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How to Achieve Best Score in CAT 2013?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the national level test for admission into management courses in IIMs and other renowned institutions in India. Admission will become possible into the best of these institutes only when one gets good score in the test.

CAT is one of the tests where the competition is very high and stern. Thirteen Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will take cognizance of this test. They are – IIM, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Udaipur, Shillong, Tiruchi, Kanpur, Kozikode, Lucknow and Indore. Along with them, other institutes, which allow admission basing on the CAT score, are – MDI, Gurgaon, S.P.Jain, IIT, Delhi, NITIE, Mumbai, SISOM – IIT, Bombay, VGSOM – IIT, Khargpur, BIM – Tiruchi, IIT – Kanpur, IIT – Madras, IIT – Roorkee, FORE – Delhi, IMT – Ghaziabad and IMI – Delhi.

In the current year, the CAT test will be conducted on-line in October – November months. This test will be in two parts with test duration of 140 minutes.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Total number of questions will be 60. Three marks will be allowed for each correct answer and one mark will be cut for each wrong answer. Precision and speed are absolutely necessary. Equal weightage will be given to each of the two parts.

Who are eligible for CAT?
To become eligible, the candidate should secure atleast 50% in the degree examination. Students in their final year of their degree are also eligible to attend the examination.

CAT registration: upto 26th September
Test Window: 16th October – 11th November
Results: on 14th January 2014
Website: www.cat2013.iimidr.ac.in

Simply writing the examination will not be taken as granted for admission into IIMs. All the 13 IIMs will have each of their own admission procedures. This process will be in the form of Written Admission Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. However, the prime factor will be the score achieved by the candidate in the CAT. The candidate’s academic achievements and related work experience will be taken into account. For details of each of the IIMs, their websites may be logged on.

Steps for success …

1. How to achieve the best score in CAT?

Achieving the required score after carefully studying the needed percentile of the ‘B’ school in which the students desires to get admission, is the approach for success. Therefore, before applying to each of the business schools, it is necessary to know about the cut-off percentiles of those schools.

While showing the talent in each of the parts, if a candidate secures overall percentile of 95 +, it is a sure sign to get admission into IIMs. To get admission in one of the best 100 ‘B’ schools, one has to secure atleast an overall percentile of 75 +. Once the target is fixed, to achieve it, a perfect planning has to be drawn and meticulously executed.

See the analysis for getting the required percentile with correctly answering the questions in the tests (this is drawn up basing on the simulated mock tests).

These figures are drawn assuming that the examination is moderately difficult. After writing the examination, analyse the performance, arrive at the score and compare it with the figures in the table. Skills are to be so developed that each stage is smoothly passed through.

Segment-wise targets
Correctly Answered
Allowed Time
5.5 Minutes
Stage -2
4.5 Minutes
3.7 Minutes
2.7 Minutes

After comparing, students will be in one of the above four stages. In the initial stages, they may be with less than a percentile with 75. Still no need to get worried; if efforts are put with correct planning, gradually the expected percentile can be achieved.       

Every time (a) abilities in concepts and applications are to be improved and (b) improve the skills in writing the examination. Identify the areas of deficiencies and put extra care to see that such deficiencies are remedied and the score is improved.

2. How much time to be spared each day?

Enough if 4 hours are allotted each day. However, it should be ensured that how best this time is utilized. It varies from student to student. Some students allot more time to ‘Verbal Ability’ (VA); some others to ‘Quantitative Ability’ (QA). Ultimately, every student should distribute the time depending on his personal choices, basing on his IQ levels. Preparation process should be taken up at the point of time in the day, when the mind is fresh and active.

3. How to design the final stage of preparation?

One examination has to be written once in three days. After writing the first examination, the rest of the two days are to be allotted for analysing it and to repeat, review and recapitulate the fundamental points in which he feels he is weak.

When writing the examination, classify the questions into 3 types – (1) can easily understand and answer them correctly, (2) knows the correct answer, but it is time-consuming and (3) cannot answer them (for whatever may be the reason). Plan the priorities like this. If this process is implemented in the prior practice tests also, then the answering ability would improve.

Writing hundreds of model tests in the preparation stage is a myth. Experience of successful candidates is that most of them did not take a number of model tests, but in the few model tests they have written, they perfectly planned and analysed their performance in the tests.

4. How to review after writing the examination?

Analyse whether the mistakes committed in the examinations attended by them are whimsical or carelessly answered or actually related to the concepts.  Review whether those questions could have been solved more excellently. It should be well-thought-out whether the problem could be understood properly even when it is difficult.  If it is a new concept, it has to be learnt and proceeded further.

Now the left over questions are to be solved.  The questions, which add to the score, are to be identified and reviewed as to why you have left them unanswered.  In the examination hall, a habit has to be formed to see that every question is thoroughly read.

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