How Much Time Is Required To Prepare For CAT (Study Timetable)

Time Required To Prepare For CAT

CAT 2022 exam is in 6 months away, and many of the applicants for the CAT exam are working professional who doesn’t have enough time for preparation as they have to manage their job timings simultaneously for the CAT preparation. Of course, there is a common question “How much time is required to prepare for the CAT exam” which is running in aspirants’ minds. The 6 months duration is best enough for the CAT preparation to ace the exam whether you are a working professional or a student. Here in this article, we will discuss how much time is required to prepare for CAT 2022 exam.

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How much time we should study in a day for CAT?

The time(hours) that you can spend preparing for the CAT exam depends upon the aspirants that they were currently sticking with. Most of the aspirants are working professionals and students who were in the final year of their graduation. So, it is hard to prepare for the CAT exam if they didn’t have a perfect study timetable. If you are a working professional or a student, you can spend 2 to 3 hours enough for the CAT preparation without quitting your job if you are a job holder. If you are a dropped out student, you can have more time for preparing for the CAT exam, they can spend 5 to 6 hours a day for preparation.

Download the 6-month study plan PDF for CAT 2022 that contains a day-wise preparation schedule covering the complete syllabus of CAT 2022. This study plan is useful for both the working professionals and the students.

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Time is required to prepare for CAT for an average student

A minimum of 6 months are required to prepare for CAT. An average student can definitely crack the CAT exam with a strong study timetable and following the below points.

  • Target the basics of all the sections.
  • Should not neglect the weekends for the preparation, spend as much time at the weekends
  • Give more mocks and analyze them thoroughly. Focus more on your weak areas.
  • Try to solve maintain balanced speed and accuracy while taking the mocks.

Section-wise Study Timetable

Here is the section-wise study timetable which is very useful for both working professional or students (including average students).

CAT VARC Topic-wise Study Timetable

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 12-13
Para Summary 6-7
Para Jumbles 6-7
Odd sentence out 6-7


CAT LRDI Topic-wise Study Timetable

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) 12-14
Tables 4
Venn Diagrams 4
Others (DI Based on growth over years, Data Sufficiency, Caselets, etc) 9

CAT Quant Topic-wise Study Timetable

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 3-4
Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Alligation, Profit Loss and Discount 12-13
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

Daily routine / Time Table while preparing for CAT

The daily routine depends on whether you are a college student, a working professional or you have taken a drop. The following is a broad schedule you can follow. You can customize the schedule.

The daily routine from Monday to Saturday:

  • Watch the concept videos. Spend around 2-3 hours on understanding your weak areas.

  • Reading regularly, read what you like (can be your favourite novels also)- 30 minutes to 1 hour daily.

  • Reading diverse articles- 30 minutes.

  • Solving puzzles like sudoku and doing basic mental math calculations- 30 minutes

  • Sunday: Take concept tests (to test yourself on the concepts learned during the week)
  • Overall try to allocate around 2-3 hours for preparation during the weekdays and more time on weekends.
  • Customize your schedule that balance all three sections. And make sure to allocate more time to work on weak areas. So, This is the best time to start preparing for CAT 2022. Try to complete the syllabus within 3-4 months and do practice, take mocks and analyze them, and understand your strengths and weaknesses.

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