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An Insight with CAT Syllabus

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The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India exam conducted every year by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) on the rotational basis. CAT is being carried out for the entrance in the colleges that offers management post graduate courses. CAT exam is conducted mainly for the admissions in IIMs, IITs, NITs, FMS, but many other management institutions also consider the CAT score of a candidate for granting admission.

The CAT exam is held once a year and has a very well defined syllabus. The Cat syllabus is divided into 3 sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. Verbal Reasoning

Let us go into the details of the three sections to understand it better:

  • Quantitative Aptitude:

The Quantitative Aptitude section deals with the fundamental mathematics. The questions from this section come upto 10+2 class but the level of questions is quite high, and a different approach is needed to perform well in this section. The ability of a candidate to solve the real-time problems is judged through this section. The topics that need to be covered are:

Inequalities Profit, Loss and Discount LogarithmSpeed, Time and Distance Averages
Time and Work Ratio and Proportion TrigonometryQuadratic Equations & Linear Equations Complex Numbers
MensurationLCM and HCF  Surds and IndicesNumber SystemsSet Theory & Function  
Coordinate Geometry ProbabilityPermutation and Combination Mixtures and Alligations Percentages  
Sequences and Series Geometry Simple and Compound Interest


  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

In the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section, the Data Interpretation involves questions based on data in the form of pie charts, graphs, tables and the Reasoning includes questions in the form of verbal reasoning questions where a candidate has to apply logics to solve the question. Here, a candidate’s logical ability to evaluate problems and the understanding of data is checked. The topics that need to be covered in this section are:

Blood Relations




Bar Graphs


Logical Sequence


Logical Connectives


Seating Arrangement


Pie Chart


Logical Reasoning




Number and Letter Series




Venn Diagrams


Logical Matching


Combination of two or more


Binary Logic




Line Charts




Column Graphs


  • Verbal Reasoning:

The Verbal Reasoning section involves English usage or grammar. Here, the ability of the candidate to comprehend and analyse the paragraphs are judged. It is the test of solving verbal, logical questions. It involves:

Verbal Reasoning


Analogies or Reverse Analogies




Jumbled Paragraph


Reading Comprehension


Sentence Correction


Meaning-Usage Match


Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)


Summary Questions


English Usage or Grammar


Fill in the blanks


Cloze Passage


Explore more about the CAT exam to prepare well for the exam. Strategies the preparation using Exam planner and focus on the time management.

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