No time frame is enough when you are preparing for any entrance exam, which is held on a national level. When it comes to CAT in particular, it has been observed that the time of 8-10 months is essential in order to achieve a pretty good command in all the sections. The exam is generally held towards the end of November of December each year and being February, you have about 10 months to gain confidence for appearing in the paper.
Take a look at the tentative time for the preparation of CAT 2017 exam. It will help you understand the time that you have in hand to prepare for India's one of the toughest and most coveted management exam:
The best way is to divide the time period that you have in your hands for preparation in phases so that you can complete the different parts of the paper with proper understanding.
English and Vocabulary
Firstly, the paper demands good English and in order to gain excellence, you can go for reading. Regular reading wherein you focus on editorials from newspapers and the business section would not only help you acquire and improve your vocabulary but would also be helpful during your GD/PI rounds. Through the reading process, you will also be able to learn about your areas of strengths and the parts of business world that are interesting for you.
The reading speed will increase and you can gain edge over other while solving the verbal ability part of the paper. A critical understanding of the variety of topics that you come across would facilitate better acknowledgement of the routine happening in your surroundings.
Quant Section and Timed Papers
Next, as early as you can, you should start with the quant section preparation. There are a number of topics to be prepared and with several weeks in your hands you can plan per week schedule, leaving just enough time towards the end to revise all the concepts. In the beginning, it would be best to analyse the skills through available online mock tests and then start the preparation. This would help you to understand the areas of your weaknesses and the ones that need more time than the other topics. You do not have to necessarily give your entire day to the topics as divided by you, instead you can simply decide the number of hours you would put in along with setting the target of covering the topic within stipulated time. In the later stage, you can shift to timed papers and by the D-day you will be all set to complete the quant section within the set limits.
Segregation and Daily Schedule
In addition to the planning and starting the preparation whenever you can, it is important that proper segregation of time is done and this all is written down properly. This helps in keeping the things in line and allows you to see through the things in detail. A head start in the preparation would allow you to include a bit of fun like brainteasers in your daily schedule. The logical problems and decision-making situations can be a boost to the IQ levels and would also provide you with a better understanding about the real-life situations. In the same line, you can attempt DA and DI papers online and identify the core areas of strength. This will help you prepare the topics that you find boring while giving you enough time to strengthening your interests.
Last Minute Tips
The time to start your preparation for the big exam is now and if you get set on it, you will have enough time to figure out everything about the exam while appearing for mock tests a several times. The idea behind this is that you should be able to gain confidence and stay motivated till the end. Through the planned and distributed preparation, the last week would only be the revision of main concepts. It is important that you steer clear of the new concepts, that is, if you would be left with any. There is nothing that can get in your way of scoring high marks in the paper, if you target the D-day with at least 8 months time in your hands.
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