Last Month's Preparation Guide For CAT Examination

The Common Entrance Test (CAT) exam is one of the important exams in India for admission to various management programs. 

It is a national-level computer-based exam that gives entries to IIMs and other management colleges. 

It is one of the toughest exams in the country and will require your full dedication and effort.

Last month preparation guide for CAT Examination

CAT Preparation

Hard work, dedication, and focused study are all you require to crack the CAT exam. No exam is challenging all it requires is a proper strategy and a focused approach. 

This article provides you with complete details as to how one can prepare in the last months when the exam is approaching.

Strategy for CAT Preparation

First 15 Days

Quick revision of all the significant topics

Focus on strong topics in terms of weightage

Day 16 to Day 20

Practise last year's questions

Practise giving mock tests

Day 21st to Day 30/ last day

Final Revision

Proper 6 hours of sleep on the last day.

  1. Quick Revision Of Strong Subjects

Revision is the key to good grades, keeping in mind the CAT Syllabus, the most important thing to do is to revise each and every topic you have studied earlier, as the already learned chapters are of no use if you don't revise them in the end. 

Make a timetable according to the left-out subjects and follow it, it will keep you organized and will reduce your anxiety. Students should quickly go through the topics from all 3 sections, and prioritize the major topics from the exam point of view. Revise all the fundamentals which form a base for other topics. 

  1. Focus On Important Subjects

Now it's not the time to start learning new topics, instead, try to just go through the already prepared topics. If time allows, it is advisable to complete the pending topics in line and make a strong hold on that also.

Put quality over quantity and plan a fixed schedule for studying, keep track of revised chapters and topics which are still left to do. It can be done by keeping a diary pad and noting down the progress of preparation.

  1. Solve Previous Year Question Papers

In the last 15-20 days, try to get your hands on CAT mock tests. It not only gives you an idea about what type of questions are framed but also gives you an edge in preparation and keeps you ahead of other candidates.

Practice daily mock tests and keep an eye on questions that are repeating as it gives you an idea of what type of concepts have a history of repeating and what is the format of the questions. Practicing CAT mock tests will boost your confidence and can also help in pointing out weak points thereby enhancing your preparation and helping us score well.

  1. Sleep Schedule And Healthy Diet

Apart from studies, taking a balanced diet and a proper 6-7 hours of good sleep is required for optimal functioning of the body. As the food we eat directly impacts our physical as well as our mental health, so eating healthy foods is very important. 

Good sleep just a day before the exam gives you an energetic boost and allows your brain to function fully. A good sleep before the exam day enhances concentration power and makes you feel fresh. 

  1. Make A Timetable

Try to follow a timetable for different subjects of the exam. For the CAT VARC part, follow a habit of reading and marking the new words which can enhance your vocabulary. For the CAT Quant section make a separate strategy, and practice at least 20 questions on the same topic to build your base.

  1. Best CAT ​Exam Books

Select the best CAT Exam Books available in the market. Having the right CAT study material is very important. Practising from the books which have the best method of demonstration and from famous authors will be helpful.

CAT Exam Pattern

  • The duration of CAT Exam is of 2 hours. A total of 66 questions will be asked each is carrying 3 marks, and for every incorrect option, 1 mark will be deducted.
  • The exam will be conducted in online mode i.e. computer-based.
  • Questions in the CAT exam are asked from 3 sections such as - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which tests your English language comprehension skills and vocabulary, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning which includes interpreting and analyzing numerical data and applying logic sets, and Quantitative Aptitude includes mathematical operations.
  • Competition is tough when it comes to the CAT exam and it requires daily studies and regular practice to clear it. 

In the last month, students get anxious about how to prepare for CAT in the last month, below are some important points that should be kept in mind.


Clearing the CAT exam is not an easy task, it requires hard work and proper strategy. The above-mentioned tips can prove to be very helpful while preparing. The last few days are very important from the exam point of view and you should put in maximum effort.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Can I bring calculators for the exam?

Ans. No, candidates are not allowed to bring a calculator into the exam hall, carrying calculators is strictly prohibited.

Q2.  Can I give the CAT exam after passing my 12th class?

Ans. NO, a candidate should hold at least a bachelor's degree to apply for CAT. 

Q3. Can I pursue MBA without giving the CAT exam?

Ans. Yes, you can definitely pursue MBA without passing the CAT exam, there are many colleges that do not require CAT scores, but if you want to get admission to top B schools then you have to score well on the CAT exam. 

Q4. How many times I can give the CAT exam?

Ans. There is no limit on the number of attempts, you can give as many times as possible.

Q5. From where can I select my preferred date and slot for the exam?

Ans. The exam date and center are allotted by the conducting body and we are not given any choice for it. It is written on the admit card you will receive. 

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