CAT Previous Year Question Papers (PDFs)

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers are available here to download as PDF. If you are appearing the Common Admission Test (CAT exam) then you should solve the previous year question papers of CAT to score high. CAT question papers contain three sections namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. In each year, there are separate question papers for slots 1, 2, 3 depending on the number of slots in that year.

CAT Previous Year Question Papers

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Here are the year wise CAT previous year question papers as PDF for download, with answer keys and solutions. You can download pdf of slots 1, 2, 3 for each year that slots were there.

How To Use CAT Previous Year Question Papers?

To use the CAT Previous Year Question Papers, candidates must strategically use them for preparation. Below are some tips to do so:

Set a goal: Set a goal of solving at least one previous year question paper a day. Make it a habit and also combine the solving of offline papers with mock tests, since CAT is an online exam.

Calculate and make a plan: Know how much time you can spend on each question asked in the exam. The total number of questions in the exam is 100 and the total time of the test is 3 hours or 180 minutes. This means candidates can afford to spend not more than 1.8 minutes per question. Thus while practicing the CAT previous year question papers make sure each question is solved in less than 1.8 minutes. This will increase your speed for the test day.

Maintain accuracy: While solving the past year question papers, make sure you take care of the accuracy too. Solve every question with utmost care and try to make less mistakes. Check the answers using the answers of the question available.

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Evolution of CAT Question Paper Over the Years

Looking at the past year papers of CAT, the evolution of the exam can be described as follows:

Changes in number of questions asked:

  • From 2010 to 2013: The total number of questions asked in CAT were 60.
  • From 2014 onwards: The number of questions remained 100.
  • Year 2020: The number of questions reduced to 76
  • Year 2021: The number of questions reduced to 66

Changes in number of section in the question paper:

  • In 2010 the number of sections were 3 – QA, DI & LR and VA
  • From 2011 to 2014, the number of sections was reduced to 2 – QA & DI and LR & VA
  • from 2015 to till date, the number of sections has been made again – QA, DI & LR and VA

Change in marking scheme of the exam:

The marking scheme has stayed the same which is +3 for correct answer and -1 for the wrong ones. No negative marking for non-MCQ questions.

CAT – Common Admission Test

Common Admission Test is a national level entrance test that is conducted by one of the IIMs to offer admission into MBA / PGP courses. CAT is a computer-based test. It consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and Type in the answer type questions (TITA). More than 200+ business schools offer admission to students in MBA course. It has questions from topics like Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude.

Apart from the computer-based test, the candidates need to appear for Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT). These 3 constituent parts of the admission process decide the final admission of the candidates.

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