Astha Narain – GIM Goa
Sahil Mehrotra – IIM Nagpur, IMT Ghaziabad
Ananya Mishra – NMIMS Mumbai
Jayash Rastogi – Welingkars
CAT 2018 Shift 1: Review
The CAT’18 conducted by IIM Kolkata was a package not with many surprises but the same pattern of questions as the previous year. Sectionwise details are as:
Verbal Ability: This section was comparatively easier than the previous year. The Reading comprehension part was easier and with a little effort to understand the primary purpose and the main argument would have enabled to mark options quite easily. Search and Scan method was equally effective. There were four passages of medium length (4 – 6 paragraph) carrying 5 questions each and one passage with four questions. There were questions based on summary based, parajumbles (TITA Type) and Parajumble – Odd one out (TITA Type) which were of easy to medium difficulty level.
Ideal Number of Attempts: 20 – 30 attempts could have been made with a good accuracy(>80%) to clear the cut-offs for IIMs.
Data Interpretation/ LR: This section carried a mix of easy, medium and difficult problem sets. One calculative DI set was introduced which was the easiest to pick and solve. Other sets involved Venn Diagram and analytical reasoning. The questions focused more on the reasoning ability and deductive reasoning.
Ideal Number of Attempts: 12 – 18
Quantitative Aptitude: This section covered almost all the topics evenly. Questions on Number System, functions, averages, TSD, Circles, Triangles, Parallelograms, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Ratios, Logarithms, algebraic formulae, permutation & combination etc were asked from easy to medium difficulty level.
Ideal Number of Attempts: 18 – 25
Overall Ideal Number of Attempts:
Top Six IIMs: 60 +
Other IIMs – 55 +
LOGICANS Preparatory Feedback:
VA – All the techniques discussed in the class and VA FT session could have been perfectly used to score high. The question types predicted were same in the CAT Exam. Strategy to ace VA through RC was the best found this year too.
DI/LR – The DI set appeared in the exam was close to the PIE CHart chapter in DI primers. To ace other sets the skills developed through PRIMERS, LOGICATs, G- Files and class sheets were sufficient.
Quantitative Aptitude: CLass Sheets, PRIMERS and LOGICATS were sufficient enough to develop skills and crack any question in Quant section.
Many questions and concepts asked were already discussed in the class
All the Best !!
Dear MBA Aspirants,
While preparing for CAT and taking tests you must also be in touch with the pleasures of reading which institutes the right knowledge and orientation towards your career. Please find here the list of top 10 books that you must go through if you are planning to go for your MBA.
1) Rich Dad Poor Dad – By Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
2) Winning – Jack Welch
3) World is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman
4) Connect the dots – Rashmi Bansal
5) Who moved my Cheese – Spencer Jhonson
6) The white Tiger – Arvind Adiga
7) Snapshots from Hell – Peter Robinson
8) Future Shock – Alvin Toffler
9) The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey
10) The Wall Street Journal – Jeff D. Opdyke
The above ten books will serve as a nexus between you and the management world. But it should be kept in mind that you are reading this book for knowledge and not for your entertainment. So, its nothing like boring or interesting but everything like relevant or irrelevant.
Reading the above books will give you better reasons on why you should go for management as a career or will simply upgrade you to understand the ‘motor of the world’
Apart from CAT/Online test series one can easily take out one hour of reading time every day. Make reading your passion for great successes as
“TODAY READERS, TOMORROW LEADERS”
All the Best,
1. Calculation errors: Generally this is the most common mistake committed by students. Approximately 30 % of the mistakes are in this category. The calculations in terms of accuracy, approximations and comparatives must be nothing less than perfect. Try to be so cognizant with numbers well so that you can execute calculations in the back of your mind perfectly.
2. LOGICAL Errors: This type of an error is due to the failure in establishing the correct nexus between different entities, quantities, ideas, and relations. For this try to solve different type of logical questions in Quant, Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning and Verbal Ability and keep on revising them to make those situations lucid.
