CAT 2017 Question Paper PDF with Answer Key & Solutions

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CAT 2017 question paper PDF with answer key & solution is provided here to help the candidates understand the test structure and analyse the types of questions asked in the CAT exam.

CAT 2017 question paper

CAT 2017 Question Paper can be considers moderately difficult. The first slot of CAT question paper IS however, a bit more difficult than the question paper of second slot. CAT 2017 question paper with solutions is provided in this article below for candidates to practice and analyses their hold over various CAT topics.

The structure of CAT 2017 question paper is same as that of CAT previous year papers, i.e. there are three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Given below is the overall structure of CAT question paper.

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CAT Question Paper 2017

CAT question paper 2017 has 100 questions. Given below is the table indicating section wise difficulty level and number of good attempts. 

Section

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

VARC

34

Easy-moderate

26-27

DILR

32

Difficult

12-14

QA

34

Easy-Moderate

25-26

Total

100

 Moderate

63-67

CAT 2017 Question Paper: Slot 1

The first slot of CAT question paper 2017 is of a higher difficulty level. Among the three sections, DILR section was the toughest and most time consuming. Discussed below are all three sections of CAT 2017 question paper slot 1.

Q:   What is the structure of CAT question paper?

A:
The CAT question paper structure has remained unchanged since 2014 when there were only two sections. Quantitative Aptitude was clubbed with Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was clubbed with Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. In 2015, the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning were clubbed together and Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension made two individual sections. Since 2015, the sectional segregation has remained the same but the number of questions have come down from 100 to 66. The exam duration has also been reduced. Until 2019, the CAT exam was of 180 minutes and the total number of questions were 100. However, in 2020, the question paper structure was revised due to COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the total number of questions came down to 76. In 2021 and 2022, the number of questions were further lowered to 66. For the last two years, CAT is conducted for 2 hours, and the number of questions is 66. The latest CAT question paper structure is: Total questions: 66 Number of sections: 3 Order of sections - 1. VARC 2. DILR 3. Quantitative Aptitude Sectional time limit: 40 minutes VARC questions: 24 DILR questions: 20 Quantitative Aptitude questions: 22.

Q:   Which CAT slot has the toughest question paper?

A:
There is no pattern to which CAT question paper can be the toughest. The CAT question paper of every slot has unique questions. The examination body strives to maintain the same difficulty level of the paper across all slots but it may happen that a question can be more difficult from another. It is seen that, to keep the uniqueness of the question paper intact, the examination authority also changes the topic wise weightage a little bit across the exam slots. In most of the previous years, it is seen that the morning slot of the CAT exam is tougher than the rest two. However, candidates must not worry about the difficulty level of the slots as, the scores of all the candidates are normalised on a common scale to root out the possibility of advantage or disadvantage to any student due to difference in difficulty level. To know how the CAT scores are normalised, read this article: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/articles/understanding-cat-normalization-process-blogId-9386.

Q:   What are the benefits of solving CAT question papers?

A:
Solving the CAT question paper is very important from preparation point of view. Since CAT is a speed based test where candidates have to read long passages, tables and charts, do multiple calculations and solve tricky puzzles, one needs to have prior practice of the same. The CAT mock tests serve this purpose. However, to know what type of passages and puzzles are there in the CAT exam, you need to solve previous years' question papers. Some of the benefits of solving previous years' CAT question paper are: 1. With the help of previous year's CAT question paper, you can understand the latest CAT exam pattern and marking scheme 2. Practicing CAT question papers improves speed and accuracy in solving the questions, which is critical to a speed based exam like CAT 3. Practicing CAT question papers improves time management skills as you would get to know which type of questions take how much time. 4. When you practice CAT question papers, you gain confidence that you can solve all types of CAT questions. This confidence helps in performing better in the exam.

Section wise break up of CAT 2017 question paper, slot 1

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

No. of Questions

34

No. of MCQ questions

24

No. of non-MCQ questions

7

Difficulty Level

Easy-Moderate

Good Attempts

26-27

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

No. of Questions

32

No. of MCQ questions

24

No. of non-MCQ questions

8

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Good Attempts

12-14

Quantitative Ability

No. of Questions

34

No. of MCQ questions

22

No. of non-MCQ questions

12

Difficulty Level

Easy-Moderate

Good Attempts

25-26

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CAT 2017 question paper, slot 1: VARC section

The VARC section of CAT question paper 2017, slot 1 has five RC passages; three passages of 539-600 words and two passages of 299 and 363 words each. Out of five RC passages have six questions and two passages have three questions, each. Three questions are information based and three other are inferential in nature. Overall, six RC questions are easy; and six questions are difficult as there are close choices for answer. The remaining 18 questions are easy to moderate.

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CAT Sections

CAT VARC Topics

No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension
(24 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

24

Verbal Ability
(10 Questions)

Para-jumble

4

Summary
(MCQ Based)

3

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

3

CAT 2017 question paper, slot 1: DILR section

The questions of DILR section of CAT question paper 2017, slot 1 range from sets on survey of students, burgers & fries, routes between two cities, flight operations and square matrix of pillar heights. DI questions do not require much calculation; however, one question is difficult to crack. Logical Reasoning questions are of easy to moderate level.

