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Table of Contents 
 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT 2009 ........................................................................................................................... 2 
10 MONTHS TO CAT ’09 .......................................................................................................................................... 5 
HOW TO IMPROVE AT VERBAL ABILITY ................................................................................................................... 8 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING ....................................................... 11 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR QUANTITATIVE ABILITY ................................................................................................... 13 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CAT WITH 6 MONTHS TO GO ................................................................................... 16 
WHAT TO DO DURING THE CAT ............................................................................................................................ 18 
HOW TO TACKLE THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW ....................................................................................................... 21 
PERSONAL INTERVIEW PREPARATION .................................................................................................................. 24 
HOW TO DO WELL IN THE GROUP DISCUSSION ................................................................................................... 27 
GROUP DISCUSSION PREPARATION ...................................................................................................................... 30 
ABOUT TESTFUNDA.COM ...................................................................................................................................... 32 
 
 
 
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Table of Contents 
 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT 2009 ........................................................................................................................... 2 
10 MONTHS TO CAT ’09 .......................................................................................................................................... 5 
HOW TO IMPROVE AT VERBAL ABILITY ................................................................................................................... 8 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING ....................................................... 11 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR QUANTITATIVE ABILITY ................................................................................................... 13 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CAT WITH 6 MONTHS TO GO ................................................................................... 16 
WHAT TO DO DURING THE CAT ............................................................................................................................ 18 
HOW TO TACKLE THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW ....................................................................................................... 21 
PERSONAL INTERVIEW PREPARATION .................................................................................................................. 24 
HOW TO DO WELL IN THE GROUP DISCUSSION ................................................................................................... 27 
GROUP DISCUSSION PREPARATION ...................................................................................................................... 30 
ABOUT TESTFUNDA.COM ...................................................................................................................................... 32 
 
 
 
 
PREFACE 
 
For the past couple of years, the difficulty level of the CAT and other MBA entrance exams has been 
escalating. MBA has become an upcoming field and the number of students that apply for it has also gone 
up. The entrance exams have become so competitive that they test more than just the core concepts of 
Mathematics, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.  
 
Test takers are under tremendous pressure to score well in these exams. The unpredictable nature of the 
CAT keeps applicants on their toes in search of foolproof strategies to crack the exam.  In this book you will 
read about different test taking strategies that will help you in your preparation for the CAT.  
 
The articles featured here are original and unique, written by well known CAT 100 percentilers - Munira 
Lokhandwala, Shantanu Gangal, and Gourav Bhattacharya. Each one of these toppers has their own unique 
perspective and their individual style. Learning different things from these different people will provide you 
with an insight that will prove invaluable to your test taking experience. 
 
We are sure that our readers will benefit greatly from the articles in this book. They are designed specially 
to give students that extra edge and confidence needed to be ready for any surprise that CAT might throw 
their way.  
  
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Table of Contents 
 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT 2009 ........................................................................................................................... 2 
10 MONTHS TO CAT ’09 .......................................................................................................................................... 5 
HOW TO IMPROVE AT VERBAL ABILITY ................................................................................................................... 8 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING ....................................................... 11 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR QUANTITATIVE ABILITY ................................................................................................... 13 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CAT WITH 6 MONTHS TO GO ................................................................................... 16 
WHAT TO DO DURING THE CAT ............................................................................................................................ 18 
HOW TO TACKLE THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW ....................................................................................................... 21 
PERSONAL INTERVIEW PREPARATION .................................................................................................................. 24 
HOW TO DO WELL IN THE GROUP DISCUSSION ................................................................................................... 27 
GROUP DISCUSSION PREPARATION ...................................................................................................................... 30 
ABOUT TESTFUNDA.COM ...................................................................................................................................... 32 
 
 
 
 
PREFACE 
 
For the past couple of years, the difficulty level of the CAT and other MBA entrance exams has been 
escalating. MBA has become an upcoming field and the number of students that apply for it has also gone 
up. The entrance exams have become so competitive that they test more than just the core concepts of 
Mathematics, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.  
 
Test takers are under tremendous pressure to score well in these exams. The unpredictable nature of the 
CAT keeps applicants on their toes in search of foolproof strategies to crack the exam.  In this book you will 
read about different test taking strategies that will help you in your preparation for the CAT.  
 
The articles featured here are original and unique, written by well known CAT 100 percentilers - Munira 
Lokhandwala, Shantanu Gangal, and Gourav Bhattacharya. Each one of these toppers has their own unique 
perspective and their individual style. Learning different things from these different people will provide you 
with an insight that will prove invaluable to your test taking experience. 
 
We are sure that our readers will benefit greatly from the articles in this book. They are designed specially 
to give students that extra edge and confidence needed to be ready for any surprise that CAT might throw 
their way.  
  
