Ultimate Guide to cracking the CAT - eBook
Spend Two Days with this ebook & improve your score dramatically!!
Why you should be reading this ebook if you are aiming at a 99
percentile+ CAT Score
To score high marks in the CAT, something more than adequate preparation is required.
After all, most of the CAT winners do study from books that are available to everyone else.
So does that imply that anybody using the same material will be able to become a CAT winner?
To an extent yes, but that is not the whole story.
There is something beyond knowledge that the CAT winners have and that is attitude,
confidence, stamina, and positive thinking.
You too can build these qualities into yourself. Unfortunately, there is no book or preparation
guide in the market that teaches you how to build these qualities.
And that is the reason I have written this book. The idea is to enable you to build the same set of
winning qualities that the CAT winners display.
This book will not only teach you how to tackle tough CAT Math and CAT Reading
Comprehension problems, it will also tell you all about the tips that the CAT Winners use to get
More importantly, you will learn when NOT to use Shortcuts, when NOT to skim RC passages,
and when NOT to give up hope!
I have myself scored in the 99 percentile in CAT and have done my PGDM from IIM-A. (you can
see my PGDM certificate here.)
My GMAT score is a near perfect 780 out of a possible 800.
I have also taught hundreds of students, many of who have scored 99 percentile+ in the CAT.
Over the years, I have closely observed how these CAT winners behave. What exactly do they
do, what do they feel and how do they rev themselves up, especially as they approach the test
Combining that with my own experience of the CAT, I have distilled a few specific qualities that
the CAT winners display and a few distinct strands of behavior that they show.
Knowledge is indeed a necessary condition to be a CAT winner, however, knowledge alone is not
sufficient to be a CAT Winner.
You need to know much more than how to solve a difficult Probability problem, you need
thorough understating of how the CAT works, you need the right attitude, the right way to train,
to know when to stop training and much more.
This book will highlight the behavior and knowledge traits of the CAT winners and enable you to
learn from them.
This book will open the doors to Your becoming a CAT Winner!!
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Why spending two days with this book can improve
your score dramatically.
CAT is more about the application of concepts rather than the learning of concepts. Most of the
books and coaching classes teach you about the concepts rather than how to apply these to the
With this book, you will learn how the CAT winners take the same study material as everybody
else, put in the same effort, yet come out with flying colors.
As you might think, it is not that they are gifted, if that alone were the cause, there would not be
multiple examples of people improving their scores by 10+ Percentile points in the second
You will learn about how the CAT winners plan, how they think, what material they use.
You will learn about how they think, how they boost their confidence, how they ‘Visualize’ success.
You will also learn about what they avoid studying, what they focus on and what they leave to
How do CAT Winners study from the same books, spend the same
time, yet come our with a much higher score than the average
If you think CAT winners spend months/years studying, there could be nothing further from the
I have seen students study for years, leave alone months, yet end up with an average score.
If you think CAT winners have a 150+ IQ, again there could be nothing further from truth.
There are hundreds of students, who have managed to score in the 99 percentile in CAT, but
done very poorly on other standardized tests like the MAT, the MENSA or graduate level tests
like the GMAT. If IQ alone were responsible for standardized test performance, then these
students would have a consistent result across all the tests, but a high IQ by itself will never
mean a high CAT Score.
There are a certain set of qualities that the CAT Winners have though, and these are the
qualities and abilities that enable them to become CAT Winners.
In this book, you will learn about these qualities, and more importantly how to inculcate them
You will learn how to think like a CAT Winner and eventually how to actually become one!!
How do CAT Winners get lucky
There are always some students who tend to get 'Lucky' on the CAT. Their CAT score is out of
proportion of their GPA, their perceived IQ level or their preparation levels.
How do they do it? How do some students attract 'Good Luck'. In fact it is not just students, but
successful people from all walks of life seem to attract this elusive 'Good Luck'.
Part of the answer lies in the fact that the Winners perceive the Exam not as a hurdle to be
crossed, but as a challenge where they can show their 'Stuff'.
Of course, the Winners know their Math and their Reading Comprehension, but they also have
the right mental attitude and the frame of mind to attract 'Good Luck'.
You too can do the same. This book will not only improve your Critical reading and Math skills,
but also show you how you can prepare yourself to get 'Lucky' in the CAT.
When you read this book, you will also get answers to critical questions like:
Why do CAT winners Ignore certain 'Difficult' Questions?
How do CAT winners overcome their limiting beliefs and their fear of the Exam
How do Winners get to the correct answer by using the answer choices?
Why the most important problems are the ones you get wrong?
Why should you believe me?
As you can see elsewhere on this site, I am an Engineer MBA (IIM-A) and have scored 780 (out
of a Maximum possible score of 800 )in the GMAT(Click Here to see my Score).
I have been training CAT students for the past ten years. Many of these students have gone on
to score 99.9 percentile.
I have taken private one-to-one tuitions for the GMAT & SAT charging $100 per hour.
I have also taught the CAT classroom Courses in various parts of India.
During my interactions with the CAT Winners, I have observed that many of the CAT Winners
follow a certain set of actions for their preparation.
Though many of the 'Softer' aspects of preparation are often not verbalized enough, these are
as important as the hard preparation.
This is even more so at the 99 percentile level, where most students are well acquainted with the
basics as well as with advanced concepts.
This book represents the essence of my close observations of hundreds of CAT winners and
how they actually do it.
This book represents the strategies that helped hundreds of others get a 99 percentile.
Above all, this book is meant to give you that winning edge!
And it is meant to give You tips to develop the CAT Winners' attitude.
