CAT 2017 is right around the corner and for takers of 2017, it must be all steam- at the moment! There’s suggestion coming from every block and bloke but know what to absorb and what to trash at this point in time. Here are four things you should absolutely not do with the test just 23 days away from Dr Ram Kumar Balyan, Director (SKIPS).
1. Don’t focus only on Quant and Verbal
Quant and Verbal are two sections in which almost half the CAT takers stumble. Naturally, students end up sweating a lot to beat the blues out of these two sections. They forget Quant and Verbal constitute only 50% of the paper. The other 50% is reserved for Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation. It is advisable that you divide your prep time in the next 23 days equally for both these sections.
2. Don’t focus on questions you should attempt
It isn’t about what you need to target to achieve your goal. The smarter strategy would be to attempt the paper based on the time you want to give to each of the section.
3. Don’t take too many mock tests
Mocks aren’t sacrosanct. While mock tests have their merits, they are not to be mistaken for practice exams. They are primarily meant to test your preparation so that you can analyze your strengths and weaknesses. With CAT only 23 days away, keep your mock tests to somewhere between 10 and 20 to avoid the risk of confusing yourself.
4. Don’t try to be perfect
Once you have assessed your strengths and weaknesses, the question is what should you focus on? The answer lies in the fact that you don’t need to get 100% score in your CAT to get into your choice of B Schools. By all means, try and work on your weak areas, but not at the cost of putting further pressure on yourself and crumbling under it a short time before the exam.
We wish all the best to every student who is appearing for CAT 2017. Always remember that marks are reflecting of efforts and not knowledge.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Ram Kumar Balyan, Director, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies has been an ex-president of NHRD and has spent 25+ years in academics. He has authored 5 books in HRM and has been instrumental behind mentoring a number of Indian management students and successful industry professionals. Currently he is the director of SKIPS, Ahmedabad, an AICTE approved leading PGDM B-school of Ahmedabad and sits in the advisory panel of various universities.