CAT Syllabus 2024, Check How To Download CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT Syllabus 2024 outlines the key topics in Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude for the Common Admission Test, a crucial exam for MBA aspirants in India.

by P Nandhini

Updated May 28, 2024

CAT Syllabus 2024, Check How To Download CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT Exam Overview

The CAT exam, short for the Common Admission Test, is an important test for students who want to pursue a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in India. It's a computer-based exam that assesses a student's abilities in three main areas: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension.

The exam is used by many prestigious institutions, including the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other leading business schools, as a basis for admission into their MBA programs. With its challenging yet manageable syllabus, CAT offers an opportunity for students to showcase their skills and compete for admission into some of the best business schools in the country.

CAT Syllabus 2024

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC):

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Word Usage)
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Para-Jumbles
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Summary
  • Contextual Understanding

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR):

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Caselets)
  • Logical Reasoning (Puzzles, Binary Logic, Logical Deductions, Venn Diagrams)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Quantitative Comparison
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Logical Connectives
  • Number Series

Quantitative Aptitude (QA):

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Number System
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Data Interpretation
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Basic Statistics

Exam Pattern

Specifications Details
Name Common Admission Test (CAT)
Purpose Admission into Master's in Business Administration (MBA)
Sections - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  - Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Mode of Exam Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  Some Non-MCQs (TITA - Type In The Answer)
Duration Total: 120 minutes (160 minutes for PwD candidates)
  Each section: 40 minutes (53 minutes and 20 seconds for PwD candidates)
Total Questions 66
Section-wise Questions - VARC: 24 questions
  - DILR: 20 questions
  - QA: 22 questions
Language of Exam English
Marking Scheme +3 for correct answer
  -1 for incorrect MCQs
  No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Total Marks 198

Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree: Candidates must have completed a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or institution.
  • Minimum percentage: Candidates need to have secured a minimum percentage of marks in their Bachelor's degree. The exact percentage may vary depending on the category (e.g., General, SC, ST, PwD).
  • Final year students: Candidates appearing for the final year of their Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification can also apply. However, they must complete their degree requirements and provide proof of graduation within the specified timeframe.
  • Age limit: There is no specific age limit to apply for the CAT exam. Candidates of any age can apply as long as they meet the educational qualifications mentioned above.

Age Limit

  • There is no specific age limit for the CAT exam.
  • Candidates of any age can apply as long as they meet the educational qualifications mentioned.
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