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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
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
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation Data Interpretation – line graphs, bar charts, tables, pie diagrams, scatter diagrams
Logical Reasoning comprising passages on Logical Ability
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.
COMMON ADMISSION TESTfor IIMs (CAT) Exam Pattern
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