How To Get 99 Percentile In CAT In 5 Months (Sectional Strategy)

how to get 99 percentile in cat in 5 months

Cracking the CAT exam is tough but not so difficult. One should definitely need a preparation strategy to ace the exam. When it comes to the admissions in top MBA colleges like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIFT Delhi, FMS Delhi etc, the candidate must reach the required cut off percentile for the respective institute. Most of the standard cut off is about the 99+ percentile in the CAT entrance exam. So the aspirants must need a perfect preparation strategy to get 99 or 99+ percentile in the CAT. The CAT exam is in 5 months away, so it is to consider having a strategy for the 99 percentile in CAT. In this article, we will discuss how to get 99 percentile in CAT in 5 months with a detailed section-wise strategy.

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Before going to see the CAT 99 percentile strategy, it is very important to understand the CAT 2022 exam pattern brief.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Verbal Ability 40 minutes 24
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 40 minutes 20
Quantitative Ability 40 minutes 22
Overall 120 minutes 66

Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 mark. There might be a sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each section and candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections.

Section-wise Preparation Strategy To Get 99 Percentile In CAT In 5 months

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 score above 99 percentile in the CAT exam, if one has the perfect preparation strategy for 5 months. Let us have a look at the strategy to get 99 ile in the CAT exam.

There are two ways to get more than 99 percentile in CAT. If one can analyze some of the CAT 99+ percentiler score cards, if you can see the section-wise percentiles in those score cards, you can observe two types of cases like any one of the sections has above 99 percentile and the remaining sections are below 95 percentile. And in the second case, any two of the sections has a more than 95 percentile and one of the section has a percentile between 85 to 90 percentile.

Through this analysis, we advise you to have a firm on any two of the sections. It is safe to follow the second case.

How Many Required Marks To Get 99 Percentile In CAT ?

As mentioned before, one can target any two of the section to score more than 95 percentile. To achieve this you can target 99 percentile in the Quantitative aptitude section and 95 percentile in any of the other two sections. As the LRDI section is a hard and time-consuming section, so try to get 85 to 90 percentile in this section. One can target the VARC section to get more than 95 percentile. And remember that this is just an analysis made from various sources. This may vary from person to person.

To get more than 99 percentile in the CAT exam it is advised to get around 100+ marks which is overall sectional marks in the CAT exam. So let us see the section-wise preparation strategy for CAT in 5 months. Candidates are advised to check out the CAT 2022 Syllabus PDF to know more details about the CAT 2022 syllabus with CAT previous year papers slot analysis.

Preparation Strategy For 99 Percentile In CAT (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.


No. of days



Para Summary


Para Completion


Para Jumbles


Odd sentence out


Grammar, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Facts / Inferences / Judgements.


Preparation Strategy For 99 Percentile In CAT (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)


Puzzles (Einstein puzzles, constraint-based etc)


Networks, LR based on picking coins


Games and tournaments




Blood relations, family tree, Truth-liar concept




Others (2D Space LR’s, etc)


DI Topics

No. of days

Bar Graphs, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Unconventional charts (radar chart, bubble chart etc)




Venn Diagrams


Others (DI Based on growth over years, Data Sufficiency, Caselets, etc)



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Preparation Strategy For 99 Percentile In CAT (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.


Number of days

Number Systems


Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Alligation, Profit Loss and Discount


Simple Interest and Compound Interest


Time, Speed and Distance


Time & Work


Linear equations, Quadratic equations




Logarithms, Functions


Progressions and series


Surds and indices


Geometry & Mensuration


Basic trigonometry


Co-ordinate Geometry


Permutation and Combinations




Set Theory


Miscellaneous 4-5


CAT Month-wise schedule / Study plan:


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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