CAT 2021 – 5 months Strategy & Counseling for iQuanta First/Second batch and Third Batch students as well as those who are starting in July.
Note: The following strategy to be followed only if one wants to get a 99.5 +. Not for those who are aiming less.
After Reading the strategy, ask any query you have regarding CAT Journey, comment below, iQuanta faculties will Reply.
-First, TimeLine Breakup for those starting now (iQuanta CAT Batch 3):
●July First week: Make a Detailed List of Topics & Syllabus for CAT. You can take help from here: https://www.iquanta.in/blog/cat-syllabus-2021/
● July – September: Clear your Concepts, Apply in different types of questions. Practice different questions from each topic and get comfortable with them. Prepare your cheat sheet – whatever new things you learn or wherever you tend to make errors.
● September Mid: 60% of your syllabus will get over and at the same time we suggest you guys to start taking Mocks.
● Aug mid-October: Assess your strengths & weakness by analyzing your Mocks. We will tell How to analyze Mocks in Detailed after your First Mock.
●Aug-Sep: Read important concepts from your weaknesses and regularly update your cheat sheet. iQuanta will conduct Application sessions & practice sessions on each of the topics in the paid group.
-Give one Mock every week and spend more time analyzing the mock than you spend on taking it. (One of the Most understated piece of advice)
-Strive to improve your performance after each Mock by identifying your weaknesses and practicing questions on the topics you could not solve in your mocks. Agenda after every Mock is to identify one topic and ensure that you never get questions wrong on the same topic in the next Mocks. This way you’ll be plugging in all your loopholes.
● Oct-Nov: Start solving questions from previous years papers and improve your time management. (This is where iQuanta Crash course will help you, for full course iQuanta student – this will be free.)
– Give two mocks weekly and all others same as above.
● November: Revise your cheat sheet and take a Mock everyday
●Mid Nov: Crack CAT!
Timeline Breakup for those who already started in Jan-Feb
( iQuanta CAT Batch 1/2 ):
●July-Sep: Read important concepts from your weaknesses and regularly update your cheat sheet. iQuanta will conduct Application sessions & practice sessions on each of the topics in the paid group.
-Ensure that you have solved at the very least 50 questions from each topic that has been covered for your batch.
– iCAT Mocks will be available after mid-July, give one Mock every fortnight and spend more time analyzing the mock than you spend on taking it. (One of the Most understated piece of advice). Those who started in January and the syllabus is done can take mocks weekly.
-Strive to improve your performance after each Mock by identifying your weaknesses and practicing questions on the topics you could not solve in your mocks. Agenda after every Mock is to identify one topic and ensure that you never get questions wrong on the same topic in the next Mocks. This way you’ll be plugging in all your loopholes. Will share detailed Mock Analysis strategy in July itself. Stay tuned.
● Oct-Nov : Start solving questions from previous years papers and improve your time management. (This is where iQuanta Crash course will help you, for full course iQuanta student – this will be free.)
– Give one mock weekly and all others the same as above.
● November: Revise your cheat sheet and take a Mock everyday
●Mid Nov : Crack CAT!
How to Prepare for CAT 2021 ?
Short one : 1 set of material (softcopy/hardcopy) for practice+ Take two standard mocks for analysing + 1 course for application, doubt clarification and concepts. Be consistent and motivated throughout.
Long one :
1) Quant: Take any standard book eg Quantum Cat by Sarvesh or any coaching material if you have or you can get. Along with this some best quality questions that you can get: https://www.iquanta.in/test/iconcept
Past 20 years CAT Papers with Detailed solutions : https://www.iquanta.in/test/cat-previous-papers
Practice is the Key: Build Concept, Practice on them. Ask in case of doubts. Make note of any new things you learn. Repeat.
As Arithmetic has the highest weightage, ie 12 / 34 questions , doing them completely will give you an edge. Solving 12 out of 34 questions can give you a 90%Le in CAT exam. For the same reason, we will be solving more than 1000 questions in the arithmetic classes at iQuanta. Followed by Algebra, Geometry, Numbers & PNC.
If you get any doubts while solving, Ask doubts on iQuanta platform, we will help you.
● Expert Tip : No book is enough, just solve as many as you can and most importantly solve all questions being posted in CAT Preparation – iQuanta group or iQuanta Paid group, because the questions posted in group are random which prepares you to some extent for CAT. ( even if you don’t comment do solve) . [must]
2) DI/LR: All you need for cracking LRDI is the familiarity over CAT Type LRDI Sets. Means if you have solved 300-400 CAT Type LRDI sets till CAT you will be able to solve at least 4 out of 8 sets (considering 3 hour CAT Pattern) in CAT 2021.
And how much you can get by solving 4 out of 8 LRDI sets in the CAT exam? 99 %le, in few extreme cases ex, CAT 17, solving 3 Sets out of 8 could give you a 99 %le.
So all you need to do is select the sets you can solve and solve them with patience. And to get that familiarity all you need is practice.
●CAT LRDI level changed from the year 2015, even though they are tough they are just lengthy puzzle and don’t need lot of concepts or tricks to solve them. If you solve a variety of LRDI sets it will be enough if complemented with mocks at the later stage. But what about those who want to start with basics. You can do two things.
a. Read “LRDI Strategy by iQuanta” : https://bit.ly/3hDamUe
b. Now the LRDI section from the year 2000 to 2014 weren’t of Higher Level, so they are good to start with if you want your base strong for LRDI. You can solve Past CAT Papers here: https://www.iquanta.in/test/cat-previous-papers and at the later stage it will be complemented by CAT Level LRDI Sets in Mocks, sectionals or iQuanta Course. This will make you understand how to deal with a situation where all sets are tough. Forget your ego in mocks.
