CAT Trend & Analysis


Mathematical Aptitude

The three most favorite topics for CAT makers are Number system, Algebra and Geometry. To know why & how - Let's first find out how many questions are being asked from different chapters in last few CAT exams.

Mathematical Aptitude - Number of question Distribution
CHAPTERS 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1. Number System 9 8 8 15 12 7
2. Percentage 3 1 2 1
3. Ratio 1 4 3 1 1
4. Clock 1
5. T S D 9 7 4 8 2 1
6. Algebra 11 12 15 26 6 6
7. Mensuration 6 2 4 10 5
8. Geometry 2 7 4 13 2 5
9. P C P 5 5 1 1
10. Miscellaneous 5 5 4 4

So it's obvious - "To clear CAT, clear all your doubts in Algebra, Geometry and Number System". In the latest trend where different questions carry different marks, its also important to know how vital are each chapters mark wise.

Mathematical Aptitude - Mark wise Distribution
CHAPTERS 2001 2002 2003 2003 Retest 2004 2005 2006 Total Percentage
1. Number System 13 13 7 11 4 12 28 88 22%
2. Ratio & Proportion 2 2 2 1 2 4 13 3.25%
3. Percentages 3 2 4 9 2.25%
4. Profit & Loss 1 1 0.25%
5. T.S.D 5 4 1 5 2 4 21 5.25%
6. Linear Eqn 4 2 2 1 2 12 23 5.75%
7. Quadratic Eqn 1 2 2 1 2 8 2%
8. P and C 2 6 3 4 5 3 4 27 6.75%
9. Inequalities 7 3 5 6 1 4 26 6.5%
10. Functions 1 2 4 4 8 19 4.75%
11. Logarithms 1 2 2 4 9 2.25%
12. Geometry 9 10 14 17 15 17 20 102 25.5%
13. Time & work 9 2 1 1 6 1.5%
14. Progressions 2 2 3 2 4 2 4 19 4.75%
15. Logic 3 3 1 2 9 2.25%
16. Sets 2 1 4 7 1.75%
17. Equations 3 1 2 3 4 13 3.25%
Total 50 50 50 50 50 50 100 400

You don't need to be a scientist to figure out that around 50% of the total marks are coming from 2 chapters

  • (i) Number System and
  • (ii) Geometry

Don't make the conclusion that just by mastering above two chapters you can get a decent score in math section. Rather think like "You cant miss any of the above two chapters" and if you are not so good in one of them then try to be a whiz cat taker in the other.

English Usage and Reading Comprehension

EU and RC - Mark wise Distribution
2001 2002 2003 2003 Retest 2004 2005 2006 Total Percentage
1. Reading Comprehension 30 25 30 25 21 20 60 211 52.8%
2. Fill in the Blanks 5 6 5 8 5 8 37 9.25%
3. Jumble Paragraph 5 5 5 8 7 3 33 8.25%
4. Grammer & Usage 5 9 10 5 6 11 46 11.5%
5. Dictionary Usage 5 5 10 2.5%
6. Sentence Completion 3 8 20 31 7.75%
7. Essence of the text 4 8 12 3%
8. F I J 20 20 5%
Total 50 50 50 50 50 50 100 400 100

Many have asked earlier why CAT4MBA English Zone has only questions on Fill in the blanks and Jumbled Paragraph. It should be apparent by now that after RC the only other type of questions, which are part of CAT for almost all these years are JP and FIB.

EU and RC - Number of question Distribution
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1. F I B 5 6 13 10
2. Jumpled Paragraph 5 5 3 7 11
3. Dictionary Usage 5 5 10 3 3
4. Grammar & Usage 5 5 10 5 6 10
5. Reading Comprehension 30 25 25 21 20 15

Data Interpretation and Reasoning

DI & DS - Number of question Distribution
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1. Data Sufficiency 11 7 7 6 17
2. Data Interpretations 23 22 33 46 11
3. Analytical Reasoning 14 3 16 36 11


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