CAT Preparation Plan for Quantitative Aptitude

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CAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation is crucial as the section has high potential of scoring 100 per cent. Check out CAT Preparation Plan for Quantitative Aptitude recommended by MBA expert.

Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT exam is considered to be a tough section but has the potential of getting a 100 per cent score. Quantitative Aptitude occupies one third of the CAT test paper and CAT 2022 should be no exception. Like last year, the CAT exam paper will have 24 questions this year too. There is no doubt that Quantitative Aptitude will be the last section of the CAT 2022 question paper as the exam pattern has remained the same for about a decade now.

The IIMs have never shared syllabus of CAT officially but if you look at the question papers of the last 10 years, you'll know which topics to study for CAT Quantitative Aptitude. Since the aspirants targeting CAT exam come from diverse backgrounds, the syllabus of Mathematics till Class 10 is a safe assumption for Quantitative Aptitude preparation. Barring an exception or two, last 14 years’ CAT question papers have have had advanced level questions from Mathematics topics covered till class 10 only. In this article, we have tried to suggest a CAT preparation plan keeping all these facts in mind. Let’s start with the understanding of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT.

CAT Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude

In CAT 2022, there will be a total of 66 questions and Quantitative Aptitude section will have 24 questions, here's the break up of CAT syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

CAT QA Topics

Chapters

Expected Number of Questions*

Arithmetic

Numbers, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership

10

Algebra

Linear Equations, Quadratic Equation, Differential Equation, Maxima-Minima, Inequalities, Logarithm, Functions, Finding Root, Number of Integers, Vector

5

Advance Mathematics

Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series

4

Geometry

Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Co-ordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry

3

*For CAT Quant section having 24 Questions.

Many of the chapters have a good size of theory portion. But most of the times, theory is used for application in problems, only. A question directly asking a property is a rarity. 

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Difficulty Level of CAT Quatitative Aptitude

If we look at last few years’ CAT question papers, CAT has done all the experiments. Number of questions in the Quantitative section has varied from 20-34 questions. CAT cut-offs for top IIMs have varied from 1/3rd of the section to more than 80 per cent of the section. But by looking at the last two years’ trends, one can say that Quantitative Aptitude of CAT 2022 should be more or less of a moderate difficulty level.

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The key to scoing well in the CAT exam is not about how much an aspirant knows, but about how much can he apply in the given duration with the given constraints of sectional time limit. Some of the points to be taken care of are:

1.Practice chapter by chapter: There is a difference between being able to solve a problem and solving a problem effortlessly. Depending on the difficulty level of the CAT 2022 test paper, 10-14 questions should be of easy to moderate level. Practice of easy to medium questions of all the chapters would enable an aspirant to sail through the questions easily.

Our Advice: Know basic theories and varieties of problems of all chapters. 

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2.Short Methods and Group Studies: Nothing boosts confidence of an aspirant more than a question which he can solve without lifting the pen in an ongoing test. More such questions, better the score. This can be achieved by improving mental calculation and by discussing unconventional methods with a focused study group. Many times it involves use of options to get the correct answer.

Our Advice: Two is more than one. Three is even better. Do a regular discussion of short methods among your focused study group.

3.Building Stamina: Quantitative Aptitude is the last section of the paper. That means aspirants would reach this part of the paper in 81st minute of the test. An aspirant who hasn't developed stamina for the last bit would be challenged to deliver his regular performance.

Our Advice: Study for 3-4 hours at a stretch while practicing sample questions.

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4.Testing Skills Development: Having 10 to 30 per cent of the problems as speed-breakers is an expected situation in the Quantitative section of CAT. Being able to find them without wasting time is the key. It’s a skill which can be achieved by sufficient practice of a large number of problems and by going through sufficient number of CAT mock tests.

Our Advice: Plan to write approximately 20-25 CAT Mock Tests.

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5.Mental Calculation: CAT 2022 will offer basic calculator to all the test takers. This will still not reduce the importance of mental calculation. Since it’s an on-screen calculator, mental calculation will win against the calculator in time consumption in most of the cases.

Our Advice: Do enough practice of basic summation, subtraction, tables and fractions.

Remember, solving the chapters for the first time teaches you Mathematics. Second time, it brings speed in solving. Aspirants are advised to solve all the chapters twice to get the advantage of speed in the exam.

All the best..!!

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FAQs on CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation

Q: What are the best books for CAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation?

A: CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning by How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha, Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha and Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Sharma are some of the best books for CAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation.

Q: In how many months can I master QA section of CAT?

A: Quantitative Aptitude is all about conceptual clarity and practice so one must spend a considerable amount of time on this section. About three months for Quantitative Aptitude is a good time for preparation.

Q: What are the main topics of Quantitative Aptitude in CAT?

A: The main topics of Quantitative Aptitude in CAT include Numbers, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership Linear Equations, Quadratic Equation, Differential Equation, Maxima-Minima, Inequalities, Logarithm, Functions, Finding Root, Number of Integers, Vector Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Co-ordinate Geometry and Basic Trigonometry.

Q: How can I prepare for Quantitative Aptitude by self-study?

A: To prepare for CAT Quantitative Aptitude by self-study, one needs to take help from books recommended by experts and sample papers, mock tests and practice questions. The books will help in understanding the concepts while practice questions will help in understanding the application of those concepts on different types of questions.

Q: What is the weightage of Quantitative Aptitude section in CAT?

A: The Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT has 22 questions in total. Each question carries three marks for correct attempt and minus one mark for incorrect attempt (MCQs) only. So, the total weightage of QA section is 66.

Q: What is a good attempt in Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT?

A: To score 99 percentile, one needs to score around 32-34 marks in this section of CAT, thus one can say out of 22 questions, 10 to 12 correct attempts will be considered good.

Q: Is there negative marking in Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT?

A: Yes, there is negative marking of minus one in the Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT, but only for MCQ type questions. There is no negative marking for non-MCQ type questions.

Q: What are the most important formulas in Quantitative Aptitude?

A: For cracking Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT, candidates must memorise all the Arithmetic formulae as this topic dominated the QA section of CAT. The candidates must also memorise Algebra and Geometry theorems.

Q: What are the best resources for Quantitative Aptitude preparation?

A: The best resources for Quantitative Aptitude preparation is sample papers and previous years’ CAT question papers. Since both Quantitative Aptitude is all about Mathematics, it can only be mastered by having enough practice.

Q: Is CAT Quantitative Aptitude section tough?

A: The Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT usually of moderate to high difficulty level, with calculation heavy questions. The best way to tackle this section sis by choosing those questions to solve that are your strong areas and are require quick calculation.

Q: How can I improve my CAT Quantitative Aptitude score?

A: Focus should be on accuracy over speed. Solve each sample questions again and again to improve speed and accuracy. In the CAT exam, whatever you attempt, you have to get it right. So, scan the entire section and give a priority order to the questions based on your strength and weakness. First, solve the ones you are confident about and then solve to the rest.

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