Learn about CAT Syllabus in detail

CAT Syllabus is generally the same as other MBA entrance exam but it is one of the toughest entrance exams. The syllabus of CAT exam includes;

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)
  3. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

These three subjects are common in all the MBA entrance exams

Given below you can see the main topics covered in all these sections;

Quantitative AptitudeData interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Geometry
Trigonometry
Mensuration
Ratios and Proportion
Number system
Work and time
HCF & LCM
Algebra Profit & Loss
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
Geometric Progression
Percentages
Averages
Partnership (Accounts)
Time-Speed-Distance
Surds and Indices
Inequalities
Logarithms
Tables
Pie Charts
Caselets
Bars
Line Graphs
Data Sufficiency
Blood Relations
Series
Proposition
Direction Sens
Coding-Decoding
Assumptions
Puzzle
Clocks and Calendar
Statement
Data Arrangement
Family Tree
Binary Logic
Seating Arrangement
Venn Diagram
Sets
Data Structures
Syllogism
Fill in the blanks
Verbal Reasoning
Sentence completion
Grammar
Syllogisms
Jumbled paragraphs
Para Completion and inference Contextual usage
Foreign language words used in English
Reading Comprehension
Analogies
Sentence correction
Verbal Logic
Different usage of the same word
Idioms
Antonyms
One word substitution

Now we can check the best books for preparing for CAT Exam for each section;

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit SinhaHow to Prepare for
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Sharma
  • NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10) NCERT

Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)

  • CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & logical reasoning by Gautam Puri
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback by Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Sharma and Upadhyay
  • PSC for VA for CAT by Nishit Sinha
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin
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