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How to tackle TITA questions in CAT?

How to tackle TITA questions in CAT?

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Jul 17, 2024 11:47 AM IST | #CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2024 will have two types of questions: multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions, which are TITA questions, meaning (Type in the Answer). Many candidates get stuck with TITA questions just because they do not know how to tackle such questions. Candidates who want to score better in the CAT exam must be able to tackle the TITA questions. Candidates can attempt all TITA questions, as there is no negative marking for them.

How to tackle TITA questions in CAT?

TITA was introduced, for the first time, in 2015. In TITA, candidates will have to answer them directly by typing on the screen. Candidates must perform excellently in the TITA questions to score well and convert to their desired IIM. Common Admission Test is considered to be the most difficult exam due to the sectional time limit, level of questions asked, etc. Candidates should keep the time in mind while solving Non-MCQ or TITA questions as there is limited time for each section.

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TITA Questions - In Numbers

Based on the CAT exam pattern 2024, there will be two types of questions: multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and type-in-the-answer (TITA/non-MCQ questions in CAT). In TITA, candidates will have options to choose from. Also, this will take more time to write answers, so candidates should go with only those questions they are quite confident about. Check the table below to understand the trends of CAT TITA questions that will be asked in the CAT 2024, tentatively scheduled on November 24, 2024

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The number of TITA questions throughout the years

Understanding the number of TITA questions that are asked per year can give a good understanding to the candidates on the weightage of CAT TITA questions. The given below is the number of TITA questions asked in the last three years.

Total number of TITA questionsExam Year
442020
422021
472022
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(This data includes questions from all the three slots in the corresponding year)

Overview of CAT TITA type Questions

CAT Year

TITA Questions in DI & LR

TITA Questions in CAT QA

TITA Questions in CAT VARC

% of TITA Questions Every Year

CAT 202357516
CAT 202268317
CAT 202158518

CAT 2019

8

7

10

25

CAT 2018

8

12

7

27

CAT 2017

6

7

7

20

CAT 2016

8

7

10

25

CAT 2015

24

14

10

32

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Tips on How to Solve TITA Questions in CAT:

  1. Be Careful With Time Management While Dealing with TITA Questions

  2. Clear your concepts

  3. Avoid Guesswork

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Let us look at all the tips on how to Solve TITA questions in CAT one by one -

To know how to tackle TITA questions in CAT, one must be careful with time management while dealing with such questions - As mentioned above, CAT 2024 will have a sectional time duration. Candidates will be given 40 minutes for each section in which they have to answer MCQs as well as TITA questions.

  • In each section, i.e. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension equal to or more than 5 TITA questions are asked every year. Such questions do not have any options and hence candidates are required to read the question carefully and then answer accurately

  • TITA questions can be time-consuming if not practised well in advance

  • Time management of TITA questions is very important and can turn a candidate's efforts into great marks

  • Divide your day into productive, timely hours and make a proper timetable

  • Devote one hour daily for each section for TITA questions and practice them

  • Speaking about time management, CAT topper Lakshya Kumar said that he considered time management as the fourth section and focussed on it with full dedication without any carelessness

  • First time CAT takers, time management will surely benefit in the following ways -

    • Efficiency Improvement

    • Productivity Enhancement

Another topper of CAT Somansh said, “I believe time management is much easier when you are passionate about what you are doing, so simply realizing that makes a lot of difference”.

Clear your concepts - IIM Bangalore has not provided any official CAT syllabus. Based on question paper sets, the CAT 2024 syllabus should be checked by candidates before starting their preparation.

  • Candidates should try to focus on clearing their concepts from the basic level

  • Buy the best books for CAT preparation to stay updated with the latest problem-solving methods

  • Do not haste to cover all the topics in one go. Take your time in understanding the key concepts of each topic and then move towards other topics of the CAT syllabus

  • If you start preparing for CAT without any coaching in such case you can join any online study groups, contact friends who have registered themselves for coaching classes, or simply browse the internet to learn new ways of question-solving to clear concept

  • Make flashcards or sticky notes to remember the difficult topics that may be asked in TITA questions

  • If you are starting before 6 months of CAT, you should shift your focus to unfamiliar topics from which TITA questions could be raised

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Avoid Guesswork - In Multiple-choice questions, candidates have the option to solve questions in a reverse manner. However the same can not be applied in non-MCQs or TITA questions. Here, candidates do not have options for solving the question in that manner.

