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Updated By Shreya Sareen on 02 Mar, 2021 15:10

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

CAT previous year question papers are available for the candidates who are preparing for the entrance examination. CAT is a popular entrance exam for pursuing MBA and PGDM courses from the top management colleges in India. One of the highly recommended tips for preparation is to practice CAT Previous Years' Question Papers. Solving question papers of the previous years is considered a great way to understand the structure of the exam.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) previous year question papers are available here on CollegeDekho. With the help of CAT last year question paper, test takers can get an insight into the nature of questions as well as the number of questions that could be asked in the exam. It also gives an understanding of the exam pattern and the weightage of every topic.

Table of Contents

CAT Question Papers and Answer Key

How to Download CAT Previous Year Question Papers

When is the Best Time to Start Practicing CAT Previous Year Question Papers?

Advantages of Solving Previous CAT Question Papers

Preparation Tips for CAT

CAT 2019 Question Pattern & Cut-off Percentile

CAT 2018 Question Pattern & Cut-off Percentile

CAT Question Papers are for whom?

Quant Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 1 Question Paper

VARC Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 1 Question Paper

Quant Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 2 Question Paper

 

VARC Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 2 Question Paper

 

 

How to Prepare for CAT

CAT Mock Test

CAT Paper Analysis

Facts about CAT

CAT 2020 Exam Day Instructions - COVID-19 Guidelines, Rules, What to Carry, Other Guidelines

How to Use a Calculator in CAT 2020: Tips and Instructions

CAT 2021 Expected Question Paper

The expected question papers and important topics of CAT 2021 will be updated below. Meanwhile, candidates can take a look at the predicted question paper for CAT 2020.

CAT Predicted Question Paper 2020 - Important Topics, Chapters, AnalysisImportant Topics for CAT: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage 

CAT 2021 Question Papers and Answer Key

The conducting body of CAT 2021 will release the official question paper and answer key of CAT 2021 4-5 days after the exam is conducted. Many top coaching institutes will also come out with their own versions of CAT 2021 answer keys. Take the help of these answer keys to find out how you fared in the exam.

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How to Download CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Here are the steps to download the Previous Year Question Papers of CAT.

  • Click on any of the above-mentioned links for CAT Previous Year Question Papers.

  • A new page will open asking for the candidate's login detail. Fill in the credentials and click on the 'Login' button.

  • After a successful login, candidates will be redirected to a new PDF page with the CAT question paper.

  • Download the CAT question paper and start practising

When is the Best Time to Start Practicing CAT Previous Year Question Papers?

Although it is mandatory for CAT aspirants to solve as many previous year papers for CAT, it is also important to know when is the right time to start solving CAT previous year question papers. According to the experts and previous year CAT rank holders, the aspirants must start solving CAT previous year papers at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the exam. the candidates must also ensure that they have thoroughly revised the entire syllabus before they jump into solving the previous year papers for CAT. 

Advantages of Solving Previous CAT Question Papers

The benefits of solving the previous CAT question papers are enlisted here.

  • One of the most prominent advantages of solving CAT previous years’ question papers is that it helps to know the exam pattern and structure of CAT. Candidates need not search references in order to check the exam pattern if they are into a regular practice of solving CAT previous year papers.

  • Solving the question papers will help candidates in keeping a check of the time taken to solve the entire paper. Candidates can also solve the paper section-wise to figure out the time taken in each section. This in a way will help candidates in improving time management for the main examination.

  • It will also help candidates in identifying their weak sections of CAT. Once the areas are identified, candidates can work on them and improve their performance. This in a way also helps in the identification of easy and quick sections that can be dealt with first in the main paper.

  • Time management in terms of preparation can also be sorted out by solving the question papers of the past years, as it helps to find the strengths and weaknesses of the preparation and this in return helps to set the time for better preparation.

  • This magic trick can help candidates convert their weaknesses into their strengths. Tricky questions can be conquered once they are identified.

  • This is also the best way to build self-confidence and inner strength, which is required at the time of examination.

Preparation Tips for CAT 2021

CAT 2021 preparation must be planned strategically as the level of competition in this examination is very high. One must be aware of the CAT 2021 Syllabus, so that they plan the preparation in a better way, keeping in mind the sections and sub-sections of the syllabus. Experts also advise making an effective timetable that can be followed without missing out on any planned time slot. Once you know the entire syllabus, compile the best books and reference materials for CAT that will help you in studying the subjects of the syllabus.

