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CAT Sample Paper 2021: Download Subject & Slot Wise Sample Papers and Mock Tests

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The best way to prepare for the exam is to solve CAT Sample Paper. In the article, we have provided the subject and slot-wise CAT Sample Paper of 2020, 2019, 2018 sessions which will help you in understanding the pattern and difficulty level of the questions. The negative marking in objective-type questions can be avoided by practicing the CAT sample papers provided below. Moreover, it is necessary to keep track of the time consumed while solving CAT sample papers as it will prepare the candidates to solve the actual paper within the stipulated time period. 

Download CAT Mock Tests from the links provided below:

CAT Sample Paper FAQs

Ques: What is the medium to get the free mock test for CAT?

Ans: CAT aspiring candidates can download the subject and slot-wise sample papers from the links provided below in the article. Moreover, the CAT conducting IIM will also release the official CAT Mock Test on their website a few weeks before the exam date. 

Ques: What is the right way to appear for CAT Mock Test?

Ans: When candidates will appear for the official CAT Mock Test only one section will appear on their screen. After attempting that particular section they can move to the next section whereas they can download the previous years CAT question papers as per their choice of sections from the links that are provided in the article below. 

Ques: When should I start taking CAT Mock Test?

Ans: Solving CAT Mock Tests & question papers requires time and one should only take the mock tests if he/she has completed CAT preparation. As per the test-takers, the right time to take CAT mock tests is 3 months before the exam date. 

Ques: Can I use a calculator while solving CAT Question Paper?

Ans: No. It is not advisable to use the calculator while solving CAT question paper because no virtual or manual calculator is allowed inside the exam center. 

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

CAT 2021 : 8 answered questions

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Ques. Can I get a seat in PEC Chandigarh (MTech CSE) with a GATE score of 400 Gen in the CAT?

● Top Answer By Arunima Sethi on 05 May 21

Ans. No, it is not possible to get a seat in PEC Chandigarh for M.Tech CSE at the GATE score of 400, being in General Category.  For Round 1, GATE 2020 opening score for CSE was 402 and the closing score was 523.  While, during Round 2, the score was between 379-395 for the General category.  The total seats for CSE at PEC Chandigarh is also limited. There are only 30 seats available for the program, out of which only 19 are for General candidates. Seeing my friend’s experience there, I would strongly recommend you to re-attempt the exam and score well. Try to get an opportunity in top engineering institutes like IITs/NITs.  It is not that PEC is a worse institute, but if you prepare well and give GATE again, you might land into your dream college. Also, a Master's is usually the last stage of academic learning for all. So, it is better to invest your Master's degree time in an excellent institute.Read more
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Ques. What CAT percentile does one need to get a call from IIM Amritsar?

● Top Answer By Keshav Jindal on 08 Apr 21

Ans. At IIM Amritsar the admission to an MBA is based on CAT score. However, other exams such as GATE, GRE, and CMAT are also accepted for some of the courses. IIM Amritsar Cut-Off: The CAT cutoff of MBA at IIM Amritsar for the year 2021 stood at 85%. As compared to previous, the cutoff has been dropped by 5%. The table below lists out the CAT 2020 cutoff for IIM Amritsar admissions for the year 2021. Category CAT cutoff General 85 NC-OBC/EWS 75 SC 55 ST 40 PWD 40 For IIM Amritsar MBA shortlisting and admissions, 2500 students were shortlisted for admissions in 320 seats. WAT has been removed in the shortlisting process while PI is still mandatory. Though the overall score mentioned in the previous year was 85%, you need to score a minimum of 96% to be on the safe side if you want a call from IIM Amritsar.Read more
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Ques. How should I start studying now for my CAT 2020 to get into IIM Ahmedabad?

