A very important skill-set required in CAT exam is to go through the paper, more so in a computer-version, as in the paper-based versions one has to luxury of choosing the order of the sections, sub-sections etc while attempting a paper, much more easily than in the online version.
Even though CAT allows switching between sections and lets us view the whole paper like PDF,it doesn’t give the same freedom as paper-based one. Here are few aspects of picking questions:
1. Dynamic Question selection:
A Student cannot say “let me look at questions in different categories and then decide which ones work best for me”. The decision- making has to be made on the fly. Hence sections like DI and LR act as fillers. If Quant is tough then one has to attempt DI to counterweight. Similarly, if 2 RC passages are unclear, one needs to get all 12-16 correct in LR.Hence one must not go into the exam with a pre-determined mindset. Depending on the question paper one should adjust accordingly.
2.Intuition of each section:
A student should have clear idea of questions by sub-category. Due to the change in pattern of the question paper, you can expect “set”questions towards the end of each section. The RCs and LRs will come at the end of Verbal, and the DIs will come at the end of Quants. Be aware of how many questions you’ve ticked off in the common patterns, and you will know what else to look for.
3.Look into the difficulty of the paper and plan accordingly:
In some sections in CAT Exam, you will be in a position to attempt 42-46 questions. In these you should be setting the bar high. As a simple rule of thumb, one should hit the range of ~35 questions per section to hit 99th percentile. (It goes without saying that there are lots of caveats to this rule). And when in doubt assume that the paper is easy.
4. Be on time:
When you are taking mock CATs and analyzing them, have a good look at questions that you spent more than 4.5 minutes on and figure out how you got suckered into these. If you take 8 minutes for a question, it hardly matters whether you got it right – its a bad call. Time is a fast-depleting resource.
5. Confidence-Booster is essential:
Skipping moderately difficult questions is good in theory, but every now and then solving such a question boosts the morale instantly.
6. Start Well:
“Well begun is half done “is a well-known saying, Plan to start with intensity .You cannot go much wrong with this strategy.