Know your enemy.
RC passages are best fought like a war. You get into the mind of your opponent and from then on how to defeat him is only a matter of time. This is a tried and tested theory I subscribe to. Let me show you why!
We will think like the question setter and actually create a RC question.
With about 60 days to go for CAT, most CAT aspirants hit the panic button. Actually, this is the time to keep a calm head and make the best of these remaining days! Here’s the second post in a new series: Countdown to CAT. This series will bring you special strategies, tips, do’s and don’t's, etc for these last 60 days. In this post let us look at the two question types that give a head ache to most of the students – vocabulary and sentence correction.
Last few weeks I have been travelling and hence have not been able to contribute to the video analysis of the new CAT’14 Pattern Mock CATs. However while travelling I was able to create time to solve the papers and to write down how I attempted Mock CAT 3. With positive feedback on my previous effort (on the new pattern Mock CAT 1), let me share with you my take on the new Pattern Mock CAT 3 despite the delay in completing this article. My apologies for this delay and will ensure that the subsequent articles are not delayed.
The CAT is on the prowl! The CAT ’14 notification has been issued with a lot of changes (The NEW CAT 2014 Decoded – Our Insights.) If you have read GP’s previous blog post CAT 2014: Ache din aane wale hain!, you would be aware that this year, we had predicted that CAT would likely be conducted over 1-2 days with 2-4 slots only. With the dates for 16th & 22nd November it is just about 70-75 days to go for CAT. These 70 odd days can make or break your chance in CAT. So, what should you do during the next 70 days in order to maximize your chances of doing well in CAT ’14?
Most students preparing for CAT struggle with inferential questions. Additionally RC was difficult in CAT’13 essentially due to a larger share of inferential questions. Also the logic of inferential questions is helpful in solving questions of para completion which is an important component of VALR section of CAT. From the questions that are pouring in about inferential based questions, I think I have my work cut out. I shall address inferential based questions in two parts.
To be good in inferential based questions, we will have to be good in Critical Reasoning. To be good in Critical Reasoning, we must be good in basics logic. Let me just address Critical Reasoning (CR) here.
Solving an RC passage is all about getting into the mind of the paper-setter. After all what matters is the questions that follow the passage. More than what the author is trying to communicate; it is important what the question-setter is trying to ask!
The Delhi workshop with over 2,000 students got over yesterday. I am as excited as ever to carry on this journey along with my colleagues to more cities.
My annual rath yatra for Smart Quant Cracker makes a pit stop at Delhi on August 28. Having covered over 15 cities already, its a home coming of sorts for the Delhi event.
Many students have not been able to handle the new pattern CAT. As expected, time management and selection of questions proved to be the biggest problems in this pattern. While VALR was not really a problem, most of the students were unable to apply the 3 Round strategy in QADI. To explain the process of test taking I attempted the New Pattern Mock CAT 1 and am sharing the process that I followed in attempting the paper.
In continuation to the video – “New Pattern Decoded” by GP, Gejo Sreenivasan brings the strategies that CAT 2014 taker can adapt to maximize returns. Each of these insights can be invaluable.