Become Job Ready with CollegeDekho Assured Program
Learn More

Important Topics for CAT 2022: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: December 01, 2022 12:45 pm IST | CAT

In order to succeed in CAT 2022, 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 2022.

Important Topics for CAT

It is a well-known fact that the Common Admission Test or CAT does not have a defined syllabus. Preparation for CAT 2022 has to be done by assuming the syllabus, as the topics included in the CAT 2022 question paper will likely follow the pattern of CAT’s previous year’s question papers. Subsequently, aspirants must be aware of all the topics and subjects that are expected to be in the CAT 2022 syllabus, in order to avoid confusion when preparing for the exam.

Meanwhile, candidates who appeared for the CAT 2022 exam will be able to download the CAT 2022 Question Paper for Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3, including the CAT exam analysis 2022, CAT 2022 answer key, and check out the CAT cutoff 2022 for IIMs from the links below. The test-takers will also get access to the memory-based questions that will be made available in a PDF format.

CAT Question Paper 2022
CAT Exam Analysis 2022
CAT Answer Key 2022 (Released)
CAT Cutoff 2022 for IIMs

Whether candidates wish to seek admission to some of the top MBA colleges in India or MBA colleges with the best ROI, they must make sure their CAT preparation has no gaps, so that their chances are elevated.

All About the CAT Exam - Check Exam Details & Procedure

Apart from an extensive understanding of the CAT syllabus, candidates should also know the subject-wise weightage of topics in CAT 2022. This will help them devise an effective strategy for preparation, as well as solving the CAT 2022 question paper. With that being said, we have provided every detail related to important topics and topic-wise weightage in CAT 2022 in the article below for all CAT aspirants.

CAT 2022 Preparation Dates

Before moving on to the important topics, let us take a look at what would be some of the important dates for candidates preparing for CAT 2022.



Start CAT 2022 Preparation with a 6-month Study Plan

May 2022

CAT 2022 Application Starts

August 5, 2022 (Closed)

Start CAT 2022 Preparation with a 3-month Study Plan

August 2022

Last Date to Apply for CAT 2022

September 21, 2022 (Closed)

Start 15-day Revision Plan for CAT 2022

2nd week of November 2022

CAT 2022 Exam Date

November 27, 2022 (Concluded for 2022)

CAT 2022 Section-wise Syllabus

Although the syllabus for CAT 2022 is not defined, there are certain topics that have been included in the CAT exam for many years. Here is a comprehensive list of topics commonly seen in the CAT syllabus.

CAT 2022 Sections

Topics Included

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Completion of Paragraph
  • Para Summary
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Analogies
  • Assumption
  • Inferences, Statements, Arguments
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Phrasal Meaning & Usage
  • Odd Sentence Out
  • Error Corrections
  • Sequence of sentences
  • Vocabulary usage
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Main idea in the passage
  • Sentence Completion

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relation
  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Data Comparison
  • Set Theory
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Graphs
  • Bar Charts
  • Pie charts
  • Caselets
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Data Analysis
  • Direction sense
  • Team formation
  • Binary logic
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles

Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • Number System
  • Algebra
  • Geometry/Mensuration
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Speed, Time and Distance Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Pure Math
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Important Topics in CAT 2022

CAT 2022 experts analyze the previous year's 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 2022.

CAT 2022 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 2022 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Topic-Wise Weightage

The Verbal Ability section in CAT also contains 24 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 2022 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)

CAT 2022 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Topic-wise Weightage

Much like VARC, the DILR section of CAT 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)

These were the topic-wise weightage of different sections in CAT 2022. Here are some other articles that you should totally check out for the best CAT study plan.

Also Read:

What is a Good CAT 2022 Percentile/ Score?

CAT Predicted Question Paper 2022 - Important Topics, Chapters, Analysis

CAT 2022 Mock Test: Importance of CAT Mock Test During Preparation

How to Approach CAT 2022 Question Paper?

CAT 2022 Rank Predictor

CAT 2022 College Predictor

If you have any queries, write to our experts on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. For personalised assistance with admission to your chosen MBA college, fill our Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877.


Be the First to Know

Get Access to Latest Updates

View All Questions

Related Questions

Is Shoolini University good for MBA?

-Vani JhaUpdated on January 30, 2023 12:45 PM
  • 3 Answers
Ankita Sarkar, Student / Alumni

Hi Vani,

MBA at Shoolini University is really good, it is developed and operated to train students to become business leaders and secure job opportunities in reputed corporate industries in India and abroad. Shoolini University MBA course is a two-year-long programme that offers 18 specialisations. The MBA programme has been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). It became the first university in Himachal Pradesh to be granted NBA Accreditation for MBA. The Shoolini University MBA admission is based on entrance exams like CAT, MAT, GMAT and SAT.

Each quadmester of the Shoolini University MBA curriculum includes a skill-development …


Is GMAT compulsory for ISB Hyderabad?

-Palash MusahariUpdated on January 27, 2023 11:25 AM
  • 1 Answer
Sanjukta Deka, Student / Alumni

The Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad typically requires applicants to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as part of the application process for its MBA programme. The GMAT is a standardised test that measures a person's analytical, quantitative, and verbal abilities, as well as their ability to think critically. It is widely recognised as an indicator of a person's potential for success in graduate-level business programmes. In order to qualify for admission to ISB Hyderabad, applicants must have a valid GMAT or GRE score. Candidates must have a valid GMAT/ GRE/ CAT/ JRF score. However, the ISB …


Is it worth spending Rs 30 lahks as fees for an MBA from ISB Hyderabad?

-Rekharani SharmaUpdated on January 27, 2023 11:19 AM
  • 1 Answer
Sanjukta Deka, Student / Alumni

ISB Hyderabad (Indian School of Business Hyderabad) is a private business school founded in 2001. The Indian School of Business has two campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali. ISB Hyderabad provides a variety of postgraduate management programmes as well as certificate programmes. After being certified by AMBA on May 12, 2020, it will become the world's 100th triple-accredited institution.ISB Hyderabad has received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), making it the first business school in South Asia to do so. The business school offers Management courses in a variety of disciplines such as Infrastructure Management, Healthcare …


Do you have a question? Ask us.

  • Typical response between 24-48 hours

  • Get personalized response

  • Free of Cost

  • Access to community

Subscribe to CollegeDekho News

By proceeding ahead you expressly agree to the CollegeDekho terms of use and privacy policy
Apply Now

Top 10 Management Colleges in India

View All

Know best colleges you can get with your score