● Top Answer By Veda Burman on 07 Apr 21

Ans. Before you dive into anything further, the first thing you ought to be doing is to make a scheduled timetable to divide the subject time you will invest your energy in. Useful Tips: After you have scheduled your timetable, try separating your time in accordance with the subjects you will be working on each day.  Once done, the most important thing you are required to do is to work on the weaker parts of each subject and plan further into it. Preparing for the various parts of subjects can go in vain if you fail to give the mock tests.  Start taking the mock tests on a regular basis and practice the different aspects of it along with studying.  Then, after you are done with the mock tests, choose the subjects you have scored the lowest on and practice until you are capable of achieving what you have wished for. Online Classes: Besides, joining an online coaching class is encouraged, since it can be helpful. A few of the popular ones are as follows.  Iquanta Percentilers 2IIM Mindworks Usually, Mindworks is the most popular among students. Although, my brother recommends Percentilers above any one of them since it has provided amazing classes to him. As far as he says, Percentilers are running the LRDI challenge series at present. In that case, you can go and try for it as well. The best thing you can find in Percentilers is that they have scheduled the classes in basic, smaller batches which allows them to have very interactive classes. Not just that, their study materials are up to the mark and updated likewise.Read more
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Ques. Is 80% throughout my academic career enough to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad considering that I got 99% on the CAT?

● Top Answer By Marc Mendonca on 07 Apr 21

Ans. The call for IIM Ahmedabad is really unpredictable and varies every year depending on the pool of candidates applied. If you have scored more than 99.6 percentile in CAT, it is very much possible to get a call from IIM Ahmedabad. If your scores throughout your academic career are not bad. However, keep in mind, students get calls even at 89 percentile and successfully convert them as well, while students with 99.99 percentile don't even get the call.  The selection criteria for the academic year 2021-23 are given below for your reference. CAT cut-offs for shortlisting - Category VARC DILR QA Overall General/EWS 70 70 70 80 NC-OBC-cum-transgender 65 65 65 75 SC 60 60 60 70 ST 50 50 50 60 PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC) 60 60 60 70 PwD (ST) 50 50 50 60 The institute calculates the AR (Application Rating) based on the 10th, 12th, graduation scores, and work experience.Read more
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Ques. Will 87.15% in CAT fetch me a call from GIM and KJ Somaiya?

● Top Answer By Kiran Chugh on 05 Apr 21

Ans. For GIM the required CAT percentile is around 85-90 percentile. The CAT cutoff trend for KJ Somaiya is as follows.  Category  VARC DI & LR QA Overall General  85 80  80 90 NC-OBC 75 70 70 80 SC 70 65 65 75 ST 60 60 60 75 DA 60 60 60 75 Apart from the CAT scores, there are other parameters that play crucial roles in getting admission to KJ Somaiya. Discussed below are such parameters with the assigned weightage.  Qualifying Examination - CMAT/GMAT/CAT/XAT - 50% Group Discussion - 12% Personal Interview - 15% Work Experience - 5% Past Academic Record - 10% Outstanding Achievements - 8% Hope you got an idea about the cutoff required to secure admission at KJ Somaiya and GIM. Read more
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Practice Papers

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2020

CAT 2020 Quant Slot 3.pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 Quant Slot 2.pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 Quant Slot 1.pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 VARC Slot 3.pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 VARC Slot 2 .pdf

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CAT 2020 VARC Slot 1 .pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 DILR Slot 3.pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 DILR Slot 2.pdf

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2020

CAT 2020 DILR Slot 1.pdf

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2019

CAT 2019 VARC Slot2.pdf

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2019

CAT 2019 VARC Slot1.pdf

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2019

CAT 2019 DILR Slot2.pdf

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2019

CAT 2019 DILR Slot 1.pdf

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2019

CAT 2019 Quant Slot 2.pdf

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CAT 2019 Quant Slot 1.pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 VARC Slot 2.pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 VARC Slot 1.pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 DILR Slot 2.pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 DILR Slot 1.pdf

