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CAT Quants Strategy

The CAT exam has a lot of topics for which you require a dedicated strategy, like the CAT Quants strategy, to get that 99+%ile. There are mainly three sections in the CAT exam that are further divided into various sub-parts. The three main sections are:

CAT Exam Sections

In this article, we are going to discuss the detailed strategy for the CAT quants. You can also find the CAT LRDI strategy, CAT VA strategy & CAT RC strategy here.

CAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Building an efficient strategy for CAT Quants section requires you to be well acquainted with the CAT exam pattern.

As per previous years, the CAT paper pattern has been:

Syllabus for the CAT Quants Section

Since the IIMs have not officially released the CAT exam syllabus, the syllabus for the CAT exam is mainly known by analysing past papers. And when it comes to CAT quantitative ability, it is considered a tough section, hence, a proper CAT quants strategy is required. However, with a proper quants strategy for CAT, one can get 99+%ile in this section. Once you get a hold of the basic concepts of Quants, you can slowly move on to practising the more difficult concept.

Based on past trends, the syllabus for the quants section for CAT has the following topics:

CAT Quants Topic Weightage

Let us discuss the detailed syllabus for the quants section:

TopicsDuration of the TopicSub-TopicsApplication SessionsConceptual SessionsTotal VideosTotal Practice Questions
Numbers3 weeks
  1. Numbers Basics
  2. Divisibility
  3. Remainders
  4. HCF & LCM
  5. Tips, Shortcuts & Practice
Arithmetic4 weeks
  1. Percentages
  2. Profit & Loss
  3. Dishonest Seller
  4. Simple & Compound Interest
  5. Instalments
  6. Averages
  7. Ratio & Proportion
  8. Mixture & Alligation
  9. Time & Work
Time, Speed & Distance2 weeks
  1. TSD: Basics
  2. Relative Speed
  3. Circular Motion
  4. Tricks to Solve TSD Questions
Modern Maths3 weeks
  1. Permutations & Combinations: Basics
  2. Arranging Distinct and Identical Things
  3. Finding the Number of Solutions to Equations
  4. Balls & Boxes Practice Questions
  5. Probability
Algebra4 weeks
  1. Algebra Basics
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Inequalities
  4. Maxima Minima
  5. Logarithm & Modulus
  6. Graphs
  7. Functions
  8. Integral Solutions
Progressions & Series1 week
  1. Sequence & Series (AP, GP, A.G.P)
  2. Special Series & Function
Geometry3 weeks
  1. Lines & Angles
  2. Triangles & Other Polygons
  3. Circles
  4. Quadrilaterals
  5. 3-D Mensuration
Total20 weeks40317272015

Arithmetic: This section asks questions that require manipulation with the various properties of the numbers. Various topics include time and distance; ratio and proportion; simple and compound interest; numbers; profit and loss, percentages, averages, etc. The majority of questions are asked from this section,  hence a proper quants strategy for CAT exam should devote appropriate time to this section.

Algebra: with the help of formulas and equations, letters and other common symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities. This section includes topics ranging from linear equations; inequalities; quadratic equations; absolute values; functions and symbols, etc.

Geometry: Points, Lines, surfaces, solids, and their higher dimensional equivalents are all studied for their characteristics and relationships. Topics included in this section include but are not limited to: lines and angles, circles, quadrilaterals, triangles, coordinate geometry, and so on.

Number System and Modern Math: this section includes topics like probability, progression and series, set theory, etc.

These were most of the topics you need to do for the CAT exam. Some of them might contain a significant theory portion; however, usually, their application is asked in the exam in the form of questions. The difficulty level of the CAT Quants section is moderate. This section’s number of questions greatly varies from year to year. So make sure that you do all the required topics in the necessary detail. These were the important points that you needed to keep in mind for a proper CAT Quants strategy.

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Tips for CAT Quants Strategy for CAT 2023

CAT Quants Strategy

The CAT Quants section is considered to be the most scoring section in the CAT exam. Planning and executing the right CAT Quants strategy can help you with getting a 99%ile in the CAT Quants section. Given below are a few must follow tips for CAT Quants section.

1. Brush up your basics:

This is the most crucial part of the exam. The syllabus of the CAT quant section is limited to up to class 10 level based on past trends. Learning the basics is easy; however, the application-based questions of these basic concepts can be challenging to attempt. This is why it is recommended that you complete your basics first and slowly move on to practising the different applications of those basics. This is the most imprtant strategy for CAT Quants.

At first, it might be difficult to put your theory to practice, but with time it will come easily to you—one of the reasons why practising is crucial, especially so for the quant section.

2. Quick calculation

it is very obvious that you need to have your calculation game strong for an effective quants strategy for the CAT test. Even if you are provided with a calculator, this does not eliminate the requirement of mental calculation because significant time can be wasted in using the digital calculator since it is not very user-friendly. So make sure that you are able to perform relatively easier calculations in your mind itself.

Must Watch for Quick Calculation Tips & Shortcuts:

1. Speed Math Session
2. Quick Squares & Cubes

3. Practice

No other CAT Quants strategy can take away the role of practice. When you get into the habit of practising your already memorised concepts, you will create stronger neural connections in your brain that store these concepts in your long-term memory. Therefore, practice as much as you can. You will also be able to build a habit of solving CAT Quant questions for extended periods, thus helping you train your brain in solving complex calculations without feeling mentally drained.

Thus, practising will help you in building long-term memory as well as helping you build stamina for the exam. CAT Previous Year Papers are the best way to practice for the CAT Quants section. These also acquaint you with the types of questions asked in the CAT exam as well the exam pattern.

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4. Move successively

Make sure that you move from basic/easier concepts to more challenging ones in CAT quants. This way, a logical flow will be maintained as the easier concepts are often employed to solve challenging ones. Therefore, for example, it is not advised that you first prepare for ‘Profit and Loss’ before learning the basics of the Number System in Quants.
This point must be clearly noted in your CAT Quants preparation strategy.

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