CAT Preparation Without Coaching - Is It Possible?

CAT Preparation Without Coaching - Is It Possible?

If you need a single word answer to the question of whether it is possible to prepare for the CAT without coaching, the answer is yes. But, we know that you need not want a single word answer and you actually want to know how to do it. Let us help you find the ways you can do this and score well in your CAT exam conducted for admission to IIMs and other top institutions:

How to Organise Your Self-Preparation for CAT?

We can break the Preparation for CAT into three phases. The first phase is learning fundamentals. The second phase is doing the revision work. The final phase is taking mock tests. Remember that all three phases are important. Only when you get yourself strong with the basics, you can build your preparation and revision work on it.

At this juncture, remember to keep yourself away from questions that are highly hard in the quant section. It is better to pay your close attention to the easy-to-crack questions. Do not forget that you should keep away from forums and social media when you prepare for CAT. One of the candidates named Arvind, who succeeded with self-preparation in CAT, says “It took 6 months for me to prepare for CAT on my own. During this period, I was highly focused and I literally forgot social media and other distractions during this period. Now, I study at an IIM, Kolkata”.

How to schedule your CAT Preparation?

When you organize your preparation for the CAT exam, you will get to know that there are a lot of topics to cover in CAT. So, you should have a clear schedule. When you schedule your preparation, you should avoid three mistakes:

  • Focusing more on Quants: Some students are highly concerned about the quants part of the CAT exam. So, they spend a lot of time on this section.
  • Underestimating Reading: Most students commit this mistake. But, they should continue to read at least for a few hours on a daily basis.
  • Ignoring DI-LR: Remember that 1/3rd of the paper will have these questions. Most students do the mistake of spending less than 10% of the time on this part. You should avoid this mistake.

A student named Divya, who focused on self-preparation, says “I had a schedule in place. I never got out of this schedule for 6 months and it helped me a lot to score well in CAT”. Choosing the right study material is important. You can get help from the National Digital Library of India for free study materials.

What to remember when preparing for Quantitative Aptitude?

Most students feel this to be the toughest part of the CAT Exam. But, this section is easy to score well with the right kind of practice. Here are the three things to remember when preparing for this section:

  • Understand the theory first before getting into problems. When you understand the theory, you can easily handle the problem part.
  • Do a lot of practice. It will help you get used to the problems easily.
  • Do you find some questions to be tough? Just revisit the theory part of the questions and read once or twice to understand the theory part once again. Then, you will find the problem easy to solve.

Reading Section:

Better readers always have a better chance to crack and even score well in CAT. It is more crucial than vocabulary-building. You can practice reading by regularly engaging yourself in a lot of reading. You can do this right from your young age. When you read, again and again, you will find that your reading speed increases naturally.

CAT DI LR Preparation:

Without any doubt, practising a lot will help you score well in this section. Take past question papers of CAT and practice a lot. Most importantly, before you start your prep make sure that you know the syllabus completely. With practice, you can also improve your speed in this section, which is equally important to crack CAT with self-preparation.

Understand the percentile:

You know that the percentile you get in CAT decides your admission to a top institution that accepts CAT Score. Here is an analysis of the 2018 CAT exam Slot 1 and Slot 2. In CAT 2018 most students felt that the quant section was tough as compared to any other CAT exams in the past:

CAT 2018 Percentile Vs. Score for Slot 1:

Score in Quant

DI LR

Verbal

Overall Score

Percentile

54+

52+

73+

160+

99.5

43

42

66

140

99.0

38

37

60

127

97.0

29

24

50

100

90.0

CAT 2018 Percentile Vs. Score for Slot 2:

Score in Quant

DI LR

Verbal

Overall Score

Percentile

55+

47+

73+

156+

99.5

44

39

66

138

99.0

39

33

60

124

97.0

32

21

50

97

90.0

The data in the table above are not actuals, but they are just arrived out of an analysis. With this, you can get an idea on how much you will have to score in each section and overall to get the desired percentile.

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