CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT Exam Syllabus is very vast. The IIMs do not have a fixed syllabus for CAT but the questions are mostly based on school Maths and English topics. In this article students are provided with the latest CAT syllabus and PDF. It is to be noted that the syllabus given here is generalized. Before going to the CAT syllabus, it is important to note some important details about the exam. The CAT is a computer based test held in India every year by one of the IIM’s. This test tests a person based on quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. This test is used by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their various business administration programs. Before checking the detailed syllabus for CAT, it is important to get an overview of the topics from each section. Below are tables highlighting the topics from the syllabus which are extremely Important. The topics are given in detail below.

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Verbal Ability Topics

 

Verbal Reading Comprehension RC – Concept
RC – Level 1
RC – Level 2
RC – Level 3
RC – Level 4
Critical Reasoning CR – Concepts
CR – Application
Facts, Inferences, Judgements
Strong and Weak Arguments
Syllogism
Verbal Ability Fill in the Blanks
Parajumbles and Jumbled Sentences
Parajumbles – TITA Type
Para Completion
Para Summary
Grammar Noun – Pronoun
Adjective
Adverb
Verb
Tenses
Figures of Speech
Subject Verb Agreement

 

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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Topics

 

DILR Basic LR Alphabet Test
Series
Direction Test
Coding – Decoding
Cubes
Dice
Blood Relation
Rankings
Clocks
Calenders
Input – Output
Counting of Figure
Advanced LR Linear Arrangement
Circular Arrangement
Numeric Logic
Logical Conditions
Logical Consistency
Games and Tournaments
Truth and Lie
Critical Path
Complex Puzzles
Complex Arrangements
Miscellaneous
DILR Data Interpretation Tables
Caselets
Bar Chart
Line Chart
Pie Chart
Mixed Charts
LR Based DI
Data Sufficiency
Abstract Reasoning Mirror Images
Water Images
Odd One Out
Series
Pattern Completion
Analogy

 

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Quantitative Ability Topics

 

Quantitative Ability Number System Numbers
HCF LCM
Remainder Theorem
Mean Median Mode
Arithmetic Averages
Mixtures and Alligation
Percentages
Ratio and Proportion
Partnership
Time and Work
Profit and Loss
Time Speed and Distance
Boats and Streams
Pipes and Cisterns
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Algebra Linear Equation
Quadratic Equation
Inequalities
Binomial Theorem
Surds and Indices
Logarithm
Functions
Geometry Circles
Triangles
Lines
Coordinate geometry
Mensuration
Trigonometry
Polygons
Modern Maths Sequence and Series
Set Theory
Permutation and Combination
Probability

 

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CAT Exam Section-Wise Difficulty Level

Below is a detailed breakup of the number of questions in each section with their difficulty levels. It is to be noted that these are approximate number and the final numbers can change depending upon the Pattern of the Exam. If a student can strategize his preparation and only solves Easy questions then also he can score a percentile close to 90. Scoring high in CAT is basically about strategizing and building upon your strengths.

Difficulty Level
VARC
Easy 10-12
Moderate 15-17
Difficult 5-8
DILR
Easy 8-10
Moderate 12-15
Difficult 10-12
QA
Easy 10-12
Moderate 15-17
Difficult 5-8

 

 

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