thoroughly to devise good CAT strategies.
- Try different approaches to your right answers to save time.
- Even if you are good at some concepts, understanding them in-depth will help you be more accurate.
- To increase your speed in the QA section, learn mental maths.
- A good strategy to ace the QA section can be solving a few sums with high accuracy.
- When it comes to solving every question on your CAT paper, your mantra should be 'flirt & go; don't be in a serious relationship.'
- Less rough work = more time saved.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses clearly, but don't let these dictate your ability to answer on D-Day.
- Attempt the easy questions & leave the really difficult questions even if they form a part of your strategy.
- A good criteria to select mock test series is to check if they have a similar format, time, etc. as the actual CAT exam.
- Organising your mock test results will help you deep dive into exactly where you need more preparation.
- When analysing your mock scores, you can also look at your mindset around certain questions; this will help you be calm and focused on CAT day.
- You can use a reverse prep strategy - where based on your mock test results, you figure which chapters to brush up on.
- During CAT, if your speed is slow, it becomes extremely important to pick the right questions.
- CAT is less about concepts and more about their applications.
- Maintaining books and notes for CAT strategies is great, but it's more important to recall the important stuff mentally.
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