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 top level management entrance exam conducted across India. It is conducted by the IIMs in the rotational basis. 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.
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 Coordinate 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 
Punctuation 
Modifiers 
SubjectVerb 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

 Finding out Remainders
 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 Speed and Distance
 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

 Linear Equations

 Quadratic Equations

 Finding out roots
 Maxima and Minima

 Quadratic Equations

 Higher Degree Equations
 Descartes Rule of Signs
 Higher Degree Equations

 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 (306090, 454590, 3030,120)

 Triangles

 Polygons

 Circles

 Solids / Mensuration
 3D Geometry
 Solids / Mensuration

 Coordinate 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

 Set Theory

 Permutation and Combination

 Fundamental Principles of Counting

 Distribution of Objects

 Problems based on Grids
 Rank of a word in a dictionary

 Permutation and Combination
 Probability
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