CAT 2018: How to score 90+ percentile in Quantitative Ability Section


Get Study plan and tips on how to score 90+ percentage in CAT Exam

Parring the hurdle of 90+% is the dream of most of the CAT aspirants. In this last leg of preparation, most of us are stuck at a percentage and growth seems to take a snail's pace. But the fire to achieve the mark of 90+% and get into your dream IIM is still burning up inside. This is where you need a guiding hand in the path of success and where we come into the picture. Read on this blog to find out the cues to achieve what you've been dreaming of all the while. 

Scoring above 90% in CAT seems like a tough catch but in fact is easily achievable. All you have to do is make your basic fundamentals strong and know the pattern of the exam like the back of your hand. After the sectional cut-off has become mandatory, it is imperative for every CAT aspirant to distribute equal importance among all the sections. The quantitative ability section is probably the most important section in any competitive exam. Similarly, quantitative ability section is included in CAT also. The quant section in CAT is designed in such a way that it tests the complete skillset and capabilities of MBA aspirants. In CAT quantitative aptitude section, 34 questions are included. The problem arises with the syllabus for the section as it is vast and not pre-defined. 

The pattern of the Quantitative Ability section

As we've seen the total number of questions given in this section are 34, which carry 102 marks as a whole. The type of questions asked in this section is MCQs and non-MCQs. There are usually 24-26 MCQs and 8-10 non-MCQ type of questions out of the total 34 questions. The level of difficulty in both the kind of questions is moderate. The marks awarded for a correct answer is 3 and deduction for a negative answer is 1. Here, note that non-MCQ type of questions will not have any negative marking. 

Preparation Strategy 

As CAT doesn't have a pre-defined syllabus, most of the students face problem during the preparation. But if you carefully scrutinize the previous years' papers of CAT, you can observe the pattern of topics which are frequently repeated. The quantitative ability section is where numerical questions are asked aiming to test the mathematical skills, accuracy, and speed at which rate the candidate is performing. The questions in quant for the CAT are related to basic and elementary mathematics and require the candidate to be completely acquainted with the fundamental concepts to solve them. In CAT, the quantitative ability is a separate section and thus, a separate sectional timing is present in which the candidates are required to solve the related questions. 

CAT Quantitative Ability syllabus 


  • Number Systems
  • Progressions 

Averages and Mixtures 

  • Averages
  • Alligations 

Arithmetic and word-based problems

  • Percentages 
  • Profit and Loss 
  • Interest 
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Variation
  • Time and Work 
  • Time, Speed and Distance 


  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Co-ordinate Geometry 


  • Functions 
  • Inequalities 
  • Quadratic and other equations 
  • Logarithms 


  • Permutations and Combinations 
  • Probability 

Candidates should note that these are not the only concepts that you need to learn for CAT's quant section. You are suggested to have a strong foundation on varied topics for the quantitative ability section. This section is very crucial as it carries heavy weight and it also requires knowledge of a wide range of numerical concepts.

Tips to Achieve the 90+%

As the topic range is wide, candidates should have a broad knowledge of various numerical concepts. So, the candidates are requested to follow these below mentioned ways to avoid losing marks in the exam.

Strengthen your Fundamentals

As the questions are related to elemental mathematics, you are required to get well acquainted with the basics for a proper preparation. It is suggested that you go back and brush up your knowledge of what you've read in school and college. This is one effective way of making your basics strong. 


The more practice you do, the more familiar you'll get with the concepts. The numerical questions require proper practice to be able to solve the related questions. As the questions are sometimes tricky, a proper practice can ensure that all the questions in the exam can be attempted and solved.

Solve as many mocks as you can 

Solving mock tests not only familiarize you with the test motif but also makes you confident in giving the exam. It gives you a glimpse of the real exam scenario which helps you in time management also. Solving the previous years' papers will help you carefully analyze the test pattern and identify the difficulty level. 

With numerous applications received by CAT every year, the competition has also grown exponentially. so, you are required to be well-focussed and dedicated to the exam. As there are just 30 days left for the exam, you need to go brush up your strong spots rather than preparing new concepts. With honest preparation, the dream of IIM can easily be achieved. 

With just 30 days left for CAT, the preparation should be rigorous and strategic. We understand the dilemma a student faces as we interact with a lot of CAT exam aspirants. As the growth now becomes stagnant and not stable, you need an expert's guidance in going through this tough phase and wade through the exam with flying colors. We are going to teach through our Live Sessions designed to boost up your percentage in the final few days of the d-day. Keep checking this space for more details on the live sessions driven towards cracking CAT - 2018. 

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