CAT 17 Planner and Strategy: Working Aspirants

Considering you are starting with your prep from 5th July, you have 150 days before CAT, expecting CAT to be in first week of December as last year. 

If you are a serious CAT aspirant , it’s still possible to bell the CAT with high percentile in 5 months ( approx) prep.  I will help in designing the outline for your plan with the help of the Facebook Cat Preparation – iQuanta group and iQuanta such that you will be able to build your own strategies.

There are two ways to get 99+:
1) You are damn good at two of the sections, for example, QA & VA, QA & LRDI, or VA & LrDi, while average at the third 

One example of CAT 15 score:

QA : 99.7

LRDi : 99.9

VA : 88

Overall : 99.68  (IIM C)

2)You are equally good at all the three sections QA, LRDI, and VA. (Balanced Prep)

With 97%le each in all the three sections will land you close to 99%le overall. And 99 in all three sections will land you more than 99.7+ overall.

So evaluate yourself, and then make a plan on these lines

Note: The plan is strictly for serious aspirants aiming 99 + in CAT.

  • Considering you are working for 9 hours a day and 2 hours of traveling, 5 days a week, I have made a plan considering (9 A.M- 6 P.M ) as office time (shift your plan according to your timings)

  • You need to put at least 3 hours/Day in weekday and 10-12 hours/day on weekend.(Please change according to your requirement if you feel exhausted).

  • The plan is divided into 100 days of Study and 50 days of practicing mocks. (100+50=150)

  • First, I would recommend you to take at least 1 mock (say today) and do the thorough analysis. Pen down all your strengths and weakness and create your own Plan.


Following are the Important areas from each subject : 

1. Quant chapters:

Approx number of Questions asked :

Numbers (4-5),

Geometry and mensuration (7-8),

Modern maths (6-7),

Algebra (4-5),

Arithmetic (7-8),

Functions and inequalities (4-5)

(Considering you want to complete your portion in this order only; change if you wish to)

Chapter Wise Plan: (Starting from 5th July)

  • Numbers (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for one week (14 days) learning concepts and solving sums from past papers as well : [5th to 18th July]
  • Modern Maths (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for one week   from [20th July to 2nd August]
  • Geometry and Mensuration (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for next 18 days [ 4th August to 21st August]
  • Algebra (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for 18 days [23rd August to 9th September]
  • Arithmetic (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for 20 days [11th September to 30th September]
  • Functions Inequality/leftover topics (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for 24 days [ 1st October to 24th October]
  • Revise leftover topics and practice (1.5 hours/Day on weekdays and 5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) for 35 days till CAT [25th October till 30th November]
  • Keep practicing in CAT Preparation-iQuanta from Day 1 (today) till 30th November randomly, as practicing randomly helps you to be prepared for Actual CAT more than a chapter wise practice does.


  1. Click here for Books and Tips Suggestion from past CAT toppers : Follow CAT Preparation Group posts/Events. Try to attempt questions there and ask doubts in case. (Most important)
  2. Solve CAT Past papers. (you may find them on google or in the file section of group)

  3.  Follow iQuanta articles ( Concepts) for add-on help (

  4. You may join iQuanta Quant Course which is of immense help to develop concept and methodology to tackle CAT questions. Regular sessions by iQuanta till CAT will help you be sticked to your plan and be regular which is the most important part of CAT Preparation : Regularity.

Verbal Area:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Sentence Corrections

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Para Jumbles and Para Completions.

RC and Verbal Area: (Starting from 5th July)

  • Keep a daily practice of reading for at least 30 mins, basically read some editorials and also try to summarize from what you read. (Do it in your office time if possible)

  • Reading comprehension (1 hour/Day on weekdays and 2.5 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) till November 30. Start with at least 3 passages per day then increase to 4-5 passages once you gain Accuracy.

    Likewise, until November you will be able to complete almost 300+ passages)

  • Here quantity is not important, quality is, focusing that you gain at least 90% Accuracy.

  • Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Para jumbles and Para completions. (It’s up to you how to do it, One generally should keep 2 days for one topic (45 mins/Day on weekdays and 2 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) ( 12th Sept – 30th Nov)

Vocab :
Focus more on overall comprehension rather than Word to word meaning at this point in time.

