Important Exams
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.
Particulars  Events 
Duration of the CAT Exam  2 Hours (120 Minutes) 
Name of the Section 

Sectionwise Duration 

Slotwise Session 

Number of Questions  76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 NonMCQs) 
CAT exam total marks  228 marks 
Mode of the CAT 2021 exam  ComputerBased Mode (CBT) 
Marking Scheme 

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 
Total marks  228 
Language of question paper  English 
Number of answer choices  4 
Check the sectionwise exam pattern of the CAT exam in the table below:
CAT Section  Questions  MCQs  NonMCQs  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 
Total  76  54  22  228 
After acquainted yourself with the exam pattern of the CAT exam you can have a look at the sectionwise 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 subparts, 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  Subjectverb agreement  Para jumbles 
Sentence completion  Foreign language words used in English  Different usage of the same word 
Grammar  Reading Comprehension  Idioms 
Syllogisms  Analogies  Antonyms 
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 
ParaJumbles  24 
Sentence Completion & Correction  23 
Odd Sentences  12 
Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.)  12 
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) is the second section of the CAT exam. This section is divided into two subsections: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Check the important topics of the section.
CAT DILR syllabus  

Blood Relations  Clocks and Calendars  Syllogism 
Series  Statements  Venn Diagram 
Proposition  Data Arrangement  Data Structures 
Direction Sense  Family Tree  Tables 
CodingDecoding  Binary Logic  Pie Charts 
Assumptions  Seating Arrangement  Data Sufficiency 
Puzzles  Sets & Caselets  Bars & Line Graphs 
Topics  Total Number of Questions 
Graph, Bar diagram  68 
Tables & Charts  58 
Graphs, Charts  710 
Tables, Pie chart  45 
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  Inequations Quadratic and linear equations  Work and Time 
Algebra  Surds and Indices  Percentages 
Mensuration  TimeSpeedDistance  Logarithms 
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 
Arithmetic Questions  1012 
Geometry & Mensuration  78 
Algebra  67 
Number System  45 
Others  23 
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 sectionwise question distribution are as follows VARC26, 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 VARC78, DILR 72 and QA 78.
Q5. For how many years the CAT score is valid?
The CAT score is valid for one year only.