CAT 2019 Syllabus

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CAT 2019 Syllabus

Common Aptitude Test – CAT 2019 syllabus is out and the MBA Aspirants are eager to know about it. The CAT syllabus includes Quantitate Aptitude (Mathematics), Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR). The CAT syllabus is updated every year with a change in exam pattern too. The updated CAT syllabus can help you prepare better for your exam. Read till the end to get a complete update about the CAT syllabus and topics, type of question expected, that may come in the CAT exam. The CAT exam will be held on 24 November 2019 in two slots i.e. 1 and 2.

Important points about CAT exam:

  • The CAT syllabus is divided into three sections which are further divided into further sub-sections.

Sections of the syllabus:

  • VARC part 1: jumbled paragraphs, Essence of Short para, picking out the out of context sentence. Total 10 questions.
  • VARC part 2: Five Reading comprehension paragraphs including 3 long ones and 2 short ones, and total questions will be 24.
  • DILR part 1: Charts, tables, Graphs, a total of 16 questions.
  • DILR part 2: Seating arrangements, Family tree, Direction sequence, a total of 16 questions.
  • Quantitative Ability: Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Algebra, Trigonometry
  • The Weightage of the Sections is as follows:





VARC part 1



VARC part 2



DILR part 1



DILR part 2



Quantitative Ability



> Section 1- VARC
Number of questions are 34 with 24 Multiple Choice Questions and 10 Non-MCQs
  • Sectional weightage 34%
  • Major Topics covered:
  • Reading Comprehension 70% of about % pages which consisted of the following topics:
  • Current Affairs, Social and Economic Issues, Literature; Science and Culture; Abstract Topics; History and Fiction
  • Questions based on long passages whereas 2 questions are based on short passages.
  • All MCQ questions have a penalty of 1/3 negative marking.
  • The long passages are of 900 words whereas the short ones are of 600 words.
  • The past treading topics were: Status of Languages in 2115; Education System; Sustainable Economic Development; Anthropology /Excruciating Rituals & Reasons; Govt. Definition of Poverty and treatment of Household work
  • Essence of short paragraph/Para summary - (3-4 questions)
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Jumbled paragraphs with out of context sentence (2-3)
  • The topics are only indicative and not exhaustive.
  • Type of Questions: All of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for wrong answer
  • Format of questions: Essence of paragraph questions are based on around 5-6 sentences; questions on Jumbled paragraphs and out of context jumbled paragraphs have 4 -5 jumbled sentences which are to be placed in a coherent manner. The out of context sentences has to be selected out.


> Section 2 : DILR

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning CAT exam Syllabus for DILR section in CAT 2018 is available in 2 parts – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

  • In part 1 the questions are based on Data Interpretation (DI) and in the 2nd part of DILR the questions are based on different topics on Logical Reasoning.
  • The number of questions present are 32 which are divided into 24 MCQs and 8 Non- MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in CAT is 32%
  • Weightage of DI questions in DILR section of CAT exam: 50%
  • Total DI questions: 16
  • Number of MCQs: 12
  • Number of Non MCQs: 4
  • Questions are in the set of 4. Questions on interpretation and analysis of data based on text, Venn diagram, graphs (line, area), tables, charts (column, bar, pie), are asked. Data may be given in form of charts, tables or graphs. In this section the candidates are tested that how can they interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.
  • Topics covered are in the exam are – Films, Launch, Release and Profits; Children Learning in Rural Areas; Flight operation; Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein; Completion, Happiness Index


> Logical Reasoning

  • Weightage of Logical Reasoning questions in DILR section of CAT exam: 50%
  • Total Logical Reasoning questions in CAT syllabus are: 16
  • Number of MCQs: 12
  • Number of Non MCQs: 4
  • Topics covered in which LR questions are based: Clocks, premise, Calendars, logical sequence, Assumption binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement
  • Topics in CAT IIM Syllabus: Distribution/Arrangement; Venn Diagrams; Ordering items; Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream; Arrangement of files in folders
  • Direction sense for Cars; Students using various Trains and the fares for the same; Seating Arrangement; Section 3 – Quantitative Ability

Quantitative Ability carries 34% weight in CAT examination.

CAT exam syllabus on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Algebra, Modern Math, trigonometry among others.

  • Number of MCQs: 24 to 27
  • Number of Non-MCQs: 7 to 10
  • Number of questions in Arithmetic are 10 - 12
  • More emphasis on Arithmetic to promote academic diversity, with following major topics included:
  • LCM and HCF; Percentages; Profit and Loss; Interest (Simple and Compound); Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Number System (3-4) questions; Algebra (5-7 questions); Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions); Pure Math (1-2 questions); Venn diagrams and other topic based questions are 2-3; Linear Equations; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others Quadratic Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Progressions; Binomial Theorem; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability Functions; Set Theory; Mixtures and Allegations; Co-ordinate Geometry; Permutation and Combination; Trigonometry

So, there you go the above is all the information you need regarding CAT syllabus 2019, wishes you all the best for your preparation.

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