The exam, of two hours and twenty minutes, is already divided into two sections that have time limits of 70 minutes each (Know more about changes in CAT 2011). The difficult questions should be attempted after the easy ones are done. The right planning and preparation helps in cracking the exam.
The basics of each subject should be in place a month before the exams. If you have missed a couple of topics, don’t start on them now because you can be expected to skip a few questions in the exam even if you know all the answers.
Try to attempt a couple of mock tests, identify your weaknesses and work only on them in the remaining time.
Attempt mock tests and analyse your results two weeks before the exams.
How much time you devote to one subject now depends on the preparation you have done earlier. If you are well prepared in quantitative aptitude, then you can devote 60 per cent of the time to preparing for English.
Don’t consider last year’s paper as the yardstick for CAT’s difficulty level because it was a couple of notches lower than the average level. If you want to practise mock papers, you must do it for 2008 and before.
You might be an expert in quantitative aptitude or the verbal section and, can choose to start your paper from the section of your choice. But don’t be disappointed because the difficulty level of the same section varies on different examination days. Don’t get bogged down. Just go with the flow of questions.
To prepare for reasoning, one can attempt GMAT questions, as well. If you are comfortable solving GMAT questions, it will be quite easy to get through CAT.
English is very scoring.It is based more on reasoning than on grammar. Answering questions in reading comprehension calls for a logical mind.
Vimal Chander Joshi