Spend a few hours on this book and provide Yourself the road map to become an CAT WINNER.
Here is a preview of the book’s Table of content:
What does it take to be a CAT Winner
What is the CAT
What is the CAT score used for
Structure of the CAT
The Myths of CAT
Myth: Since it is a standardized test, it can be beaten.
The Winning CAT Prep Strategies
The First Step: Know yourself
Identifying your weak areas
Working on your strong areas
Which is the Best Course/Books/Study Material for me?
Is Classroom tutoring a ‘must have’ for a high score?
How do the CAT Winners actually study?
Why the most important problems are the ones you get wrong
What is the right time/year to take your CAT Exam
Why do CAT Winners train like an Athlete
The Winning approach
What kind of schedule should I use? What order should I go through the material?
How did Mahesh go from 85 to 99 percentile?
Why some people score higher the second time around
What the Winners know about CAT Math & how to Beat it
The Flow Chart Approach to Data Sufficiency
Using the Answer Choices
How does a Winner deal with CAT Verbal
The Block Technique
Critical Reasoning Strategy
Do CAT Winners work in groups?
Why the winners ignore selected ‘Difficult’ Problems
Why you should read the Financial papers
How to find out your future CAT score without taking the CAT
When Shortcuts are important
Why Mental Fitness is Key
The truth about Incorrect Questions
How to get ‘Lucky’ in CAT.
The Winning Mind Set
Burning Desire to Excel
How Winner’s overcome limiting beliefs
How Winner’s manage their Self Image to succeed
The Mental Picture Principle
The Winning Traits
How Winners Plan
Beware of your Biggest Enemy
How Persistence pays
How Burnouts can ruin you prep & how you can avoid them
Recognizing the Symptoms
Getting out of it
How Winners avoid the ‘Average’ Mindset
CAT Winners countdown to the D Day…
A Week before the Test
The Day Before the Test
The Test Day
Those Four Hours
Managing Test Anxiety
What does test anxiety feel like?
What can you do to control test anxiety?
So How Do You Get To Be Self-Confident?
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As an example, a partial list of words starting with letter 'A' is illustrated below.
Action for Act . "In wrestling, a blow is a reprehensible action."
A blow is not an action but an act. An action may consist of many
Admission for Admittance . "The price of admission is one dollar."
Admit for Confess . To admit is to concede something affirmed. An
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Adopt . "He adopted a disguise." One may adopt a child, or an
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All of . "He gave all of his property." The words are contradictory:
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I got 98 percentile in my first attempt
at CAT. But I knew with the
competition out there, this score
might not be enough to get into a top
five college. I had already gone
through most of the book and
training material. But I got that
Winning Edge only when I went
through the 'Ultimate guide to
cracking the CAT'. This is probably
the best book available in the market
if you are looking for that extra edge.
The author is simply brilliant, having
himself cracked theCAT & the GMAT
exams. Highly recommended.
Natesh VP (CAT: 99.8 percentile)
After my first two attempts at the CAT,
I was really desperate!!! I was
consistently scoring above 99
percentile in the mock tests, but
somehow never got beyond 95
percentile during the actual exam.
And then I heard of the 'Ultimate
Guide to cracking the CAT' through a
That I must say was the end of my
misery!! Applying the strategies and
the mental training in this book, I
came out with flying colors and got
calls from ALL the IIMs.
Rahul S (CAT: 99.4
I desperately wanted to get into one
of the top three IIMs and needed at
least a 99 percentile score. Though I
had access to all the relevant study
material and practice tests, I never
managed to cross the 95 percentile
mark. I realized that the problem is
my fear of exam, and especially the
Math section. 'Ways of the CAT
Winners' helped me overcome my
fear psychosis and ended up with a
98percentile in Math and a great
overall score. I only wish there were
such a book for the rest of the
Hari Ramachandran (CAT: 98.9
While I saw a lot of material to
prepare for the CAT, what I did not
find was something that would show
me the Big Picture of the CAT Exam.
Something that would cover not just
Quant and Verbal, but also tell me
how to study, which material to do
first, how to prevent making the same
mistakes again and again. Literally,
how to think like a CAT Winner.
And then, one day, surfing the net, I
came across this site and bought the
'Ultimate Guide to cracking the CAT'.
I must say that that was the end of my
search and the beginning of the road
to a great CAT score.
Durga Prasad (CAT 99.2 percentile)
I can safely say that next to an
extensive round of classroom
tutoring, which costs a lot of time and
money,this book is the best resource
out there for cracking the CAT. It not
only gives you invaluable tips to
tackle the exam, but also prepares
you mentally to compete with the
best in the country. Highly
Kavita Ramachandran (CAT: 99.4
This book has been like a live tutor
helping me right from the time I started
thinking about starting my CAT prep,
selecting the relevant areas to focus on
etc, to the time I spent those three
nerve wrecking hours at the test.
If you are lost and don't know where to
start and what to do, all you need is the
'Ways of the CAT Winners'.
Suprasan Kodial (CAT: 99.4 Percentile)
For a long time, I had set my eyes on
IIM-B. I knew that I really needed to
shineon the CAT, more so since my
grades were just about average.
Leaving nothing to chance I took an
extensive round of classroom tutoring,
but still ended up with a dismal 92
After reading the 'Ultimate Guide'' I
finally realized where my weaknesses
lay. It was not the lack of knowledge, you
can find that in the scores of commonly
available books, it was the approach to
this unique exam, the mental prep bits
and the key strategies to tackle each
section. Glad to say I finally make it with
a score of 99.3 percentile.
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