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  1. 1. CHAK DE – NOV 16 Last Mile To the CAT An Presentation
  2. 3. Every year, about 1500 students make it to the IIMs. Each of them does different things in the last few days before the CAT… Here are a few examples…
  3. 4. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… <ul><ul><li>Sanjay Chaudhary, Alumnus - IIM B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take maximum 4 tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Objectively analyze to find out your specific problem areas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on the means… the end will follow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asan Dasari, Alumnus – IIM C </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fine-tune strategies based on your strengths & weakness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take care of mental as well as physical health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your ‘CAT-kit’ ready </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… <ul><ul><li>Naveen Saraf, Alumnus - IIM B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take more than 3 to 4 tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unused tests can be used to improve sectional competencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accept reality; leave things that you can’t change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atul Agrawal, Alumnus – IIM C </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep reminding yourself about your “ultimate goal” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relax; be calm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take fewer tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go through the CAT 2006 paper </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… <ul><ul><li>Subrata Dey, Alumnus - IIM A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your reasoning cells active </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on ‘net practice’, not ‘match practice’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not take too many tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tony Xavier, Alumnus – IIM L </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have an open mind-set </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stop taking tests a week before the CAT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Throw all strategies out of the window </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… <ul><ul><li>Ritesh Hemrajani, Alumnus - IIM B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t predict; be mentally prepared for any structure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take too many tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Properly mark the ovals on the OMR sheet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pavan Chauhan, Alumnus – IIM B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t listen to anyone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to self </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… <ul><ul><li>Kaushik Mukherjee, Student - IIM A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t cram at this juncture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t invite stress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shipra Biswas, Student – IIM A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work on your weak areas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take 2-3 tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t do anything much the day before the CAT </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. The Last Mile All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour’s toil. The essence of what they say…..
  9. 10. The Last Mile All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour’s toil.
  10. 11. Ability to tramp the last mile.. <ul><ul><li>Do you believe that you can tramp the last mile? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ I am doing great ; bring on the CAT’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ I am doing great, but I hope I don’t stumble now’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Man! I am sure I can crack the CAT.. If only Math would stop killing me’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ When is SNAP??’ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Whatever be your response.. <ul><li>To tramp the last mile.. Have a fresh outlook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rejuvenate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Imagine you have just started your prep </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Imagine the last comprehensive test you took is your first test </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Goal : The CAT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Time : 14 days to go </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Attitude : Everything to gain and nothing to lose </li></ul></ul></ul>Now ask yourself :How do I shape the plan for the last mile?
  12. 13. The Last Mile All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan , endure the last hour’s toil.
  13. 14. Shape the last plan Scoring Potential My Score IIM Call The Efficiency Gap The Knowledge Gap What I could have scored What I scored What I need to score The key is to understand WHAT to attack!
  14. 15. Bridging the efficiency gap Take a few tests, say 3 Analyse each of them thoroughly Learn from each of them & Apply your learning in future tests
  15. 16. Bridging the efficiency gap <ul><ul><li>Before taking ANY test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your mind fresh and alert </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>De-stress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have your CAT-kit ready </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set your watch to 10.30 AM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most importantly, set yourself a TARGET </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Bridging the efficiency gap <ul><ul><li>While taking ANY test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As a CEO </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep an eye on the bigger picture </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop your own strategy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As a Section Manager </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritise, Allocate and Execute </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mind your own business </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As a Worker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carefully read, define and solve the problem on hand </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Manage Your Resources Well
  17. 18. Bridging the efficiency gap <ul><ul><li>After taking a test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For every section, check </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How many more could you have scored? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why did you miss out? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Bridging the efficiency gap <ul><li>Do’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop your own strategy based on the test at hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select or reject a question only after reading a question </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’ts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inflexible mindset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Geometry first” syndrome or “One-liners first” syndrome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I can conquer Russia” syndrome or Throwing good money after bad money </li></ul></ul>Efficiency can improve your score dramatically
  19. 20. Bridging the knowledge gap <ul><ul><li>List all areas requiring improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate their impact on the score & on the effort required to improve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spend ½ hr – 1hr every day and work on 2 to 3 critical areas </li></ul></ul>Let us look at a typical case
  20. 21. Step 1: List areas <ul><ul><li>PS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I keep forgetting the formulae in Geometry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I have not touched Permutations & Combinations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I have difficulty in defining a problem while solving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I can’t calculate fast </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I lose track while solving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I make a lot of mistakes in inferential RC questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I generally falter in usage-based questions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Step 2 : Rating the impact & effort needed Low Impact High Impact More <ul><ul><li>Can’t calculate fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not touched Perm & Comb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Falter in usage based questions </li></ul></ul>Less <ul><ul><li>Forgetting Geometry formula </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining Problem while solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inferential RC question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lose track while solving DI </li></ul></ul>Impact on the score Effort Reqd
  22. 23. Step 3 : Prioritise Low High More <ul><ul><li>Can’t calculate fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not touched Perm & Comb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Falter in usage based questions </li></ul></ul>Less <ul><ul><li>Forgetting Geometry formula </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining Problem while solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inferential RC question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lose track while solving DI </li></ul></ul>Effort Reqd Impact on the score
  23. 24. Step 4 : Work on the areas <ul><ul><li>Forgetting Geometry formulae : 10 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solve 2 Geometry problems everyday </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Revise formulae every day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining the problem in a Math question : 20 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Re-look at Math questions in the previous SimCATs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inferential RC questions : 20 min </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read an editorial everyday </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Re-visit the RCs in SimCATs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on comprehension </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 25. A possible plan We are here 4 th 12 th Take a test 7 th Take a test 14 th 8 th Bridge the Gap 15 th 9 th Take a test?? 16 th SimCAT 8 10 th Click here for the latest movie releases 17 th 11 th CHAK DE Nov 16 D–day 6 th 13 th Take a test 5 th Bridge the Gap Bridge the Gap Bridge the Gap Bridge the Gap Bridge the Gap Bridge the Gap
  25. 26. The Last Mile All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour’s toil.
  26. 27. On the D-Day….. <ul><ul><li>Be positive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have an open mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid undue pressure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just don’t give up while taking the CAT </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. The Last Mile

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