CAT exam Syllabus is majorly divided into four sections:
This section tests the knowledge of fundamental of mathematics of 10+2 level. The questions are usually derived from the topics such as Number Systems, Equations, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, Averages, Permutation & Combination, Geometry and Sets etc.
This section tests the data interpretation and problem solving ability of the applicant, wherein a candidate has to analyze the given data and solve the questions related to it. The data is usually in the form of graphs, charts, tables and paragraphs.
This section tests candidate's ability to logically evaluate problem statements and then derive the solutions.
The section tests the English language skill and verbal ability of the candidate, where he/she is tested on reading comprehensions and English language through vocabulary, grammar and verbal reasoning questions.
The Quantitative Aptitude section comprises of fundamental mathematics, based on 10 + 2 difficulty level. Problems are found to appear from various topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Commercial Mathematics (Word Problems). The questions are largely based on application of mathematics to solve real-time problems.
The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section comprises of questions which are asked based on the given data. The data given might be in the form of graphs, charts, tables and paragraphs. Data Interpretation problems test the candidate's understanding of the data and the ability to solve problems accurately. Logical Reasoning questions check the candidate's ability to ratiocinate and evaluate problems.
Candidates must secure a minimum mark in each section to qualify for that section and eventually for the CAT. The minimum marks required to qualify varies upon the relative difficulty level of that section compared to other sections of the test. Sectional cut-offs varies mostly on the basis of the performance who appear for the exam in that year. A candidate must also secure a minimum total cut off for the entire paper to earn GD/PI calls from IIMs. It has been observed that different IIMs use different cut-offs to offer calls to selected candidates.
Candidates who secure the sectional cut-offs as well as the overall cut-offs in the written test are called for GD/PI by IIMs. This is the ultimate step of the selection-process.
Apart from the IIMs, some other institutes also offer admission to their postgraduate courses of business and management on the basis of a candidate's CAT score.
It has to be noted that the CAT syllabus does not predefine any specific chapters or topics upon which questions can occur. To crack CAT, one needs to have good conceptual knowledge of all the topics under each section mentioned above, so to develop the ability to solve the problems related to respective topics. Our CAT Course has taken into account of all required areas where an aspirant should have clear concepts and enough sectional tests to support them. You will be well prepared to appear and crack the exam on the first try, thats the confidence we have on our materials. Just follow them!