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Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most promising entrance exam for the postgraduate management courses offered by the various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) across the country. Even many other top B-schools of our country consider the CAT scores to offer admissions to their management courses.In this article you can download CAT Previous Year Question Papers with their solutions.

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A seat at an IIM assures you high salary packages and a fabulous career in the corporate world. CAT remains as one of the most tough entrance examination and attracts graduate scholars from all the streams.


In case you are also preparing for the 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.

CAT Previous Year Question Papers with their solutions :

Year Question Paper Solutions
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

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.

You must have found this article useful if you are preparing for the CAT exam and were seeking information related to the syllabus and questions papers of past several years. Just go through these to understand the trend of changes over the years and prepare accordingly.

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