November 22, tomorrow, is the second and final test day for the . This year, CAT 2014 question paper has new exam pattern. Quantitative & Data Interpretation section and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section will now have 50 questions each instead of 30 questions last year. It means that time allotted per question has now reduced and aspirants have to devise their Exam Day Strategy accordingly. Also Read - Will Convert All State-Run Madrasas Into a General School: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

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  • Reach the exam centre 2 hours before schedule: This year, there are 307 exam centres across 99 cities in India. It means that you will not have to stand in long queues at the gate of the exam centre or testing labs. Still, to make sure that everything happens smoothly, candidates are advised to reach the exam centre 2 hours before the exam. Do not forget to carry your admit card (with a photograph affixed on it) and a valid photo ID card (in original) along with you.

Registration process at testing labs is a 2-step process where fingerprints of candidates are captured and matched to ascertain their identities. They also have to enter details in the attendance sheet and sign it. Also Read - Will You Send Your Kids to School If They Reopen in October? 71% Parents Say No; Reveals Survey

  • Testing labs have detailed instructions: If you are not already familiar with how to take the computer-based exam, you can go through the detailed instructions on how to use the navigation tools right inside the testing lab. Students are allowed to login 10 minutes before the exam time so that they can read them carefully.
  • Less time per question: Till last year, candidates used to have 2.32 minutes per question in CAT exams. This year, they have only 1.70 minutes per question. Hence, it becomes important to pick up questions you can readily answer in the first go. Do not lose time on questions you don’t know by trying to solve them serial-wise. High accuracy and speed matters a lot in the CAT 2014 exam.
  • Data Interpretation (DI) questions before Quantitative (Quant) questions: On November 16, mostly all the candidates found that first question was either on Algebra or Arithmetic which can be solved quickly. DI questions were trickier and more time consuming as usual. So, we suggest that you should solve DI questions first as you are fresh in the beginning and come back to easier Quant questions later. In general, questions on Algebrars were easier while Arithmetic questions were trickier.
  • Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR) strategy: On the first test day of CAT 2014, the trend showed that LR questions were more time consuming. on Error Correction which require strong fundamentals. If you are good with short paragraphs, parajumbles, summary questions, and out-of-context sequence jumbled paragraphs, you may score well in this section.
  • Overall exam strategy: Candidates should try to solve at least a few questions from Quant, DI, VA, Reading Comprehension (RC) and LR each in the first attempt. You can check out the entire test paper in one go at the beginning of the exam to scout for the questions you would like to attempt. Colour coding of questions on the right side of the screen will help you reach a particular question instantly. 

Best of Luck!

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