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How many studying hours are required everyday to crack the highly competitive B-school exams like CAT, XAT, IIFT?

How many studying hours are required everyday to crack the highly competitive B-school exams like CAT, XAT, IIFT?

Parth Shekhar, MBA Aspirant asked 10 months ago

Some say studying every day for even an hour is helpful, while some say at least 4 hours is a must. Everyone has their own pace to follow. But what is that one crucial or a common thing which every aspirant should follow?
How can one realise that x number of hours is enough to study every day?

2 Answers
Chirag Shukla, MBA Aspirant
answered 9 months ago

I can’t represent every aspirant under the sun, but I strictly believe that the number of hours is immaterial. 
Some days, I sit for 2 hours and some days for 3.5-4 hours. This is because I set targets, and I attempt to meet them in as little time as possible. Therefore when you say everyone has their own pace, you’re absolutely right. I think setting targets is much better than setting a specific number of hours. This is because:

  1. Knowing how fickle we all are, sticking to timelines without getting distracted or feeling sleepy (working professionals know what I mean) is highly unlikely. 
  2. Productivity increases. Once you set a target, the number of hours becomes immaterial, and you feel good about your own preparation once it is on track. 

This is what I believe should be the approach.

Parth Shekhar, MBA Aspirant

replied 9 months ago

Indeed, setting targets is much better than setting specific study hours! Thank you.

Hi Parth, 
I would say that the one most important thing is to keep increasing the amount of time spent preparing every day. CAT is all about practice and being in the right frame of mind. So even if you are busy as of now and are able to devote an hour per day, ensure that it goes up to 2 hours per day and then 4 hours by the time CAT approaches. It is crucial that you peak at the right time. It is never advisable to study a lot in the early days, and then slow down as D-Day approaches. The total number of hours that you have put in for CAT matters much lesser than how your graph of effort versus time looks.
As a thumb rule, I would say that try to study at least 2-3 hours per day on weekdays in the last 2 months before CAT. And ensure that weekends involve mock tests and their analysis.
All the best!

Member, InsideIIM Student Team 4 | PGP - IIM Calcutta, 2019

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