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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 2021 syllabus and PDF. It should be noted that the syllabus given here is generalized. Before going to the CAT syllabus 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021: Overview

Section Important Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Para-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.

The detailed syllabus topics from each chapter is given in the table below and 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 the 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 2021

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

Number Systems Tables English Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and Discount Caselets Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCF Bar Graphs Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time and Distance Line Charts Sentence Correction
Percentages Column Graphs Cloze Passage
Time and Work Venn Diagrams Jumbled Paragraph
Ratio and Proportion Pie Chart Meaning-Usage Match
Averages Other Basic Reasoning Questions Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations Calendars Summary Questions
Complex Numbers Number and Letter Series Verbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound Interest Clocks Facts-Inferences-Judgments
Logarithm Venn Diagrams Reading Comprehension
Sequences and Series Cubes
Inequalities Seating Arrangement
Probability Binary Logic
Surds and Indices Logical Matching
Set Theory & Function Logical Sequence
Permutation and Combination Syllogism
Mixtures and Alligations Logical Connectives
Trigonometry Blood Relations
Coordinate Geometry

Download CAT 2019 Updated Syllabus as PDF:-CAT Syllabus PDF

CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus Weightage

In the 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 2021 with their weightages are given below.

Topic Name Expected No. of Questions
Geometry & Mensuration 7-8
Algebra 6-7
Arithmetic Questions 10-12
Number System 4-5
Others 2-3

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 the 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 2021 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 unique shortcut 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 & practicing the 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 2021 will be tentatively conducted on last week of November 2021. The applications for the same will be available from August 2021. Prepare with BYJU’S and claim your spot at the IIMs with our CAT preparation tips and tricks. Explore BYJU’S Free Preparation tips :

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Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

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