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Choose Self-Study Coaching

It says that coaching institutions are mandatory to bag a seat into top business schools. Is it? No, there is just the need for focused self-study and proper preparation strategy.

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Highest percentile is a ticket to get admission in top B-schools. There are loads of coaching institutions that can assist you to achieve the same. However, the question arises when it comes to choosing the best amongst all. It says that coaching institutions are mandatory to bag a seat into top business schools. Is it? No, there is just the need for focused self-study and proper preparation strategy.

Here are some ways which can help you prepare better for CAT exams without joining coaching.

1. Know your exam

The first step for preparation is to know the exam pattern and syllabus of CAT in detail. The next step is to prepare a comprehensive plan before you start preparing for the exam. For this, you need to analyse the previous years’ question papers and understand the importance of each topic and set the priorities accordingly. Quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation, and logical reasoning are the four major areas to be worked on, keeping in mind, the multiple-choice test format of CAT exam.

2. Right Study Material

There is a huge amount of study material available in the market. A lot of books, previous years’ question banks, preparatory books, and model question papers are available in book shops as well as on the online platform. Choosing the right material is necessary for systematic studies. Practice the model/sample paper and know your strengths and weaknesses. There are various books written by experts on specific topics. Keeping yourself up-to-date on current events is very important. Read newspapers and magazines on a regular basis.

3. Online Mock Tests

Now after the completion of basic preparation, you need to know the level of your preparation. For this, you require to take online mock tests. This will help you judge whether you are on the right track or you need to change the path of your preparation. In the initial stage, go for one to two tests a week and then move up to three to four tests a week. Make a list of your common errors so that you can avoid them in the future.

4. Study Group

Unity has immense strength. You can form groups with your peers where each member can suggest their own innovative ideas for the preparation of specific topics. One can also teach others, the topic in which they hold expertise. Discussing your own problems and queries and responding to the same of others will benefit each one of the group.

5. Buddy up with the internet

There is no scarcity of study materials on education websites, news websites, and social media groups. Articles, sample papers, study materials are available on these platforms and can be downloaded for free as well. Follow and join different forums and groups related to CAT preparation to keep yourself updated with the latest on CAT.

6. Confidence and Motivation

Keeping yourself motivated and be confident in your abilities together with hard work is the simplest way to success. Keep going even if you hit a small hurdle. With a positive attitude, you can crack CAT easily.


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