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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Which are the MBA colleges for me? I have 74 %ile in CAT.

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HITISH KUMAR SAHOO

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

Indian institute of Management in short Iims are the most renowned colleges for MBA after clearing CAT. Among all the Iims ABC are the best A-Ahmedabad, B- Bangalore, C- Calcutta.

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What is the CAT 2022 cut off for PGDM program in Madras School of Economics?

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Khunchang Phukon

Beginner-Level 5

5 days ago

Cut off will be around 160 out of 300.

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Can you give CAT 2023 syllabus pattern and guides for reference?

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Neha Negi

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Each of the three sections of the CAT exam has a different weightage. CAT syllabus is based on the exam pattern introduced by IIM Ahmedabad. Prioritise your sections based on your strengths and weaknesses. VARC includes reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and grammar. Quant section includes ...Each of the three sections of the CAT exam has a different weightage. CAT syllabus is based on the exam pattern introduced by IIM Ahmedabad. Prioritise your sections based on your strengths and weaknesses. VARC includes reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and grammar. Quant section includes class 9 - 10 level Maths topics such as Number System Geometry, Mensuration Algebra and Arithmetic. DILR section contains Sets based on Number series, Graphs, Data Sufficiency, and common reasoning concepts. The following topics should be considered as they are frequently asked in the CAT exam:
Syllabus
Topics
Weightage
Verbal Ability
Questions like Para jumbles, Summary Based, Sentence exclusion. Questions - 8 to 10
Reading Comprehension
RC passages
Almost 16 questions in the VARC section are based on RCs. Quantitative Ability
Number System, Algebra Geometry, Arithmetic, Mensuration. Arithmetic and Algebra dominate the section, with nearly 8 questions from each area. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Seating Arrangement, DI-based reasoning, Grid-Based DI, Graphs. Tables, Data Caselets
An almost equal number of Sets are from DI and LR. Detailed Section-wise Syllabus
A detailed view of the CAT 2023 syllabus is illustrated below:
VARC Section
VARC is the first section to be solved in the exam. It has two subparts: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Take a look at the key topics of this section:
VARC Syllabus
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Para Completion and inference
Verbal Logic
Verbal Reasoning
Subject-verb agreement
Para Jumbles
Sentence completion
Foreign language words used in English
Different usage of the same word
Grammar
Reading Comprehension
Idioms
Syllogisms
Analogies
Antonyms
Jumbled paragraphs
Sentence correction
One word substitution
Parts of speech
Preposition
Types of Clauses
Phrases Modifiers
Errors in tenses
Articles usage
DILR Section
The second section is DILR and is to be attempted after the VARC section. It is further subdivided into two parts: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Below are some of the important topics of DILR:
DILR Syllabus
Blood Relations
Clocks and Calendars
Syllogism
Series
Statements
Venn Diagram
Proposition
Data Arrangement
Data Structures
Direction Sense
Family Tree
Tables
Coding-Decoding
Binary Logic
Pie Charts
Assumptions
Seating Arrangement.

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I am 28, I gave MBA entrance this year but was unable to score good marks. Should I worry about age if I decide to try next year?

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Shivam Sagar

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If you genuinely want to get into some reputed B school, then you should definitely give it a Shot without worrying at what your age is. Moreover, you can try other MBA entrance exams this year, including CMAT Tissnet's Last date has been extended. You can go for these Exams too & target dece...If you genuinely want to get into some reputed B school, then you should definitely give it a Shot without worrying at what your age is. Moreover, you can try other MBA entrance exams this year, including CMAT Tissnet's Last date has been extended. You can go for these Exams too & target decent colleges like BIMTECH, NIBM, etc.

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Which colleges accept low CAT score?

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Tanushree Malik

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Few colleges that accept low CAT score are:Jagannath international management school (JIMS)Delhi school of business (DSB)Doon bechne school DehradunNew Delhi institute of management (NDIM)Indian business school HyderabadIILM greater NoidaAsian business school NoidaIILM Gurgaon and DelhiI hope thi...Few colleges that accept low CAT score are:
Jagannath international management school (JIMS)
Delhi school of business (DSB)
Doon bechne school Dehradun
New Delhi institute of management (NDIM)
Indian business school Hyderabad
IILM greater Noida
Asian business school Noida
IILM Gurgaon and Delhi
I hope this helps!
Cheers.

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Rohit Kamat

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Every year Hiraba B.Ed College admissions are conducted for the students on the basis of cut off declared by Hiraba B.Ed College. At Shiksha. Com you can find Hiraba B.Ed College 2023 cut offs, for all 1 courses offered by the college. Cut off data available on Shiksha will help you to apply for ...Every year Hiraba B.Ed College admissions are conducted for the students on the basis of cut off declared by Hiraba B.Ed College. At Shiksha. Com you can find Hiraba B.Ed College 2023 cut offs, for all 1 courses offered by the college. Cut off data available on Shiksha will help you to apply for B.Ed courses in Hiraba B.Ed College, Ahmedabad.

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Which are the good MBA colleges in Delhi NCR with 73 CAT percentile?

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Sakshi Masade

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a week ago

Their are many MBA colleges in Delhi, the best being
IIT Delhi
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Faculty of management studies.

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Can I get shortlisted within 20 IIM or IIT's with 91.2 percentile in CAT?

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

2 weeks ago

IIMs are difficult to get on the asked CAT percentile, however, chances for IIT ISM Dhanbad can be developed.

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I had scored 84 percentile in CAT 2022 and I think I will be scoring really less in XAT. Can I expect call from XISS for GDPI?

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Vishakha Gupta

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Dear, do not panic because there is always a way to reach your aim. The cutoff of the CAT was 98 - 100 percentile for the top college. You can expect the college like IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Shillong.

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Does the minimum fees given on the website for IIMs get reduced with the CAT score or is the fees given is for management seats?

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Contributor-Level 6

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The fees of IIMs don't reduce based on the CAT score as the CAT score is only an admission criterion. There are other scholarships in IIMs depending on the family income of the child.

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I have scored 84 percentile in CAT exam 2023 and I think I will be getting really less marks in CAT. Can I expect a call from XISS?

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Nikhil chorghe

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If your score is high in XAT then you can expect call from XISS.

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