The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer based test held in India every year by one of the IIM’s based on a policy of rotation. This test scores a person based on quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. This test was started by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and they selecting students for their business administration programs using the test.
CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as an essential for admission to various management programs of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and other institutions.
What is Syllabus of CAT?
CAT exam syllabus is not predefined, however in general CAT test includes questions on Quantitative Ability (Mathematics), Verbal Ability (English), Data Interpretation (DI), and Logical Reasoning (LR) skills.
Verbal Ability (English): Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, analogies, syllogisms, fill in the blanks, antonyms and synonyms, idioms, sentence correction, etc.
Quantitative Ability (Maths): Number systems, trigonometry, probability, geometry, algebra, mensuration, percentages, profit and loss, time and work, permutation and combination,quadratic and linear equations, averages etc.
Data Interpretation: Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, graphs (line, area), venn diagram, tables, charts (column, bar, pie), etc.
CAT Logical Reasoning: Clocks, calendars, binary logic, logical sequence, seating arrangement, premise, linear and matrix arrangement, assumption, conclusion, etc.
Complete CAT Syllabus
1. Verbal Ability
Questions Types: Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms); English Usage or Grammar; Sentence Correction; Fill in the blanks; Jumbled Paragraph; Cloze Passage; Analogies or Reverse Analogies; Meaning-Usage Match; Verbal Reasoning; Summary Questions; Reading Comprehension; Facts-Inferences-Judgements.
Vocabulary: Vocabulary questions test the candidate’s comprehension in English like primary meanings of words, idioms and phrases, secondary shades of meaning, usage, associated words, antonyms, etc.
Grammar: Grammar-based questions test the candidate’s capability to mark and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like use of articles, prepositions use of modifiers, subject-verb agreement, parallel construction, phrasal verbs, redundancy etc.
Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate’s potential to identify relationships or patterns within sentences or groups of words.
2. Quantitative Ability Syllabus
Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Profit, Loss and Discount; Percentages;Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Interest (Simple and Compound); Ratio and Proportion; Averages; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Binomial Theorem; Progressions (Sequences and Series); Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Alligations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Mensuration.
3. Data Interpretation Syllabus
Data is given in form of tables, graphs, and charts. In this section it is tested that how a candidate interprets the given data and answers the questions based on it.
Caselets; Tables; Bar Graphs; Column Graphs; Line Charts; Venn Diagrams; Pie Chart; Combination of two or more types linked to each other.
4. Logical Reasoning
Number and Letter Series; Calendars; Cubes; Clocks; Venn Diagrams; Binary Logic; Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Matching; Logical Sequence; Logical Connectives; Blood Relations