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4 Months Planner and Strategy CAT 2023: Non Working aspirants

There are 3 types of non-working aspirants:

(1)  College-Going aspirants whose online classes follow a strict schedule. (Mostly 9 am to 4 pm: They need to follow same time-table as Working Professionals (Check out Time-Table for Working Professionals)

(2) College going but with no classes (with 1Lakh fees/year)

(3) Those who lost their job due to Covid or working at home with leisure.

Below time-table is for ii) & iii). First type can follow the working plan.
Note: The plan is strictly for serious aspirants aiming for 99+ in CAT.
First, you need to evaluate how you can achieve 99%ile. There are two ways –

1) You are damn good in two of the sections, for example, QA & VA, QA & LRDI, or VA & LRDi, while average at the third

One example of a Past CAT score of an iQuanta student :

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 97.5%ile+ in all the three sections will land you close to 99%ile overall. And 99%ile in all three sections will land you more than 99.7+%ile overall.

So evaluate yourself, and then make a plan on these lines.

Considering that you start your preparation from the last week of August onwards, you have roughly 120 days till 26th November.

Basically, you need to put in extra effort to reach your goal because those having working experience have a bit of an edge over non-working people and for that, you have got more time than working people to compensate.

You need to put at least  6-7 hours /day (along with the any Classes you follow like iQuanta CAT Full Course. (Please change according to your requirement if you feel exhausted)

First, I would recommend you to make a list of al the topics that come in CAT with their weightage. Pen down all your strengths and weaknesses.

Following are the Important areas from each subject : 

1. Quant chapters:

Approx number of Questions asked : (Considering 2 hours CAT exam)

=> Arithmetic ( 8-9 Questions)
=> Algebra ( 5-6 Questions)
=> Geometry (5-6 Questions)
Other important topics:
=> Numbers ( 1-3 question but this topic is going to be your base for all other topics, some concept that you’ll learn in this topic will help you not only in Quant but some DI sets as well)
=> Series, logs ,P and C (3-4) Question)
=> Miscellaneous (1-2 Questions)

(Considering you want to complete your portion in this order only; change if you wish to)

Chapter Wise Plan: (Starting from 1st May)

As iQuanta has started the CAT 2023 Last Batch from July , so it will be useful for those who are enrolled too as well as to those who are starting the preparation around this time. (If you want to be a part of this course, you can enroll for Brahmastra CAT Full Course at www.iQuanta.in)

Chapter Wise Plan: (Starting from 1st August)

[1st August to 7th August]

  • Numbers
    3 to 4 hours daily for concepts and solving sums from past papers as well

[8th August to 6th September]

  • Arithmetic & TSD
    (3-4 hours daily for 28 days) From this point you can start taking Mocks along with your preparation, so that you get familiar to sitting for a 2-3 hour exam

[7th September to 21st September]

  • Algebra
    3-4 hours daily for next 15 days

[22nd September to 28th September]

  • Modern Maths
    3 hours daily for next 7 days

[29th September to 12th October ]

  • Geometry
    3-4 hours  for 14 days

[13th to 31st October]

  • Leftover chapters
    3-4 hours daily for 18 days (3-4 hours per day ) for  Revise leftover topics and practice[iQuanta Course is desgined in a way that your whole syllabus will get covered by August End, while one month is adjusted for your Practice and Solidification of Concepts]
  • Crash Course [1st October to 26th November]
  • Revise and practice above topics
    3-4 hours for 20 days)

[1st till 20th November]

  • Keep solving and practicing questions on CAT Preparation-iQuanta Group daily and whenever you see the questions, because solving randomly prepares you better than solving them chapter wise for a competitive exam. (Most Important)

Source:

  1. From any standard material, you have in hand, along with iQuanta Sessions. Follow CAT Preparation Group posts/Events. Try to attempt questions there and ask doubts in case. (Most important)

So CAT Aspirants for getting a 99.5+ percentile :

I think per day you should at least do : (these are apart from iQuanta CAT classes)

30-50 Quant Questions,
3 LRDI Sets
3 RC Sets
10-20 VA

Even in case if you are not able to follow it every day, its completely fine, But then make sure you do 300 QA Questions per Week , 20 LRDI Sets & 20 RC sets Per week (apart from iQuanta classes).

