Common Admission Test (CAT) is taken up by hundreds of thousands aspirants every year. It has become a common assumption that engineers have an advantage over non-engineers appearing for this test as they have better understanding of mathematical concepts.
The candidates from the non-engineering backgrounds need not be disheartened. There is a way possible out of every problem. If the CAT was designed only for engineers, why would there be any test conducted for non-engineers? Let us see some strategies followed by non-engineers to crack the quantitative aptitude (QA) and logical reasoning/ data interpretation (LR/ DI) sections of CAT.
The QA section of CAT is not has any high level mathematical concepts asked but just 10th level mathematics asked in a complex way. The questions will be on simple topics like number system, time, speed and distance, trigonometry which all students from arts and commerce streams have studied in school.
The strategy to understand the concept is a lot of practice. The book on quantitative aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma is the most popular book in this regard. The more you practice these complicated problems, the more your brain will get used to the strategy needed to solve them. You must learn to apply a concept in several ways.
Logical Reasoning/ Data interpretation:
Logical reasoning checks the art of comprehension and deduction of the candidate. This section is considered to be the toughest section of CAT by many and it has no upper hand for the candidates from engineering background.
The data interpretation part of LR/ DI section deals with a lot of data given and needs fast calculation skills. The fast calculation is also a thing of practice and learning shortcuts. There are some tricks of Vedic mathematics which can help one do calculations easily.
One must remember that the questions in data interpretation mostly do not check your calculation skills but your ability to interpret a given data. The questions will be based on understanding of the data given rather than lengthy calculations.
Any competitive exam checks your ability to perform under pressure. For all sections of CAT, the key is to prepare with calm and a lot of practice. You need to develop the ability to solve a problem in a given time set. These skills can be developed by anyone irrespective of their educational background.