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CAT 2018: last minute tips and tricks

PUBLISH DATE 24th November 2018

With just a few hours left for CAT, here are some tips and insights that you should keep in mind. Before entering the examination, remember that CAT always tests the same skill sets and that 80% of the paper will be from expected areas - and that should be your target. Forget the other 20% of the paper. There won’t be a major change in the types of question asked and that should help you sleep the night before CAT. In addition to the above two, at least 35-40% of the paper can be categorized as easy – identify, solve and score!

Expected level of difficulty: Be prepared for level of difficulty of CAT 2018 to be somewhere between the difficulty level of CAT 2016 and CAT 2017. And whatever be the surprise, it would be for 1st slot only.

CAT 2018: Last Minute Tips for VARC

Level of difficulty may increase for VARC as compared to last year. That implies two three less attempts as compared to last year, that’s it. Remember to read RCs using the question paper button to save time and effort. Give enough time to reading and you’ll find comprehending much easier. Stick to your planned and practiced strategy. Don’t experiment and stick to the topics that you are comfortable with.

CAT 2018: Last Minute Tips for DILR

Expected to continue its trend of being “crazy”. However, plan your section well. Take 10-12 minutes to soak in the section. Identify the sets/questions you would be attempting. Advisable to focus on questions rather than sets as one needs to attempt a meager of 14-16 questions out of 32 questions for a 99+ percentile in this section. Plan wisely. Your focus should be on accuracy and not attempts and on questions on sets.

CAT 2018: Last Minute Tips for QA

Expect LOD of QA this year to be similar to what was seen in CAT 2016. Don’t be afraid to use choices, substitution & elimination techniques to solve questions in this section. Remember your concepts well as it is expected that the questions would be more conceptual based rather than formula based. Try and follow the two round strategy or 15 minutes for 9 questions strategy. But decide now itself. Don’t get confused at the last minute.

Tell yourself that it’s just a test and act as though you are the only person in the room. Most importantly keep calm and adapt to the question paper.  Keep your documents ready and wear sandals/slippers to the examination hall since shoes may not be permitted. Overall, chill and try to enjoy the paper.

Mr. Gautam Bawa is a guest author for Times Now.

The views and expressed presented by the author are his own.

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