CAT Exam Practice Set Papers, Model Sample Papers

Start practising with CAT practice set papers free at BYJU'S Exam Prep. The CAT exams previous year solved papers 2021/2020/2019/2018/2017 are available online with the solutions and answers.

CAT Previous year question papers are one of the best methods to prepare for the entrance exam. Solving CAT Previous year papers will give you a clear picture of the topics asked in the exam along with the section-wise difficulty level. Thus, candidates can check out the CAT previous year solved papers to know the exact exam pattern and important topics. This will surely elevate your performance by giving you a real-exam experience.

Add CAT previous year question papers with solutions to your exam preparation to stay ahead in the competition and achieve the desired goal. With CAT previous year question papers, you can easily improve your accuracy level of solving questions and decrease exam anxiety level.  

Benefits of taking the CAT Previous Year Question Papers

  • Solving CAT previous year question paper will make you aware of the exam trends and difficulty level.
  • The questions under CAT previous year question paper will help you cover the entire syllabus including the main focus on important topics which are asked on regular basis.
  • Practicing several types of questions under the CAT previous year question paper will give you clarity on time management.
  • An effective revision will take place by referring to the CAT solved question papers.

What is the CAT Exam?

Common Admission Test, CAT is an online entrance exam held on a yearly basis under the supervision of IIMs, the Indian Institute of Management. The entrance exam is conducted for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes for over 1200 B-schools across the country. The online CAT exam consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA) and is conducted for a duration of 2 hours (40 minutes each).

CAT Exam Pattern

Total Questions in CAT Exam


Total Sections


Total Exam Duration

2 Hours

(40 Minutes for each section)

Mode of Paper

Online Only

Marking Scheme













Section Names

1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VA-RC)

2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI-LR)

3. Quantitative Ability (QA)


CAT Syllabus



  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Cloze Passage
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts-Inferences-Judgments
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Tables
  • Team Formation
  • Venn Diagram
  • Order and Ranking
  • Scatter Plot
  • Games and Tournaments
  • Column Graph Arrangements
  • Routes and Network
  • Binary Logics
  • Data Caselets - Reasoning Based DI  
  • Line Chart  
  • Pie Chart  
  • Radar Chart  
  • Bar Graph  
  • Bubble Chart
Quantitative Ability
  • Number System
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Algebra
  • Modern Mathematics



CAT 2023 Question Papers FAQs

  • You can practice CAT previous year papers for 2017/18/19/20.

  • Yes, all the CAT previous year exam papers are free of cost.

  • You will get the following sections in CAT previous year question papers:

    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DIL)
    • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • At the end of each CAT Exam, you will be provided with your performance review with the following details:

    • Your total as well as sectional score out of the total marks
    • Your All India Rank 
    • Your accuracy%
    • Subject wise exam analysis
    • Number of correct, incorrect attempts made by you
  • No, you cannot reattempt the CAT Exam Papers once you have submitted the test paper. However, you can view your result, questions, and solutions anytime on your PC or mobile phone.

  • The following are the benefits of attempting the previous year CAT practice set paper:

    • All the questions are of the previous years. Hence, you will get the trend of questions being asked in CAT.
    • You will get detailed solutions for every question
    • You will attempt the actual test paper thus giving you a real-time experience
    • You will identify your weak and strong sections and work on them
  • Yes, we have CAT 2020 Question Paper with solutions available at BYJU'S Exam Prep. You can practice the latest CAT question paper and review your performance. Moreover, you will also get the detailed explanation for every question.