CAT Syllabus

CAT Syllabus for DI, VA, LR, Quantitative Aptitude – Learn Dunia


There is no prescribed syllabus defined for the CAT Exam. The exam have four main section from which the questions are taken in CAT Exam i.e data interpretation, verbal ability, logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude. Common admission test(CAT) is top level management entrance exam across India. It is conducted by the IIMs in the rotational basis. This year IIM Delhi will conduct it. The candidates scores will be analysed in the performance of quantitative aptitude, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. In this article you will get complete details of CAT syllabus.

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CAT Syllabus

As there is no defined syllabus for CAT Exam but as per the last 10 year trends analysis; the CAT syllabus is derived below. It comprises four section:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability
  • Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Numbers, Number System, LCM and HCF Geometry – Straight Line and Circles being the most important Co-ordinate Geometry Trigonometry Mensuration Percentages Profit, Loss and Discount Interest (Simple and Compound) Speed, Time and Distance Time and Work Averages Ratio and Proportion Linear Equations Quadratic Equations Complex Numbers Logarithm Progressions (Sequences & Series) Inequalities Permutation and Combination Probability Functions Set Theory Mixtures and Allegations.

Data Interpretation

  • Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Para Jumbles, Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms), English Usage or Grammar, Para Completion, Fill in the blanks , Cloze Passage,  Summarize the given paragraph, Verbal Reasoning, Facts / Inferences / Judgements.

Verbal Ability

  • Tables, Column Graphs, Bar Graphs, Line Charts, Pie Chart ,Venn Diagrams

Logical Reasoning

  • Arrangements, Distribution, Games and Tournaments, Selections, Cubes, Logical Sequence, Logical Deduction, Logical DI (Combination of data given in DI representation and a logic based caselet)

Now here we are going to describe CAT syllabus via chapter wise for each section with each topics.

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CAT Syllabus –  Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Chapter 01: Reading Comprehension

Different Categories of Passages
Writing Styles
Tone of Writing
Types of Questions

Chapter 02: Grammar

The Articles – A, An, The
Parts of Speech in English
Sentence Construction in English
Subject-Verb Agreement
Verbs Tenses
Sentence Correction
Word Usage

Chapter 03: Verbal Section

Logical Deduction
Statements & Assumptions
Strong & Weak Arguments
Courses of Action
Para jumbles (Basic Rules, Extra tips)
Para Completion
Sentence Exclusion
Fact Inference Judgment
Statements & Assumptions

Chapter 04: Critical Reasoning

Basic Assumption And inference
Strengthen and Weaken an Argument
Method of Reasoning and Boldfaced
Flawed and Paradox
Parallel, Further Application, Evaluate
Fallacies and Strong Weak Arguments

CAT Syllabus – Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

Chapter 01:

Coding – Decoding
Number Series
Symbol based Logic
Letter Series
Symbol Series
Number & Alphabet Analogies
Odd one out
Direction Sense
Blood Relations / Family Tree
Cryptarithmetic (Verbal Arithmetic)
Inequalities and Conclusions – Coded Inequalities
Data Sufficiency
Approximation of Values

Chapter 02:

Bar Graphs
Pie Charts
Binary Logic – True / False statements based questions
Linear and Circular Seating Arrangements
Pan Balance / Spring Balance
Matrix and Grid based Arrangements
Games and Tournaments (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Sequential Output
Logical Conditions (If this, then that)
Logical Grouping – Questions based on Team Formation
Critical Path
Cubes based problems
Matchstick / Coin picking based problems
Dice Related Problems
Order and Ranking
Quant Based LR Puzzles

CAT Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude

Chapter 01: Number System

    • Basics of Numbers
    • Properties of Numbers
    • Divisibility Rules
    • Divisibility and Factors
    • Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple
    • Finding Out Last Digit
    • Finding Out Last Two Digits
    • Number of trailing zeroes
    • Special cases of Factorials – Highest Power in a prime, rightmost non zero digit
    • Finding out Remainders
        • Based on basic divisibility rules
        • Based on Binomial Theorem
        • Based on Simplifying the Dividend (Single and / or Multiple Divisors)
        • Fermat’s Theorem
        • Euler’s Theorem
        • Pattern Recognition and cyclicity of remainders
      • Wilson’s Theorem
  • Base Systems
      • Conversion of Bases
    • Addition / subtraction / multiplication in different bases

Chapter 02: Arithmetic

Section 1
    • Averages
    • Mean Median Mode
    • Percentages
    • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple and Compound Interest
Section 2
    • Installments
    • Profit and Loss
    • Mixtures and Alligations
    • Time Speed and Distance
        • Basic Concepts
        • Linear and Circular Races
        • Boats and Stream
        • Relative Speed
      • Escalator Based Questions
  • Time and Work
    • Pipes and Cisterns
Section 3
    • Calendars
    • Clocks
  • Stocks and Shares

Chapter 03: Algebra

    • Basics Algebraic Formulae
    • Linear Equations
        • Word based problems
      • Number of integer solutions
    • Quadratic Equations
        • Finding out roots
      • Maxima and Minima
    • Higher Degree Equations
      • Descartes Rule of Signs
    • Inequalities
    • Logarithm
  • Functions
      • Modifications of graphs
    • Smallest value in a maximum function

Chapter 04: Geometry

    • Lines and Angles
    • Triangles
        • Area, Angles
        • Similar Triangles
      • Special Triangles (30-60-90, 45-45-90, 30-30,120)
    • Polygons
    • Circles
    • Solids / Mensuration
      • 3D Geometry
    • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Chapter 05: Modern Maths

    • Sequence and Series
    • Binomial Theorem
    • Set Theory
        • Venn Diagram based on 2 / 3 sets
        • Venn Diagram based on 4 sets
        • Maxima and Minima related to values in a set
      • ‘At least n’ type of problems
    • Permutation and Combination
        • Fundamental Principles of Counting
        • Distribution of Objects
        • Problems based on Grids
      • Rank of a word in a dictionary
  • Probability

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