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QA in CAT 2016

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Updated : Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 06:00 PM

This year also in CAT 2016, QA (Quantitative Ability) will be a separate section which will comprise of 34 questions with a stipulated time of 60 minutes. On behalf of 19 IIMs the test is scheduled to be conducted in, November, 2016

If there is something that can upset the strong will and confidence of even the most serious CAT aspirants it would definitely be the Quantitative Ability (QA).


CAT Aspirants must note that they should be at their best at numbers and geometry. The best way to prepare for this section is to pick up a guide on Quantitative Ability and start working on the basics. Ensure that you are having complete clarity on the fundamentals of Quantitative Ability before you take CAT in coming November.

The typical Quantitative Ability questions are based on simple equations, ratio proportion and variation, percentage, profit and loss, numbers, indices, logs and surds, averages, mixtures and alligations, quadratic equations, progressions, time and work.Time and distance, geometry and mensuration, permutations and combinations, probability, special equations, inequalities, number systems, functions and graphs, coordinate geometry and miscellaneous math logic.

With the help of Mock tests which is the perfect criterion to clear doubts and know the level where you are so that further improvement can be done.

There is no any fix syllabus for this section but with the expert analysis of previous CAT papers, following topics are of utmost importance   and this list is not inclusive but only indicative for CAT 2016:

1.   Number System:

  • Number Base System
  • BODMAS
  • HCF/LCM
  • AP/GP
  • AM/GM/HM
  • Central Tendency (Mean/Median/Mode)
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentage

2.   Algebra:

  • Equation
  • In-Equation
  • Quadratic Equation

3.   Time, Speed and Distance

4.   Work and Time

5.   Profit and Loss

6.   Installment Payment

7.   Clock

8.   Mensuration

9.   Allegation and Mixture

10. Work, Pipes and Cisterns

11. Geometry:

  • Line
  • Angle
  • Triangle
  • Spheres
  • Rectangle
  • Cube, Cone, etc

12.   Set Theory:

  • Venn diagram
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination

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