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT 2009 
 
Munira Lokhandwala 
CAT 2008 100-Percentiler   
 
Hi Everybody,  
 
I am sure that even before you start reading this article, many of you would have already made 
assumptions about my natural abilities based on my background and my consistent performances in CAT 
over the years. That is why I would like to tell you a little more about my background. All of us would 
remember the seventh standard scholarship exam that tested the math, verbal and visual skills of students. 
In that test I scored 36 out of 100 in Math, 64 in Verbal and 50 in visual reasoning. (Nowhere near to what 
a typical scholar would have got!!) So you definitely cannot say that I was born with the aptitude of 
cracking all such examinations. 
 
So the obvious million dollar question: How does someone who is not born with the required aptitude skills 
go ahead and crack the CAT? Not just once to get into IIMs, but every time with confidence! 
 
Most competent CAT aspirants do realize that the difference in knowledge between them and one of the 
guys who has made it to the IIMs is not high enough to warrant a massive difference in CAT scores. (Here, 
by “knowledge” we mean "CAT related knowledge".) Still most aspirants become skeptical about their own 
abilities during their CAT preparation and start looking at other exams or other institutes. When I was 
preparing for my CAT, I didn’t even consider taking the other entrance exams for various institutes. Was 
this misplaced arrogance? Let’s see. 
 
For my CAT 1996, even I had started my preparations in February. Whew! I was in the same boat as most 
of you are. I was in the second year of my Bachelor’s studies. So I started in Feb, took a break in April for 
exams, in May for some holidaying and started again in June and continued till the end. Excluding these 
breaks, I was preparing for the CAT 2-3 hours a day, 6 days of the week, every week. This article is all about 
this long preparatory period before the CAT right from when you decide to take it to a nice slightly chilly 
Sunday morning when you are checking your pencils, eraser and admit card. And the result is in front of 
you: calls from all 4 IIM’s (IIM I and IIM K had just started that year and I hadn’t applied to either). 
 
1. Plan backwards 
You will never know exactly when your CAT preparation started, but you will always know when it will 
end. Did I hear 15th November? No, it will end on the 13th of November. The CAT is an exam where 
presence of mind is essential; studying till the last minute or till the last day leads to an exhausted 
mind. So it is a good idea to stop preparing on the Friday evening before the CAT. So currently your 
deadline is 13th November. The last few months will be spent primarily on taking comprehensive tests. 
Let’s try and work that out. 
 
Right now is a good time to decide how many comprehensive tests you will take. The main objective 
behind taking comprehensive tests is to get your test taking strategy in place as you measure your own 
strengths across different sections. The secondary objective is the relative performance measurement.  
 
I think 30 tests are fairly sufficient as there is no point taking a test everyday or worse still take 2 tests 
per day. Working with 30 tests will easily take between 70-80 days. This is because if you take a test 
with feedback on day 1 you will revise and take some section tests on day 2; you may also need 1-2 
days break. So assuming 75 days for comprehensive tests takes your deadline to the end of August.  
 
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Table of Contents 
 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT 2009 ........................................................................................................................... 2 
10 MONTHS TO CAT ’09 .......................................................................................................................................... 5 
HOW TO IMPROVE AT VERBAL ABILITY ................................................................................................................... 8 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING ....................................................... 11 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR QUANTITATIVE ABILITY ................................................................................................... 13 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CAT WITH 6 MONTHS TO GO ................................................................................... 16 
WHAT TO DO DURING THE CAT ............................................................................................................................ 18 
HOW TO TACKLE THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW ....................................................................................................... 21 
PERSONAL INTERVIEW PREPARATION .................................................................................................................. 24 
HOW TO DO WELL IN THE GROUP DISCUSSION ................................................................................................... 27 
GROUP DISCUSSION PREPARATION ...................................................................................................................... 30 
ABOUT TESTFUNDA.COM ...................................................................................................................................... 32 
 
 
 
 
PREFACE 
 
For the past couple of years, the difficulty level of the CAT and other MBA entrance exams has been 
escalating. MBA has become an upcoming field and the number of students that apply for it has also gone 
up. The entrance exams have become so competitive that they test more than just the core concepts of 
Mathematics, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.  
 
Test takers are under tremendous pressure to score well in these exams. The unpredictable nature of the 
CAT keeps applicants on their toes in search of foolproof strategies to crack the exam.  In this book you will 
read about different test taking strategies that will help you in your preparation for the CAT.  
 
The articles featured here are original and unique, written by well known CAT 100 percentilers - Munira 
Lokhandwala, Shantanu Gangal, and Gourav Bhattacharya. Each one of these toppers has their own unique 
perspective and their individual style. Learning different things from these different people will provide you 
with an insight that will prove invaluable to your test taking experience. 
 
We are sure that our readers will benefit greatly from the articles in this book. They are designed specially 
to give students that extra edge and confidence needed to be ready for any surprise that CAT might throw 
their way.  
  
