There is a common myth among many students and CAT aspirants that Common Admission Test (CAT) for getting admission into the nation's best management institutes is only a best fit for the engineers.
Many people, not only firmly believe this but also, they argue with reasons that how students from other than engineering backgrounds such as humanities, arts and commerce streams lose touch with the math stream which is essential for cracking the CAT exam.
IIMs in the past have told that CAT exam is not designed by keeping the engineers in mind but they like to have a good mixture of students from various fields and academic background.
No matter the stream, the preparation strategy for all the candidates remains the same. If you are not from engineering background, it's just that you may have to work a little harder than engineering candidates in brushing your basics and rest is the game of accuracy.
Below are the five tips for the candidates from non-engineering background which will help in cracking the CAT exam.
Candidates should build a concise study plan and ensure that they are devoting sufficient time for the preparation of every topic. Depending on the strength, candidate may have work hard in one section as compared to other.
Brush the basics
Basics form the foundation of the CAT exam and not the higher mathematics. So it is important for the candidates to brush up their basics from class 6 to 10 math subject. Revise the basics and formulas from the topics like algebra, geometry, arithmetic and number system and then switch to problem solving.
Verbal ability is one of the most important sections in CAT which test the candidate's ability in reading comprehension and vocabulary. To prepare for this section one must pick a variety of text files like magazines, newspapers, articles and novels which are easily available online and offline.
Take the CAT mock test and analyze your behavior as this will help you in identifying your weak areas. Depending on the results and analysis you will be able to focus better on your weak areas. These time-bound tests will also help in improving your speed of solving the questions.
Candidates should focus on the accuracy. As there is a negative marking in the exam, candidates should focus on getting higher accuracy while attempting the exam. Read the questions carefully in order to avoid the faulty answers.
By making best of the preparation time, candidates from non-engineering streams can also crack the CAT exam.