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CAT 2018: 40 Day Study Plan To Score High

Last Updated - September 11, 2018

CAT 2018 is scheduled for November 25, 2018 (Sunday) through computer-based mode. CAT 2018 Online Registration has begun from August 8, interested candidates can apply at The last date of registration is September 19, 2018. The minimum eligibility to apply for CAT is graduate degree with minimum 50% marks. 

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The CAT exam nightmares can be easily removed from your dream if you follow the simple 40 day CAT study plan. The CAT 2018 study plan is designed to give you an overview of the preparation strategy, time management and self study goal to be set to keep up with the competition.

When it comes to CAT preparation you must always remember the Tata McGrawhill books. Apart from the Tata McGrawhill books, one can refer to the N.C.E.R.T. books for working with the basics. The QA section fundamentals can be easily mastered from the class 6 to class 10 N.C.E.R.T. books. When there are just a few days left in the CAT you must prepare by investing between 20 to 30 hours each week.

The CAT exam best preparation strategy requires the applicant to do the preparation in three phases. Phase 1 requires the applicant to go through the entire CAT Syllabus and just prepare on the fundamentals and basics. The phase 2 of CAT preparation requires the applicant to do intense practice and do the questions from all the segments defined. The last phase of CAT preparation or study plan requires the applicant to do a series of CAT mock tests. The mock tests must be taken seriously as these are the actual checks on the CAT preparation levels.

The CAT 2018 exam strategy as defined by Ayush Aggarwal ( 2016 CAT topper) is as follows:

  1. Do self assessment on the preparation levels.
  2. If you have around 90 percentile during self assessment then just finish up the Tata McGraw Hill books by Arun Sharma. These will help you improve the performance and reach your optimal performance level. Just allocate 2 days to each section every week.
  3. If you have found that your percentile is low then do not get disheartened, just join any CAT preparation institute. The best institute to prepare is the T.I.M.E institute. The T.I.M.E. institute provides the coaching option for both the working and nonworking candidates.

Setting up small achievable goals for the CAT 2018 exam is a must both for the preparation and self motivation. Every time you achieve a small goal incentivise yourself and aim for better. You can aim to score the best in any one particular section. Ayush followed this strategy and scored 100 percentile in the Quant section in CAT 2013 exam.

Also Check CAT Exam Pattern

“Do not repeat mistakes” is the common moral dictated by all the CAT toppers. Down the years the CAT exam toppers or test takers only the fresh candidates not to repeat mistakes. It is best to learn from the error done and remember where you went wrong in the basic working. This will make you remember the basic rule which will help you improve the overall performance.

Rest you can play mind games with yourself. For many aspirants, the fear of embarrassment works. So you can visualize your loss or victory and then work accordingly to make yourself win the final war.

Pranjal another CAT topper recommends the CAT applicants for CAT 2018 to prepare the following important CAT topics:

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Matching puzzles
  • Constraint based arrangements
  • Blood Relations – family tree
  • Syllogism
  • Proposition based followed by either deductive or inductive argument
  • Assumptions
  • Statements
  • Sets
  • Binary logic
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Clocks and calendars 

Pranjal also suggests some guidelines work with the CAT 2018 LR section. The candidate must aim to get 80 percentile in the CAT 2018 LR section. The CAT 2018 LR section strategy can be as follows:

  1. Try to eliminate the questions that are difficult and this can be learned only from the regular practice.
  2. Do not run through the LR section. The candidate must go slow and attempt only those questions that can be completed easily.
  3. Leave the questions if the answer appears ambiguous.
  4. There are questions designed to check the understanding of elimination strategy. The candidates who have done the CAT mock test well can easily sail through the LR section by the right choice of the questions.

Check CAT Preparation Tips

It is important to do the check of the following points while working with the CAT 40 day study plan:

  1. Speed: You must be able to do maximum questions keeping in mind the difficulty level.
  2. Accuracy: In speed do not forget about the negative marking. Just attempt questions that you are sure about.
  3. Concentration: As the clock ticks generally the performance falls due to stress that develops with the time.
  4. Easy questions: look for the questions that can be attempted in a single go. These will help you fetch marks.
  5. Identify traps: Do not fall for the questions that appear easy but have difficulty attempting due to lack of data or too much of confusion. These questions suck your time quickly.
  6. Keep a check on time: Never lose all your time on some questions makes sure you at least go through the question paper once.

So to summarize your plan we would say:

  1. Get complete information about the CAT
  2. Identify your strength and weaknesses
  3. Work with the study material
  4. Do the time management
  5. Work with the basics or fundamental concepts

CAT Important Books

CAT Important BooksAuthor NameISBN
How to Prepare for the Cat Common Admission TestArun Sharma And Meenakshi Upadhyay1259064131
The Pearson Complete Guide to the CATNishit K.Sinha9332528810
CAT Topic-wise Solved PapersDeepika Agarwal and Shipra Agarwal9385846728
Face To Face CAT Common Admission TestB.S Sijwalii9350940140
How to prepare for CATDisha9385576585



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