CUSAT CAT Preparation 2020: The Cochin University of Science and Technology Common Admission Test, CUSAT CAT, in short, is scheduled on 18th and 19th April 2020. CUSAT CAT is conducted to facilitate admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including UG engineering programs, in Cochin University of Science and Technology. Engineering aspirants appearing for this exam this year must ensure they spend the remaining time wisely to prepare for the exam.
CUSAT CAT is highly competitive and to secure admission through this exam, one needs to be very serious and methodical in their study. These last few days before the exam can have a major impact on your performance and hence, play a crucial role. Keeping this in mind, we have written this article on CUSAT CAT preparation. Read on to find out how to prepare for CUSAT CAT 2020.
CUSAT CAT Preparation 2020
Before getting into the details of CUSAT CAT preparation, let us understand the paper pattern for UG engineering admission.
CUSAT CAT for UG engineering has two papers. Paper 1 is for Mathematics and Paper 2 is for Physics and Chemistry. The number of questions and marking scheme of the exam are as under:
Papers |
No. of Questions/Maximum Marks |
Time Duration |
Paper 1 (Mathematics) | 125/375 |
3 hours |
Paper 2 (Physics and Chemistry) | 125/375 (Physics – 75, Chemistry – 50) |
3 hours |
Total | 250/750 |
6 hours |
Candidates must be absolutely thorough with the CUSAT CAT exam pattern. This is especially important to develop a proper strategy to attempt the exam.
Let us now see how to prepare for CUSAT CAT Maths, Physics, and Chemistry.
CUSAT CAT Preparation For Mathematics
Mathematics has the highest weightage in CUSAT CAT. To secure a good score in this paper, it is extremely important that candidates have a proper understanding of the theory behind every concept. Like any other subject, Mathematics too requires knowledge of the theories. Just memorizing the formulas alone is not enough to solve questions.
So, go through the whole CUSAT CAT Maths syllabus and brush up the concepts. Make sure you understand what the various concepts mean. Also, all the formulas should be at your fingertips. If you find any particular formula difficult to remember, practice them on a regular basis.
Side-by-side, you should solve CUSAT CAT Maths practice questions. Remember, Mathematics needs a lot of practice. The more you solve questions, the better your problem-solving ability gets. Your speed and accuracy increase.
Also, with practice, you will discover various shortcuts and tricks to solve questions. Since you have discovered them yourself, you will find it easier to remember and apply to solve questions.
Do not start off with any new chapter. If you haven’t practiced any chapter before, leave it. Better focus on whatever you have finished and practice diligently. Also, try to master Complex Numbers, 3D Geometry, Vectors, Trigonometry, and Calculus.
CUSAT CAT Preparation For Physics
Physics is a subject that needs, apart from conceptual knowledge and application skills, a lot of visualization. If you are able to visualize the various processes and concepts, it will be easier for you to memorize them. You will be able to solve problems quicker.
So, go through your Physics textbooks and see if you really understand the various concepts and are able to visualize them. Make diagrams, flowcharts, etc. whenever required to simplify complex processes. Also, practice the formulas and equations.
Go through the example problems. Then solve the most difficult questions and previous year questions from each chapter. Questions, where you made mistakes at some point, should also be solved. Refer to the formulas and example problems if you get stuck somewhere. Mark those questions and practice them multiple times later.
Focus on Wave Motion and Heat & Thermodynamics more.
CUSAT CAT Preparation For Chemistry
Chemistry in CUSAT CAT carries only 50 questions, i.e. the lowest number of questions in all three subjects. Many students find Chemistry difficult as there are too many chemical reactions, equations, formulas, laws, rules, etc. If you are one of them, note two things: (a) It is not at all necessary to remember and memorize all these chemical reactions and equations, (b) All you need to do is understand the theory behind the concepts and practice the important reactions. If you have done that, you don’t have to worry at all. Just solve practice questions for every chapter; also go through the examples religiously.
Physical Chemistry is quite easy if you have understood the concepts. Inorganic Chemistry needs regular practice. Otherwise, you will forget. So, allocate some time daily to study, practice, and revise Inorganic Chemistry. Focus more on d, f, s, and p-Block Elements. For Organic Chemistry, practice the important reactions on a regular basis.
All three sections need practice. Remember, unlike in Physics where you can visualize the various processes, it is not possible with Chemistry. So, study the theories carefully and practice diligently.
General CUSAT CAT Preparation Tips
Here are a few general CUSAT CAT preparation tips:
- Be thorough with CUSAT CAT exam pattern and CUSAT CAT syllabus.
- Create a timetable and allocate time on subjects based on your strengths and weaknesses.
- Do not start off with any new chapter at this point.
- For chapters you have completed, make sure you have proper knowledge of the concepts.
- Practice the formulas, reactions, equations, block diagrams, flowcharts, etc. on a regular basis, especially the ones that you find out difficult.
- Solve as many practice questions as possible – Solve previous year question as well as questions you find difficult, got incorrect at any point, and other challenging questions.
- Take CUSAT CAT mock tests and previous year tests as seriously as you would take the actual exam.
- Find out your mistakes and weaknesses after every test and work on them.
- Make sure you keep track of the time spent on every question as you practice and take tests and improve your time management.
- Learn how to choose the questions to answer while taking a test. The idea is to spend time only on those questions that you know for sure you will be able to answer.
- Revise on a regular basis.
So, now you have a proper idea about how you need to go about with your CUSAT CAT preparation during the time that you have.
CUSAT CAT Preparation: Practice Questions & Mock Tests
As almost all engineering entrance exams in India have more or less the same syllabus, solving JEE Main practice questions and taking JEE Main mock tests will help you in your CUSAT CAT preparation as well. In fact, if you have prepared for JEE Main properly, you will definitely do well in CUSAT CAT 2020. This is because JEE Main is more difficult than CUSAT CAT. In fact, having a proper preparation for JEE Main will help you in most of the other engineering entrance exams.
You can make use of the free resources that Embibe offers for JEE aspirants – practice questions and mock tests. The practice questions come with detailed solutions and real-time feedback on how you solved the questions and whether or not you need to improve on your speed, accuracy, or both.
The mock tests are exactly of the same level as the actual exam. You can also get detailed feedback on every test you take. However, for that, you need to unlock the Advanced Feedback Analysis. This can be unlocked with currencies called Embiums which you earn while practicing on Embibe.
We hope this detailed article on CUSAT CAT preparation helps you. If you have any particular question pertaining to this article on CUSAT CAT preparation, drop your queries below and we will get back to you at the earliest.
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