So CAT is over. Now what? Some of you would
have done exceedingly well. Others not so well. Regardless of how you performed
this is not the time to celebrate or for that matter to lick your wounds. Every
year out of 40-45 students from AnkGanit who make it to top 15 B Schools at
least 20 are those who fail at CAT and crack non CAT exams. This blogpost aims
to point out what those 20 students do differently from those who do not make
it to any decent B School.
Let us look at the major exams left and try and
find out what we need to do differently.
1) IIFT:- The four major things you need to do
differently for the IIFT are
a) Learn Vocabulary: This is a section which
takes minimum time and can be most scoring. For your benefit I have uploaded
various resources on the portal. Do them in this order.
Reading 6 tone words
2nd Class Notes
3rd Vocab Workshop sheet
4th GRE High Frequency Word List
5th Foreign Words and Phrases
This will cover nearly 1500 excellent words which is more than enough to do well in
b) Revise Grammar: Don’t spend too much time on
the same yet do it.
c) Prepare GK: This is also a high output low
input section which is not very time consuming. Again various resources have
been uploaded which need to be done in the following order
1st Nobel Prize, Jnanpith, Booker
Prize and Indian winners of Ramon Magsasay Award
2nd Static GK
Comprehensive GK 2020 and
4th Current Affairs MCQ from any free resource
d) Write Minimum Three Mock Tests as soon as
possible. I have shared a blogpost on what is the best strategy for IIFT at https://www.ankganit.in/blog/30 . It
was written in the paper based IIFT era but is still absolutely relevant in the
CBT format with 4 sections.
2) XAT- The
first thing any good student does is APPLY to XAT and not fall prey to the belief
that XAT is tougher than CAT. The belief is only partially true and we see
students who do poorly at the CAT ace the XAT. Apart from Verbal and Quant
which require roughly the same level of preparation following are what students need to focus on
Workshops: I take the DM Workshops. Don’t miss them! Every single student who
has common sense can do well in DM guided by the rules I teach. Decision Making
is different from anything you have prepared for the CAT but absolutely learnable.
b) GK: Read
directions for IIFT. Absolutely the same rules apply
three mocks if not four
This year NMAT has seen a major change in the pattern having become adaptive.
The advice which follows is a bit tentative as the following rules are what
apply to the GMAT algorithm and which should hold true for the Computer
Adaptive NMAT also
a) Do NOT
leave any questions. On the GMAT there is a huge penalty for leaving questions
so it is best if you finish the paper even if you have to mark a few answers
b) For a
moment pause and think which would get you a lower score? If you got the first
ten questions wrong or if you got the last 10 questions wrong in a section? The
answer is if you get the first ten questions wrong you would end up with a far
lower score than if you got the last 10 questions wrong. This is because the
adaptive nature of the paper ensures that the high scoring questions are
unlocked only if the first few questions are right.
Spend slightly more time on the first few questions. It is better to randomly mark
the last few questions than the first few questions.
4) SNAP: With
SNAP becoming a 1 hour paper, it is a bit like a T20 match. Ensure you score
high in the few minutes. That is focus on your strongest section in the first
20 minutes. I should actually say
fastest than strongest since for a few people they are not the same. :D I said
strongest assuming that you would be fast at what you are strong. Also read the
IIFT Strategy blogpost shared above. It
is applicable for SNAP with necessary modifications. Mutatis Mutandis to mangle
MICAT has two components which are different from other exams.
Descriptive test: This needs a lot of writing to be done in very little time.
Do Practice a few questions and share the same for feedback if you want
feedback. It won’t be easy if you have to do it for the first time on the spot.
Psychometric Evaluation: No One can prepare you for this. I can only give you
two broad principles which seem to have worked for students in the past.
Don’t give extreme answers except in a few rare cases
Keep your answers consistent across questions. It is quite likely the examiners
would ask the same question with a different phrasing elsewhere. Don’t make the
mistake of giving an inconsistent answer
That is it
folks! Call me for any query.