If you are preparing for CAT 2022, you must know time management tricks to prepare for CAT exam in three months only! Get 90-day CAT plan here.
By Deekshant Sehrawat
Three months before CAT exam is perhaps the most decisive phase of your preparation. The most important thing to keep in mind is that just like any game, sport or race, the result gets decided in the final stages and a lot can change during the last quarter of CAT preparation 2022. With August month almost over, now is the right time to start assessing CAT exam preparation level to make the strategy for next three months. Whether you are ahead or behind in your cat preparation, making the best use of this remaining period will finally decide how well you perform in the CAT exam.
With this perspective firmly planted in your mind, you should try and make a consistent daily/weekly effort across various CAT sections as per the following indicative plan. It is important to realize and accept that there is no single plan that will work equally well for every individual. Hence, it is crucial that your CAT preparation plan adapts to your individual needs. The following is just a roadmap, with an inbuilt flexibility at each step to allow you to adapt it to your own specific needs.
How to Prepare for CAT 2022 in Three Month
CAT 2022 is scheduled for November 27. So, now is the time to make a CAT preparation strategy on the basis of hours. So, make a daily-plan dedicating certain hours to each section/topic of the exam & know how to prepare for CAT exam in three months.
With an average of three hours of effort per day, apart from your college classes/job/CAT coaching classes, etc. you will have have around 350 hours of CAT preparation in the las three months. How you invest these 350 hours will have a decisive impact on your chances of success.
CAT Preparation in 3 Months: CAT Mock Tests
Out of these 350 hours, roughly 100 hours should be spent in practicing CAT mock tests. While 15 mocks (1 per week) will mean only 45 hours, at least an equal amount of time has to be invested in analyzing these full-length mock tests and then working upon the areas that need improvement.
This leaves you with around 250 hours out of which you will invest a certain amount of time on every section of CAT (QA, VRC, DILR). The first thing to do would be to divide this in such a manner that you allot maximum time to the sections you are weak at and minimum time on sections which are your strength. Why? Simply because it will ensure a better return on invested time. Putting in more where the scope of improvement is more is analogous to investing more in a stock that is likely to appreciate more. The fundamentals of investment remain fairly similar to that in any other asset class.
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How Many Hours to Study for CAT Preparation 2022?
If you feel this time frame is too less overall, you will need to put in more hours daily. So, four-hours daily for instance, would mean your total investment will move up to roughly 450 hours, and subtracting the 100 hours for CAT mock tests and their analyses, it would leave you with 350 hours for practice at the section/topic-wise levels. In such a case you could look at investing somewhere between 100 to 140 hours for each section of CAT exam, depending upon how strong/weak you are in them currently.
However, to ensure balance, even your strongest section should not get less than 70 hours (roughly 30 per cent) out of the 250 hours we talked about. The weakest one should not get more than 100 hours (roughly 40 per cent). This ensures that your investment is sufficiently diversified and hence, relatively balanced and safe.
Within each section too, more time should go into a studying and practicing topics that you are weak in and less into topics that you are already strong in. Why? Simply because you should be practicing all questions starting from the simplest ones and moving on to tougher ones in a topic that you are weak in; whereas a topic in which you are relatively stronger, you need to practice only tougher questions.
For any given level of ability and preparation, how well you adapt the CAT preparation plan and invest your time according to your own specific needs will get you far better CAT result.
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Deekshant Sehrawat is a man of many facets. An IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta alumnus Deekshant, is the founder of a popular MBA coaching institute. Deekshant is also a lyricist and has co-written a number of songs with Dr. Palash Sen, lead singer of hindi rock band Euphoria.
Last three months of CAT exam preparation should be all about capitalizing on what you learnt in the earlier months. In other words, it is time to practice sample papers and mock tests. During the last three months of CAT preparation 2022, make sure you solve at least 25-30 full length mock tests. This will not only prepare you for the actual exam but will also instill confidence in you. Shiksha has compiled some CAT questions for candidates to practice. Check them below.
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