CAT syllabus PDF 2019

CAT Syllabus 2019
CAT 2019 Syllabus

CAT syllabus 2019 PDF

  • CAT is conducted every year in the month of November/December.
  • CAT 2018 exam was conducted on November 25, 2018.
  • Before preparing for any exam, it is better to have a clear understanding of the syllabus, questions and the pattern of the exam.
  • Also, go through the previous year papers of CAT to have exact understanding of the CAT Syllabus.

For CAT 2020, Syllabus is expected to be nearly the same as this syllabus.

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You can also read about Topic wise weightage for CAT 2019.

3 Simple Steps for CAT Preparation:

  • Concepts: The best way to prepare is to learn the basic concepts and to practice a large number of problems from various topics.
  • Mocks: Take a few free CAT mock tests every now and then to keep track of your progress.
  • Mistakes: Find where your lacking and what mistakes you are doing and work on them.

If you are just starting your preparation, CAT online preparation can help you in the process.

What is the Syllabus for CAT exam?

CAT does not have a defined syllabus. 2 sections out of the 3 do not require you to memorise even basic formulae. However, based on the trends in the last few years, we can have an idea about the pattern of the exam.

In the past few years, the exam pattern and syllabus stood the same. The paper consists of 3 sections.

1. Reading comprehension and Verbal ability.
2. Data Interpretation and logical reasoning.
3. Quantitative aptitude.


CAT 2019 Exam pattern:

Total exam duration: 3 hours

Section name No. of Questions No. of marks Sectional time duration
Verbal ability and Reading comprehension (VARC) 34 102 1 hour (60 minutes)
Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DILR) 32 96 1 hour (60 minutes)
Quantitative ability (QA) 34 102 1 hour (60 minutes)
Total 100 300 Marks 3 hours (180 minutes)

Negative marking:

Each correct Question will have 3 marks and for every wrong answer, there is a deduction of 1 mark (except for TITA Questions).

What are TITA Questions:

For TITA (Type in the answer) questions with no options will be given, so candidates have to type the answer, using the mouse. So, you can say this as fill in the blanks type questions. For TITA questions there will be no negative marks.

In CAT 2018 the number of TITA questions are increased as compared to CAT 2017.

Number of TITA Questions in each each CAT section:

Based on previous CAT papers:

Section name No. of Questions No. of TITA questions*
Verbal ability and Reading comprehension (VARC) 34 7
Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DILR) 32 8
Quantitative ability (QA) 34 12
Total 100 27

It is expected that there will be more number of TITA questions year by the year.

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Good Attempts in CAT:

This is based on CAT 2018: If you maintain an accuracy of over 90%, below are considered as good attempts to score 99 percentile in CAT exam.

Section Good Attempts (no. of questions)
VARC 26+
DILR 16+
QA 18+

3 Things to know about CAT exam paper:

  1. CAT exam will be conducted in two slots, a candidate will be assigned either a morning slot or a evening slot. Morning slot – 9.00 A.M to 12.00 P.M and Evening Slot 2.30 P.M to 5.30 P.M.
  2. The Question paper will be different in each slot. So, normalization will be applied to the score based on the difficulty level.
  3. In every slot, the questions will be same for every one in that slot, but the questions and both the options will be jumbled.

CAT (VARC) Verbal ability and Reading comprehension Syllabus:

Questions in the recent CATs are from the following topics:
1. Reading comprehension
2. Para jumbles
3. Sentence elimination based on para jumbles
4. Para summary and completion

4 Things to know about VARC section in CAT:

  • This section is not about your English language Skills, this section is all about DEDUCTION & COMPREHENSION
  • Focus on the inner depth of the words and sentences
  • Focus on your reading skills

Some More Things to Know about VARC:

  • For the past 2 years, RC has been dominating this section.
  • Reading comprehension alone contributes around 24% of the total marks and 80% of the marks in VARC section. Aspirants cannot afford to skip this section.
  • Also, the remaining 10 questions in the section also rely heavily on the comprehension ability of the candidate.
  • Apart from reading comprehension, 3 questions on para summary too require candidates to read a passage and answer the question. Hence, aspirants must try to have a decent grasp on this section.
  • The remaining 7 questions are para jumbles and sentence elimination. These questions check the candidate’s ability to spot coherence and pattern.
  • Except RC remaining all of the questions will be of TITA type and do not carry any negative mark. Hence, aspirants must definitely take a shot at these questions.

Resources to checkout for CAT VARC:

How to prepare for RC

How to prepare for PJ and Odd one out

VARC Number of Questions By Topic:

Topic No. of Questions Type
Reading Comprehension 24 MCQ
Para jumbles 4 TITA
Odd one out 3 TITA
Para Summary 3 TITA

*MCQ – Multiple Choice Questions

Apart from these, questions on grammar, sentence correction, synonyms and antonyms, analogies and other such topics used to appear in CAT before a few years.

