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CAT Exam Syllabus 2019

The IIMs who conduct the CAT year after year, as a screening test for the admissions in IIMs, do not release any syllabus. However, the experts at Pagalguy have gone an extra mile to analyze the previous years’ papers in details and thereby deduce the topics, which would constitute the syllabus of CAT 2019.

Like every year, three things are remain same about the CAT Exam syllabus and those are

  • The exam syllabus is very vast and highly generalized. Specific details of the syllabus were never provided
  • The IIMs, and other premier institutes are the one who majorly consider the scores of the CAT exam, for their admissions processes. No such institutions prescribe or recommend syllabus for the CAT exam
  • Every year, in rotation, an IIM in given the opportunity to prepare CAT exam papers and the same would be acceptable to all other IIMs and the colleges who accept CAT scores

The major part of the CAT Exam Syllabus comes from the Middle school Mathematics and English topics. The issue is that, we had studied these topics under a creative framework. This was designed to make us feel the topics interesting and easy. However, CAT 2019 will expect us to be able to analyze and apply the topics learnt and therefore, it is essential for any CAT aspirant to know the syllabus in detail. This will help the aspirant to prepare based on their strengths and also to plan to achieve their desired percentile.

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The CAT Exam Syllabus is divided into three parts namely:

  • Quantitative aptitude (QA) – Popularly known as Quants
  • Verbal and reading comprehension (VARC) – Popularly known as Verbal or English
  • Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) – Popularly known as reasoning

We now will try to understand in detail CAT Exam Syllabus, about the topics in each of the above mentioned sections:

The topics from Quantitative aptitude (QA) –

  1. Number Systems
  2. Profit, loss and discounts
  3. LCM and HCF
  4. Speed time and distances
  5. Percentages
  6. Time and Work
  7. Ration and Proportion
  8. Averages, mixtures and Alligations
  9. Quadratics equations and linear equations
  10. Simple and Compound interest
  11. Complex numbers
  12. Logarithms
  13. Sequences and series
  14. Probability
  15. Permutations and combinations
  16. Inequalities
  17. Coordinate geometry
  18. Mensuration – Both 2D and 3D
  19. Trigonometry
  20. Set theory and functions
  21. Surds and indices
  22. Geometry – from points to circles ( class 6 to class 10 syllabus)

The topics from Verbal and reading Comprehension (VARC) –

  1. Usage of simple English with apt grammar
  2. Vocabulary based questions – Antonyms, Synonyms, similes and metaphors etc.
  3. Sentence correction
  4. Para jumbled phrases
  5. Cloze Passage
  6. Analogies and reverse analogies
  7. Meaning and their usage – Match the following type questions
  8. Pick the right summary of a paragraph
  9. Verbal reasoning – Logic and grammar rules based
  10. Facts and inferences – Junction
  11. Reading comprehension – Read the paragraph and answer the questions based on the data provided

The topics from Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) –

The data interpretation and logical reasoning section mainly tests you capabilities to apply the concepts Mathematics and English together, such that capabilities of candidate to make quick and apt decisions, based on a specific condition, can be measured.

The following are the most important topics:

  1. Tables
  2. Caselets
  3. Bar Graphs
  4. Line charts
  5. Column graphs
  6. Venn Diagrams
  7. Pie Chart
  8. Calendars
  9. Number and Letter series
  10. Clocks
  11. Venn Diagrams
  12. Cubes
  13. Binary Logic
  14. Seating Arrangements – Linear and circular
  15. Matching logic
  16. Sequential mapping/ Logical mapping
  17. Syllogism
  18. Blood relations
  19. Combination of any of the above topics can also be expected

The CAT aspirant should be well aware about the fact, that the success in the CAT exam is only possible by solving maximum question in minimum amount of time. Along with this, if one knows their strength and weaknesses topic wise, the aspirant will be able to ace through with confidence and can leave the questions which would fetch negative marks to them.

Prepare a table of all the topics provided here and rate yourself between the score of 1 – 5, 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Give yourself a time span of a month’s time and re rate yourself. If your scores are improving for a topic, that should be your scoring are and the one where the scores degrade or remained stagnant are areas of improvement and need attention.

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