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Important Topics for CAT 2021: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: February 26, 2021 | CAT

In order to succeed in CAT 2021, it is important to play smart and invest your time wisely in preparation. Find out preparing for which topics is expected to give you the best returns in CAT 2021.

Important Topics for CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) does not have any defined syllabus. The CAT 2021 syllabus is compiled by taking a look at the previous year question papers and trends. Hence, to avoid facing a vast and limitless syllabus, candidates preparing for CAT have to make use of the important topics in CAT to limit their area of focus and ensure that their efforts give their maximum results. A good CAT aspirant is always looking for the best return for his/ her investment whether it be in preparing for the entrance test or looking for the MBA colleges with the best ROI in India. Taking a look at the expected subject-wise weightage of topics in CAT 2021 will help candidates form a well-defined preparation strategy for the exam and lead them on the path to success. Check the following article for a wide range of information about CAT 2021.

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In this article, we dive into the important topics for CAT 2021 and take a look at the section-wise distribution of topics in CAT.

CAT 2021 Preparation Dates

Before moving on the important topics, let us take a look at what would be some of the important dates for candidates preparing for CAT 2021.



Start CAT 2021 Preparation with 6-month Study Plan

May 2021

CAT 2021 Application Starts

1st week of August 2021

Start CAT 2021 Preparation with 3-month Study Plan

August 2021

Last Date to Apply for CAT 2021

3rd week of September 2021

Start 15-day Revision Plan for CAT 2021

2nd week of November 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

Last week of November 2021

Important Topics in CAT 2021

CAT 2021 experts analyse the previous year question paper of CAT and put out a paper analysis of CAT. Based on that analysis, experts are able to tell the section-wise important topics of CAT as mentioned below.

Every topic in CAT is important and you should always try to cover the complete CAT syllabus. However, having an understanding of important topics in CAT can help you prioritize and make a better study plan. While important topics can help you formulate a better study plan, they don't tell the complete story. In order to understand this in detail and form an extensive preparation strategy, one has to look at the section-wise weightage of topics in CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Quantitative Ability Topic-Wise Weightage

Abbreviated as QA, Quantitative Aptitude is a very important section of the exam. The section holds 34% weightage and can often prove to be time-consuming. Plus, QA has TITA (Type in the Answer) type questions in CAT, which can further pose problems for CAT aspirants. The following table provides the weightage of different topics included in the CAT QA section.


No. of Questions


Geometry & Mensuration

7 - 8

Moderate - Difficult

Number System, Basic Arithmetic

5 - 10



6 - 7


Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets

1 - 3


Permutation & Combination

1 - 2



1 - 2


Profit, loss, and Discounts

1 - 2


Time, Speed, and Distance

1 - 2

Moderate - Difficult

Time and Work

1 - 2


Interests (SI, CI)

1 - 2Moderate - Difficult

As can be seen, Geometry, Number System and Algebra questions dominate the QA section of CAT. These will be the topics you must focus on to get the best results. However, the number of questions required for a good attempt in QA is 25 and it can be clearly seen that only focusing on these topics will not get you there. Other topics will also have to be included in your study plan.

Also Read:How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

CAT 2021 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Topic-Wise Weightage

The Verbal Ability section in CAT also contains 34 questions and hence holds an equal weightage to QA. Most of this section is made of Reading Comprehension. Usually, around 4 to 5 passages are seen in this section every year and every passage contains 3 to 6 questions. The remaining test the Verbal Ability of the candidates and can be asked from a wide range of topics. The expected topic-wise distribution of questions in CAT 2021 can be found in the given below.


No. of Questions


Reading Comprehension Passages

16 - 24

Moderately Difficult

Para Jumbles

2 - 4


Para Summary

2 - 3


Sentence Completion and Correction

2 - 3

Moderately Easy

Sentence Elimination

1 - 2


Fill in the Blanks

1 - 2


Word Usage & Vocabulary

1 - 2Easy

Developing the skill to crack RC questions quickly is vital in this section. Develop a reading habit (start with light material and move on to more complicated content such as editorials of English dailies), and try to remember the details you went through. Attempt 25 - 27 questions to get a good score in this section.

Also Read:How to Prepare for CAT VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension) - Expert Advice, Tips

CAT 2021 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Topic-wise Weightage

Much like VARC, the DILR section of CAT is consists of two parts -- DI and LR. Even though the section contains 32% overall weightage in CAT, it does not fail to stump the candidates with its tricky questions and lengthy puzzles. Arrangements (Seating & Data) and questions based on Graphs form the core of cracking DILR. Blood Relations, Tables & Caselets, and Data Sufficiency questions are also 


No. of Questions



6 - 8



5 - 6

Moderate - Difficult

Data Sufficiency

3 - 5


Tables and Caselets

2 - 5

Moderate - Difficult

Blood Relations

1 - 3



1 - 2

Moderate - Difficult

Clocks & Calendars

1 - 2


Assumption and Binary Logic

1 - 2


Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams

1 - 2Easy

Practising as many questions as possible is the only way that works best when preparing for DILR. There can be a wide gap between the type of questions asked and shortcuts fall flat on their face when it comes to this section. To improve in DILR, you literally have to increase your brainpower and problem-solving ability through consistent practice. Only a candidate who has developed the ability to recognize patterns and approach a question from different angles will be able to make a good attempt of 20 to 22 questions in DILR.

Also Read:How to Prepare for CAT DI & LR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

These were the topic-wise weightage of different sections in CAT 2021. Here are some other articles that you should totally check out for the best CAT study plan.

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