Here we have discussed the syllabus of CAT exam. The IIMs does not release the fixed syllabus for CAT exam. The questions are mostly asked on the bases of middle school Maths and English topics. What we have presented in the article is based on the general topics asked in the CAT exam. The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer based test conducted by one of the IIM’s every year on a policy of rotation. This test scores is calculated on the basis of candidate performance in quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. This test was started by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select desired students for their various business administration programs using the test.
Check the important points of the CAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern in the table below.
|Duration of the CAT Exam||2 Hours (120 Minutes)|
|Name of the Section||
|Number of Questions||76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs)|
|CAT exam total marks||228 marks|
|Mode of the CAT 2021 exam||Computer-Based Mode (CBT)|
Before getting into the CAT Syllabus let us have a look at the Exam Pattern. Check out the table for the general points of the exam pattern of the CAT exam below.
|CAT Exam Pattern|
|Number of sections||3|
|Duration of exam||40 minutes per section|
|Number of questions||76|
|Language of question paper||English|
|Number of answer choices||4|
Check the section-wise exam pattern of the CAT exam in the table below:
|CAT Section||Questions||MCQs||Non-MCQs||Maximum Marks|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)||26||18||8||78|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||24||18||6||72|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||26||18||8||78|
After acquainted yourself with the exam pattern of the CAT exam you can have a look at the section-wise syllabus of the CAT exam. Check the detailed syllabus below.
Out of the three sections, the VARC section is the first section that is to be solved in the exam. The section has two sub-parts, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Take a look at important topics and some key points of this section.
|CAT VARC Syllabus|
|Fill in the blanks||Para Completion and inference||Verbal Logic|
|Verbal Reasoning||Subject-verb agreement||Para jumbles|
|Sentence completion||Foreign language words used in English||Different usage of the same word|
|Jumbled paragraphs||Sentence correction||One word substitution|
|Parts of speech||Preposition||Types of Clauses|
|Phrases Modifiers||Errors in tenses||Articles usage|
|Topics||Number of questions expected|
|Sentence Completion & Correction||2-3|
|Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.)||1-2|
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) is the second section of the CAT exam. This section is divided into two sub-sections: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Check the important topics of the section.
|CAT DILR syllabus|
|Blood Relations||Clocks and Calendars||Syllogism|
|Proposition||Data Arrangement||Data Structures|
|Direction Sense||Family Tree||Tables|
|Coding-Decoding||Binary Logic||Pie Charts|
|Assumptions||Seating Arrangement||Data Sufficiency|
|Puzzles||Sets & Caselets||Bars & Line Graphs|
|Topics||Total Number of Questions|
|Graph, Bar diagram||6-8|
|Tables & Charts||5-8|
|Tables, Pie chart||4-5|
Quantitative Aptitude is the last section of the CAT question paper and is to be solved in the last 40 minutes of the exam. Take a look at important topics and some key points of this section.
|CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus|
|Geometry||Ratios and Proportion||Inequalities|
|Trigonometry||In-equations Quadratic and linear equations||Work and Time|
|Algebra||Surds and Indices||Percentages|
|Partnership (Accounts)||Number System||Square Root and Cube Root|
|Profit & Loss||Geometric Progression||Probability|
|Mean, mode, median||Binomial theorem||Simple interest and compound interest|
|Topics||Total Number of Questions|
|Geometry & Mensuration||7-8|
Q1. How many sections are there in the CAT exam?
There are three sections in the CAT exam namely quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.
Q2. What is the time provided for each section in the CAT exam?
The candidates will be provided 40 minutes for each section in the exam. The test for that section will be over after completion of 40 minutes.
Q3. How many question are asked in each section of the CAT exam?
There are a total of 76 question in the CAT exam. the section-wise question distribution are as follows VARC-26, DILR- 24 and QA- 26.
Q4. What is the marks distribution in the CAT exam?
The CAT written exam is of 228 marks. The marks distribution is as follows VARC-78, DILR- 72 and QA- 78.
Q5. For how many years the CAT score is valid?
The CAT score is valid for one year only.