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CAT MCQ Questions: Section-wise Analysis

Updated On - June 27th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

CAT MCQ Questions: CAT Exam Pattern has always been unpredictable. IIMs take the liberty of changing it whenever they feel necessary. In 2009, CAT became a computer based test of 150 minutes. In 2015, for the first non-MCQs were included in the paper. Test takers were required to type in the answer in the box provided. Non- MCQs had no negative marking to them. The duration of test was increased to 180 minutes with sectional time limit of 60 minutes each. 

IIMs have scheduled CAT 2018 for November 25. Despite number of changes introduced during last 4 years in the paper pattern, the basics of CAT exam have not changed. CAT pattern since 2015 has remained on the same lines. The pattern for CAT 2018 is also expected to remain as per the last 3 years only, although there could be some minor changes in number and type of questions and their sectional composition. Read on to know more about CAT MCQs and Non-MCQs type questions.

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Type of Questions in CAT

  • In 2015, CAT question paper was divided into three sections: Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA).
  • The paper pattern has bCAT has followed the pattern since the. Each section had both MCQs and Non-MCQs.
  • The number of non-MCQs can range from 8-10 per section.
  • Since there is no negative marking for non-MCQs, it is advised to attempt all of them.

Strategy towards CAT 2018 Question Paper

  • CAT requires one to attempt maximum questions in as less a time as possible.  
  • Doing so requires a strategic planning while attempting the CAT question paper. 
  • Given below are some tested strategies for CAT aspirants to solve attempt the test optimally.
  1. Practice Mock Tests:
  • Practice as many mock tests as possible.
  • Get a balance between speed and accuracy.
  • Solving these questions will help in getting an idea of the type of questions asked
  1. Use method of elimination: 
  • Eliminating the options which are less likely to be correct is a method which helps in increasing the speed of solving questions.
  • In this method, all such options which are entirely out of chance are eliminated and the correct answer is chosen from the options left.
  • This method can be mastered with constant practice.
  • For example: 625X22=





options “b”, “c” and “d” can be eliminated since the any number ending with 5 when multiplied with any other number can never have a product ending with 2 or 4. So the only option left is “a” which also happens to be the correct answer.

  1. Selecting the right questions:
  • Candidates appearing for CAT 2018 should know which questions to attempt first, which later and which ones to abandon altogether.
  • The selection committee doesn’t expect the candidates to solve all 100 questions.
  • Candidates are the scored for the number of questions answered correctly and not the type of question solved.
  • Go for all the easy first, then solve the ones which are moderate.
  • Lastly, if time permits try and attempt the difficult ones.  
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Preparation Books and Material for CAT 2018

  1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
  2. Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher- Pearson.
  3. Quantum CAT: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma, Publisher- Arihant
  4. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques, and Short-cut Methods by Abhijit Guha.
  5. Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher- Pearson.
  6. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
  7. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
  8. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh, Publisher – Arihant.

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CAT Pattern – Changes since CBT

The mode of CAT exam was changed to Computer Based in the year 2019. Even after that the paper pattern continued changing from 3 sections to 2 and then CAT pattern was changed to 3 sections in 2015. Since then CAT is following similar pattern. CAT 2018 pattern also remains the same as that of CAT 2017 pattern with 3 sections and 3 hours time. Although it is expected that the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs may change. Tabulated below is the analysis of the changes in the pattern of CAT exam over the years:

YearTotal No of Ques.VARC DILRQADifficulty level
CAT 2017100Total: 34
RC: 24 (All MCQs) | Verbal: 10 (3 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
Total: 32
(MCQs-24 & Non-MCQs-8)
DI-16 | LR-16
Total: 34
(MCQs- 23 | Non-MCQs-11)
CAT 2016100Total: 34
RC: 24 (MCQs) | Verbal: 10 (All non MCQs)
Total: 32
(MCQs-24 & Non-MCQs-8)
DI-16 | LR-16
Total: 34
(MCQ: 27, Non-MCQs: 7)
Moderate to difficult
CAT 2015100Total: 34
RC: 24 (MCQs) Verbal: 10 (Non-MCQs)
Total: 32
(MCQs-24 & Non-MCQs-8)
DI-16 | LR-16
Total: 34
(MCQs: 24, Non-MCQs: 10)
Moderate to difficult
CAT 2014100Total: 50
VARC: 34 | LR: 16
(-)Total: 50
Quant: 34 | DI:16
Moderate to difficult
CAT 201360Total: 30
Verbal: 10 verbal | RC: 10 | LR: 10
 (-)Total: 30
Quant: 20 | DI: 10
Moderate to difficult

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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