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How to Prepare for CAT in 5 Months: Study Plan and Strategy

For iQuanta First/Second batch and Third Batch students as well as those who are starting in July.

Note: The following strategy to be followed only if one wants to get a 99.5 +. Not for those who are aiming less.

After reading the CAT Study Plan For 5 Months, ask any query you have regarding CAT Journey, and iQuanta faculties will reply in the following Whatsapp Group.

TimeLine Breakup for those starting now (iQuanta CAT Last Batch)

  • Mid-June – June End: Make a Detailed List of Topics & Syllabus for CAT.
  • July – September: Clear your Concepts and apply them to different types of questions. Practice different questions from each topic and get comfortable with them. Prepare your cheat sheet – whatever new things you learn or wherever you tend to make errors.
  • September Mid: 60-70% of your syllabus will get over and at the same time we suggest you to start taking Mocks. Assess your strengths & weaknesses by analyzing your Mocks. We will tell you How to analyze Mocks in Detail after your First Mock. You can even opt for iQuanta’s iCAT Mock test series, which will start around June end or August.
  • September Mid – November Mid: From September onwards one should start revision and should dive into rigorous mock-taking. Students enrolled in the CAT 2024 Course will get free access to iQuanta’s Exclusive Crash Course (1.5 hours/day on weekdays and 5 hours/day on weekends or holidays) for 2 months. (The crash course is going to be a fast-paced revision of all the concepts taught in the CAT Full Course with new content. We will teach you shortcuts and point-to-point explanations which are based on crystal clear concepts taught in the course, helping you save those precious few extra seconds, thus giving you an edge over all your competitors.) During this time, students are also advised to solve Previous year’s Questions in parallel to their crash course.
  • Mid-November – CAT: Revise your cheat sheet and take a Mock every day.

Expert tip: Give one Mock every week and spend more time analyzing the mock than you spend on taking it. (One of the Most underestimated pieces of advice). -Strive to improve your performance after each Mock by identifying your weaknesses and practising questions on the topics you could not solve in your mocks. The agenda after every Mock is to identify one topic and ensure that you never get questions wrong on the same topic in the next Mock. This way you’ll be plugging in all your loopholes.

CAT study plan for 5 months!

Shorter approach: 1 set of material (softcopy/hardcopy) for practice + Take two standard mocks for analysis + 1 course for application, doubt clarification and concepts. Be consistent and motivated throughout.

CAT Hard Copy Details:

  • 12 Sets of CAT Material updated as per CAT 2023 Standards.
  • 5000+ Questions Topic-wise as well as Level-wise.

Quant: 5 Sets of Materials: 2350 Questions

  • Geometry: 350 + 100 Author’s Desk Questions
  • Modern Maths, Logs, Functions & Graphs : 250 + 100 Author’s Desk Questions
  • Number System: 250 + 100 Author’s Desk Question
  • Algebra: 350 + 150 Author’s Desk Questions
  • Arithmetic: 550 + 150 Author’s Desk Questions
  • Each Topic has bifurcated sub-topics having 50 Questions each 30 Easy-Moderate and 20 Moderate to Tough
  • 100 Author’s Desk Questions specially curated by Indra for each Topic

VARC : 3 Sets of Materials : 240 RC Sets + 200 VA : 1160 Questions

  • CAT VA – 1 book 4 topics – Parajumbles, Odd one out, Parasummary, Paracompletion (50 questions each)
  • CAT RC – 2 books – RC Book 1: 120 RC Sets from 8 Genre; RC book 2: 120 RC Sets from 8 Mixed-Genre

LRDI : 4 Sets of Materials : 2 LR & 2 DI Books : 440 LRDI Sets : 1760 Questions

  • Both LR books having 160 LRDI Sets
  • Both DI books having 120 LRDI Sets
  • Gift: 160 LRDI Sets & Puzzles of exact CAT 23 Level sets

Longer approach (Subject-Wise):

How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT in 5 Months

Quantitative aptitude is the most popular section of CAT. One is either confident in this section or scared of this section. There’s no third way. One thing non-engineers or anyone who gets intimidated by this section should note is that this is the easiest section to improve upon. There is a well-defined syllabus that covers a lot of topics that all of us have studied in Class 9th and 10th. Concepts used are the same but the application might differ in some topics like Numbers, PNC & Algebra. Quant is also the highest-scoring section of the CAT Exam. From this point, we have 5 Months; it is a sufficient amount of time to prepare well for this section, as this section is comparatively easier to improve.

One should begin with writing the complete quants syllabus in detail. Writing the syllabus in detail would give you an overview of the syllabus, which eventually would result in better planning. Initially one should go with any standard book, for eg CAT Hardcopy Material by iQuanta or IIM ABC CAT material by iQuanta or any coaching material you have or you can get.

Once you have cleared your basics of a particular topic, then you must start practising questions on it. In case of any doubts, you should ask and get it cleared by your mentors. One should not forget to make notes of any new things you learn during your lectures or practice.

Differentiating Factor: Non-Engineer’s Quant Conceptual Videos for CAT 2024
How to prepare for CAT in 6 months, Non-engineer's Conceptual Videos

For aspirants who have lost touch with Mathematics back in school or those who wish to freshen up their basic concepts, iQuanta has introduced Non-Engineers conceptual videos in the CAT 2024 Course, keeping in mind the increased difficulty of the CAT 2023 Quant section, which might be problematic for those who are weak in Math. One should make sure to cover these concepts before moving on to the advanced-level questions to strengthen your basics.

