CAT 2020 Tricks for Quant, DI & LR, VRC by 99 Percentilers - CAT is an aptitude test which means it basically tests your aptitude while questioning under various sections of the test and to solve these problems by your rationale, you must learn some tips and tricks. Here are some of the tricks given by the toppers and 99 percentilers of past years CAT toppers, for the sections like Quant, DI & LR and VARC to help out the upcoming aspirants who are aiming to ace CAT 2020.

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CAT 2020 Tricks for Quant, DI & LR, VRC by 99 Percentilers

Tips and tricks for quantitative aptitude section

The quant section is considered to be the most challenging section for all the CAT aspirants. To crack QA section with ease, Soumyajeet Ghosh (2018, topper) says – “QA section demands a lot of practice and to save time for practicing more, one should adopt all small and simple tactics to increase his practice and reduce his errors.”

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100 percentiler, Rahul Gupta says, Before the exam, somehow I was not able to score very well in the quantitative ability section and I used to be not satisfied with my performance. I practiced a lot of mock tests and gradually I started doing well.

Shikhar Mathur, 99.68 percentiler, says – one should note down the weak areas in each topic (say it’s Permutations and Combinations, or DI) after two to three tests. Pin- point the errors that made and also what kind of errors they were. Sometimes a lot of errors in the same topic are because of a pre-held mental fallacy which will be cleared after one reading, but sometimes it’s a conceptual roadblock. Aspirants should make sure they note down where and WHY they are going wrong. He further suggests, plugging in the values given in the option of the questions, increases the probability of a question getting correct but this trick only applies to the questions in which it is possible to get the answers by putting in the values.

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Ankit Desai got 99.91 percentile in CAT 2019, he shared his experience to handle Quant section, Ankit says- I was weak in Geometry and Numbers. So, first I revised all the formulas and wrote them down. After that, I solved around 50 questions more on these topics to understand the concepts better.

Suggest Books for Quant and DI & LR by Experts

Book Name

Author/ Publisher Name

CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Gautam Puri

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Tips and tricks for DI & LR section by 99 percentilers

The Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) section in CAT is there to test your decision – making ability within the given time. To ace this section, 99 percentiler Kumar advises, “you must bound your time for solving the questions of this section, I did not give more than 8 minutes to any puzzle questions irrespective of the fact that I got stuck in some questions that seemed to be easier. So one should adopt this as one of the tips that s/he not is allowed to spend much time on a particular question whether it is easy, moderate or difficult instead, they should spend some minutes in the starting of the test to categorize the questions as easy, moderate and difficult.

In common, all the 99 percentilers suggest that aspirants should spend most of their time on the analysis of mock tests as it will lead them to land up at any management school of their choice.

CAT 2019, 100 Percentiler Rahul Gupta shares his DI & LR preparation strategy, he quoted- I used to practice a lot of questions from particular topics and also focused a lot on them while taking the mock test.

Tips and tricks for VARC section

The VARC sections may prove to be the easiest section to improvise the sectional and overall score, says CAT 2017 topper, Madhur Gupta. Further, while sharing his preparation strategy, he says – “this was not the area I was good at and consequentially, I landed up at a conundrum about how I should deal with this section. Then I decided to look for some simple tactics to ace this section. I adopted the strategy of eliminating the wrong options to help me decide the right one. This helped me later.”

99 percentiler in CAT 2016, Naman Singhal while sharing his preparation tips, stated that he solved RCs and Para jumbles as much as he could during his preparation for CAT 2016 and used to analyse the VARC section after taking mock tests. He used to practice the questions of Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehensions from the modules of different coaching institutions.

Topper Mayank Raj, while sharing his strategy says, - “I faced major challenges in this section. So, to improve my verbal ability, I started reading newspapers, novels, ect. This helped me increase my reading speed and also in developing an understanding of the passages I was Reading”.

CAT 2019 topper, Lakshya Kumar shares his experience of VARC section with us, he quoted “My approach was building up my reading speed and that was achieved by reading newspaper daily as it contains article from various fields of life ranging from psychology to biology which is similar to the Reading Comprehension section of CAT. The verbal ability section was a tough nut to crack for me but thinking about the question from an examiners perspective and allocating it a greater percentage of time during the actual exam (feasible due to fast reading pace) did help me a lot.

Recommended Books for VARC section for CAT 2020

Book Name

Author/ Publisher Name

How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/ Arihant

30 Days to a more powerful vocabulary mass market paperback

Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

PSC for VA for CAT

Nishit Sinha

How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Sharma and Upadhyay

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I have 87.4% in 10th and 73.8% in 12th and 67.4% in graduation ,can I get a call from iim if I score 99 percentile in cat exam

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020


You have a pretty average academic score and Some B-schools consider your academics but still Yes you can get into top b-schools, provided you have a  percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too a cat percentile of 98+ for mediocre IIMs and 99+ for the top ones. But you can absolutely forget IIMs-  Ahmedabad , Bangalore,v Calcutta,Indore as they focus on acads and you have a very average profile as of now but still there are lots of other factors which govern whether you'll be gettin a call from the top IIMs or not like which company did you work for, if the company is one in which the selection rate is less or the selection criteria is hard, which college you did your undergraduate degree from, which course did you pursue, many other factors which play a role. But it depends also on what course you prusue in your graduation considering you are a student from the commerce/business stream.

Please focus on your undergraduation marks too and do a lot of Internships to improve your profile and hence increase the chances of getting a call.

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

Hope it helps.



is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here-

You can reach out to us for more help.

Hope it helps




10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,


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