For that Sources can be:

■ iQuanta Gift Material for self study, Application classes, assignments in Dashboard (jaha videos hn)
Past CAT Papers
IIM ABC Batch Questions (those haven’t bought it may buy it now) :
CAT Free Resources like QA, VARC, LRDI, Reading Articles
Past CAT QA Video Solutions
120 CAT QA Videos

■ Any hardcopy or soft copy material you have (but with iQuanta course won’t need, only if you are non iQuanta)
You can take any of the above sources to solve.

Doubts : For any doubt you get from these sources or iQuanta sessions just post in iQuanta group (CAT Group if not a student)
(And if iQuanta student, post in iQuanta Doubts Group) and we will try resolving them.

Post this just make sure from July till CAT you are taking a minimum of 30 CAT Mocks. (iCAT Mocks)

If you wish to join iQuanta CAT Last Batch, you can join here
If looking for other CAT & MBA Courses, click here

Read about Top B-Schools

If you follow it strictly, You can be 99% sure to get a 99+ Percentile !!

Verbal Area:

Reading comprehension

Critical Reasoning

Para Jumbles and Odd one Out

Paragraph Summary

RC and Verbal Area (Starting from 1st August-26th Nov): 

  • Keep a daily practice of reading for at least 30 mins. Basically, read some editorials and also try to summarise from what you read.
  • Reading comprehension (2 hours daily).  Start with at least 3 passages per day then increase to 4-5 passages once you gain Accuracy. Likewise, till November you will be able to complete almost 300+ 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. Generally, one should keep 2 days for each topic above).

Source :

From any standard material, you have in hand, along with iQuanta Sessions. Follow CAT Preparation Group posts/Events. Try to attempt questions there and ask doubts in case. (Most important)

So CAT Aspirants for getting a 99.5+ percentile :

I think per day you should at least do : (these are apart from iQuanta CAT classes)

30-50 Quant Questions,
3 LRDI Sets
3 RC Sets
10-20 VA

Even in case if you are not able to follow it every day, its completely fine, But then make sure you do 300 QA Questions per Week , 20 LRDI Sets & 20 RC sets Per week (apart from iQuanta classes).

For that Sources can be:

■ iQuanta Gift Material for self study, Application classes, assignments in Dashboard (jaha videos hn)
Past CAT Papers
IIM ABC Batch Questions (those haven’t bought it may buy it now) :
CAT Free Resources like QA, VARC, LRDI, Reading Articles
Past CAT RC Video Solutions

■ Any hardcopy or soft copy material you have (but with iQuanta course won’t need, only if you are non iQuanta)
You can take any of the above sources to solve.

Doubts : For any doubt you get from these sources or iQuanta sessions just post in iQuanta group (CAT Group if not a student)
(And if iQuanta student, post in iQuanta Doubts Group) and we will try resolving them.

Post this just make sure from July till CAT you are taking a minimum of 30 CAT Mocks. (iCAT Mocks)

If you wish to join iQuanta CAT Last Batch, you can join here
If looking for other CAT & MBA Courses, click here

Read about Top B-Schools

LRDI Area :

Many aspirants consider Logical Reasoning as the toughest part in CAT examination. Logical Reasoning questions usually come with 3/4 bits. A paragraph is given with full of information followed by 4 questions. You have to read the information thoroughly and apply your logic for answering these questions. The first and most important step in solving an LR problem is to write down all of the information given in a box, table or diagram. For example, if the problem involves seating arrangements at a round table, always draw the table first and then try various permutations and combinations of people seated around it. Once you have drawn the figure for the problem, you are free to think with a clear mind. LR problems usually contain several statements which serve as clues to solving the given questions. Thus, the problem should always be attempted in a methodical manner, and solved step-by-step, because trying to look at all the information at once will confuse even the best of us.

All you need for cracking LRDI is the familiarity over CAT Type LRDI Sets. Means if you have solved 300-400 CAT Type LRDI sets till CAT you will be able to solve at least 50% of the total LRDI sets in the exam.

And how much you can get by solving 4/8 LRDI sets in CAT exam ? 99 %le, in few extreme cases eg CAT 17, solving 3 Sets out of 8 could give you a 99 %le.
So all you need to do is select the sets you can solve and solve them. And to get that familiarity all you need is practice.

