How should a student from non- engineering background prepare for the toughest exam in the country is a quest of nearly 40 out of 100 CAT aspirants. While IIM authorities have clearly stated that the CAT exam has not been designed to take students specifically from the engineering background, but the myth somehow still prevails wide. Each year, IIMs try to bring in as much diversity in the classes as possible.
There is not much difference in the preparation strategies for the students from other streams. We can also see a high number of students cracking CAT despite holding degrees in science, arts, commerce, maths or statistics. These kind of preconceived notions are absurd and we need to rule them out before they start to build a home inside our mind.
No link with educational background
The background has nothing to do with the persistent perseverance and the candidates should be open to ideas and approaches to solve a particular question.
As per each institute is considered, they have different criteria for admission into their programs. The final selection of the candidates is done on the basis of the criteria already set by the autonomous bodies.
There is no quota of sorts for the IITians or non – IITians or other streams in that case, which are implied by the questions that these aspirants have. There has never been a publicly disclose announcement stating the score that one should have to be eligible for IIMs.
We can approach CAT exam and admission into IIMs as three-stage approach and start working on them as follows:
The CAT exam:
The CAT exam, this year will have three sections-
- Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
- Quantitative Aptitude
Since the last few years, it has been stressed that the candidates who are belonging to other backgrounds are falling under the diversity factor. The candidates just need to lie on the percentile bracket that will help them land to the further round of selection procedure.
To reach the percentile – one needs to persevere until the goal is reached. The only thing that counts here is the score made in the exam.
With only two months left for the preparation process, time management and brushing up the basics should be the important two things – after mock tests – to focus on right now. We assume that the basics have been covered by the end of the month. The basics consist of the methods and chapters that have already been in higher secondary classes – hence it doesn’t take much time to brush them up.
Next up – Shortcut techniques:
CAT is a time-bound exam which requires one to answer the questions in sixty seconds or less. The candidates appearing for the examination need to know the shortcut techniques and tap the benefits of knowing the shortcut secrets.
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Final stage: Mock CAT tests:
We know that the mock CAT is an indispensable part of our preparation. Mock CATs will help you get familiar with the syllabus and pattern and you can know what to expect from the test. Take as many mock tests as you can. Even a top notch cricketer takes his practice session very seriously.
Learning will not happen without realizing the mistakes done. The mock tests can help you reflect the mistakes that you have committed and if you work on them, you will only get better practice after practice.
There can be different approaches to solve a problem, practice all the approaches you know to know the possibilities and the time each approach takes to solve a particular question. Review and revision are the best way to analyze your mock tests.
Free sectional and full mock test is available in BYJU’S application.
The mocks and basics are inclusive to CAT test, which is the first hurdle to pass to get a seat at IIM. The selection criteria for different IIMs are different and boils down to three common stages :
CAT exam: Which requires a candidate to score that would be in high percentile bracket.
WAT/ GD: Recently incorporated, Written Ability Test is the next round after the examination. It tests how the candidate can critically present their ideas in the limited time. The topics chosen for the WAT is from Current Affairs, Politics or business affairs.
Only IIM Lucknow and Kozhikode have retained the process of Group Discussion and all the other IIMs have changed the process to WAT.
Personal Interview: Interview questions vary from being personal to education background related questions to current affairs to Bollywood gossip. The idea is to test the outlook and personality of the candidate to put forward what they think and comprehend. It proves positive for the people who are willing to learn.
CAT 2018 preparation when done in a comprehensive and holistic way, no candidate would have to fear to surpass the criteria to secure a seat in IIMs. Irrespective of educational background, get through the stages for admission can be done with consistent effort and right mentorship.
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Preparation for Group Discussion and Personal Interview are also taken care of by our mentors and personal guidance is given through the tablet that we provide.