The tips are a combination of preparation and practical guidelines for the D-Day. First let us have a look at the preparation tips:
Quantitative ability: The quantitative ability section was a tough and tricky section according to the experts and test takers. So put special emphasis on the section. Be prepared for a tough set of questions. Revise all the formulae and theorems and focus on application. The topics from which the questions appeared in quantitative ability are number systems, arithmetic, functions & graphs, mensuration, permutation & combination, logarithms, geometry and algebra. “An attempt of 18 to 22 questions with 100 per cent accuracy can fetch you the required cut off,” said Gautam Puri, vice-chairman, Career Launcher.
Verbal ability: The verbal ability section was of easy to moderate difficulty level. Para jumbles dominated the area along with vocabulary, para completion, appropriate usage of words and sentences, etc. “Some of the questions in the verbal ability were challenging. The reading comprehension questions were tricky,” mentions Srinivas. Focus more on the English usage questions as it can assure you of accuracy.
Logical reasoning: The logical reasoning section was quite simple and on easy lines. There were case-lets followed by three or four questions. Practising case-lets of various types will suffice. However, you should not restrict your practice to a particular pattern of questions as you may get a different type. Expect an overall moderate to tough difficulty level exam.
Focus on revision & time management: “Don’t take any mock test on the day before the exam. Focus on revising the formula, short cut methods and time management. The questions were mainly based on lengthy calculation. You have to identify the formula and apply it,” says Puri.
Now let us have a look at the practical aspects you need to keep in mind.
Check all the documents: You don’t need to carry a lot of documents but make sure that you carry the important ones such as the CAT admit card and photo ID card. For the other necessary documents, check with the CAT website.
Don’t bring backpacks or big bags: The test centers don’t have the facility to store your big bags such as back packs or brief cases. Just carry your wallet and small inevitable items such as cell phones, keys, watches, etc. They will be stored in a small plastic pouch at the test center against a token. Preserve the token till the end of the test. Carry the photo ID card and admit card with you throughout the test.
Don’t touch or click on anything until instructed: You will be made to sit in the test lab a good 45 minutes prior to the schedule. But as per instructions, you will not be allowed to start the test or the tutorial. Utilize the time for focussing on your concentration and mentally revise the formulae.
Mark all the attempted questions: Mark all the questions you attempt before moving forward to the next question. Unless you do it, you won’t be able to come back to the question during the review. If you want to revise the questions at the end, you must mark the questions.
Use your scratch sheets properly: To ensure that you have answered a question correctly, IIMs would like to see the process you followed to deduce the answer. Hence, do all the rough work carefully. Show all the steps and how you deduced the answer. Remember that you have to submit the scratch sheet after the exam.
CAT 2012 has started from October 11 and will end on November 6. October 13 is the second day of CAT 2012 after a gap of one day. The exam will be taken by around 2.14 lakh candidates.CAT 2012 Day 1 saw 4,429 candidates taking the test across centers.