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.
Has CAT changed its stripes again? Along with my esteemed colleagues, with a cumulative experience of over 200 years of facilitating thousands of aspirants (many of who are CXOs now) reach the portals of IIMs in the last 20 years, analyzed the various ‘avtaars’ of CAT that have appeared during this period to come out with the incisive insights encapsulated in this presentation.
This is the second in the series of articles on ensuring that every Mock CAT helps you improve your scores. While the first one Are you choosing the right questions in your Mocks was on classifying the questions in different categories and identifying the right questions to attempt in (Mock) CAT, this one suggests what all you must do after every Mock CAT you take.
Students focus on writing the Mocks and some even go to the extent of a taking a Mock CAT every day. After the paper they check their scores and move on to the next paper. To understand how the Mock CATs should be handled we need to first understand the purpose of Mock CATs.
If a poll was conducted among CAT aspirants on the most hated question type in English section, possibly Sentence Correction and Para Completion would top the charts. Unfortunately the prerequisite for doing well in both these question types would mean going back in time and inculcating a “good reading habit”. You will rarely find someone who has been reading regularly not doing well in these question types. Obviously, going back in time is ruled out and since we are targeting CAT 2014, which is just 3 months away, “develop a good reading habit” is stupid advice.
In my last blogpost The single-most unpardonable, gravest sin you can commit in CAT,
I discussed the importance of leaving difficult questions. Let us now look at a related and equally important aspect of test taking – Are you choosing the right questions to attempt?
Most of the time the reason for poor performance is not lack of knowledge but poor question selection. To check if your question selection is upto the mark or not, take the last Mock CAT attempted by you and place each question of the paper in one of the cells in the table given below. You have to, based on your strengths & weakness, decide if a particular question should or should not have been attempted by you and then place it in the appropriate cell.