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CAT Exam

The CAT Exam is the most popular of all IIM entrance exams held every year. Getting an MBA from a reputed institution is a dream for many aspirants. Applicants seeking admission to MBA programs must appear for the CAT Exam.

The CAT exam is an entry requirement for admissions into the IIMs and India’s top business schools. By reading through this post you can learn all about CAT, CAT Eligibility criteria, as well as the time needed to complete the entire syllabus to get through CAT and various other programs offered by IIM.

CAT Exam Syllabus

A thorough understanding of the CAT exam syllabus is important for determining your direction all through this CAT journey. It will be much easier to determine how much time you should spend on each segment, when you have a reasonable understanding of the CAT syllabus.


CAT Exam Syllabus


Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude – Number System, Geometry Time and Work, Algebra, Mensuration and Arithmetic

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Coding and Decoding Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Para Summary, Verbal Ability, Odd Sentence Out

CAT Exam Marking Scheme:

  • For each correct answer, candidates will receive 3 marks.
  • Candidates will receive a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer for the objective questions.
  • For non-MCQ-type questions, negative marks will not be deducted.

The table below will give you an outline of the MCQ and Non-MCQ questions for CAT:


Number of MCQ and Non-MCQs

In each Section

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

MCQ -19

Non-MCQ – 5

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

MCQ – 15

Non-MCQ – 5

Quantitative Aptitude

MCQ – 14

Non-MCQ – 8

Total no of Questions