How can previous papers will be helpful for CAT 2018

Last Modified: 12 May 2024

This is the time to pull up your socks and get ready for CAT 2018; the countdown began as IIM announced the tentative date for CAT 2018. Indian Institute of Managements, or popularly known as IIMs are most prestigious management institutes in India. In fact, IIM has a presence in the world’s top 100 best management institutes.

IIMs offer the two year post graduate diploma in management (PGDM) which is equivalent to Master of Business Administration (MBA). Along this, students can go for Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) is a fulltime doctoral level programme in management and research equivalent to the Ph.D. degree.

In order to get admission in the IIMs and other management institutes, you need to appear in CAT 2018 exam. CAT is India’s one of the most difficult exams and it has a reputation to surprise candidates every year. Students who are planning to appear in CAT 2018 exam, they should know that it is not a cakewalk.

When it comes about the syllabus for CAT 2018, this is not specific and limited to some special topics. Yet, you have to be prepared for all three different sections as described in the CAT 2018 exam pattern.

CAT 2018 – Exam Pattern

There will be 3 sections for CAT 2018 as given.

  • Section 1 - Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Number of Questions - 34

Time - 60 minutes

  • Section 2 - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Number of Questions - 32

Time - 60 minutes

  • Section 3 - Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

Number of Questions - 34

Time - 60 minutes

Total no. of questions - 100

Total time - 180

You can have a glimpse over the experience of CAT 2017 from an expert’s opinion. The extracts from his words are; “Overall, CAT 2017 was slightly easier than CAT 2016. Level of difficulty same as last year. DI-LR: more difficult. 99%ile at 36-37 marks. Quant is similar to CAT 2015. 99%ile at 62-65 Marks. Verbal 99% at score of 65+. Over all 99%ile at 153-155 marks”. As it was unexpected, the exam was an easier one, which makes it difficult as the ranking will be higher with more marks scored.

The preparation should be accompanied by mock test and last year's exam papers. It gives you an edge over others who are not prepared to complete the test in the given time period. CAT 2018 also offers you the official mock test, follow the direct link It helps you to evaluate yourself and the time management completing the exam in the given time. You can download the previous years’ exam paper and prepare yourself accordingly.

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