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Live Chat on 100 days to CAT: Focus on strengths to maximize

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How do I plan last 100 days to CAT? How many mock do I need to take in last 100 days? How do I manage Time and accuracy factor?

This article brings you some questions asked by MBA Aspirants and answer shared by Mr Sandeep Manudhane during the Live Chat session on July 12, 2013.

Mauhajid Khan: Sir, how should I allocate my time between Mock test and reading Stuffs? I have been preparing for last 2 months.
Mr. Sandeep Manudhane: You can spend upto 2 hours each day on sincere reading. It will help you immensely with the language part, and also in developing concentration skills. Rest of the available time you can invest in the tests, analysis and so on.

Kritika kumari:  I have enrolled in a correspondence course for CAT preparation. Please suggest me plan for preparation in next 100 days?
Mr. Sandeep Manudhane: Hi Kritika. Usually the institute (that you have taken the course from) will give you a detailed schedule. Try following that. If not, then please start now with the areas that you are not good at - devote maximum time (upto 70%) to those areas. The remaining time is for the sections you like, and are good at. 30 days before the exams, a change in strategy is needed. That will depend on your performance at that point in time. If the tougher areas have been mastered, that is good. If not, then a call needs to be taken regarding the approach there from.

Reshu Singh: Sir, I am from engineering background, but still have immense interest in literature. Can you suggest some reading materials which could help me get a better score?
Mr. Sandeep Manudhane:  It is definitely a plus when you can maintain a "soft" interest alive alonside your "hard" engineering. Assuming you are a beginner, I suggest you start with "The Story of Philosophy" by Will Durant, and then move on to "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, and then to "An Idealistic View of Life" by J Krishnamurthy. That will be a good start. Keep reading, and keep growing. All the best!

Nirmala: Sir, I am a working professional. What are the most important chapters in Quant as well as in DI? Given the huge syllabus, should I go for selective preparation in this section?
Mr. Sandeep Manudhane: Hi Nirmala, first of all, CAT syllabus is not huge. If you do not agree, then I request you to take a look at the UPSC (IAS) exam syllabus. You will suddenly feel far more confident and happy.
On a serious note, DI needs really good mental calculation abilities and approximation skills. And Quant will need a good grip on the 5 most basic areas: Number systems, Basic Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, and Algebra. These are all upto 10th standard only, anyways. So it is quite manageable. Practice is the key. So get on with it - get onto it - get through it!

Aravindh: Sir, I am doing self-preparation on CAT. Please help me with tips on Logical Reasoning.
Mr Sandeep Manudhane: Hi Aravindh, LR is all about basic thinking through on complicated situations. Some ground rules: 1. Break a big problem into smaller ones. 2. Attack each smaller one separately. 3. Get data in tables so meaning can be drawn from them. 4. Create your own image of what the problem really is. 5. Start from the questions, and see if any one of them (from the set) is the key to the full set. Practice really is the key. As you get exposed to more and more types, you will realise that there are some fundamental patterns in LR that are repeated each year.

Mathew: Sir I am unable to memorize new words. What should I do to cope with this problem in VA Section?
Mr Sandeep Manudhane:  Some suggestions for you: 1) Go through sites like daily. They have interesting content for you. 2) Revise your formal wordlist at least 15 minutes daily. 3) Read newspapers and underline all new words - refer the thesaurus immediately. Remember, your preparation on words will take time. This time reduces if you make sentences, create examples, and relate them to facts and figures.

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