CAT-Exam

CAT 2020 Syllabus: What has changed?

CAT is a common entrance exam conducted for admission to MBA programs in some of the top B-Schools in India, including IIMs. Every year the test is conducted in the month of November. This year too, CAT 2020 will be held on November 29. 

The examination is held each year on the different TCS centers across India since 2015 with two slots, morning and evening. The morning slot is from 9 am to 12 noon and the evening slot is conducted from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Students can choose between the two slots. 

Though the official site for CAT doesn’t carry the syllabus, it is a wide syllabus based on current topics and previous-years’ question papers. Although to get a gist of what to expect, one should take a mock test that will be released by IIM-Indore on the official website on October 16. 

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore and the exam pattern remains the same with three sections, Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI&LR), and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) and a total of 100 questions.

The QA section of CAT exam is a Mathematics section in which the topics are covered in Class 10 to Class 12. The weightage for this section is 34%.

The DILR section consists of two sub-sections.. In this section, there are 16 questions each of data interpretation and of logical reasoning. The weightage of this is 32%.

The VARC section consists of reading comprehension and verbal ability. The RC consists of a wide range of topics such as current affairs, literature, business and economy. Whereas the verbal ability has the grammar part identification. This section has a total weightage of 34%.

Also, there is no compulsion to follow any order to solve the question paper. Students can choose any section as per their choice to start with.

CAT 2020 Syllabus

Here is a break up of CAT 2020 syllabus:

QA DILR VARC
Number System Venn Diagrams  Reading Comprehension
Profit, Loss and Discount Logical Matching Sentence correction
LCM and HCF Seat Arrangement Grammar
Trigonometry Binary Logic Analogies
Probability Logical Connectives Synonyms and Antonyms
Ratio and proportion Blood Relations Summary Questions
Surds and Indices Syllogism Fill in the Blanks
QA DILR VARC
Mixtures and Alligations Logical Sequence Meaning Usage Match
Complex Numbers Clocks and Calendars Jumbled Paragraphs
Speed, Time and Distance Cubes Facts, Inferences, Judgements
Quadratic and linear Equations Column Graphs Cloze Passage
Set Theory and Functions Bar Graphs
Averages Puzzles
Mensuration Caselets
Coordinate Geometry and Geometry Tables
Permutation and Combination Sets
Time and Work Line Charts
Inequalities Pie Charts
Percentages Series 
Simple and Compound Interest Family Tree
Sequences and Series Data Structure
Logarithm Data Arrangement
Binary Logic
Coding – Decoding

Students need to keep in mind that there is a sectional cut-off for each section if they are aiming for the IIMs. So, the aspirant will have to prepare with all the three sections thoroughly.

As there is no predefined syllabus for the examination, studying previous-years’ question papers becomes an important part of the preparation for the CAT Exam. If we take a look at the previous years’ question papers, the weightage on the topic on DILR and VARC sections remains the same for both the slots. The weightage on each topic differs from morning to evening slot only for QA section. So, there is no difference between the syllabus point of view from slot to slot and expecting the same this year. Thus, consistent practice is required to crack the CAT Exam.

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