The motive behind CAT 2021 preparation can only be achieved with rigorous practice and determination. Taking help from seniors and mentors is also recommended for the CAT 2021 aspirants. For this, you can also get enrolled in a good CAT coaching centre near your place. Coaching centres are also a good source for acquiring previous years’ question papers of CAT.

Candidates can also explore the following options to boost their preparation for the upcoming CAT 2021 examination.

CAT 2021 Question Papers are for whom?

CAT 2021 question papers are for the candidates who wish to get admission to the IIMs and some of the other top b-schools which accept scores of CAT. Since CAT is considered to be as one of the toughest management exams, the candidates who solve CAT 2020 question papers seriously are more likely to ace the other management entrance exams easily.

CAT 2019 Question Pattern & Cut-off Percentile

Given below is the composition of the CAT 2019 exam. 

SectionsNo. of MCQsNo. of Non-MCQsTotal number of QuestionsTotal MarksCut-off Percentile
VARC24103410258-60
DILR248329630-32
QA23113410250-52
Total7129100300145-147

Quant Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 1 Question Paper

Mentioned below are some of the questions from the Quant and VARC sections along with their answers. Candidates can take a look ar these questions to get a better idea of what to expect in CAT 2020.

Question 1:

Train T leaves station X for station Y at 3 pm. Train S, travelling at three-quarters of the speed of T, leaves Y for X at 4 pm.  The two trains pass each other at a station Z, where the distance between X and Z is three-fifths of that between X and Y. How many hours does train T take for its journey from X to Y?

A) 10B) 17
C) 15D) 20

Question 2:

Point P lies between points A and B such that the length of BP is thrice that of AP. Car 1 starts from A and moves towards B. Simultaneously, car 2 starts from B and moves towards A. Car 2 reaches P one hour after car 1 reaches P. If the speed of car 2 is half that of car 1, then the time, in minutes, taken by car 1 in reaching P from A is?

A) 12B) 11
C) 9D) 13

Answers 

Q No

Question 1

Question 2

Correct Answer

C

A

Quant Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 2 Question Paper

Question 1:

On a long stretch of east-west road, A and B are two points such that B is 350 km west of A. One car starts from A and another from B at the same time. If they move towards each other, then they meet after 1 hour. If they both move towards the east, then they meet in 7 hrs. The difference between their speeds, in km per hour, is

A) 45B) 50
C) 55D) 60

Question 2:

Points A and B are 150 km apart. Cars 1 and 2 travel from A to B, but car 2 starts from A when car 1 is already 20 km away from A. Each car travels at a speed of 100 kmph for the first 50 km, at50 kmph for the next 50 km, and at 25 kmph for the last 50 km. The distance, in km, between car 2 and B when car 1 reaches B is

A) 5B) 10
C) 15D) 20

Answers 

Q No.

Question 1

Question 2

Correct Ans

B

A

 

VARC Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 1 Question Paper

Given below are 2 questions from the VARC section of CAT 2018 slot 1 question paper.

Question 1

Direction: The passage given below is followed by four summaries. Choose the option that best captures the author‘s position.

Artificial embryo twinning is a relatively low-tech way to make clones. As the name suggests, this technique mimics the natural process that creates identical twins. In nature, twins form very early in development when the embryo splits in two. Twinning happens in the first days after egg and sperm join, while the embryo is made of just a small number of unspecialized cells. Each half of the embryo continues dividing on its own, ultimately developing into separate, complete individuals. Since they developed from the same fertilized egg, the resulting individuals are genetically identical. 

  1. Artificial embryo twinning is low-tech unlike the natural development of identical twins from the embryo after fertilization.
  2. Artificial embryo twinning is low-tech and is close to the natural development of twins where the embryo splits into two identical twins.
  3. Artificial embryo twinning is low-tech and mimetic of the natural development of genetically identical twins from the embryo after fertilization.
  4. Artificial embryo twinning is just like the natural development of twins, where during fertilization twins are formed.

Question 2

Direction: The passage given below is followed by four summaries. Choose the option that best captures the author‘s position.

