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CAT 2018 is scheduled for November 25 in online mode. Although the exam is being conducted in computer based mode, candidates can still familiarise themselves with CAT Pattern and type of questions asked using previous year question papers. Here you can download CAT Previous Year Question Papers with their solutions.

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For management aspirants  CAT 2018 exam, one of the best ways to initiate your preparation is go through the previous years’ CAT test papers. The CAT exam consists of three sections, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.



By going through the exam papers of the previous years, you will be able to get a picture of trends followed in the framing of the exam. You will be able to figure out as the changes in the CAT pattern year by year.

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Here candidates can download previous year CAT Question Papers for last few years from the table below:

Year Question Paper Solutions
CAT 2017 Shift 1 | Shift 2  –
CAT 2016 Click here  –
CAT 2015 Click here
CAT 2014 Click here
CAT 2012 Click here Download
CAT 2011 Click here Download
CAT 2010 Click here Download


CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Important Topics for CAT 2018

Candidates are expected to be aware about the important topics with highest weightage for different subjects to take full advantage while revising with previous year CAT question papers. Here are some of the important topics from different subjects are tabulated below.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Sentence Corrections Reading Comprehension
Idioms Verbal Reasoning
Jumbled Passage Syllogisms
Meaning-Usage Match Analogies
Summary Questions Antonyms and Synonyms
Facts-Inferences-Judgments Fill in the blanks

Quantitative Ability

Arithmetic Clocks Number systems
Ratio and Proportion Higher Maths Lines
Trigonometry Arithmetic Mean Pipes and Cisterns
Probability Harmonic Mean Cubes and Cones
Permutation combination BODMAS Arithmetic  Progression
Algebra Geometric Progression Mean, Median, Mode
Mensuration Partnership Geometry
Time and work Installments & Payments Quadratic and linear equations
LCM & HCF Profit and Loss Angles and Triangles
Averages Percentages –————–

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Family Tree Coding & Decoding
The course of Action Column Graphs
Arrangement Multi-dimensional
Pie Chart Arrangements
Calendars Visual Reasoning
Statement Conclusions Numeric Grid
Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments Critical Reasoning
Puzzles Syllogisms
Series Graphs representing Area
Blood Relations Linear and Matrix Arrangements

CAT 2017 Syllabus

CAT 2017 consisted of four sections, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms.

The concepts of the Verbal Ability section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution.

The concepts of the Analytical Reasoning section covered Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

The concepts of the Data Interpretation section included problems related to organized and unorganized data. The core concepts were Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency.

CAT 2016 Syllabus

The syllabus of CAT 2016 contained the Quantitative Aptitude section consisting of fundamental Mathematics with the difficulty level of 12th standard. The questions were generally asked from various subjects such as Algebra, Geometry, Commercial Mathematics (Word problems) and Arithmetic.

The test also included the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section with questions related to data topics such as paragraphs, tables, charts and graphs. It also included the Verbal Ability section to test the ability of candidates to comprehend and understanding of basic English grammar.

 

CAT 2015 Syllabus

CAT 2015 contained four sections, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms.

The concepts of the Verbal Ability section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution.

The concepts of the Analytical Reasoning section covered Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

The concepts of the Data Interpretation section included problems related to organized and unorganized data. The core concepts were Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency.

CAT 2014 Syllabus

CAT 2014 contained only two group of sections, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms, Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency.

The concepts of the Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution, Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

CAT 2013 Syllabus

CAT 2013 contained only two group of sections, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms, Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency.

The concepts of the Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution, Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

CAT 2012 Syllabus

CAT 2012 contained only two group of sections, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning. Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms, Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency.

The concepts of the Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution, Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

CAT 2011 Syllabus

CAT 2011 contained three group of sections, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The concepts of the Verbal Ability section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution.

Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms.

The concepts of the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section included problems related to organized and unorganized data. The core concepts were Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

CAT 2010 Syllabus

CAT 2010 contained three group of sections, Verbal Ability and Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The concepts of the Verbal Ability section included Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Sentence completion, Grammar, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs, Para Completion and inference, Contextual usage, Foreign language words used in English, Reading Comprehension, Analogies, Sentence correction, Verbal Logic, Different usage of same word, Idioms, Para-jumbles, Antonyms and One Word Substitution.

Some of the core concepts of the Quantitative Aptitude section included Geometry, HCF & LCM, Averages, Trigonometry, Algebra, Partnership (Accounts), Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Time-Speed-Distance, Ratios and Proportion, In-equations Quadratic and linear equations, Surds and Indices, Number system, Geometric Progression, Inequalities, Work and time, Percentages and Logarithms.

The concepts of the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section included problems related to organized and unorganized data. The core concepts were Tables, Pie Charts, Caselets, Bars, Line Graphs and Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Series, Proposition, Direction Sense, Coding-Decoding, Assumptions, Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Statements, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Sets, Data Structures and Syllogism.

Hope you found this article useful if you are preparing for CAT exam and were looking for Previous CAT Question Papers for revision.

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