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CAT 2022 Question Papers and Solutions: Previous Year Question Papers of CAT

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: September 09, 2022 01:23 pm IST | CAT

CAT 2022 will be conducted on November 27, 2022. Candidates appearing for the CAT exam can download all the previous years' question papers of CAT provided here. They can also check the steps to download CAT question papers.

CAT Question Papers and Solutions

CAT Question Papers are the best source to prepare for the CAT exam. They do not only help the candidates understand the exam structure but also help them know what type of questions they can expect in the exam. Since the Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most difficult management entrance exams, solving CAT Question Papers can help the candidates to ace the exam. Candidates can also utilize the CAT Previous Years' Question Papers to identify their strong and weak areas so that they can prepare their preparation schedule accordingly. The best part about solving CAT Question Papers is that you will get a variety of problems from all the sections. They will help in adding a final touch to your preparation and will strengthen your concepts. 

CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Candidates appearing for the CAT 2022 exam may download the previous year questions papers of CAT provided below. They can click on the direct links provided with each year in order to download the question paper of that particular year.

CAT 2021 Question Papers

CAT 2021 was conducted on November 28, 2021. The exam was conducted in online mode. Question papers of CAT 2021 will be updated here soon. 

PaperDownload Link
CAT 2021 Shift 1 Question PaperTo be updated
CAT 2021 Shift 2 Question PaperTo be updated
CAT 2021 Shift 3 Question PaperTo be updated

CAT 2020  Question Papers 

CAT 2020 was conducted on November 20, 2021, in 3 shifts. Given below are the CAT 2020 question papers and answer keys for the three shifts.

ShiftQuestion PaperAnswer Key
Slot 1 (Morning Shift)CAT 2020 Slot 1 QPCAT 2020 Slot 1 Key
Slot 2 (Afternoon Shift)CAT 2020 Slot 2 QPCAT 2020 Slot 2 Key
Slot 3 (Evening Shift)CAT 2020 Slot 3 QPCAT 2020 Slot 3 Key

CAT Previous Year Question Papers 2019 - 2017

Year/ Shift

Direct Links to Download CAT Question Papers

CAT 2019 (Morning Shift)

CAT 2019 Question Paper with Solutions Slot 1

CAT 2019( Evening Shift)

CAT 2019 Question Paper with Solution Slot 2

CAT 2018 (Morning Shift)

CAT 2018 Question Paper Slot 1

CAT 2018 (Evening Shift)

CAT 2018 Question Paper Slot 2

CAT 2017 (Morning Shift)

CAT 2017 Question Paper Slot 1

CAT 2017 (Evening Shift)

CAT 2017 Question Paper Slot 2

Also Read: How to Crack CAT 2020 in 2 Months: Useful Section-wise Tips for Aspirants

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Listed below are the number of questions to be asked from each section in the CAT 2022 exam:

Topic

Number of Questions

MCQ

TITA

Total Marks

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 

24 questions

19

5

72

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20 questions

15

5

60 

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

22 questions

15

7

66

The expected pattern of the CAT 2022 question papers as well as pattern of previous years' question papers and the total time duration have been provided below:

Year of CAT Exam

Total Number of Questions in Each Section

Total Time Duration

CAT Exam Paper 2022  (Expected)

VARC - 24

DILR - 20

QA -22 

Total Questions - 66

120

CAT 2021 Paper

VARC - 24

DILR - 20

QA -22 

Total Questions - 66

120

CAT 2020 Paper

VARC - 26

DILR - 24

QA - 26

Total Questions - 76

120

CAT Exam Paper (2019-2015)

VARC - 34

DILR - 32

QA - 34

Total Questions -100

180

Key Features of CAT 2022 Question Paper

The most important features of the expected CAT 2022 Question Paper have been tabulated below:

CAT 2022 Question Paper Particulars

CAT 2022 Question Paper Details

Number of sections 

Three, namely, 

  • VARC (24 questions)
  • DILR (20 questions)
  • QA (22 questions)

Total number of CAT questions

66

CAT 2022 exam duration

120 minutes (2 hours)

CAT 2022 exam sectional time limit

40 minutes

CAT 2022 marking scheme

  • 3 marks awarded for every correct answer
  • 1 mark deducted for every wrong answer
  • No negative marking for non-MCQs (CAT TITA questions)

Total marks

198 marks

CAT 2022 Question Paper: Important Topics

Quantitative Ability (QA) Important Topics

Averages

Ratio & Proportion

LCM and HCF

Percentages

Profit and Loss

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance

Time and Work

Geometry/Mensuration

Number Systems

Venn diagrams

Linear Equations and Quadratic Equations

Complex Numbers

Logarithm

Progressions

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices

Permutation and Combination

Mixtures and Alligations

Trigonometry

Coordinate Geometry

Functions and Graphs

Probability

Inequalities

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) Important Topics

Graphs

Bar charts - Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts

Pie charts

Data comparison from Table

Caselets

Data Analysis

Direction sense

Team formation

Seating Arrangement

Blood Relation

Clocks 

Calendars

Binary Logic

Assumption

Premise

Conclusion

Linear and matrix arrangement

Input-Output

Syllogism

Series

Set Theory

Venn Diagrams

Puzzles

Rows

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Important Topics

Assumption

Main idea in the passage

Synonyms-antonyms

Inferences, Statements, Arguments

Phrasal meaning & Usage

Jumbled paragraphs 

Para Summary

Odd sentence out of Jumbled paragraph

Error Corrections

Sequence of sentences

Fill in the blanks

Vocabulary usage

Analogies

Completion of Paragraph

Critical Reasoning

Sentence Completion

Reading Comprehension Important Topics 

Important Topics

Sub-topics

  1. Current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs
  2. Govt policies and Schemes for example New Education Policy
  • Triple Talaq
  • CAA
  • Covid 19 Pandemic
  • Clean India Mission
  • Migration of people from one country to other
  • Growing intolerance across the Globe

