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How to Guess an Answer in CAT?

CAT 2023 is just a few months away, so aspirants should start preparing from now. The idea is to get the hang of answering the questions with accuracy. A few CAT Shortcut Techniques will always help to manage time efficiently and score a good percentile. The other (last-minute) choice is to be able to guess an answer by the following:


CAT, as is the case with any other examination, has to be written in a fixed time slot. Solving questions if you are confused and scared would be time-consuming and lead to negative marking, which is not accepted at all to score a good rank. Here, the solutions usually come with approximations to save time and increase the number of attempts.


When a candidate finds an answer to a question similar to the other question, then you can give it a try by guessing the answers. But, understand the meaning of the questions, to find the hints for the answer.

Trial and Error

This is done where no rule or shortcut technique applies. Usually, this is done while solving problems which have answers that are feasible to guess. It is a shot in the dark.

The ‘Type in the Answer’ (TITA) questions are the ones in which candidates can attempt all the questions in the CAT exams as they do not have negative markings. 30% of questions belong to TITA, thus making them the easiest to score from.

Here Are Some Tips to Help You Choose the Correct Answer:

  • Understand what the question wants from you
  • Examine the options provided
  • Eliminate the far-fetched options
  • Choose the better fit amongst the options left (if any)
  • Fish out your answer from the question itself

Never get stuck with one question, it is suggested to move to the next question. Relying on guesswork isn’t advised as it may reduce your percentile. Remember about the negative marking, i.e. one-third of marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Hence, it is crucial to get familiar with the CAT Exam Pattern, which will help to understand the ways to solve questions.

Learning the art of choosing the best strategy to attempt a management exam is essential for your success. Stay tuned to BYJU’S to know various important tips and tricks essential to ace the CAT exam. Also, get several solved sample question papers and previous years’ papers to get acquainted with the actual CAT paper.