CAT Sections

CAT DI Topics

No. of Questions

Data Interpretation

Happiness index- difficult

4

Matrix- moderate

4

Routes - moderate

4

Flight operation - Moderate

4

Logical Reasoning

Projects - Difficult

4

Burgers/Fries - Easy

4

Children survey - Easy

4

PCM - difficult

4

CAT 2017 question paper, slot 1: QA section

In the third and final section of CAT question paper 2017, slot 1, there are 34 questions. The questions of this section are easier than the ones of 2016 and 2015 papers.  Most of the questions test the fundamentals of maths. Algebra questions were on Inequalities and Quadratic equations and Arithmetic questions on Profit Loss and TSD.

Q:   From where can I download CAT question papers?

A:
CAT question papers are released within a week of the exam in the form of a PDF as a response sheet and answer key. Candidates who have appeared for the test are able to access the CAT question paper and answer key. The question paper of every slot is released on the same day along with candidate response sheet and official answer to all question. If any candidate needs previous year CAT question papers for preparation purpose, then they can download them from Shiksha website. We have hosted last five years' CAT question papers for aspirants to download and practice. These official CAT question papers are available for download free. You can download the CAT question paper PDFs at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/mba/cat-exam-question-papers Candidates must check and practice the latest CAT question paper to know the latest exam pattern and difficulty level.

Q:   How many RC questions does CAT have?

A:

The CAT VARC section is dominated by RC questions. Out of 24 questions about 14-16 are based on Reading Comprehension passages and the rest of them are based on parajumbles, para completion, etc.

CAT has about 12-16 RC question. In CAT 2022, there were four RC passages each having four questions. The ideal attempt was estimated at 13. Since, it is not mandatory to solve all the questions, candidates can maximize their scores by leaving out the questions related to the passage they find the toughest. There is negative marking in CAT so candidates must ensure that they mark only the correct options or do not mark any option at all.

CAT Sections

CAT Quants Topics

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

Number System

4

Algebra

10-11

Arithmetic

11

Modern Math

2

Geometry and Mensuration

6-7

Free VARC Questions with Answers for Practice Free DILR Questions with Answers for Practice Free Quantitative Aptitude Questions with Answers for Practice

CAT 2017 Question Paper, Slot 2

The difficulty level of CAT question paper 2017, Slot 2 is a bit more difficult than the slot 1 question paper. Overall, the question paper can be considered moderate in terms of difficulty level with VARC on the easier side but with close options, DILR tricky and QA easy. Take a look at the overall break-up of the question paper.

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CAT Sections

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension

34

Easy-moderate

25-27

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32

Difficult

12-14

Quantitative Ability

34

Easy-Moderate

25-26

Total

100

Moderate 

64-68

CAT 2017 Question Paper, Slot 2: Section-wise break-up

Take a look at the section wise break up of CAT question paper 2017 of second slot. 

CAT Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

No. of Questions

34

No. of MCQ questions

24

No. of non-MCQ questions

7

Difficulty Level

Easy-Moderate

Good Attempts

25-27

CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

No. of Questions

32

No. of MCQ questions

24

No. of non-MCQ questions

8

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Good Attempts

12-14

CAT Quantitative Ability

No. of Questions

34

No. of MCQ questions

26

No. of non-MCQ questions

8

Difficulty Level

Easy-Moderate

Good Attempts

25-26

CAT 2017 question paper, slot 2: VARC section

The VARC section of CAT question paper 2017, slot 2 is on the easier side. The Reading Comprehension (RC) passages are easy to read but the questions carry close options that may deceive candidates. There are five passages and 24 questions. Three passages are of 500-550 words and two are of 25-350 words. Out of 24 questions, around 16 are inference based and the rest are fact based. Check the table below for more details.

CAT Sections

CAT VARC Topics

No. of Questions

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

24

Verbal Ability

Para-jumble

4

Summary

3

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

3

CAT 2017 question paper, slot 2: DILR section

The DILR section of CAT question paper 2017, slot 2, has questions in the form of sets. Two sets are easy and one is lengthy. Rest of the sets are solvable but requires concentration. Check the table below for topic wise weightage of questions.

CAT Sections

CAT DILR TopicS

No. of Questions

Data Interpretation 
And Logical Reasoning

Chess

4

Pizza

4

Dorms

4

Asset Management

4

Airplane

4

Biometric

4

Tea

4

Elective

4

CAT 2017 question paper, slot 2: QA section

The QA section of CAT question paper 2017, slot 2 comprises questions, which test the candidate’s grasp of fundamentals of Mathematics. Arithmetic and Algebra dominate this section with 22 questions. Geometry and Mensuration together have 4-5 questions.

CAT Sections

CAT Quants Topics

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

Number System

4

Algebra

12

Arithmetic

12

Modern Math

2

Geometry and Mensuration

4

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