2 
 
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT 2009 
 
Munira Lokhandwala 
CAT 2008 100-Percentiler   
 
Hi Everybody,  
 
I am sure that even before you start reading this article, many of you would have already made 
assumptions about my natural abilities based on my background and my consistent performances in CAT 
over the years. That is why I would like to tell you a little more about my background. All of us would 
remember the seventh standard scholarship exam that tested the math, verbal and visual skills of students. 
In that test I scored 36 out of 100 in Math, 64 in Verbal and 50 in visual reasoning. (Nowhere near to what 
a typical scholar would have got!!) So you definitely cannot say that I was born with the aptitude of 
cracking all such examinations. 
 
So the obvious million dollar question: How does someone who is not born with the required aptitude skills 
go ahead and crack the CAT? Not just once to get into IIMs, but every time with confidence! 
 
Most competent CAT aspirants do realize that the difference in knowledge between them and one of the 
guys who has made it to the IIMs is not high enough to warrant a massive difference in CAT scores. (Here, 
by “knowledge” we mean "CAT related knowledge".) Still most aspirants become skeptical about their own 
abilities during their CAT preparation and start looking at other exams or other institutes. When I was 
preparing for my CAT, I didn’t even consider taking the other entrance exams for various institutes. Was 
this misplaced arrogance? Let’s see. 
 
For my CAT 1996, even I had started my preparations in February. Whew! I was in the same boat as most 
of you are. I was in the second year of my Bachelor’s studies. So I started in Feb, took a break in April for 
exams, in May for some holidaying and started again in June and continued till the end. Excluding these 
breaks, I was preparing for the CAT 2-3 hours a day, 6 days of the week, every week. This article is all about 
this long preparatory period before the CAT right from when you decide to take it to a nice slightly chilly 
Sunday morning when you are checking your pencils, eraser and admit card. And the result is in front of 
you: calls from all 4 IIM’s (IIM I and IIM K had just started that year and I hadn’t applied to either). 
 
1. Plan backwards 
You will never know exactly when your CAT preparation started, but you will always know when it will 
end. Did I hear 15th November? No, it will end on the 13th of November. The CAT is an exam where 
presence of mind is essential; studying till the last minute or till the last day leads to an exhausted 
mind. So it is a good idea to stop preparing on the Friday evening before the CAT. So currently your 
deadline is 13th November. The last few months will be spent primarily on taking comprehensive tests. 
Let’s try and work that out. 
 
Right now is a good time to decide how many comprehensive tests you will take. The main objective 
behind taking comprehensive tests is to get your test taking strategy in place as you measure your own 
strengths across different sections. The secondary objective is the relative performance measurement.  
 
I think 30 tests are fairly sufficient as there is no point taking a test everyday or worse still take 2 tests 
per day. Working with 30 tests will easily take between 70-80 days. This is because if you take a test 
with feedback on day 1 you will revise and take some section tests on day 2; you may also need 1-2 
days break. So assuming 75 days for comprehensive tests takes your deadline to the end of August.  
 
 
                               
          The LEADER in Online MBA Test Prep 
 
 
Before you formulate your test taking strategy, you need to measure your performance in individual 
sections. That is where section tests come into play. So in the last fifteen days of August you should 
take around 2 section tests at least from each area and spend some time going through the analysis 
and feedback for the tests. This will be the first time usually when you really start solving with the 
second hand making a loud noise every second. So get used to the idea before you venture into the 
comprehensive test territory. 
 
So finally we have come to our first major deadline 15th August i.e. Independence day. By this date, 
you would ideally finish learning new concepts. From 15th August you will be primarily looking at 
applying what you have learnt and if you have learnt it well, then believe me you will enjoy the 
process. 
 
2. In-depth Scheduling 
With 15th August as the deadline you should make a list of what is the kind of theory you want to 
complete till that time. 
 
 I have made a rudimentary representative list here to work from: 
? Reading 
? Word List 
? Study Material for the following areas 
i. Verbal Ability questions 
ii. Reading Comprehension questions 
iii. Analytical Reasoning 
iv. Data Interpretation 
v. Math  
vi. Your maximum time should be spent doing two major activities: reading and Math. 
 
3. Daily schedule 
Make a daily schedule which incorporates all your routines and breaks. If you watch movies a lot then 
it would be silly to make a schedule which does not consider 3 hours a week on the week-end spent in 
catching the latest release. Also try to shuffle the subjects so that you do not get bored with one 
subject.  
 
A good time table for 2 days can look like this: 
? Day 1: 
i. 0.5 hour reading 
ii. 0.5 hour word list 
iii. 2 hours math 
 
? Day 2 
i. 0.5 hour reading 
ii. 0.5 hour word list 
iii. 1 hour analytical reasoning / data interpretation 
iv. 1 hour reading comprehension exercises / verbal ability 
 
4. Reading 
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