CAT 2019 Exam Day Tips: Test Taking Strategy from CAT toppers with Last Minute Tips

Thursday, November 21 2019
CAT 2019 Exam Day Tips
It is not only your CAT exam preparation but also the CAT test taking strategy that helps to improve your CAT percentile. With a few days left for CAT exam day, the CAT toppers share important CAT exam day tips with test taking strategy apart from the last minute tips to get ready for CAT day. CAT toppers emphasize upon well planned strategy before and during CAT exam

CAT 2019 aspirants are aware that IIM Kozhikode will conduct the CAT 2019 exam, with a few changes in its pattern on November 24, 2019 in 156 test cities and 376 test centres in morning and afternoon slots as a computer based test. 

CAT preparation time is now reduced to a few days only. You need a different strategy for CAT exam. Your focused attention on CAT Preparation should now switch to revisiting and strengthening what you have learnt, more practice sessions, taking Mocks, identifying and improving upon your errors, removing your weaknesses and further strengthening your strong areas instead of conceptual clarity, strengthening of fundamentals or starting anything new. 

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To give a boost to your CAT preparation and make you prepare better, you have already got the CAT official Mock test released by CAT Center 2019 on October 16 with 100 questions. It gives complete idea about the CAT exam difficulty level, type of questions and structure of CAT exam. The more you practice on CAT official mock test, the more conversant you will become about the CAT exam pattern and how to prepare for CAT in next few days. Read More

Last Minute Tips for CAT by Toppers: Learn from CAT 100 Percentilers
CAT preparation strategy as adopted by CAT toppers can give you the right preparation plan on how to prepare for CAT in the given time line of next few days and expect the best result. The CAT exam preparation tips by toppers who were weak in VARC or DILR or Quant and how they overcame their weakness at last minute and scored high in the exam offer right preparation guidance.

CAT Last Minute Tips from Toppers
Here are some tips shared with MBAUniverse.com by CAT Toppers who cracked CAT with 100 and 99 percentile and got admission in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR.  

  • Don’t waste too much time on theory. Practice after theory is a must. Accordingly now take CAT 2019 Quiz, attempt CAT previous years Mock test, CAT previous years question papers
  • Your CAT preparation must be over by now. If not, complete it now and leave the rest
  • Remain confident during your CAT preparation
  • Devote more time now on strengthening your strong areas. Please note time is an important factor.
  • If a candidate gets stuck on some question due to his/her lack of conceptual clarity, the wastage of time is more and depression begins to set in. It could be a small quant formula, LR logic, or Verbal usage clarity which might need a simple push to come out of the shallow waters. This help can be provided by your mentor online or offline depending upon your preference.

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CAT Day Tips: Till a Day Before the CAT Date
Any feeling of pessimism or the stressful feeling, fearing some problems related to preparation, exam room strategy or unanticipated technical glitches just before CAT Exam is uncalled for. Be confident and remain motivated, any dip in the confidence level at the eleventh hour may turn the tables against you.

Practice More TITA Questions: Don’t Start anything New
Practice more on such questions as there is no fear of negative marking for Non-MCQs. CAT toppers also suggest to first solve in the exam these Non-MCQs – more popularly known as TITA (Type In The Answers) questions and then proceed to MCQs with negative marking.

Whatever you have prepared is enough. Further strengthen your strong areas and don’t start anything new in the sort time period left for CAT day as it may create confusion 

Sleep Well: CAT Toppers’ Advice
No Sleepless Nights is the key CAT 2019 exam day tip shared by past CAT toppers, studying in IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, FMS Delhi among other top B-schools.

According to IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2018-20, Krupa Bathia who scored 99.95 percentile in CAT 2017, “Sleep before 4-5 CAT day is of utmost importance. I slept well for 3-4 days before the CAT exam. I also took mocks during the time of actual CAT till 2 days before CAT. A day before CAT I did not take any mock, I just went through my notes of concept and slept properly. For test taking I followed the strategy that I had followed during Mocks.”

Saswat Gupta FMS Delhi student of MBA 2018-20 batch scored 99.91 percentile in CAT 2017. He suggests that good sleep is a must. According to him, “I Slept on time to get 7 hours of sleep before the exam. Woke up, went straight to the centre for the afternoon session without any other thoughts.”

