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CAT: Preparation and performance
Nilangshu Nandi
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September 22, 2008

With a little over two months to go for CAT 2008, the pressure on B-school aspirants is mounting. Strategising, mock CATs, time management -- each have their own importance and value when it comes to making your CAT attempt meaningful.

To help test-takers, we asked students who have taken the CAT to share their tips and tricks. Here, Nilangshu Nandi, a student at IIM Lucknow, shares his experiences.

My strategy was based on two things: preparation and performance.


DI and quant needs huge practice from the CAT material available in the market. Without practice, speed won't come.

Few tips to prepare for DI / Quant:

For verbals, you need to have your basics strong. Get your grammar correct. Read a lot of books and newspapers.

Tips for Verbals:


The two most important things to be kept in mind to crack CAT are to:

The total time given was 150 minutes. My time division was as follows:

So what I faced during the exam was:

This strategy helped me clock the following percentiles:

Have you aced the CAT? Do you have tips that could help students improve their scores or stress-busting strategies to beat pre-CAT nerves? Send in your advice to and we'll publish your strategies right here on


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