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CAT 2021 Study Plan for Students in Final Year of Graduation - Check When and How to Start CAT Preparation

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: August 05, 2021 11:21 am IST | CAT

CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 28, 2021. Students who are in the final year of graduation can check the preparation strategy of the exam provided here. Also, take a look at the advantages of preparing for CAT in the final year of graduation.

CAT 2021 Study Plan for Students in Final Year of Graduation

CAT is a common entrance exam conducted every year for admission to the IIMs and other top B-Schools of India. Registration for CAT 2021 started on August 4 and the CAT Exam 2021 will be conducted on November 28. Candidates who are going to appear for the exam this year may visit the official website of CAT to fill the application form of CAT 2021. The total number of registrations for CAT 2021 is expected to increase by 20-30k as compared to last year.

According to past year trends of CAT registration, around 30% of students are those who are pursuing their final year of study while the rest of the candidates are working professionals. The main reason behind this is that they do not have to wait for the next year to get admission to any top MBA college in India. This article will help you to know the advantages of preparing for CAT in the final year along with the study plan.

Advantages Of Preparing For CAT in Final Year

Preparing for the CAT exam in the final year will offer a lot of advantages to the candidates. Some of the major benefits are provided below.

Flexibility: Students will be able to manage their time for Self Study, Mocks, Coaching and Revision very well. Since the average timings of college are 8 to 4, candidates can utilise the rest of the day to prepare for the CAT exam and also for the WAT and Group Discussion round. They can prepare their preparation plan table according to their college routine. 

No gap year: Candidates who are preparing for the CAT in the final year of graduation will get a lead over those who have completed their graduation. They do not have to wait until the next year to appear for the CAT exam. This will save them from a gap between the UG and PG education.

Advantage in coaching: Students can easily take out some time for coaching classes as well as live lectures. Since they are not bound to the 9-6 work routine, they can attend the classes anytime. Apart from this, engineering students who are already studying mathematics will be able to understand the concepts of Quantitative Aptitude easily.

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No loss of income: Since final year students are not working, they do not have to worry about their loss of income. Many working professionals have to quit their job to prepare well for the CAT examination. Final year students do not have to face these kinds of problems. 

Extra Chance: It is not necessary that the candidates will be able to score a good percentile in the first attempt. They can appear for the exam next year. Next year, they do not have to waste time on understanding the CAT exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. They can simply start their preparation.

CAT Preparation Plan for Students in the Final Year of Graduation

The difficulty level of the CAT examination is very high. You should prepare a good preparation plan in order to crack the exam. You are advised to divide the time equally among all the sections of CAT. A detailed CAT preparation plan for final year students is provided below.


Preparation Plan

Ideal Time for the CAT Preparation

6 Months

Total number of hours that should be spent for CAT Exam preparation in a day 

Minimum 5-6 Hours

Minimum number of topics to be covered in a day 

At least 3

Preparation Routine

  • Start your day with the latest news and headlines

  • Spend some time reading newspapers and magazines

  • Once you are back from college, get some rest

  • Start preparing any topic and try to complete it in maximum of one or two days

  • Practise at least 30-40 questions from the same topic

  • Once done pick out the questions from previous years question paper and try to solve them

  • You can also pick some questions from sample paper and mock test papers

  • At last, revise all important formulas and concepts that you have learnt

  • You are advised to solve at least 1 comprehension package daily

Also Read:How to Apply for Category Certificates (SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD / EWS) for CAT 2021

CAT 2021 Preparation Tips for Students in the Final Year of Graduation

Here are some important tips that you can consider while preparing for the CAT entrance exam.

Check the Syllabus: Before moving ahead, you are advised to go through the complete syllabus of the CAT examination. The syllabus of CAT will help you know what are the important topics for the CAT examination? Besides this, the syllabus will also help you decide how much time you should allot to each topic.

Work of Shortcuts: Most of the questions in the CAT examination required a good amount of calculation. You can not solve those questions using the traditional method as it is a time-consuming process. You are thus advised to figure out shortcuts so that you can answer questions quickly.

Previous Years Question Paper and Exam Pattern: The Exam Pattern and Previous Years Question Paper will help you understand the exam structure and exam pattern. Besides this, it will also help you know what type of questions were asked in the entrance exam.

Newspapers and Magazines: You are advised to read newspapers and magazines daily to improve your communication and grammatical skills. It will also help you to clear the GD/ PI round of MBA admission

Mock Test: Mock test papers are just a replica of the original CAT examination. You are advised to solve the maximum number of mock test papers. IIMs will also release the mock test papers of CAT 2021 on the official website of CAT 2021.

Best Books: You are advised to choose the best books for CAT preparation wisely. You can select a separate book for some topics mentioned in the syllabus of CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 question paper will be divided into three sections namely Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. 76 questions will be asked in the exam and you will have 120 minutes to complete the exam. The marking scheme will be the same for all the questions i.e +3 marks for the correct answer and -1 mark for incorrect answer. 

SectionNo. of QuestionsDurationMarking Scheme
VARC2640 minutes
  • +3 marks for each correct answer
  • -1 mark for each wrong answer
  • No negative marking for non-MCQ questions
DILR2440 minutes
QA2640 minutes
TOTAL76120 minutes

CAT 2021 Pattern

We hope that the preparation strategies provided by us help you to prepare a good preparation plan for the CAT exam. If you want to know more about the CAT exam such as documents required to fill CAT application form and corrections in CAT application form, you can ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone.

Besides this, you can also visit the official website of CAT 2021 to check the eligibility criteria and selection process of the CAT exam.

Here are some more preparation strategies for the CAT examination.

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How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

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CAT Previous Year Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 2

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 2

CAT question Paper 2017 f1

CAT question Paper 2017 F2


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