CAT Important Topics 2024 For QA, DILR & VARC

The CAT 2024 exam, set for November 24, 2024, is the entry point to 20 IIMs and many MBA colleges in India. Expected to be managed by IIM Calcutta, registration starts in early August 2024, closing in mid-September 2024. Official notice likely on July 30, 2024.

However, it is better to start preparing in advance. That is why we have mentioned all the important topics for the CAT exam 2024, which can help you score higher and take you closer to your dream admission to IIM.

CAT Important Topics 2024

CAT Exam includes 3 sections-

  • Quantitative Aptitude(QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

Each section of the test has a few important topics that students must cover. So, check the important topics of the CAT for preparations.

Here, we list the previous year’s weightage in the question papers.

Topics 2014 2013 2012
Quantitative Aptitude
Number system 10-12% 6-8% 10-14%
Geometry and Trigonometry 25-30% 28-32% 26-30%
Arithmetic 8-10% 8-10% 8-10%
Algebra 8-10% 8-12% 8-10%
Functions and Graphs 8-10% 6-8% 8-10%
P&C and Probability 3-5% 4-6% 3-5%
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension 30% 30% 30%
Grammar 6-8% 8-10% 6-8%
Sentence Correction 10-12% 10-12% 10-12%
Para Jumbles 13-15% 13-15% 15-17%
Vocabulary 10-12% 8-10% 10-12%
Others 5-7% 6-8% 5-7%

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • Number System: Ensure you are clear with the basic concepts of this topic.
  • Arithmetic: Though Arithmetic has a vast number of sub-topics, in the last 3 years, only a couple of questions have featured from this topic.
  • Algebra: Considering this has been one of the most dominant topics in the CAT Exam in the last three years, it makes a lot of sense to emphasize this topic.
  • Geometry: Another topic that has featured quite a lot in the last few years.
  • Permutation & Combination/Probability: This topic contributes around one to two questions to the exam.
  • Miscellaneous Topics: This includes Set Theory, Trigonometry, and Logarithms

CAT Important Topics for Quantitative Aptitude:

Important Topics No. of Questions (Expected) Level of Difficulty (Expected)
Geometry & Mensuration 7-8 Moderate to Difficult
Permutation & Combination 1-2 Easy
Number System, Basic Arithmetic 5-10 Moderate
Time, Speed, and Distance 1-2 Moderate to Difficult
Profit, loss, and Discounts 1-2 Moderate to Easy
Interests (SI, CI) 1-2 Moderate to Difficult
Trigonometry, Logarithms, Sets 1-3 Easy
Time and Work 1-2 Difficult
Algebra 6-7 Moderate
Probability 1-2 Moderate

These are the important topics to focus on for the Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT exam, along with their expected number of questions and difficulty levels.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

1.Data Interpretation

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Bar Graph
  • Tables
  • Case-lets
  • Pi-charts

2. Logical Reasoning

  • Family Tree
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Assumptions & Statements
  • Venn Diagram
  • Proposition

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

Understanding Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Essentials Before delving into the crucial topics, grasp some essential aspects:

An anticipated total of 26 questions will be posed, accounting for 102 marks. The difficulty level is moderate, and the questions will be multiple-choice based.

Important Topics for Verbal Ability No. of Questions (Expected) Level of Difficulty (Expected)
Reading Comprehension Passages 18 Questions Moderate to Difficult
Para-Summary 2-3 Questions Moderate
Odd Sentences 1-2 Questions Moderate
Word Usage (Vocabulary) 1-2 Questions Easy
Para-Jumbles 2-4 Questions Moderate
Sentence Completion and Correction 2-3 Questions Moderate to Easy
Fill in the Blanks 1-2 Questions Easy

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