Updated On: Friday, November 10 2017, 5:19 PM
CAT 2017 Mock test released by IIMs on October 30 has defined the updated CAT 2017 syllabus for the exam to a large extent. As per the official CAT 2017 Mock test following changes in CAT 2017 syllabus are proposed on the CAT exam day. Candidates may change their preparation strategy a little bit to incorporate these changes in CAT 2017 exam syllabus:
- 3 RC passages with 6 questions each
- 2 RC passages with 3 questions each
- RC to command 70% weightage in VARC section
- Data Interpretation to have 20 questions, Logical reasoning with 12 questions
- Non-MCQs reduced to 19 from 28
- Reduced number of NON-MCQs in DILR and Quant sections,
- CAT 2017 Mock by IIMs has 5 answer options for many questions in Quant section instead of only 4
- For the first time CAT 2017 to have such answer options- Not applicable, can not be determined, None-of-these etc.
The CAT 2017 syllabus for the three sections of CAT exam namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and for Quantitative Ability (QA) is shared below.
The CAT syllabus is adapted from the updated and revised version of study material authored by renowned CAT preparation expert Arun Sharma and published by Mc Graw Hill Education.
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Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Syllabus for CAT
CAT Syllabus for VARC is adapted from the 7th Revised edition of ‘How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’ by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay at Mc Graw Hill Education. Key components of CAT syllabus for VARC are:
Different Types of RC Passages
Words and Phrases often Confused
- Odd Man Out
Fill in the Blanks
- Sentence Completion
- Grammatical Errors in Sentence Correction
Fact, Inference, and Judgement
- Phrasal Verbs
- Paragraph Completion/ Last Sentence of the Paragraph
- Irrelevant Statement (Out of Content Sentence)
Summary of the short Paragraphs
Section-2 (Part-1): Data Interpretation (DI) Syllabus for CAT
CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability is adapted from the 5th Revised edition of ‘How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ by Arun Sharma at Mc Graw Hill Education. The key components of DI in CAT syllabus are:
- Bar Charts
- X-Y Charts Involving Line Series
- Pie Charts
Section-2 (Part-2)Logical Reasoning (LR) Syllabus for CAT
CAT Syllabus for Logical reasoning is adapted from the 3rd Revised edition of ‘How to prepare for Logical reasoning for CAT’ by Arun Sharma at Mc Graw Hill Education. Key components of CAT syllabus for Logical reasoning are:
- Logical Reasoning based on Arrangements
- Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
- Team Formations
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Logical Deduction
- Set Theory, Venn Diagrams and Network Diagrams
- Binary Logic
- Critical Reasoning (Paragraph Comprehension)
- Sequences and Series
- Blood Relations
- Direction Test
- Clocks and Calendars
- Statement and Conclusions
- Statement and Assumptions
- Assertion and Reason
- Statement-Courses of Action
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA) syllabus for CAT
CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability is adapted from the 7th Revised edition of ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Arun Sharma at Mc Graw Hill Education. Key components of CAT syllabus for Quant are:
- The Number Line
- Operations on Numbers
- Series of Numbers
- The Concept of GCD (Greatest Common Divisor or Highest Common Factor)
- The Concept of LCM (Least Common Multiple)
- The Remainder Theorem
- Base System
- Arithmetic Progressions
- Geometric Progressions
- Harmonic Progressions
- Theorems Related with Progressions
Arithmetic and Word-based Problems
- Additions and Subtractions
- Divisions, Percentage Calculations and Ratio Comparisons
- Squares and Cubes of Numbers
- Concept of Percentage Change
- Percentage Rule for Calculating Percentage Value through Additions
- Concept of Percentage
Profit and Loss
- Simple Interest
- Compound Interest
- Depreciation of Value
Ratio, Proportion and Variation
Time and Work
Time, Speed and Distance
- Applications of Time, Speed and Distance
Averages and Mixtures
Geometry and Mensuration
- Straight Lines
- Types of Quadrilaterals
- Regular Hexagon
- Cartesian Coordinate System
- Basic Methods of Representing Functions
- Even and Odd Functions
- Shifting of Graphs
- Combining Movements
- Properties of Inequalities
Quadratic and Other Equations
- Theory of Equations
- Theory of Quadratic Equations
Permutations and Combinations
You can have access to CAT 2017 syllabus and prepare as per the exact CAT test paper. CAT 2017 exam centre has informed ‘The CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions.' CAT 2017 syllabus is according to the CAT official Mock Test. The topics and question types that you see in the last year official CAT Mock test are also based on CAT syllabus and you need to prepare following their question pattern. Besides, the MCQs and non-MCQs contained in official CAT Mock test would be on the same pattern as will be asked in CAT 2017 exam.
Please understand now, how will be the CAT exam as per the CAT syllabus. IIM Lucknow has informed - 'For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'. The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.
No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.
CAT 2017 syllabus therefore, suggests that there would 100 questions divided in MCQs and Non-MCQs. The three sections will have 34, 32 and 34 questions respectively as per the official CAT Mock (Attempt CAT mock as per CAT syllabus)
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.
CAT 2017 Mock test by IIMs and 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 has been followed by IIM Bangalore in 2016 and by IIM Lucknow in CAT 2017 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.
CAT 2017 Mock test released by IIMs shows 28 MCQs and only 4 Non-MCQs in this section. The past 2 years trend in CAT syllabus for DILR shows that there were 24 MCQs and 8 Non- MCQs in DILR section of CAT exam.
Besides, the share of DI questions in DILR section in CAT 2017 appears to have been increased as the IIMs’ full length CAT 2017 Mock Test contains 20 DI questions and 12 LR questions. Earlier the CAT exams used to have 16 DI questions and 16 LR questions.
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: To go up to 63% from earlier 50%
- Total DI questions: 20 (Increased from 16)
- Number of MCQs: 20 (Increased from 12)
- Number of Non MCQs: None (Reduced from earlier 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: 37% (Reduced from earlier 50%)
- Total LR questions in CAT syllabus for 2017 exam: 12 (Reduced from earlier 16)
- Number of MCQs: 8 (Reduced from earlier 12)
- Number of Non MCQs: 4 (Remains same)
- 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
CAT 2017 Syllabus for Quant section as indicated in IIMs’ CAT 2017 Mock test may contain more MCQs and fewer Non-MCQs. The Quant section in CAT 2017 exam may contain 29 MCQs and only 5 Non-MCQs as per the CAT 2017 Mock test released by IIMs.
In past 2 years, CAT exam syllabus for Quant had 24 MCQs and 10 Non MCQs in 2015; 27 MCQs and 7 Non-MCQs in 2016 and now this number if proposed to be changed again with 29 MCQs and only 5 Non-MCQs.
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.
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: 29 (proposed to increase from 24/27)
- Number of Non-MCQs: 5 (Proposed to be reduced from 7/10
- 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.