CAT Exam Syllabus: Check Updated CAT 2021 Syllabus

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 2021 is scheduled to be conducted in the last week of November. The scores will be given based on the performance in all four sections. Read through this article to know more about the 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 case)

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


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:

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 the 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
    • The 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
    • 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
    • Permutation and Combination
        • Fundamental Principles of Counting
        • Distribution of Objects
        • Problems based on Grids
      • The rank of a word in a dictionary
  • Probability

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