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Tomorrows the day it all starts, the D-Day youve all an aptitude
been preparing for all year round. From now on itll guru who
be a whirlwind of exams, interviews, discussions, simpli es
results, cut-o s and nally you will be o to a B- fundamentals,
School. Those of you who are taking the exam on the problem
rst day will, understandably, have a few more solving, and test
butter ies in your stomach than others. Though CAT taking strategy.
2012 is not expected to be much di erent from CAT GP loves driving
2011, the rst day always packs in quite a punch. & has been part
Those of you taking the exam in the rst few days of Raid-de-
will get done with it quickly and have more time to Himalayas o
concentrate on other exams, those of you taking it road adventure.
later will go in with a fair idea of what to expect. An IIM B
alumnus, GP is
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1. Spend Time Wisely: The time limit of 70 minutes one of the core
will ensure that you dont spend all your time on only founders of CL.
one section and miss out on the sectional cut-o s.
But, these individually timed sections also means
that within a section time has become even more
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so that you never repeat it again. Taking your silly Test Taking
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7. Revision is suicide: There is no time in the CAT ME
for revision, period. If you dont get the question
right in your rst attempt, well thats too bad.
Checking your answer and revising will only mean
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Prepare all the topics thoroughly- With the exam
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most important tip Relax. Sleep and eat well. Be
con dent. This is but the rst step in a journey that
will last a thousand miles..
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