3. Language Interpretation: This is the trickiest of all and many students fall under this category of errors where they are not able to understand the right meaning of the language given in the question. Focus a lot on language having reasoning essence. Practicing Mock Tests can provide sufficient practice of this provided you keep a track of what you have learned from them.
4. Conceptual Errors: This type of error occurs due to insufficient understanding and grasping of the concepts. This happens when a student is either going through the content hastily to finish it fast or is not under the revision process or further may be because of consistently changing the content very often resulting in loss of a recorded track. Practice your fundamentals from one source (obviously a good one) and try to finish it at least thrice to settle the entire content. Don’t move forward until and unless you understand the concept completely or regress a lot to check whether you are clear with the entire basics. Take help of your seniors, mentors, and experts.
5. Silly Mistakes: These are really silly. While writing exams mind goes blank various times under which we commit silly mistakes. These types of mistakes are committed unknowingly. It simply proves that ‘the brain’ is not 100% ours. The brain has a working of its own and is to be mastered before seeking results and success. Practice a lot and train your brain with alertness. Increase your stamina and concentration.
Keep you Mock Test and CAT Test Series analysis based on the above errors.
All the Best!
Dear CAT Aspirants,
This is the best time to review your CAT & other MBA examinations target scores to reach the ivy league colleges in India. The CAT application will start from 2nd week of August. Thus, it is a right time & opportunity to focus on your preparation strategy. Please take a note of the following important points to start preparation:
1) Take a mock initially through which you can analyze your strengths and weaknesses in different areas (Quant, Analytical Reasoning & DI, Verbal Ability). For students who are not enrolled at LOGICANS can take the test using the following link: http://logicansindia.click2cert.net/WebEnrollment/Purchase/8209
2) Start revising the fundamentals in different areas and understand each concept with sufficient practice. Rote learning the formulae alone is not going to help much since questions will focus on how a student device a logic for a particular question or section.
3) Make a checklist of the tasks and content to be completed every day, weekly and monthly. The content comprises of Basic books and online test series.
4) First 40 days must be targeted to finish the entire basic content with the understanding of the application part followed by chapterwise test series.
5) Keep identifying your strengths and weaknesses in the due course of brushing up fundamentals.
6) After 40 days you can start with the CAT Test series or online mock test which can give you a real picture of your progress.
7) There is no need to solve too many books and devoting too much of time on doing same chapters. Test series is the best way to upgrade your performance.
8) Every mock test requires at least 20 hours of dedicated review to address different aspects of your behavior on the test. Also, it depends on how one observes the post mock test analysis.
9) Avoid working on a single topic or area for the whole week rather try to cover some part of each area every day.
10) A 100-day preparation requires not more than 20 mocks to be written and analyzed as it is all about brain development rather than writing plenty of mocks. Only writing mocks without proper analysis is futile.
11) Avoid working on any new area and revise a lot in the last 20 days.
12) In the last 20 days, a candidate must have a clear idea of his strengths and weaknesses with time response analysis to make a sound strategy of every minute in the examination.
13) CAT & other aptitude tests are the sheer test of your intelligence, please do not confuse it with any syllabus or knowledge-based examination. Your ability to read and write will transform you into an aggressive test taker.
14) Work aggressively towards your goal.
15) Remain calm and composed towards your goal.
10 Point Strategy – Mock Analysis
1. Correct over wrong – Try to check all the correct, wrong and unattempted questions with accuracy.
2. Concepts Lags & Error Logs – Check whether you know all the concepts and maintain an error log for type of errors committed.
3. Right Selection of questions – Check and strategize the correct order of questions to be attempted first and how would you notice the difference between the must do questions, try later questions and must avoid trap questions.
4. Alternative Methods – Try for time saving alternative methods and approaches for all type of questions.
5. Target Score and Potential Score Gap – strategize how you can minimize the gap.
6. Productive Vs non Productive Time during the test.
7. Check Your response Time.
8. Potential Score – Check your overall potential score.
9. SET Target for Next LOGICAT
10. Revise all the important concepts and application from LOGICANS Primer booklet and class sheets.