Month-wise CAT Preparation Tips (August to November)

If one persists with consistency, three to four months are more than sufficient to crack the B-School entrance exam, according to Arks Srinivas, the Head of MBA Test Prep at Career Launcher. 

The D-Day has been announced and CAT 2021 is going to be held on a single day (three slots) on November 28, 2021. The registrations for the same have started from August 4 on their official website

CAT may appear to be a difficult exam, however, if one persists with consistency, three to four months are more than sufficient to crack the B-School entrance exam.

According to the CAT Exam Pattern from last year (which is expected to continue this year), there will be 76 questions with 26 Questions each in VARC and QA while DILR will account for 24 Questions. Each question carries 3 marks and the total marks in CAT is expected to be 228. But before looking at the preparation plan, it is useful to know the marks required to get the desired percentiles.

As per the data from previous years, just 33% marks are enough to get a 95 percentile and 45% marks enough to get a 99 percentile. A general category student can get into the IIMs (there are 20 of them), by getting just about 33% of the total paper.

CAT Preparation in August and September

The objective in these two months would be to gain complete familiarity in the areas, topics, concepts and type of questions that the CAT tests. These two months should be used for the first round of preparation in all areas of the exam through a simple method called CAT Funda that is Concepts, Application & Tests (CAT) Concepts: Learn all the basic concepts and formulae for each topic and subject Application: Solve exercises to apply the concepts/formulae learnt during the preparation Tests: Taking topic-wise sample tests to assess one’s speed and strategy In addition to the above, one has to start writing the mock CATs.

CAT Preparation in October

There are 3 basic things that one needs to do in October: 

  • Work on strategy

  • Revise your concepts 

  • Continue to take the mock CATs.

This is the time to experiment on the strategy of taking the exam. The 30 days in October have to be used for a second revision of all concepts. Through topic-wise tests and section-wise tests, one can monitor the progress in each specific topic or area. Mock CATs are to be used to hone one’s strategy and arrive at a strategy that gives maximum benefits.

CAT Preparation in November

The last 28 days before CAT would be the final assessment on the exam preparation. Here one has to take up selective revision, take additional sectional tests, write original CAT papers and finalise exam strategy.

After every mock, a thorough analysis of each of the sections, zeroing in on the problem areas, working towards eliminating these problem areas and most importantly strengthening the mental ability to crack this exam would be the main requirements in November.

CAT appears to be a difficult exam when the scores are low in the first few mock tests that one gives.


However, if one persists with the preparation of CAT, cracking the exam and getting into the IIMs would be a cinch.