Are you an engineer? Not been a voracious reader? Better be, if you really want magic to happen to you in CAT!
VARC is the key to succeed in CAT!
VARC is the only section where you can maximise. Target attempting all. None can do in any other section in any test…. But toppers will do in VARC and every one can, if one wants to, and one works assiduously.
It is all about taking keen interest in reading, understanding, comprehending, analysing….responding…
Is there anything you need to take to the exam, except keenness to read? Nothing…..
By reading, reading, reading every kind of subject, over the time you will be comfortable with the vocabulary, terms and language constructs of every subject.
You will have enough knowledge within about every subject that appears on CAT, to build the bridge between existing and the new information thrown at you, to quickly comprehend and integrate with the existing. That will help you to increase speed in reading and accuracy too.
You still have 100 days. Be hungry. Be aggressive. Target attempting all 34 in VARC. Score 30+…
You will see your scores in other sections too improve as reading speed and comprehension quickens, regression reduces drastically as you start enjoying, focus will also increase.
Approach VARC with a larger purpose, and not that you ‘have’ to, because CAT has RC and you do not have any choice.
Reading gives insights into the world, into variety of subjects, nations, people, characters……The knowledge that you gather can not only improve your interactions, but also impact your performance in the Interviews, immediately after CAT. First you have to score high in all sections including VARC.
Yes, accuracy is important, but, one must understand that VARC is the key to succeeding in CAT. It is the pole in the hand of pole vaulter that can vault you into the best of IIM. Be aggressive, not defensive…
READ READ READ every possible subject…..Read for life, not just for CAT..
A. Read from websites like Aeon.com
B. Read editorials and opinion pages from HINDU/Express etc
C. Read every article against time. Note down time taken.
Get comfortable with every kind of subject…
….. From Aeon…
Arts and Aesthetics
Science and Technology
Every subject has its own language and vocabulary.
The more you read, greater will be your comfort and understanding
That will help you read faster and understand easily, when you encounter more passages from the subject..
Create a box file with 500 pages, punched
Categorise the file by the subjects. Assign a few pages for each.
After reading every article, quickly recal and write all critical points in the respective subject section of the above file…
If you read a couple of hours every day, across a variety of subjects, in 6-8 weeks, your scores will start improving dramatically…
You will start relishing the preparation for CAT, as your improving scores will inspire you to push your boundaries further…
I have been interacting with, interviewed many aspirants who have cracked CAT in the last couple of years and are now at top IIMs. In most of the interviews, Gejo’s VARC1000 pops out as the magic wand that they religiously used to break open the IIM doors. Kindly have a look at it, if you are struggling with VARC, and have not looked at it yet.
Master VARC. Bell the CAT. Make sure you are among the best IIMs.