If you are an MBA aspirant, one of the first thing you need to decide is which all exams will you want to write. From a wide range of exams conducted at national, state or university level, it only makes sense to choose your exams wisely and economically (cost factor).
Each exam and its exam pattern are unique, be it CAT, XAT, SNAP, or MAT. The difference lies in:
 No. of questions – total and sectional
 Sections
 Type of questions – MCQs or NonMCQs or Combination
 Time Duration – total and sectional
 Marking scheme
 Difficulty level
However, if you look closely the sections are similar and most topics are overlapping. All exams test you on:
 English Language – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
 Reasoning – Logical, Analytical, Critical, Verbal
 Mathematics – Quant, Data Interpretation, Data Adequacy and Data Sufficiency
In addition, some other areas where you may be tested are – general awareness (CMAT) and decision making (XAT)
If you are writing an array of management entrance tests along with CAT 2019 you must prepare smartly. Few things to keep in mind are:
 Compare the syllabus
 List down all common and different topics
 Understand the difficulty level of each exam
 Prepare the individual topics based on the difficulty level of each exam
 Write individual mocks for each exam you are preparing.
For our students’ reference, we have collated the syllabus topics for top 5 exams – CAT 2019, XAT 2020, SNAP 2019, CMAT 2020 and IBSAT 2019.
English Language
Note: Reading comprehension is common across all exams.
CAT 2019 
XAT 2020 
SNAP 2019 
CMAT 2019 
IBSAT 2019 
Analogy 
Antonyms  Synonyms 
Analogy 
Analogy 
Analogies 
Antonyms 
Completion of paragraph 
Antonyms  Synonyms 
Antonyms  Synonyms 
Cloze test 
Contextual usage 
Correct Use of Words 
Comprehension passages – prose and poetry 
Contextual Usage 
Contextual usage 
Fill in the blanks 
Fill in the Blanks 
Fill in the Blanks 
Fact Inference and Judgement 
English Grammar 
Foreign language words used in English 
Jumbled Paragraphs 
Idioms and phrases 
Figures of speech 
Idioms and Phrases 
Grammar 
Sentence Completion/Correction 
Jumbled paragraphs 
Fill in the blanks 
Incorrect words 
Idioms 
Vocabulary 
Oneword substitution 
Foreign language words used in English 
Para Jumble 
Jumbled paragraphs 
Sentence Completion/Correction 
Grammar 
Punctuation 

Oneword substitution 
Syllogisms 
Matching word meanings 
Replace the missing words 

Para Completion and inference 
Verbal Reasoning 
Odd word out 
Sentence completion 

