The Last Mile

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The Last Mile

  1. 1. Last Mile To the CAT An Presentation
  2. 2. Every year, about 2000 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. 3. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… 1. Sanjay Chaudhary, IIM B  Take maximum 4 tests  Objectively analyze to find out your specific problem areas  Focus on the means… the end will follow 2. Asan Dasari, IIM C  Fine-tune strategies based on your strengths & weakness  Take care of mental as well as physical health  Keep your ‘CAT-kit’ ready
  4. 4. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… 3. Vamsidhar, IIM I  Don’t take more than 3 to 4 tests  Unused tests can be used to improve sectional competencies  Accept reality; leave things that you can’t change 4. Saurabh S, IIM I • Keep reminding yourself about your “ultimate goal” • Relax; be calm • Take fewer tests • Go through the CAT 2007 paper
  5. 5. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… 5. Subrata Dey, IIM A  Keep your reasoning cells active  Focus on ‘net practice’, not ‘match practice’  Do not take too many tests 6. Tony Xavier, IIM L  Have an open mind-set  Stop taking tests a week before the CAT  Throw all strategies out of the window
  6. 6. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… 7. Ritesh Hemrajani, IIM B  Don’t predict; be mentally prepared for any structure  Don’t take too many tests  Properly mark the ovals on the OMR sheet 8. Mahendra Kokane, IIM B  Don’t listen to anyone  Listen to self
  7. 7. From the 10 who have been there.. done that… 9. Arun Rao, IIM - A  Don’t cram at this juncture  Don’t invite stress 10. Kaushik R, IIM L  Work on your weak areas  Take 2-3 tests  Don’t do anything much the day before the CAT
  8. 8. The essence of what they say… All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour’s toil. The Last Mile
  9. 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.
  10. 10. Ability to tramp the last mile…  Do you believe that you can tramp the last mile?  ‘I am doing great ; bring on the CAT’  ‘I am doing great, but I hope I don’t stumble now’  ‘Man! I am sure I can crack the CAT.. If only Math would stop killing me’  ‘When is SNAP??’
  11. 11. Whatever be your response.. To tramp the last mile.. Have a fresh outlook  Rejuvenate  Imagine you have just started your prep  Imagine the last comprehensive test you took is your first test  Re-focus  The Goal : The CAT  The Time : 15 days to go  The Attitude : Everything to gain and nothing to lose Now ask yourself : How do I shape the plan for the last mile?
  12. 12. 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. 13. Shape the last plan IIM Call What I need to score The Knowledge Gap Scoring Potential What I could have scored The Efficiency Gap My Score What I scored The key is to understand WHAT to attack!
  14. 14. Bridging the efficiency gap Take a few tests, say 3-5 Analyse each of them thoroughly Learn from each of them & Apply your learning in future tests
  15. 15. Bridging the efficiency gap  Before taking ANY test  Keep your mind fresh and alert  De-stress  Have your CAT-kit ready  Set your watch to 10:30 a.m.  Most importantly, set yourself a TARGET
  16. 16. Bridging the efficiency gap  While taking ANY test  As a CEO  Keep an eye on the bigger picture  Develop your own strategy Manage Your  As a Section Manager Resources Well  Prioritise, Allocate and Execute  Mind your own business  As a Worker  Carefully read, define and solve the problem on hand
  17. 17. Bridging the efficiency gap  After taking a test  For every section, check  How many more could you have scored?  Why did you miss out?
  18. 18. Bridging the efficiency gap Do’s Don’ts  Develop your own  Inflexible mindset strategy based on the  “Geometry first” test at hand syndrome or “One-liners  Select or reject a first” syndrome question only after  “I can conquer Russia” reading a question syndrome or Throwing good money after bad money Efficiency can improve your score dramatically
  19. 19. Bridging the knowledge gap 1. List all areas requiring improvement 2. Rate their impact on the score & on the effort required to improve 3. Prioritise 4. Spend ½ hr – 1hr every day and work on 2 to 3 critical areas Let us look at a typical case
  20. 20. Step 1: List areas  PS  I keep forgetting the formulae in Geometry  I have not touched Permutations & Combinations  I have difficulty in defining a problem while solving  DI  I can’t calculate fast  I lose track while solving
  21. 21. Step 1: List areas  Verbal  I make a lot of mistakes in inferential RC questions  I generally falter in usage-based questions  Comp-based Format  I find it difficult to read passages on the computer screen  Solving DI sets is very cumbersome
  22. 22. Step 3 : Rating the impact & effort needed Impact on the score Low Impact High Impact  Can’t calculate fast Not touched Perm & Comb Falter in usage based questions More Effort Reqd Forgetting Geometry formula Defining Problem while solving Less Inferential RC question Lose track while solving DI
  23. 23. Step 3 : Prioritise Impact on the score Low High Can’t calculate fast Not touched Perm & Comb Falter in usage based questions More Effort Reqd Forgetting Geometry formula Defining Problem while solving Less Inferential RC question Lose track while solving DI
  24. 24. Step 4 : Work on the areas  Forgetting Geometry formulae : 10 min  Solve 2 Geometry problems everyday  Revise formulae every day  Defining the problem in a Math question : 20 min  Re-look at Math questions in the previous SimCATs  Inferential RC questions : 20 min  Read an editorial everyday  Re-visit the RCs in SimCATs  Focus on comprehension
  25. 25. A few tips for the computer-based CAT …
  26. 26. It’s not just CAT anymore…  Try to inculcate the following habits: Work on a computer for longer stretches  Read news and articles online rather than from newspapers  Follow reviews, match analyses, stock status, etc. online  Get used to staring into the screen for 3 hours at a stretch
  27. 27. It’s not just CAT anymore…  Most of us tend to write a lot while solving the paper  Underlining relevant statements/words in RC  Adding up a column or row in DI  Crossing out answers that we’ve eliminated  In an online test, these become impractical! New ways of handling these would have to be devised
  28. 28. A possible plan 28th Nov D–day 20th Take a test Prev Click here for the day latest movie releases 17th-19th Bridge the Gap 26th Take a test?? 16th Take a test 24th/25th Bridge the Gap 13th-15th Bridge the Gap 23rd Take a test 12th Take a test 21st/22nd Bridge the Gap Till 1st Take/Analyse a test
  29. 29. The Last Mile All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour’s toil.
  30. 30. On the D-Day…..  Be positive  Have an open mind  Avoid undue pressure  Just don’t give up while taking the CAT
  31. 31. The Last Mile

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