CAT 2010 Preparation Calendar with only 8 weeks in hand!!
Well, let us face the fact that CAT preparation is a very intensive process and needs lot of determination and guts given the vast number of students who take aim at CAT every year to be in top IIMs of the country. So let us be frank that CAT 2010 calendar now is not going to be an easy task.
If you are seriously considering CAT 2010 you need to pull up your socks now as crowd out there is working on their CAT preparation calendars for last one year or two year. Having said that, we also need to tell you that CAT is all about aptitude test and not a memory or subject test like Civil services where you need to prepare for at least 2-3 years and hence for CAT most important thing is right aptitude, timing (you shall peak around CAT exam date as lot of people burn out before CAT exam due to repetitive non engaging nature of exam). busy focusing on their calendars .
First thing first : You need to focus on your vocabulary and RC section on urgent basis as whatever one does, one cant cram Reading comprehension and Vocabulary in a short span on time and majority of aspirants don’t do well in this area. So if you focus on improving “Reading Comprehension” and Vocabulary”, it will go a long way to score a good CAT percentile.
You need to devote at least an hour a day to improve your reading comprehension by reading newspapers and magazines and books on different subjects. The papers & magazine one can read on daily basis are “The Hindu, Hindustan Times, wall Street Journal, Economist, Frontline etc. Keep a dictionary handy and consult it whenever required, keep a diary of new words you come across.
For improving your speed and performance in sections like Data Interpretation, Math etc, learn table upto 35 and also learn square and cubes upto 30 along with some common theorems like Pythagoras.
End of August
Try to know your strengths and weaknesses. Rather than focusing on all the topics, try and select a basket of topics with which you are more comfortable.
Remember that in 25 questions per section paper, you do not need to get more than 8-10 (net) correct answers to meet the IIM cut-offs and even less when you think of the CAT allied colleges. But your preparation should be such that you are comfortable to answer at least 15 questions correctly out of 25 questions.
1st September to 7th September: Devote 2 hour and 30 minutes everyday for Data Interpretation and Data sufficiency.
8th September, to 14th September: Devote 2 hour and 30 minutes everyday for Logical Reasoning and Verbal reasoning.
15th September to 21st September: Take section tests on Data Interpretation, data sufficiency etc.
Along with these 2 and half hour exercise expose yourself to the Arithmetic and algebra during these weeks.
22nd September till the month end: Devote your time to Geometry, Set theory, Probability and remaining part of QA.
October 1 onwards : Start taking Section tests on QA and English.
By now you should score well as you have devoted 1 hour a day on reading newspaper and on improving your vocabulary.
8 October to 15 October devote time for the section you think you did not perform well in your section test.
15 October to the date of your test: Now you need to slow down and relax a bit. Remember CAT is an aptitude test and for doing well you shall be proper rested and be at your peak performance. Just analyze your performance and focus on your week points and prepare yourself mentally to attack CAT paper. As explained earlier, CAT is not a memory based exam so putting 10 hours a day won’t help. All you need to do is to built up slowly but in a consistent manner with at least 3-4 hours of studies daily while continuously improving your vocabulary and reading comprehension.