For all CAT aspirants, it is important for them to know that there are sections in the exam which are more scoring than others and can boost your percentile. While Logical Reasoning can be a tough nut to crack, and Verbal Ability can prove difficult for candidates not fluent in English, the Quantitative Aptitude section is one section which can improve your percentile.
Mathematics for all
Mathematics is one subject which can be mastered by working hard and attaining conceptual clarity. Unlike Verbal Ability, which requires a good command over the language that can be built only over a period of time and not overnight, all aspirants can get a hold over the QA section with a bit of effort. This is to say that unlike the Verbal Ability section, which favours aspirants who are well- versed with the dynamics of the English language, the Quantitative Aptitude section offers equal opportunity to all aspirants, irrespective of the background they come from. If they work hard and prepare systematically, QA can prove to be boon for them.
Training for QA begins early
All aspirants have gone through their elementary, secondary and higher secondary education to reach this stage. Throughout most of their growing up years, they must have faced concepts of Mathematics as part of the syllabus. Hence, when they face topics such as HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Probability and others, they already have a fair idea about how to go about handling these topics. All they need to do is to brush up their knowledge of the concepts and formulas involved.
QA can be mastered with practice
The Quantitative Aptitude is a section that can easily be mastered with practice. In fact, the more problems you solve, the better you get at solving them. There is no substitute for practice in QA. Making yourself aware of the various types of possible questions that can come and then solving adequate number of questions of each type can certainly make this section seem like a cakewalk for you.
Increase your percentile
QA is one section where you can score maximum and cover up for the challenges you may face in Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability. In both the other sections, the chances are that you will skip a few questions while a few others will give you a tough time, but in the Quantitative Aptitude section, if you have practiced the variety of questions that come in the exam enough, there is every chance that you would know all 34 questions in this section and would be able to make this section count.
Be sure, be accurate
The trick to doing the questions in QA is to identify the questions you are completely sure of out of the 34 questions in total. Ideally, this number should be more than 21. Then, go ahead and solve these questions with a high accuracy level. Even if the number of questions you have attempted is less than 21, you can still cover up by increasing your accuracy level.
While QA happens to be the most feared section in the CAT exam, it actually can be the most scoring. The aspirants need to work smartly and gain confidence through practice.
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