CAT 2023: Last-minute tips to crack quant section, important topics to prepare

IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT 2023 on November 26. Check out the important topics and strategies to ace the QA section of CAT exam.


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Team Careers360 | November 20, 2023 | 03:18 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Common Admission Test is scheduled on November 26. Around 3.3 lakh candidates are likely to appear for CAT 2023. It is important to focus on each section of the CAT exam 2023 to qualify for the sectional CAT cut offs. Among all the three sections, the QA section can be the deal-breaker for the CAT aspirants. The CAT exam QA section includes questions related to elementary and basic mathematics from class 9-11.

CAT QA section examines the conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and theories. CAT question paper 2023 is expected to have 22 questions and candidates will get 40 minutes to attempt this section. The QA section of IIM CAT entrance exam is usually quite challenging as candidates are required to do a lot of lengthy calculations in a limited time.

CAT Exam 2023: Important topics for QA section

While preparing for CAT 2023, it is crucial to prepare the CAT QA important topics. Below is the list of topics to focus on for acing the CAT quant section. However, with just a few days left for the CAT exam, candidates are suggested to revise the topics they have already prepared and avoid picking up new ones.

CAT Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude Important Topics

Algebra topics for CAT QA 2023

Linear Equations, Basic Algebraic Formulae, Number of integer solutions, Problems on ages, Finding out roots, Quadratic Equations, Higher Degree Equations, Maxima and Minima, Inequalities, Descartes Rule of Signs, Modifications of Graphs, Functions, Logarithm, The Smallest value in maximum function

Arithmetic topics for CAT quant section 2023

Percentages, Averages, Mean Median Mode, Simple and Compound Interest. Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Profit and Loss Mixtures and Allegations, Time Speed and Distance

Geometry topics for CAT exam 2023

Triangles - Basic Concepts, Lines and Angles, Similar Triangles, Area, Angles, Polygons, Coordinate Geometry, Circles, Trigonometry, Solids/ Mensuration - 3D Geometry

Number system topics for CAT 2023

Properties of Numbers, Basic of Numbers, Divisibility and Factors, Divisibility Rules, Finding Out the Last Digit, Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple, Number of Trailing Zeroes, Finding Out Last Two Digits, Basic Divisibility Rules, Finding out Remainders, Simplifying the Dividend (Single and/or Multiple Divisors), Binomial Theorem, Euler’s Theorem, Fermat’s Theorem, Wilson’s Theorem, Pattern Recognition and Cyclicity of Remainders, Conversion of Bases, Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication in different bases, Base Systems

Modern maths topics for CAT 2023

Binomial Theorem, Sequence and Series, Permutation and Combination, Set Theory, Probability

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How to ace CAT 2023 Quant section

  • Plan study schedule

CAT preparation requires a well-structured study pattern. In these last days, candidates can divide the days and hours for each chapter and prepare a study plan. Focus on preparing the topics having high weightage.

  • Time management

The QA section requires a lot of calculations and is time-sensitive. Candidates are advised to set up the timer before starting the CAT mock tests so that they can keep a record of their speed.

  • Use on-screen calculator

Use the on-screen CAT exam calculator introduced by IIMs for the CAT exam. It is an additional advantage to candidates who lack calculation skills. Candidates are advised to use it even while practising CAT mocks to get used to it and save time in the exam.

  • Revise formulas

Candidates must revise the key formulas and concepts regularly to retain them. Make handy notes for all the mathematical formulas so that it becomes easy to revise.

CAT admit card 2023 and the official CAT mock test can be accessed on the official website - Candidates are advised to download the CAT 2023 admit card before the CAT exam date to avoid last-minute hassles. It is important to carry the admit card to the test centre for verification purposes.

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