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November 15, 2023

CAT Exam Syllabus 2023: Check key Changes; Download Free PDF of CAT Syllabus and CAT Exam Pattern 

 

Conducted by IIMs, CAT 2023 is the mandatory entrance test for MBA admission in 21 IIMs. CAT 2023 Exam date is November 26, 2023 and this year IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT exam in 3 slots of 2 hours duration each. Although no major change is announced in the syllabus for CAT 2023, it is expected that some new types of questions may also be introduced in CAT exam 2023.

 

CAT Exam syllabus 2023 is divided into three main sections – namely, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Although, IIMs do not release official CAT exam syllabus, the latest changes in  CAT exam pattern reflect the updated CAT exam syllabus every year.

 

While the detailed CAT syllabus PDF download link is given below, the key areas in CAT syllabus cover English grammar, vocabulary, RC Passages, problem sets on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, questions on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry of class 10 or a bit higher standard. Most of the CAT exam syllabus is drawn from previous CAT question papers and based on them CAT mock tests for future CAT exams are prepared. Although IIMs do not release a defined CAT exam syllabus, they release an official CAT Mock test a few days before the exam to apprise the candidates about the actual CAT exam Structure and Syllabus. 

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The Highest weightage section in CAT syllabus is VARC followed by QA and then comes DILR. But you need to qualify in each of the three CAT sections. A smart preparation with syllabus can fetch you a good percentile score and can improve your admission chances in IIMs. This year IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT exam on November 26, 2023 in three slots with a time duration of 2 hours for each slot.  

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Check All About the CAT Syllabus 2023 Below

This article prepared by MBAUniverse.com CAT experts, shares complete exam Syllabus based on actual CAT questions as appeared in CAT exam. For better understanding to prepare with CAT MBA Syllabus 2023, each CAT exam section can be divided into subsections. This year the CAT syllabus is changed again and the CAT question paper is expected to have 66 total questions. Read below all about the CAT syllabus 2023 – its overall and sectional composition, syllabus topics, total questions, weightage 

CAT Syllabus 2023: Table of Contents

  1. Overview of CAT Syllabus 2023
  2. CAT Exam Syllabus & Pattern
  3. CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  4. CAT Exam Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  5. CAT Exam Syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA)
  6. What is New and what is taken away from CAT Syllabus?
  7. How to Download CAT Syllabus Pdf?
  8. How to Study and Cover the Syllabus? Toppers’ Tips
  9. CAT Exam 2023: Sectional Syllabus at a Glance
  10. CAT Sectional Exam Pattern: No. & Type of Questions, Topics

So, Let’s start with a broad understanding of the Syllabus before going deep into section wise CAT 2023 syllabus and pattern.

1. Overview of CAT Syllabus and Pattern 2023 with Sectional Weightage

There are total three sections in the CAT syllabus which carry different weight in the CAT question paper. Although the syllabus is divided in 3 sections, the effective number of sections are five as VARC and DILR sections are further sub-divided into 2 sub sections. Read details below.  

Sectional Division of Syllabus

Overview of Topics in Syllabus

Overall Weightage in CAT exam

Section-1: CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus Weightage and Topics
(Sectional Division is given below)

RC Based Questions, Parajumbles, Para summary, Out of Context Sentence

36%

Section-1.1: CAT Verbal Ability (VA) Syllabus- Key Topics & Weightage

Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary

Picking the Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph

10%

Section-1.2: CAT Reading Comprehension (RC) Syllabus- Key Topics & Weightage

Long & Short RC Passages followed by questions based on vocabulary, statements, inferences, elaboration of ideas in the passage

24%

Section-2: CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus Weightage and Topics (Sectional Division is given below)

Data Analysis Charts, Tables, Graphs, Direction sense, seating arrangements

32%

Section-2.1: CAT Data Interpretation Syllabus Weightage & Topics

Set of 3-4 Questions based on Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams

16%

Section-2.2: CAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus Weightage & Topics

Set of 3-4 Questions based on Seating Arrangement, Team Formation, Clocks & Calendars, Direction Sense, Family Tree

16%

Section-3: CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus Weightage & Key Topics

Individual Questions based on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Number system, Trigonometry

34%

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2. CAT Exam Syllabus & Pattern 2023

