CAT Syllabus with Preparation Tips

CAT Syllabus with Preparation Tips

Common Admission Test, CAT 2017 has been the most anticipated notification for each of the graduates who intend to get themselves enlisted into India’s top B-schools in 2018.

Changing its directing body each passing year to have one of a kind CAT exam, the current year’s CAT 2017 is being led by the old set up B-school, IIM Lucknow.

CAT 2017 is being held for graduates who aspire to pursue their Masters in Business Administration i.e. MBA as their post-graduation course from India’s top B-schools like IIM’s, FMS and so forth.

CAT 2017 will be directed by IIM Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow is the most sought-after MBA institute with decades of experience and 100% placement record. Having assigned the duty to direct CAT 2017, IIM Lucknow’s Chair Professor would be designated as the “Convener” during the current year’s CAT. The final date of CAT is still under planning but most likely it will be held in November or December 2017.

Among all the hype, it is necessary to prepare thoroughly for this exam, so given below are some important topics which must be covered under CAT Syllabus 2017

 1.   Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

This section is considered to be tricky and very time consuming by most aspirants. For 2017, the topics students should emphasize more while preparing are:

  • Number System– Approximately 3-4 questions can be expected to be asked covering sub topics such as divisibility and remainders and number properties.

While preparing number system students should keep in mind to clear the basics because it can be tough to understand without getting the base right.

  • Arithmetic- Though it is considered to be important since past three years not many questions are asked from it.

So, candidates should concentrate only on those type of questions which were asked in previous years’ CAT.

  • Algebra- Since past three years a lot many questions have been asked from algebra. Students should pay a lot of attention towards preparing probable sub topics like anything and everything where there is an equation with the variable ‘x’.
    2. Quadratic and Linear equations
    3. Functions and Graphs
    4. Maxima and Minima
    5. Logarithms
    6. Sequences and Series

Candidates should prepare these topics thoroughly and also they should learn and practice the pattern of questions which have been asked previously in CAT

  • Geometry:This topic too has been asked a lot in the past years. Sub topics such as Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration have been asked a lot over time.
    Geometry can also be very time consuming so candidates should prepare in such a way that they have practiced various aspects of Geometry along with its implications and uses.

  • Permutation and Combination/Probability:This is another topic that contributes around one to two questions to the exam.But there are chances that number of questions can increase, candidates should think very logically when attempting questions of this kind.

2- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

This section will check a candidate’s decision-making skills in less time. As for any successful manager, this skill holds the utmost importance. The manager is required to make many quick decisions and the scope of error is very less.

  • Data Interpretation: Questions from topics such as Tables, charts, data sufficiency, caselets will be asked to assess candidate’s ability to use common sense and logic to understand the situation given correctly.
  • Logical Reasoning: Data arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Matching Puzzles, Family Tree, clocks and calendars, assumptions and statements, all these hold a lot of importance.

Candidates should always consider questions based on such topics as a game. Logic and quickness in thinking will be judged or assessed through such questions. A manager has such situations to be taken care of in real life where his/her logic and objectivity is put to test.

3- Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

This section is divided in two parts which are Reading Comprehension and English Usage.

  • Reading Comprehension: Usually it carries 5 passages, each having 3-4 questions.

Tip: Candidates are advised to inculcate a reading habit. For quickly solving reading comprehension students should be in a habit to skim through a paragraph with speed and at the same time being able to understand what is the summary of that paragraph. Then only candidates can score in these questions

  • English Usage: Questions are ideally asked from topics like Fact Inference Judgment, Fill in the blanks, Grammar, Para Completion, Para Jumble, Sentence Correction, Verbal Reasoning, Word Usage (Vocabulary)

Tip: Candidates should be curious to learn new and use those English words every day. Having a very strong base in grammar will help students in scoring more.