# CAT 2013 Entrance Examination: Last minute tips

CAT 2013 is right at your doorstep. And as minutes are fading away faster than the speed of light, we bring you few last minute tips that may help you land a seat at the prestigious IIMs.

Updated: Oct 15, 2013, 19:24 PM IST

CAT 2013 is right at your doorstep. And as minutes are fading away faster than the speed of light, we bring you few last minute tips that may help you land a seat at the prestigious IIMs.

The most important step is to identify the questions that are comparatively easier to crack. Please note that the easier questions in Section I are usually the ones that are based on the basic concepts of Number System, Geometry, Time Speed Distance and Work, Progressions, Ratios and Averages. DI questions based on graphs/charts and tables usually involve simple calculation. One can easily identify 8-10 easy questions in section l. In Section II, the easier questions are usually those based on Para jumbles, Para completions, Fill in the Blanks and the ones on Reasoning. Out of nine questions of LR, 5-6 questions will be easy to crack.

CAT has one-third negative marking, and statistics shows that that blind guessing almost always leads to a negative/low score, so avoid guess work. However, in case you have been able to eliminate two of the options, you can take a chance. Do not rush through the paper and do not get tensed. Do remember that if it is tough for you, then it is the same for others too.

And finally, try your best to maintain accuracy. Riaan Arora, a 99.8 percentiler says “I made sure that I solved only those questions in Quant that I was very sure of. I just attempted around 19 questions in the first section.”

Scheduled to be conducted between October 16 and November 11, CAT is one of the most anticipated exams in the country, and its reputation also stems from the fact that though lakhs of students take this exam every year, the success ratio is abysmally low – only one in hundreds end up at a coveted IIM.
It is because of this factor that most successful candidates are of the opinion that CAT is more a test of elimination than a test of selection and more often than not attribute their success to a cool and calm mind.