If you are a serious CAT aspirant , it's still possible to bell the CAT with high percentile in 5 months prep. I will help in designing the outline for your plan with the help of Facebook Cat Preparation Group and iQuanta such that you will be able to build your own strategies.
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.
So evaluate yourself, and then make a plan on these lines.
Considering you are working for 9 hours a day and 2 hours of travelling; 5 days a week, I have made a plan considering (9 A.M- 6 P.M ) as office time (shift your plan according to your timings)
You need to put at least 3 hours/Day in weekday and 10-12 hours /day in weekend.(Please change according to your requirement if you feel exhausted).
Plan is divided into 90 days of Study and 60 days of practicing and evaluating mocks. (90+60=150)
First I would recommend you to take at least 1 mock (say today) and do the thorough analysis. Pen down all your strengths and weakness and create your own Plan.
Following are the Important areas from each subject :
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)
By the way, these numbers may vary every year, so never keep pre concieved notions about the exam.
Chapter Wise Plan: (Starting from 1st June )
Numbers (1.5 hour/Day in weekdays and 5 hours/Day in weekends or holidays) for 12 days learning concepts and solving sums from past papers as well (1st June -12 June ).
Modern Maths (1.5 hour/D in weekday and 5 hours/D in weekends or holidays) for 12 days from (14 to 25 June )
Geometry and Mensuration (1.5 hour/D in weekday and 5 hours/D in weekends or holidays) for next 12 days (27 June - 8 June)
Algebra (1.5 hour/D in weekday and 5 hours/D in weekends or holidays) for next 12 day. (10 July - 21 July)
Arithmetic (1.5 hour/D in weekday and 5 hours/D in weekends or holidays) for 12 days ) (23rd July - 3rd Aug)
Functions Inequality/leftover chaps (1.5 hour/D in weekday and 5 hours/D in weekends or holidays) for 20 days (5th Aug- 16th Aug)
Revise Left over Chaps and practice(1.5 hour/D in weekday and 5 hours/D in weekends or holidays) for 12 days. (18th Aug - 29th Aug)
Click here for Books and TipsSuggestion 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. (Do it in your office time if possible)
Reading comprehension (1 hour/Day in weekday and 2.5 hours/Day in weekends or holidays) till (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 one topic (45 mins/D in weekday and 2 hours/D in weekends or holidays)).(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)
Click here for book and tips or follow Gmat Books.
FB Cat Prep Group/IQuanta Events.
Cat Past papers.
Enroll here for Verbal Prep
This area is generally needs lots of practice to get hands onto variety of sums.
Keep practicing one day LR and other day DI for (45 mins/D in weekday and 2 hours/D in weekends or holidays) (1st june - 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 1 mock per week till 30th september. Once you are done with syllabus; start giving 1 mock/3Days 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.
Now let me help you to create 1 day plan:
(Using same plan as mentioned above)
Note: (Study Time: (8PM-1.00AM), ( it may include all study related activities whether sessions or solving in group or solving your own materials)
8.00 AM-7.00 PM———Office time (Read articles/editorials in between and do vocab if possible)
8.00 P.M -9.30 P.M——-Number System —- (Quant chap)
9.30 P.M -10.00 P.M—– Break
10.30 P.M-11.30 P.M—–Reading comprehension of 2-3 passages
11.30 P.M-12.15 A.M—–Verbal
12.15 A.M-1.00 A.M ——LR/DI
8.00-9.00 AM—Read editorials or newspaper and do Vocab as well.
12.00-01.00—Reading comprehension of 1-2 passages
04.00-05.30— Reading comprehension (1-2) passage
08.00-10.00— Verbal Area (SC,CR,PJ,PC)
01.30-03.00—FB group — (Cat preparation)/ iQuanta Events
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. 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 complete 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 to a bit above CAT level (Third batch starting in June). 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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