CAT Syllabus 2018

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CAT 2018 Syllabus

The IIMs, which are responsible for conducting the exam every year, have not fixed any syllabus for CAT. Experts and academicians have observed the exam pattern of CAT over the years and they have shared the tentative CAT 2018 syllabus accordingly. To know the syllabus, candidates should first carefully study the Exam Pattern of CAT 2018. You can also compare the CAT exam syllabus with other MBA entrance exam syllabus here.

Based on the sections of CAT examination, there are some very important topics that candidates must prepare in order to cover the maximum CAT syllabus 2017 and maximise their chances of scoring well. 

The syllabus of CAT 2018 is based on the exam's 3 sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA).

We bring to you the detailed CAT syllabus as well as the important topics under every section.

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Fact Inference Judgment Grammar
Fill in the blanks Para Completion
Para Jumble Sentence Correction
Verbal Reasoning Word Usage (Vocabulary)
Idioms Analogies

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Section Topics
Data Interpretation Bar Graph, Combination of Graphs, Caselet, Data Sufficiency, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Tables, etc.
Logical Reasoning 

Assumptions, Blood Relations, Binary Logic, Clocks and Calendars, Constraint-based puzzles, Data Arrangement, Family Tree, Matching Puzzles, Proposition, Statements, Seating Arrangement, Sets, Syllogism, Venn Diagram

CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA)

Topics Sub Topics
Arithmetic Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances
Algebra Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series
Geometry Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles
Mensuration Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern
Calculus Maxima and Minima, Function
Trigonometry Trigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances

Now that you know what all you have to study for the CAT 2018 exam, you can easily prepare for the exam by covering all the given topics. However, you must not forget to take your preparation level a notch higher by taking mock tests or solving previous years' papers.

Topic-wise Weightage Under Every CAT 2018 Section

Quant Topics No. of Questions
  Number System 5
  Algebra 8
  Arithmetic 8
  Modern Maths 4
  Geometry & Mensuration 9


LRDI Topics No. of Questions
  Bar Graphs 2
  Pie Charts 2
  Table Based 8
  Combination of Graphs 3
  Odd Sentence Out 2
  Data Arrangement 5
  Seating Arrangement 5
  Logic Based 5


Verbal Topics No. of Questions
  Reading Comprehension 21
  Sentence Correction 4
  Para Jumble 4
  Para Completion 4
  Word Usage 3

Note: The number of questions mentioned against each topic is tentative. 

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