At the first glance, CAT appears to contain questions which are difficult and tricky. However, a careful study reveals that all sections contain a mix of easy, moderate and difficult problems. Therefore, it is important to quickly scan all the questions first and then pay attention to the easier ones to solve first. Each section of the CAT contains a few questions that may hardly take 1-2 minutes to solve. Answering such questions helps you to score the cut off marks for that section, thereby improving your overall score.
Identify easier section
Usually, one section in the CAT is relatively easier than the other two sections. You must ensure to score to the maximum extent in that section. The easier section has a higher cut-off than the other sections and hence, care must be taken to secure the cut-off.
Diligent and rigorous practice
CAT demands a high degree of accuracy and speed from the candidate. This can only be achieved by diligent and rigorous practice. Taking mock tests from as early as April not only helps you get acclimatized to examination conditions and pressures but also improves your overall performance considerably. Sound knowledge of the basics is very important in developing the logical reasoning and problem-solving techniques.
It is always advisable to know different techniques and methods to solve a problem. This helps you build your reasoning and logical skills and successfully answer the difficult questions.
Use the Elimination method
Eliminate those options that are completely off the mark or those that are definitely not the correct options. By this technique of elimination, you arrive at fewer options to choose from. Decide upon the correct answer by eliminating all or as many options as you can and finally arrive at the correct answer.
Time is extremely important in the CAT examination. A student can develop her own strategy to maximize the score. However, one must be quick to adopt alternative methods if a particular strategy fails. Thinking for a long time over a single question wastes your valuable time. It is also possible that you may be on the wrong track altogether. So move on. You can always come back to it later if you have time.
Use shortcut and approximation skills
Unlike the other premier national level competitive exams, CAT does not contain questions that are based on higher mathematics and advanced English. It is found that questions which are considered difficult can be solved by using shortcuts, quick calculations or approximation. We suggest that you enhance your approximation skills by careful thought and determined practice.
Prioritize choice of questions
You can set yourself time limits for each section and then try your best to score maximum marks within the allotted time. Our simulated practice tests help you prepare for the CAT test by taking you closest to the test environment. Please bear in mind that all sections should be treated equally important.