How to analyze your Mock-CATs?

Don’t just give mocks aimlessly. Analyzing your mocks is equally important. Scoring good or bad percentile in mocks will be of little value if don’t analyze them comprehensively. Thus, always analyze your mock results and only then attempt the next exam. Try to analyze your result within 24 hours of giving the mock exam, preferably on the same day itself. Keep these things in mind while analyzing the mocks.

Identify your weak links topic-wise and evaluate which area you need to focus next time.

Re-attempt the questions that you got wrong. It is very important to see where you have made the mistake and to not repeat it next time. During the analysis you might be able to see the right answer but try to work on the solution and work on your approach.

Once this is done, analyze the time that you spent on each question. If you have spent more than 3 minutes (in case of a caselet it can be taken as 3 min per question) on any question, work on that topic as well. Also, if you have spent more than 3 min on a single question and have still got it wrong, that means you have let your ego to get the best of you. Make sure you don’t repeat it again.

While analyzing, if you come across a new concept/topic, make a note of it and study it thoroughly afterwards.

Also, go through the solutions of even those question which you have attempted correctly. There might be more than one approach to solve a question and it’s always beneficial to identify the most efficient approach.

Make sure you are scoring well in all the 3 sections. All the top Bschools have sectional cut-offs as well in addition to the overall cut-off. Scoring an 85%tile in each section should be your primary target and then and only then you can expect a call from IIM’s. Most of the students make the mistake of focusing on the sections that they enjoy the most. While it is good that you might score very well in one of the sections, but if you don’t meet the minimum threshold in the remaining section, all your hard work will be in vain. Thus, getting at least 18 questions correct in each section is paramount if you expect to land in an IIM.

Analyzing your question-selection is also important. Look for the questions that were easy and you could have attempted correctly but were missed by you in the mock. It is important to realize that CAT is an exam of selection. You don’t get rejected for the IIMs, candidates better than you get selected to the IIMs. You don’t look out for questions to reject (based on how tough they appear or how weak you are in that particular topic), instead you look out for questions you can solve quickly and accurately. If you are wasting your time on solving the difficult questions and missing out on the easy ones, you need to work on your strategy as you are losing those marks which others would definitely score. The question selection strategy is especially important for the DILR section and RCs where even one caselet or one passage can have a huge impact on your overall score. All you have to do is to solve 55 – 60 % of the paper so as to get 95+ percentile. A few rightly selected questions can help you in this feat.

The purpose of Mocks is to prepare you for the D-day. But they also give you an opportunity to experiment with your approach so that you have a full-fledged plan for your CAT exam. Try a few different approaches and identify the best one that suits you and fetches you the maximum score. For eg., in the VARC section, you can try and solve the para-jumbles first and then the RC questions or you can attempt them in a mixed pattern.

Also, analyze the number of mocks that you feel will be sufficient for you. A minimum of 10 mocks is recommended for any CAT aspirant but at the same time, do remember that giving mocks alone will make no impact on your score whatsoever. Identify your weak areas and work on them. Also, make sure you are not slipping in your stronger areas. Getting a good score and percentile won’t help you unless you put your mock analyses to good use.
Revision is important. Re-solve/revisit all the concepts you noted or all the question you marked as important during section wise mock analysis (details given below).

Section-wise analysis

Verbal Ability

  • Attempt the passages you missed or got wrong before. Analyze if you chose the right passages or not.
  • While reading the solution, focus on how wrong option could have been eliminated in order to reach the correct answer.
  • In para-jumble questions, look at how the sequencing decision is made for the two close sentences. Note down the points if required.
  • Find meanings of difficult words that you come across. See how those words fit into the context where they are used. Think of alternate sentences you can make with them.
  • For grammar questions, note down the logic if need be.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • Attempt all the sets you missed or got wrong before. Analyze if you choose the right sets or not.
  • Identify the type of graphs you are weak in. Practice questions based on them.
  • Identify questions in which calculation shortcuts could be used. Note down the shortcut techniques if required.
  • Bookmark/save/note questions that you found conceptually strong and which need to be revised again.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Attempt all the questions you missed or got wrong before. Analyze if you chose the right questions or not.
  • Note down important concept you learned in a particular solution.
  • Try to think of alternate solutions for as many questions you can. Once this becomes a habit, you will quickly be able to identify the questions where you need to think of an alternate shorter solution.
  • Try to solve the questions by options, or by assuming something which doesn’t interfere with the question statement. For equations and trigonometry questions, you can try putting values as well.
  • Try to close down on two options without solving the question and then see how to solve the question specifically to eliminate wrong option.
  • Bookmark/save/note questions that you found conceptually strong and which need to be revised again.

In this way, you can analyze different sections to figure out our mistakes and learn from them. Detailed analysis of mock CAT might help you in improving your score and percentile. Do check out our other blogs to learn more CAT concepts. You can also visit our website and start your CAT preparation for free.

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