CAT Syllabus 2019: Important Topics for VARC/ DILR/ QA
CAT Syllabus is not released officially. However, based on previous year question papers and analysis, we have curated the most important topics. CAT 2019 is scheduled for November 24 in a computer-based format.
- CAT Syllabus is based on the curriculum of class 10+2.
- The exam evaluates a candidate on quantitative, verbal ability, reading comprehension, data interpretation, and reasoning skills.
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- The paper consists of 100 MCQ & Non-MCQ questions that are to be completed in 3 hours.
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Read on to know about the section-wise weightage, important topics and exam analysis
Overview of CAT Syllabus 2019
Based on the question paper of the previous year, specific changes in CAT Syllabus were observed. Here is an overview of the CAT 2019 syllabus:
- Quantitative Aptitude- 34 questions from different disciplines of mathematics. Expect an increased number of non-MCQs.
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- RC to have 70% weightage in the VARC section, 24 questions from 5-6 sets.
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning- 20 questions from Data Interpretation and 12 questions on Logical Reasoning. Expect this section to be the toughest.
- Non-MCQs: Expect more than 25 non-MCQs in total.
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Marking Scheme for CAT 2019 exam
CAT marking scheme has seen changes with the introduction of non-MCQs in the exam pattern. There is no negative marking for the non-MCQs so that candidates can attempt more questions.
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CAT syllabus for quantitative aptitude has seen very little changes over the year. CAT 2019 syllabus for quants is expected to be moderate in terms of difficulty.
- Questions in QA are mostly based on topics from the Mathematics syllabus to class 10.
- This section focuses on numerical problems and will test a candidate’s mathematical knowledge.
- It is a test of speed, accuracy, and precision.
- The QA section in CAT Exam is expected to have 27 MCQs and 7 Non-MCQs.
- This section seems to be the favorite one as over 40% of questions are asked from Quants. Check Important Formulae
|CAT Syllabus for Quants||Sub-Topics|
|Arithmetic||Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distance|
|Algebra||Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series|
|Geometry||Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles|
|Mensuration||Areas and Volumes- Rectangle, Squares, Triangle, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern|
|Calculus||Maxima and Minima, Function|
|Trigonometry||Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances|
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Important topics for Quantitative Aptitude in CAT 2019
There are a total of 34 questions from the aptitude section. Arithmetic holds the most weightage out of all of the topics. In fact, arithmetic ranks second after reading comprehension in terms of weightage in the CAT 2019 exam. Most of the questions in a quant section are from general topics like profit & loss, number system, geometry, etc.
As per the graphs, it is evident that ‘arithmetic’ holds the most weightage, followed by ‘modern math’. Modern math consists of topics like Logarithm, Progression, Set theory, Permutation & combination, Functions, etc. There were a total of 12 TITA (Type in the answer) questions in both the CAT 2018 slots. Our recommendation would be to focus on geometry, algebra, modern math and most importantly arithmetic. These topics carry maximum weightage in the quantitative section.
|Topics||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2|
Preparation Books for CAT Quantitative Ability Section
Preparing with the right resources in hand can prove to be an asset for those appearing in the CAT 2019. 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|
- This section will focus on two aspects- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
- DI will have both MCQ and Non-MCQ questions.
- Questions from Data Interpretation focus on a candidate’s ability to derive conclusions from a given set of data.
- Logical Reasoning (LR) section tests a candidate’s logical thinking and its application to everyday problems.
- LR questions can be individual or be in a set of 4 or more questions.
- DILR section is expected to see 24 MCQs and only 8 Non-MCQs
|CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation||CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning|
|Bard Graph||Line Graph||Arrangements||Prepositions|
|Pie Chart||Tables||Data Arrangement||Puzzles|
|Caselets||Combination of Graphs||Assumptions||Statements|
|Data Sufficiency||Games and Tournaments||Clock and Calendars||Venn Diagram|
|-||-||Logical Matching||Logical Connectives|
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DILR Topics for CAT 2019
Generally, the DILR section has 4 sets, each of Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. But last year, there were 3 sets from DI and 4 from LR, while one set was a combination of both DI and LR. So from this particular section, expect surprises this year as well. This particular section has been the decider for the last three years and the level of difficulty is also on the rise.
The DI section which has 3-4 sets can be further divided into ‘Reasoning Based Questions or ‘Calculation Based Questions’. Questions from arrangement sets have been more prominent over recent years even though there is no dedicated weightage or topic preferences. So it is advisable to practice as much as you can, especially CAT previous years’ question paper.
