Here are a few key tips for CAT aspirants that can be considered as the success mantra to crack the CAT, one of the toughest entrance exams. Byju Raveendran, a hundred percentile scorer, also shares his experience on how to crack the CAT exam.
Below are a few key points that one should keep in mind and imbibe as a mantra to crack not only the CAT 2023 exam but any competitive exam.
- Plan your timetable, and prepare accordingly to ensure timely completion
- Byju Raveendran believes that preparation for any exam calls for the qualitative amount of time spent on it and not the quantitative.
- Compete with yourself and don’t compare with others to win in the competition
- Don’t worry about what you don’t know, instead be confident of what you know
- Always remember, no one is comfortable with all the topics, but make sure you are happy with the effort you put in
- Learn simple, shortcut techniques and strategies, as this will help you crack any question, no matter how difficult they are
- Enjoy what you are doing
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Before starting your preparation for CAT, make a note of your strengths and weaknesses from the standpoint of the test; for example, you may be strong in Physics and Chemistry and weak in Maths. Once you identify your weaknesses, you can turn them into strengths from the exam point of view, and to do so, it is advised to take as many mock tests for CAT as possible until you improve.
It is advised to practise hard, as only learning chapters is not going to lead you anywhere, and moreover, the final exam demands answering questions precisely; hence, it is better to practise until you become perfect.
Preparing for CAT doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all your hobbies or your routine life. Though your CAT timetable demands most of your time in studies, it is always suggested to exercise and keep your mind and body calm.
- Pick a chapter in which you are weak and the one that is important from the exam point of view
- Give priority to important chapters
- If you don’t have enough time to pick the chapter that is important from an exam standpoint, then practise the chapter in which you are comfortable
- Don’t start with new chapters when the exam is approaching, as it will create a lot of stress, and you may tend to lose confidence in chapters that you are comfortable with
When the exam day approaches, don’t panic thinking about what you don’t know; instead, be confident of things you know, and above all, enjoy what you are doing.