Study Schedule for CAT 2022
It is the season of CAT preparation, and aspirants are getting geared for the long haul. The most crucial starting step is to have a clear study schedule for CAT preparation.
Therein lies the rub. One size does not fit all in the context of CAT examination and there are newbies and veterans, engineers and non-engineers (perceived to be math-phobic), folks with a reading habit and ones without. We at 2IIM have taken all these variables into account and come up with a super-detailed, granular study plan for aspirants covering the length and breadth of CAT Syllabus.
So, go ahead and click the next three buttons, download a scheduled tailored for you and fire away. For a more generic outline on the number of hours that should generally be devoted to the different topics and a broad framework for CAT preparation, head here.
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Study Schedule Caveats
1. This is only a guide, hence every aspirant should design their own preparation plan based on what we have shared as a template and stick to it.
2. This CAT 2022 preparation schedule has been prepared with 2IIM's coursework as the reference point. There are certain course modules and terminologies that are very specific to the materials inside the 2IIM Online CAT Courses. For instance CP means Check Point Quiz (Try one for free here), present in every Quant Topic.
3. While there are specific tasks mentioned as part of this CAT 2022 preparation schedule, the general activities, like reading a lot for VARC, solving different puzzles for DILR, and generally having an eye out for concepts and fundamentals in Quant, must be followed whenever time permits.
CAT 2020 Analysis
Given the pattern change in 2020, the uncertainty regarding the number of questions and difficulty level was palpable throughout the test center. We at 2IIM had predicted a proportional decrease in the number of questions within each section, which proved to be on point.
VARC: With respect to Slot 1 & 2, it was a smidgen easier compared to CAT 2019. The passages were tough, the questions were mildly tricky, but ultimately it was doable. But Slot 3 was an entirely different story... It was tougher than VARC of 2019 the passages were difficult to digest and several questions with double negatives compounded the difficulty level. The sentences in Para Jumbling were unconventionally long.
All the sections of CAT 2020 were 40 minutes long. In comparison with CAT 2019, the questions were less tougher…but combined with the duration of the section and the overall difficulty of the paper, it can be considered as on par with CAT 2019. But, Slot 3 stands out to be tougher than VARC of CAt 2019.
There were 18 questions from the RCs and 8 from Verbal Ability. Within the verbal ability section, there were 3 para jumble questions, pick the odd questions and para summaries ( 3 and 2). Overall, there were 26 questions in the VARC Section.
DILR: DILR has been consistently tougher since 2015, as mentioned before. we feel it has retained that state this year as well. There were 2 sets with 6 questions each, and 3 sets with 4 questions each, thereby adding the total number of questions for DILR to be 24.
The puzzles were more inclined towards logical reasoning than data interpretation. The numbers were easy and nicely computable. Some puzzles were of the ‘incomplete data’ type, where we had to extract some chunks of data from the data provided within the sets. It always helps to get your table and data ready, so that you may answer the questions with a solid point of reference.
The general consensus among aspirants has been that DILR was tougher in Slot 2 than Slot 1, with much emphasis on the lack of time.
Quant: The Quant section had about 10 questions in arithmetic (as we guessed earlier), about 4 in Geometry. The rest were a couple of questions from logarithms, functions, and exponents. 1 or 2 questions were from Number Theory. There were no questions from Permutations and Probability. Overall, the Quant Section had 26 questions. In deviation with the previous year CAT examinations, the section wise breakup was not the same for all the three slots. For instance, Slot 3 was more loaded with co-ordinate geometry, while Slot 1 didn't have any...
It was a pretty good mix of questions, as usual. The Quant section felt longish, with many struggling for time. The questions were nice to solve though, provided you had a good hold on your fundamentals.
Read the detailed CAT 2020 Analysis.