CAT Syllabus 2024: CAT (Common Admission Test) is an important MBA entrance exam for many aspirants who aim for top business schools & IIMs in India. We understand that at his point many people are anxious about what they need to study. This article will give a brief overview of what's in the CAT syllabus 2024, including the main topics and how to prepare for the test effectively.

The CAT syllabus 2024 covers various subjects that are important for management studies. This includes sections like Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Let's dive more into the detailed syllabus.

CAT Syllabus 2024 

Sections Topics
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension


  • RC from Arts, Science, History, Humanities, Philosophy and Psychology etc.
  • Inference-based questions, Fact-based questions, Main-idea based questions, Tone of the author questions, and Purpose of the author questions.
  • Para Summary, Odd-one Out, Para Jumbles and Para Completions are asked.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Bar graphs, Pie charts, Histographs,¬† Successive percentage changes, Profit changes across years and Growth over Years.
  • Arrangement puzzles, Einstein puzzles, Venn-diagrams, Tables with Missing Values, Miscellaneous puzzles.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Maths, Number Systems, Logarithms, Mensuration and Probability.

Also Read, CAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

CAT Exam Pattern 2024

The CAT exam is a computer-based test with three sections: Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. In the past, the exam lasted for about three hours. However, due to the pandemic, it has been shortened to a two-hour test.

Most of the questions are Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs), while the remaining questions require typing in the answer (TITA). Negative marks are given for incorrect answers in MCQs, but there are no negative marks for TITA questions.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 24 40 3 per Ques -1 per Ques
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 20 40 3 per Ques -1 per Ques
Quantitative Aptitude 22 40 3 per Ques -1 per Ques

Important Things to Consider:

  • CAT Exam has 3 slots: Morning, Afternoon & Evening
  • There is normalization in CAT to match the difficulty in all slots.

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CAT Section Wise Syllabus 2024

CAT VARC Syllabus 2024 (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)

The VARC section in the CAT exam tests primarily the reading, comprehension and language skills. This section has 24 questions which are divided into 2 sections: Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability. You must work on your language skills to crack this section in the CAT exam.

VARC Sub Section Description Question Type No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 4 RCs with 4 Questions each MCQs 16
Verbal Ability Para Jumbles, Para Summary, Odd One Out, Sentence Completion MCQs & TITAs 8

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension is the dominant in the VARC section. As per the last few years' trends, you get to see 4 RCs in various genres. Generally, RCs are of 450-550 words with 4-6 paragraphs. There are no specific grammar-based questions. But you should have good knowledge of grammar to comprehend better.

Popular Genres of CAT RCs
Technology Science Nature Animal
Evolution Astrology Politics Crime
Discovery Law Philosophy Environment
Psychology Literature Sociology Fiction
Question Types in CAT RCs
Inference Types Main Idea Based Fact-Based
Tone-Based Title Based Structure-Based
Vocabulary/Phrase Based Critical Reasoning Based Central Theme Based

Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability comprises 4 major sets i.e. Para Jumbles, Para Summary, Odd One Out and Sentence Completion/Placement. These sets usually test the coherent usage of the English language and its correct & appropriate usage. Here, it requires your grammatical, sentence structure, and paraphrasing skills.

Topic Description Question Type No. of Questions
Para Jumbles 4 jumbled sentences - Arrange the sequence TITA 2
Para Summary Choose the correct summary of the given paragraph MCQ 2
Odd One Out Select the sentence that is not coherent with the paragraph formation TITA 2
Sentence Completion Place the sentence at the right gap to make a coherent paragraph TITA/MCQ 2

CAT DILR Syllabus 2024 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)

DILR is an important section. It has 4 sets of 5 questions each. Overall, the section has 20 questions. Usually, this section has been moderate and demands strong problem-solving skills. It is ideal if you can solve at least 2 sets out of the 4. This section is future divided into two parts: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation sets test how good you are with numbers and data. This section has numerical sets and requires strong calculation. You can check the major topics of this section below:

Tables Bar Graph Pie Chart
Line Graph Venn Diagram Radar Chart
Histograph Caselets Networks and Diagrams
Reasoning based DI Data Arrangement Mathematical Puzzles

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning tests the ability to solve a problem and having the clarity to approach any problem strategically. It tests the logical aptitude of the candidate. You can check the major logical reasoning topics below:

Linear Arrangement Circular Arrangement Selection
Sequencing Binary Logic Cubes
Routes Games & Tournaments 2D/3D Space LRs
Coin Picking Conditional LRs Case-based LRs

CAT QA Syllabus 2024 (Quantitative Aptitude)

This is one of the most extensive sections to prepare for the CAT exam. This section has vast concepts. As of last year, there were a total of 22 questions in this section. The major sections are Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number System and Modern Maths. Each topic has a sub-topic. You have a total of 40 minutes to solve this section.

Arithmetic Algebra Geometry Number System Modern Maths
Averages Linear Equation Circles Factors Permutation
Profit & Loss Quadratic Equation Triangles HCF & LCM Combination
SI & CI Graphs Mensuration Divisibility Probability
Percentages Inequalities Quadrilaterals Factorial Combinatorics
Mixture & Allegations Logarithms Co-ordinate Geometry Euler Number Sequencing & Series
Ratio & Proportion Maxima & Minima Trigonometry Properties of Numbers
Time & Work Modulus 3D Geometry Remainder
Time, Speed & Distance Roots

CAT 2024 - Important Dates

You can check the important details of the CAT 2024 here:

CAT 2024 Notification 31 July, 2024 (tentative)
CAT 2024 Registration Starts 4 September, 2024 (tentative)
CAT 2024 Registration Ends 15 September, 2024 (tentative)
CAT Admit Card 2024 Releases 24 October, 2024 (tentative)
Last Date To Download CAT Admit Card 23 November, 2024
CAT Exam Day 24 November, 2024
CAT Result Day 21 December, 2024 (Expected)

CAT Syllabus 2024 Latest Changes

Over the past two years (due to covid pandemic), the CAT 2023, 2022, 2021 exam pattern has been changed. Earlier CAT was conducted in a 3-hour pattern with 1 hour for each section.

But, since 2020, the exam moved to a 2-hour format. Check out the CAT exam pattern changes mentioned below in CAT 2022, CAT 2021, CAT 2020, and CAT 2019.

Also, check out the score required for CAT 100%iler, CAT 99%ile & Above.

Exam Year CAT Syllabus 2023 CAT  Syllabus 2022 CAT Syllabus 2021 CAT Syllabus  2020 CAT Syllabus 2019
No. of Questions 66 66 66 76 100
Marks Per Question 3 3 3 3 3
Total Score 198 198 198 228


Exam Duration

120 Min 120 Min 120 Min 120 Min 180 Min
Score to get 100%ile






Score to get 99%ile 79 84 98 101 156
Number of Questions in VARC 24 24


26 34

Number of Questions in DILR

20 20 20 24


Number of Questions in QA 22 22 22 26


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