Is it Possible to crack CAT without doing certain topics ?

This question is very common and I got it from so many people that I think I need to throw some light onto it.

There are some topics which if done correctly can be useful in DI also.

These topics you should must do at any cost and in-depth study is required.
1. Equations (Quadratic and Other type of equations)
2. Numbers
3. Ratio and Proportion (This is a must do, even useful in DI and LR)
4. Inequality
5. %age (This is also a must do topic)
6. Geometry
7. Approximations (This is not a topic but it’s extremely useful for DI, certain inequality questions and also useful in eliminating choices in few questions)

If you are considering to skip any topics then you can skip few of these topics but I would recommend to learn these topics so that you can attempt atleast basic level questions. This is good to do topic list.
1. Permutation & Combination
2. Probability
3. Set Theory
4. Function and Graphs
5. Logarithm

For the topics which you must do but you are not very good at, this is what you should do

1. Learn the basics using material you have (online/offline)
2. Start with basic level questions.
3. If you have joined a test series or bought a book, try attempting level 1 questions first. Check your accuracy, check un-attempted questions, use this video I made which is inspired from “GP Ka Fundablog post
4. Monitor the accuracy in weaker area consistently and see if there is any improvement happening.
5. When you start getting good accuracy (over 70-80%) and good hold of questions you should attempt or leave, then only move on to the next level.
6. If you find yourself not getting to the desired level of accuracy despite learning basics, revising, using shortcut methods on consistent basis, then the better choice would be stick to the same level and leave advanced level questions in mock tests and actual CAT.
If the topic is must do, then atleast finish level 1 questions, for the topics which are not must dos, you can skip them altogether.
7. For the topics which are must dos, don’t skip basics, revision, consistent practice, learning shortcut methods even if you are not advancing to the higher level.

I have also observed that most people get into the vicious circle of not attempting any section test or mock test because they think they haven’t yet mastered the topic.

One advice I would like to give you is “You don’t need to be perfect before you start attempting section/mock tests”

You just need to be good enough to start solving the questions.

Determine to learn the least you think you need to know to get started. THEN GET STARTED.

Just solve few level 1 questions and sectional tests and see where you are going wrong , if that reflects that you are indeed not good then go back and learn it and then again start solving section tests. Iterate this several times till you get really good at it.

You also need to start giving mock CATs ASAP to gauge where you currently stand.

Just solving sectional mocks won’t help. Solving a full length mock will give you the chance to hone your overall strategy for actual CAT day.

In sectional tests, there is no Strategy but in the actual mock, you can play with different strategies,

Don’t be under the illusion that if you can get really good at sectional tests, you can easily conquer a full length mock CAT or actual CAT because even if you think you can you actually can’t.

It’s a different ballgame with some similarities.

For DI & LR, from practice you can identify which type of sets/questions you should always skip or you should always attempt. This is crucial when it comes to actual CAT.

When you are learning a new topic, concept, think from this perspective.

Just in Time

There are many students who try to master every topic in CAT because they think if they miss out on something , they might screw up. This is not true (especially if you follow my must do and good to do)

Just in Time Learning creates immediate value.
Just in Case Learning is most of the time Risky Proposition when you are planning to learn new topics (unless they are must dos)

Just in Time is like buying bonds, safe investments that gives predictable rewards.
Just in Case is like Stocks. You learn something and expect a future reward especially when you know there is no guarantee.

I hope this answer will help you in planning the next steps ahead if you are facing the similar problems. I have tried to answer the question to the best of my ability.

If you have any other questions, let me know by replying to this mail or fill out this form

If you are planning to learn in depth about whatever I mentioned in the answer, I do it through actual Process Maps and Video walk-through what you should exactly do after each mock test and how to fine tune your strategy.

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Sukrut is a passionate geek, internet visionary and a full time blogger, he has been teaching MBA students from the past two years, he is a chemical engineer by qualification,. Read my full story here

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