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CAT syllabus is very generalized and vast. The IIMs does not have a fixed syllabus for CAT but the questions are mostly based on the middle school Maths and English topics. In this article, CAT students are provided with the latest CAT 2018 syllabus. It should be noted that the syllabus given here is generalized. Before going to the CAT syllabus 2018, it is important to note some important details about the CAT exam.

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, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. This test was started by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their various business administration programs using the test.

Before checking the detailed syllabus for CAT, it is important to get an overview of the important topics from each section. Below is a table highlighting the important topics from the syllabus which are extremely crucial. The detailed weightages of the syllabus topics are given in detail below.

CAT Syllabus 2018: Overview

SectionImportant Topics
Quantitative AptitudeNumber System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data InterpretationSeating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionPara-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.

The detailed syllabus topics from each chapter is given in the table below and a comprehensive analysis about the weightages of each chapter is also given for better understanding. It should be noted that CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a prerequisite 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.

CAT preparation is considered as most crucial stepping stone for an IIM aspirant,where distinct planning and preparation according to the plan is required. Although, IIMs - who conduct the CAT exam do not release the syllabus for the CAT exam, it is deduced through previous year’s CAT exam pattern and questions. Our panel of experts have predefined the syllabus and structure according to the latest exam and have provided a general guideline for the paper to follow for success in this examination.

CAT Exam Syllabus 2018


Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

Number SystemsTablesEnglish Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and DiscountCaseletsVocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the blanks
Speed, Time and DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsCloze Passage
Time and WorkVenn DiagramsJumbled Paragraph
Ratio and ProportionPie ChartMeaning-Usage Match
AveragesOther Basic Reasoning QuestionsAnalogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear EquationsCalendarsSummary Questions
Complex NumbersNumber and Letter SeriesVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestClocksFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmVenn DiagramsReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesCubes
InequalitiesSeating Arrangement
ProbabilityBinary Logic
Surds and IndicesLogical Matching
Set Theory & FunctionLogical Sequence
Permutation and CombinationSyllogism
Mixtures and AlligationsLogical Connectives
TrigonometryBlood Relations
Coordinate Geometry

CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus Weightage

In quantitative aptitude section, there are a few topics which are extremely crucial and repeated every year in the CAT exam. In this section 34 questions are asked of which 8-9 questions are TITA based. Some of the most important syllabus topics for CAT 2018 with their weightages are given below.

Topic Name Expected No. of Questions
Geometry & Mensuration7-8
Arithmetic Questions10-12
Number System4-5


CAT QA Syllabus


CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus Weightage

In verbal ability and reading comprehension section, 34 questions are included among which 7-8 questions are TITA based. Among these, the reading comprehension questions are the majority. Some of the important syllabus topics for CAT VARC section are given below.

Topic Name Expected No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension Passage Based Questions 24
Para-Jumbles 2-4
Para-Summary 2-3
Sentence Completion & Correction 2-3
Odd Sentences 1-2
Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.) 1-2


CAT VARC Syllabus


CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus Weightage

In the CAT logical reasoning and data interpretation section, 32 questions are included with 8-9 TITA based questions. All the 32 questions are equally divided among both the questions and thus, each section comprises of 16 questions.

In logical section, questions from seating arrangement, blood relations, syllogisms, direction sense test, and other puzzles are included. In data interpretation section, tables, graphs and charts, and caselets are included. In DI section, questions come in 3-4 sets and candidates should understand the data sets properly to be able to attempt the complete set accurately.

CAT syllabus does not predefine any specific topic or chapter on which the questions will be asked.One has to have a good fundamental knowledge of all the broad topics given above to be able to swiftly and accurately work out the problems related to respective section topics. BYJU’S CAT 2018 Program Structure has been planned and designed by India’s best CAT exam experts,which covers the entire CAT exam pattern planned in three phases of preparation:

Phase 1 - Concept Sessions

Phase 2 - Advanced Workshops

Phase 3 - Pattern Workshops

1. Basics will be covered
2. Learn different techniques to simplify each topic using lateral thinking & common sense
3. Focus on Concepts and not just Problem Solving
1. Learn tactics to solve advance level concepts
2. Application of uniqueshortcut techniques including Byju's copyrighted URL technique
3. Learn the art of correlating topics for solving problems
4. Master the tricks of getting maximum scores in minimum time
1. Solving of sample & previous year CAT Questions
2. Establishing unique patterns to questions & practising best ways to solve each pattern
3. Focus on Test taking strategies & understanding of the intricacies of question types in CAT


CAT is an exam where success comes from solving a maximum number of questions in a minimum possible time. The module covers the entire CAT syllabus in an extensive yet comprehensive manner. Therefore, our CAT preparation modules are created in such a way that it ensures you to give your best shot.

CAT 2018 Will be conducted on 25th November by IIM Calcutta. The applications for the same will be available from August 2018. Prepare with BYJU’S and claim your spot at the IIMs with our CAT preparation tips and tricks.