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CAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  • There are three sections:
  1. Quantitative Ability (QA, 34 questions)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR, 32 questions)
  3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC, 34 questions).
  • There is no separate time limit on sections.

Total Duration - 180 Minutes

Total Marks - 300 Marks

Total Questions - 100

Marking System -

  • There will be negative marking, deduct one mark for wrong answer.
  • For correct answer 3 marks will be given.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 3
No. Of Unit 4
No. Of Chapter 62
Chapters
  1.  Direction and Distance Test
  2. Analogy test
  3. Classification test
  4. Number and Series Test
  5. Statements Assumption
  6. Statements Conclusion
  7. Statements Arguments
  8. Statements Action
  9. Binary Logic
  10. Blood Relation
  11. Calender
  12. Clock
  13. Cubes
  14. Logical Matching
  15. Number and letter series
Chapters
  1. Comprehension
Chapters
  1. Grammar
  2. Nouns
  3. Pronouns
  4. Adjective
  5. Adverbs
  6. Prepositions
  7. Conjunctions
  8. Verbs
  9. Modals
  10. Articles
Chapters
  1. Algebra and Functions
  2. Relative speed
  3. Geometry 
  4. Co-ordinate Geometry
  5. Arithmetic sequence
  6. Mixtures
  7. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  8. Tables Chart
  9. Multiple Graph
  10. Profit, Loss and Discount
  11. Statistics 
  12. Directions 
  13. Interest 
  14. Percentage 
  15. Trigonometry 
  16. Compound interest
  17. Averages
  18. Age
  19. Speed and Distance
  20. Time, Speed and Distance
  21. Race and Game
  22. Area Surface and Volume
  23. Partnership
  24. Stock and Share
  25. Alligation and Mixture
  26. Ratio and proportion
  27. Problem on trains
  28. Series Missing Numbers
  29. Pipes and Cisterns
  30. Simplification
  31. Venn Diagram
  32. Data Sufficiency
  33. Charts

How to prepare

EXAM SYLLABUS

SUBJECT

TOPICS

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

Number Systems

LCM and HCF

Averages

Profit, Loss and Discount

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance

Complex numbers

Percentages

Ratio and Proportion

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Time and Work

Logarithm

Progressions (Sequences & Series)

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices

Inequalities

Permutation and Combination

Probability

Mensuration

Set Theory

Mixtures and Alligations

Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry

Trigonometry

Functions.

DATA INTERPRETATION

Data is given in form of tables, charts and graphs. In this section it is tested that how can you interpret the given data and answer the questions based on it.

Tables

Column Graphs

Bar Graphs

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Venn Diagrams

Caselets

Combination of two or more types linked to each other.

LOGICAL REASONING

Number and Letter Series

Calendars

Clocks

Cubes

Venn Diagrams

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives

Syllogism

Blood Relations

VERBAL ABILITY

Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)

English Usage or Grammar

Summary questions.

Fill in the blanks

Cloze Passage

Analogies or Reverse Analogies

Jumbled Paragraph

Meaning-Usage Match

Sentence correction

Verbal Reasoning

Facts / Inferences / Judgments

Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary: Vocabulary questions test the candidate’s knowledge of the primary meanings of words, secondary shades of meaning, usage, idioms and phrases, antonyms, related words, etc.

Grammar: Grammar-based questions test the candidate’s ability to spot and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like subject-verb agreement, use of modifiers, parallel construction, redundancy, phrasal verbs, use of articles, prepositions, etc.

Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to identify relationships or patterns within groups of words or sentences.

Duration : 180 Minutes

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