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CAT Syllabus

Considering the very year change in CAT exam pattern, its hard to frame a definite syllabus for CAT exam. Yet, here is listing the important topics of CAT exam which are segmented into three sections namely Quantitative Aptitude,Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.

CAT Exam Syllabus 2017

You can start your CAT exam preparation with the syllabus and topics given below. For 2017 CAT exam syllabus, do refer to the official release by IIM to happen in August 2017 for further changes and alterations.

 CAT Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Section tests the candidate’s numeric, geometric and mathematical abilities. The topics to cover for quant aptitude of CAT exam are as follows:




Banker’s Discount

Boats and Streams


Chain Rule


Decimal Fractions

H.C.F. and L.C.M.

Height and Distance


Mixture and Alligation




Permutations and


Pipes and Cistern


Profit and Loss

Races and Games

Series – Odd Man Out

Series – Find Missing Number

Simple Interest

Compound Interest


Square Root and Cube Root

Stocks and Shares

Surds and Indices

Time and Distance

Time and Work


Data Interpretation

In Data Interpretation, the Data is available in various forms such as tables, graphs, charts, etc. The candidates are required to interpret the data presented in these forms and answer the questions asked.


Line Charts

Bar Graphs

Pie Chart

Column Graphs

Venn Diagrams


Combination of two or more

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning tests the analytical and reasoning skills of the candidates that they need to apply in the Corporate World, on a day to day basis.

Number and Letter Series



Logical Sequence

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives


Blood Relations


 Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Section tests the candidate’s knowledge on usage of words, sentence formation, idioms, antonyms, grammar like subject-verb agreement, phrasal verbs, articles, parallel construction, prepositions, modifiers, etc.

Sentence Correction

Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)

English Usage or Grammar

Cloze Passage

Reading Comprehension

Analogies or Reverse Analogies

Summary Questions

Verbal Reasoning

Jumbled Paragraph

Fill in the blanks

Meaning-Usage Match


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