CAT 2013 Tips for Exam Day Strategy
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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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Hi aspirant,

Hope everything is going well.

The entrance exams through which candidates can get admission in MBA course are CAT (Common Admission Test), MAT (Management Aptitude test), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)) and ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions).

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CAT Syllabus will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. CAT (Common Admission Test) will be managed by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.
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Data Interpretation: In this section, student’s ability to solve problems accurately & understanding of the data are tested. Students can study the topic of:

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