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How to avoid confusion while choosing subjects?

A lot of students choose wrong subjects easily. You can take a smart move and avoid picking a wrong subject

Confusion paves way to explorations, undoubtedly. So don’t be afraid to be confused. And while you are bewildered in making a decision on what subjects to choose, coherence of few things can make your task easy. Its is an inevitable circumstance which every student faces in school and college days. And it is genuine in every context as what you are choosing today will be deciding what all courses you can opt while selecting a college for graduation. You have to stop apprehending first of all, and turn to people who can guide you. 

A lot of students choose wrong subjects easily. You can take a smart move and avoid picking a wrong subject just because:

Your friends are opting the subjects- their decision is for them not for you.

You feel homework is less in some subjects- it will change for sure

You like the teacher or teacher thinks you are a good student - teacher may change

You think something is a boys or girls subject? There’s no such thing in existence.Don’t let stereotypes become a hindrance in your process of finalising what you want to choose and what not as a subject. 

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How to avoid choosing a wrong subject?

Here are a few questions which you must ask yourself before deciding which subjects you should choose. Give it a look:  

  • How do you like to learn? 
  • What subjects do you enjoy?
  • What subjects are you good at?
  • Where could they take you?
  • What do others think you’re good at?

It fine to have a vague idea or no idea of what direction you want to take your career to-pertains initially in everyone’s mind. So with a rational approach and keep a few things in mind which will keep your options open. It just means that keep your options broad by picking up subjects  which are coined as ‘facilitating subjects’. Like Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, English, Geography and Languages. As all these are preferred more often than any other subjects for jobs and courses.

Role of career advisers ?

Nowadays, all the schools have career counselors to clarify career related doubts. So go and get their advice. As they will fill you with information you might be lacking hold on. You can also ask them questions like different routes that you can take after school. This is a place where you can get information, advice and guidance under the same roof. 

Depending on your comfort level you can have a group session with an adviser or a one-to-one session and can have your parents too in the discussion. 

Few insights which might be useful to you!

As everyone is aware that a few years back, there was nothing like social media, online banking. So neither the fields nor the jobs they created. 

And with passing time technology will get enhanced and advanced, so will be the prospects from it. It is of no amusement if, you are thinking yourself working in robotic communication or nanotechnology etc. 

Looking at the climate changes, awareness about environment will increase and it will lead to more jobs in this trait. Even, there is a good scope of job creation in waste management due to an increase in demand for power, food, and housing. Social work sectors are already growing and will keep happening in the future too. 

So keep in mind what skills you have, what are your interests and what skill sod you have.

And the nutshell is, explore all the career options, get advice on them from friends, guardian.Keep in mind to do what you want to do! Not what someone else feels you should do.Do not sit and imagine, try to make use of all available resources to explore career options from attending job fairs, events to speaking to an adviser. Make use of all the available opportunities to explore your career options such as attending careers fairs, events and speaking to an adviser

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Conquering CAT 2019 exam

Get the right materials and study in a systematic manner
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor


The next big question is how to prepare for CAT exam. It is one of the most common questions by those aiming to crack this tough nut. Despite knowing the pattern and syllabus, students get confused about how to strategize their preparation in order to make the most of it. The time for preparation has just started and you can still catch up if you follow a systematic strategy.

Caching centers provide tailor-made section-wise preparation material and if you do not go for coaching classes, there are ample question banks and study materials by expert authors available online as well as offline. With technology, you can interact with the experts and fellow CAT aspirants in various social media platforms and exchange study materials and sample papers.


Let us check how to start with preparations for CAT 2019:

The exam pattern and syllabus: It is crucial for you to cover the syllabus and clear the basics. Normally, the syllabus for all four topics cover Class 10th and 11th level NCERT books, but the questions are a bit complicated and require logical thinking. The best way to comprehend and complete the syllabus is to make a plan and work accordingly.  The four topics to cover are:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Data Interpretation
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

This year also, you may not have the liberty to choose the order of the section. The order of the sections is:

  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

QA: Use the reverse strategy for this, take mock tests, try to solve with timer, and later check it from the solutions available.

DI& LR: Focus on being familiar with multipurpose forms of data representation like pie chart, bar chart, line graph and complex combinations of these. Later, evaluate your preparation via mock.

VARC: Focus only on those questions where comprehending the content is a central requirement like Para-jumbles, RCs, etc.

Time Management: The crux to complete the exam within time depends on how a student plan and practice for it. Make a strategic preparation plan to tackle the test. Try this, in the first round, select the questions that you are sure about and can sove withoutt wasting time . In round two, choose queestions that are an oppurtunity for you, whereas in round three, pick questions that you think you can solve but are time consumongand answer all the NOn MCQs becuase they do not have anynegative marking.  

Recommended books: Making the correct choice of subject wise CAT preparation books is the first step in your CAT preparation journey.

Section-1: Best Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT - Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - Ajay Singh
  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis

Section-2: Best Books for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT - Arun Sharma
  • How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT - Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT - Nishit K. Sinha

Section-3: Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT - Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT -  Sarvesh K Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude - R.S. Aggarwal

Preparation tips:

  • Read thoroughly the syllabus.
  • Find out your strong and weak areas in all the three sections.
  • Gather the best books and study material.
  • Work on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly.
  • Take as many Mocks during your CAT preparation online and do the analysis of each Mock.
  • If you are weak in VARC, reading different articles and novels, conversing in English and even watching English TV series will be helpful.
  • Data Interpretation (DI) is considered a bit time consuming. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.
  • You should equip with continuous sitting for more than 3 hours without break and remain confident right from the day one during your preparation journey.

There is no substitute of self study; in CAT exam preparation as it does not require any coaching until and unless you are stuck. Experts recommend that you should start your preparation through self study and later make it a mix of CAT self study as well as help from coaching to avoid wastage of time.

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