CAT 2018 SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
CAT Syllabus 2018 is not officially released by any IIM. However, based on previous year question papers and analysis’, we have curated below the most important topics for this year’s Common Admission Test. The examination is scheduled for November 25 in a computer-based format.
Read on to know about the topics from which questions are generally asked in CAT exam. A clear idea of the syllabus of CAT will help you prepare in a focused and a structured manner.
Based on the question paper of CAT 2018, certain changes in CAT Exam Syllabus were observed. The following changes are expected to be followed in CAT 2018 as well:
The sub-topics for each chapter included in CAT 2018 syllabus is given below-
|CAT Syllabus for Quants||Sub-Topics|
|Arithmetic||Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances|
|Algebra||Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series|
|Geometry||Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles|
|Mensuration||Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern|
|Calculus||Maxima and Minima, Function|
|Trigonometry||Trigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances|
Preparing with the right resources in hand can prove to be an asset for those appearing in the CAT 2018. Here we have listed a few books which are vouched for by CAT exam toppers.
|Books for CAT||Author Name/Publisher||ISBN Number|
|How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Arun Sharma||9352602242|
|Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs||Sarvesh K. Verma||9311123870|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Nishit K. Sinha||9332570019|
The syllabus for DILR section is given below:
|CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation|
|Bar Graph||Line Graph|
|Caselets||Combination of Graphs|
|Data Sufficiency||Games & Tournaments|
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|CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning|
|Clocks and Calendars||Venn Diagram|
|Logical Matching||Logical Connectives|
Below we have curated a list of preparation books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section based on user reviews:
|Books for CAT||Author Name/Publisher||ISBN Number|
|CAT 2018 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Gautam Puri||9386309475|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT||Nishit K. Sinha||933257121X|
|Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||Ananta Ashisha||9352039246|
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT||Arun Sharma||9352602250|
Important topics under VARC are listed below:
|CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension|
|Critical Reasoning||Grammar & Usage|
|Sentence Correction||Word usage|
|Fill in the blanks||Para Jumble|
Here we have prepared a list of some highly recommended books which are excellent for the preparation of Verbal and Reading Comprehension section.
|Books for CAT Exam||Author Name/ Publisher||ISBN Number|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT||Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant||9352602269|
|30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback||Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster||067174349X|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT||Sharma and Upadhyay||9339222695|
|PSC for VA for CAT||Nishit Sinha||9332570027|
Ques. I am writing CAT 2018 and I have worked with all the NCERT mathematics books up to class 12. So I can clear the CAT exam?
Ans. Mathematics or quant syllabus is generic in nature. It all depends on the difficulty level of the exam and the CAT syllabus. Kindly refer RS Aggarwal book or Arihant CAT books to gain more clarity.
Ques. If I am new to computer education, can I still compete equally well with the other participants? My computer speed is slow.
Ans. Yes as the exam pattern got changed a few years back, students must prepare in online mode. So to boost your speed, do practice CAT mock papers in online mode.
Ques. Can I leave Mixture and allegations doing the preparation? The topic questions are difficult and complex.
Ans. It is advised not leave any topic from the CAT syllabus as there is no fixed weigtage. It has been seen that there are always surprises related to the Quant section. Best to prepare all the topics.
Ques. Is puzzles topic covered in DI or LR section?
Ans. They both are combined to form 1 section in the CAT 2018 exam. So do combine preparation of these topics.
Ques. If I attempt 15 questions from each section of DI, QA, and RC then what are my chances of qualifying the exam?
Ans. This depends completely on the difficulty level and the minimum cut off defined for each section. But as the percentile is high, we would suggest that attempt at least 30 questions in each section correctly.
Ques. Are marks are deducted for spelling errors in the non- MCQ type of questions?
Ans. There is no marking scheme defined clearly for the Non- MCQ type of questions. So, no details can be given about the marks deduction for the spelling errors.
Ques. I am weak in the quants section. What are the top 5 topics that can help me qualify the exam?
Ans. The top 5 CAT quant topics for preparation are as follows:
Ques. Along with Para jumbles, what other important topics can I prepare for the English section of CAT syllabus?
Ans. The important topics for CAT English section are as follows:
Ques. I have completed my graduation from a Hindi medium college. I am not good at English. Can I give the exam in regional language or Hindi?
Ans. No, the exam is conducted in English medium only.
Ques. I am PWD category candidate. Do I have different CAT exam syllabus as I have a physical health issue?
Ans. No, the syllabus is same for all the candidates irrespective of the category details.
Ques. I am not sure about the questions in Vocabulary. How can I improve my vocabulary?
Ans. Start reading newspaper and Novels on a daily basis this will help you in increase your vocabulary.
Ques. How can I improve my performance in CAT in limited time?
Ans. Best way to analyze your performance is to do 1 or 2 mock tests each day for a week. Before this, just do a brush up of all the topics and then see your weak areas and strong areas. After identifying these areas do the preparation.
Ques. As only 6 months are left in the CAT 2018 exam, I want to do my best in the QA section. How many days do I have to allot to each topic in QA section?
