CAT 2019 Quant Preparation Tips: Traditionally, CAT tests the aspirants on four basic aptitude skills: Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Verbal Ability. Quantitative Aptitude has been occupying 1/3rd of the CAT paper, year after year. The syllabus for the Quantitative Aptitude section in CAT might seem vast at first, and quite daunting especially for those from a non-engineering background. With the exception of CAT 2018, this section has been easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. And there is no doubt this section is a major contributor to your overall CAT percentile. So, how does one go about preparing for this section? Perhaps the following CAT 2019 Quant Preparation Strategies could help.

CAT Topper Rachit scored a 99.04%ile in CAT 2018 and shares his Quant preparation strategy. Rachit explains how weak he was in Quant and how he improved and cracked this section. Rachit said “I was scoring really low in Quant section and I realized that the problem was not with my concepts but with my accuracy. I joined an Online CAT Coaching. I learned some unconventional techniques and started being selective with the questions. The entire strategy here circled around selecting the right questions. Once I was done with my conceptual basics, I picked up my first couple of mocks and analyzed them to see whether I was wasting time on the tough nuts. I devised my strategy in a way that allowed me to go through all the questions in the test while solving only those that I was confident about.”

## CAT Quant Section: Composition and Question Pattern

 Quant Section Composition of Quantitative Aptitude Questions Section Quantitative Ability Total questions in Quant section 34 Type of Quant questions 24-27 MCQs with negative marking 7-10 Non-MCQs without negative marking Quant 2019 sectional time 60 Minutes Marks for each correct answer +3 Negative marks for each wrong answer -1 Difficulty level of Quantitative Ability questions Moderate to High

## CAT 2019 Quant Preparation Tips

CAT is not about how much an aspirant knows, but about how much can he apply in the given time limit with the given constraints of sectional partitions. Some of the points to be taken care of are as follows:

Practice chapter by chapter: Know the basic theories and varieties of problems in all chapters. One can also join an Online CAT Quant Course and understand the basics. There is a difference between being able to solve a problem and solving the same problem effortlessly. Depending on the difficulty level of the paper, 15 to 25 questions should be of easy to moderate level. Practicing the easy to moderate questions in all the chapters would enable an aspirant to sail through the questions easily.

 Topics Number of questions Type of questions Arithmetic: Speed-Distance, Time-Work-Days, Ratio, Percentage, P&L, Interest, etc. 9-10 MCQs with 1/3 Negative Marking; 1-2 Non-MCQ Number System, Permutations & Combinations 2-4 MCQs with 1/3 Negative Marking Algebra 3-4 MCQs with 1/3 Negative Marking; 1 Non-MCQ Geometry 3-4 MCQs with 1/3 Negative Marking; 1 Non-MCQ Modern Math 3-4 MCQs with 1/3 Negative Marking; 1 Non-MCQ Probability, Series & Sequence, Integers, Mensuration, and others 8-14 MCQs with 1/3 Negative Marking; 3-4 Non-MCQs

Leave no concept unturned: It is important that once you list down all the topics, you understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Do not make the mistake of spending too much time on your strong topics and neglect the weak ones. Each topic in this section is a different ball game altogether, so it goes without saying that one must be above average in all topics and great at few, in order to succeed. Finish going through all the concepts and solve as many questions as possible. This would mean, you will need to devote an hour and solve at least 30 questions on a daily basis. Maintain notes for all the concepts and revisit them during weekends.