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CAT Exam 2021

Common Admission Test

Exam Level

Post Graduation

Exam Format


Conducted Body

Indian Institutes Of Management

Frequency of Exam

Once A Year

Exam Category

National Level Exam

Mode of Payment

Online & Offline

Mode of Exam




CAT Exam Syllabus 2021

The Syllabus of CAT gets modified and changed every year by the conducting IIM. Those candidates who want to crack the CAT 2020 Examination with high scores need to start their preparation in accordance with CAT exam Syllabus. The syllabus of CAT is based on the topics of Math and English of 10+2. It has a generalized syllabus to test the candidate’s abilities. A person is scored in CAT on the basis of quantitative ability, Verbal ability, Data interpretation, and logical reasoning.  IIM has not designed a fixed syllabus for CAT. But the topics from which the questions are asked in the examination can be split into three sections as mentioned below:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Each section of the CAT exam is very important and each section is given a unique weightage in shortlisting the candidates for admission in IIMs. Preparation of each topic from each section is very important as the candidates appearing for the CAT exam are required to score a minimum percentile in each section for being eligible for admission in IIMs. Those who do not score the minimum percentile in the CAT exam are not shortlisted by IIMs for admission and further procedures.

Given below are some topics which are very crucial and covered under the above-mentioned three sections.

Quantitative Aptitude

This section is very wide and difficult as it covers every topic of Mathematics. In this section, 34 questions are asked from different topics of Math. The questions asked are both MCQs type and Non-MCQs type. There are about 24 to 26 MCQs and 7-9 Non-MCQs in the Quantitative Aptitude section.

Number system

Time and Work

Simple and Compound Interest

Surds and Indices

Profit, Loss and Discount

Ratio and Proportion


Set Theory & Function



Sequences and Series

Permutation and Combination

Speed, Time and Distance

Quadratic Equations & linear Equations


Mixture and Alligation


Complex Numbers



Coordinate Geometry





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

This section is a part of almost all management entrance exams.  This section tests the abilities of candidates on the basis of how they interpret the data given to them and their decision-making capabilities without compromising with the time taken by them in decision-making and interpretation of data. The questions asked in this section are generally misleading and confusing. For solving these questions candidates need to scan and analyze the data and information provided to them in various forms. This section is further divided into two sub-sections namely Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. The syllabus of these sections and the topics covered under this head are given below:




Logical Connectives

Case lets

Number and Letter Series

Seating Arrangement

Blood Relations

Bar Graphs


Binary Logic

Logical Matching

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Logical Sequence

Other Basic Reasoning Questions

Column Graphs

Venn Diagram




Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

This section is based on English Language, Grammar, Vocabulary, understanding of Paragraph etc. This section is also divided into two parts, one is Verbal Ability and the other is Reading Comprehension. This section tests the candidate’s knowledge in English. Following are the topics that are covered under Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.

English Usage or Grammar

Cloze Passage

Summary Questions

Synonyms and Antonyms

Jumbled Paragraph

Verbal Reasoning

Fill in the blanks

Meaning-Usage Match


Sentence Correction

Analogies or Reverse Analogies

Reading Comprehension


  • Those who wish to crack the CAT 2021 Exam should not leave any topic from any section as this will affect their scores. IIMs set the CAT exam paper without leaving any topic, so if the candidates leave any topic unprepared, then this can lead to poor scores in CAT. Every topic in CAT is very important. So for good scores in CAT, prepare for every topic.

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