CAT Syllabus

When you try to find CAT syllabus in any of the publicly available data, you will be surprised that hardly anything exists. This is what CAT 2015 notification had to say about it:

“There will be three sections, ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’, ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)’.”

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) have not revealed the exact syllabus of CAT in any of their earlier notifications. Time and again, it was only mentioned that candidates would be tested on aptitude and verbal skills, taught at school level. This is also the main reason why CAT is believed to be cracked by graduates of any stream provided they have the right set of skills and temperament.

In this article, we tried to bring together the bits and pieces of data based on last 10 year CAT trends. Following is the exhaustive list of topics to be covered under various sections:

Quantitative Ability

Arithmetic – Calculations, Averages, Percentages, Interest and growth rates, Profit & Loss and Discount, Ratios, Mixtures, Variation, Time and Distance, Clocks, Time and Work, Ages, Stocks and their prices

Geometry – Basic (Angles and Lines), Trigonometry (Triangles and Angle of elevation etc), Mensuration (Area related, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc),

Algebra – Number Systems, Number theory, Calenders, Algebric formulae and operations, Surds and Indices, Logarithms, Linear Equations, Quadratic and Higher Order equations, Inequalities

Others – Sequences, Progressions and series, Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Data Sufficiency


Data InterpretationAnalysis of data presented in Tables, Graphs, Caselets, Charts, Diagrams

Logical Reasoning – Blood Relations and Family tree, Directions, data and seat Arrangements, Assumptions, Statements, Clocks and Calenders, Series and Analogies, Codes, Puzzles, Venn Diagrams, Visual Reasoning, Selection Criteria, Sets, Cause and Effect, Matrix arrangement, Strong and Weak Arguments

English/Verbal Skills

Verbal Ability – Grammar related, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Para Summary, Fact Inference Judgement, Vocabulary related

Readin Comprehension-Emphasis on good comprehension and speed reading and In-depth understanding of diverse topics

We expect CAT 2016 to follow above syllabus (not 100% sure though). In case if we miss out anything please do suggest in comments section.