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CAT 2018 Quant Slot 2.pd

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CAT 2018 Quant Slot 1 .pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 Slot I Question Paper.pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 Slot II Question Paper .pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 Shift1 Model Paper.pdf

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2018

CAT 2018 Model Paper.pdf

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2017

CAT 2017 Answer key (QA,DI,VA)..pdf

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2017

CAT 2017 -VA Question.pdf

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2017

CAT 2017 Slot I Question Paper .pdf

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2017

CAT 2017 -DI Question.pdf

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CAT 2017 Slot-II Question Paper.pdf

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2017

CAT 2017 Question.pdf

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CAT Mock Paper 4 for VA

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CAT Mock Paper 2 for QA

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CAT Model Paper 3.pdf

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CAT Quantitative Ability Mock Paper 1

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CAT Mock Paper 3 for VA

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CAT Mock Paper 1 for QA

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CAT Application Form.pdf

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CAT Quantitative Ability Mock Paper 5

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CAT Mock Paper 5 for DI&LR

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CAT Mock Paper 2 for VA

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CAT Quantitative Ability Mock Paper 2

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CAT Mock Paper 4 for DI&LR

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CAT Mock Paper 1 for VA

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CAT CAT document.pdf

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CAT Quantitative Ability Mock Paper 6

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CAT Mock Paper 5 for QA

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CAT Mock Paper 3 for DI&LR

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CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Mock

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CAT Mock Paper 4 for QA

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CAT Mock Paper 2 for DI&LR

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CAT Model Paper 2.pdf

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CAT Mock Paper 5 for VA

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CAT Mock Paper 3 for QA

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CAT Mock Paper 1 for DI&LR

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CAT Quantitative Ability Mock Paper 4

Comments


26 Comments
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tanishka shah
How should I prepare for reading comprehension and Para Jumble?
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diya suresh

Reading comprehension and para jumbles are topics that carries maximum weightage, hence it is suggested to give them more time than other sections. To analyse the exam pattern and type of questions, refer to previous year question papers and sample practise papers. Also, there are various books available by different authors that provides questions with solutions to help in preparation. Find more details at CAT preparation tips.

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mizna harmain
How do I need to clear the exam in the first attempt?
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diya suresh

There is no hard and fast rule to clear the exam in first attempt but being a competitive national level entrance test, students are required to allot maximum time for preparation. The best way to prepare is using relevant study materials, previous year question papers as well as official mock test papers. Depending on the time left for preparation, you can choose between self study and coaching classes. To know more tips and tricks visit CAT 2021 exam preparation.

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neha thasale
What is the cutoff for admission in top IIM for general category students?
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simran singh

The overall qualifying CAT cut off IIM  Ahmedabad shortlist is 80 percentile for general category. General category candidates will have to score a minimum 70 sectional percentile in each of the three sections. For more details you can refer to this link: CAT cut-off 2020

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nitika
Do I need to appear only in CAT for admission in IIM institutes?
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mrittika mallick

Yes, IIMs allow admission only through qualification in CAT. It is not possible to enter an IIM without good scores in CAT. Other top MBA entrance exams include XAT, MAT, GMAT, CMAT, ATMA.

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shiya devi
Can I clear the exam after taking drop of one year after graduation?
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mrittika mallick

Yes, you can clear the CAT exam after taking one year drop. Taking a gap year is very normal for CAT and other entrance examinees. But you must make sure that you are well prepared with the syllabus and the exam pattern of the CAt examination. 

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devisingh
Which section is the toughest so I shall focus more on that?
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mrittika mallick

This depends on the candidate and also entirely on the standard of the question paper. However, in the previous years, most students have said that Quantitative Aptitude was the most difficult section for them. So, you can focus on this part, but the level of difficulty in a section entirely depends on you.

