CAT Update: Aiming for 95+ percentile in CAT Exam? Get 45 Qs right, say CL, IMS experts

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
March 20, 2014
The major question which must be there in your mind is how many question attempts will fetch you the desired percentile?

It has been more than a week since CAT 2011 has started. As per the experts, the difficulty level has been rated as Moderate. If you are yet to take the test, you must be having a lot of queries in your mind regarding the exam. But the major question which must be there in your mind is: What is the ideal number of question attempts to get 95+percentile? This article of MBAUniverse.com shares with you the suggestions from top experts on this front.

The CAT 2011 paper consists of total 60 questions, 30 in each section. According to the experts, a successful attempt of 45 questions in total can get you your desired percentile. “An attempt of 45 questions in the paper, with attempt of 21 to 22 questions in each section will fetch you a good percentile of above 90,” says Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher.

Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning voiced a similar opinion by saying, “An attempt of around 20 to 25 questions with 85 per cent accuracy should get you a 95+ percentile in each of the sections.”

While you are attempting the questions and keep the number in mind, it is equally necessary for you to maintain the accuracy as you will lose marks with every wrong question. According to the marking scheme of CAT 2011, you will get three marks for every correct answer and one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Hence while going for CAT 2011, make sure that you select the right questions where you will not make any mistakes or are sure to attempt them correctly. Otherwise you will lose your marks due to negative marking.

So you shall be sure of the questions to be attempted. For this, you can go through all the questions of the section first and make a mental note of the questions to be attempted. It may happen that while you start attempting the question, you will find it difficult to go ahead with it. In such scenarios, it is better to leave that question and move ahead.

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more tips on CAT 2011.