CAT Preparation Tips for Last 30 Days: Go for Exam Focused Strategy

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Updated on Oct 26, 2022 12:14 IST

CAT 2022 exam is just a month away. Here are some key CAT preparation tips for last 30 days that can help you optimise your performance in the exam.

CAT preparation 2022 enters the most crucial phase from today. CAT exam is held in the last week of November so by October, candidates must complete the syllabus and in the last 30 days before the CAT exam, they need to mould their CAT preparation to include mock tests, their analysis and revising important topics and concepts. The last month of CAT preparation should be extremely focussed and exam centric. Focus on the CAT pattern and types of questions. Practice CAT mock tests like you are appearing for the exam.

Since CAT is a speed test and has sectional time-limit too, it is extremely important that in the last one month, candidates further strengthen their strong areas, while at the same time dedicate a few hours on topics which are still the pain points. It is also the time to lay emphasis on the physical aspect of CAT exam preparation. CAT 2022 will be held on November 27. Let's take a look at last month preparation tips for CAT 2022.

CAT 2022: Last Month Preparation Tips

While each candidate is different and so is their approach towards the exam preparation, these are a few basic tips you can try to improve your CAT 2022 exam preparation in the last month.

Build stamina for a two-hour marathon

CAT exam is a two-hour test without any break. CAT is not only a test of the candidate's skills but also mental and physical stamina. The sequence of CAT exam is VARC–DILR–Quantitative Aptitude, which means the most calculation intensive section of the exam will appear at last. Thus, candidates need to be mentally alert from beginning to the end. There is no scope of laxity.

Those, who are attempting CAT 2022 for the second time, may be aware of the pressure the mind and body goes through, but for the first timers, it will be a new experience. In order to not run out of steam at any point of time during the CAT exam, candidates must practice full CAT mock tests and sectional mock tests in this last one month. Since, a mock test is a replica of the actual exam, candidates will get good practice of handling the pressure of the two-hour long exam.

Most toppers say that the key to success is CAT mock tests. So, attempt as many mock tests as you can in this last month of CAT preparation and assess your performance with each attempt. But don'r over do it. Once you start getting consistent results, reduce the number and frequency of mock tests. Focus on filling the gaps.

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Take break from studies

Do not study for longer hours in this phase of CAT preparation. You might feel, you are not studying for enough hours but remember- quality matters not quantity. Take adequate breaks, indulge in your favourite sport, go for a walk, watch movies and read books to refresh your mind.

Take mock tests at the same time as your CAT 2022 slot

CAT 2022 will be held in three slots - from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, this year. The CAT admit card is issued to candidates a month before the exam so the candidates know the exam slot they've been allotted in advance. Attempt at least three to four mock tests in the time duration same as your CAT exam slot. Follow the same routine for two to three days as you intent to follow on the exam day. This will help you in getting your mind and body aligned to the CAT exam day events thereby performing up to your full potential.

Number of mocks to attempt in the last month before CAT 2022:

Percentile score in CAT mocks

Strategy

Consistent score below 90 percentile

At least 3-5 mock tests, work on basics, revision and build exam day strategy

Consistent score between 90-95 percentile

At least 5-8 mock tests, analyse performance, revise concepts, build exam day strategy

Consistent score above 95 percentile

At least 10 mock tests, revise concepts and build exam day strategy

Do not leave any topic

Keep aside 15 days for revision of section-wise topics of CAT exam. Do not ignore any topic on the basis of previous years' question papers as CAT is known for springing surprises in the exam. Also, topic-wise weightage of questions in the exam is not consistent. You may encounter more than expected number of questions on topic skipped. Do not take such chance.

CAT 2022: Topic-wise preparation in the last month

MBA expert, Ravi Handa suggests the following plan for last month preparation of CAT 2022:

  • Attempt two Reading Comprehension passages daily
  • Attempt two Data Interpretation sets daily
  • Attempt two Logical Reasoning sets daily
  • Attempt 10-15 questions on Number System / Modern Math on alternate days
  • Attempt 10-15 questions on Parajumbles / Critical Reasoning / Verbal Ability on alternate days
  • Attempt 10-15 questions on Geometry / Algebra / Arithmetic on alternate days

Try these last month CAT preparation tips and see the difference. All the best!

CAT Topper Tips

To score well in the CAT exam, the candidates must learn from the experience of previous years' toppers. Check below, interviews of previous years' CAT toppers:

CAT Toppers

CAT Topper Interviews

Chirag Gupta

CAT 2021, 100 percentile

I started preparing in March 2021. I focused mainly on giving mock tests and analysing them. I used to work on my weaknesses by watching various CAT preparation YouTube videos on various topics.

Read: Chirag's full interview

Bir Anmol Singh
CAT 2021, 99.94 percentile 

I started preparing in April 2021. I solved Arun Sharma sir's CAT books for VARC, LR, DI and Quant. I attempted as many past year CAT questions papers (timed attempt) that I could attempt, on weekends. I used to analyse my shortcomings to improve further.

