CAT Syllabus prescribes three major sections: VARC, DILR, and Quants. Until 2016, DILR was heavily Mathematics oriented. Since 2017, candidates have witnessed a drastic change in this section, as most of the questions were based on puzzles.
Quantitative aptitude section is based on the school level mathematics. However, one has to be strong in the fundamentals to ace this section. The first section of the paper VARC primarily tests the comprehension and critical reasoning skills of the candidates. Reading comprehension and sentence rearrangement based questions are asked in this section. Knowledge about CAT Syllabus helps a student to prepare accordingly and strategise better for the exam.
The syllabus for CAT has not changed recently, the last change has happened for CAT Exam Pattern in 2015. As per CAT Syllabus following are the sections that will appear for CAT 2019.
- Quantitative Aptitude,
- Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) and
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).
CAT Exam Pattern 2019
- Total Questions: There are 100 questions in CAT 2019 exam which are to be solved in a time duration of 180 minutes that is 60 minutes for each section. It is not fixed, CAT changes every year.
- Subject Wise Questions: QA and VARC sections will have 34 questions each, whereas in D I& LR will have 32 questions. But this year, it is expected that in the VARC section the total number of questions might be more.
- Question Type: CAT Paper has 2 types of questions- MCQs and Non-MCQs.
- In MCQs, candidates have to choose the most appropriate answer among the 4 options.
- Language: The CAT 2019 Exam Paper will only be in English.
Mathematics/Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
- The Quantitative Aptitude section has mainly questions from Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, etc.
- The questions in this section are given to test a candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real-time problems.
- The Difficulty level of the question will be professional.
Core concepts of Quantitative Aptitude:
- Arithmetic- Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances.
- Algebra- Hypothesis of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation, and Combination, Sequence and Series
- Percentages- Percentages and its applications
- Trigonometry- Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances.
- Calculus- Minima and Maxima functions.
- Mensuration-Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern.
- Geometry and its applications- Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles.
- Ratio and its applications.
- Numbers and its applications.
English/Verbal (VARC) Section Syllabus
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension together constitute a separate section.
- In CAT 2016, 34 questions were asked in this section. But it is expected for CAT 2019 the total number of questions might be slightly more.
- This is that section where you can score well, but due to the introduction of non-MCQ type questions, it could be a little time-consuming compared to MCQ type questions. But it comes with the advantage of no negative marking.
- Verbal and Reading Comprehension mainly contain questions from Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, Passage, Vocabulary, and Language Usage.
- Reading Comprehension section will have a weightage of about 70%. So more focus and persistent regular preparation will give you an edge over others.
Prominent Parts of VARC:
- Reading Comprehension
- Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications)
- Para Completion
- Face Interference Judgment
Logical Reasoning (LR) Syllabus
- Logical Reasoning or Analytical reasoning is a scoring section.
- Though the syllabus for Logical Reasoning is endless, there are certain crucial topics which are repeated, it depends on how you think, how creative you are in solving the puzzles and problems.
- Every year the pattern of question keeps on varying. Hence aspirants must develop the problem-solving ability by practising several problems of a different variety.
Important topics under DI-LR:
- Direction Sense
- Clocks and Calendars
- Data Structures
- Blood Relations
CAT 2019 Data Interpretation (DI) Syllabus
- In this section, questions are designed to analyse candidate’s ability to extract information from a given set of data, which can be in any form, i.e., Bar graph, pie chart, line graph etc, is tested.
- There are different types of charts and graphs which are used to frame Data Interpretation questions.
- The Candidates for CAT 2019 must thorough with all these questions.
Types of charts and graphs:
- Pie charts
- Line graphs
- Bar graphs
- Venn Diagram
- Data Sufficiency
- The combination of Graphs.
Trends in CAT Over the Years
The number of questions and the difficulty level that was followed previously is clearly mentioned in this table below.
RC-24, (All MCQs),
Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
|CAT 2016||100||Moderate to Difficult||
RC-24, (All MCQs),
Verbal-10 (All non MCQs)
|CAT 2015||100||Moderate to Difficult||
Verbal-10 (Non MCQs)
|CAT 2014||100||Moderate to Difficult||
Total-50 (All MCQ)
Total - 50,
|CAT 2013||60||Moderate to Difficult||
Total - 30 (All MCQ)
10 verbal & 10 RC
Note: Any changes in CAT Syllabus will be notified on the official website. But before applying for this exam a candidate must satisfy CAT Eligibility Criteria which is mandatory.