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Before exploring CAT Syllabus, we need to understand the pattern of the paper so that it would be simpler for us to understand the CAT syllabus. As CAT Exam body has not predefined CAT syllabus topic wise, ,our experts  have tried to define CAT Syllabus topic wise on the basis of  previous years CAT Exams.

CAT Syllabus

The pattern for CAT exam has remained more or less same for the past 3 years – CAT 2015, CAT 2016, and CAT 2017. It is safe to assume that a similar, not exactly the same pattern may continue for CAT 2018 as well. Aspirants must visit the official website before consolidate anything new.

CAT Exam has three sections:

Section 1 – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (34 questions)

Section 2 – Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (32 questions)

Section 3 – Quantitative Aptitude (34 questions)


Now exploring section 1 - CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

According to last few years’ exams, the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section has focused quite on Reading Comprehension. Out of 34, you can expect  20 to 25 questions from the Reading Comprehension. The other 10-15 questions would be from the Verbal Ability part.

Reading Comprehension

Different Categories of Passages

Writing Styles

Tone of Writing


The Articles – A, An, The

Parts of Speech in English

Sentence Construction in English



Subject-Verb Agreement

Verbs Tenses

Sentence Correction

Word Usage



Verbal Reasoning


Logical Deduction

Statements & Assumptions

Strong & Weak Arguments

Courses of Action

Para-jumbles (Basic Rules, Extra tips)

Para Completion

Sentence Exclusion

Fact Inference Judgment


Critical Reasoning

Basic Assumption and inference

Strengthen and Weaken an Argument


Method of Reasoning and Boldfaced

Flawed and Paradox

Parallel, Further Application, Evaluate

Fallacies and Strong Weak Arguments





Now exploring section 2 - CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI)

According to previous years CAT Exam Papers and candidates’ feedback, the most focused sections are quant & verbal ability. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI) has become the most exhausting of all sections in the CAT exam over the years.

Coding – Decoding

Number Series

Letter Series

Symbol Series

Symbol based Logic

Number & Alphabet Analogies

Odd one out

Direction Sense

Blood Relations / Family Tree

Inequalities and Conclusions – Coded Inequalities

Data Sufficiency

Approximation of Values




Bar Graphs

Pie Charts


Binary Logic – True /
False statements based questions

Pan Balance / Spring Balance

Linear and Circular Seating Arrangements

Matrix and Grid based Arrangements

Sequential Output

Logical Conditions

Logical Grouping – Questions based on Team Formation

Critical Path

Cubes based problems

Matchstick / Coin picking based problems

Dice Related Problems

Order and Ranking

Quant Based LR Puzzles






Now exploring section 3 - CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude


According to experts & previous years CAT paper trend, the Quantitative Aptitude section is well defined and vast. Here our experts have tried to define the structure of the Quantitative Aptitude section.
Here, the Quant part is divided in to 5 sup-parts:

  • Number System
  • Algebra
  •  Arithmetic
  •  Geometry
  • Modern Math

Number System

Given below are some of the topics that one should cover in Number System

Properties of Numbers

Basics of Numbers

Properties of Numbers

Properties of Numbers

Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple

Divisibility Rules

and Divisibility Factors

Finding Out Last Digit

Special cases of Factorials - Highest Power in a rightmost non zero digit prime

Finding Out Last Two Digits

Number of trailing zeroes

Finding out Remainders

Arithmetic is further divided into following topics


Mean Median Mode

Mean Median Mode


Ratio and Proportion

Simple and Compound Interest


Profit and Loss

Mixtures and Allegation

Time Speed and Distance

Time and Work

Pipes and Cisterns



Stocks and Shares

Algebra is further divided into following topics

Basics Algebraic Formulae

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Higher Degree Equations








Geometry CAT Syllabus

As far as the topics and syllabus for Geometry is concerned, the list given below would be helpful.

Lines and Angles




Solids / Mensuration

3D Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry





Disclaimer: Above topics and syllabus are based on research and experts’ feedback. This is indicative and based on previous year exam papers. Candidate must check on CAT Exam official website for more updates. Courtesy:handakafunda.com