– This area generally needs lots of practice to get hands onto a variety of sums.
– Keep practicing LR DI 2 hours/Day [till 20th November]

Source :

  1. From any standard material, you have in hand, along with iQuanta Sessions. Follow CAT Preparation Group posts/Events. Try to attempt questions there and ask doubts in case. (Most important)

    So CAT Aspirants for getting a 99.5+ percentile :

    I think per day you should at least do : (these are apart from iQuanta CAT classes)

    30-50 Quant Questions,
    3 LRDI Sets
    3 RC Sets
    10-20 VA

    Even in case if you are not able to follow it every day, its completely fine, But then make sure you do 300 QA Questions per Week , 20 LRDI Sets & 20 RC sets Per week (apart from iQuanta classes).

    For that Sources can be:

    ■ iQuanta Gift Material for self study, Application classes, assignments in Dashboard (jaha videos hn)
    Past CAT Papers
    IIM ABC Batch Questions (those haven’t bought it may buy it now) :
    CAT Free Resources like QA, VARC, LRDI, Reading Articles
    Past CAT LRDI Video Solutions
    100 LRDI Playlist to solve 
    ■ Any hardcopy or soft copy material you have (but with iQuanta course won’t need, only if you are non iQuanta)
    You can take any of the above sources to solve.

    Doubts : For any doubt you get from these sources or iQuanta sessions just post in iQuanta group (CAT Group if not a student)
    (And if iQuanta student, post in iQuanta Doubts Group) and we will try resolving them.

    Post this just make sure from July till CAT you are taking a minimum of 30 CAT Mocks. (iCAT Mocks)

    If you wish to join iQuanta CAT Last Batch, you can join here
    If looking for other CAT & MBA Courses, click here

    Read about Top B-Schools

    If you follow it strictly, You can be 99% sure to get a 99+ Percentile !!

Sectional Mocks (All the 3 Areas) : From August till November 26

Daily take one sectional mock either of QA, LRDI or VARC, which can be from any standard source 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. You may increase the number if you are free that day, at least one sectional is a must per day. (if that day isn’t your Mock day)

Full Mocks : (Starting from August)

Take at least 1 mock per week until August 31st. From September take 2 mocks per week.
Once you are done with syllabus; start giving weekly 3 Mocks. (you can do that even now if your syllabus isn’t completed). Take as many mocks as you can.
You can even opt for iQuanta iCAT Mock test series, which has already started.

Followed by Mock, analyse the paper, with your weak areas and then focus on your weak areas accordingly.

iQuanta will soon update the best way to analyse your mocks this month. Stay tuned. 

Note :

1) Try to solve questions in CAT Preparation-iQuanta, and iQuanta paid doubts group, whenever you see a question, that too fast, if possible try to be the first one to solve. Make it a competitive environment. This has helped all my 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 or iQuanta Paid doubts group.

Now let me help you to create 1-day plan :
(Disclaimer: considering one can study 6-7 hours with breaks in between)

Now let me help you to create 1-day plan (Demo)

8.30-9.00 AM—Read editorials or newspaper
09.00-11.30—Quant
11.30-12.00—Break
12.00-01.00—Reading comprehension of 1-2 passages
01.00-01.30—Lunch time
01.30-04.00—Quant Practice
04.00-05.30— Reading comprehension (1-2) passage
05.30-06.00—Break
06.00-08.00— Solve LR/DI sets
08.00-9.30— Verbal Area (SC,CR,PJ,PC)
9.30-10.00 – Break
10.00 P.M to 12.00A.M — iQuanta Classes: Weekly 2 days either of QA/LRDI/VARC (so 2+2+2= 6 days a week)
12.30 am – Enjoy (talk with your girlfriends/boyfriends, or find someone on iQuanta Group :p)

On Weekdays : Include one sectionals daily
On weekends : Include Mocks (frequency as mentioned above)

Disclaimer:

This is the rough plan; one can definitely change or shift timings according to one’s weakness and strengths. I would like to say that do not consider it as foolproof, 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 with yourself and not with others. Every time you take mock ensure you improve and do not take  mocks unless thorough analysis of the previous mock is complete. Give time and definitely, you will see some progress. Keep developing shortcuts which can help you in the exam to save time. Join iQuanta Courses for tricks/ shortcuts and Conceptual understanding which is starting in April End.  It starts from basics and reaches to a bit above CAT level .
Try experimenting with your mock paper say for ex. Try using elimination method while answering or using shortcuts 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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Indrajeet Singh
Indrajeet Singh
The mastermind behind IQuanta, Indrajeet Singh is an expert in Quant and has devised some ingenious formulae and shortcuts to significantly cut down on the time taken to solve a problem

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