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CAT previous year papers are important for the aspirants to get the high scores in the CAT exam.

In the last week of November, the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 exam was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad.

Attempting CAT question papers is necessary for the candidates preparing for the CAT 2022 exam.

To familiarise themselves with the exam pattern and difficulty levels of every question, the students must practice the CAT previous year's question papers.

The aspirants can find the cat previous year's papers pdf for free from our website.

CAT Previous Year Papers 2021

The latest CAT Previous Year Papers are from the CAT 2021 Exam.

CAT 2021 exam was conducted in 3 slots.

The CAT previous year paper 2021 is available in 3 slots. Aspirants should practice the CAT 2021 question paper to get familiar with the latest pattern.

CAT Previous Year Papers 2020

On November 29, 2020, IIM Indore introduced three slots for the CAT 2020 examination.

The CAT previous year papers 2020 are available in 3 slots.

There was a significant change in the CAT 2020 exam pattern and structure.

  1. The CAT 2020 exam has been shortened to 120 minutes from 180 minutes.
  2. The CAT 2020 exam slots have increased from 2 to 3 slots.

The total number of questions in each slot in the CAT previous year's paper was 76.

CAT Previous Year Papers 2019

The CAT previous year papers 2019 are available in 2 slots.

The CAT 2019 was conducted by IIM Kozhikode on 24th November 2019.

The duration of the CAT 2019 exam was 3 hours, with 100 questions.

CAT Previous Year Papers 2018

The CAT 2018 exam was held on November 25, 2018, in 2 slots.

There were 3 sections in the CAT 2018 exam VARC (34), DILR (32), and QA (34), with a total of 100-questions.

The CAT Previous Year papers are available in 2 slots with answer keys.

CAT Previous Year Papers 2017

IIM Lucknow coordinated the CAT 2017 exam in 2 slots on November 26, 2017.

The two slots of CAT Previous year papers 2017 are available.

The CAT 2017 exam was conducted in 3 hours.

Cat Question Paper Pattern

The new CAT 2022 question paper pattern consists of 66 questions.

The duration of the CAT 2022 exam is 2 hours or 120 minutes.

The CAT 2022 question paper is divided into 3 sections.

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

The latest CAT 2022 exam patterns are listed below.

  1. The exam would have 3 sections, i.e., QA, VARC and DILR.
  2. Some Questions would be of Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) type with Options to select and some would be non-MCQ type.
  3. There will be negative markings for MCQ questions. Each wrong answer careers –1 mark.
  4. No negative marking for non-MCQ questions.
  5. 40 minutes are allotted to each section.


CAT 2022 EXAM Pattern

CAT Exam 2022 Sections

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Topic wise previous year cat questions pdf

The Common admission test  (CAT) has 3 sections.

In CAT, every topic must be covered, so topic-wise preparation helps the students score more.

The topic-wise previous year cat questions are freely available in pdf format.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. Does CAT Release the previous year's papers? 

Ans: Yes. CAT releases the previous year's exam papers.

Q2. Is CAT Exam difficult? 

Ans: Yes. The CAT is the most challenging management exam in India.

CAT exam helps the students to get into the top Business schools.

Q3. Which was the toughest CAT 2022 paper? 

Ans: CAT 2020 exam was the most challenging CAT exam.

Q4. How many papers does a cat have?

Ans: CAT exam consists of 66 questions in 3 sections.

The 3 sections are:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
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