CAT 2017: Preparing for CAT, learn complete syllabus and exam pattern

CAT 2017: Preparing for CAT, learn complete syllabus and exam pattern


CAT will be organized on 26th November 2017 by the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. The CAT (Common Admission Test) exam is considered to be one of the country’s hardest exams, in which it is a challenge to score good marks. To prepare for CAT, you need to know first what is its syllabus and exam pattern?

Learn about syllabus of Cat 2017:

Common Admission Test has 3 sections in the exam.

  1. 34 questions in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. 32 questions in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. 34 questions in Quantitative Ability

Quantitative Ability:

The Numerical and Problem Solving Ability of the candidates is assessed in this section. Questions are multi-optional and there is also negative marking for wrong answers. The topics covered in this section are: Number (Number System, Sequence, Series and Progression), Arithmetic (Averages, Simplification, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Speed, Time and Distance, Interest), Algebra (Functions, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Inequalities, Logarithms), Geometry and Mensuration (Geometry, Main Surface, Coordinate Geometry), Modern Maths (Permuations and Combinations, Probability, set theory, Maxima and Minima, Trigonometry). The questions are divided in these topics: numbers (10-14 questions), arithmetic (8-10), Algebra (6-8), geometry and mensuration (8-10), Modern Maths (5-6).

How to Prepare for Quantitative Ability:

To score well in this section you must strengthen your grip on the numbers system. After this, pay attention to the arithmetic. This topic is also important because the calculations made in it also work in data interpretation questions. Similarly, if the fundamentals of Geometry are clear in your mind, then you can score better in it. When looking at past papers, it is clear that 98 percent of the geometry section is based on simple geometric formulas. This means that there is a possibility to score well in this section.

Verbal Ability:

Based on the language comprehension in this section, your aptitude is assessed. If you are interested in reading, you can get a good score in this section. The sections of this section are: Reading Comprehension (Unseen Passage), Grammar (Fill in the Blanks), Vocabulary (Analogies, Word Usage), English Usage (Paragraph Jumble, Para Completion, Fact-Reference Judgement, Sentence Correction). The questions are divided into: Reading Comprehension (14-16 questions), Passage Summary (3-4), Parag Jumbles (8-10), Paragraph Completion (2-3), Correct Usage of Verbs (3- 4)

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability:

It is clear that most weightage readings are given to the comprehension here. If you read the passage quickly and understand it, then this section will get a lot of benefit. Put a habit of reading passage in a fixed time frame. Also, read articles from various topics and understand them. In addition to reading comprehension, it is important to know the art of solving Para Jumble Question.

Logical Reasoning:

In this section less questions are asked than the remaining two sections. The topics included are: Data Interpretation (Combination and Graphs, Caselets, Data Sufficiency, Pie Chart, Tables), Verbal Reasoning (Critical Reasoning, Logical Detection, Seating Arrangement, Cause and Effect, Analogies), Logical Reasoning (Statement -Inference , Data Arrangement, Puzzles, Game-Based Theory, Unpredictions, Team Formations). Here are some of the questions divided into: Data Interpretation (15-16 questions), Game-based / Logical Analysis (8-9), Seatting Arrangement (4-5), Venn Diagram (4-5).


How to Prepare Logical Reasoning:

Solving the questions of this section is just a game of logic. The more logical you think, the more you find this section easier. Puzzle questions are also special here. Whatever readings and logic you have read, all this will work to solve the questions of this topic. Questions related to seating arrangements test your visualization skills.