Read: Bir Anmol's full interview

Sagar Sengar

CAT 2021, 99.48 percentile 

I started preparing around the end of June this year and went into the full-throttle mode by end of August. My overall strategy was to first complete the theory end to end and then practice different kinds of problems across all the sections.

Read: Sagar's full interview

Ved Vineet

CAT 2021, 99.40 percentile

It is not at all important to join a coaching institute for CAT preparation. You just need to prepare in a disciplined manner.

Read: Ved's full interview

Sareen Shah
CAT 2021, 99.35 percentile 

Don't delay your prep. Start as early as possible. Solve as many questions as you can. Understand RCs and DILR sets properly. Quality over Quantity should be your aim.

Read: Sareen's full interview

Kshitiz Singhal

CAT 2020, 99.99 percentile

My suggestion for the aspirants is to work on your fundamentals, speed and accuracy. 

Read: Kshitiz’s full interview

Ekansh Agarwal

CAT 2020, 99.98 percentile

I would say that mock tests are the most important part of CAT preparation. Attempt as many mock tests as possible.

Read: Ekansh’s full interview

Naval Mittal

CAT 2020, 99.97 percentile

Solve as many types of questions you can from each section. Secondly, focus on your accuracy.

Read: Naval’s full interview

Swarnadeep Ghosh

CAT 2020, 99.92 percentile

Attempt all kinds of mock tests, difficult and easy. Maximize your strengths and do not stress about the weaker areas.

Read: Swarnadeep’s full interview

Sabyasachi Mishra

CAT 2020, 99.90 percentile

Focus more on concepts more than the mock tests. I would say that mocks do not matter much. What you learn from the mock tests is what matters.

Read: Sabyasachi’s full interview

Ravi Prinshu

CAT 2020, 99.78 percentile

Be self-disciplined and take mock tests regularly and decide your preparation strategy accordingly by identifying your strengths and weaknesses.

Read: Ravi’s full interview

Aruneet Dutta

CAT 2020, 99.52 percentile

You have to decide your own preparation and test-taking strategy through trial and error method. You are the best person to decide which preparation method works best for you. 

Read: Aruneet’s full interview

Deepanshu Arora

CAT 2020, 99.49 percentile

Take as many mock tests as possible and analyse your performance. This would improve your exposure to the various question types.

Read: Deepanshu’s full interview

Gahana Agarwal

CAT 2020, 99.30 percentile

It is necessary to keep yourself motivated by any means possible through the entire preparation phase and not to let mocks scores and percentiles affect your mindset.

Read:: Gahana’s full interview

Arijit Kumar

CAT 2020, 99.10 percentile

Work on your strengths. Refer to the CAT preparation books like Arun Sharma and take ample mock tests and practice varieties of question types.

Read:: Arjit’s full interview

Somansh Chordia

CAT 2019, 100 percentile

It’s good and important to compare your performance with others as essentially it’s a competitive exam but one should not get demoralised or overconfident.

Read: Somansh’s full interview

Rishi Mittal

CAT 2019, 100 percentile

I would say that while preparing for CAT be honest to yourself and prioritise CAT results over everything.

Read: Rishi’s full interview

Saathwik Kolluru

CAT 2019, 99.99 percentile

Prepare a good strategy for every type of question (VA/RC/DI/LR/QA) and stick to that on D-day. 

Read: Saathwik’s full interview

Rahul Manglik

CAT 2019, 99.99 percentile

Play your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Regular practice and a lot of mocks can help achieve your goals.

Read: Rahul’s full interview

Karan Goyal

CAT 2019, 99.95 percentile

My suggestion would be giving a couple of mock tests to understand your strengths and weaknesses and then work on them accordingly.

Read: Karan’s full interview

Ankit Desai

CAT 2021, 99.91 percentile

Whenever you start your preparations, it is necessary that you start early and daily at least solve one topic or a section.

Read: Ankit’s full interview

Romik Banerjee

CAT 2019, 99.87 percentile

Be relentless, that's what worked for me. A lot of dedication and practice coupled with a bit of luck is what takes you a long way.

Read: Romik’s full interview

Srishti Banzal

CAT 2019, 99.86 percentile

Definitely start before August as otherwise there is very little time to complete the entire syllabus.

Read: Srishti’s full interview

Ronit Banerjea

CAT 2019, 99.80 percentile

I attempted around 18-20 CAT mock tests. Constant college commitments made it difficult to attempt as many as I would like, although the number I gave allowed me enough room to hit upon a reasonable exam strategy.

Read: Ronit’s full interview

Karal Maheshwari

CAT 2019, 99.03 percentile

You need to ace at least two sections to touch the 99 percentile mark. Do not compare your preparation, your marks with anyone. 

Read: Karal’s full interview

 

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

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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

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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
Fill in the blanks
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

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

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