CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Plan: Best Tips and Strategy to Clear MBA Entrance Exam

By Anjali Chowdhury|Updated : February 10th, 2022

Preparing for CAT Exam 2022 is one of the most challenging tasks for a student, especially in the Quantitative Ability Section. To top it all, there has been a trend of time-consuming and unpredictable Quant-based questions appearing in CAT year after year, which hold a reputation to give test takers a lot of trouble.

Here is a guide to free yourself from all confusion or misconceptions about the Quantitative Aptitude Section in CAT and tips to handle it meticulously and diligently. Experts have compiled a comprehensive CAT Preparation Plan For Quantitative Aptitude section to ensure that you score well in this section. 

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What is Quantitative Ability?

CAT 2022 is an online exam generally conducted on the last Sunday of November (CAT 2022 is expected to be held on 27th November 2022 however CAT 2022 official notification is yet to be released). The quantitative ability section is mainly based on basic mathematics to test the candidate on three things:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Numerical ability

You need to be well aware of the fundamental concepts of solving mathematical questions. You will be given 40 minutes to solve this section. Check the detailed CAT Exam pattern 2022

CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus 2022

The Quantitative Ability section has a vast syllabus that requires a sound knowledge of the basics. This section has the maximum number of topics and sub-sections. Broadly the syllabus of Quant can be divided into the following topics:

  1. Arithmetic.
  2. Number System and Modern Maths.
  3. Geometry and Mensuration.
  4. Algebra.

It is important to note that the CAT Quant Syllabus mentioned here is tentative and is as per the past trends. 

The Sub-categories of the CAT Quantitative Section comprises:

Profit, Loss and Discount

Indices and Surds


Percentage and Average

Inequalities and Modulus


Time and Work

Functions and GroupsLogarithm
SI and CIAlgebraic Equations

Binomial theorem 

Time, Speed and DistanceLines and AnglesCube/Cuboid
Coordinate GeometryPolygon

Prism Pyramid

Maxima and MinimaLinear and Quadratic Equation


Permutation and CombinationProbability

Arithmetic Progression

Set Theory & Venn DiagramGeometric Progression

Harmonic Progression

Difficulty Level of Quant Section of CAT

Considering the last 10 years’ CAT question papers, Quant questions range from 20 to 50 questions, while the IIM CAT cut-offs have varied from 1/3rd to more than 80% of the section. Thus, Quant has a moderate difficulty level.

Download CAT Question Papers PDF to practice and improve the level of your preparation. 

CAT Quantitative Ability Questions Analysis 2022

Considering the previous year’s CAT exam in the wake of COVID-19, there were 66 questions in total, with 22 questions from CAT Quantitative Ability. 

Major Areas

Quant Topics and Chapters

Expected number of Questions


Time, Distance and Speed, Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Ratios, Proportions and Variations, Percentages and Averages,  Profit and Loss, Discount, Mixtures and Alligations

13 to 15


Inequalities and Modulus, Functions and Groups, Linear and Quadratic Equations, Polynomials, Logarithms,  Algebraic Identities, Maxima and Minima

6 to 8

Modern Maths

Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory & Venn Diagram, Binomial Theorem,  Arithmetic progression, Geometric progression, Harmonic progression

4 to 6


Circles, Triangles, Polygons, Coordinate geometry, Lines and Angles, Trigonometry, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere, Cube/Cuboid, Prism Pyramid

6 to 9

How to Crack the Quant Section of the CAT Exam?

CAT is not about how much you know but how much you can apply in the given time limit facing the given constraints of sectional partitions.

To compete assiduously in CAT Quantitative Ability 2022, you must follow the below-mentioned tips, techniques, and strategies:

  1. Practice chapter by chapter solving 15 to 25 questions varying from easy to moderate level. You must learn the fundamental theories and varieties of all chapters.
  2. Short Methods and Mental Maths to solve quant without lifting a Pen. Group Studies encourage discussion on unconventional methods and help in improving mental calculation.
  3. Time Training and Building Stamina to solve this paper in 120 minutes. You must dedicate 3-4 hours each day – only to Quant.
  4. Try as many MOCK Tests and Previous Years CAT exams as you can.
  5. Avoid the calculator and depend on your mental ability to decipher maths on topics like basic summation, tables, subtraction, and fractions. With time, you will realize how calculations have been made easy for you, and the answers are on your tips.
  6. Plan Preparation Schedule with a clear-cut timetable. Start with the basics, and then practice what you prepare. To begin with, you can start with a weekly planner and then into a daily strategy.
  7. Start with the basics and then move on to the more complex concepts. Eventually, you can start working on Shortcut Techniques.
  8. Focus on weak areas and practice with sectional time.

How to Schedule preparation for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Exam

You must plan and track your progress each day in the CAT preparation journey. Schedule your time and chapters properly and give each chapter appropriate time to learn and practice thoroughly in Quant. Check-in detail How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT 2022

This timetable may help you:


Topic of Quant

Hours to be dedicated


Factors and Multiples






Number Theory - Miscellaneous



Number Theory – Different



Combinations – Basic






Tougher Topics – Combination



Set Theory



Total Number of Hours










Profit and Loss



Linear and Quadratic equations



Ratio Proportion






Speed, Time, and Distance






Pipes and Cisterns



Simple and Compound Interest



Total Number of Hours


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  • There are no shortcuts to success, so avoid thinking about them and practice as much as you can. You can seek an expert's guidance to learn the best way to attempt the questions and use those shortcuts to score better. 

  • The best way to ace the CAT Quantitative section is by assessing the topics asked and kinds of questions asked in the past year, accordingly, learn the concepts and practice multiple CAT mock test 2021

  • You will find the previous years’ CAT exams papers here at BYJU'S Exam Prep. You can download the CAT previous year question papers. 

  • Maths is different from Quantitative Ability presented in CAT. More than the real Maths you have learned in school, this is more about the critical and analytical maths you must know. It is a fascinating and joyful journey, and if your dread it, you may not feel confident in solving this.

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