Comprehensive Time Table For Non Working Professionals To Crack CAT 2016
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There are three types of non-working aspirants
i) College Going who follow college schedule strictly : mostly 9 am to 4 pm: They need to follow working time table only: Time table for Working Professional
ii) At home mostly
iii) College going but they study for CAT even in college or can manage to be at home with low attendance.
Below time table is for ii) and iii)
Note: The plan is strictly for serious aspirants aiming 99 + in CAT.
Now first, you need to evaluate yourself on how you can achieve 99, and there are two ways.
1) You are damn good at two of the sections, like QA and LRDI, OR VA and LRDI, OR QA and VA, while average at the third one.
One example of CAT 15 :
QA : 99.7
LrDi : 99.9
VA : 88
Overall : 99.68 (IIM C)
2) You are equally good at all the three sections QA, LRDI and VA. (Balanced Prep)
With 97%le each in all the three sections will land you close to 99%le overall. And 99 in all three sections will land you more than 99.6 + overall.
Considering that you are starting with your preparation from 1st June onward, roughly you have 150 days till September 30, assuming CAT will be on Oct/Nov.
Basically you need to put an extra effort to reach your goal because those having working experience have a bit of edge over non-working.
You need to put at least 9-10 hours /day.(Please change according to your requirement if you feel exhausted).
Firstly I would like to recommend you to take 2 mocks of different level say today and tomorrow and do the thorough analysis of the same (take 1 day minimum for Analysis). Without analysis there is no use of taking Mocks.
Pen down all your strengths and weakness and start with your preparation.
Following are the Important areas from each subject :
1. Quant chapters:
Approx number of Questions asked; Numbers (6-7), Geometry and mensuration (7-8),
Modern maths (6-7), Algebra (4-5), Arithmetic (5-6), Functions and inequalities (4-5)
(Considering you want to complete your portion in this order only; change if you wish to)
Chapter Wise Plan: (Starting from 1st June )
Numbers: 3 to 4 hours daily for 12 days learning concepts and solving sums from past papers as well (1st June-12 June ).
Modern Maths: 2 hours daily for 15 days from (1st to 15th June)
Geometry and Mensuration: 3-4 hours daily for next 15 days (13 June – 27 june)
Algebra: 2 hours daily for next 12 days. (29 June – 10th july)
Arithmetic: 3-4 hours for 12 days. ( 12th July – 23rd July)
Functions Inequality/leftover chaps: 3-4 hours daily for 15 days (25th July – 8th August)
Revise and practice above topics 3-4 hours for 12 days) (10th Aug – 21st Aug)=>Keep solving and practicing questions on CAT Preparation Group daily and whenever you see the questions (Most Important)
Click here for Books and Tips Suggestion from past Cat toppers : Follow CAT Preparation Group posts/Events. Try to attempt questions there and ask doubts in case.
Solve Cat Past papers. ( you may find them on google or in the file section of group)
Follow I Quanta articles for add on help (www.iquanta.in).
You may join I Quanta Quant Course which is of immense help to develop concept and methodology to tackle CAT questions.
Enroll here for Quant Concepts
Para Jumbles and Para Completions.
RC and Verbal Area: (Starting from 1st June )
Keep daily practice of reading for at least 30 mins, basically read some editorials and also try to summarize from what you read.
Reading comprehension: 2 hours daily (1st June -30 September daily ). Start with at least 3 passages per day than increase to 4-5 passages once you gain Accuracy.
Likewise till September you will be able to complete almost 500 passages).
Here quantity is not important, quality is, focusing that you gain at least 90% Accuracy.
Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Para jumbles and Para completions. (It’s up to you how to do it,
One generally should keep 2 days for each topic above. (1st June – 30th september)
Vocab: There are free sites and apps available in market for vocab. Learn 20 words at least and revise them every week. (Do it in your office time if possible)
This area is generally needs lots of practice to get hands onto variety of sums.
Keep practicing one day LR and other day DI: 2 hours daily(1st April – 30th september )
Any coaching institute material.
Papers from institute or mock papers from other coaching class or practice test available for free on net/group.
Cat Past papers (Most Imp for cat)
Enroll here for LRDI Prep
Sectional Mocks: (All the 3 Areas)
There are coaching institute which provide sectional test/ mocks; also there are some sectional mocks which are readily available on net as well.
Get hold of that for sure. Why? because you need to test yourself on topic wise as well once you are done with your study to get little confident and to ensure you have covered all the areas.
Give 2-3 sectional tests on weekends after you complete your topics.
Take at least 2 mocks per week till 30th september. Once you are done with syllabus; start taking mock every alternate Day till CAT.
1) Try to solve questions in CAT Preparation Group, whenever you see a question, that too fast, if possible try to be first one to solve. Make it a competitive environment. This has helped me get the speed and all my friends/ students who got phenomenal percentiles this year.
2) Keep solving Questions from your materials and in case you get doubt, post in CAT Preparation group. Somebody will help, if no one helps then tag me I’ll try to clear it.
Let me help you to create 1 day plan:
(Disclaimer considering one can study 9-10 hours with breaks in between)
Day 1 (Using same plan as mentioned above)
Start with reading editorials or newspaper for 30 mins and vocab for next 30 mins
12.30-01.30—Reading comprehension of 1-2 passage
06.00-07.00—Reading comprehension (1-2) passage
10.00-12.00—Verbal Area (SC, CR, PJ, PC)
12.30-01.30—FB group — (Cat preparation)
You can keep the notification of FB group on, to solve any question being posted randomly, Solving randomly helps more than solving topic wise.
This is the rough plan; one can definitely change according to one’s weakness and strengths. I would like to say that do not consider it full proof, it only helps you to drive your plan. The aim here is not to complete the portion but to have thorough conceptual knowledge. Considering the number of hours I mentioned can definitely change as per your wish but ensure that you cover the syllabus in defined period only. Please compete yourself within and not with others. Every time you take mock ensure you improve and do not take mocks unless thorough analysis of previous mock is complete. Give time and definitely you will see some progress. Keep developing shortcuts which can help you in exam to save time. Join IQuanta course for tricks/ shortcuts and understanding. It start from basics and goes up to a bit above CAT level. Try experimenting with your mock paper say for ex. Try using elimination method while answering or using shortcut to see how much time is saved.
Work hard as much as you can. Work Hard Now to Enjoy Later !!
All the best.
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