CAT Preparation in 3 Months - Know How to Prepare for CAT Exam in 90 Days

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 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

CAT preparation in 3 months

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.

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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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FAQs on CAT Preparation 2022

Q: What is CAT 2022 exam date?

A: CAT 2022 exam date isNovember 27, 2022. The exam will be held in three shift. CAT registration process 2022 started on August 3 and will conclude on September 14. Candidates can fill the CAT form at the iimcat.ac.in website. 

Q: How can I prepare for CAT exam by self study?

A: To prepare for CAT exam by self-study, the candidate needs to have strong will power and discipline. First of all, go through the CAT syllabus to know your strengths and weaknesses. Next, get hold of books, study material and mock tests. Then, make a daily time-table and a preparation plan, and follow in religiously. Alter your plan with time according to your progress. Also Read: CAT Preparation - Coaching vs Self-Study

Q: How can I prepare for CAT in three months?

A: With only three months in hand for CAT preparation, the main thing to do is make a daily-plan dedicating certain hours to each section/topic of the exam. As our expert suggests above, with an average of three hours of effort per day, you have around 350 hours of preparation. Out of 350 hours, spend 100 hours roughly on practicing CAT mock tests. 

Q: For how many hours should I study to crack CAT 2022?

A: You should study for at least four to six hours every day to crack CAT exam with good percentile. The study hours should include understanding topics, making notes, practicing sample questions and making assessment of daily progress.

Q: What is the CAT syllabus and exam pattern?

A: CAT syllabus includes three subjects – Verbal Ability & Read Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). The latest CAT pattern includes a total number 66 questions. The VARC section has 24 questions, DILR section has 20 questions and QA section has 22 questions. The questions are in MCQ and non-MCQ formats and the mode of exam is Computer Based Test.

Q: Will there be any change in CAT pattern 2022?

A: Since the CAT exam pattern was revised last year due to COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that it will be revised again. However, of the COVID-19 situation improves, the pattern may be reverted to old format.

Q: What is the marking pattern of CAT exam?

A: Total marks of CAT exam is 198. For each correct answer, candidates get three marks and for each wrong attempt minus one mark is deducted. There is no deduction of marks in case of wrong attempt of non-MCQs and questions left unattempted.

Q: How much time is allotted to each section of CAT exam?

A: Each section of CAT exam is allotted 40 minutes. PWD candidates get additional 13 minutes in each section. In CAT 2022, the sectional time limit will be same as CAT 2021. 

Q: Can I use a calculator in CAT exam?

A: Yes, candidates can use calculator in CAT exam but only the onscreen calculator available on their computer screens. Candidates cannot carry personal calculator or any electronic item into the CAT exam hall.

Q: What is the usual difficulty level of CAT exam?

A: The CAT exam is usually of moderate to high difficulty level. It is more difficult that the rest of MBA entrance exams in India. Also, the question paper of one exam slot is usually more difficult than other.

Q: What should be my approach to avoid negative marking in CAT exam?

A: To avoid negative marking in CAT exam, candidates must ensure they choose the questions correctly. It is not mandatory to answer all the questions, thus choose to answer only those which you can solve accurately. In each section of CAT, first aim sectional cut off, after that attempt more questions if time permits, but don’t mark a question answer of which you are not sure about.

 

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I'm a working RN in NHS UK aspiring to do MBA from IIM/FMS. I am starting my preparation for CAT 2023, so where can I start?

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Vikas Shetty

Beginner-Level 3

2 days ago

Start immediately in any renowned institution.

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How do I improve my quant score for the CAT in 1.5 months?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 days ago

The Quantitative Aptitude section is one of the most scoring and tricky sections in the CAT. You can follow the given expert tips to improve your score in this section:1. Learn to do mental calculations to solve questions with the minimum amount of calculation. 2. Memorize all important tables, s...The Quantitative Aptitude section is one of the most scoring and tricky sections in the CAT. You can follow the given expert tips to improve your score in this section:
1. Learn to do mental calculations to solve questions with the minimum amount of calculation.
2. Memorize all important tables, square roots, and cube roots to do faster calculations.
3. Create some unconventional methods to arrive at answers in less time. This is possible in the percentage, ratio, and Number System topics.
4. Make a list of recurring question types in the quant section to practice such questions more.
5. To improve your score in the quant section, you must analyze areas in which you are scoring less.
6. You need to focus on the conceptual clarity of such topics where you are not scoring well.
7. You can learn some tips and tricks from YouTube and guides to solve time-consuming types of questions.
8. It would be better if you were able to create your own methods to solve questions and perform well in the exam.
9. Read all questions quickly and begin with the easiest before progressing to the more difficult ones.
10. Fix a time limit for attempting each question and practice as much as you can in the limited time you have.

