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I want to do MBA from IIM. How to prepare Quantitative Aptitude paper of CAT? Is it necessary to jon Coaching institute for average student? Suggest some good books for complete preparation of this paper.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 12:55 PM
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The ‘Quant’ section of CAT exam tests mathematical skills and numerical ability of the students. The questions of the paper are generally based on Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. To do good preparation of the paper you have to learn all the formulae and keep on revising them.

For preparation of the paper, you can join any of the coaching centers

Books for the paper:

The best books for preparation of the Quantiative paper are:
NCERT arithmetic text books from classes VIII to X.

How To Prepare For Quantiative Aptitude For The CAT
Author: Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Nishit Sinha (Pearson publications)
Quantum CAT’ by Sarvesh Kumar Verma (Arihant publication)

Here I have attached a chart which describes what the Quant is all about and it will help you in the preparation of the paper. You can see the chart by downloading it from here.
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Old April 8th, 2020, 07:32 PM
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I want to build career in management line and decided to apply for CAT Exam. Will you provide details how to prepare for quants CAT section also suggests books for CAT Quant section?
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Old April 8th, 2020, 07:33 PM
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Pattern of the CAT Quantitative Aptitude section, there are total 34 questions in the CAT Quant section.

Here is the detail of the CAT quantitative aptitude sections.

Number of Questions 34
Time allotted 60 minutes
No. of MCQ questions 23
No. of non-MCQ questions 11
For each correct answer +3 marks
For each incorrect answer [MCQ] -1 marks

How to prepare for CAT Quant:

The topics from which the problems in the quantitative aptitude section in CAT appear are:


This section contains questions from topics like percentages, averages, mixture and alligation, time and work, ratio and proportion, and time speed and distance. In recent CAT, questions from arithmetic have comprised around 40% of the total number of questions of the CAT Quantitative Aptitude section.


Questions from Algebra are mainly from topics like linear and quadratic equations, progressions, logarithms, and functions etc. Algebra questions comprise almost 25% of CAT Quant section. Consequently, algebra becomes the second most important topic for the preparation of CAT Quant section.

Geometry, once upon a time, dominated the CAT Quant section, with as many as 50% questions coming from this area alone. However, things in recent years have changed a little. Nevertheless, even today 20-25% questions of the CAT Quant section come from Geometry. Around 6-7 questions from topics like triangles, circles, quadrilaterals and mensuration appeared in CAT exam. Only Elementary concepts of geometry are sufficient to solve these questions.

Number system:
Questions from this topic used to dominate CAT in the last decade but now only 1-2 questions, that too from fundamental properties of numbers, appear in CAT.

Modern Mathematics:
There are mainly three topics in modern mathematics – permutation and combination, probability and set theory. In recent year CAT papers, we have seen a few questions appear from these topics. However, the concepts of set theory play a very important role in helping the aspirant solve the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation questions that are based on set theory concepts.

List of best books to prepare for this Quant section of CAT:

Arun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT’, published by Tata McGraw Hill.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw-Hill) has a comprehensive step-by-step problem-solving guide.

How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books, is another book that is simple and easy to understand, and has mock tests and solved CAT papers from previous years.

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams by Trishna Knowledge Systems (Pearson) has many practice exercises in increasing difficulty for a gradual transition.

Arun Sharma’s The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill, is a must-have for any CAT aspirant.
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