Quantitative Ability tests the ability of a candidate to handle numerical data and solve numerical problems. It is one of those sections in CAT Exam which can be scoring, if the aspirant possesses good mathematical skills and has a way with numbers. But, if the aspirant has trouble with numbers and does not possess good mathematical skills, quantitative ability section can be a steep mountain to climb.
The Quantitative Ability section tests your ability to analyse and understand the problem rather than cramming. As the nature of every problem is different, it requires application of the mind and knowledge of the tricks, formulas, process of solving teach problem.
1. Don’t fear numbers
Numbers and statistics are everywhere around us. From negotiating the price of a commodity to using data to make future decisions about a company, numbers are an inevitable part of our lives. Yet, they can become intimidating and daunting for people who are not good at it. This fear, usually, takes root in a person’s psyche in childhood and carries on until he/ she decides to work on it. The first step to improve your quantitative aptitude is to make friends with numbers.This section requires you to be comfortable with numbers and solve the questions, including numbers and statistics in the shortest time possible.
Since this section requires you to work with numbers, formulas and even make calculations, the results will heavily depend on the process. Accuracy becomes an important aspect of solving this section. There is always a chance for errors in this section, and a single error can either make you lose out on precious marks or consume a lot of your time, both of which can harm your chances of doing well.
There is no better way to improve your chances in the Quantitative Ability section than to practice and solve as many questions of as many types as you can. It is only through regular practice that you will not only be able to familiarise yourself with the kind of questions that are likely to come but also gain confidence in your ability to solve them accurately. Accuracy, which is essential for this section can be developed only with practice.
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4. Time allocation
While dealing with this section, time allocation is the key to score well. The time you allot to each question has a bearing on the number of questions you manage to complete. Complex questions may require more time while the simple ones should be rushed up quickly, without compromising on the accuracy.
5. Conceptual clarity
Mathematics is driven by concepts and to improve your performance in this section, clarity of concepts is essential. People who learn these concepts will feel jittery while doing this section, whereas people who have conceptual understanding will ace through this section. For instance, there is a certain way of doing a question, which asks to find out the unknown age of a person, based on some information. Such questions will prove tough for people who are not aware of the process, the reasoning behind answers to such questions
Depending on your preparation, knowledge and confidence, the Quantitative Ability section can be both a boon and a bane. But, certainly, it is possible to work on and improve your performance in this section.
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