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Dinu Dennis

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Covering all important topics of the CAT syllabus. Practising CAT 2022 Mock Tests and sample papers. Attempting the previous CAT question papers.

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What are some of the important tricks used for solving the quant section of the CAT exam?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 days ago

The Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT can be very scoring if you have command over the basics and have practiced well. Some of the important expert's tricks used for solving the quant section of the CAT exam are as follows:1. There are around 22 questions from Algebra Trigonometry measurem...The Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT can be very scoring if you have command over the basics and have practiced well. Some of the important expert's tricks used for solving the quant section of the CAT exam are as follows:
1. There are around 22 questions from Algebra Trigonometry measurement, and modern mathematics in this section. With conceptual clarity in mind, you need to practice these sections as much as you can.
2. Learn the skill of solving questions with a minimal level of calculation. It will come with practice but will eventually save precious time.
3. Try to use tricks to solve multiplication and division questions in a short time.
4. Memorize important tables, square roots, and cube roots for faster calculation.
5. Create some unconventional methods to solve ratio and percentage problems in less time.
6. Make your own tricks in this section for better recall in the exam.
7. While solving questions in the CAT paper, start with easy and well-practiced problems.
8. Fix a time limit for every question so that you can focus on solving all questions instead of worrying about one difficult problem.

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Rashad Abul Hasan

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

CAT 2022 Tricks for Quant by 99 PercentileBegin with solving the basic questions and gradually move to the difficult questions. Firstly, focus on clearing the concepts. Practice as many mock tests as possible to know the weaker sections. Buy study material to learn the tips and tricks to solve th...CAT 2022 Tricks for Quant by 99 Percentile
Begin with solving the basic questions and gradually move to the difficult questions. Firstly, focus on clearing the concepts. Practice as many mock tests as possible to know the weaker sections. Buy study material to learn the tips and tricks to solve the questions.

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How did you improve your VARC CAT scores?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 days ago

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section of the CAT paper is usually the first section. It requires the most time due to the lengthy RC passage. Some expert tips to improve your VARC CAT score are as follows:1. Establish a habit of reading editorials regularly, which will help you i...The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section of the CAT paper is usually the first section. It requires the most time due to the lengthy RC passage. Some expert tips to improve your VARC CAT score are as follows:
1. Establish a habit of reading editorials regularly, which will help you improve your reading speed.
2. Focus on the key words while reading the passage.
3. Improve your vocabulary with newspaper and nonfiction book reading.
4. Instead of solving passages that come first on paper, develop the habit of scanning passages and selecting based on familiarity.
5. Learn about time management during the mock test practice. You should balance the time you are allotting to each type of question in the VARC section. You can learn detailed strategy for preparing this section at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cat-exam-preparation.

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Dinu Dennis

Beginner-Level 5

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Expand Vocabulary and Improve Grammar: Actively practise and learn new words on a daily basis. VARC preparation for CAT focuses on your skills to understand, read and respond quickly to vocabulary based questions.

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Can I score a 90 percentile in the CAT with one month of preparation?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

3 days ago

Yes, you can score a 90 percentile in the CAT with one month of preparation and the right approach. To achieve this, you need to dedicate at least 10 hours to studying and maintaining a proper strategy. You can follow these guidelines suggested by toppers:1. Start with the quant section and focus...Yes, you can score a 90 percentile in the CAT with one month of preparation and the right approach. To achieve this, you need to dedicate at least 10 hours to studying and maintaining a proper strategy. You can follow these guidelines suggested by toppers:
1. Start with the quant section and focus more on the practice of this section. If you improved your accuracy in this section, you can attempt questions in which you are confident.
2. Divide your time table in such a manner that you can allot two hours to each section.
3. For the reading comprehension section, regularly summarize the editorials in a time-bound manner.
4. At this time, focus more on practicing mocks and analyzing reasoning questions.
5. Focus on quality over quantity. It is preferable to focus on five topics rather than a general idea of ten.
6. Following each mock analysis in which you can improve your score in a short period of time.
7. Practice like a real exam situation every alternate day. You can get more such tips that can suit you as per your strength at this Shiksha page: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/cat-preparation-tips-for-last-30-days-blogId-25047.

