The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023, a crucial exam for admission to postgraduate and doctoral programs at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), is scheduled to occur on November 26 across 155 cities. The examination will be held in a computer-based format across three sessions: the first session from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, the second from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and the third from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Similar to the previous year, the CAT 2023 question paper will consist of 66 questions encompassing Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and non-MCQs. These questions are distributed among three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The VARC section evaluates language skills, comprehension, and effective communication abilities.
The CAT 2023 exam holds significant importance as it serves as a gateway for aspirants aiming to pursue esteemed postgraduate and doctoral courses at the prestigious IIMs.
Candidates preparing for CAT 2023 need to focus on several key areas to maximize their performance in the examination.
Understanding the question paper structure is crucial. Candidates are advised to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the sections and question types before attempting the exam. Utilizing the ‘question paper’ section button on the screen can aid in initial scanning of the questions.
Adopting a strategic approach is recommended. Prioritizing questions based on confidence levels and solving them quickly is advantageous. Allocate more time to challenging questions, ensuring careful consideration.
In the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension segment, solving a minimum of 3 Reading Comprehensions (RCs) and 5 Verbal Ability (VA) questions is suggested. Aim to answer around 50% of the 24 questions in this section correctly, which roughly equates to attempting 17-18 questions.
Maintaining a balanced focus across all sections—Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning—is crucial. Avoid placing undue emphasis on any specific section.
Given the presence of Type in The Answer (TITA) questions without negative markings, candidates should attempt more of these. However, effective time management is essential while prioritizing TITA questions for a higher percentile.
Maintaining an optimal speed in solving the question paper is vital. Strike a balance between reading comprehension and verbal ability to avoid excessive time spent on challenging questions.
Remaining composed during the exam is advised. If a question poses difficulty for 3 to 4 minutes, it’s prudent to skip and revisit it later to optimize time utilization and maintain confidence levels throughout the exam.