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IgenerallygetaskedthisquestionHowdoIsolveaCATquestionfast,reallyfast?,andsometimes
morespecicallyHowdoIsolveaCATquestionsin60secondsorlesser?

DoyoureallyneedtosolveeveryCATquestionin60seconds?ThisisakintoaskinghowdoesIndia
scorea250+scoreineveryT20matchthatitplays.Justlikethepossibilityofscoring250+dependsupon
thepitch/groundconditions,thequalityofyourbatsmen,thequalityofyouropponentsandalso,luckto
someextenttheminimumtimetosolveanyCATquestiondependsuponthenatureofthequestion,
optionstherein,familiaritywiththeconstruct,abilitytothink/calculate/analysefastandalsoluckto
someextent.Thisminimumtimemayrangefrom15seconds(forvocabularybasedquestions,for
example)to3minutes(forareallytoughQuantquestion)ifaquestiontakesmorethan3minutesyou
mayconsidertoskipitorkeepitfortheend.So,theobjectiveistosolveaquestionintheminimum
possibletimethatitdeservesandnotastandard60sor108s.

Howtosolveaquestionintheminimumpossibletime?

BeforeIanswerthisquestion,letmeclearafewmythsthatcloudaCATtakersmindwhilepreparing
fortheCAT.

Myth1:MasterallShortcuts&youwilldowellattheCAT.Doallquestionshaveshortcuts?Theansweris
NO.Shortcutscanbeusefulonlyforstandardquestionformats.AndtheCATisnotoriousformostly
havingquestionsthatdonotresembleanystandardformat.TakeanypastCATpaperandyouwill

ndveryfewquestionsineachpaperwherequestionsareinastandardformatandyoucanapplythe 1/3
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ndveryfewquestionsineachpaperwherequestionsareinastandardformatandyoucanapplythe
correspondingshortcutsandsaveonsometime.So,whileknowingafewrelevantshortcutswill
alwayscomehandyandhelpyousavetimeforahandfulofquestionsformostofthequestionsyoudo
nothaveanystandardshortcuts.Inshort,learnshortcutsbutdonotdependonthemtodowellinthe
CAT.

Myth2:LearnVedicMathsandyouwillcracktheCATQuant&DIsections.WillVedicMathssolveallyour
Quant&DIrelatedproblems?TheanswerisNOagain.WhileafewtechniquesofVedicMathsmay
comehandyforsomeofthecalculationsinDataInterpretationinvestingtoomuchtimelearningVedic
MathsinitsentiretywillnotbeaveryfruitfulexercisefromtheperspectiveofCAT.However,youcan
doitforselfenhancementorifyouhaveagenuineloveforMathematics;).

Myth3:ReadveryfastifyouwanttodowellintheReadingComprehensionsection.True,butNOT
WHOLLY.Whileitisimportanttoreadfast,itisequallyorrathermoreimportantthatyoucomprehend
correctly.Ifyoureadsofastthatyoudonotcomprehendthepassageeectivelyinyourrstaempt
andneedtogobacktoreadingthepassageagain(andagain)youwillonlyendupspendingmore
timeonreadingthesame.So,themantraistoreadwithasmuchpaceasitallowsyoutosuccessfully
comprehendwhatyouarereadingintherstreaditself.

Havingclearedthesemyths,letsnowhavealookatwhatyoushouldbetypicallydoingtosolveaCAT
questionintheminimumpossibletime:

youshouldbeabletoreadandcorrectlyunderstandthepassage/set/questionsaskedandasfast
aspossible.AsIhavealreadyexplained,eectivereadingisaprerequisitenotonlyfortheReading
ComprehensionQuestionsbutalsoforQuant,DI,LRandVerbalAbilityQuestions.Forexample,
correctlyunderstandinga45lineMathquestionintherstreadcanhelpyousavetimewhile
solvingthatparticularquestion.Also,readingeectivelybetweenthelineswillsometimeshelp
youanswerthequestionfastwithouthavingtoreallysolvethequestion.
youshouldbefamiliarwiththeconstruct/concept/questiontypeassessed.Todevelopfamiliarity
withconstructs,youneedtohaveasoundconceptualclarityyoushouldknowalltheformulae,the
rules,theexceptions,thestandardapproachestosolvingstandardquestion
types/questionsandtheshortcutsorquickerapproacheswherever(andifatall)applicable..
And,thisshouldbebackedwithawholelotofpurposefulpracticewithCATLEVELquestions.
youshouldbeabletosieve/eliminateoptionswhereverpossible.Whilesolvingquestions,you
needtokeepaneyeonoptionslearntoeliminate,knowwhentostopcalculating,makeintelligent
guesseswheneverrequired.So,forexample,ifyouknowthattheanswerhastobeamultipleof11
andthereisonlyoneoptionthatsatisesthisconditionthenthereisnoneedtosolvethequestion
completelymarktheoptionaccordinglyandsavetime.
youshouldminimizeuseofpen&paper(andnowthecalculator)forbasiccalculations.To
minimizeuseofpenandpaper,practicebasicmentalcalculationslikeadding,subtracting,
multiplying,dividing,factorizing,ndingHCF/LCM,squares&cubes,workingwithfractionsetc.
Withtheadventoftheonscreencalculator,youmaybetemptedtouseitforeverycalculationthat
comesyourwaybutrememberthatuseofthecalculatorwithoutdiscretionwillonlymeanyou
takemoretimethanifyouweretodocertaincalculationsmentally.
Andmostimportantly,youshouldhave100%focusandconcentrationwhilesolvingthe
question.Learntostayfocusedwhilesolvingaquestionyoushouldbementallyalert,notget
distracted&keepcalminordertoensurethatyoudonotwastetimeinrereadingthequestion,
misinterpretingthequestion,makingcarelessmistakestherebyneedingtorecalculateetc.

Iamsurethatifyouworkoneachoftheaboveaspects,youwillbesolvingCATquestionsasfastasyou2/3
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Iamsurethatifyouworkoneachoftheaboveaspects,youwillbesolvingCATquestionsasfastasyou
canandmaybefasterthatmostotherCATtakers.Donotworrytoomuchaboutlearningshortcutsor
masteringVedicMaths.Focusonimprovingyourconceptualclarity,practicewithawholelotofCAT
levelquestionsandworkonyourtesttakingskillsinshort,usetheC.A.T.Approach
(hps://vkpedia.in/2016/06/11/thecatwillnowbellthecat/)andSpeedwillFollow

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followingblogswrienbymycolleague(anda6timesCAT100percentiler)onhowonecouldsolve
certainQuantquestionsreallyfastifyoucanreadbetweenthelines,haveagoodholdoverthe
conceptsandknowhowtousetheoptionstoyouradvantage.

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2thoughtsonHowtosolveCATquestionsin60seconds?

1.KumarPsays:
August21,2016at4:55pm
Dearsir,
IhavesolvedallmyQuantstudymaterialonceandgonethroughtheconceptsthoroughlyyetIam
stuckat3040zone.Icansolvealmostallthequestionsinnontestenvironment,butIdontknow
whyIamunabletoperforminthemocks.

Reply
VKsays:
September12,2016at8:06am
HiKumarifyoubelievethatyouaredonewithconcepts,thenstartsolvingawholelotofCAT
levelquestionsorApplicationBuilderquestionsfromdierentsourceslikepastCATpapers,
pastSimCATs,Sectiontestsetc.Thiswillgiveyouthecondencetosolvemorequestionswhile
takingthemocks.

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