How to prepare for CAT exam 2016

Cat exam is just around the corner (4th Dec 2016) and now only elixir or a proper route layout can help you to meet your goal. Living in 21st century and not being a part of harry potter …It is difficult to get an elixir but yes a proper layout for the same can be provided.  It might be a bitter pill but  certainly this can work out.

You should ideally practice

Quant : 4 weekdays + 1 weekend day a week (2 + 8 hrs a day) – 16 hrs / week
Data Interpretation : twice a week (3 hrs a day) – 6 hrs / week
Logical Reasoning : twice a week (3 hrs a day) – 6 hrs / week
Verbal Ability : 4 days a week (2 hrs a day) – 8 hrs / week
Reading Comprehension : twice a week (2 hrs a day) – 4 hrs / week
Reading Ability : everyday (1 hr a day) – 7 hrs / weekMocks and its Analysis : once every two weeks (6 hrs a day) – 3 hrs / week

Total time : 50 hrs / week. (12 hrs on weekends and 5 hrs on weekdays)

Quant:

There are approximately 20 topics in Quant. We’ll prepare timetable accordingly. Considering 5 days (4+1) a week for Quant.

Number System : 10 days (Weeks 1 and 2)Averages : 2 days (Week 3)

Percentages : 2 days (Week 3)Profit and Loss : 1 days (Week 3)

Simple and Compound Interest : 1 day (Week 4)

Ratio and Proportion : 2 days (Week 4)

Time and Work : 3 days ( Weeks 4 and 5)

Time, Speed and Distance : 4 days (Week 5)

Geometry : 10 days (Weeks 6 and 7)

Trigonometry and Mensuration : 5 days (Week 8)

Linear and Quadratic Equations, and Inequalities : 7 days (Weeks 9 and 10)

Logarithms : 3 days (Week 10)

Surds and Indices : 3 days (Week 11)

Progressions : 5 days (Weeks 11 and 12)

Functions : 2 days (Week 12)

Set Theory : 4 days (Week 13)

Permutations and Combinations : 6 days (Weeks 13 and 14)

Probability : 5 days (Week 15)

Don’t solve all questions on these topics. Just do enough to understand the concepts. Ensure that you don’t miss any sub-topic.

Data Interpretation:

There are approximately 6 topics on DI. We’ll prepare time table accordingly. Considering 2 days a week for DI.

Tables : 4 days (Weeks 1 and 2)

Column and Bar Graphs : 4 days (Weeks 3 and 4)

Line charts : 4 days (Weeks 5 and 6)

Pie charts : 4 days (Weeks 7 and 8)

Combination graphs : 8 days (Weeks 9,10,11 and 12)

Data Sufficiency : 6 days (Weeks 13,14 and 15)

Try to mix things up in DI. Else it will get boring. Make sure that you time yourself while preparing for DI. It is essential.

Logical Reasoning:

There are approximately 7–8 topics on LR. We’ll prepare time table accordingly. Considering 2 days a week for LR.

Arrangements (Linear, Circular and Matrix) : 8 days (Weeks 1–4)

Venn Diagram : 4 days (Weeks 5 and 6)

Cubes : 4 days (Weeks 7 and 8)

Blood Relations : 3 days (Weeks 9 and 10)

Family Tree : 3 days (Weeks 10 and 11)

Puzzles : 6 days (Weeks 12-14)

Verbal Ability:

Verbal Ability is less about topics and more about reading. The more you read, the more you are comfortable with Verbal. Last year, almost 20–25 questions were on Reading Comprehension plus a few more on Para Jumbles and Para Completion. So, your focus should be primarily towards reading. And reading quality stuff. Not Chetan Bhagat masala novels (No offence!).

Considering 4 days a week for Verbal.

Basic Grammar and Usage : 16 days (Weeks 1–4)

Sentence Correction : 16 days (Weeks 5–8)(Use Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction)

Para Completion and Para Jumbles : 12 days (Weeks 9–11)

Critical Reasoning : 16 days (Weeks 12–15) (Use Manhattan GMAT Critical Reasoning)

Reading Comprehension:

Try to do 4–5 RC together, followed by analysis whenever you practice RCs. Also, time yourself when you do it.

This should be done at least twice a week and till November. There is only one mantra for success in RC : read and practice.

Reading:

Start reading The Hindu every day (only pages 1,8, 10 and 15). Make it a habit to read good novels. This is the one of the safest ways to improve your verbal as well as building your personality for an interview or otherwise.

 

All the best for the same, Hope you do well 🙂

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