Things you need to know to crack the CAT Quant section

CAT Quant section mostly contains questions on Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Permutation and Combination or Probability and Miscellaneous Topics that include Set Theory, Trigonometry and Logarithms.

Although this is the section that most CAT aspirants dread, it can be tackled easily with a combination of determination, proper timeline adjustment and of course, rigorous practice. But what matters most is honing your brain’s number crunching and problem solving abilities. However, strategizing well, thinking on your feet and having a grip on your nerves can go a long way in tackling what seems to be a very daunting task at the first glance.


  • The Fundamentals of Mathematics: The formulae, cubes, squares and multiplication tables if memorised and stored correctly can help immensely while solving the actual questions and managing time. A quick refresher everyday can go a long way in making this seem effortless. Things like post-its, lists, even voice memos can help make a cumbersome job less painstaking.
  • Timing: The more time you have, the more you can do. If the brain is gradually trained to work out solutions without spending considerably long periods over calculating on paper, you can tackle the easy ones quick and spend the saved time to solve the tedious ones. Like money, time saved is time earned.
  • Be battle-ready, always: Simply practicing is not enough. If you treat every practice paper as the actual one, it dramatically enhances your chance at success. Enlist the help of friends to time individual questions for a better perspective on your weaknesses and strength areas. Practicing in real time will help you shed the informal attitude that a lot of people use during practice tests. Remember, every race counts.
  • Work on your strengths and weaknesses: A good SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) always helps. While a list of weaknesses might bog you down, your strengths will give you the motivation to tackle them more fiercely. Making a list and gradually seeing topics move from the weakness to the strength column can give you just the boost you need to tackle to ace the test.


Getting a grip on nerves: The most important hack for this and almost all exams are- nerves of steel.  They help you tide over anything — pesky formulas, troubling questions, long hours of preparation, flagging resolve, all of them. To improve your level of confidence, involve people, technology and innovative tactics to make it enjoyable and not dreary.
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