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 (Check out Time-Table for Working Professionals)
(2) At home mostly who are stuck 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 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 April onwards, you have roughly 210-215 days till 28th 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 3 hours CAT exam, with 34 Questions in Quant)
Numbers (4-5),(including indirect concepts in other topic questions)
Geometry and mensuration (6-7),
Modern maths [ PNC, Probability & Set Theories ] (3-4),
Arithmetic (10), TSD – (2-3)
Functions, Logs and inequalities (4-5)
Note : Even if it is a 2 hours exam, the weightage remains in the same proportion.
(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 is starting the New CAT 2021 Batch from April End, 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)
Numbers [1st May – 25th May]
(3-4 hours per day for 3-4 weeks (25 days) learning concepts and solving sums from past papers as well :
[26th May to 9th July]
- Arithmetic (3-4 hours per day for 45 daysFrom this point you can start taking Mocks along with your preparation, so that you get familiar to sitting for a 2-3 hour exam
[9th to 24th July]
- Modern Maths(3-4 hours per day for 16 days.)
[25th July to 26th August ]
- Algebra (3-4 hours per day) for 30 days
[27th August to 16th September]
- Geometry and Mensuration(3-4 hours per day ) for the next 21 days
[17th September to 30th September]
- Leftover topics (3-4 hours per day ) for 14 days 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 28th November]
Revise the whole CAT syllabus again with the fast-paced Crash course for 60 days prior to the main exam.
- Keep solving and practising 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)
- 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)
- Solve CAT Past papers : https://www.iquanta.in/test/cat-previous-papers
- You may join iQuanta CAT 2021 Course which is of immense help to develop concept and methodology to tackle CAT questions. Regular sessions by iQuanta till CAT will help you remain stuck to your plan and be regular which is the most important part of CAT Preparation : Consistency.
4. For more detailed CAT Overall Strategy: follow this link.
5. For detailed CAT Quant strategy : follow this link .
Para Jumbles and Odd one Out
RC and Verbal Area (Starting from 1st May-28th 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).
LRDI Area :
– 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]
- Mocks and Sectionals of iQuanta and any standard Test series.
- CAT Preparation Group/iQuanta Events.
- CAT Past papers (Most Imp for CAT) https://www.iquanta.in/test/cat-previous-papers.
- For detailed CAT LRDI Strategy, check this post :
- For video classes on LRDI, you may join iQuanta CAT classes .
Sectional Mocks (All the 3 Areas) : From June till November 28
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 July)
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 will start around June.
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.
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.
(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
12.00-01.00—Reading comprehension of 1-2 passages
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 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.