CAT Previous Papers With Video Solutions, Download PDF's

CAT question papers are essential for preparing and understanding for CAT 2024. For cracking CAT exam, you must look at how the exam has changed over the years, the different kinds of questions asked, and changes in each section across the years. For that you can download the questions in PDF, practice them as mock tests, or view them directly.

Every question comes with a video and detailed solution. Take a look at the CAT syllabus for a better understanding.

Practice CAT 2023 Question Paper, CAT 2022 Question Paper, CAT 2021 Question Paper, etc. in both PDF and test format. You can also order CAT Previous Papers Book here.

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Topic-wise Previous CAT Questions

Topic-wise Questions from CAT Previous Year Papers

Go through the topic-wise CAT questions from all available past year CAT papers conducted by IIMs. All these questions are included with detailed solutions and can be attempted in CAT year-wise questions format.

Check out the Section-wise Topic previous year CAT Questions in below. 

Overall Score Vs Percentile In CAT 2023 Paper

Planning to score 99 percentile in CAT? CAT 2024 exam is expected to be conducted on 24th November 2024 by IIM Calcutta. So, check out last year's score vs percentile. CAT 2023 was conducted on 26th November, 2023 by IIM Lucknow for a total of 198 marks. 

Percentile Score
100 142.90
99.99 119.76
99.90 101.09
99 76.15
95
54.86
90 46.00

100 Percentile in CAT Previous Year Paper 2023

14 candidates scored 100 percentile in CAT 2023 exam. Maruti sir is one of them, with a perfect score of 100 percentile in the quant section and 150.99 marks overall.

Maruti_Konduri_CAT_2023_score_card

100 Percentile in CAT Previous Year Paper 2022

11 candidates scored 100 percentile in CAT 2022 exam. Maruti sir is one of them, with a perfect score of 66/66 in the quant section and 145 marks overall.

Maruti_Konduri_CAT_2022_score_card

100 Percentile in CAT Previous Year Paper 2021

9 candidates scored 100 percentile in CAT 2021 exam. Maruti sir is one of them, with an impeccable 99.99%ile in both Quant and VARC sections and 161 marks (after scaling) overall.

Maruti_Konduri_CAT_2021_score_card

Listed below are the RCs that appeared in CAT 2023 papers in various slots along with the sources and the answers.

CAT 2023 Question Paper Slot-1 RC Sources

RC's Title Source Genre LOD
RC 1 Wolf The Economist Article Environment Easy
RC 2 Geographic Determinism Journal Sociology Difficult
RC 3 Indian Ocean Writing Ocean Literature Difficult
RC 4 Sahini - Society O'reilly Articles Anthropology
/Literature
Easy

CAT 2023 Question Paper Slot-2 RC Sources

RC's Title Source Genre LOD
RC 1 Second Hand September  Prospect - Magazine Environment Moderate
RC 2 Netflix - Europe The Economist Article Culture Moderate
RC 3 Liberalism The Economist Article Political Science Difficult
RC 4 Historians - History Richmond Journal History Easy

CAT 2023 Question Paper Slot-3 RC Sources

RC's

Title Source Genre LOD
RC 1 Romantic - Aesthetics
Stanford - Encyclopedia Philosophy Difficult
RC 2 Archaeology - Patrimony  LA Times - Article Archaeology Moderate
RC 3 Nutmeg The Third Pole - Scientific Review History - Literature Moderate
RC 4 Rational Thinking - Pinker
Washington Post - Article Literature Moderate

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  3. Select the slot and click on the "PDF" button
  4. Open the downloaded PDF and try to solve the questions
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CAT 2024 Previous Year Paper Analysis

The section-wise difficulty level of all the 3 CAT slots is given below

Section Slot-1 Slot-2 Slot-3
VARC Medium Medium - Difficult Medium
DILR One - Difficult 
Two - Doable Sets
Medium - Two Doable Sets Medium - Two Doable Sets
Quant Hard Medium Medium - Difficult compared to other slots

Previous Year CAT Topic-wise Weightage

CAT 2023 VARC Analysis

The number of VARC questions asked per topic in CAT 2023 slot-1, slot-2 & slot-3 papers.

Topic Slot-1 Slot-2 Slot-3
Reading Comprehension (RC) 16 (4 sets with 4 questions each) 16 (4 sets with 4 questions each) 16 (4 sets with 4 questions each)
Para Jumbles (PJ) 2 2 2
Para Completion 2 2 2
Para Summary 2 2 2
Odd One Out 2 2 2

CAT 2023 DILR Analysis

The number of data interpretation & logical reasoning questions asked per topic in CAT 2023 slot-1, slot-2 & slot-3 papers are given below.

CAT 2023 Quant Analysis

The number of quantitative aptitude questions asked per topic in CAT 2023 slot-1, slot-2 & slot-3 papers.

CAT Exam Pattern 2024

CAT exam test duration is 2 hours.

Each correct answer is awarded three marks, and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 mark. Some questions are Type-in-the-answer (TITA - Fill in the blank) questions. The marking scheme for TITA questions is +3 marks for the correct answer and no negative marks for the wrong answer.

Sections will appear in the following order VARC, then DILR and Quant (switching between sections is not possible). Candidates should perform well in all the three sections as most institutes have sectional cut-offs along overall cut-offs.

The below table shows the CAT 2023 exam pattern:

Section Duration No. Of Questions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
40 min

24

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 40 min

20

Quantitative Ability (QA) 40 min

22

Total 120 min

66

Major Changes In CAT Exam

ChangesYear
No major changes in the CAT exam pattern 2023
No major changes in the CAT exam pattern 2022
Further reduction in the number of questions to 66 from 76 2021
No. of exam slots changed to three from two. The total number of questions was decreased to 76 (from 100).
2020
An on-screen calculator is introduced 2015

Sectional-time limit introduced. QA&DI;, LR &VA; were the two sections.

2011
The CAT exam went online 2009

Year-wise CAT papers - IIM Conducted

CAT Papers Conducted By
CAT 2023 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Lucknow
CAT 2022 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Bangalore
CAT 2021 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2020 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Indore
CAT 2019 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2018 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Calcutta
CAT 2017 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Lucknow
CAT 2016 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Bangalore
CAT 2015 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2014 Previous Year Question Paper IIM Indore

CAT Score vs Percentile 2023

Percentile

VARC

DILR

Quant

Overall

100

61.66

50.40

49.46

142.90

99.99

57.19

42.66

44.89

119.76

99.90

51.14

36.58

34.96

101.09

99.50

44.00

30.58

28.28

84.29

99

39.83

27.29

26.74

76.15

95

28.78

18.92

16.87

54.86

90

23.37

15.63

13.63

46.00

80

17.58

11.67

09.20

34.36

How To Utilize CAT Previous Papers

These are a great reference to understand the kind of questions that can appear in the exam. CAT don't have defined syllabus, so going through the old quesion papers can give the candidates the topics tests and the difficulity level.

  • Take them as topic wise tests
  • Attempt them as sectional tests
  • Take full-length CAT previous year papers as mock
  • Watch video solutions for difficult questions
  • Analyse mistakes and improve Concept & Practice Gaps

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