Before we go deep to know the CAT section wise syllabus, check below the CAT 2023 exam pattern 

Syllabus & Pattern Components

CAT Exam Details

Test duration

   2 hrs (120 Minutes)

Test sessions/Slots

   3 (Morning, Afternoon and Evening)

Total questions

 66

Total score

198

Number of Sections in CAT question paper

3 (VARC; DILR; QA)

Time Allotted for Each Section in CAT exam

 40 Minutes

Total questions in VARC Section

  24

Total Questions in DILR section

  20

Total Questions in QA section

  22

Now read below in detail the CAT 2023 Syllabus for each of the three sections:  

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3. CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: 36% Weight in CAT

In this section you will find CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus Weightage and Topics. The Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) in CAT 2023 carries overall 34-36% Weightage in CAT exam.

 

The syllabus for VARC Section in Common Admission Test (CAT) is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part on CAT VARC syllabus covers topics on Verbal Ability. Total expected questions in this section are 24 out of total 66 questions. There are 5-6 VA questions of Non-MCQ type which do not carry negative marking. The VARC section syllabus is divided into 70% questions on RC syllabus and 30% to VA syllabus. 

 

There are long (About 800 words) and short (About 500 words) English Comprehension passages in VARC section followed by 4-5 questions. Sometimes uniform number of 4 questions follow 3-4 RC passages. All the questions based on Reading Comprehension usually are of MCQ type with negative marking.

 

Verbal Ability part has individual questions that cover different areas of English language grammar and usage. The questions are of Non-MCQ type and do Not carry the penalty of negative marking. Below is shared the topic wise VARC syllabus with number of questions in the exam and actual CAT questions that appeared recently in the exam to help you familiarise with the type of questions in CAT 

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CAT VARC Section Syllabus Topics

VARC Topics

No. of questions in CAT exam

Inferences, Statements, Arguments

Main idea in the RC Passage

Author’s assumption

Synonyms-antonyms

Meaning of the phrase

Para Summary

Jumbled paragraphs

Pick Out of Context Sentence

Error Correction in Sentences

Sequence of sentences

Fill in the blanks

Completion of Paragraph

Analogies

Critical Reasoning

Sentence Completion

Irrelevant Statements

Vocabulary usage

3-4 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

2-3 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

2.3 Questions

Key areas in RC Syllabus

The English Reading comprehension passages in CAT entrance exam syllabus are taken from a wide area which includes, current affairs, Literature, Business Economy among others as detailed under. Diverse reading of topics in following areas will help you cover the exam syllabus in VARC

  • Current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example New Education Policy, Triple Talaq, CAA, Covid 19 Pandemic, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe,
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus. These Passages make the candidates think well before leading to put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based.
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by  various activists which are very much relevant even today
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred 

Format of Questions in Reading Comprehension (RC)

While the Verbal Ability questions are of Non-MCQ type, all the RC Passage based questions are of MCQ type with penalty of 1/3rd negative marking. The questions are 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 

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Length of RC passages in CAT

Longer RC passages are of around 800 words; shorter passages are of around 500 words in CAT exam as reflected in last 5 years.

Best Books for VARC Syllabus in CAT

Following are the recommended books by CAT toppers and experts for VARC

4. CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 30-32% Weightage

CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus Weightage and Topics are shared below. The Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) is divided in 2 parts –  Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning with equal number of questions and carries a weightage of 30-32% as the total expected questions are 20-22 in CAT 2023. While Data Interpretation (DI) part is likely to have 10-11 questions, the Logical Reasoning part also has 10-11 questions. Around 6 questions are of Non-MCQ type which do not have negative marking for wrong answer.

 

Below is shared the topic wise CAT entrance exam syllabus on which problems are based in this section

 

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CAT DILR Syllabus Topics

Data Interpretation (DI) Syllabus Topics

Bar charts - Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts Data comparison from Table
Pie charts Graphs
Caselets Line Graphs
Data Analysis Data Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning (LR) Syllabus Topics

Direction sense Conclusion
Team formation Linear and matrix arrangement
Seating Arrangement Input-Output
Blood Relation Series
Clocks Syllogism
Calendars Cubes
Binary logic Rows
Logical Sequence Set Theory
Assumption Venn Diagrams
Premise  

CAT DI Syllabus

Data Interpretation for CAT 2023 is an important part of overall CAT exam. It commands 15% weightage in overall CAT exam and 50% weightage in DILR section. Scoring high in Data Interpretation can take you through the IIMs admission process.

