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Preparing the topics for CAT, the most favourite of all the MBA/PGDM entrance tests conducted in the country, has never been easy since CAT preparation requires much greater volume of dedication, study hours and the right strategic approach to crack the questions.
CAT 2014 is 60 days away and this year higher level of concerted preparation to crack the test is expected from the CAT 2014 aspirants. Apart from other significant changes CAT 2014 needs a preparation strategy that focuses on 100 questions as against 60 that used to appear in earlier CAT exams.
More questions: Less time; strategic approach needed
The 100 questions in CAT 2014 will be divided in two sections with 50 questions in each section. While number of sections is not going to increase, CAT 2014 preparation, in view of the changed pattern, poses challenge before the CAT 2014 aspirants since it has more questions and less availability of time.
CAT 2014 Exam Pattern
With the beginning of 60 days countdown to CAT 2014, aspirants have to fine tune their preparation strategy and have to focus more on such topics as could become the source of more questions. So far CAT 2014 aspirants have been devoting time to prepare and practice on the existing pattern which according to CAT Verbal Ability preparation expert Prof S K Agarwal, now needs to be topic centric instead of continuing as wide extensive approach.
MBAUniverse.com experts share the necessary topics which need to be covered in next 60 days with good volume of practice exercises and mocks.
Focus on Basics in Verbal Ability
Prof S K Agarwal, Verbal Ability expert on CAT preparation shares following topics and sub topics that need aspirants’ attention and in case aspirants face any weak areas in their preparation, it should immediately be overcome.
Get expertise in Grammar
To ace CAT 2014, your preparation must focus on grammar usage. You may expect 4-6 questions on core usage of English language that includes questions on Error correction in sentences and paragraphs; questions on wrong usage of words .
Following topics, if not well prepared should now be focused and prepared for CAT 2014 they will not only help you to solve questions based on them but also to solve the questions on other related topics and will improve the error free writing skill.
Grammar topics- Parts of speech Times zones- Tenses
a. Articles a.Indefinite Tenses
b. nouns b.Continuous tenses
c. pronouns c.Perfect tenses
d. Adjectives/Adverbs d.perfect continuous tenses
e. conjunctions e.conditional and unreal past
f. Preposition & followed prepositions f.Reported speech
g. Non-finites Usage-Few, a few, the few, Little, a little, the little, some, any, each, every
h. Misplaced and dangling modifiers Usage-Prefer, would rather, had better,No sooner, As soon as
i. Usage in Verb-agreement with subject Usage-As well, as well as, neither-nor, either-or, else-or else, too-enough, many a,
j. punctuation Fairly-rather; causative-have-get; also-too; also-as well; scarcely-when; hardly-when
Vocabulary Preparation in 60 days for CAT 2014
Vocabulary usage include questions on contextual usage of synonyms, similar and confused words, different usage of a word from common usage; filling in the blanks with a pair of vocabulary words. Following types of questions can be expected on Vocabulary usage and all the types have to be practiced to prepare for CAT 2014. Number of questions on following topics may vary from 4 to 6. Now the preparation strategy needs more understanding and more practice of such questions.
Marking the correct use of words in sentences- This type tests the use of your vocabulary in different contexts. A key word is given which is used in four/five different contexts, you have to find out the correct use from the given options and mark the answer accordingly. The words are not difficult but you should be aware about their different usage especially the forms of phrasal verbs.
Marking the correct choice of similar sounding/confusing word, used in same sentence- It also tests the vocabulary usage in specific context. Out of the two three words, used in a sentence, correct choice of the word, supposed to be used is to be marked from the given options.
Inserting the correct pair of words to fill in the blanks -Two Blanks are given in a sentence followed by four options of pairs of words, correct option has to be picked out
Explaining the Words - identifying their synonyms, antonyms phrases, idioms –used in the passage, using the confused words.
The best way is to read the given sentences at least twice, even if the words are not familiar to you. This will give you a general understanding of the sentence and will help you to mark the incorrect word-
What should you read to build the stock of Vocabulary and understand the usage
a. Common words in language from all walks of life Understanding formation, roots,exercises -
b. Phrasal verbs/confused words used in different ways in usage-spotting the wrong use -Formation with different words and usage-
c. Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary words- synonyms – antonyms - Understanding synonyms-antonyms with correct usage
d. Idioms and phrases –correct usage - Understanding the meaning and usage
Paragraphs: 20 minutes a day
This part in CAT will give you Weightage of a percentile in the range of 40 to 50. There were 4 to 6 questions in CAT 2013 of different types on paragraphs. If you can spare 20 minutes a day, you can overcome problems in solving questions based on paragraphs.
Following Sub-Topics require to be covered in paragraph preparation module-
i) Parajumbles - There are four types of jumbled paragraphs which may appear in CAT examination. It is of utmost importance to understand and solve the various types with ease.
ii) Completion of last sentence in the paragraph – Concept, strategy, class exercises and tips.
iii) Out of Context sentence in jumbled paragraphs – This type of question appeared in CAT 2012, aspirants were confused. The concept was to decode the jumbled paragraph and pick out the out of context sentence as well.
iv) Probable types in CAT 2013 – Inserting first sentence, picking out sentence relevant to header etc.
Reading comprehension for CAT 2014: 60 days are good to prepare
Expect 15 to 16 questions based on Reading comprehension passages in CAT 2014. In the next 60 days your strategy to prepare for RC in CAT 2014 should focus more on improving your reading speed, time management, understanding the tone and idea in the passage. Reading comprehension could form 50% part of Verbal Ability.
With the increase of 20 questions in Verbal Ability section, an increase of around 7-8 questions on RC could be there. To increase this number it’s possible that 2 more RC passages are added in this section or the length of RC passages are substantially increased to form more questions on them. ……Read Full Storyhttp://www.mbauniverse.com/article/id/7932/CAT-2014
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