**Fundamentals for Preparation**

Construction of knowledge in your mind is the key because only you have to reproduce this knowledge in exam. Teaching (Instructions) from school / coaching class / digital media are methods of giving knowledge to you but far more important is how much have you gained (construction of knowledge in your mind) and for that only your efforts will matter. Memorising is short lived. Learning is lasting as you have put in efforts to understand each topic. In objective exams there is no shortcut to learning

CAT mainly tests your concepts with speed and accuracy

In most competitive exams, your knowledge is important but how much you know more than others is more important. As CAT has a limited curriculum, do not leave anything

This year CAT is computer based. You may be required to practice on computers beforehand. However the nature of preparation is same

You can divide your CAT study in two phases

**Phase 1**is setting your fundamentals right. Master each topic chapter wise. Self assessor would be of great help

Divide you curriculum into short objectives. Each objective should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. The overall period of all short term objectives should not extend beyond 10th October

1. Start QA, DI &DS and VA simultaneously

2. Master topics step by step

**Phase II**- Start practicing to improve your speed and accuracy. Test simulator will come handy

**Methodology**

Study yourself from any good book

90 minutes maths

30 minutes Reasoning and Logic

45 minutes Data Sufficiency and Data interpretation

30 minutes English Proficiency and Usage

45 minutes Reading Comprehension

Thereafter take ten to fifteen minutes self test in

**TestBag Self Assessor**on each topic of the subject studied by you to assess level of understanding achieved in the topic studied. These tests draw questions from a large and specific knowledge pool based on your selection criteria. Kindly ensure that there is sufficient challenge in your self test. Your number of questions be more than 10 for the topic, level of questions should be at least L2 (except in Elementary maths where it should be L1) and time should be bare enough to solve questions.

Analyse results. For questions done incorrectly refer to books to understand where you have gone. try to complete this exercise alone. Alternatively take help of your mentor. The mentors can be your school teacher or teacher in coaching class. To economise time prefer coaching if necessary only in subjects where you are weak.

Thereafter retake test with new set of questions. Once confident, move to next topic. This is active learning as you have yourself put in efforts to understand topics. You will start enjoying your studies and these concepts will be long lasting in you mind

*Remember - Move step by step to ensure that you cover all topics and avoid confusion*

**Start**arithmetic with number system - understand concepts from any good book. Initially take a 10 minute tests with 10 questions on number system in TestBag at question level L1 with question type Any. (Number system questions in CAT can be straight objective multiple choice or common data type where more than one questions are linked to a common data or comprehension) Analyse what is not known to you and what mistakes are you doing. Go back to books, peers in group study or take help of teacher. Take tests again and till you achieve requisite confidence

Repeat this for other areas in arithmetic - ratio proportions, simplification, averages, logarithms, ages, boats and streams, time and work, time and distance, calendars clocks . Thereafter work on Mensuration , followed by geometry. And now cover the most important - Algebra (mainly Theory of Equations,Inequalities, Logarithms and Permutations andCombination). At the end work on Probability

**Start**English with Vocabulary, then move to English Proficiency ( working on sentence improvement, rearrangement of words in sentence, sentence in paragraphs, paragraph formation, paragraph completion etc) and then move to English Usage (common errors, spotting errors, in appropriate usage)

**Start**Reading Somprehension with history paragraphs, move to science and technology paragraphs, sociology and philosophy

**Start**data interpretation with less complex tables, bar charts, pie diagrams, line graphs and then move to complex graphs, charts, mixed diagrams

**Start**Reasoning with data arrangements, data comparison, move to analytical reasoning and case lets

Remember - Move from simple topics to complex and excel step by step.

Once you are confident on all topics, move to

**TestBag Test Simulator**for final leap. There are mock tests, old papers and test patterns on CAT.

Each test is build on previous patterns or by subject matter experts and clearly indicating topics included, number of questions, level of questions and type of questions. Each test simulates exam like environment with time and marking pattern of CAT

Mock tests and old papers have fixed question. But test patterns every time generate new online tests where computer based on specific parameters randomly generates questions from CAT knowledge pool. This pool keeps getting enriched regularly

Again the new set of questions replaces old questions in mock tests after regular time intervals

Test Simulator will help you to build Speed and Accuracy and indicate

- your shortcomings so that you can initiate steps for improvement

- your mistakes so that you can avoid them

- topics you have not covered or covered inadequately

www.testbag.com is very comprehensive for CAT preparation and is available at a reasonable cost.

**Books**: Study from any good book. Preferably use only one/two books as your base/test books . Other books be only used for reference. This saves lot of time. Few books are mentioned below

TOPIC | NAME OF BOOK | WRITER/PUBLISHER | TO BE USED FOR |

Maths | NCERT Maths from 8th to 10th | NCERT | Brush your fundamentals |

Maths | Quantitative Aptitude for CAT | Nishit Sinha/Pearson | Text Book |

Maths | Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations | Abhijit Guha | Reference Book |

Maths | Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations | R.S. Aggarwal | Reference Book |

Maths | How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT | Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL | Reference Book |

Maths | Puzzles and some other number books | Shakuntla Devi | Reference Book |

Maths | Higher Algebra | Hall and Knight | Reference Book |

Maths and DI | Crack The Cat Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation | Vivek Gupta and Sandeep Amar | |

Data Interpretation | Any good book in Statistics | Brush your fundamentals | |

Data Interpretation | How To Prepare For The Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 3rd Edition | Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL | Text Book |

Data Interpretation | Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude | Edgar Thorpe | Reference Book |

Data Interpretation | Fundamental of Reasoning A Logic Book | Robert M. Johnson | Reference Book |

English | High School English Grammar and Composition | Wren and Martin | Text Book |

English | Word Power Made Easy | Norman Lewis | Reference Book |

English | Business English and Communication | Clark Grade C | Reference Book |

English | All about Words | Rosenblum and Nurenberg | Reference Book |

English | How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT | Arun Sharma & Meenakshi | Reference Book |

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These tips are very useful for cracking CAT exams. It is important that you prepare for the Common Admission Test by smart work rather than hard work. Read as many books as possible and learn all the basic concepts first. The basics is the key to master the internal matters.

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