CAT Syllabus 2017

CAT Exam Syllabus has never had any boundaries and this fact also applies to define the CAT syllabus 2017. CAT Syllabus 2017 is based on past trend of CAT exams and the CAT exam syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in CAT exam although the type of questions, their composition, format and number may change in each subsequent CAT exam.
 

The key point in syllabus for CAT exam is that there is no repetition of CAT questions in any CAT exam although difficulty level of the questions in CAT exam would not go out of CAT exam syllabus.
 

IIM entrance exam syllabus or CAT Syllabus 2017 is not pre-defined by CAT 2017 convening IIM nor the CAT syllabus 2017 was outlined earlier also by the CAT exam convening IIM Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Indore or Kozhikode.
 

Syllabus of CAT exam 2017 is based on the mentioned guidelines and current structure of CAT exam. Past tendencies reflect that CAT exam syllabus 2017 and pattern overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. CAT exam Syllabus covers all the major topics on these test sections. CAT 2017 syllabus is proposed to be based on the past paper patterns which contain questions from all these sections.
 

The fact is that you will find it difficult to prepare for CAT unless you know the CAT entrance exam syllabus. CAT MBA exam syllabus is much more wide than one can anticipate. IIMs CAT syllabus does not leave any study topic untouched. The glimpses of CAT syllabus for MBA admission 2018-20 in IIMs and other top B-schools is a testimony to this fact. Going by the past trends and past CAT exam pattern, CAT complete syllabus for each section of Common Admission Test (CAT) is shared below to help the CAT 2017 aspirants to prepare in accordance with the CAT 2017 exam syllabus.

 

Syllabus for CAT 2017 Verbal Ability & Reading comprehension (VARC)
Common Admission Test (CAT) exam Syllabus for VARC section in CAT 2017 is divided in 2 parts. The 1st part of CAT 2017 syllabus covers questions based on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of CAT 2017 exam syllabus on VARC is based on questions on different topics on Verbal Ability.
 

The past trend in CAT exam syllabus for VARC shows that there are 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs in VARC section of CAT exam. Major topics covered in CAT 2017 syllabus for VARC and Key features of CAT syllabus for VARC are as under-

 

Part-1: Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • Share of Reading Comprehension in VARC section of CAT exam: 70%
  • Total RC passages: 5
  • Topics on which RC passages are based: Current affairs; Social and Economic issues; Literature; Science & Culture; Abstract topics; history & fiction.
  • The topics are only indicative and not exhaustive. There is no clear cut definition of RC topics in CAT exam syllabus. RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in CAT 2017 exam.
  • Total questions based on RC passages: 24
  • Type of RC passages: 3 Long and 2 shorter
  • Division of questions: 6 questions based on each long passage and 3 questions based on each shorter passage
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty of 1/3rd negative marking
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In context of the passage –True/false statements; Author’s view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage
  • Length of RC passages: CAT exam has 3 longer RC passages of around 900 words; shorter passages are of around 600 words in CAT exam syllabus as reflected in last 3 years.
  • Past trends of topics: Status of Languages in 2115; Education System; Sustainable Economic Development; Anthropology /Excruciating Rituals & Reasons; Govt. Definition of Poverty and treatment of Household work.

Part-2: Verbal Ability

  • Share of Verbal Ability (VA) questions in VARC section of CAT exam: 30%
  • Total VA based questions: 10
  • Topics on which VA questions are based:
  • Essence of short paragraph/Para summary - (3-4 questions)
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Jumbled paragraphs with out of context sentence (2-3)
  • The topics are only indicative and not exhaustive.
  • Type of Questions: All of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for wrong answer
  • Format of questions: 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 in a coherent manner. The out of context sentence has to be picked out.

Other expected type of questions in Verbal Ability
Till CAT 2014 following type of questions also registered their presence in the exam. Since these topics also form the part of syllabus for CAT exam, it is possible you may see these questions again in CAT 2017-

  • English Usage & Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Vocabulary-Usage in context

 

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Separate DILR section in CAT exam was re-originated after keeping the section in abeyance for 4 years. During this period the DILR questions were clubbed to Quant and Verbal Ability sections respectively. In 2015 IIM Ahmedabad, the then CAT convening IIM decided to re-introduce the DILR as a separate 3rd section. The pattern was followed by IIM Bangalore in 2016 also.
 

CAT exam Syllabus for DILR section in CAT 2017 is divided in 2 parts – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The 1st part of CAT 2017 syllabus covers questions based on Data Interpretation (DI) and the 2nd part of CAT 2017 exam syllabus on DILR is based on questions on different topics on Logical Reasoning.
 

The past 2 years trend in CAT syllabus for DILR shows that there are 24 MCQs and 8 Non- MCQs in DILR section of CAT exam. Major topics covered in CAT 2017 syllabus for DILR and Key features of CAT syllabus for DILR are as under-

 

Part-1: Syllabus for Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Share of DI questions in DILR section of CAT exam: 50%
  • Total DI questions: 16
  • Number of MCQs: 12
  • Number of Non MCQs: 4
  • Topics on which DI questions are based: Data Tables, Data charts, bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison among others
  • Questions are in the set of 4 questions. Questions on interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs. In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.
  • Past trend of topics: Table (Student Pass percentages over 5 years; Comprehension – Marks in Two sections of papers; Films, Launch, Completion, Release and Profits; Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein.
  • The topics are only indicative and not exhaustive.

 

Part-2: CAT exam Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Share of LR questions in DILR section of CAT exam: 50%
  • Total LR questions in CAT syllabus for 2017 exam: 16
  • Number of MCQs: 12
  • Number of Non MCQs: 4
  • Topics covered in CAT test syllabus 2017 on which LR questions are based: Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement.
  • CAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in LR section can be individual or can be in the set of 4 questions.
  • Past trend of topics in CAT IIM Syllabus: Distribution/Arrangement; Venn Diagrams; Arrangement of files in folders; Students using various Trains and the fares for the same - The topics in CAT syllabus 2017 are only indicative and not exhaustive.

 

CAT 2017 exam Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
Syllabus of CAT exam 2017 for Quant section is very wide. Quantitative Aptitude (Quant) is the 3rd and last section in the revamped CAT exam pattern. Syllabus of CAT 2017 for Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect.
 

CAT 2017 exam syllabus on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trignometry among others.
 

The past 2 years trend in CAT exam syllabus for Quant shows that there are 24 to 27 MCQs and 7 to 10 Non-MCQs in Quant section of CAT exam. Major topics covered in CAT 2017 syllabus for Quant and Key features of CAT syllabus for Quant are as under-

  • Total questions: 34
  • Number of MCQs: 24 to 27
  • Number of Non-MCQs: 7 to 10
  • CAT Syllabus & Number of questions in Arithmetic: 10 to 12; more emphasis on Arithmetic to promote academic diversity. Major topics are LCM and HCF; Percentages; Profit and Loss; Interest (Simple and Compound); Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others.
  • Other key areas in CAT 2017 Quant syllabus: Numbers (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 apart from above.
  • Key topics covered: Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Progressions; Binomial Theorem; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Permutation and Combination; Probability Functions; Set Theory; Mixtures and Alligations; Geometry; Co-ordinate Geometry; Trigonometry; Mensuration.
  • The topics in CAT exam 2017 syllabus for Quant are only indicative and not exhaustive.