Parajumbles 
Odd man out 
Paragraph formation questions 
Spot the error 

Reading Comprehension 
Phrases 
Syllogisms 

Sentence completion/correction 
Prepositions 
Synonyms and Antonyms 

Syllogisms 
Spellings 
Usage of appropriate words 

Verbal Logic 
Syllogisms 
Vocabulary 

Verbal Reasoning 
Quantitative Ability
CAT 2019 
XAT 2019 
SNAP 2019 
CMAT 2019 
IBSAT 2019 
Algebra 
Algebra 
Algebra 
Allegation & Mixtures 
Algebra 
Averages 
Averages 
Averages 
Algebra 
Arithmetic Progression 
Geometric Progression 
Binomial Theorem 
Binomial Theorem 
Averages 
Average 
Geometry 
Complex numbers 
Complex numbers 
Coordinate geometry 
Coordinate Geometry 
HCF & LCM 
Coordinate geometry 
Coordinate geometry 
Clocks & Calendars 
Discount 
Inequalities 
Equations  Linear & Quadratic 
Equations  Linear & Quadratic 
Geometry 
Geometry 
Inequations Quadratic and linear equations 
HCF & LCM 
HCF & LCM 
HCF & LCM 
Inequalities 
Logarithms 
Inequations 
Inequations 
Inequations Quadratic and linear equations 
Installment Payments 
Mensuration 
Interest  Simple & Compound 
Interest  Simple & Compound 
Installment Payments 
Mensuration 
Number system 
Logarithm 
Logarithm 
Logarithms 
Mixtures and Alligations 
Partnership (Accounts) 
Mean – Arithmetic & Geometric 
Mean – Arithmetic & Geometric 
Mean – Arithmetic, harmonic 
Number System 
Percentages 
Mixtures and Allegations 
Mixtures and Allegations 
Menstruation 
Percentage 
Profit & Loss 
Percentages 
Percentages 
Number Base System 
Permutation and Combination 
Ratios and Proportion 
Permutations & Combinations 
Permutations & Combinations 
Partnership (Accounts) 
Probability 
Surds and Indices 
Progression  Arithmetic & Geometric 
Progression  Arithmetic & Geometric 
Permutation & Combination 
Profit and Loss 
TimeSpeedDistance 
Probability 
Probability 
Pipes and Cisterns 
Ratio and Proportion 
Trigonometry 
Profit & Loss 
Profit & Loss 
Probability 
Simple Interest and Partnership 
Work and time 
Ratios and Proportion 
Ratios and Proportion 
Profit & Loss 
Simplification 
Set Theory 
Set Theory 
Progressions – Arithmetic, Geometric, Maxima & Minima 
Time and Work 

Speed, Time and Distance 
Speed, Time and Distance 
Ratio & Proportions 
Time, Speed and Distance 

Trigonometry 
Simple & Compound Interest 

Vectors 
Time, Distance, Weights & Heights 
Reasoning – Verbal, Logical, Analytical
CAT 2019 
XAT 2020 
SNAP 2019 
CMAT 2020 
IBSAT 2019 
Assumptions 
Analogy 
Assertion and Reasons 
Analogy Test 
AssumptionPremiseConclusion 
Bars 
AssumptionPremiseConclusion 
AssumptionPremiseConclusion 
AssumptionPremiseConclusion 
Cause and effects 
Binary Logic 
Binary Logic 
Binary Logic 
Blood Relations 
Critical reasoning 
Blood Relations 
Blood Relations 
Blood Relations 
Cause and Effect 
Data Sufficiency 
Caselets 
Coding and Decoding 
Coding and Decoding 
Clocks and Calendars 
Logical Reasoning 
Clocks and Calendars 
Clocks and Calendars 
Clocks and Calendars 
CodingDecoding 
Statements and Conclusions 
CodingDecoding 
Critical Reasoning 
Critical Reasoning 
Comparisons 
Visual reasoning 
Data Arrangement 
Fact–InferenceJudgement 
Identifying next number in series 
Deductions 

Data Structures 
Identifying next number in series 
Identifying Strong and Weak arguments 
Directions 

Data Sufficiency 
Seating Arrangement 
Identifying valid inferences 
Family tree problem 

Direction Sense 
Visual reasoning 
Puzzles 
Input & Output 

Family Tree 
Seating Arrangement 
Identifying probably true probably false 

Sequencing 
Linear word formation 

Statements and Assumptions 
Matrix Arrangements 

Symbol Based problems 
Ranking Tests 

Visual reasoning 
Seating Arrangements 

Selections 

Series & Analysis 

Statements and conclusions 

Symbol Based problems 
Data Interpretation
CAT 2019 
XAT 2020 
SNAP 2019 
CMAT 2020 
IBSAT 2019 
Line Graphs 
Bar Graph 
Bar Graph 
Bar Graphs 
Bar graphs and Column graphs 
Pie Charts 
Data analysis and comparison 
Pie Charts 
Caselets 
Data Interpretation 
Puzzles 
Pie charts 
Series 
Pie Chart 
Graphs representing area 
Proposition 
Tables 
Tables 
Line Graph 
Matrix arrangements 
Seating Arrangement 
Tables 
Pie chart 

Series 
Venn Diagram 
Tables 

Sets 
Venn diagram 

Statements 

Syllogism 

Tables 

Venn Diagram 
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