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yash raj singh
Will you pleaase suggest coaching to preare for the exam in Mumbai?
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mrittika mallick

There are a number of coaching centers for CAT available in Mumbai. Some of the best coaching classes are conducted by Career Launcher, TIME, The Prayas India CAT Coaching, CET King CAT Coaching, MS INSTITUTE CAT Coaching Center, Byju's CAT Coaching, and several others.

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kashish tomar
Can I enrol for any mock test paper series online?
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aniket ranjan

Yes, You can enroll yourself for CAT Mock test which is conducted by IIM before the CAT exam. For CAT 2021 mock test will be made available from 1st ?week of November. Apart from this Several MBA coaching institutes also provide online CAT mock tests to their students. You can use those mock test and other CAT Practise Papers to prepare.

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puja sao
Will I get chapter wise practice questions for the exam somewhere?
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aniket ranjan

The best way to prepare for the CAT exam is to solve CAT Sample Paper that to if you practice chapter wise sample paper than it will be very helpful in strengthening particular Section. You can download the subject and slot-wise sample papers here. Visit:- CAT SAMPLE PAPER

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vanshika chandra
Can I get the list of the books from where I can prepare for the exam?
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diya suresh

Section wise books are avialbel for preparation by different authors, the famous one being Arun Sharma. Some of the recommended books for CAT exam preparation are:

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

To get details of more books by different authors click CAT Preparation books 2021.

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shruti verma
Do I need to prepare for the exam only from the coaching?
D
diya suresh

No it is not mandatory to go for coaching to prepare for CAT, but in case you want to get customised preparation then coaching is a better platform. There are resources like previous year question papers, mock test papers and reference books that can be utilised for self study. To get more details visit CAT preparation tips.

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harssham
How can I get the access of mock test papers?
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manisha malik

The mock paper is to help out the aspirants for the test environment. CAT 2021 mock test will be made available from the 1st ?week of November. The exam will be conducted in the last week of November 2021. To get the mock test papers for preparation of CAT, click here – CAT Mock Test 2021.

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rohan bharti
How many sections are there in the exam?
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manisha malik

There are three sections in the CAT exam – Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Data adequacy and logical reasoning. Here is the section-wise marks distribution:

Subject Marks Allotted Number of Questions
Verbal & Reading Comprehension 102 34
Quantitative Ability 96 32
Data adequacy and logical reasoning 102 34
Total 300 100

To get details about the same, click here – CAT Exam Pattern 2021.

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taniksha
How many attempts are allowed in CAT?
M
manisha malik

There is no maximum limit to the number of attempts allowed to the CAT aspirants, hence there is no maximum age limit to appear for the exam. You can give the exam multiple times. CAT exam is held once a year and the score remains valid for one year. To get the details about the same, click here – CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

S
surabhi s
How shall I prepare for the exam from the books?
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diya suresh

There are many books available in both online and offline stores by different authors that either cover the entire syllabus or each section individually. It is important to get limited yet sufficient books for preparation that includes previous year question papers and mock tests as well.

Choose the books mostly suggested by previous year toppers and those with maximum reviews. There must be solved and unsolved practise papers as well,

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drona
What will happen if while giving the exam, I am logged out to network issue?
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manika gupta

Hi Drona, You can take help form the inviiligators present there.

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kunal thakrar
Can you provide CAT 2018 and CAT 2019 practice papers?
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manika gupta

Hi Kunal, Youc an download them from CAT Official website.

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aditi arun

Hello Kunal,

Please visit – CAT Practice Papers for the previous year papers, mock tests and sample sets.

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drona
Can you provide the question papers from last three years for the CAT exam?
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manika gupta

Hi Drona, To download previous years’ papers for CAT, please refer to the following link, CAT Previous Years’ Papers.

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kunal thakrar
Can you provide any online sample online paper for testing speed?
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akankshya pattanaik

Hi Kunal, 

The link to have a detailed look at the practice sample paper is as follows:

CAT sample papers

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keshav vaishnav
I want solutiona for the mock paper you provided