How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT exam?
For most of the students, Quantitative Aptitude is probably the scariest section of the CAT exam. But you just can’t ignore, afterall Quantitative Aptitude (QA) questions contribute 34% share in overall CAT exam. The syllabus is huge, the list of formulas is endless, but there are tricks that help solve complex looking Quant questions.
1. Effective reading of a question:
Before heading towards solving the quant question, pre-requisite is that you read the questions properly. Correct understanding of a question is must. Reading between the lines sometimes will answer the question fast without having to really solve the question.
2. Learn to eliminate options:
While solving the questions, you must learn to keep an eye on options. Learn to eliminate the unnecessary options by making intelligent guesses. For example: When you know that the answer needs to be a multiple of 12 and there are options which are not even around this, you must eliminate them.
3. Have a conceptual clarity:
Sound conceptual clarity is must if you are willing to solve quant questions speedily. In order to ensure this, you must know all the formulae, the rules, the exceptions, the standard approaches to solving standard question.
4. Practice is the key:
Unless and until you practice the most, you can never think of solving quantitative aptitude questions speedily and correctly. Instead of using pen and paper always, try to do some number crunching in your mind, so that the questions can be solved quickly.
5. Have 100% focus and concentration while solving the question:
It is really important to be mentally alert while solving a question. You shouldn’t get distracted and must maintain calm in order to ensure that you don’t waste time in reading the question. You must patiently solve the questions, because carelessness can create unnecessary mistakes.
And do your best preparation on the topics given below:
- HCF / LCM, Number Properties, Factor Theory
- Remainders, Base System, Last digits
- Percentage, Profit & Loss, TSD, Ratio
- Clocks, Calendars
- Linear Equations, Functions
- Higher Degree Equations, Logarithm
- Circles, Triangles (Similar), Polygons, Mensuration
- Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry
- Set Theory, Principles of Counting, Sequence and Series
- Permutation and Combination, Probability
Hope the tips given above will really help you out to prepare best for Quantitative Aptitude. Along with this, do refer our Quantitative Aptitude book available at Career Buddy.
All the best!
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