Are 5 Months Enough For CAT Preparation ? (Self Study Plan)

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CAT 2022 exam is in 5 months away. As usually, thousands of students are applying for the CAT 2022 examination. The competition for the CAT exam will be tough this year as many of the students have the target to get into the top IIMs. Many aspirants ask, “Are 5 Months enough to prepare for the CAT exam?“. The answer is Yes because five months is the perfect period to spend for the CAT preparation. In this article, we will discuss preparing for CAT in 5 months with a detailed self study plan for CAT 2022.

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Can I Clear the CAT 2022 exam In 5 Months ?

Yes, absolutely one can crack the CAT exam in five months. Actually, 5 months is enough time to prepare for the CAT examination. All you need is a perfect study plan or a perfect preparation strategy. The below following sections will provide you with a detailed 5 monthly study plan for the CAT exam preparation. Before going to look at the study plan, aspirants are advised to check out and understand the CAT 2022 syllabus and the examination pattern given below.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Verbal Ability 40 minutes 24
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 40 minutes 20
Quantitative Ability 40 minutes 22


120 minutes 66

Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 mark. No marks are awarded for unattempted questions. And, there might be a sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each section and candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections.

5 Months Study Plan For CAT 2022

As mentioned before the CAT exam is in 5 months away. Many the CAT aspirants are having a common question, how much time is required to prepare for the CAT exam? the answer depends upon the efforts that you are kept in your preparation. Basically, 5 months is the best enough time for an aspirant to prepare for the CAT exam, even an average student can crack the CAT exam and score above 99 percentile. If one has the perfect preparation strategy for 5 months. Let us have a look at the 5 months study plan (section-wise) to get the 99 percentile in the CAT exam.

5 Months Study Plan For CAT 2022 (VARC)

Study plan for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)– Try to focus on reading for 1 hour every day. It will help you to develop a viewpoint on a variety of issues. In the initial days of your preparation, solve at least one RC every day. The following is the schedule one can follow. You can adjust this depending on the time available during the day, and based on your strengths and weaknesses.

Topic No. of days
RC’s 10-12
Para Summary 5-6
Para Completion 5-6
Para Jumbles 5-6
Odd sentence out 5-6
Grammar, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Facts / Inferences / Judgements. 10

5 Months Study Plan For CAT 2022 (LRDI)

Study plan for Logical Reasoning And Data Interpretation (LRDI)– As we know, CAT has moved away from the traditional LRDI sets, it’s imperative to practice the non-traditional type of sets. The sets that are appearing are more logic-based (and relatively less data-intensive in nature). Try to spend around 1 hour every day on the DI / LR concepts. Also, try to solve 2 sets every day (one DI set and one LR set).

LR Topics No. of days
Arrangements (Linear, Circular, etc) 3
Puzzles (Einstein puzzles, constraint-based etc) 3
Networks, LR based on picking coins 5
Games and tournaments 3
Scheduling 3
Blood relations, family tree, Truth-liar concept 7
Cubes 3
Others (2D Space LR’s, etc) 5-6

DI Topics

No. of days
Bar Graphs, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Unconventional charts (radar chart, bubble chart etc) 10-12
Tables 4
Venn Diagrams 4
Others (DI Based on growth over years, Data Sufficiency, Caselets, etc) 9


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5 Months Study Plan For CAT 2022 (Quant)

Study plan for Quantitative Ability (QA)The Quant basics will play a crucial role in this Quantitative Ability section. The aspirant must spend at least 1-2 months learning the quant basics. Most of the Candidates will neglect to view the quant basics during the preparation. You can follow the given study schedule for preparing the Quantitative Ability section. You can customize the schedule according to your strengths and weaknesses in this section.

Topic Number of days
Number Systems 2-3
Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Alligation, Profit Loss and Discount 10-12
Simple Interest and Compound Interest 1-2
Time, Speed and Distance 2-3
Time & Work 2
Linear equations, Quadratic equations 6
Inequalities 2
Logarithms, Functions 6
Progressions and series 3
Surds and indices 1
Geometry & Mensuration 10-11
Basic trigonometry 1-2
Co-ordinate Geometry 2
Permutation and Combinations 4
Probability 3
Set Theory 2
Miscellaneous 4-5


CAT 2022 Month-wise Study plan for 5 Months


Learning the concepts of all the three sections


Revise the concepts, Practice, Take one mock per week


Take sectional tests, and two mocks per week


Can take 2-3 mocks per week, experiment with mock strategies. Note down your mistakes, improve your question selection skills, and experiment with various strategies in the mocks.


Pick a strategy that suits you the most. Test it in the mocks. Revise the concepts and the common mistakes you tend to make.

Watch the concept videos. Spend around 2-3 hours on understanding your weak areas. Overall try to allocate around 2-3 hours for preparation during the weekdays and more time on weekends.

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