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How do 99+ Percentilers prepare for CAT 2017

Mar 28, 2017 11:02 IST

    99+ percentile in CAT is the dream of every MBA aspirant. The importance of scoring 99+ percentile in CAT 2017 exam is the need of the hour if you wish to make it to the top 10 management Institute's of India.

    For a MBA programme aspirat studying in one of the premiere B-schools is the destination, which will commence their journey into the corporate and associated domains of specialization chosen by them. The increasing number of aspirants with limited number of seats calls for this era of competition. But, it is a mere dream if not backed up by the apt kind of hard and smart work and efforts in the right direction.

    So, let us take a step closer in achieving this dream and complete the journey of preparation for CAT 2017 with a score of 99+ percentile.

    CAT 2017 Pattern

    Know the syllabus and the pattern well. Obviously, why beat around bushes, prepare for the certain. To help you ease, I have tried finding the syllabus for the CAT 2017.


    Number of Questions

    Verbal Ability


    Quantitative Aptitude


    Data interpretation and logical reasoning


    Total Question


    CAT 2017 Syllabus

    1. Verbal Ability: Comprehensions, synonyms/antonyms, grammar, idioms and phrases, grammar-tenses, verbs, articles, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, gerunds, jumbled paragraphs, verbal reasoning, vocabulary test, inference-judgements, etc. could be a part of the verbal ability.

    2. Quantitative Aptitude: questions could be from any topic such as HCF/LCM, Number system, ratio and proportion, speed distance and time, average, complex numbers, algorithms, trigonometry, simple and compound interest, set theory, mixtures and allegations, profit and loss, mensuration, probability, coordinate geometry, sequences, surds and indices, linear equations, quadratic equations, permutations and combination, etc.

    3. Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning: mathematical and number Series, clocks, calendars, Cubes, Venn diagrams, blood relations, connectives, syllogism, matching, seating arrangement, puzzles etc. Could form part of logical reasoning. As far as data interpretation is considered, you might get question based on pictorial representation such as pie chart, bar graph, column graphs, tables, Venn diagrams or anything related.

    CAT 2017 Syllabus: A Detailed Review of all the Sections

    Read, read and read

    Reading is must. Read as much as you can daily. On an average, a person can read 250-300 words in a minute, however, a speed of 50-700 words per minute is considered effective. Develop the pace. The reason being: CAT question paper comes with around 16 questions based on your reading skills. And, if you are not used to reading, these questions could consume much of your time. Obviously, one cannot waste time, when one already knows that CAT 2017 is about speed and accuracy.

    Weak Areas

    Identify your weak areas. When I say weak areas, I mean the topics which take you generally longer, or the topics, where you are unable to deliver more than 50% accuracy at least. Make a schedule to cover these topics first. Since, there is negative marking as well in CAT, accuracy is the need. One wrong question could take you percentiles down. Therefore, it is important that you take care of both speed and accuracy.

    Previous year papers and Mock test papers

    Practice is the key. Well, practice does not only make you perfect at things, it helps you to analyse your weaker areas. We have read in the above stanza the importance of analysing your weak areas. Practice the previous year papers and mock test papers. Going through previous papers could help you analyse the trend, and you can develop an expectation for this year basis the same. Mock test papers will give you an idea about what the exam could be more likely. You can actually practice and see if you are able to manage things in the time frame and what results you reap, which section needs to be given more importance, etc.

    CAT 2017: Previous Year Practice Papers and Free Mock Tests


    The right book could land you there. Undoubtedly, any book could give you the advice and insights to syllabus and pattern, but yes, the right book could land you there. A good book is one which is detailed enough to increase your knowledge but brief enough to not make you a wanderer. I must acknowledge that some writers very well know how to keep you engrossed with the subject matter.

    Here is a list of few books you could refer to, in fact must-have books are mentioned below:

    * How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

    * The Complete CAT Digest, by Arun Sharma,

    * Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha

    * How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

    * Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.

    * The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning by Nishit Sinha

    The ROUTINE to Keep

    This tip is for a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, eat well, meditate daily, go for walks and exercise on a routine basis, take proper sleep- a nap of 7-8 hours is must, read daily, in fact work on what to read, it would prepare you for post-CAT steps.

    The day before Exam

    It is important that you rest well before the D-day. A good sleep before the exam is must. Any disturbance in sleep can affect your energy level, your mood, your ability to focus and concentrate on the exam and I think it is enough to ruin the day. Going with all that you have learnt in previous months can be messed up before the D-Day. So, stay calm and relax. Go for good walk, don't go for fried-heavy food, eat light and healthy, avoid anxiety, avoid caffeine or alcohol, and sleeping pills are a big NO. Make sure to keep your belongings ready well before the exam.

    During Exam:

    Ahh! finally! This is what you have been preparing for since months. The exam day. Now, here is a to-do list:

    • Have a good breakfast before moving out;
    • Pray before the exam, not just from the religious point of view, but also from the spiritual point of view; it helps you soothe your mind, giving the positive aura;
    • Reach the exam centre well in time;
    • It's good to be done with nature's call or any such sort before exam;
    • Start with a cool mind and stay calm;
    • Read the questions thoroughly;
    • Do not waste time on any question;
    • Try solving those questions first, which you think are easy and won't take much of your time;
    • Avoid any sort of distraction by others around, etc.

    The winners say it ALL!

    Here are few excerpts quoted from the winners' interviews.

    Vishesh Patni, 100 percentile scorer, CAT 2014: “Take regular mock tests and analyse them as it is the key to crack CAT".

    Anuraag Reddy, 100 percentiler, CAT 2014 says: "My weak area was VA and LR, for which I took mock test classes, which are important to keep a track of your performance”.

    Tanya Gupta, 99.47 percentiler, CAT 2013 advices: “First solidify the basics for all the four sections and then deep-dive into each one of them. Go for an exhaustive numerical practice and individual topic tests for each section,”

    I hope you have a good time preparing for the CAT. Give your best, make sure to practice and rehearse well before the final shot, and take it all.


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