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CAT 2020 Planner and Strategy : Non Working aspirants

There are 4 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 (Watch out for the Time-Table for Working Professionals)
(2) At home mostly who are struck in containment zone, like these two iQuanta fellows:
(3) College going but with no classes (with 1Lakh fees/year)
(4) Those who lost their job due to Corona or working at home with leisure.
Below time-table is for ii), iii) & iv) , 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 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)

97%ile in each of the three sections will land you close to 99%ile overall. And 99%ile in all three sections will land you more than 99.6%ile overall.

Considering that you start your preparation from 2nd July onwards, you have roughly 110-115 days till 20th November.

Basically, you need to put an 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.

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 levels, say today and tomorrow, and do a 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 weaknesses and start with your preparation.

Following are the important areas from each subject: 

1. Quant chapters:

Approx number of Questions asked :

Numbers (4-5),(including indirect concepts in other topic questions)

Geometry and mensuration (7-8),

Modern maths (4-5),

Algebra (7-8),

Arithmetic (10), TSD – (2-3)

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 August)

  • Numbers [1st August to 14th August]

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

  • Arithmetic [15th August to 6th September]
    (3-4 hours daily for 21 days)
  • Algebra [7th September to 21st September]

(3-4 hours daily for next 15 days)

  • Modern Maths [22nd September to 28th September]

(3 hours daily for next 7 days)

  • Geometry [29th September to 12th October ]

(3-4 hours  for 14 days)

  • Leftover chapters [13th to 31st October]

(3-4 hours daily for 18 days)

  • 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)


  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)
  2. Solve CAT Past papers :
  3. You may join iQuanta Quant Course which is of immense help to develop concept and methodology to tackle CAT questions. Regular sessions by iQuanta till CAT will help you be sticked to your plan and be regular which is the most important part of CAT Preparation : Regularity.

Verbal Area:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Sentence Corrections
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Para Jumbles and Para Completions.

RC and Verbal Area (Starting from 1st August-29th 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 :
    1. Mocks and Sectionals of iQuanta and any standard Test series.
    2. CAT Preparation Group/iQuanta Events.
    3. CAT Past papers (
    4. For an extra edge help you may join iQuanta Verbal Course

LRDI Area :

This area generally needs lots of practice to get a variety of sums.

Keep practising one day LR and other day DI: 2 hours daily(1st Aug – 29th Nov)

Source :

  1. Mocks and Sectionals of iQuanta and any standard Test series.
  2. CAT Preparation Group/iQuanta Events.
  3. CAT Past papers (Most Imp for CAT)
  4. For video classes on LRDI, you may join iQuanta LRDI classes till CAT.

Sectional Mocks (All the 3 Areas) : From August 1 till November 29

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 must per day. (if that day isnt your Mock day)

Full Mocks :
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 is completed) Take as many mocks you can.
You can even opt for iQuanta iCAT Mock test series, first two mocks are free.
Total 15 Full Mocks + 30 sectionals + 20 Non CAT Mocks, Details :

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 9-10 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
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
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)


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. 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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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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