Source :

  1. Click here for Books and Tips or follow GMAT Books.
  2. FB CAT Prep Group/iQuanta Events.

  3. CAT Past papers.

  4. For an extra edge help you may join iQuanta Verbal Course which is taught by a 10 years experienced faculty of IMS and other institutes,

LRDI Area :

– This area generally needs lots of practice to get hands onto a variety of sums.
– Keep practicing one day LR and another day DI for (45 mins/Day on weekdays and 2 hours/Day on weekends or holidays) [till 30th November]

Source :

  1. Any coaching institute material.

  2. Papers from the institute or mock papers from other coaching class or practice test available for free on net/group.

  3. CAT Past papers (Most Imp for CAT)

  4. For video classes on LRDI, you may join iQuanta LRDI classes till CAT.

Sectional Mocks (All the 3 Areas) :

There is coaching institute which provides sectional test/ mocks; also there are some sectional mocks which are readily available on the net as well.
Get hold of that for sure. Why? because you need to test yourself on topic wise as well once you are done with your study to get little confident and to ensure you have covered all the areas.
Give 2-3 sectional tests on weekends after you complete your topics.

Full Mocks :

Take at least 1 mock per week until 30th November. Once you are done with syllabus; start giving 1 mock/3Days till CAT. Take as many mocks you can.

Followed by Mock, analyse the paper, with your weak areas and then focus on your weak areas accordingly.

iQuanta will soon update the best way to analyse your mocks this month. Stay tuned. 

Note :

1) Try to solve questions in CAT Preparation-iQuanta, whenever you see a question, that too fast, if possible try to be the first one to solve. Make it a competitive environment. This has helped one get the speed and all my friends/ students who got phenomenal percentiles this year.

2) Keep solving Questions from your materials and in case you get doubt, post in CAT Preparation group. Somebody will help, if no one helps then tag me I’ll try to clear it.

Now let me help you to create 1-day plan : (Using same plan as mentioned above)

Note :

Study Time :  8 PM – 1 AM,  It may include all study related activities whether sessions or solving in the group or solving your own materials.

Weekdays :

8.00 AM-7.00 PM———Office time (Read articles/editorials in between and do vocab if possible)
8.00 P.M -9.30 P.M——-Number System —- (Quant chap)
9.30 P.M -10.00 P.M—– Break
10.30 P.M-11.30 P.M—–Reading comprehension of 2-3 passages
11.30 P.M-12.15 A.M—–Verbal
12.15 A.M-1.00 A.M ——LR/DI
Weekends :

8.00-9.00 AM—Read editorials or newspaper and do Vocab as well.
09.00-11.30—Number System
12.00-01.00—Reading comprehension of 1-2 passages
01.00-01.30—Lunch time
01.30-04.00—Number System
04.00-05.30— Reading comprehension (1-2) passage
06.00-08.00—Either LR/DI
08.00-10.00— Verbal Area (SC,CR,PJ,PC)
10.00-10.30—Dinner Time
10.30-01.30—Full Mock/Analysis

01.30-03.00—FB group — (CAT preparation)/ iQuanta Events


This is the rough plan; one can definitely change or shift timings according to one’s weakness and strengths. I would like to say that do not consider it as full proof, it only helps you to drive your plan. The aim here is not to complete the portion but to have thorough conceptual knowledge. Considering the number of hours I mentioned can definitely change as per your wish but ensure that you cover the syllabus in defined period only. Please compete with yourself and not with others. Every time you take mock ensure you improve and do not take  mocks unless thorough analysis of the previous mock is complete. Give time and definitely, you will see some progress. Keep developing shortcuts which can help you in the exam to save time. Join iQuanta Courses for tricks/ shortcuts and Conceptual understanding. It starts from basics and reaches to a bit above CAT level . Enrolments are going on for the same.
Try experimenting with your mock paper say for ex. Try using elimination method while answering or using shortcuts to see how much time is saved.

Work hard as much as you can. Work Hard Now to Enjoy Later !!

All the best.

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