How to Prepare LRDI for CAT in 5 Months

The Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section in CAT is highly unpredictable. It tests the problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities of a student. In recent years, the LRDI difficulty level has increased. There is no definite syllabus or concept in LRDI. Hence you should rely on practicing 350-400 DILR sets from now till the CAT Exam. And you’ll be good to go. The LRDI section consists of a total of 20 questions to be solved in 40 minutes. All you need to crack the LRDI Section is familiarity with CAT-Type LRDI Sets. This means if you have solved 300-400 CAT-Type LRDI sets till CAT you will be able to solve at least 50% of the sets in CAT 2024. In CAT 23 if you could solve 2 out of 4 LRDI sets you could get 99%le+ and Solving just 1 set could give you around 90%le. So all you need to do is select the sets you can solve and solve them with patience. And to get that familiarity all you need is practice.

How to Prepare VARC for CAT in 5 Months

The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) section in CAT tests how well you can comprehend sentences, identify the tone of the passage, summarise and understand the structure and flow. The VARC section comprises of 24 questions which are to be completed in 40 minutes time.

Assuming that this year’s CAT exam will be of 2 hours, then there will be 16 RC-based questions in the CAT VARC Section, which constitutes 70% of the total VARC questions. This section is known to mainly test the comprehension abilities of the Candidate, not the vocabulary or the grammar. The first step towards comprehension is how you can retain what you have read. The best way to exercise your mind is to start reading articles from reputed newspapers and summarise them in your mind. You can start reading English newspapers like The Hindu or Economic Times, or online articles on Aeon or Al-daily to get used to reading long passages. But for your rescue, iQuanta has provided multiple Genre-wise articles from those sources from where CAT has been giving RCs in recent years with Summary. People who read a lot of novels or just like reading in general will have a head-start in this section, but with some dedicated reading practice, you can cover this gap in a few months.

Differentiating Factor: Engineer’s VARC for CAT 2024 by iQuanta
Engineer's VARC For CAT 2024

iQuanta Engineer’s VARC is the ultimate solution for students who are weak in CAT VARC. We are getting rid of all jargon and ambiguities that are often associated with the VARC section of CAT. We will teach you how to approach and answer VARC questions in logical and Analytical ways – the way CAT exam expects you to do.

The module offers the following elements:

  • Genre wise RC videos
  • Detailed VA videos with solution
  • Strategy videos
  • VARC Niche CAT Content
  • Videos on understanding tone, assumption & inferences

VARC was never a test of English Grammar. It was always about logically comprehending English. Through the Engineer’s VARC Module, we have focused on developing comprehension abilities in students who face problems in CAT’s VARC Section.

iQuanta CAT Last Batch Students Who Aced CAT in 5 Months

We can see lots of success stories that had something in common in their prep

  • Keep solving Questions from your materials and in case you have a doubt, post in iQuanta group. Somebody will help, if no one helps then tag me I’ll try to clear it.
  • Make a note of new things you learn. It helps a lot. And keep revising. Be regular this whole year.
  • Take two Mocks: SimCat & iQuanta mocks (iCAT) or iQuanta + Aimcat. They will start around June. And do analyse mocks. Till then try to cover all basics before you start taking Mocks. Simcat & iQuanta mocks were on the same level as CAT 2023.
  • In case you need offline coaching then checkout the results of nearby coaching centre and get the feedback from their students and then take your decision. Those whose basics are fine, do not waste time there.
  • In case you need online coaching ( preferable for working and college-going people due to time constraints), check out the results of online classes and get their feedback from toppers. If you want to know the art of solving and get your doubts cleared within a few minutes, then the iQuanta course is best suited. iQuanta classes are known for concept building, application and the art of solving, doubt clarification and are very much result-oriented.

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Q1. Will I be able to Crack CAT with 99%le if I start preparing now?

Yes, you just need to put in 10% extra effort consistently and that will be One-Quarter of extra effort than those who started in January.

Q2. Will I be able to finish the CAT syllabus before CAT with a good amount of Practice?

The classes of iQuanta are designed in a way that we cover all the concepts of CAT within 4 months including 70% of application & Practice only, which makes sure you are thorough with the concepts of CAT. In short, we will cover your entire CAT syllabus and still leave you with enough time to take enough Mocks and analyze them thoroughly.

Q3. Will I get revision time?

In the last 2 months we provide you with Rigorous Crash Course completely free for this batch students, where we will be solving daily 50-100 questions and will be enough for you to revise whole syllabus in 2 months.

Q4. Did people for the last batch of iQuanta get 99%les?

A resounding Yes. Many of those starting at this time from scratch got 99% and ended-up into Top IIMs. Most importantly: Try to solve question in CAT Preparation iQuanta or iQuanta Paid group, that too quickly, if possible try to be first one to solve. Make it a competitive environment. This has helped me get the speed when I was appearing for CAT 2015 and all my friends/ students who got phenomenal percentiles.

Note: We will start discussing topic-wise questions and strategies for CAT in the CAT Preparation group on Facebook. So you may add your friends preparing for CAT and tag them in this strategy post. For structured CAT Course, Application, 24×7 Doubt Clarification, you can join iQuanta CAT-24 Course.

Remember, Obsession beats talent.
Consistency beats ability.
Constant work beats skill.
Creation beats affirmation.

People say winners don’t do different things but do things differently, I say do it with more perseverance, dedication, and of course smartly – Indrajeet Singh

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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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