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December 18, 2015


The CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. Exam pattern depict the questions are mainly from following areas usually divided into three sections

Section I: Quantitative Ability
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Verbal Ability

Section I

Quantitative Ability
Quantitative Ability comprising mainly of arithmetic, mensuration, geometry, algebra, trignometry, probablity and calculus etc

Arithmetic – number systems, ratio propotions, simplification, averages, ages, time, work, distances etc.
Geomtery – triangles and circles
Mensuration – areas and volumes
Algebra – theory of equations, quadratiic equations, pemutations and combinations, sequence and series etc
Trignometry – height and distances
Calculus – maxima and minima, functions etc

Section II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation
Data Interpretation – line graphs, bar charts, tables, pie diagrams, scatter diagrams

Logical Reasoning comprising passages on Logical Ability

Section III

Verbal Ability comprising  English Grammar, Vocabulary, Proficiency, Usage and Comprehension

English Grammar  – not many core questions
English Vocabulary – no straight synonyms or antonyms but sometimes analogies or pairs in fill in blanks
English Proficiency – correction, rearrangement and completion  of sentences and paragraphs
English Usage – inappropriate usage of words, commonly confused pair of words
English Comprehension – around five to six paragraphs with around 1000 words and five to six questions each mainly checking your ability to comprehend with speed.




There is no fixed pattern for exam . The exam pattern keeps changing every year.

Test Duration and Pattern CAT

  • Duration of the examination has been increased to 180 minutes from the existing limit of 170 minutes.
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Verbal And Reading Comprehension (VRC)  will consist of 34 questions each and Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning (DILR) will have 32 questions .
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type.
    Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.
  • Facility for the first time given to use of basic on-screen calculator for computation
  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 15th October 2015

Test Duration & Pattern (CAT 2015)

Section No. of Questions Duration
1.  Quantitative Ability
34 3 hrs.
2.  Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
3.Verbal And Reading Comprehension  34  
           Total 100 3 hrs.