CAT 2020: Last Minute Revision Tips to Improve CAT Percentile by 30%

Getting a decent percentile in CAT exam is not really that hard. Even if you are not a 100% confident about your preparation, you can surely boost your CAT 2020 percentile and score by following a few simple tips and tick in the last week.

Created On: Nov 27, 2020 11:42 IST
CAT 2018: Last Week Prep Tips to Improve CAT Percentile
CAT 2018: Last Week Prep Tips to Improve CAT Percentile

With CAT 2020 exam being organised in just a week's time (29th November 2020), CAT aspirants must surely have completed their CAT Preparation. Now, is the time to focus on the last minute tips and tricks that can help you grow your percentile by almost 30% in the last week!

For instance, did you know that Zero marks in CAT is equivalent to 30 percentile! Yes, you read that right. Almost 30% of the total aspirants appearing for CAT exam score zero or negative marks. Therefore, getting a decent percentile in CAT exam is not really that hard and even if you are not completely confident about your preparation, you can surely boost your CAT 2020 percentile and score by following a few simple tips and tick in the last week.

CAT Toppers and Experts have listed down the following tips to help you boost your preparation for CAT 2020 exam and improve your CAT 2020 percentile by almost 30% in the last week.

CAT 2020: Tips for Last Week Preparation

  1. Focus on Non-MCQs / No Negative Mark Questions

With just one week to go for the CAT 2020 exam, aspirants should lay special emphasis and focus on solving non-MCQs or TITA questions. The Non-MCQs asked in the CAT 2020 exam are unique in a way that they do not attract any negative marking. This proves to be a great relief for CAT aspirants and gives them a unique opportunity to push their CAT percentile ahead without the fear of being penalized with negative marking for the wrong answer.

CAT Toppers and MBA experts suggest that during the last week, CAT test-takers must practice more on non-MCQs and try and ensure that they get a majority of them right.

  1. Don’t worry about Level of Difficulty

As the day of 29th November 2020 approaches, rumours regards the difficulty level expected in the upcoming exam also start circulating among the CAT aspirants. Many candidates start worrying about the difficulty level of the upcoming exam which in-turn harms their confidence and affects their preparation. Moreover, Level of Difficulty is a relative concept and will vary from one aspirant to another. Therefore, it is advised to stay away and unaffected by such rumours and focus on your preparation during the last week.

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  1. Take Mock Tests but don’t overdo them

With CAT preparation done, most of the CAT aspirants have moved on to solving CAT Mock Tests and taking up online Mock Tests to practice well before the D-day of 29th November. But many experts suggest that aspirants must maintain a fine balance in the number of mock tests that they take during the last week. By taking too many, for instance two mock tests per day, you may end up taxing your brain too much before the CAT exam. But this doesn’t mean that you only take one or two mocks in the entire week. It’s better to plan your mock tests in a way that you get enough time to analyse and understand your mistakes and get conceptual clarity in the weaker areas.

Also, now that you have CAT 2020 admit card, you will also know the time slot of your exam. So, try and attempt your CAT Mocks at the time of your actual exam slot. This will sync your body clock and body cycle to perform at the peak on the exam day.

  1. No Such Thing as ‘Important Topics’

During the last week, you will also hear a lot of clatter about important topics and expected questions on online forums and classrooms and your peer groups. Don’t fret over them! These are just rumours and have no value what so ever. What make CAT 2020 one of the toughest MBA entrance exams in India is its difficulty level and unpredictability. Therefore, no one, not even the CAT Convenor can tell you which the important topics for the upcoming exams are. So, instead of worrying about such rumours and trying to focus on the key concepts, revise the important formulas and keep practicing.

  1. Accuracy and Speed

Many MBA experts believe that over the years CAT 2020 exam has evolved from being an exam more oriented towards detailed and lengthy calculations to an exam which is more focused on decision making and time management. Therefore, you must ensure a fine balance between accuracy and speed.

Maximum Accuracy is not the ultimate goal of the CAT exam. If you try and achieve maximum accuracy, you will end up putting a lot of pressure on yourself due to time constraints and negative marking. This in-turn will bring down the number of questions you will attempt, ultimately bringing down your percentile as well. Therefore, the ideal way to maintain a balance between Accuracy and Speed is by targeting the ‘easy’ questions first, which do not require a lot of time to solve.

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  1. Revise Fundamental Concepts & Formulas

There is no other way to ‘Bell the CAT’ other than getting your fundamentals right. During the last week, many aspirants are only focused on rigorous practice by taking several mocks. While that is the right strategy, it is also important to revise your fundamentals and ensure that your basics are clear.

No matter how much your practice or how many mocks you attempt, you are bound to encounter a few questions on CAT 2020 which you will see for the first time. Only those candidates who have clarity of concepts and grasp on their fundamentals will be able to solve these questions. Therefore, along with practicing and taking regular mock tests, it is also important to revise Quant formulas, understand concepts of DI, RC and LR. For VA section, keep reading latest editorials from newspapers.

  1. Revisit the Exam-Day Strategy

As per the expert analysis of CAT Exam of the previous years, it is estimated that test-takers need to score around 165 Raw score to score around 99 percentile. The Raw Score of the candidate will be 165 will be scaled up to 195 – 200.

Therefore, if we assume the difficulty level of CAT 2020 to the same as last year, experts believe that you need to get 65 questions right in order to score a 99 percentile. In order to do this, candidates must consider CAT exam as three separate tests, one for each section, of one hour each. Keeping this mind, candidates must maximize the number of attempts in each of the sections to score a good sectional score and percentile.

CAT 2020 – Exam Day Strategy

CAT Exam Sections

No of Questions Attempted

Score Targeted

Total Number of Questions



50 – 55







65 – 70

65 – 70


Analysis of last year’s CAT exam reveals that candidates must attempt 22-24 questions in VARC section to get a score of 50 – 55. Similarly, for DILR, candidates must score 45-50 marks by attempting 18-20 questions. And for Quant, the number of attempted questions must be 24-28 for a score of 65 – 70 marks.

Follow these simple but highly effective tips to boost your CAT exam preparation and improve your CAT 2020 Score / Percentile by at least 30%. For more such informative articles and tips and tricks for CAT 2020 and other MBA entrance exams, please visit