Business & Economy

  • Global economic changes
  • economic development at the cost of environment
  • Impact of Demonetization in India
  • Wasteful expenditure by Governments

Articles from English Literature books authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities

  • Charles Dickens
  • Aristotle
  • Martin Luther King
  • Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi
  • Churchill, etc.

Science & Culture

  • Journey to Modern world
  • Fading culture with the advancement of technology

Historical events leading to social changes 

  • French Revolution
  • War of Roses

Also Read: Important Topics for CAT 2022: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

How to Download CAT Previous Year Papers?

You are advised to solve the maximum number of CAT question papers. All the question papers of CAT are provided on this page. You can download the question paper of 2021, 2022, 2019, 2018, and 2017 from the table provided above. Steps for downloading the question papers of CAT are listed below:

  • After that, click on the direct link of that particular year.

  • You will be redirected to the question paper.

  • You can then download the question paper after clicking on the download button provided on the page.

  • You can also take a printout of the question paper.

Advantages of Solving CAT Question Papers

There are many advantages to solving CAT question papers. Some of them are provided below.
The question papers of CAT will help you improve your time management skills. The total duration of the CAT exam has been reduced to 2 hours from 3 hours. You will have to work on your time management skills so that you can complete the exam on time. 

  • CAT question papers can help you ‌analyze your preparation. You can solve the question papers to know which section requires more preparation.

  • Solving question papers of CAT can help you develop shortcuts to solve the same kinds of problems quickly. 

  • CAT question papers can help you practise a maximum number of question papers from a topic. 

  • One of the major advantages of the CAT question paper is that it helps in understanding the difficulty level. The previous years’ question papers will give you an idea of the difficulty for each topic mentioned in the syllabus of CAT 2022.

  • While solving a question paper of CAT, you will face problems randomly. This will help you be prepared for each type of question.

  • Some of the topics, such as Critical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Reading Comprehension require a lot of practice. You can solve questions from the previous years’ question paper of CAT to have more practice questions for these kinds of concepts.

Importance of Solving CAT Question Papers

When Should I Begin Solving Previous Year CAT Question Papers?

There is no fixed time for solving the question papers of CAT. You are advised to start solving question papers as soon as possible. You can either solve the section-wise or topic wise question papers. Those who are not good at any particular topic or section may download the section-wise question papers from the internet and start solving it. It will help you ‌strengthen your concepts. You are further advised to analyze what mistakes you have made and try to work on them.

Also Read:CAT Predicted Question Paper 2022 - Important Topics, Chapters, Analysis

Who Should Solve CAT Question Papers?

All the CAT aspirants are advised to solve the previous years’ question papers of CAT and take mock tests. The question papers will be beneficial for the candidates who are appearing for the CAT 2022 exam for the first time. They can download the question papers to know what type of problems they can face in the exam. Besides this, it will also help them to get an idea about the time required to solve each type of question. 

Changes in the CAT Exam Pattern

As per the updated exam pattern of CAT 2022, you will get 40 minutes to answer each section. The maximum time allotted for the exam is 2 hours (earlier it was 3 hours). Besides this, the exam will be conducted in three sessions, morning shift (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM), afternoon shift (12:30 PM – 2:30 PM) and evening shift (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM). The marking scheme of CAT 2022 will remain the same as that of previous years’ edition of the CAT exam.

Preparation Tips for CAT 2022

You are advised to plan a schedule before starting your CAT preparation. You can go through the syllabus of CAT to know all the topics that will be covered in the entrance exam. After that, you can start your preparation according to the schedule. You can solve CAT 2022 mock test papers to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Some of the articles provided below will help you know some preparation tips for the CAT entrance exam.

Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT: Strategy and Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Study Plan for Students in Final Year of Graduation - Check When and How to Start CAT Preparation

Common Mistakes to Avoid During CAT Preparation: Tips and Strategies

Tips to Improve GK for MBA Entrance Exams: Best Books and Preparation Tips

How to Improve English for MBA Exams

CAT Preparation Tips for Non-Engineering Students - Check Study Plan & Strategy

How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

How to Prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension) - Expert Advice, Tips

Candidates may check their exam center and exam day guidelines from the CAT 2022 Admit Card. Through the CAT 2022 college predictor and the  CAT 2022 percentile predictor, candidates can get an idea of the percentile they will score and the colleges which can call them for admission. Those who have any queries related to CAT 2022 exam can ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone.

For admission-related assistance, call on our toll-free number 1800-572-9877 or fill out our Common Application Form.

All the Best for CAT 2022!

CAT Previous Year Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 2

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 2

CAT question Paper 2017 f1

CAT question Paper 2017 F2

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