# CAT Exam Syllabus: Check Updated CAT 2020 Syllabus

By | November 27, 2020 CAT exam has no prescribed syllabus as such, but we will be discussing the four sections of the exam. In every CAT exam, the four sections are – data interpretation, verbal ability, logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude. Common admission test(CAT) is a top-level management entrance exam conducted across India. IIM CAT 2020 will be held on November 29. The scores will be given on the basis of the performance in all the four sections. Read through this article to know more about 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 sections:

• 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 logic-based caselet)

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

### CAT Syllabus –  Verbal Ability and 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 Punctuation Modifiers Subject-Verb Agreement Verbs Tenses Sentence Correction Word Usage

#### Chapter 03: Verbal Section

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

#### Chapter 04: Critical Reasoning

 Basic Assumption And inference Strengthen and Weaken an Argument Summary 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 Tables 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
• 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 1. Swapnil Sharma