The first step towards your CAT preparation is to have the complete information and knowledge of CAT 2017 Syllabus and important areas for CAT. CAT syllabus has been designed to assess the prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education. The CAT is a primary filter used by all the 20 IIMs and several hundreds of other reputed colleges like S.P. Jain, FMS, MDI, etc. for admission to their MBA programs. It is a multiple- choice based test with penalties for wrong answers. IIMs don't specify the syllabus as such but based on previous year papers we have developed a comprehensive list of important topics and areas for CAT.
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus: Expected Topics
CAT Verbal Ability is one area which has seen the maximum change in topics and structure over the last three years. Going by the topics that appeared in the CAT-2016 exam, you need to prepare for the following topics for sure:
- Reading Comprehension: Out of the 34 questions in the exam, 24 questions were from this area.
- Paragraph Summary: This is another area which has gained prominence over the last couple of years.
- Para-jumbles & Misfit Sentences: These two topics have become a regular in the exam over the last couple of years.
If you look at the above topics, you should be able to notice the absence of significant number of topics. Remember, the syllabus for CAT is not set in stone and this means you should prepare for topics which have been a part of the exam over the last few years. The important topics that have appeared in the last few years are:
- Critical Reasoning
- Paragraph Completion
- Grammar & Usage (including questions based on common Grammar errors, Confusing Words, & Phrasal Verbs)
- Vocabulary based questions (mainly Fill in the blanks).
There are some other topics in Verbal Ability which you cover. These topics are important from the stand-point of other MBA entrance exams:
- Vocabulary Topics: Synonym-Antonym based questions, Cloze Passage, Analogies or Reverse Analogies, Meaning-Usage Match, Idioms and Phrases, Secondary Shades of Meaning, Usage, Associated words, Antonyms, etc.
- Verbal Reasoning: Fact-Inference-Judgement
- Grammar: Sentence Correction
Remember, 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.
CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus
- Caselets, Tables, Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Charts, Combination of two or more types linked to each other
- Games & Tournaments, Number and Letter Series, Calendars; Cubes, Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Matching; Logical Sequence; Logical Connectives; Blood Relations.
CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus
- Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Profit, Loss and Discount; Percentages; Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Simple and Compound Interest ; Ratio and Proportion; Averages; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Binomial Theorem; Sequences and Series; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Alligations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Mensuration.
In order to boost your score, keep yourself updated with CAT Syllabus 2017 and the vital areas from which most questions will be asked. Make sure to practice enough questions from all these important topics.