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Complete Syllabus PDF of CAT for 2020 Exam

Officially, IIMs have never released any syllabus for CAT exam. Here, the PDF of CAT 2020 syllabus, available for FREE download, is just an approximate representation of what we gather from the past year trends. Going through the previous year CAT papers, we found that the entire syllabus of CAT can be broken down into three different areas.

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Overview of CAT Syllabus


CAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability

CAT verbal ability and reading comprehension in the first section in CAT exam. The section has 34 questions which are divided into two sub-sections: Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability.

The questions in CAT verbal sections are from the following topics:

The CAT syllabus PDF for 2020 has detailed information about the syllabus, the number of questions, marking scheme, and toughness level on each of these topics. The PDF also contains the important topics for CAT verbal section and right sources for preparation.

The VARC section of CAT 2018 paper had the following sectional composition:

TopicNo of questionsMCQNon-MCQMarks per correct questionNegative MarkingTotal Weightage
Reading Comprehension242403-172
Para jumbles4043012
Odd Sentence303309
Paragraph Summary303309

CAT Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude

We can categorize the CAT quant syllabus into five broad topics

Among the five, 90% of the questions are from three topics. These topics are Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. The following chart depicts the CAT quant section question distribution in CAT 2018.

CAT 2018 Exam QA pattern

CAT Syllabus: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)

The LRDI section of CAT has undergone a significant change over the last few years. In the past CAT papers, the LRDI section had an equal number of question sets (4 sets each) from LR and DI. But in the past few years, logical based DI sets have replaced the calculation intensive DI sets.

List of important topics for LRDI


CAT Exam Pattern Overview

CAT 2018 Exam Structure

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The PDF contains the syllabus for each section in detail. The PDF also has the link of concepts of important topics. On clicking the links, you can read about a particular topic to understand its nuances, including the application of shortcut tricks to solve those types of Questions which frequently appear in CAT exam.

Syllabus for CAT is vast, without any specification of the areas that are tested or are not tested. We have only the past year papers to rely on. Hence there is always an element of surprise each year and CAT 2020 would not be an exception.

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