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CAT Syllabus

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the premier all India management entrance exam conducted by IIMs. Last year more than 2 lakhs students competed for 1550+ seats making it the most competitive exam in the country. The IIMs are the premier management institutes in India established by an act of Parliament. These institutes also provide consultancy and research services in various business and management globally.
Methodical CAT preparation is one of the key success factor in any IIM aspirant’s career, where planning and execution of the preparation plays a very important role. CAT syllabus is not predefined by IIM’s, and it is not easy to identify the specific topics and the questions which can occur. But based on previous year’s CAT Exam paper patterns and questions, one can put up a general structure of the paper which can determine the success of the candidate.

Syllabus for CAT Exam:

CAT exam Syllabus is majorly divided into four sections:

1. Quantitative Aptitude

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.

2. Data Interpretation

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.

3. Logical Reasoning

This section tests candidate's ability to logically evaluate problem statements and then derive the solutions.

4. Verbal Ability

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.


Allocation of marks

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.


Selection for GD and PI

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. 


Other Institutes accepting CAT Scores

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!