CAT 2021 Syllabus will be released by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. It includes all important topics of verbal ability & reading comprehension (VARC), data interpretation & logical reasoning (DILR), and quantitative aptitude (QA). Common Aptitude Test is conducted at the national level once in a year. This aptitude exam offer admission into PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP, PGP-HRM, PGPEM, PGPPM courses. The syllabus covers all major topics which fall under data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR), verbal ability & reading comprehension (VARC), and quantitative aptitude (QA). Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test (CBT).
CAT 2021 Syllabus
The detailed information regarding CAT Syllabus Pattern is given below.
CAT syllabus is further divided into an exam with 5 effective sections.
- Verbal Ability
- Reading Comprehension
- Data Interpretation
- Logical Reasoning
CAT 2021 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
The vital information regarding CAT 2021 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is given below.
- Number of Questions: 34 Questions
|Multiple Choice Questions||24 Question|
|Non-Multiple Choice Questions||10 Question|
Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
- 1st Section- Reading comprehension
- 2nd Section- Verbal Ability
CAT 2021 Reading Comprehension
The detailed information regarding CAT Reading Comprehension is given below.
|Share of Reading Comprehension||70%|
|Total RC passages||5|
|Topics on which RC passages are based||Current Affairs, Social and Economic Issues. Literature, Science and Culture. Abstract topics, history and fiction|
|Total questions based on RC passages||24|
|Type of RC passages||3 Long and 2 Shorter|
|Division of questions||6 questions based on Long Passage and 3 questions based on Short Passage|
|Type of Questions||All MCQ Type Questions with 1/3rd negative marking|
|Length of RC passages||Longer passages- 900 words
Shorter passages- 600 words
|Past trends of topics||Education system, sustainable development, anthropology|
CAT 2021 Verbal Ability
The detailed information regarding CAT Verbal Ability is given below.
|Share of Verbal Ability (VA) questions||30%|
|Total VA based questions||10|
|The essence of short paragraph/Para summary||3-4 questions|
|Jumbled Paragraphs||3-4 questions|
|Jumbled paragraphs with out of context sentence||2-3 questions|
|Type of Questions||All of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for the wrong answer|
|Format of questions||The essence of paragraph questions are based on around 5-6 sentences; questions on Jumbled paragraphs and out of context jumbled paragraphs have 4 -5 jumbled sentences which are to be placed coherently. The out of context sentence has to be picked out.|
CAT 2021 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Number of Questions: 32 Questions
|Multiple Choice Questions||24 Questions|
|Non-Multiple Choice Questions||08 Questions|
Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 32%
- 1st Section- Data Interpretation
- 2nd Section- Logical Reasoning
CAT 2021 Data Interpretation
The detailed information regarding CAT Data Interpretation is given below.
|Share of DI questions||50%|
|Total DI questions||16|
|Number of MCQs||12|
|Number of Non-MCQs||04|
|Topics on which DI questions are based||Data Tables, Data charts, Bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison among others.
Questions on interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram.
Data could also be given in the form of tables, charts or graphs.
In this section, it is tested how a candidate can interpret a given data and answer questions based on that data.
|Past trend of topics||Marks in Two section of papers- Films,
Launch, Completion, Release and Profits;
Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein;
Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table; Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions; Flight operation
CAT 2021 Logical Reasoning
The detailed information regarding CAT Logical Reasoning is given below.
|Share of LR questions||50%|
|Total LR questions||16|
|Number of MCQs||12|
|Number of Non-MCQs||04|
|Topics covered in CAT test syllabus 2020||Clocks, Calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, Assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement|
|Past trend of topics||Distribution/Arrangement; Venn Diagrams; Arrangement of files in folders; Students using various Trains and the fares for the same; Seating Arrangement; Direction sense for Cars; Ordering items; Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream|
CAT 2021 Quantitative Ability
Number of Questions: 34 Questions
Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
|Number of MCQ||24 To 27|
|Number of Non-MCQs||7 To 10|
|No. of questions in Arithmetic||10 -12|
Important Topics of Quantitative Ability
The list of important topics of Quantitative Ability is given below.
- LCM and HCF
- Profit and Loss
- Interest (Simple and Compound)
- Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
- Number System (3-4) questions
- Algebra (5-7 questions)
- Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)
- Pure Math (1-2 questions)
- Venn diagrams and other topic-based questions are 2-3
- Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
- Complex Numbers
- Logarithm; Progressions
- Binomial Theorem
- Surds and Indices
- Permutation and Combination
- Probability Functions
- Set Theory
- Mixtures and Alligations
- Coordinate Geometry
Reference Books for CAT Preparation
|Subject||Name of the Book||Author/Publisher|
|Quantitative Aptitude||How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs||Sarvesh K. Verma|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Nishit K. Sinha|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT||Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant|
|30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback||Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT||Sharma and Upadhyay|
|PSC for VA for CAT||Nishit Sinha|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||CAT 2017 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Gautam Puri|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT||Nishit K. Sinha|
|Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||Ananta Ashish|
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT||Arun Sharma|
CAT 2020 Sample Papers
CAT Preparation is difficult without scanning CAT Syllabus. It will be difficult to have a successful attempt at this exam without having a complete understanding of the syllabus.
While the syllabus is wider than one usually anticipates it to be, still it is important to plan one’s study material according to the weightage and personal strengths.
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