Syllabus for CAT 2016 or for any earlier CAT exams is never predefined by the convening IIM Bangalore or any earlier IIM. It is based on the mentioned guidelines and current structure of CAT exam. Past tendencies advise that CAT overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. CAT Syllabus covers all the major topics on them. CAT 2016 syllabus is proposed to be based on the past paper patterns which contain questions from these sections.
CAT 2016-Verbal Ability & Reading comprehension syllabus
Major topics covered in VARC are English Usage & Sentence Correction; Fill in the blanks; Jumbled Paragraph; Picking the odd sentence out of the group of jumbled sentences; Vocabulary-Usage; Summary of para Questions; Verbal Reasoning; Facts / Inferences / Judgements; Reading Comprehension.
CAT 2016 Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
Quant has a vast syllabus. Major topics are Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Percentages; Profit and Loss; Interest (Simple and Compound); Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion; 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;
CAT 2016-Syllabus for Data Interpretation:
Questions on interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, etc 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.
The key topics are Tables; Column Graphs; Bar Graphs; Line Charts; Pie Chart; Venn Diagrams.
CAT 2016-Syllabus for Logical Reasoning:
Questions in this section can be in sets or individual ones. Major topics on which questions are based are Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.