Production and legitimation of scientific knowledge can be approached from a number of perspectives. To study knowledge production from the sociology of professions perspective would mean a focus on the institutionalization of a body of knowledge. The professions-approach informed earlier research on managerial occupation, business schools and management knowledge. It, however, tends to reify institutional power structures in its understanding of the links between knowledge and authority. Knowledge production is restricted in the perspective to the selected members of the professional community, most notably to the university faculties and professional colleges. Power is understood as a negative mechanism, which prevents the nonprofessional actors from offering their ideas and information as legitimate knowledge.

  1. Professions-approach aims at the institutionalization of knowledge but restricts knowledge production as a function of a select few.
  2. Professions-approach focuses on the creation of institutions of higher education and disciplines to promote knowledge production
  3. The study of knowledge production can be done through many perspectives.
  4. The professions-approach has been one of the most relied upon a perspective in the study of management knowledge production. 

Answers 

Q No.

Question 1

Question 2

Correct Ans

3

1

VARC Questions from CAT 2018 Slot 2 Question Paper

Question 1:

Five sentences related to a topic are given. Four of them can be put together to form a meaningful and coherent short paragraph. Identify the odd one out.

  1. Much has been recently discovered about the development of songs in birds.
  2. Some species are restricted to a single song learned by all individuals, others have a range of songs.
  3. The most important auditory stimuli for the birds are the sounds of other birds.
  4. For all bird species, there is a prescribed path to the development of the final song,
  5. A bird begins with the subsong, passes through the plastic song until it achieves the species song.

Question 2:

Five sentences related to a topic are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a meaningful and coherent short paragraph. Identify the odd one out. Choose its number as your answer and key the number in:

  1. Our smartphones can now track our diets, our biological cycles, even our digestive systems and sleep-patterns.
  2. Researchers have even coin ed a new term, ―orthosomnia‖, to describe insomnia brought on by paying too much attention to smartphones and sleep-tracking apps.
  3. Sleep, nature‘s soft nurse, is a blissful, untroubled state all too easily disturbed by earthly worries or a guilty conscience.
  4. The existence of a market for such apps is unsurprising: shift work, a long-hours culture and blue light from screens have conspired to rob many of us of sufficient rest.
  5. A new threat to a good night‘s rest has emerged – smart-phones, with sleep-tracking apps.

Answers 

Q No.

Question 1

Question 2

Correct Ans

3

1

CAT 2018 Question Pattern & Cut-off Percentile

Given below is the composition of the CAT 2018 question paper 

SectionsNo. of MCQsNo. of Non-MCQsTotal number of QuestionsTotal MarksCut-off Percentile
VARC2773410257-59
DILR248329629-31
QA23113410255-57
Total7129100300142-145

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FAQs about CAT Question Papers

Do I need to pay to download CAT previous year question papers?

No, you can download the CAT previous year question papers for free.

In what medium will the CAT 2020 question paper be set?

CAT 2020 question paper will be in English.

Are previous year question papers enough for the preparation of CAT 2020?

No, just solving the previous year question papers won't be enough for the preparation of CAT 2020. You need to ensure that you have covered all the topics which are included in the CAT 2020 syllabus.

What was the cutoff percentile in the DILR section of CAT 2019?

The cutoff percentile in the DILR section of CAT 2019 was 30-32.

What was the cut off percentile in the VARC section of CAT 2019?

The cutoff percentile in the VARC section of CAT 2019 was 58-60.

How many questions were there in the DILR section of CAT 2019?

There were 24 MCQs and 8 Non MCQs in the DILR section of CAT 2019.

How many questions were there in the VARC section of CAT 2019?

There were 24 MCQs and 10 Non MCQs in the VARC section of CAT 2019.

What are some of the benefits of solving CAT previous year question papers?

One of the benefits of solving CAT previous years’ question papers is that it helps in knowing the exam pattern of CAT. The question papers also help the candidates in knowing the time taken to solve the entire paper. Candidates can also solve the paper section-wise to estimate the time taken in each section. It will also help the candidates in knowing their strength and weaknesses in CAT.

When should I start solving CAT previous year question papers?

According to experts, the ideal time to start solving CAT previous year question papers at least 30 days before the beginning of the exam.

What is the purpose of CAT previous year question papers?

CAT 2020 previous year question papers help the candidates know about the type of questions as well as the number of questions that could be asked in the exam. It also gives an understanding of the exam pattern and the weightage.

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