CAT 2020 Syllabus: Exam Format, Verbal Ability

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CAT 2020 Syllabus will be released by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. CAT is also knowns as Common Aptitude Test. This entrance exam 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. Candidate can go through the following article for detailed information regarding CAT exam Syllabus.

 No repetition of CAT questions in any CAT exam. 

CAT 2020 Syllabus Pattern

The detailed information regarding CAT Syllabus Pattern is given below.

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CAT syllabus is further divided into an exam with 5 effective sections.

  • Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

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CAT 2020 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The vital information regarding CAT 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020  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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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
  • Percentages
  • 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
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

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 Sample Paper 1 PDF

CAT Sample Paper 2 PDF

CAT Preparation

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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