CAT 2013 is less than a week away. This is the right time to define your time management strategy to crack the CAT 2013. As CAT is a time bound test, it is very important for you to chalk a proper plan pertaining to time management so that you finish the exam within 2 hours 20 minutes.

First we will tell you about the duration of CAT 2013 per section and overall.


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CAT 2013 Duration

The total duration of CAT 2013 is 2 hours 20 minutes. Since 2011, CAT pattern saw a change in terms of sectional time limit. Each section has 70 minutes duration. After the first 70 minutes, the section Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) will automatically get over and the computer screen will open the next section, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR).


You have to ensure that you finish the sections within 60 minutes so that you have 10 minutes as buffer time for revision and solving the few queries left for review.


Now we will share the detailed tips on time management strategy for CAT 2013.

Tips to manage time for CAT 2013

For each section you have to solve 30 questions in 70 minutes. Now it is obvious that you will not attempt all the 30 questions owing to the threat of negative marking. Now let us give you a minute by minute plan to utilize the 70 minutes of CAT 2013.

0-10 minutes: Go through the questions and select the ones you want to attempt
11-30 minutes: Attempt those questions which you are comfortable in.

31-40 minutes: These 10 minutes in between are for emergency arrangements. In case you find that the questions are taking too long to answer or those which appeared to be easy turned out to be tricky, you need to change the questions as well. As Sudha Datla, 99.48 percentiler in CAT 2012 and IIM Rohtak student shares, “Whenever I felt a question was taking more time, I skipped it for the time being and later came back to it after finishing all other problems.”

41-60 minutes: Complete answering the questions which you have finally chosen.
61-70 minutes: Review the questions and finalize the section

You can follow the above mentioned procedure for both the sections.


Abhineet Mittal, who got 99.41 percentile in CAT 2012 and currently pursuing PGP from IIM Rohtak says, “I tried to finish all the questions I could solve within first 50-55 minutes and used last 15 minutes to review the questions and solve any difficult question.”

Maintaining Speed & Accuracy for CAT 2013

The need for speed is of utmost importance when it comes to CAT. As mentioned above, the CAT is time bound exam and hence you must speed up your performance accordingly. Kamlesh Sajnani, Managing Director, IMS Learning suggests, “Time bound sections check the student’s section-wise strengths. If one has prepared the basics of all concepts and is confident of his application skills, time management should not be a difficult issue. The trick is not to spend more than 2.5 minutes on a question. Always keep an eye on the timer.”

Avoid guess work: However, maintaining accuracy or the correctness of your answers is equally important. If you complete the CAT 2013 exam well on time but with erroneous answers, you will have to face the penalty in terms of a low percentile. Hence accuracy is something you cannot compromise. Sajnani adds, “Do not do guess work and answer questions in a hurry as it may cost heavily due to negative marking scheme of the test.”

Learn short tricks: In order to maintain both speed and accuracy, you must learn some short tricks which will ensure accuracy as well as a speedy solving of the questions. “Shortcuts are absolutely essential; tables, reciprocals, fractions, skimming, approximations, etc. But, it is equally essential to be very familiar with them (and their origin), not just know them,” mentions Pooja Pai, 99.89 percentiler in CAT 2012 and FMS, University of Delhi student.

Practice to get proficiency over speed: Speed is something which you have to build through lot of practice. Otherwise even if you solve an answer correctly but take long time, it won’t fetch you the desired result. “Practice hard before the exam so that your speed is really good,” states Ravi Chandrakar, IIM Bangalore student and 99.58 percentiler in CAT 2012. Talking about the advantage of practice, Koundinya Nellutla, 99.79 percentile scorer of CAT 2012 and FMS student adds, “Practice tells you your weaknesses and strengths. Based on that, you can decide how much you want to spend on each section.”


Also read

CAT 2013 Section wise preparation tips for last 7 days

CAT 2013 preparation- 10 tips to crack CAT exam


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