  • No reverse action strategy can be followed while solving TITA questions

  • No imperative cues will be there, hence do not waste your time searching and thinking about the answer

  • Attempt such TITA questions only if you know the answer and try to solve TITA questions only when you are done with the MCQs

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How to Practice TITA Questions in CAT 2024?

  1. Attempt Mock Test of CAT

  2. Do not Fall into the Trap of “Non-Negative Marking”

  3. Practice Previous Year CAT Question Papers

  4. Strategy to Attempt TITA Questions

Attempt Mock Test of CAT - One of the best ways to how to tackle TITA questions in CAT is through the CAT mock test. Most of the previous year believed that solving mock tests helped in understanding the paper pattern and getting clarity about concepts.

  • Benefits of the mock test of CAT include self-analysis, self-cum-time-management, and accuracy in problem-solving including TITA questions.

  • CAT topper Ronit Banerjea said, “I was also regular with my attendance of scheduled mocks and attempting of sectional mocks, which helped boost my performances in all 3 sections. I had an edge in VARC owing to my general comfort in the language, but a constant fear of the LRDI section ensured I was regular with my practice.”

  • Similarly, another CAT topper Rahul Gupta said, “Before the exam, somehow I was not able to score very well in the quantitative ability section and I used to be not satisfied with my performance. I practised a lot of mock tests and gradually I started doing well. I practised a lot from sectional and mock tests and the questions that were there in the study material from which I was preparing. During the weekend I used to give more time for my preparation and used to take mock tests as well as sectional tests. I used to solve a lot of questions also apart from the mock tests.”

Do not Fall in the Trap of “Non-Negative Marking” - As discussed above, TITA questions are non-MCQs and do not have any options like MCQs. Hence are more time-consuming and require more time to answer. Just because answering TITA questions does not result in losing marks, many candidates fall into the trap and end up losing their precious time of 60 minutes per section. Candidates also face anxiety as they fear losing time while solving TITA questions.

Practice Previous Year CAT Question Papers - To make their preparation strong candidates are advised to practice from the previous year question papers of CAT. Once finished with the syllabus solve at least one question paper/sample paper daily. This will improve speed and accuracy and there will be a time when no question will look unfamiliar. By regularly scanning the previous year question paper, you will be familiar with both types of questions i.e. MCQs and TITA questions.

Strategy to Attempt TITA Questions - Finally, remember that there is no specific strategy/ trick to attempt TITA questions in CAT. To save time while solving CAT question paper, the best advice for candidates would first solve the non-MCQs and then move on to those TITA questions that look familiar and you can answer easily.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How to answer TITA questions in CAT?

The non-MCQ questions in the CAT exam are referred to as CAT TITA (Type in the Answer) questions. Candidates have to give their answers using an on-screen keyboard. There is no negative marking for CAT TITA questions.

2. How can we question CAT questions quickly?

Students should have a clear understanding of the basics and should take multiple mock tests to enhance their speed and accuracy in solving questions for the CAT exam. Regular practice through mock tests helps in familiarizing with the exam pattern and managing time effectively.

3. Is there a negative marking for attempting TITA questions in CAT exam?

No, there are no negative marking for attempting TITA questions in CAT exam. TITA stands for "Type In The Answer," which are non-MCQ questions in CAT. Here, candidates are required to directly type their responses instead of choosing from provided options. 

4. What is the frequency of TITA questions in CAT exam?

The frequency of TITA questions in CAT exam varies from 12-20 questions from different sections i.e., DI & LR, VARC and QA.

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Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


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1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


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The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

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Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

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The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

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Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


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