How to Use Calculator in CAT 2020: Tips and Instructions

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaPublished On: November 20, 2020 | CAT

Usage of a calculator in the CAT examination has been a common question among the CAT aspirants. This article will provide you with all the important instructions related to utilising the calculator in CAT 2020. 

How to Use Calculator in CAT

Since the Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude sections of CAT 2020 exam requires a good amount of calculations, you are advised to work on improving your calculation speed. You should concentrate on developing your problem-solving skills and learning shortcut techniques so that you can complete the calculation part quickly. However, you should note that for some of the questions there will be an onscreen calculator provided with the question. You can access the calculator to save time. The concept of the online calculator in the CAT exam was introduced in 2015 by the Indian Institute of Management. This article will provide you with all the important instructions that can help you access the online calculator in CAT 2020. 

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How to Utilize Calculator in CAT 2020?

1) Know how to use the on-screen calculator

You are advised to get familiar with the online screen calculator that will be provided in the exam. The online calculator that will be given in the exam is provided below.

CAT OnScreen Calculator

The first window will show all the entries/ calculation part, you have entered for calculations while the second window will show the answers after completing the calculations. You are advised to solve the maximum number of CAT 2020 mock test papers or the CAT 2020 sample papers in order to know the features of the online calculator provided in the CAT exam. 

2) Identify the questions which require the use of calculator in CAT 2020

You are advised to not completely rely on the online calculator. You should not use the calculator for basic calculations like a normal addition or subtraction. You can solve these type of problems by own and it will help you save your time. You are advised to learn fast track calculation techniques to solve the problems quickly. 

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3) Give mocks to understand the features of the online calculator

Solving mock test papers of CAT not only helps you to improve your time management skills but also provide you with an idea about the exam pattern. The mock test papers of CAT will also help you get familiar with the CAT online calculator. You can also solve previous years question papers of CAT to see the calculator provided in the previous years’ edition of the exam.

4) Don’t hesitate to utilize the calculator

You are advised to identify the questions that require calculations quickly. For some of the questions that involve decimal or conversions, inline calculators can be very helpful. You can utilise the online calculator to quickly complete the complex parts and then you can use your short cut techniques to complete the remaining calculations.

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5) Verifying Answers and Ensuring Accuracy

If you are not sure about your answer, you can use the calculator to verify your response. Besides this, if you are not confident about your calculation results, you are advised to verify your answer before selecting marking the answer in the sheet. This will reduce the chances of negative marking and will help you improve your scores.

6) Know short tricks

There are many videos and notes available over the internet that can help you learn shortcut techniques for CAT exam. You are advised to learn the short cut tricks and practise at least 9-10 questions using these techniques daily to build a habit of using these tricks. You can also ask CAT preparation tips from the previous years toppers and the experts. The article provided below will provide you with all the important formulae and tricks for all the important topics of CAT exam.

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Important Tips and Instructions for Online Calculators in CAT 2020

Go through the points listed below to know some important tips for using online calculator in CAT 2020.

  • It should be noted that you are not allowed to carry your own calculator in CAT exam. You can only utilise the onscreen calculator provided in the exam.

  • Not all the questions will be provided with an online calculator. Thus, you are advised to work on improving your calculation speed and problem-solving skills

  • The online calculator provided in the CAT exam will allow you to perform only some basic calculations. A normal calculator will be provided in the exam instead of a scientific one.

  • You can get familiar with the working and features of CAT online calculators by solving mock test papers and sample papers of CAT exam.

  • The working of the onscreen calculator provided in the CAT exam will be the same as that of the normal calculator. You will have to make your entries using the buttons provided on the screen and then the result will be displayed on the calculator window when you submit your entries.

  • You should follow the BODMAS rule when entering a long equation for calculations.

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Tips and Instructions for Online Calculators in CAT 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Day Instructions

Every aspirant giving CAT 2020 must follow these instructions on the day of the exam.

  • You are advised to reach the examination hall one and a half hour before the allotted time along with your CAT admit card.

  • You should read all the important instructions mentioned on the admit card as well as on the question paper before starting the examination

  • You should not carry any document except the CAT 2020 admit card and ID Proof in the examination hall

  • You can check your CAT 2020 exam centre form the admit card

  • You are advised to follow the instructions provided by the invigilator

  • You are advised to go through the CAT 2020 Dress Code to know what should you wear on the exam day

We hope that we have provided you with all the necessary information regarding the use of online calculators in the CAT exam. If you still have doubts regarding the CAT exam, you can ask your questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. You can also fill our Common Application Form or call on our toll-free number 1800-572-9877 for free admission counselling. 

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