CAT Question Papers 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017: Download Previous Year Test Paper

CAT Question Papers 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017: Download Previous Year Test Paper

CAT Question Papers- The most important aspect of CAT exam preparation is solving the past year CAT question papers. CAT previous year paper can be used where there is one or two months' time left for appearing in the CAT exam. During the peak CAT preparation time, practicing from CAT previous year sample paper is the best thing to gain confidence to appear in the IIM CAT entrance test.Solving previous year CAT question papers and attempting the CAT mock tests before the main exam helps in getting familiar with the CAT. Not only this, but this practice also helps in boosting the self-confidence level, one of the most important qualities needed to ace CAT. Candidates can easily figure out their strongest and weakest areas. CAT 2021 was conducted on November 28, 2021, in online mode. Read the article to download the previous years’ CAT exam question papers 2020, 2019, 2018, and more.

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CAT Question Paper 2021: Memory Based

Here are the memory-based CAT 2021 question papers along with the solutions for slot 1, slot 2 and slot 3.

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)

CAT paper is divided into three sections i.e. VARC, QA, DILR. Aspirants writing CAT every year can check the section and slot-wise previous year question papers of CAT.

CAT Exam Previous Year Papers

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Download CAT 2020 question paper PDF

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Key Features of CAT Question Paper 2021

ParticularsCAT question paper details
CAT sections
  • VARC (24 questions)
  • DILR (20 questions)
  • QA (22 questions)
Total number of CAT questions66
CAT exam time duration120 minutes (2 hours)
CAT exam sectional time limit40 minutes
CAT exam marking scheme
  • +3 marks for every correct answer
  • -1 for every wrong answer
  • No negative marking for non-MCQs (CAT TITA questions)
Total marks198

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CAT 2020 Question Paper: Reading Comprehension (RC) topics

CAT 2020 Slot 1CAT 2020 Slot 2CAT 2020 Slot 3
Migration of Northern SealsPiracy in international tradeThe need for economic literacy in the general population
AnarchismInvesting in renewable energy technologiesTravel writing and feminism during colonial times
Grammar/VocabularyA study of visualizationAn analysis of human nature
Currency of Tang DynastyFreudian models of aggressionScreen time and undercurrents of social class

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CAT Quantitative Aptitude Important Topics

HCF LCMFactorsFactorialsRemaindersDigits
Percents, Profit Loss, SICIRatio, Mixtures: AveragesLogarithms & ExponentsSpeed Time DistancePipes Cisterns, Work Time
GeometrySet TheoryMensurationCo-GeoPipes Trigonometry
FunctionsLinear & QuadraticPolynomialsInequalitiesProgression and Permutation Probability

CAT Verbal Ability and RC Important Topics

Sentence CorrectionPara JumbleParagraph CompletionSentence EliminationReading Comprehension
Word UsageCritical ReasoningText CompletionPara Summary

CAT DILR Important Topics

Pie ChartsBar GraphsWord ProblemsMultiple GraphsLine Graphs
Grid PuzzlesSequencingVisualizationMath PuzzlesOther Patterns

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Advantages of Solving CAT Previous Year Paper

There are a number of advantages for those who solve CAT previous year question papers beforehand. They get an extra edge over others when it comes to preparation. For candidates who opt to prepare for CAT without any prior coaching, solving CAT exam papers plays a vital role. Below listed are a few advantages:

  • Helps to formulate time management strategies.

  • Helps to acquaint with the CAT exam pattern.

  • Helps in understanding the trends followed by CAT over the years

  • Helps to understand the most important and frequent topics.

  • Helps to devise new problem-solving techniques

CAT 2020 Question Pattern & Cut-off

SectionsNo. of MCQsNo. of Non-MCQsTotal number of QuestionsTotal MarksCut-off Score
VARC188267825-27
DILR186247216-17
QA188267817-19
Total54227622854-57

CAT Exam Pattern 2021

The CAT 2021 question paper turned out different in terms of the number of questions as of CAT 2020. The difficulty level in CAT 2021, however, was moderate. Candidates can check the latest CAT exam pattern 2021 here.

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When to Start Practicing CAT Question Papers?

Candidates must start solving the CAT question papers or CAT sample papers once they complete the syllabus of any one section or earlier also. If a candidate is starting everything from the scratch, it is recommended to have a look at the CAT previous year paper. This is in order to get familiar with the exam pattern of CAT. But one should not start solving them prior to preparation as it won’t prove fruitful. Thus, first, complete the CAT 2021 syllabus and ensure that you are well versed with all the formulae and theorems. The ideal time to start solving them is three months before the CAT exam.

CAT toppers and CAT mentors recommend solving at least 30-40 mock tests during CAT preparation. Some toppers attempt even up to 80 mock tests.

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