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CAT Syllabus 2021

CAT Syllabus - CAT Exam is one of the toughest exam which happens in India every year with lakhs of aspirants appearing for it. The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer based test held by one of the IIM’s on rotation basis

Syllabus of CAT is very generalized and vast. It consists of total sections Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension ( VARC ), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning ( DILR) & Quantitative Aptitude. It is basically based on secondary school maths and english.

We know you are definitely aiming for Top B Schools of the Country, so for that you need to have a proper road map of your preparation of CAT. Go through our detailed syllabus analysis and also sign up on our platform to use timelined-study feature for getting a plan for your prep.

CAT Exam 2021:
Nov 28,
(Announced)
2021

CAT Syllabus 2021: PDF Download

The CAT conducting body has not officially released CAT 2021 syllabus but based on the previous year's paper we can infer what the syllabus will be for this year's exam. 



CAT 2020 Analysis

Before starting your preparation have a glance at what came in the previous year's papers; It will help you have a calculative approach towards your preparation. After going through the analysis note down the topics you need to practice more keeping in mind the topics that have more weightage in the exam.  

In CAT 2020, there were 3 sections and 26 questions in VARC, 24 in DILR, and 26 in QA. The CAT 2020 Exam Pattern was pivoted because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The time limit for the exam was reduced to 2 hours with 40 minutes given to each section. During the Pre-Covid time, the CAT paper used to have 3 sections comprising of 34 questions in VARC, 32 in DILR, and 34 in QA. Upon analysis, it was found that the overall difficulty level of both slots was roughly the same. The QA and DILR were of a lower difficulty level in CAT 2019 than in CAT 2018 but the VARC was trickier in CAT 2019. 



From this section, most of the questions are from reading comprehension passages. The passages can be from a wide range of topics such as history, science & Technology, human Psychology, Fiction. For scoring 95+ Percentile you should aim to score more than 35 in this section.



From this section, most of the questions are coming difficult from past few years so prepare accordingly. Attempting more than 16 questions is good. This year, it is expected that same pattern will be followed.