CAT 2021 Preparation Time Table - A large number of management aspirants aim to pursue the MBA course from the Indian Institute of management. For that they need to not only crack but also score a high percentile in the Common Admission Test. Hence, once the candidate has focussed his eye on the IIMs, then the next big steps should be to draw a clear cut preparation strategy which will enable him to achieve his goal.
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Get UpdatesHence in order to have a smooth journey, CAT 2021 preparation time table will play a pivotal role. This aspect is essential as one must remember that the right preparation strategy will pave the way for cracking CAT exam with ease. With an aim to be successful in the long run, what is needed is consistent hard work. CAT is likely to be conducted in the last week of November and the notification for the same will be out in July. Read the full article to know about the CAT 2021 preparation time table.
The ability and capability of each individual varies. Therefore before drawing the CAT 2021 preparation time table, one should be able to assess what are their pluses and minuses. How much time they are likely to take to complete the CAT 2021 syllabus and also be well versed with the exam pattern of CAT 2021. Accordingly they can divide the time that they need to devote for each section. The CAT 2021 preparation time table should be both realistic and the targets should be achievable.
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A sincere, consistent and desiccated preparation for CAT 2021 would require six months of time. A little bit of alteration can be done in the time table for CAT 2021 depending upon the self- assessment. However, the individual must mentally assess for him or herself as to how much of time they would require for an effective CAT preparation. To accomplish the targets, the individual can break the six months as follows:
May-July
August-September
October-November
Candidates who will appear for the CAT 2021 must begin their preparation for the exam by strengthening their basics. One must remember that when one decides to build a house, the first thing that is laid down is foundation and then the house is built. It is during May to July as part of CAT preparation, candidates must strengthen their basics for all the sections. Do not study the topics in a hurry. Follow the four pronged strategy of first read, understand and then try to remember followed by application of whatever you have learned. Unnecessarily stressing yourself will be detrimental for your preparation.
In an endeavour to excel in this section one needs to enhance their reading skills. This will help the candidates to analyse and draw inference from a wide array of topics. The more an individual reads the better it will be for him or her on the day of the exam. Hence read good quality content and while doing so make sure that you understand and read between the lines also. This will help the individual to answer the questions swiftly as well as correctly. Try to devote at least two to three hours for reading comprehension.
While answering questions in this section, reading habits do play a pivotal role. If the candidate is well read then it becomes easy for him or her to answer questions related to rearrangement of sentences so on and so forth. Now let us look at some of the topics from which the questions are asked in the verbal ability section and how much time should an individual devote for each of the topics in each session.
Topics for Verbal Ability
Session | Topics | Hours |
Session 1 | Section Correction | 4-6 hours |
Session 2 | Sentence rearrangement | 3-5 hours |
Session 3 | Completion of paragraphs | 3-5 hours |
Session 4 | Elimination of sentences | 2-4 hours |
Session 5 | Text Completion | 2-4 hours |
SSession 6 | Usage of words | 3 Hours |
Session 7 | Critical Reasoning | 4 hours |
Session 8 | Fact inference judgement | 4 hours |
Session 9 | Grammar | 10-15 hours |
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While working towards making your basics strong, candidates must remember that this section requires less time for preparation as compared to verbal ability and reading comprehension and quantitative ability. However, all will depend on an individual’s grasping power. A CAT aspirant can perform well in this section by practicing as much as possible, solving questions from the sample papers etc. Within a span of a few hours, candidates can get a good understanding about the theory component of data interpretation.
Topics covered under Data Interpretation
Session | Topics | Time allocated |
Session 1 | Basics for Data Interpretation | 2-4 Hours |
Session 2 | Word Problems | 2-4 hours |
Session 3 | Tables | 2-4 hours |
Session 4 | Pie Charts | 3 hours |
Session 5 | Tougher Sets | 3 hours |
In order to train yourself well for the logical reasoning section of CAT 2021, candidates must try to consistently solve questions related to seating arrangements, grid puzzles, tournaments and sequences as well as various types of puzzles. Regularly solving such questions will enable the candidates to get an understanding about the type of questions that are asked and it will help them get a better grasp about it.
Session | Topics | Time allocated |
Session 1 | Grids and Tables | 3-4 hours |
Session 2 | Tournaments and Visualisation | 3-4 hours |
Session 3 | Sequences and Selections | 3-4 hours |
Session 4 | Math based puzzles | 3-4 hours |
Session 5 | Difficult Sets | 3-4 hours |
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This is a slightly exhaustive section as compared to the other two. When we look at the CAT 2021 preparation time table for quantitative ability then in such a case, this can be broadly divided under four sub-sections which are
Number Systems and counting
Geometry and allied topics
Basic mathematics
Algebra and miscellaneous
Though there is no specific strategy that one needs to follow as to what topic they should cover first. However, it is suggested that one completes the basics first and then starts preparing for other topics.
The basic mathematics lays the foundation to solve even the trickiest of questions. If the candidates master the basics of mathematics that it will be easy for them to solve questions related to linear quadratic equations. They would also be able to solve the questions which are related to ratios as well as tough modules.
Topics | Hours |
Averages | 2-3 hours |
Profit and loss | 2-4 hours |
Linear and quadraitic equations | 2 hours |
Speed, Time and Distance | 2-4 hours |
Percentages | 2- 4 hours |
Pipes and Cisterns | 2-4 hours |
Simple and Compound Interest | 2-4 hours |
Ratio and proportion | 3 hours |
Mixtures | 2 hours |
This section includes questions which are slightly tricky and the total number of questions that are asked in this section are not very substantial and this assessment is based on past years trends of question papers. Candidates should practice as many questions as possible with regard to the number systems and counting. Most importantly they should not give up till they are confident about the concepts.
Topics and time allocated
Topics | Time allocated |
Number theory | 2-3 hours |
Combinatorics -Basics | 3-4 hours |
Combinatorics Probability | 3-4 hours |
Combinatorics - Tough concepts | 2- 3 hours |
Factors and Multiples | 3-4 hours |
SET theory | 3-4 hours |
As part of the CAT preparation strategy, one very important point that the candidate must keep in mind is to ensure that first and foremost one gets a very good understanding of how the questions need to be solved. This will happen only once the candidate has a clear understanding of the fundamentals. For scoring well in the geometry section, there is no replacement of practice. The more the candidate will practice, he or she will score well. Hence one of the methods that one can adopt as they prepare for the CAT exam is to first learn and understand the concepts related to Geometry and then execute it by solving the questions.
Topics | Time allocated |
Geometry - Circles | 3-4 Hours |
Triangles and their properties | 3-4 hours |
Geometry Round up | 3-4 hours |
Geometry - Additional concepts | 3-4 hours |
Trigonometry | 3- 5 hours |
Mensuration | 3-4 hours |
Coordinate Geometry | 4- 6 hours |
One of the important terminologies while solving questions related to Algebra is “x” and “y” and it is essential that the candidates get comfortable with the language. Moreover, it is observed that the candidates build on the algebra section whatever they have learn quadratic and linear equations. Candidates will be confident that they have understood all the topics only when they are able to correctly draw inference from the information that is given in the question. It is then only that they will be able to solve the questions with ease.
Topics | Hours |
Inequalities | 4 hours |
Exponents and Logarithm | 3-4 hours |
Functions | 2-3 Hours |
Polynomials | 2-3 hours |
Progressions | 2-4 hours |
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