CAT Syllabus 2018/19, Check Section & Subject Wise Syllabus Here

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CAT is an Abbreviation of Common Admission Test. This is an all India Premiere National Level Computer based test conducted by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) or the top B-Schools. This test helps to segregate the top Students who are eligible for admission in top B-School or the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). This test helps to get admission for any admission in management programs. Last year 2,32,267 Students appeared for the CAT exam.

Students are selected on the basis of percentile. Percentile is different from a percentage on the basis that percentile rank is a score of the percentage of scores in a certain distribution. All the Management Institutes fall under the IIMs or the Indian Institute of Management. These institutes also provide Consultancy services and research services in many business and management field globally.

CAT 2018/19 Syllabus

The IIMs are the leader or the main Institutes of management which has a control of all the leading Management schools. CAT exam helps to take an admission in MBA (Masters of Business Administration) Studies. CAT exam is very tough to crack. A student should have a proper and correct knowledge of the CAT Syllabus which will help them to prepare for the exam very precisely. In all, there are 20 IIMs in India and several other Hundreds of reputed colleges like S.P. Jain, FMS, MDI, etc.

The exams are a multiple choice question answer type exam. A wrong option will give a negative mark. IIMs don’t specify the current syllabus to the students. All the Institutes teaches or gives an overview of the CAT exam based on the previous Examination. Below is the Syllabus showed based on past papers.

CAT Syllabus

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Common Entrance Test or CAT analyses the skills of the aspirant in four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning, and Data Interpretation. It is also a test of time management.

Mathematics or Quantitative Section

Some of the core concepts in maths and quant subjects are:

  • Percentages and its applications
  • Ratio and its applications
  • Algebra
  • Numbers and its applications
  • Geometry and its applications

English or Verbal Section

Prominent topics in this section are:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
  • Reading Comprehension

Analytical Reasoning Section

Important topics under AR are:

  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Arrangements
  • Data Structures
  • Series
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Clocks and Calendars

Data Interpretation Section

Problems related to organized and unorganized data are quite common in this section. Core topics are as follows:

  • Table
  • Bar
  • Pie
  • Line graphs etc.

CAT (Common Admission Test) is considered as the most crucial stepping stone for a person who wants to study in one of the top most Schools or the top IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). A proper planning and a guidance is required to help take the CAT exam smoothly. IIMs don’t disclose the Syllabus of the current exam. The planning and guidelines are given based on the previously conducted exams. Below is the Category or the sections in the CAT exam that will guide the students to help plan their strategy for the CAT exam.

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus

  • Reading Comprehension: Out of the 34 questions in the exam, 24 questions were from this area.
  • Paragraph Summary: This is another area which has gained prominence over the last couple of years.
  • Para-jumbles & Misfit Sentences: These two topics have become a regular in the exam over the last couple of years.

In the above topics, there are many topics which are absent. So the important point is the students have to prepare for all the topics which were asked in the previous examinations. The important topics that have appeared in the last few years are:

  • Critical Reasoning
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Grammar & Usage (including questions based on common Grammar errors, Confusing Words, & Phrasal Verbs)
  • Vocabulary based questions (mainly Fill in the blanks).

These topics are important from the standpoint of other MBA entrance exams:

  • Vocabulary Topics: Synonym-Antonym based questions, Cloze Passage, Analogies or Reverse Analogies, Meaning-Usage Match, Idioms and Phrases, Secondary Shades of Meaning, Usage, Associated words, Antonyms, etc.
  • Verbal Reasoning: Fact-Inference Judgement
  • Grammar: Sentence Correction

CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

  • Caselets, Tables, Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Charts, Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Games & Tournaments, Number and Letter Series, Calendars; Cubes, Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Matching; Logical Sequence; Logical Connectives; Blood Relations.

CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus

  • Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Profit, Loss and Discount; Percentages; Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Simple and Compound Interest ; Ratio and Proportion; Averages; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Binomial Theorem; Sequences and Series; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Allegations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Mensuration.

 Below is the general topics covered in the exam.

Quantitative AptitudeData Interpretation & Logical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
Number SystemsTablesEnglish Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and DiscountCaseletsVocabulary Based (Synonyms/Antonyms)
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the blanks
Speed, Time, DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsClose Passage
Time and WorkVenn DiagramsJumbled paragraph
Ratio and ProportionCombination of two or moreMeaning usage match
AveragesPie ChartAnalogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear EquationsLogical ReasoningSummary Questions
Complex NumbersCalendarsVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestNumber and Letter SeriesFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmClocksReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesVenn Diagrams
ProbabilitySeating Arrangement
Surds and IndicesBinary Logic
Set Theory & FunctionLogical Matching
Permutation and CombinationLogical Sequence
Mixtures and AllegationsSyllogism
TrigonometryLogical Connectives
Coordinate GeometryBlood Relations

The above syllabus is for reference purpose. The students can prepare their Strategy according to the above-mentioned syllabus. IIMs don’t disclose the syllabus of the current examination.  This syllabus is based on the previous exams conducted by the IIMs.

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