Do you need to be an IITian/NITian or a Math wizard to be in the top 1%ile of CAT quant?
What comes in your mind seeing the above question?
Once again I am back with one of the most important sections in CAT 2020, Quantitative aptitude, which seems to be tough and generally presumed to be cracked by IITians.
But in general, most of them who graduated from IIMs/XLRI and other prestigious institutes are mix up of engineers, non-engineers. Even though engineers are in extremely huge numbers in PGP batch of IIMs but that doesn’t mean that they are smarter than non-engineers.
In fact, CAT 2011 100%iler with 99%ile in quant was none other than a doctor by profession, and so many more non-engineers took admission in IIMs/XLRI and other reputed B-schools by getting 99.9x %ile in quant, so how is it possible?
CAT syllabus has been devised such that even a metric student can solve those questions accurately irrespective of whether he takes up Bio or physics & maths or arts /commerce stream.
Quantitative Aptitude Tests evaluate numerical ability and problem-solving skills of candidates.
Let’s have a look at Quant pattern of previous years’ CAT papers.
CAT 2015-QAANALYSIS SLOT 1
CAT 2015-QA ANALYSIS SLOT 2
This section was on the easier side and was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry based questions. There were no questions based on Number Properties. Most of the questions in this section tested elementary concepts. A student solving 28-30(SLOT 1) and 25-27(SLOT 2) questions with 85%-90% accuracy will get a score of 99.9x%ile.
CAT 2016-QA ANALYSIS SLOT 1
CAT 2016- QA ANALYSIS SLOT 2
This section was of moderate difficulty level and dominated by questions on Geometry and Arithmetic. There were only 7 TITA (No-Negative Marking)questions this year – compared to last year when there were 14. If one went through the entire section, there were at least 8 to 10 sitters for the taking. A good student should have been able to solve 25-27(SLOT 1) and 22-24(SLOT-2) questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.
CAT 2017-SLOT 1 QUANT ANALYSIS
CAT 2017-QA ANALYSIS SLOT 2
This section was easy and dominated by Arithmetic with 13 questions followed by Geometry, Algebra, and Modern Math with 5 to 8 questions each. There were 11 TITA questions this year – compared to last year when there were only 7 If one went through the entire section, there were at least 12 to 14 sitters for the taking. A good student should have been able to solve 24-26(SLOT 1) and 22-24(SLOT 2) questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.
CAT 2018- QA ANALYSIS SLOT 1
CAT 2018-QA ANALYSIS SLOT 2
This has been toughest QA section in recent years. This section was dominated by Arithmetic with 14 questions followed by Modern Math with 10 questions, Geometry with 6, with a couple of questions from Algebra and Numbers each. There were 12 TITA questions this year, If one went through the entire section, there were only 8 to 10 sitters for the taking while 6-8 questions that made students sweat. Overall, an attempt of 19 -21(SLOT 1)and 18-20(SLOT 2) questions in this section with 85% accuracy should be a good bet to score 99%ile.
CAT 2019-QA ANALYSIS SLOT 1
CAT 2019-QA ANALYSIS SLOT 2
Like the last couple of years CAT QA section, this section was dominated by Arithmetic with 13 questions followed by Modern Math with 8 questions, Geometry with 7 questions and Algebra with 5 questions. There was only one question of numbers. There were 11 TITA questions this year. If one went through the entire section, there were 10 to 12 sitters for the taking while 6-8 questions that made students sweat. Overall an attempt of 20 -22(SLOT 1) and 23-25(SLOT 2) questions in this section with 85% accuracy should be a good bet to score 99%ile.
Therefore seeing the trend of Quant section for previous years CAT papers, one can list down topics like Geometry, Numbers, Modern Math, Algebra and Arithmetic. Revision of basics is just to solve NCERT maths class 6-10 books. Once you’re done with this basics, move on to some standard material. Unlike, VARC and LRDI, CAT quant can be mastered in a shorter duration with consistent practice.
Now, once you are done with above two steps, the third step in the learning process is taking lots of topic test with a timer, this will expose you to CAT environment early on in your preparation, take 100’s of tests/quiz, MBAint CAT course provides 300+ topic tests. Now, once you are done with each topic, it’s time to practice sectional tests of quant. Take at least 10 sectional tests before you move on to a full-length mock test. 80% of your learning will come from mocks once you are done with each topic.
MBAint is an ideal platform, with great mentors who will strengthen your base on each sub-topic within the topics:- Geometry, Numbers, Modern Math, Algebra and Arithmetic; thus, preparing you to solve even trickiest questions with ease. Strong basics, application of logic and common sense only these three are required, which is assured by the mentors who will be guiding you 24/7 till you hit the target of top 1%ile in Quant section of CAT 2020.