A study plan for completing the CAT syllabus in 3 months

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I will try and list down a general plan for completing the CAT syllabus in 3 months. This can ideally be used by students who plan to start studying in April and complete the syllabus by June/July. The plan need to be modified based on individual need. So a student who is good in Math and weak in Verbal can spend more time on Verbal.
Firstly I have broken 3 months into 13 weeks. In each week you can spend 6 days on studying and 1 day to write different tests. So basically a person is going to study for 78 out of those 91 days and 13 days will be days of tests. You can write 4 mocks during the period. 1 before the start of the preparation and 1 each at the end of each month.
I have basically broken down the Quant syllabus into 23 topics. You need to ideally spend more time on topics you are not comfortable with and less time on topics you are comfortable with. So 3 days will be more than sufficient for Averages, but may require 5 days for Number systems which involves a lot of concepts. During the time period don’t try to solve all the sums in the book. Ensure that you solve sufficient questions that you understand the topic and then move to other chapter. Even under a chapter you need to ensure that you solve a few sums from each of the sub topics that are present.Remaining sums you can solve when you are doing your revision.
For DI and Logic you can work on alternate days or 3 days a week DI and 3 days a week Logic. This will come to 39 days each in the 91 days.You could always change the topics of DI and Logic based on the books you are referring. Can solve atleast 2 or 3 sets daily. Ensure that you try the set for 10 minutes. If you don’t get it after trying for 10 minutes, then look at the answer and try to understand how it is solved. Those 10 minutes of trying on your own is what will help you the most even if you don’t get the answer.
For Verbal the focus has to be reading which you will have to do anyways for 1 hour everyday. Remember that our of 34 questions in CAT15 there were 24 questions on RCs. For rest of the topics you can spend 1 hour every day. Here again I have given tentative breakup. Can again adjust the topics and the days based on the books that you are referring to and your strengths and weakness in different areas.
Above I have made a tentative schedule for 21 days. You can continue this schedule for 91 days based on the table given above. Here I have given a schedule where you prepare daily for 4 hours. Adjust as per the time you have. If you have less time then you can reduce some time from each area.Like say if you have 2.5 hours then do 1.5 hours of Math, 0.5 hour of DI/LR and 0.5 hour of Verbal. Ensure when you plan, spend more time on your weak area.
For Math, if you are doing a topic for some cases you may require to go through theory before solving sums. Like in Number System, Time Speed distance, theory is important. So you can go through the theory before solving sums. In topics like averages and percentages, there is not much theory and you might be aware of basic theory, in that case you can directly go to the sums. For each sum spend around 3 minutes trying to solve. If you don’t get then look at the answer and understand the solution. Then spend a further 3 minutes trying to look out for alternate methods of solving. Each sum should take around 10 minutes. So solving atleast 6 sums an hour should not be difficult. Focus more on understanding the sums that looking at quantity.
Apart from what is mentioned above I recommend you to read for atelast 1 hour (editorials, magazines, online articles) daily, do calculations daily for 15 minutes and if you are weak in vocabulary then 15 minutes of vocabulary.
With this your syllabus will get over in 3 months. So if you are planning to start from April, this is a right schedule where you will complete the syllabus by June/July and then you can work on the next stage for which I will write at a later period.