CAT Syllabus

CAT stands for Common Admission test which is needed to give for any graduate management program. The CAT exam mainly tests your verbal ability, Quantitative Ability, and your reading ability, logical and reasoning ability, and Data Interpretation ability.

These genres of a student must be very strong while preparing for the CAT exam. The approximate fees for CAT registration are Rs. 1,800. Students who have at least 50% in their 12th board through general quota and students who have at least 45% in their 12th board are eligible to appear for the CAT exam.

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CAT Syllabus

There are mainly 3 sections among which the whole exam is part into which is mainly Verbal ability and the Reading section, Logical and Reasoning with Data Interpretation section, and lastly the Quantitative Aptitude section.

Some of the topics which are included under these sections can be:

  • Number Systems
  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Expression
  • Quadratic
  • Speed
  • Distance and Time
  • Time Work.

There are many books for CAT preparation, some of them are as follows:

  • Quantum CAT
  • Logical Reasoning CAT
  • Quantitative Aptitude CAT
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency.

These books can be available online as well.

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CAT Syllabus 2020

The CAT Syllabus for 2020 is as follows:

Quantitative AptitudeData Interpretation Verbal Reasoning
Number SystemsTablesEnglish Grammar 
Profit, Loss and DiscountCaseletsVocabulary Based
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the Blanks
Speed, Time and DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsCloze Passage
Time and WorkPie ChartsJumbled Paragraph
Ratio and ProportionsOther Basic ReasoningMeaning Usage Match
AveragesCalendarsAnalogies and Reverse Analogies
Quadratic and Linear EquationsNumber and Letter SeriesSummary Questions
Complex NumbersClocksVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestVenn DiagramsFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmCubesReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesSeating Arrangements
InequalitiesBinary Logic
ProbabilityLogical Matching
Surds and IndicesLogical Sequence
Set Theory and FunctionSyllogism
Permutation and Combination Logical Connectives
Mixtures and AlligationsBlood Relations
Trigonometry
Coordinate Geometry 
Geometry
Mensuration

CAT for MBA Syllabus

The following changes were made in the CAT for MBA syllabus:

  • A total of 27 NON-MCQ questions is given.
  • A total of 32 DILR questions is given.
  • A total of 34 quantitative ability questions is given.
  • Negative Marketing is present.
  • Logical Reasoning questions.
  • Data Interpretation questions.
  • Verbal Ability questions.
  • Quantitative Ability questions.

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CAT Quantitative Syllabus

Following is the syllabus for CAT Quantitative Syllabus:

Number Systems
Profit, Loss, and Discount
LCM and HCF
Speed, Time and Distance
Percentages
Time and Work
Ratio and Proportions
Averages
Quadratic and Linear Equations
Complex Numbers
Simple and Compound Interest
Logarithm
Sequences and Series
Inequalities
Probability
Surds and Indices
Set Theory and Function
Permutation and Combination 
Mixtures and Alligations
Trigonometry
Coordinate Geometry 
Geometry
Mensuration

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CAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The total CAT Syllabus is mentioned below:

Quantitative AptitudeData Interpretation Verbal Reasoning
Number SystemsTablesEnglish Grammar 
Profit, Loss and DiscountCaseletsVocabulary Based
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the Blanks
Speed, Time and DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsCloze Passage
Time and WorkPie ChartsJumbled Paragraph
Ratio and ProportionsOther Basic ReasoningMeaning Usage Match
AveragesCalendarsAnalogies and Reverse Analogies
Quadratic and Linear EquationsNumber and Letter SeriesSummary Questions
Complex NumbersClocksVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestVenn DiagramsFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmCubesReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesSeating Arrangements
InequalitiesBinary Logic
ProbabilityLogical Matching
Surds and IndicesLogical Sequence
Set Theory and FunctionSyllogism
Permutation and Combination Logical Connectives
Mixtures and AlligationsBlood Relations
Trigonometry
Coordinate Geometry 
Geometry
Mensuration

The exam pattern for CAT Syllabus:

  • A total of 27 NON-MCQ questions is given.
  • A total of 32 DILR questions is given.
  • A total of 34 quantitative ability questions is given.
  •  Negative Marketing is present.

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CAT for IIM Syllabus

IIM also covers similar topics which are covered under the MBA program which contains the following main topics:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Grammar
  • Verbal Reasoning

Logical Reasoning CAT Syllabus

Following is the Logical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT:

Tables
Graphs
Seating Arrangements
Data Caselets
Syllogism
Blood Relation

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CAT Verbal Syllabus

Following is the Verbal Syllabus for CAT:

Sentence Completion
Para Jumbles
Para Summary
Questions based on Reading Comprehensions
Inferences

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