How to tackle TITA questions in CAT
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How to Tackle TITA Questions in CAT- The abbreviation TITA stands for “Type in the Answer”. Candidates tend to press the panic button when it hits them as to “how to tackle TITA questions in CAT.” The concept of TITA questions was first introduced by IIM Ahmedabad in 2015. The announcement mentioned that in CAT-2015, “some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen”. But, they left the aspirants wondering about the number of such questions in CAT-2016. However, year after year candidates has got the hang of how to tackle TITA questions in CAT. Now, along with the outstanding scores in MCQs, excellent performance in TITA question is also necessary to land in your dream college. It made each and every test taker euphoric when CAT examiners announced that there will be “No Negative Marking” for TITA questions. But, as the TITA questions are non-MCQs and demand more time to write an answer on screen, it created anxiety among aspirants as they feared that they would lose marks not because of negative marking but due to lack of time. Read the full article to know what you need to do to tackle TITA questions.
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Number of TITA Questions over the Years

In order to get an idea about how to tackle TITA questions in CAT and get an idea as to how many questions have been asked, check the table that is given below:

CAT TITA questions in past years

Year

Verbal and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

Percentage of TITA Questions

CAT 2018

7

8

12

27

CAT 2017

7

6

7

20

CAT 2016

10

8

7

25

CAT 2015

10

24

14

32

Since the TITA questions were recently added to the exam pattern of CAT, aspirants may find it difficult to tackle such questions. Here are certain tips for “how to tackle TITA questions in CAT”

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Adhere to time limit while dealing with TITA Questions

Since TITA questions on Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) are lengthy and time consuming, candidates are advised to keep track of the time while solving such questions.

Though, students are not penalised while answering TITA questions as there is no negative marking for wrong answers but spending too much time on one particular questions might also result in losing time. Hence, it is better to answer the questions within the stipulated time while answering TITA questions in CAT 2019.

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Attempt the questions only if your concepts are clear

TITA questions do not consist of MCQs- nature questions, as a result they have to be solved or deduced without any options and it can be done only if one is well versed with the basic concept. So, when it comes to “how to tackle TITA questions” it would be a wise decision to not attempt those TITA questions about which you are unsure or do not know the concept on which the question is based.

How to Tackle TITA questions in CAT - Attempt such questions towards the end

It is generally suggested that TITA questions should be attempted at last, after attempting MCQs of all the sections as they are difficult and time-consuming in nature as compared to the MCQs.

How to Practice TITA Questions

The best way of preparing TITA questions is by solving the questions without looking at the options. Let say, you are practicing para jumbles questions of Verbal Ability (VR) and trying to find the answer without looking at the options given to you.

The Trap of “Non Negative Marking”
No negative marking scheme of TITA questions lures the aspirants as they believe that even if they are not sure about the correct answers to those questions, they do not have anything to lose. Here, the candidates fall into the trap where they spend too much time in solving the questions. Therefore, it is advisable not to fall into the trap of “no negative marking.” for TITA questions.

No GuessWork in TITA Questions

Elimination of options is considered to be one of the best methods to solve any kind of MCQ exam but TITA questions in CAT do not consist of any options. So, guess work by eliminating the options cannot be done.

Strategy to Attempt TITA Questions

There is no specific strategy to attempt TITA questions in CAT. The least the test takers can do is to select those TITA questions which will consume less time and about which they are sure.

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