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CAT MCQ Questions- Section-wise Analysis

Updated On - February 19th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

In 2015, the official CAT exam committee introduced certain changes to the exam pattern for CAT. One of the more significant changes was the introduction of non-MCQ questions in the test paper. The duration for the exam is three hours, one hour for each section of the test paper. Considering that the non-MCQ questions might take more time to solve, it is important for a candidate to solve the MCQ questions as quickly as possible and with high accuracy. In this article we will help you up your game for solving the MCQ questions. Just Released  CAT 2017 Mock Test

What are MCQ questions?

MCQ or Multiple Choice Questions are self-explanatory. Such questions typically have four or more than four options as answer. A candidate is expected to solve the question and select the correct answer. MCQ questions not only test a candidate’s knowledge but also their presence –of-mind.

Type of MCQ Questions in CAT

The CAT test paper, 2015 onwards, has three sections – Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Verbal and Reading Comprehension. Each section had a mix of MCQ and Non-MCQ questions.

In the Quantitative Ability section there were 14 MCQ questions. This section mainly deals with mathematical calculations, hence the high number of MCQs. In the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section, there were only 8 MCQs. However, even the 8 MCQ questions if attempted correctly were enough to increase the chances of a candidate. In the Verbal and Reading Comprehension, there were 24 MCQ questions. So there were a total of 46 MCQ questions in CAT 2015 out of a total of 100 questions.

These 46 questions, in their own right, were enough to help increase the percentile for a candidate. The distribution of MCQ and non-MCQ questions is explained in the table below:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension2410
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning824
Quantitative Ability1420

Strategy to Ace MCQ Questions for CAT 2017

MCQ Questions are not a tough nut to crack, if prepared in a strategic manner. A candidate should devote enough time to preparing and practicing MCQ questions. Here we have curated some tested strategies for CAT aspirants to solve MCQ Questions which will help in scoring good percentile.

  1. Practice Mock Tests: One sure fire way to solve MCQ Questions quickly and accurately is to practice as many mock tests as possible. There are sample papers and mock tests available in market and online which have a vast collection of MCQ questions in all three sections. Solving these questions will help in getting an idea of the type of questions asked, the type of questions which gets repeated and the type of questions which are easy and quick to solve.
  2. Practice shortcut tricks: Youtube is full of videos of shortcut tricks for solving Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning questions. There are numerous books available too which elucidate these concepts. Mastering these tricks will help solve the MCQ type questions quickly and accurately. Often, there are questions which are directly based on these tricks and those with a knowledge of such tricks can find it easy to solve such questions.
  3. Use method of elimination: Method of elimination is eliminating the options which are less likely to be correct. It is a method used by many top rankers and is again a method which helps in increasing the speed of solving questions. In this method, all such options which are entirely out of chance are eliminated and the correct answer is chosen from the options left. This is a method based on probability and is used when a candidate is not too sure of their answer. This method can be mastered with constant practice. For example: for the question 625X22= a)13750 b)13782 c)15342 d)12564 options “b”, “c” and “d” can be eliminated since the any number ending with 5 when multiplied with any other number can never have a product ending with 2 or 4. So the only option left is “a” which also happens to be the correct answer.
  4. Selecting the right questions: CAT 2017 is a three hour long exam, in which time a candidate has to answer a total of 100 questions. The time may seem enough, however, CAT is not an easy exam and hence, candidates often find themselves at loggerheads with questions which eat up most of their time in solving. Candidates appearing for CAT 2017 should know which questions to attempt first, which later and which ones to abandon altogether. The selection committee doesn’t expect the candidates to solve all 100 questions. So a candidate needs to select the questions they are going to answer smartly. In the test paper there might be some questions which will take up your time, so instead of wasting time after such questions, a candidate should move on and solve questions which would take lesser time to solve.

CAT 2017: Important Dates

The CAT 2017 Exam Dates have been released on 31st July 2017.

ProcessExam DateRead More
Registration ProcessAugust 2017 – September 2017How to Fill CAT 2017 Application Form
Online Tutorial and Sample Paper releasedOctober 2017CAT 2017 Practice Papers
Admit Card DownloadOctober 2017Download CAT 2017 Admit Card
Test DateNovember or December 2017 
Result DeclarationMid of January 2018CAT 2017 Result


Preparation Books and Material for MCQ Questions

  1. How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
  2. Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher- Pearson.
  3. Quantum CAT: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission into IIMs by Sarvesh K Verma, Publisher- Arihant
  4. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques, and Short-cut Methods by Abhijit Guha.
  5. Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher- Pearson.
  6. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
  7. How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT by Arun Sharma, Publisher- Tata Mcgraw Hill.
  8. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh, Publisher – Arihant.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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