Understanding accelerators & speed breakers
CAT is more about smartness than about intelligence. In CAT nobody expects you to answer all the questions. There should be an elimination round for the questions as well. You should know what to select and what to reject. You have to be choosy while attempting your paper. There is no fun in getting +3 marks for a question and losing one mark for the next. So, unless you are very sure of the solution to the question, don't attempt it.
If you want to be the smartest, give priority to "accuracy". The act of choosing a question, in a way, is related to accuracy as you will select and reject a question based on the accuracy level you can achieve in solving the given question. 47 - 57 per cent of the paper done with 80 per cent accuracy will be much better than 80 per cent of the paper done with 47 - 57 per cent accuracy in QA.
Do put in some efforts to improve your calculation speed. For attempting a question, we can divide time into two parts, to grasp the question and to calculate it further. Fast calculation will definitely save your time which you can then allocate to other questions in QA.
Many a times there are language traps laid by the paper setter. Even simple questions confuse you with their tricky language which is a deliberate attempt to affect your understanding.