The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.
CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2020 :
To appear for the CAT exam, a candidate should have at least 50% marks or equivalent GPA in graduation.
SC/ST/PWD candidates should have at least 45% marks.
You can also apply if you have completed a professional degree (CA / CS / ICWA) with 50% marks or equivalent.
Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT Exam.
If you are going to finish your graduation studies in 2020 – you can apply for CAT 2019.
If you are going to finish your graduation studies in 2021 – you can apply for CAT 2020.
15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% seats are reserved for OBC candidates belonging to Non Creamy Layer (NC – OBC).
Non Creamy layer OBC Classification :
As per the official classification, the sons and daughters of a person (belonging to an OBC) with gross annual income of 8 Lakh INR or above for three consecutive years fall into creamy layer who are not eligible to avail the benefits of reservation entitled to other OBC categories. They are treated like general category candidates.
CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus
Complete CAT Syllabus for CAT 2020 Exam.While it is a popular notion amongst students that CAT is unpredictable, the syllabus for CAT has always been predictable. Despite changes in organizing authorities, the pattern of CAT has remained similar to previous years in CAT 2015, CAT 2016 and CAT 2017. The exam is usually held in slots, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Going with the same logic, it’s a safe bet to assume that, with minor changes the pattern for CAT 2019 Syllabus would be similar to previous years
The CAT Exam is divided into 3 sections, spanning 1 hour long each, making it a 3 hour exam
As per previous years the sections and question split are
Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 34 Questions
Section 2: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation – 32 Questions
Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude – 34 Questions
The tricky part to the above pattern is that CAT does not allow you to toggle between sections, i.e. you have to complete the section within 1 hour to move on to the next one as per the above order.
Now, let’s discuss the syllabus for each of these sections in detail
1. CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension of CAT 2020 Exam
A. Verbal Ability
Total Questions: 10
Sectional Weightage: 30%
-Gist of Short Para’s: based on 5-6 sentences
-Parajumbles: 4-5 jumbled sentences to be arranged logically/sequentially
-Sentence Exclusion: pick out the out of context sentence between 4-5 sentences
These questions are generally NON-MCQ with no penalty for wrong answer
B. Reading Comprehension
Total Questions: 24
Sectional Weightage: 70%
5 RCs – 3 Long, 2 Short
Long Para[800-1000 words]: 6 Questions in each
Short Para[400-600 words]: 3 Questions in each
RC Areas – Business, Social Sciences, Economics, Humanities, Science, Current Affair, Literature, History, Abstract [These are not exhaustive, and only indicative]
Type of Questions – True/False statements, phrase/word explanation, author’s view, main idea of RC, purpose of passage, inference based questions, data driven questions, vocabulary based
2.CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation of CAT 2020 Exam
8 sets with 4 questions each
A. Data Interpretation
Total Questions: 16
Sectional Weightage: 50%
Data Tables, Data charts, Bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison
The questions utilize – text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs.
The motive is to candidate’s ability to interpret data and derive insights out of it.
B. Logical Reasoning
Total Questions: 16 –
Sectional Weightage: 50%
Clocks, Calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, Assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement
3.CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude of CAT 2020 Exam
Quant undoubtedly has the widest syllabus when it comes to CAT. But the good part is that, despite being wide, it is well defined thus allowing candidates to take a structured approach
Total Question: 34 – 24-27 MCQ, 7-10 Non MCQ
Overall Weightage: 34%
Quant is divided into 5 major pillars
Topics: Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Logarithms, Functions,
10 -12 Questions
Topics: HCF & LCM, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest (SI & CI), Averages, Ratio & Proportions, Speed Time & Distance, Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Work, Calendars & Clocks
– Modern Math:
Topics: Sequence & Series, Binomial Theorem, P&C, Set Theory, Probability, Maxima & Minima
– Number System:
Topics: Divisibility Rules, Factors, Remainders, Base Systems, Factorials, Last digits, Last 2 digits, property of numbers
Topics: Triangles, Circles, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Solids, 3D Geometry, Lines & Angles
The above topics cover CAT syllabus for CAT 2020, which should be starting point for your preparation.