CAT SYLLABUS 2019 - Details

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CAT is one of the most important exam for management aspirants to take admission into top business school and 20 IIMs. Many colleges have their own specific exam for their admission process .CAT is accepted by more than 2000 colleges in India for taking admission into management programme. But for IIMs it’s mandatory to give Common Admission Test or CAT.

Before giving any exam it’s important to know the syllabus so that you can analyse it properly to score well in exam and same goes with your CAT Exam.

CAT is conducted by any of the IIMs every year and this year IIM Kozhikode will be conducting exam .Although IIM doesn’t release any constant syllabus notification for exam but we can help you to know the detailed syllabus on the basis of past pattern of CAT Exam.

On the basis of last year’s pattern of the CAT Exam, CAT Syllabus has been classified into three sections –

  1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension with 34 Questions
  2. Data Interpretations & Logical Reasoning with 32 Questions
  3. Quantitative Aptitude with 34 Questions

CAT is just 3 month away. You must start preparing for exam without holding it up any longer.CAT Syllabus will help you understand the component in intricate manner so that you can prepare each & every topic .If you get hold on some important topic at earlier stage you can practice it more and can know your weak area so that can put more attention on that too.

CAT exam is on 24 November 2019 so you should start adopt customized approach to solve question so that you can score good in each sections .You have to deal with time management skills and accuracy both on parallel sides.

CAT  Exam 2019 Syllabus are divided according to sections 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus contains below topic –

  1. Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  2. Grammar or English Usage
  3. Correction in Sentence
  4. Fill in the blanks
  5. Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  6. Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  7. Meaning/Usage Match
  8. Verbal Reasoning
  9. Summary Questions
  10. Reading Comprehension
  11. Facts Inferences Judgments


Verbal Ability CAT Syllabus 2019

On the basis of pattern of past CAT Exam, this section consist of question like –

Para- Jumbled Sentences

Summary of Short Paragraphs

Error correct of Grammar, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other part of speech.

Correct pair of words

Correct Synonyms and Antonyms (Vocabulary)

Fill in the blanks

Completion of last sentence of Paragraphs

Sentence Completion


Jumbled Paragraphs

Phrasal Verb Usage

Critical Reasoning

Sequence of sentences in paragraphs

Reading Comprehension Syllabus CAT 2019

Reading Comprehension Passage connected with Business & Economic environment like Changing environment business, Global factor changes, Government policy , Impact of budget , Impact of demonetisation , impact of Jammu & Kashmir issue, GDP Growth Rate .

Passages concerned with English literature, influencer, thinker, activist , great writers, philosophers. Speeches concerned with Great writers Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Stephen King , Ravindranath Tagore.

RC Passage associated with editorial articles also finds place in this section.

Passage related to social welfare, different schemes like clean India mission, Fit India mission, Ganga Clean Schemes, Tripal Talaq.

Passages related to constitutional rules laws related to Triple Talaq ,  road & transport rules , Article 370 and other.

Passages related to Historical Event like Second World War, French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte etc.

For scoring decent percentile in Reading Comprehension, you have to read a lot to understand the idea of paragraph, to catch the opinion about the paragraph so that you easily solve the questions.

Highlights of VARC Section –

        Key Fact

     Verbal Ability

     Reading Comprehension

No. of Question

        10 Question

             24 Question

Weightage in CAT Syallabus



Type of Question

 Non- MCQs with non negative marking

MCQ with negative marking scheme of 1/3th marks .

Frame of Question

Sentence based question, Jumbled paragraphs , Out of context paragraph sentence etc.

True false statement, Question Based on RC , Word & phrases based on RCs.

Question Asked

4-5 Sentence Based Question , 5-6 Para Jumbled Question

2 Short Passage and 3 Long Passage

Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning

DI&LR Section are based on different tricks and approaches. In DI&LR section you have to deal with chart, graphs and pie charts.

DI & LR CAT Syllabus 2019

This part of DI&LR Section includes below topic –

  1. Caselets and Tables
  2. Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  3. Venn Diagrams
  4. Line Charts & Pie Chart
  5. Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  6. Number and Letter Series
  7. Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
  8. Binary Logic
  9. Seating Arrangement
  10. Matching
  11. Logical Sequence
  12. Connectives
  13. Blood Relations

DI&LR Section of CAT Syllabus includes two sub sections –

  1. Data Interpretations
  2. Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation Syllabus for CAT 2019

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data

Logical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT 2019

  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

        Key Fact

  Data Interpretation

    Logical Reasoning

No. of Question

        16 Question

             16 Question

Weight Age in CAT Syllabus



Type of Question

 Non- MCQs and MCQs

Non- MCQs and MCQs

Frame of Question

DI question , Pier Chart , Column Chart , Table Chart Venn Diagram

Seating Arrangements , Direction Question, Family Tree


Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus CAT 2019

This section include below topics:-

  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Menstruation

Students have to pay equal attention for every section because it’s important to qualify each sectional cut off along with your overall percentile for getting into participation in admission process of IIMs.

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