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CAT 2018 Paper Analysis for QA: Section-wise Analysis

Updated On - July 23rd 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

CAT QA Section Analysis: The analysis of Quantitative Ability section in CAT will be available shortly after CAT 2018 concludes. IIMs have released the exam date of CAT 2018 i.e. November 25. As per the previous year trends for this section, the difficulty level is considered to be easy to moderate.

Quantitative Ability section tests candidate’s aptitude in various areas of Mathematics. The topics covered are from Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Modern Math, etc. The key to ace this section is to maintain a balance between speed and accuracy. Paper Analysis for Quantitative Ability provides a comprehensive evaluation of the difficulty level of this section for past few years.

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About CAT 2018

  • CAT 2018 is scheduled for November 25 in online mode.
  • The conducting body for this year is IIM Calcutta.
  • CAT 2018 Application Form will release in the second week of August.

CAT Paper Analysis 2017 for QA 

CAT 2017 was held on November 26 conducted in two slots-forenoon and afternoon. The Quantitative Ability section consisted of 34 questions in total. The section had a time limit of 60 minutes.

CAT 2017 Slot 1 QA Paper Analysis

  • 11 questions were non-MCQ and 23 questions were MCQs.
  • The level of questions was easy.
  • Artimetic and Algebra dominated the section with 20-21 questions.
  • A good attempt of 25-27 questions with 90% accuracy could fetch 99%ile.
TopicNumber of QuestionsGood Attempt
Number System44
Algebra10-118-10
Arithmetic117-9
Modern Math22
Geometry and Mensuration6-74-5

Read CAT 2017 Answer Key & Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot 2 QA Paper Analysis

  • 8 questions were non-MCQ and 24 questions were MCQs.
  • The level of questions was easy to moderate. There was no question too difficult to solve.
  • Artimetic and Algebra dominated the section with around 22 questions
  • A good attempt of 24-28 questions with 90% accuracy could fetch 99%ile.
TopicNumber of QuestionsGood Attempt
Number System42-3
Algebra129-10
Arithmetic129-10
Modern Math21
Geometry and Mensuration42-3
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CAT Paper Analysis 2016 for QA 

CAT 2016 was held on December 04 in two slots- forenoon and afternoon. The Quantitative Ability section consisted of 34 questions in total. The section had a time limit of 60 minutes.

CAT 2016 Slot 1 QA Paper Analysis

  • 7-8 questions were non-MCQ and 23-24 questions were MCQs.
  • The level of questions was difficult compared to previous year’s.
  • Algebra questions were on Inequalities and Quadratic equations. Arithmetic questions were from Commercial Math and TSD.
  • A good attempt was of 23-26 questions with 90% accuracy to fetch 99%ile. 
TopicNumber of QuestionsGood Attempt
Number System43
Algebra10-118-10
Arithmetic107-9
Modern Math21
Geometry and Mensuration7-84-5

ReadCAT 2016 Answer Key

CAT 2016 Slot 2 QA Paper Analysis

  • 8 questions were non-MCQ and 24 questions were MCQs.
  • The level of questions was easier compared to that of Slot 1 but difficult than previous year’s.
  • Number of questions from Geometry was more than previous year.
  • Arithmetic questions were focused on Commercial Math and TSD.
  • 22-25 attempts with 90% accuracy was enough to fetch 99%ile. 

TopicNumber of QuestionsGood Attempt
Number System3-43
Algebra8-95-6
Arithmetic10-117-8
Modern Math3-41-2
Geometry and Mensuration7-84-5

CAT Paper Analysis 2015 for QA 

CAT 2015 was held on November 29 in two slots- forenoon and afternoon. The Quantitative Ability section consisted of 34 questions in total. The section had a time limit of 60 minutes.

CAT 2015 Slot 1 QA Paper Analysis

  • 15 questions were Non-MCQ and 19 questions were MCQs.
  • The level of questions was easy.
  • Artimetic and Algebra dominated the section with around 22 questions.
  • As the section was very easy, accuracy was the make or break factor. 
  • A good attempt was of 30-35 questions with 98% accuracy.
TopicNumber of QuestionsGood Attempt
Number System02
Algebra1412
Arithmetic109-10
Modern Math32
Geometry and Mensuration75-6

ReadCAT 2015 Analysis

CAT 2015 Slot 2 QA Paper Analysis

  • 15 questions were Non-MCQ and 19 questions were MCQs.
  • The level of questions was easy-moderate. This section was difficult compared to the one of forenoon slot.
  • Artimetic and Algebra dominated the section with around 20 questions.
  • A good attempt was of 25-27 questions with 95% accuracy.
TopicNumber of QuestionsGood Attempt
Number System32
Algebra108
Arithmetic109-10
Modern Math32
Geometry and Mensuration84-5

CAT Paper Analysis 2014 for QA 

  • CAT 2014 was conducted in two parts – forenoon session on November 16 and afternoon session on November 24
  • 34 questions were of Quantitative Ability in the QA/DI section.
  • There was no sectional time limit.Estimated time required to attempt only QA question was 40-45 minutes.
  • Questions were from Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Permutation & Combinations.
  • The level of questions in both the slot was easy.
  • A good attempt was of 20-25 QA questions. The overall good attempt for this section was 35-40 questions.

*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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