Tip: Start with remembering squares and reciprocal of fraction and percentage calculations. Then move to basic conceptual questions.
3) CAT VARC: I am assuming this year CAT will be of 3 hours, and hence there will be 24 questions on RC, which is 70% of the total VARC questions. This is a section which checks your comprehension the most, and not the vocab or the grammar. The first step towards comprehension is how you can retain what you have read. The best way to exercise your mind is to start reading articles from reputed newspapers and summarise it in your mind. At the end of 2 months, you’ll be able to retain the majority of the points from the article and that if complemented with Past papers practice is well and good.
(Past CAT Papers: https://www.iquanta.in/test/cat-previous-papers)
● Expert Tip for VA: For VA, since there is still time, try to improve your grasp on articles from different topics by reading editorials, daily, project-syndicate etc. This will strengthen your understanding of the RCs and retentive power. Specifically for CAT, try to do at least 2 RCs every day and increase the number as the exam approaches. Practice any PJs you may encounter without options. Initially, pick any book(preferably Sujit kumar) for practice and then diversify your sources to include old mocks, tests, CAT group questions, etc. Vocabulary isn’t that important per se. So, instead of cramming up words, just look for the meanings once you encounter them in your daily reading. CAT 2015-20 was all about grasping and understanding power, rather than proficiency in English. [must]
Apart from that, we will also be doing RC 60 by Indra, which will fine-tune your RC preparation. For reference, you can check them here, but it’s not recommended to solve them right now: https://www.iquanta.in/test/iconcept
Other Sources: Verbal: Sujit Kumar/NK sinha[ or any coaching material ] Though don’t be totally dependent on them, as sometimes they have vague answers but just for practice and in case of any doubts you can simply post on iQuanta Group to clarify.
4) Vocab: Norman lewis ( optional, not necessary). Best way is to get the essence of a word rather than cramming the words. Hence while reading an article, in case of any tough words just use google to understand the essence and comprehend the passage.
5) Grammar: Wren n Martin ( optional, not necessary). Not necessary for CAT, but you can refer in case you are preparing for other Non CAT exams.
6) RC: Refer to Past CAT Papers: https://www.iquanta.in/test/cat-previous-papers and sectional & Mocks. For enhancing reading speed refer these 3 sites : aeon, Arts & Letters Daily, The Atlantic. ( must )
■ We can see lots of success stories which had something in common in their prep :
1) Keep solving Questions from your materials and in case you get doubt, post in iQuanta group. Somebody will help, if no one helps then tag me I’ll try to clear it.
2) Make a note of new things you learn. It helps a lot. And keep revising. Be regular this whole year.
3) Take two Mocks: SimCat & iQuanta mocks (iCAT) or iQuanta + Aimcat. They will start around June. And do analyse mocks. Till then try to cover all basics before you start taking Mocks. Simcat & iQuanta mocks were on same level as CAT 2020.
4) In case you need an offline coaching then checkout the results of nearby coaching centre and get the feedback from their students and then take your decision. Those whose basics are fine, do not waste time there.
5) In case you need online coaching ( preferable for working and college going people due to time constraints), Checkout the results of online classes and get their feedback from toppers. If you want to know the art of solving and get your doubts cleared within few minutes, then iQuanta course is best suited. iQuanta classes are known for concept building, application and the art of solving, doubt clarification and very much result oriented.
●iQuanta tops in CAT Results for the 5th year with more than 65: 99%lers : Check their list and reviews here => https://www.iquanta.in/results
● CAT 2020 Reviews Link : https://bit.ly/36crgnt
● CAT 21 Course Details: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1978895788944780/
If you’re not part of the group please click on the below given link to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/370097693157939
You may enroll for iQuanta CAT 21 Course at www.iQuanta.in
(Classes starting in July)
- Major Concerns :
1) Will I be able to Crack CAT with 99%le if I start preparing now ?
Answer : Yes, you just need to put in 10% extra efforts consistently and that will be One Quarter of extra effort than those who started in January.
Q2) Will I be able to finish the CAT syllabus before CAT with a good amount of Practice?
Answer : The classes of iQuanta are designed in a way that we cover all the concepts of CAT within 4 months including 70% of application & Practice only, which makes sure you are thorough with the concepts of CAT.
In short we will cover your entire CAT syllabus and still leave you with enough time to take enough Mocks and analyze them thoroughly.
Q3. Will I get revision time ?
Answer: In the last 2 months we provide you with Rigorous Crash Course completely free for this batch students, where we will be solving daily 50-100 questions and will be enough for you to revise whole syllabus in 2 months.
Q4. Did people for the last batch of iQuanta get 99%les?
Answer: A resounding Yes. Many of those starting at this time from scratch got 99% and ended-up into Top IIMs. Check results below :
Most importantly: Try to solve question in CAT Preparation iQuanta or iQuanta Paid group, that too quickly, if possible try to be first one to solve. Make it a competitive environment. This has helped me get the speed when I was appearing for CAT 2015 and all my friends/ students who got phenomenal percentiles.
Note: We will start discussing topic-wise questions and strategies for CAT in the CAT Preparation group on Facebook. So you may add your friends preparing for CAT and tag them in this strategy post. For structured CAT Course, Application, 24×7 Doubt Clarification, you can join iQuanta CAT 21 Course.
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Counselling Time: After reading this if you have any specific queries regarding CAT Preparation, CAT Courses, or anything regarding profile, you may comment below. Also, you can visit https://www.iquanta.in/ for CAT 2021 counseling and enrollment.