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Common Admission Test 2020

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Form Date: 05 Aug - 23 Sep 2020

CAT Syllabus 2020: Section-Wise Topics, Important Books, Tips

Updated On - July 08 2020 by Kartik Arya

CAT 2020 Syllabus will be published by conducting authority on its official website. It is a national level entrance exam conducting by IIMs. This offers admission to MBA/PGP and FPM programs. Entrance Exam question paper consists of mainly three sections, which are Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitive Aptitude, Data Interpretations, and Logical Reasoning. Candidates who interested to be a part of the IIMs are required to clear the Common Admission Test for the year 2020, the exam date for the same will be notified soon. Candidates must read the given below article regarding CAT 2020 syllabus for better preparation.

CAT 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus has been released by IIMs. Candidates can check the CAT 2020 syllabus in the given below points:-

SectionsImportant Topics
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionSentence Corrections, Facts-Inferences-Judgements, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Jumbled passage, Summary Questions,  Syllogisms, Analogies, Meaning Usage Match, Antonyms and Synonyms, Fill in the blanks
Data Interpretation and Logical ReasoningFamily Tree, Statement Conclusions, Strong Arguments, and Weak Arguments, Puzzles, The course of Action, Arrangement, Pie Chart, Calendars, Series, Blood Relations, Arrangements, Visual Reasoning, Coding & Decoding, Column Graphs, Multi-dimensional, Numeric Grid, Graphs representing Area, Critical Reasoning, Syllogisms, Linear and Matrix Arrangements
Quantitative Ability 

Arithmetic, Permutation and Combination, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and work, LCM & HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Trigonometry, Probability, Averages, Harmonic Mean, Instalments & Payments, Profit and Loss, BODMAS, Geometric Progression, Partnership, Percentage, Mean, Median, Modes, Number systems, Lines, Pipes, and Cisterns, Geometry, Cubes and Cones, Arithmetic  Progression, Quadratic and linear equations, Angles and Triangles, Clocks, Higher Maths, Arithmetic Mean

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the exam pattern below for CAT 2020:-

  • Examination Mode: Computer-Based Online Test
  • Type of Questions: Type in the Answer Questions(TITA) and Multiple Choice Questions
  • Total Number of Questions: 100 questions
  • Marks for every correct answer: Allot +3 marks
  • Marks for every wrong answer: Deduct 1 marks

Section-Wise Distributions of Questions:

Section NameTotal Number of QuestionTotal Number of TITATotal Number of MCQs
VARC34 questions727 MCQs
DILR32 questions824 MCQs
QA34 questions1123 MCQs
TOTAL100 questions2674 MCQs

CAT 2020 Important Books

Candidates can check important books in order to prepare well for CAT 2020:-

Author NameBooks Name
Arun Sharma and Meenakshi UpadhyayHow to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT
Captain AK KaliaWiley’s ExamXpert Verbal Ability and
Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019
Trishna Knowledge SystemsVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
Arun SharmaHow to Prepare for Data Interepretations for CAT
Arun SharmaHow to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT
K. Sinha NishitVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
Arun SharmaHow to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
R S AggarwalQuantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations 
Nishit K. SinhaQuantitative Aptitude for the CAT 

 CAT 2020 Preparation Tips

Candidates can check some tips for preparation for CAT 2020:

  • Candidates advised to start reading 2-3 reputed newspapers.
  • Make proper time table for every sections and prepare accordingly. 
  • Make Notes and Revise each nd every concepts.

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