  • DI 2023 in CAT is as important as the other 2 sections as sectional cut offs announced by IIMs for DILR section are the same as applicable for Quant and VARC sections. 
  • Total weightage in CAT exam is 15%
  • Now forms a separate section in CAT
  • Has 50% share in DILR Section (2nd section in CAT exam)
  • Consists of MCQs with negative Marking and Non-MCQs without Negative Marking
  • No answer option may be found for NON MCQ type of DI questions. You need to type in the answers on computer screen in the given space
  • DI questions have become more time consuming

Type of DI Questions in CAT

Data Interpretation for CAT

Number of questions

Type of Questions

Problem Set-1: Tables & Charts

2-3

Comparison of Data of various years, ages etc.

Problem Set-2: Graph, Bar diagram

3

Data Analysis, comparison of various years, classes, groups etc.  

Problem Set-3: Tables, Pie chart

2-3

Decoding and finding out the data of missing period, taking clues, interpreting the missing links

Problem Set-4: Graphs, Charts

 3

Making analysis of data and coming to conclusion, making future projections

Total questions

10-12

MCQs & Non-MCQs

With the fewer number of questions expected in CAT 2022, the problem sets and question sets may also be reduced

Best Books to Cover DI Syllabus

Experts and Toppers recommend following Data Interpretation Books which cover the complete syllabus:

Read more about the Best CAT Books on Data Interpretation 

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CAT LR Syllabus

  • LR is a Score Booster Part in CAT. It can boost your score upto 30+ core marks leading to an improvement of overall percentile by 20-25 in CAT 2023
  • Logical Reasoning for CAT constitutes 50% share in the newly created Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Comprehension (DILR) Section in CAT
  • The goal of scoring high in CAT 2023 can be achieved with small but consistent efforts and time devoted to the DILR section.
  • Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT are in sets of 3-4 questions for one LR problem 
  • Logical Reasoning questions for CAT test your Logical and Analytical skills to arrive at the conclusion
  • You need to first get as many as Logical Reasoning practice questions for CAT 

Type of Questions in LR Syllabus

Type of expected LR 2023 questions in the changed CAT exam are

Logical Reasoning for CAT

Number of questions

Type of Questions

Problem Set-1: Arrangements/Rankings/Team Formation

3-4

Seating arrangement, Ranks, different type of team formation. Lot of conditions placed to confuse you to put the logical sequence

Problem Set-2: Quantitative Reasoning/Puzzles

2-4

Based on Arithmetic, Geometrical data, various puzzles on words, letters, arrangements, seating etc.

Problem Set-3: Syllogisms/Logical Deduction

3-4

Questions based on statements, arguments,

Problem Set-4: Venn Diagrams/Binary Logic

2-4

Questions on set theory, network diagrams are included – difficult and need more practice

Total questions

10-16

MCQs & Non-MCQs

Best Books to Cover CAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Experts suggest following Logical Reasoning Books that cover the LR syllabus

Read more about the Best CAT Preparation Books

5. CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA): 34% Weight in CAT exam 

CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus, weightage and important topics are as below. Quantitative Ability (QA) is the Mathematics section in CAT exam. Although, the syllabus for Quant is very wide, the questions and topics in it are of class 10 & 12 standard. Out of 66 questions in CAT exam, Quant Section consists of 22 questions and 6 to 8 questions in the section will be of Non-MCQ type without carrying penalty of negative marking.

 

QA syllabus in CAT gives more emphasis on Arithmetic questions. While maximum 6-8 questions are from Arithmetic, the questions on other topics like Algebra, Geometry and others are in the range of 3-4. Below is shared the expected topic wise syllabus and number of questions in the exam. This is only expected number and it is possible that many of the topics may have more, fewer or no questions this year

 

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CAT Quant Section Syllabus: Topics & Number of Questions

Syllabus Topics in Quant Section

No. of Questions in CAT

Averages; Ratio & Proportion 

Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work

LCM and HCF

Percentages, Profit and Loss

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Number System

Algebra

Geometry/Mensuration

Venn diagrams and other topics

Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations Complex Numbers

Logarithm; Progressions

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices; Inequalities

Permutation and Combination

Probability Functions

Set Theory; Mixtures and Alligations

Co-ordinate Geometry

Trigonometry

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

2-3 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

1-2 Questions

CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) Syllabus: Important Points