Preparation Books for CAT Exam Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
We have curated a list of preparation books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section for CAT 2019:
|Books for CAT||Author Name/Publisher||ISBN Number|
|CAT 2019 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|
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CAT Syllabus 2019: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
CAT Syllabus 2019 for VARC covers a wide range of topics from para jumbles, to sentence correction and passage comprehension. A brief about the CAT 2019 syllabus for verbal ability and rc passages is given below:
- VARC section tests a candidate’s language and comprehension skills.
- The comprehension questions will test the ability of the candidate to comprehend the meaning from a given passage.
- Questions from the Reading Comprehension passage can be true/false statements based on the passage, Author's point of view on the issues raised in the passage, Inference from the passage, the central idea of the passage and its purpose.
- The questions in the RC part will be objective.
- Verbal Ability questions will mostly be Non-MCQs.
- This year, 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs are expected in the paper.
- Generally, 70% of questions come from Reading Comprehension.
|CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension|
|Critical Reasoning||Grammar and Usage|
|Sentence Correction||Word Usage|
|Fill in the Blanks||Para Jumble|
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VARC Topics for CAT 2019: Para jumbles and Reading Comprehension
As per the last exam update, the verbal section was combined with reading comprehension to form a section now known as ‘VARC’. Under the verbal ability sub-topic, questions from sentence correction, grammar, vocabulary, or fill in the blanks have not appeared in the last three years in the CAT 2019. So it’s not worthwhile to dedicate extensive time to these topics. Instead, questions from the para jumble topic have become an integral part from the verbal ability section. The difficulty of para jumbles has also been moderate in the past few years.
|Topics||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2|
|Para Jumbles||4||4||4 (TITA)||4 (TITA)||4 (TITA)||4 (TITA)|
|Out of Context||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)|
|Summary||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)||3 (TITA)|
On the other hand, Reading Comprehension dominates the VARC section with a consistent 24 questions allocated to the topic. 5-6 passages are expected in the CAT exam with a word count of 400-800 words. Candidates have to answer the questions based on the passage.
This particular section is also important in terms of scoring. The DILR section is expected to be tough, just like the previous year. So it is important for candidates to score big in this section.
Preparation Books for CAT Exam Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Here we have prepared a list of some highly recommended books which are excellent for the preparation of the 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|
CAT Syllabus FAQs
Ques.: I am writing CAT 2019, and I have worked with all the NCERT mathematics books up to class 12. So will I clear the CAT exam?
Ans. Mathematics or quant syllabus is generic. 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 for online mode. So to boost your speed, do practice CAT mock papers in online mode.
Ques.: Can I leave Mixture and allegations while preparing for the exam? The topic questions are complicated and complex.
Ans. It is advised not to leave any topic from the CAT syllabus as there is no fixed weightage. 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 2019 exam. So do combine the 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 entirely 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 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 for the exam?
Ans. The top 5 CAT quant topics for preparation are as follows:
- Numeric system
- Permutation and combination
- Set theory
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:
- Fact inference Judgement
- Para completion
- Sentence correction
- Word usage
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 a PWD category candidate. Do I have different CAT exam syllabus as I have a physical health issue?
Ans. No, the syllabus is the 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 newspapers and Novels daily this will help you in increasing your vocabulary.
Ques.: How can I improve my performance in CAT in a limited time?
Ans. The best way to analyze your performance is to do 1 or 2 mock tests each day for a week. Before this, 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 2019 exam, I want to do my best in the QA section. How many days do I have to allot to each topic in the 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 the 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. Few good apps 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||The app does a high-quality analysis of the performance; 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 the RC section?
Ans. A stress test is 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 in 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 perception while solving the problems. While attempting the 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|
| Odd sentence||10|
|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:
- CAT 2019 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning- Gautam Puri
- Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT- Nishit K. Sinha
- Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency- Ananta Ashisha
- How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT- Arun Sharma
Ques.: I have prepared for the 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? Am I 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 excellent representation of every part singly and logically. The mock papers by pagal guy and money control are the best to work.
Ques.: Does the book Arun Sharma cover all the essential 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 excellent 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||PT 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 the QA section. Now there is 50:50 weightage of both the MCQ and non- MCQ type of questions. Is it true?
Ans. No, it is not valid. 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 2019?
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 2019 syllabus over CAT 2019 syllabus?
Ans. Well, there are no additions that are officially announced in the CAT 2019 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 2019 exam. So best would be to completely work with 1 section and then move on to the next section.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College