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Irshad Khan

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Yes, there are many previous toppers who have cracked CAT exams with 1 month of preparation. If you prepare sincerely with hard-work and have sheer determination then you can crack CAT with 90+ percentile. All the sections in CAT are equally.

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Can I do MBA with any entrance exams like CAT or GMAT in SPJIMR?

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Aditya Dhanraj Singh pate

Contributor-Level 6

4 days ago

At the S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), admission to the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme is solely based on merit. There is no management quota at our company. An applicant is evaluated based on his or her profile, meeting the required GMAT or CAT s...At the S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), admission to the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme is solely based on merit. There is no management quota at our company. An applicant is evaluated based on his or her profile, meeting the required GMAT or CAT scores, and the interview procedure. All the candidates who have been shortlisted are in direct contact with SPJIMR. Under no circumstances shall SPJIMR appoint a middleman (whether a person or a group) to contact any applicant with claims of confirmed admission, whether in exchange for a payment or not. We advise you not to engage in such transactions if you or your parents receive offers from middlemen.

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I am expecting 25 %ile in CAT 2022. Is it enough to get any college for PGDM?

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pradeep kumar

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Please write about the college name for better response. However, the CAT percentile 25 is not enough for PGDM admission. This should be above 80 percentiles.

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Ravleen kaur

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6 days ago

Hello, CAT 2022 will have a blend of MCQ and non-MCQ questions. The MCQ questions will have 4 options while the non-MCQ answers will have to be typed. According to the expected CAT exam pattern, there will be 48 MCQs and 18 non-MCQ-type questions in CAT 2022. Thank you.

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Is NMAT easier than CAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

6 days ago

Yes, the NMAT is easier than the CAT exam. This is due to the following reasons:1. There is no negative marking in the NMAT unlike one-third negative marking for wrong answers in the CAT. 2. You can do guess marking in a last-minute rush and get three marks even if only one choice is right. 3. NM...Yes, the NMAT is easier than the CAT exam. This is due to the following reasons:
1. There is no negative marking in the NMAT unlike one-third negative marking for wrong answers in the CAT.
2. You can do guess marking in a last-minute rush and get three marks even if only one choice is right.
3. NMAT allows you to schedule the order of sections during the test. This makes it easier to attempt the sections for which you are well prepared.
4. According to the updated pattern, the CAT has only 66 questions, compared to the NMAT's 108 questions, but the level of difficulty is higher.
5. The CAT is a concept-based exam where you need to understand each question, and therefore, you need accuracy as well as speed in this exam.
6. The competition in the NMAT is less than that in the CAT. As most MBA aspirants aim for IIM.

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Rashad Abul Hasan

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Yes, the difficulty level of CAT is higher than NMAT. Infact, CAT is considered the toughest MBA entrance exam in India.

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What is the difficulty level of the NMAT exam? Is the mathematics section easy compared to that of the CAT?

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

6 days ago

The NMAT exam is conducted for admission to NMIMS University and other reputed business schools. With an NMAT score, you can gain admission to MBA programs in other countries as well. The difficulty level of the NMAT exam is mostly moderate. This is due to the fact that there is no negative marki...The NMAT exam is conducted for admission to NMIMS University and other reputed business schools. With an NMAT score, you can gain admission to MBA programs in other countries as well. The difficulty level of the NMAT exam is mostly moderate. This is due to the fact that there is no negative marking in the NMAT. Also, NMAT allows candidates to schedule the order of all three sections during the exam. This makes it easier to decide in what order they want the questions. Due to no negative marking, you can click on any guessed answer during the last few minutes of an unattended question. You can get three marks even if only one is correct. In terms of the level of questioning, it has a more limited syllabus than the CAT which has five sections. The question's difficulty level is moderate in most sections. It is comparable to the CAT exam in terms of the mathematics section. In recent years, the CAT has had some tough questions in the quant section, but sometimes the NMAT also features challenging questions in this section. Finally, NMAT gives you three test attempts during the test cycle, making it easier to crack compared to other exams like CAT.

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Dinu Dennis

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

As compared to CAT XAT and other such MBA exams, NMAT is easier; but it is not the easiest to crack. The reason being: time!

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