What Are The Important Topics For CAT 2017 ?

The CAT 2017 and notification has been released by IIM Lucknow. On one hand it does away with the perturbation of time management between the different sections, whereas at the same time it is devoid the advantage of covering up for a weaker section using one’s strengths. Equal importance has to be given mandatorily to all the sections of the CAT Exam since the new pattern makes all the sections autonomous. In this scenario, coming to a conclusion of which are the important topics for CAT is very difficult. Still, looking at the past years’ trend could give a valuable insight regarding the same.

Here is a comparison of the difficulty level of CAT exam from past 7 years:

Year No. of Questions Sections Marking Sceme Duration Difficulty Level
CAT 2015 100 Quant and DI Verbal and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

180 Min Moderate to Difficult
CAT 2015 100 Quant and DI Verbal and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

180 Min Moderate to Difficult
CAT 2014 60 (30 per section) Quant and DI Verbal and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

140 Min Moderate to Difficult
CAT 2013 60 (30 per section) Quant and DI Verbal and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

140 Min Moderate to Difficult
CAT 2012 60 (30 per section) Quant and DI Verbal and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

140 Min Moderate to Difficult
CAT 2011 60 (30 per section) Quant and DI Verbal and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

140 Min Moderate
CAT 2010 60 (20 per section) Verbal, Quant, DI and LR Correct: +3

Incorrect : -1

150 Min Moderate

Here are the individual weightages that have been given to certain specific topics of the CAT exam until 2014:

Some Specific Topics For CAT 2017

On account of reasonable prediction, following are the difficulty levels expected in CAT 2017:

1. Quantitative Aptitude: Easy

2. Data Interpretation: Easy

3. Logical Reasoning: Moderate -Difficult

4. Verbal Ability: Moderate: Difficult

5. Reading Comprehension: Moderate

In addition to the above set of data, on close analysis suggests the following topics which can be considered of immense importance for CAT exam this year. The topics are given along with their tentative respective weightages.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

1. Reading Comprehension (16%)

2. Para Jumbles(14%)

3. Basic Grammar and Sentence Correction( 10%)

4. Analogies (8%)

Quantitative Aptitude:

1. Number theory(12%)

2. Geometry(10%)

3. Mixtures and Alligations (6%)

4. Boats and Streams (4%)

5. Probability (4%)

6. Pipes and Cisterns (4%)

7. Permutation and Combination (4%)

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation:

1. Logical Questions (15-20%)

2. Syllogism (10%)

3. Tables and Caselets (14%)

4. Data Sufficiency (20%)

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