CAT Syllabus, Get to know in full details

  • 06Aug,2019

    This year CAT 2019 is going to be held on 24th Nov 2019 by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. So before starting your CAT preparation strategy, you should be aware about the syllabus for CAT 2019 so that you can start your preparation as soon as possible.




    Since 2015, the syllabus for CAT entrance exam has gone under many changes. Every year, the CAT syllabus and pattern is updated by CAT experts with a little change in pattern and topics.

    CAT syllabus sections:

    The CAT syllabus has a total of 3 sections that are:
    Sections
     No. of question
    Total marks
    VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
    34
    102
    DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
    32
    96
    Quantitative Ability
    34
    102

    Some of the sections are again devided into some sub-sections. After the sub-division, there are total 5 sections having different syllabus in CAT that are-

    1. The VIRC section is devided into verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.

    2. The DILR section is devided into Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    3. The Quantitative Ability section also covers each and every topic in Mathematics with greater emphasis on Arithmetic.


    CAT syllabus for verbal Ability:

    The number of question from this section is around 10 and all of that are non-MCQ type with no penalty for wrong answer.

    1. Essence of short paragraph/Para summary - (3-4 questions);

    2. Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)

    3. Out of Context Sentence in Jumbled paragraphs (2-3 questions)

    4. Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences.

    5. Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph for example correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing

    6. Vocabulary usage – picking the correct pair of words

    7. Vocabulary usage in RC passages – finding out the correct synonyms and antonyms

    8. Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary words

    9. Completion of last sentence of Paragraphs

    10. Analogies

    11. Critical Reasoning

    12. Sentence Completion

    13. Facts, Inference and Judgement

    14. Irrelevant Statements

    15. Phrasal Verbs Usage


    CAT syllabus for Reading Comprehension:

    The number of question here is 24.  6 questions based on each long passage and 3 questions based on each shorter passage. Sometimes uniform number of 5 questions follow 4 RC passages and 1 RC Passage is followed by 4 questions. All MCQ type with penalty of 1/3rd negative marking

    1. Current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe,

    2. Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments

    3. RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers,thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others

    4. Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology

    5. Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT. 

    6. RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by  various activists which are very much relevant even today

    7. RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred.


    CAT syllabus for Data Interpretation:

    There are 16 questions including both MCQs & Non-MCQs. This section includes questions on Data Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs, charts, vein diagram, etc.

    1. Data Tables

    2. Data charts

    3. Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts

    4. Pie charts

    5. Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs

    6. Data analysis and Data comparison among others

    7. Caselet based Data


    CAT syllabus for Logical Reasoning:

    Questions from this section can be individual or can be in the set of 4 questions. There will be total 16 questions from this section including both MCQs & Non-MCQs.

    1. Clocks

    2. Calendars

    3. Binary logic

    4. Seating Arrangement

    5. Blood Relations (Family Tree)

    6. Logical Sequence

    7. Assumption

    8. Premise

    9. Conclusion

    10. Linear and matrix arrangement

    11. Team Formation

    12. Direction sense and Decision making

    13. Input-Output

    14. Series

    15. Syllogism

    16. Cubes

    17. Rows

    18. Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams

    19. Quantitative Reasoning

    20. Puzzles

    21. Logical Reasoning based on Rankings

    22. Critical Reasoning


    CAT syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA):

    34 questions will come from this section including both MCQs & non-MCQs. The number of MCQs is 24-27 and the number of Non-MCQs is 7-9 almost.

    1. LCM and HCF

    2. Percentages

    3. Profit and Loss

    4. Interest (Simple and Compound)

    5. Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others

    6. Number System (3-4) questions

    7. Algebra (5-7 questions)

    8. Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)

    9. Pure Math (1-2 questions)

    10. Venn diagrams and other topic based questions are 2-3

    11. Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations

    12. Complex Numbers

    13. Logarithm; Progressions

    14. Binomial Theorem

    15. Surds and Indices

    16. Inequalities

    17. Permutation and Combination

    18. Probability Functions

    19. Set Theory

    20. Mixtures and Alligations

    21. Co-ordinate Geometry

    22. Trigonometry


    There is individual cut off marks for each section in CAT exam. So you can successfully attempt each section when you are well aware of the CAT syllabus section wise for all the sections. By covering the CAT syllabus completely, you can obtain a fair idea about the exam pattern & questions and it will help in cracking CAT for MBA admission 2020 in any IIMs and other B-schools.

    CAT exam syllabus covers all the major topics on the above 5 sections/sub-sections. There is no repetition of CAT questions in any CAT exam and the difficulty level of the questions in CAT exam would not go out of the CAT exam syllabus. So students are advised to go through the complete syllabus and then start the preparation for each section for CAT 2019.

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