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CAT Syllabus 2018 - VARC, DILR and QA

CAT Syllabus 2018

CAT Syllabus: In this article we help you understand the syllabus for CAT exam 2018. Studying through the CAT syllabus 2018 will help you get into the top twenty IIM’s and around 100 other institutes that accept the CAT exam score 2018.

Latest Update: IIMs has announced the CAT 2018 exam date on Sunday, November 25, 2018.  Detailed notification for CAT 2018 may be released in July / August 2018.

CAT Syllabus 2018: Marking Scheme

The CAT exam pattern has changed over the years and now has 100 questions divided into 3 sections. The exam questions are a mix of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Non Multiple Choice Questions (Non MCQs). Marking Scheme details are as follows:

Question Type Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
Multiple Choice Questions +3 -1
Non-Multiple Choice Questions +3 Nil

CAT Syllabus 2018: Exam Syllabus

There are three main sections in the CAT exam 2018 and the exam syllabus of CAT is divided accordingly. The CAT exam 2018 is time bound test and candidates will get 60 minutes to answer each section. Candidates must answer all questions in a section and only then move to the other section.

The details of the CAT syllabus 2018 for exam are as follows:

CAT Exam Sections CAT Exam Sections Breakup MCQ Non-MCQ CAT Syllabus
VARC Reading Comprehension 24-28 Nil
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms
  • Contextual usage
  • Different usage of same word
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Grammar
  • Idioms
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • One word substitution
  • Para Completion and inference
  • Para-jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence completion
  • Sentence correction
  • Syllogisms
  • Verbal Logic
  • Verbal Reasoning
Verbal Ability 3-5 4-5
DILR Data Interpretation 12 4
  • Assumptions
  • Bars
  • Binary Logic
  • Blood Relations
  • Caselets
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Data Arrangement
  • Data Structures
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Direction Sense
  • Family Tree
  • Line Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Proposition
  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Series
  • Sets
  • Statements
  • Syllogism
  • Tables
  • Venn Diagram
Logical Reasoning 12 4
QA   23-27 7-11
  • Algebra
  • Averages
  • Geometric Progression
  • Geometry
  • HCF & LCM
  • Inequalities
  • In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  • Logarithms
  • Mensuration
  • Number system
  • Partnership (Accounts)
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Surds and Indices
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Trigonometry
  • Work and time

CAT Syllabus: Keep Points

Here are some key points that candidates must keep in mind while preparing for the CAT syllabus 2018:

  • CAT 2018 exam is an online exam with 75 MCQ and 25 Non MCQ type questions.
  • In the last 3 years, since 2015 there are almost nil questions based on vocabulary and grammar.
  • Mostly there are up to five Reading comprehension passages and all questions are a set of 4
  • For the QA and DI sections, candidates are allowed to use on screen calculator
  • Popular Topics: 
    • QA: Percentage, Profit & Loss, Work, Time & Speed, Compound interest
    • VA: Jumbled paragraph, Paragraph summary and picking odd sentence out of jumbled sentence.

CAT Syllabus 2018

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