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CAT: Prep strategy for Quant
Sidharth Balakrishna
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October 03, 2008

The Quantitative Ability section in the Common Admission Test (CAT) has traditionally been the one that students most dread and are afraid of. For many students, mathematics is something that has scared them right from their time at school. For students who have not taken Mathematics as a subject at the plus two level (after Class X), the Quant section worries them even more!

However, the first thing that students need to keep in mind is that the kind of skills required for doing well in this section in CAT are somewhat different from those required at the plus two level. While the emphasis in school was on the process and 'steps' by which one solved the question, in CAT the stress is on application of thinking skills, something that has in fact, been increasing over time.

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Mere knowledge of the correct formulae required to solve a question will not suffice. However, knowledge of basics is extremely important; and one must know how to proceed from there.

Here are some strategies that can be used to do well in the Quant section: 

The author is an MBA from IIM Calcutta and is employed with a management consultancy. He has also been a visiting faculty with MBA coaching centres in New Delhi [Images] [Images], and can be contacted at

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