Having an effective CAT preparation plan is the most crucial step to ace the exam. So, the candidates need to devise a proper preparation strategy to complete the entire CAT syllabus and retain the concepts efficiently.
An effective preparation plan is given below to help the CAT aspirants utilize the whole day properly. The plan given here is generalized and candidates can tweak the schedule according to their personal preferences.
Daily Schedule for the Most Effective CAT Preparation :
Wake Up Early (5 am)
Rising early has several benefits including enhanced memory retention and increased study duration. By waking up early, one gets additional time to study and could utilize that time to improve mental and physical health. So, wake up by 5 am and finish off the daily chores by 6 am.
Meditate and Do Physical Exercises (6 am to 7 am)
After finishing off the daily chores, one must give attention to the physical and mental health. From 6 am to 7 am, do some physical exercises and yoga. It is also suggested that one must meditate regularly to keep the mind and soul healthy and keep being motivated throughout the day.
Get Immersed in Newspapers (7 am to 8 am)
After a session of physical exercise/ yoga and meditation, know about the recent happening in the world by reading any standard English newspaper. By reading the newspaper, individuals not only improve their general awareness but also enhance their reading and comprehending skills.
Take a break and have a Healthy Breakfast (8 am to 9 am)
During this break, finish your additional chores and have a healthy breakfast. During this time, one can watch business news and know various financial information from across the world. Questions related to Sensex, gold price, etc. are common in MBA interviews and so, one must always be prepared for such questions.
Analyze the Weak Topics (9 am to 9:30 am)
Before starting with the preparation, it is very important to analyze the topics one is weak at or are not comfortable with. If a mock test has been taken before, check the detailed analysis or do a self-analysis and mark the not-so-comfortable topics.
Give Attention to the Weak topics (9: 30 am to 11: 30 am)
For the CAT exam, one must be thoroughly prepared with all the concepts and topics from each of the three sections. So, it is better to start revising the weak topics initially to improve in those areas. During this time, focus on clearing the concepts of all the weak topics.
Practice Questions from Weak topics (11: 30 am to 12: 30 pm)
After revising and clearing the concepts of weak topics, one must practice several related questions for better memory retention. It is suggested to pick up some sample questions from the related topics and try solving them to analyze the conceptual clarity of those topics.
Take a Break (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm)
During this time, finish off your lunch and take a nap. A small nap helps to refresh and eradicates dizziness. It is suggested to put an alarm to avoid oversleeping and wasting some crucial preparation time.
Give Attention to VARC Section (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm)
Start by revising the basic grammar and then move on to solve at least 2 reading comprehension passages. While solving RCs, optimize the time taken to read the passage and answer the questions. After completing 2 RCs, it is suggested to analyze and evaluate the performance.
Solve Some DILR Questions (4 pm to 5: 30 pm)
During this time, solve some sample questions from the DILR section. It is suggested to practise a set of logical reasoning questions in the initial half an hour followed by a couple of data interpretation caselets for another 1 hour. The time for DI and LR sections can be reversed according to self-requirement.
Take a Small Break (5: 30 pm to 6 pm)
After a continuous study of 3 hours, it is necessary to take a short break and refresh the mind. Have some snacks along with a cup of tea or coffee and take some rest. One can also go for a stroll nearby to freshen up.
Revise and Practice Important Numerical Questions (6 pm to 8 pm)
As the quantitative aptitude section is one of the most difficult sections, the candidates need to be properly prepared with all the concepts. Choose the important topics and revise those thoroughly during this time. After revision, it is suggested to solve some sample questions to get properly acquainted with the concepts.
Freshen up and Have Dinner (8 pm to 9 pm)
After solving the sample questions, freshen up and have a healthy and light dinner. It is suggested to avoid going to bed directly after dinner as it may affect digestion. So, take a stroll and watch some news or other preferred channels after dinner.
Read a Book (9 pm to 10 pm)
It is suggested to read a book daily before going to sleep. Reading a book can improve your vocabulary of the individual and enhance one’s reading and comprehending skills. Include a variety of fiction and non-fiction books in the reading list to get acquainted with the different themes.
Sleep (10 pm to 5 am)
A sound sleep is extremely crucial after a productive day. A night of proper sleep ensures that a person has a healthy mind and body. Sleep also helps a person to be efficient and productive throughout the day and not feel dizzy while preparing for CAT.
With this CAT preparation plan, the aspirants can easily prepare more effectively for the exam and ace it easily. The candidates are suggested to keep visiting BYJU’S to get several video lessons on different CAT topics to learn more efficiently.
BYJU’S provide numerous sample questions and CAT previous year question papers. Candidates can check those questions during their preparation to boost their problem-solving skills and get confidence while solving the actual CAT questions.