Student’s Post : How I Tackled CAT With a Full time Job !

Yes, CAT is crucial but in my opinion, it isn’t the most important criteria which MBA admission teams consider. If you perform your research, you will notice that the majority of schools state that your MBA application is assessed in its entirety–which means that your CV, work experience and references are equally as important as your exam score. Therefore why is there such a love/hate relationship between prospective MBA students and CAT? If you believe you have the relevant leadership potential, experience and the determination to pursue your goals – which should be reflected in your CV’s and your personal references .
Find Your Rhythm

Tackling CAT requires time, focus and consistency. The majority of exam sitters will be juggling many commitments such as work and family in addition to studying for CAT. It’s very easy to find excuses to not study. I remember when I first embarked on my studying routine I spoke to a number of people who said that they had acquired all the studying resources but then gave up within a few weeks due to having too many other commitments. I too felt that I had too much on my plate with my full-time job and Extra curricular activities. Could I have delayed my test and applied for an MBA the following year? Yes I could have but it would mean waiting another year to start my MBA. So what did I do? I took it on the chin and continued studying for the CAT. It was a long and tough 6 months, as I would be up in the very early hours to study for a few hours, before heading off to the swimming pool and finally heading off to the office for the day. After work, the routine would repeat in reverse where I would either go for a run or cycle, and then study to settle into the evening. My life had become a strict routine of eat, sleep, study, train, work, repeat – but it was all worth it at the end!

Apart from my own determination to get the CAT  out of the way, I had a lot of help from CETKING – by far the best online studying resource available!
One Who Is Highly-Learned, Wise And Generous.

How does CETKING differ from the rest of its competition? The answer lies in their video tutorials. As an engineer, my gut instinct whenever I see a maths problem is to perform the calculation the “long way”. By that I mean long division, long multiplication, and step by step calculations. I would eventually get to the right answer but would spend more than 3 minutes on the question. As we all know, the CAT is a timed exam so you need to get a move on! To obtain a high score in CAT  you must understand that nobody cares how you get to the answer, as long as you get there. The quicker, the better! The same applies to the verbal section and the video tutorials provide a fantastic strategy to approach this section.

If You Fail To Prepare, Then Prepare To Fail

Formulating a study plan is also important and Follow the CETKING shortcut videos and mocks which are very useful right from the beginning as it has sums from basic to advance.

To ensure I covered every aspect of the CAT I created the following training plan for myself:

1. Follow Daily CETKING Study Plan

2. Take a few days off and then take 2 full practise tests

a. Do the practise test at a similar time to the official test (morning/afternoon)

b. Budget enough time to review the questions and repeat those that are wrong

3. Go through all questions in CETKING

a. For answers that are wrong, watch the associated video tutorial again and repeat

question later in the day

4. Take a few days off and then take 2 full practise tests

Never Give Up!

If I managed to get through the CAT with a full-time job and my extra curricular activities , then so can you! Lay out a studying plan that will work for you and take the CAT preparation as a marathon and not a sprint. If you need help, there’s CETKING who offers an incredible package with extensive support.

All the best with your CAT and other exams !

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