IIM Calcutta student of 2018-20 batch and CAT topper with 99.64 percentile lays great emphasis on a good sleep before the exam. He says, “Cannot emphasize on the importance of a well-rested body and mind for the test-day. Would recommend 8 hours of sleep, light breakfast/meal a hour before and lots of water to be had during the test. In order to get myself oriented for the test, I would attempt mocks in the same hour slot as my eventual CAT slot which helps adjust your sleep cycle and attention cycles accordingly.”  

Reach Early at CAT exam Center: Vipul Kukkar IIM Calcutta
Sharing the last minute tips and success mantra how to win the race in one day in CAT 2019 exam Vipul Kukkar IIM Calcutta student of 2018-20 batch with CAT percentile of 99.99 recommends to arrive at the CAT test centre well in time. Vipul says, “I reached my CAT centre well before time to avoid any last minute rush.” 

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CAT Exam Day Tips: How to Improve your CAT performance?

Be at Your Best Performing State: Kumar Ravi, FMS Delhi
Kumar Ravi, CAT topper with 99.99 percentile and student of MBA 2018-20 batch at FMS Delhi shares his CAT day strategy and suggests to be at your best performing state. He says, “My strategy for CAT day was to be at my best performing state. That state has the features like being well fed, not sleepy and having a calm mind. I ate a light lunch before exam, had perfect sleep the night before and had well enough confidence in me on the day of the exam so as to avoid any panic. Also I had been practicing yoga and meditation since a long time and that really helped me to have a very composite and calm mind on the day of the exam.”

Target CAT Without Stress

CAT is like a Mock Test
Vipul Kukkar took CAT just like any other aptitude test and suggests the CAT 2019 aspirants to think like wise. According to him, “Before CAT I kept reminding myself it’s just an aptitude based test and I just need to perform to my full potential without any panic attack. I had been performing well in my mocks and I tried to give myself some confidence by thinking of my mock percentiles.”

Treat CAT as Another Mock: Yogesh Taneja, CAT 100 Percentile, IIM Calcutta
IIM Calcutta student of 2018-20 batch, Yogesh Taneja who scored 100 percentile in CAT also suggests to treat CAT as just another Mock. According to him, “My reason for taking so many different mocks was to make me so comfortable with the pattern that the final exam would feel like any other mock. In the last week I decided not to test myself with mocks and sectionals. Instead, I focused more on the revision of concepts and analysing my previously attempted mocks. My CAT test centre was Ghaziabad and I had decided to stay over at a friend’s place on the night before the exam to avoid rushing in the morning.”

How to take CAT? Plan in Advance Test Taking Strategy: Rahul Gupta, IIM Calcutta
Rahul scored 99.98 percentile in CAT 2017 and got admission to IIM Calcutta in 2018-20 batch. He planned his test taking strategy in advance. Sharing his CAT day strategy, Rahul says, “I was very calm on the day of CAT and was confident of my preparation. I had already planned how I would go about doing different sections. In VARC section, I first did all the RCs and then proceeded to parajumbles, odd one out and summary questions. In DILR, I quickly identified the easy sets, attempted them and then moved to the difficult ones. In QA, it was quite straight forward, as all the questions were really easy and I ended up attempting all the questions correctly and got a full score for the first time.”

Skip A Question
Only lot of Reading and trying to attempt all the questions without assessing and managing the limited time available in CAT exam is not a good practice. Knowing more only is not sufficient, you should learn to say no to a question and move to the next as time available is less. Focus equally on all the sections. The time spent on one single difficult question will go waste as there are equal marks for each correct answer. It is very much possible that you may attempt correctly two questions instead of one only during the same time that you have spent on the difficult question. So better to skip it.

Almost all the IIMs have increased the intake for 2020-22 batch. Not only IIMs but also FMS Delhi has also increased intake to 287 students for MBA 2020-22 batch. IIMs are on the path to double their intake in coming years. More candidates will find admission opportunities in IIMs in 2020.

At present there are 20 IIMs with an approximate intake of 5000+ students. An average student at IIM is the one who has good academic record and may not be a topper in his bachelor’s degree. The candidate also scores well in CAT exam by systematically following the study plan, is flexible in his approach and is conceptually clear.

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