  • The Quantitative Ability (QA) questions in CAT are divided into 70-75% MCQs with negative marking and 25-30% Non-MCQs without negative marking.
  • A three dimensional approach is recommended on CAT Preparation for Quant section.
  • To cover CAT Quant syllabus you need to strengthen your basics and formulae in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and allied topics
  • Practise on variety of questions of different difficulty level as per CAT QA Syllabus topics
  • Solve previous CAT papers and Mocks for each topic. The more you do it, the more expertise in Quant section for CAT, you will get.
  • Quantitative Aptitude questions for CAT 2023 to have more questions based on Arithmetic topics as compared to other topics.
  • In 2015, IIM Ahmedabad revamped CAT exam pattern and increased the number of questions in CAT exam to 100. Besides, Data Interpretation sub-section was separated from Quantitative Ability Section. In 2020, due to Covid pandemic IIM Indore reduced the exam time to 2 hours and reduced total questions to 76. Again in 2021, IIM Ahmedabad changed the CAT exam structure and reduced the number of questions from 76 to 66 while keeping the CAT time duration of 2 hours.
  • Now, Quant is a separate section with only Quant questions in it and without any DI question clubbed to it 
  • The CAT exam now has also changed the order of sections. The CAT Quantitative Aptitude is now the last section instead of first section and is placed after DILR

Best Books to Cover Quant Syllabus

Following are the best books which cover the complete CAT QA syllabus

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Please note that QA syllabus goes on changing year after year. Accordingly, you need the best books with latest edition to cover Quant Section. It should have the latest features as per the current CAT exam pattern with Quantitative Aptitude Questions and Answers.

6. What is New and what is taken away from CAT Syllabus?

  • CAT will have 3 sections with reduced number of questions instead of 2 sections earlier
  • The sectional weightage in syllabus is - Section-1: VARC - 36% weightage; Section-2: DILR – 30% weightage; Section-3: Quant – 34% weightage
  • CAT has introduced 25% to 28% questions without Negative Marking in the CAT exam. The topics for Non-MCQ type of questions are same as for MCQ type questions which carry negative marking
  • Questions on topics like Error correction in sentences, Fill in the Blanks, Sentence completion are no longer placed in CAT exam
  • Number of sections are increased to three from two and DILR is now a single section. It carries high weightage in IIMs’ shortlisting process and you need to clear the cut offs in this section along with other two sections

7. How to Download CAT Latest Exam Syllabus Pdf 2023 Free

The MBA CAT syllabus can help you boost your CAT preparation as per the current CAT pattern. The CAT latest exam syllabus PDF free download is available with existing and expected topics covered in the CAT syllabus pdf download document alongwith the type of questions expected in the CAT exam.  You can download free the CAT latest syllabus and pattern

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8. How to Study to Cover CAT Syllabus? Toppers’ Tips

CAT toppers with 100 percentile, 99 percentile and others studying at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Udaipur, MDI Gurgaon devised the strategy to cover the syllabus which helped them crack CAT exam with high percentile overall and section wise. Read below the toppers’ plan to cover the syllabus for CAT exam:

 

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How Rahul Gupta, CAT (100%ile) IIM Ahmedabad Covered CAT Syllabus

To complete the syllabus, Rahul Gupta took following steps:

  • Initially focused on getting the basics correct and solving some easy questions to get comfortable with the subject then move on to try higher level problems
  • Started giving the mocks as soon as they started instead of waiting till end.
  • Used to analyze the solutions extensively to check what mistakes I made or the questions I missed during the test. It helped me to decide the topics I needed to put more efforts in.

