CAT 2023 Preparation of Quantitative Aptitude: Check Topic Wise Tips, Online Resources, Books, and Study Plan

CAT Preparation of Quantitative Aptitude should be focused on important topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Logarithms, Number Systems, Modern Maths, Geometry, Mensuration, etc. Aspirants must note that CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus is not prescribed by the exam conducting body. Hence, candidates must devise CAT preparation plan as the weightage of important topics in CAT question paper. Based on CAT QA Paper Analysis of the previous year, this section is of easy-moderate difficulty with a few lengthy questions.

  • CAT books to prepare for CAT QA section is How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma and NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10). 
  • One of the most common mistakes to avoid while preparing for CAT Quant is that candidates take too long to solve one question. Avoid that and prepare accordingly.

CAT Preparation Quantitative Aptitude Highlights

Here are all the necessary details candidates need to know about CAT QA Exam Pattern: 

Total Questions in CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section22
Total Marks in Quantitative Aptitude For CAT Section66
Type of Questions in Quantitative SectionMCQs and TITA (non-MCQ)
Total MCQs in Quant for CAT Section14-15
Total Non-MCQs (TITA) in QA Section7-8
Difficulty in Quantitative Aptitude For CAT SectionModerate

Division of QA Syllabus for CAT Preparation

Candidates can divide the syllabus based on the number of questions asked from that topic in CAT exam. Based on the questions asked in previous years we have divided CAT syllabus into important topics, sub-topics and the expected number of questions that can be asked from that topic. 

Important TopicsSub TopicsExpected number of Question In CAT Exam
Arithmetic + AlgebraNumbers, Simple & Compound Interest, Ratio, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Proportionality, Time-Distance10-11 + 5-6
Modern MathematicsProbability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Permutation and Combinations,2-3
Geometry & TrigonometryCo-ordinate Geometry, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Height and Distance, Basic Trigonometry, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume,3-4

Topic Wise CAT QA Preparation Tips

As numerous MBA aspirants are registering for CAT every year, so the competition is very high over the years. So, well-focused and dedicated candidates for the exam with sincere preparation, are able to solve the question easily and score good percentile to get admission in the IIMs or any other prestigious B-School. To get more than 95 percentile in this subject, the candidate is advised to answer perfectly more than 15 questions.

How to Prepare for CAT Arithmetic?

  • Solving arithmetic questions with 100% will help you to score high marks in CAT.
  • Important topics that you need to focus on from this section are mentioned in the table below:
Important TopicPreparation Tip
PercentagesDo not use a calculator while solving questions on percentages
Profit and LossIncrease your speed to solve PL questions as they are easy and direct questions
SI & CIAlways remember that SI is a percentage increase and CI is the successive percentage increase
Ratios & MixturesTricky questions
Averages, Speed, Time, DistanceFormulas to be revised again and again 
Races, Pipes Cisterns & Time workThese topics require regular practice

How to Prepare for CAT Number System?

Number Systems is a vast topic and contributes around 1-3 questions in CAT. There are a range of topics under Number Systems – and Miscellaneous topics.

Important TopicsPreparation Tips
Factors and MultiplesUnderstand the basics to solve these questions
HCF and LCMLearn the shortcut tips and tricks
Factorials, Base Systems, RemaindersSolve maximum number of questions

How to Prepare for CAT Geometry?

  • Trigonometry, Mensuration, and Co-Geometry hold a high weightage of questions in CAT.
  • Start from the above-mentioned topics then move towards Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry. 
Important TopicsPreparation Tips
Trigonometry, Mensuration, and Co-Geometry3-4 questions can be solved if you remember the angles, shapes, theorems, etc. 
Trigonometry, Coordinate GeometryCan be solved if you know which particular theorem or idea could be applied to these questions

How to Prepare for CAT Algebra?

  • CAT Algebra is a vital topic and in this topic, you need to deal with variables like x’s, y’s, etc. 
  • Do not get confused and devote 2 hours dails to this topic. 
Important TopicsPreparation Tips
Linear & Quadratic EquationsSolve maximum number of questions to get familiar with equations
InequalitiesLearn the tricks to solve these questions
Functions, ProgressionsUnderstand which method can be used to solve the questions before approaching

Best Books CAT 2023 Quantitative Aptitude

In fact, the best books for the CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section should be of the latest edition carrying the latest features as per the current CAT exam pattern with Quantitative Aptitude Questions and Answers. Now the question is- which is the best book for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT. Out of 35 odd CAT preparation books on Quant preparation, in the opinion of CAT toppers and experts is Quantitative Aptitude Book by Arun Sharma. Other best books for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT are:

Name of the BookName of the Author
NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10)NCERT
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CATSarvesh Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsAbhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude for CATNishit Sinha

Common Mistakes to avoid in CAT QA Section

As per CAT experts and Toppers’ statement following common mistakes are done usually made by candidates while attempting CAT aptitude test.

  • Do not attach to any question for more than 1.5 minutes – If one cannot understand where and how to start after reading the question for more than once, quickly give it a shot with not spending more than 90 seconds on it. The point is not to get entangled in the question and lose the track of your time.
  • Double-check while solving (to reduce errors and use this in formula-based questions) – When one has decided his formula and approach, just before he inserts the numbers from the question statement, verify the substitutions. This will reduce the chances of any silly mistakes that one might commit during the steps. Double check where one can.
  • Not able to decide when it is the right time to leave the question? – Identify early when to give up and move on to the next question. This might hurt ONE’s sentiment and ego a bit, but it is definitely not worse than leaving questions un-attempted towards the end. Do not let his emotions play havoc with his question paper. Do not get emotionally invested in a question: there is always another one waiting for him..
  • Not able to identify strength and weak areas – During the mock tests, identify one’s key strength topics that contribute the maximum towards one’s score and build a habit of solving those topics first. Do not waste time in the initial half of the hour in testing one’s ability on any untouched topics or weak areas that have not given any marks in the past. The first 40 minutes of the allotted time should be spent on hunting and striking down easy-medium questions to boost one’s score and confidence early in the test.
  • Keep the performances of sections independent of each other – If Quant is not the first section that appears on the screen (as has been the case for the past few years) please remain calm and composed and one should not be worried. Start the section with a fresh mind without feeling too nervous about the previous performance.

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