CAT 2018: 1-Month Preparation Plan


CAT is the most popular management entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management. This year, the examination will be conducted on November 25, 2018. So, it’s time to take your preparation to the next level. Students should focus on developing the exam strategy. Better preparation helps students to conquer the weakness and enhancing the strengths. So, let’s read this article to know how to prepare for CAT exam in a month.

CAT 2018: Exam Pattern

The first and the foremost thing before you start preparing for any exam is its exam pattern. By knowing the examination pattern students will come to know about the type of questions asked in the paper, marking scheme, the difficulty level of the paper and many more.

Following is the detailed information of CAT 2018 exam pattern:

  • The paper is comprised of 100 multiple choice and objective type questions
  • Total time duration given to complete the paper is 3 hours
  • Questions in the paper will be asked from the three sections i.e. Verbal Ability & Reading
  • Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability
  • The examination is of total 300 marks
  • For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted
  • For every correct answer, 3 marks will be allocated

Preparation plan to ace the CAT 2018 exam in 1 month

Students need to stay determined while preparing for the exam because the examination syllabus is vast and preparation time is less. Students have to make strategy in such a way that some time must be left for revision, mock test practice and performance analyse.

Aspirants must keep some of the important guidelines in mind before the start of preparation:

Clear your basics
Firstly, students need to brush up the basic concepts because the questions could be tricky or straight. Applicants must ensure that they revise each and every topic because the question can be asked from any chapter. It is important for the students to regularly revise the formula, vocabulary and grammar rules.

Practice Mock Tests
Students should regularly practice the mock tests with proper concentration. Practicing mock tests also develop the patience level of students to sit in front of the computer screen for three hours. Practicing mock tests is like giving the actual test. Other than practicing mock tests, students should also attempt all the previous year sample paper.

Practice Topic Wise questions
Other than practicing the regular mock tests, students should also practice questions of a particular section and area. Students have to pick a particular topic and start preparing from revising formulas to solving questions of that topic.

Identify your weakness
The best part of the preparation for students would be to know about the areas where they are lacking. Students are advised not to spend too much time on the particular area. They should practice as many questions as possible from the weak areas.

No need to start a new topic
If somehow you are unable to cover some topics from syllabus then don’t worry, you should start revising the topics you have prepared so far. Students are advised not to start a new topic at this stage.

Revision is the most important part of the exam preparation. While revising the topics students will come to know about their preparation level. After revising the particular topic student should take a mock test on next day.

4 weeks Strategy

Week 1
Start solving mock test paper every day
After solving a mock test look for the answer to the questions
Each day, at least finish two topics from Maths and 2 problems from verbal section

Week 2
Read journals, magazines, newspapers etc. as much as possible
Identify questions asked in the mock tests from each section
Start solving high-scoring questions
Practice more questions from the concepts like number system, counting etc.

Week 3
Once the practice of a particular topic is complete start revising it
Do not forget formulae and basic techniques of solving a particular question
Practice the high priority topics

Week 4
Start solving two mock tests in a day
Follow the same rules to analyze the test
Focus on maximizes your attempt of solving easier and quicker questions first