Ans. There is a 50-day plan for completing all the topics of the QA section in detail. Just stick to it to do well in QA section.
|Permutation and combination||5|
|Surds and indices||2|
|Progression (sequence and series)||4|
|Quadratic and higher order equations||4|
|Ratio and proportion||3|
|Time and work||3|
|Speed, Time and Distance||4|
|Interest (compound and simple)||3|
|Profit, loss and Discount||3|
Ques. I am looking for some online app that I can use for my CAT preparation. I am mostly traveling so carrying books on my way is difficult.
Ans. There are few good apps that can be used for the preparation of the online syllabus:
|App name||Rating||Daily tip||Useful for|
|MBA test prep||4.3/5||Word List, Question of the Day, Tip of the Day, Puzzle of the Week, News, Announcements||CAT, NMAT, XAT, SNAP|
|TCY Exam pre||4/ 5||Challenge zone problems created every day for a problem-solving||CAT, XAT, NMAT and IIFT|
|MBA: NMAT CAT IIFT AIMA MAT||3/5||More than 3000 problems on all the sections of CAT||Other useful exams are CAT, XAT, CMAT, IIFT and NMAT|
|MBA- CAT/ CMAT preparation||3.5/5||There are separate headers for each of the sections in CAT||High-quality analysis of the performance is done by the app, the detailed report can be thus figured out by the use of the app.|
Ques. I have heard a lot about the stress test. What is a stress test for RC section?
Ans. A stress test is basically designed to check your ability to comprehend the data defined in the paragraph. There are 5 comprehensions that a candidate is expected to complete in 35 minutes duration. Also, evaluation is done for identifying how many questions are attempted correctly.
Ques. I have done a lot of mock preparation for the CAT RC section. I can see that I lose marks in this section, generally, a difference of perception can be observed on the answers. How can I bridge this gap?
Ans. This is a common complaint by most of the candidates who write the RC section. The problem comes because we end up creating our own perception while solving the problems. While attempting RC section, keep this tip in mind: “Identify general idea and purpose of the passage in the author’s perspective”.
Ques. How many questions can come on polity and economics in the VARC section in the CAT exam?
Ans. There are no direct questions that can come from the Economy and polity section directly.
Ques. I am working on the CAT VARC syllabus. I have worked for 30 days but still could not complete the syllabus. Can I get some schedule to complete the QA section?
Ans. The QA section syllabus is as follows:
|English usage or Grammar||5|
|Fill in the blanks||5|
|Facts/ inference/ judgements||4|
Ques. There are plenty of books on the market for preparing DI section. I am confused about the quality and rating. Which book to buy?
Ans. This is good that you understand the importance of only 1 book to work with for the last minute preparation. You can buy any 1 of the book from the list given below:
Ques. I have prepared for XAT exam, can the same books used for preparing CAT syllabus?
Ans. Yes, the same books can be used for preparing the CAT syllabus.
Ques. What is the percentage weight for the MCQ and non- MCQ topic in the CAT syllabus?
Ans. There is no clear definition of the MCQ and non- MCQ syllabus defined by the CAT authorities in the QA section. So prepare all sections equally well.
Ques. I want to do some online preparation for the CAT syllabus. Can you give me the name of some of the websites that I can work with?
Ans. Sure, you can work with PaGalGuy, money control, test find, cracku, career launcher and Handa Ka Funda.
Ques. If I want to excel in the Data interpretation section, what is the preparation strategy that I can follow? I am confused about finding a good strategy?
Ans. A strategy that works for you is the best strategy but one way to prepare is that you can work with ARUN SHARMA book on Data interpretation as it has the good representation of each and every part in the single and logical way. The mock papers by pagal guy and money control are the best to work.
Ques. Does the book Arun Sharma cover all the important topics for the section of Logical Reasoning or multiple books are to be referred?
Ans. The ARUN SHARMA AND NISHIT SINHA books are sufficient for logical reasoning. The mock papers and notes from HANDA KA FUNDA website are sufficient which provide immense simple well defining graphic charts and formulas.
Ques. Do the coaching classes cover the entire syllabus defined by the CAT exam authorities or some part is left for self-study. Also, can you give me the names of some good coaching institutes in Delhi?
Ans. Well, coaching institutes cover the entire syllabus defined by the CAT exam authorities. When looking for some coaching you can refer to the following details:
|Rank||Name of Coaching Center||Location||Rating|
|1||P T Education||New Delhi||4.2|
|2||T.I.M.E.||Connaught Place, New Delhi||3.8|
|3||Career Launcher||Kingsway Camp, New Delhi||3.7|
|4||IMS Learning Resources||Connaught Place, New Delhi||3.2|
Ques. I have heard that there is a change in the exam pattern of QA section. Now there is 50:50 weigtage of both the MCQ and non- MCQ type of questions. Is it true?
Ans. No, it is not true. As per the exam pattern, only 8 questions will be non- MCQ type rest of the questions will be MCQ type.
Ques. If I apply for a 90-day study plan, what are my chances of getting selected in CAT 2018?
Ans. Well, a 90-day study plan, if followed precisely, will ensure that your study would be completed within time. But your dedication and commitment will make all the difference.
Ques. Can you give me a list of all the topics that are added to CAT 2018 syllabus over CAT 2017 syllabus?
Ans. Well, there are no additions that are officially announced in the CAT 2018 syllabus.
Ques. I have heard that switching between the sections is not allowed in the CAT online exam. Is it true?
Ans. Yes, the switching between the sections is not allowed in the CAT 2018 exam. So best would be to completely work with 1 section and then move on to the next section.
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