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How Much Time is Required to Prepare for CAT 2022?

Nidhi
NidhiUpdated On: November 15, 2022 12:15 pm IST | CAT

Thinking what is the best time to begin CAT 2022 preparation? MBA aspirants seeking admission into IIMs and top management colleges in India can read below to know how much time is required to prepare for CAT 2022.

Time Required for CAT preparation

Exactly how much time is required to prepare for CAT? If you Google this question, then you will find that you definitely need more time than you think. CAT is considered to be one of the toughest exams to crack and one of the things that help the most in cracking the exam is time. Time plays the most important role in CAT 2022 preparation and can take you from zero to hero. CAT is a hurdle that every management aspirant has to cross in order to get into the most prestigious IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Calcutta, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, etc. CAT is considered not only for IIM admissions but some top B-Schools also accept CAT scores for selecting students.

Based on your Common Admission Test (CAT) score, you can take admission into various MBA courses in India in specializations like - Human Resources Management, Finance Management, Marketing Management, Hotel Management, Hospitality Management, etc. Many business schools also offer courses like Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM), Executive MBA, etc. The CAT scores are also important for admission to the top MBA colleges in India like SP Jain - Mumbai, Narsee Monjee - Mumbai, FMS - Delhi University, etc. 

Traditionally, a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) course best augments your MBA aspirations, but a student with a background in any other stream can also prepare for CAT & other management entrance exams in India. Some of the popular regions where MBA colleges are in huge demand include Assam, Calicut, Mysore, Vadodara, Kerala & Karnataka. Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mysore, Ahmedabad, etc. are other popular destinations from where you can complete your MBA or PGDM courses.

While people may argue that 6-10 months of dedicated preparations will help you sail through, if you ask the CAT toppers of previous years, they will tell you that they have spent a dedicated 1 - 1.5 years to crack the CAT exam. And that too, not aimlessly. They had chartered a timetable with designated slots to crack each section of the CAT paper - Verbal, Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Plus, continuous brush up on news & happenings around the world, which will help you in the GDPI process.

So, here are some tips that can help you make your CAT 2022 preparation process a lot easier & streamlined.

Is CAT Coaching Necessary?

This is one of the most asked questions and the answer is - it really depends on you. Coaching classes provide an organized way to success and are the best way to get in touch with people who know more about CAT than you do. Coaching does not make you great, it just helps you in your way to prepare and clear the CAT exam. It gives you a schedule that you have to follow, notes that will be most helpful, and customized mock papers.

So, it just leaves us with the answer that if you are organized and dedicated enough then you probably do not need coaching because coaching is just one of the things, not THE thing. Preparing by yourself is also an amazing idea and this way you will be able to give more time to your studies and will be able to practice a lot.

Also Read:Step-by-Step Guide to Crack CAT Without Coaching

Understand the CAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus

CAT 2022 will have the following sections and each section requires the same level of preparation.

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Ability
CAT SectionsTotal QuestionsTime Allotted
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)2040 minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)2240 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2440 minutes
Total66120 minutes


The syllabus of CAT is pretty simple and you can easily understand the exam pattern of CAT 2022 by going through past year’s question papers.

Do You Need to Quit Your Job?

It is very important that you figure out whether you need to quit your job in order to prepare for CAT or not. You must weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of quitting your job for the preparation of CAT as it is a huge decision. Most of the top MBA colleges also give points for work experience, so keep in mind that a gap in your resume can be a disadvantage. Make sure that you can explain that gap during your interview for selections before deciding to quit. Figure out how much time you need and then make your decision.

Also Read: CAT Preparation Tips for Working Professionals - Check Study Plan & Time Table

Action Plan

Now that you are done deciding whether you want to join a coaching or prepare by yourself and now you also understand the syllabus of the exam, it is the ideal time to make the ‘Action Plan.' You need to make a timetable and stick to it because the organization is the key. You need to take each section one by one and complete it and then you can check your progress through mock tests because it is the easiest way.

It is time to enroll in coaching institutes and attend classes regularly and subsequently, practically analyze your progress and ask yourself the question - are you really CAT 2022 ready?

CAT 2022: How to Prepare

The difficulty level of the CAT examination is very high. You should study hard in order to get a good percentile in the CAT entrance exam. You can either prepare a combined strategy for all the sections of CAT or you can follow a separate preparation plan for all sections. The articles provided below will help you to know some preparation strategies for the CAT examination.

How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA)

How to Prepare for CAT DI & LR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

How to Prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)

How to Improve GK for MBA Entrance Exams: Best Books and Preparation Tips
10 Last-Minute Tips to Crack CAT 2022Exam Day Tips for CAT 2022 - Key Tips to Help You Succeed

Preparation Tips for CAT 2022

Here are some preparation tips for CAT entrance exams. These preparation tips will surely help you score well in the CAT exam.

  • Go through the syllabus of the CAT exam.

  • Check the CAT 2022 exam pattern to know what type of questions can be asked in the exam.

  • Practice a maximum number of CAT 2022 mock test papers.

  • Try to solve all CAT previous year's question papers of CAT.

  • Prepare a preparation schedule 

  • Make notes alongside your CAT preparation 

  • If you are not good in Quantitative Ability, practice at least 2-3 questions of each type.

Besides this, you can also refer to the articles provided below to know more about the preparation tips for the CAT exam.

CAT 2022 Exam Day Instructions - Check Rules, What to Carry, Other Guidelines

CAT 2022 Study Plan for Students in Final Year of Graduation - Check When and How to Start CAT Preparation

What after the CAT exam? Here are Important Things To Do

CAT Predicted Question Paper 2022 - Important Topics, Chapters, Analysis

CAT 2022 Mock Test: Importance of CAT Mock Test During Preparation

Mock Test – The Right Strategy to Crack CAT 2022


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All the best for your CAT 2022 exam!

FAQs

Can I start preparing for CAT before one year of the exam?

Yes, you can start your preparation anytime. However, you are advised to prepare a preparation schedule so that you dedicate enough time for all the topics of CAT.

Are 3 months enough to prepare for CAT?

3 months are enough to prepare for CAT only if you are fully dedicated to CAT preparation. You should dedicate 5-6 hours daily to prepare for CAT in three months. You can check the exam pattern of the exam to know the exam structure.

Is coaching necessary to prepare for CAT?

No, coaching is not necessary to prepare for CAT. Candidates can clear the exam with self-preparation. They can check the preparation tips provided by toppers as well as experts to know some preparation strategies for CAT.

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