CAT 2013, the most awaited MBA entrance exam of India has started from today, i.e. Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Opting for the first day is not a popular strategy among the test takers. As majority of the CAT 2013 aspirants will take the test on the later days, we are providing you the test day strategy for CAT 2013.


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The CAT 2013 exam taking strategy can be divided into 3 parts:

Let us have a detailed look at each of the above mentioned strategies.


Overall strategy

Before going for the test, you must have a clear idea about the number of attempts you can make and the speed and accuracy ratio and how much percentile your number of attempts will fetch you. Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning gives a structure of the test taking strategy and the percentile to expect accordingly. The following table will give you the CAT 2013 test taking strategy.




Sectional Benchmarks 


# Questions



Minutes Per Question

Estimated B-School Calls

Stage 1

75 percentile





Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida & Lucknow, Galgotias Business School Greater Noida, Alliance Business School Bangalore, SCMS Kochi

Stage 2

85 percentile





BIMTECH Greater Noida, TAPMI Manipal, IFIM Business School Bangalore, IMI Kolkata & Bhubaneswar

Stage 3

95 percentile





New IIMs, IIM Kozhikode, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar, IMT Ghaziabad, IMI Delhi

Stage 4

99 percentile





IIM A, B, C, L, FMS Delhi, DMS, IIT Delhi


According to Nilesh Gupta, CAT 2012 topper with 99.93 percentile and IIM Bangalore student, you must attempt at least 20+ questions with high accuracy in order to get a high percentile. Sharing his test taking experience, he shares, “I solved 24 in QA & DI section and just 22 in VA & LR section. Accuracy is paramount.”

Selection of Questions

The selection of the right questions is the foundation to obtaining high score. Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education lays a strategy for selecting the right questions which he calls the 4S strategy. “The 4S strategy refers to Scan, Search, Select and Solve. As the terms suggest, first go through all the 30 questions then search for those questions which you are comfortable with, select those questions and solve them.” Ravi Chandrakar, IIM Bangalore student who got 99.58 percentile in CAT 2012 suggests, “Before attempting any question, analyze whether it can be solved quickly or it will take time; then decide whether to attempt now or at the end.”

Be flexible with your selection

Often it so happens that the questions you have selected looks easy from the face value but when you start solving you realize that solving it is not your cup of tea. Don’t get stuck to it or let your ego hamper your performance. As soon as you realize, leave and move on to the next question. At the end of all the questions of the section, scan the questions again to check if you can attempt any more questions. “Don’t spend more than a minute, unless you can see the answer coming and it’s just the calculation you are stuck at. So if you can't visualize how exactly it will be solved within a minute, go ahead,” suggests Nilesh.

Ensuring Accuracy

As you are aware of the CAT 2013 scoring process, a wrong attempt can cost 1 mark so you must be very careful about the accuracy of your answers. You can rely on your gut feeling to understand whether the answer is correct or not. Don’t go by guessing game. You can shortlist 2 options which are closest to the answer and then work out the question.

Time Management

Time management is the most important aspect during the CAT 2013 exam. In the 70 minutes, you must attempt the questions by 50 to 55 minutes. Keep 15-20 minutes for reviewing the questions and the marked questions. “Don’t attempt any new or tough questions in the first 20 minutes. Always start a section with comfortable questions,” states Manudhane.

Sajnani mentions, “On the D-day, stay calm and focused. Do not stress yourself by worrying. Mentally break the test into shorter tests-carry the success in one mini-test to the next, but leave any failure behind. Do not give up at any stage during the test. For all you know, you may perform relatively better than the others.”


Also Read:

CAT 2013 Tips for Day before the Test

CAT 2013 Section wise preparation tips for last 7 days

CAT 2013 preparation- 10 tips to crack CAT exam

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I have 76% in 10th, 88% in 12th and 80% in graduation. Addition to that i have a 2 years work experience. How MUCH percentile do i need to score in cat to get a call from IIM ABC ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As per the details provided, you have decent academic record and its really good that you have 2 years of work experience. It'll give you an edge in selection process. Also, if you belong to general category, then to get a call from IIM A,B,C you should focus on getting a minimum of 98 percentile in cat.

All the best


Hlo....mam or sir! Im Rajlaxmi frm Odisha.. How to preparation for CAT ... during bba 2nd yr... how to crack CATexam ..

Prateek Sinha 30th Mar, 2020

Prepare for the syllabus according to the weight age of each section.  Give mock tests and improve upon your timing skills. if you join a coaching class it would be good as you will get a clearer idea.


why these exams are conducting

Aniket Sharma 29th Mar, 2020

hi lramprasad,

CAT is commencing on 25th November in 2020. So it does not need to get postponed/cancel due to corona virus. The situation should get better till November. So, we can't argue why CAT is conducting.

Please elaborate your query and provide more details so that we can help you better!!



Can i apply for MBA at JK Lakhmipat University if i have not given CAT?

Megha 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Abhishek !

Yes ,you can apply at JK Lakhmipat University if you have not given CAT , because as per their eligibility criteria for getting admission their the candidates must have appeared in CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/CMAT or any other national level entrance test.

In case the candidate has not appeared for any of the mentioned tests, they will have to appear in the JKLU Management Entrance Test (MET) to qualify for the programme.

So, you can apply there by appearing in their Entrance test.

Hope it helps !


What is the CAT exam pattern ?

Aashima Puri 29th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant, hope you are doing well!

CAT ( Common admission test) is a very reputed entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admissions into various colleges for MBA. The duration of the exam is 3 hours for all the categories and 4 hours for the PwD category. The sectional duration for each section is 60 minutes each whereas it is 80 minutes for the candidates of the PwD category.

The total number of questions asked in the entrance exam are 100. It is a computer based examination.

Candidates lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer and gain 3 marks for every correct answer. No marks are deducted for the questions which the candidate didn't attempt.

The examination consists of 3 sections namely - Quantitative ability , Data interpretation & logical reasoning and Verbal ability and reading comprehension. These sections consists of 34,32 and 34 questions each respectively.

The candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. He/she can move to the next section only after attempting the previous section which he/she was completing. Though, the candidates are allowed to switch between questions within the same section.

These were some of the main points to be kept in mind for the CAT exam.

Further you can go through this link to know everything about CAT exam.

Hope it helps! All the very best for your future endeavours!

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