As of now, these questions have not made their appearance in the past few years. However, aspirants must at least prepare the basics of these topics to avoid any unpleasant surprises

1. Syllogism
2. Analogies
3. Synonyms and antonyms
4. Grammar-based sentence correction
5. Phrases, fill in the blanks and Cloze test

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CAT Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DI-LR) Syllabus:

3 Things to know about the DI-LR section:

  • Crack the Logic behind the data, the connection between each set of data and know how to represent the data in a convenient form
  • Pick the Right set and you are half-done, so you need to spend your time in picking the sets which you can do for sure.
  • There is no favorite type of Set, don’t get senti about any type of set, the set may look familiar, but that may be the most difficult set in the whole paper, so after spending sufficient time on a set, if you are not able to get it, just skip it.

Some more things to know about DI-LR Section:

CAT has moved away from conventional bar and pie charts in the last few years. Most of the sets that appear in the exam are unconventional and are not very calculation intensive. Rather, the focus now has clearly been on cracking the logic than grinding numbers.

However, it pays off to have a decent understanding of the conventional sets before moving on to the tougher ones. The CAT 2019 syllabus pdf contains the list of conventional topics that one must practice to ace this section. Some times, the first question in the set may be difficult, while the others may be easy. Just because you picked some set, you don’t need to waste your time in solving each difficult problem in that set.

CAT Logical reasoning Syllabus:

1. Seating arrangement (facing inwards/outwards).
2. Truth – liar concept
3. Seating arrangement based on truth liar concept
4. Networks
5. LR based on picking coins
6. Scheduling
7. Games and tournaments for CAT.
8. Einstein’s puzzle and arrangement puzzles
9. Selection with conditions

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CAT Data interpretation Syllabus:

1. Line chart, bar chart
2. Pie chart
3. Unconventional charts – radar chart, bubble chart, area chart
4. Tables, tables with missing values
5. DI based on growth over years
6. Venn diagrams and 4 group Venn diagrams

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CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) Syllabus:

This is the only section in which one can define the topics and syllabus with some amount of certainty. Broadly, we can classify the quantitative ability section into five groups.

1. Number systems and progressions
2. Unitary method and basic arithmetic
3. Algebra
4. Geometry and mensuration
5. Combinatorics

1. Number systems and progressions:

  • Number systems
  • factors
  • properties of numbers
  • type and classification of numbers
  • divisibility rules
  • HCF and LCM
  • cyclicity and base theorem
  • remainders and remainder theorems
  • binomial theorem
  • the highest power of a number in a factorial.
  • Series and progressions
  • types of series – AP, GP AND HP
  • sum of series – finite
  • infinite. AM-GM concept
  • special series.

2. Unitary methods and basic arithmetic:

  • Ratios and proportions
  • averages
  • alligations
  • percentages
  • successive percentage changes
  • profit-loss
  • faulty machines
  • interests – simple
  • compound
  • time and work
  • time speed distance
  • relative speed
  • effective speed
  • average speed
  • escalators
  • races and headstarts
  • circular tracks
  • pipes and cisterns
  • clocks and calendars.

3. Algebra:

  • Linear equations
  • special linear equations
  • quadratic equations
  • roots of an equation
  • functions and graphs
  • maxima and minima
  • types and properties of functions
  • coordinate geometry
  • inequalities
  • Sets
  • inclusion-exclusion principles
  • Venn diagrams and 4 group Venn diagrams.


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4. Geometry and mensuration:

  • Points
  • lines
  • triangles
  • properties of triangles
  • similarity
  • congruence
  • quadrilaterals and other polygons
  • properties of quadrilaterals
  • cyclic quadrilaterals
  • concave and convex polygons
  • circles
  • chords and tangents
  • properties of circles
  • 3D geometry – cubes
  • cuboids
  • cones
  • cylinders
  • spheres and other shapes
  • volumes and surface areas of 3D shapes
  • development of 3D shapes
  • cutting and colouring problems on 3D shapes.


5. Combinatorics:

  • Factorials
  • combinations (selection)
  • permutation (arrangement)
  • arranging similar and distinct objects in similar and distinct groups
  • circular permutation and necklace problems
  • probability
  • mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive events
  • conditional probability
  • Baye’s theorem
  • number of integral solutions
  • the theory of partitioning
  • pigeonhole principle.

Download CAT Quantitative Aptitude Questions PDF

The topic wise marks distribution under each of these topics are elaborately explained in the CAT syllabus pdf based on the recent papers of CAT exam including CAT 2017.

Usually, most of the questions that appear in the CAT exam involve the application of 2 or more topics across 2 or more groups. Hence, after practising the questions topic wise, it is necessary to take enough mock tests to develop the skill of applying the concepts at the right places.

Also, multiple methods may be present to solve the same question and aspirants must choose the method that saves time considerably.

Please note that the topics are just indicative and not exhaustive. On analysing the past papers, we found that most of the questions come under the topics mentioned in this syllabus.

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