How Soumik Banerjee, CAT 2022 (99.95%ile) IIM Calcutta Covered CAT Syllabus

Being a working professional, Soumik started his CAT preparation as early as in January. He judiciously prepared month wise schedule to effectively utilize his time by taking following steps:

  • I don’t believe in last minute preparation. My idea was to prepare over a time consistently
  • Solved at least 4 RC passages every week on consistent basis
  • Appeared in several sectional mock tests to enhance the accuracy in verbal ability
  • My strategy for DILR was to solve 2 out of 4 completely which left me around 6 minutes to attempt the third
  • The key is to devote time and attention in solving the sets
  • For QA Syllabus, I brushed up all the topics in initial few months and then took mock tests
  • Attempted more than 15 Mock Tests

How Shreyasee Sarkar, CAT 2022 (99.68%ile) IIM Calcutta Covered CAT Syllabus

A working professional, Shreyasee did not have fixed hours of preparation. Her preparation strategy is as below:

  • Regularly read The Economist and New Yorker to improve the reading speed and vocabulary and practiced a lot of philosophy-based RCs
  • Practiced DILR from previous years' papers, sectionals, and mocks
  • Practiced the LOD 1 and 2 questions from each chapter in Arun Sharma Quants book multiple time

How Shantanu Singh Yadav, CAT (99.73%ile) IIM Ahmedabad Covered CAT Syllabus

Shantanu judiciously divided his time to cover the complete MBA syllabus and adopted following strategy

  • I devoted equal time to all the three sections with some extra effort towards DI and LR which is I believe is the most unpredictable section in the exam. You could practice a hell lot of LR sets prior to the exam but might still hassle on the D-Day.
  • LR sets are not straightforward like Quants or DI sets. Timing my complete mocks and sectional tests along with thoroughly analysing my wrong as well as right attempts turned out to be fruitful.
  • Since the CAT entrance exam syllabus is so wide and even has no boundaries defined for VARC and DILR, last minute hustle mostly turns fruitless and overloads you with added stress

How Tanuj Ruia, CAT (99.69%ile) IIM Bangalore Covered the Syllabus

Tanuj Ruia took a faster mode to cover the exam syllabus with a mix of CAT preparation and shares “After clearing my fundamentals and the basics, I enrolled for the mock series. It helped me in analysing my current level of preparation, my weaknesses and my rank amongst a pool of serious aspirants”

How Anushree Naik, CAT (98.20%ile) IIM Ahmedabad Covered CAT Syllabus

Anushree was very particular to complete her CAT entrance exam syllabus in time and utilized her travel time also in preparation. She has shared her strategy, “I studied for about 3 hours on week days by solving QA sectional tests, practicing a lot of data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) sets and utilised my travel time to work in reading books, building a vocabulary and solving math quizzes on my phone. My weekends were dedicated to attending classes, covering major chunk of the portion, solving mock tests and analysing my strengths and weaknesses through them.”

How Nikita Agarwal, CAT (99.22%ile) MDI Gurgaon Covered CAT Syllabus

Consistent practice helped Nikita to cover complete the syllabus. Sharing her strategy, she says, “I used to give practice all the three sections consistently. I never skipped a particular section, say VARC, because I had to focus on Quants. Learning to strike a balance between three sections is really necessary.”

9. CAT Exam 2023: Sectional Syllabus at a Glance

The broad break-up of topics as given above for the syllabus is as under. You may find most of the questions in CAT 2023 exam based on following topics

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Averages
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance Time and Work
  • Number System
  • Algebra
  • Geometry/Mensuration
  • Pure Math
  • Venn diagrams
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Data comparison from Table
  • Graphs
  • Bar charts - Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Caselets
  • Data Analysis
  • Direction sense
  • Team formation
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relation
  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory
  •  Venn Diagrams
  • Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Main idea in the passage
  • Assumption
  • Inferences, Statements, Arguments
  • Synonyms-antonyms
  • Phrasal meaning & Usage
  • Para Summary
  • Jumbled paragraphs 
  • Odd sentence out of Jumbled paragraph
  • Error Corrections
  • Sequence of sentences
  • Vocabulary usage
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Completion of Paragraph
  • Analogies
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion

10. CAT Syllabus & Pattern: Sectional Syllabus & Pattern

The CAT exam syllabus section wise is not limited to these three sections only, as they are further sub-divided. This sub-division makes the syllabus 2023 divided into 5 effective sections.

CAT 2023 exam components

Total questions

Total MCQs (With negative marking)

Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)

Highlights

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

19

5

4 RC Passages with MCQs; VA Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20

16

4

LR – 10 Ques

DI – 10 Ques

All in Sets of 3 & 4 Qs

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

22

16

6

High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra

Total

66

 51

15 

 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis based on CAT Pattern

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