Previous Years CAT Question Paper – CAT 2018


Common Aptitude Test or more commonly known as the CAT is the gateway to some of the finest B-Schools in India. As of 2018 CAT is accepted in more than 100 institutions and 20 IIMs. CAT is considered a difficult exam and it requires a lot of practice. So, here is some CAT Question paper for the candidates to practice.

CAT is considered tough because almost 200,000 candidates appear for CAT exam and the percentile cut off for the CAT accepting college is skyrocketing. SOme of the IIMs and other premium B-schools have a cut off as high as 99 percentile.

Practising CAT Previous year question papers is crucial as they provide the candidate with an insight into the exam and the nature of the question paper as well.

CAT Question Paper

These CAT Question Papers have been derived from

CAT Question Paper 2010

CAT Question Paper 2015

CAT Question Paper 2014

CAT Question Paper 2012

CAT Question Paper 2011

Why is it important to solve CAT question paper of previous years?

It is important for the candidates to solve CAT Exam question paper so as to get a better understanding of the nature of the questions asked in the exam. All the toppers who have scored a top-notch percentile practised the CAT Exam papers.

  • Candidates can understand the exam pattern.
  • Candidates can get a good understanding of the syllabus
  • Practising the CAT previous year question paper will improve your speed in solving the questions
  • Solving CAT question paper will boost your confidence
CAT Question Paper Pattern Details

Duration of the Test

3 hours or 180 minutes

Total Number of Sections in CAT


Sectional Duration

1 hour or 60 minutes

Total Number of Questions in CAT


Total Marks of the CAT


Marks per question


Negative marking for wrong answer


CAT Marking Scheme

As per the CAT exam pattern, the number of questions varies in each section as there are 34 question is Quantitative and VA-Rc both, while 32 questions in DI-LR. In the CAT exam, the candidate is awarded 3 marks for each correct answer which is applicable in all the sections, whereas, one mark is deducted for each incorrect answer.

However, there is no negative marking for any unattempted question. Also, in the previous year, it has been observed that there was no negative marking for the non-MCQs.

S. No. Subjects Marking Scheme
1. Quantitative Aptitude 102 ( 34 questions* 3 marks each)
2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR) 96 (32 Questions * 3 marks each)
3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA-RC) 102 ( 34 Questions* 3 marks each)
CAT Total Marks 300

CAT Question Distribution Scheme

S. No. Sections Question Distribution
1. Quantitative Aptitude 34
2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR) 32
3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA-RC) 34
Total Questions 100

So, these were the CAT question paper for the candidates to practice along with the CAT Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme. As per the CAT exam pattern, there is negative marking for each incorrect answer as one mark would be deducted. Although, there is no negative marking for the non-MCQs. So, this means that there is no room for guesswork in this exam as it might lead to loss of marks if your guess is wrong. It is advised that the candidates only attempt those questions they are confident about. Also, the CAT exam is a lengthy exam. In the VARC section, long comprehensions can be given from where candidates have to answer a set of 4-5 questions. Test takers must improve their reading skills to skim through the comprehensions quickly.

Practising the CAT question paper will enable the candidates to solve question quickly. As speed plays a major role in the competitive exams and it can only be achieved through practice, practice and practice.