**CAT 2020 Syllabus** – Candidates can check the **CAT syllabus** given on this page. IIMs do not prescribe any particular syllabus for Common Admission Test (CAT). However, there are some definite or fixed sections that come in the exam. The syllabus given here is as per the analysis of the exam over the years. CAT consists of the 3 sections, which are Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC). Check more information about **CAT 2020 syllabus** here.

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## CAT 2020 Syllabus

As per past paper analysis, here are some of the topics that are asked every year in CAT. Going by that,candidates can prepare these topics for the exam:

**Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)**

- Sentence Corrections
- Idioms
- Jumbled Passage
- Meaning-Usage Match
- Summary Questions
- Facts-Inferences-Judgements
- Reading Comprehension
- Verbal Reasoning
- Syllogisms
- Analogies
- Antonyms and Synonyms
- Fill in the blanks

**Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)**

- Family Tree
- The course of Action
- Arrangement
- Pie Chart
- Calendars
- Statement Conclusions
- Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments
- Puzzles
- Series
- Blood Relations
- Coding & Decoding
- Column Graphs
- Multi-dimensional
- Arrangements
- Visual Reasoning
- Numeric Grid
- Critical Reasoning
- Syllogisms
- Graphs representing Area
- Linear and Matrix Arrangements

**Quantitative Ability (QA)**

- Arithmetic
- Ratio and Proportion
- Trigonometry
- Probability
- Permutation and Combination
- Algebra
- Mensuration
- Time and work
- LCM & HCF
- Averages
- Harmonic Mean
- BODMAS
- Geometric Progression
- Partnership
- Instalments & Payments
- Profit and Loss
- Percentages
- Number systems
- Lines
- Pipes and Cisterns
- Mean, Median, Mode
- Geometry
- Quadratic and linear equations
- Angles and Triangles
- Cubes and Cones
- Arithmetic Progression
- Clocks
- Higher Maths
- Arithmetic Mean

### CAT 2020 Mock Test

An noteworthy strategy to score well in the examination is to practice mocks before appearing for the examination. This allows all the test-takers to analyze how examination is conducted. Our team at AglaSem have devised the mock tests for CAT aspirants. Check the links given below.

### Important Topics to Study for CAT 2020

As CAT is a management competitive examination, the major sections from which questions are framed in the exam are Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

**Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)**

- Sentence Correction
- Idioms
- Reading Comprehension
- Jumbled Passages
- Syllogisms
- Analogies
- Antonyms and Synonyms
- Summary questions
- Facts
- Inferences
- Judgments
- Fill in the Blanks

**Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)**

- Family Tree
- Arrangement
- Pie Chart
- Calendars
- Series
- Blood Relations
- Visual Reasoning
- Numeric Grid
- Coding and Decoding
- Critical Reasoning
- Graphs Representing Area
- Linear and Matrix Arrangements
- Statement Conclusions

**Quantitative Ability **

- Arithmetic
- Ratio and Proportion
- Probability
- Algebra
- Mensuration
- Trigonometry
- Permutation and Combination
- Angles and Triangles
- Profit and Loss
- Percentages
- Lines
- Pipes and Cisterns
- Clocks
- Cubes and Cones
- Mean, Median and Mode
- Geometric Progression
- Quadratic and Linear Progressions

### How to Prepare for CAT 2020?

Let’s check some preparation tips for CAT 2020 according to different toppers.

**Anandu S. Mukundan (Topper 2016): **As the famous quote states that *“To do something for yourself, devote 100% into it”*. According to this topper, every aspirant must dedicate in the preparation of exam wholeheartedly. This means that there should be time to time checking of your weaknesses and strengths.

**Yash Patel (Topper 2018:** This topper stated that previous year question papers hold a significant value when it comes to acing the examination like CAT. Usually while solving the questions, aspirants do not set a timer. However, this technique of keeping a timer for the exact duration of the exam plays an important role while preparing for the exam.

**Other Preparation Tips**

Divide your preparation time in 3 statges. Here’s what you can do in every phase.

**Phase I: **In this phase, try to read a lot. Pick 2-3 reputed newspaper dailies and start reading. Make this your habit. Try to be aware of what is happening in your surroundings. During this phase, it is essential to check the syllabus carefully. Sort down the topics and decide in advance which section has to be taken up first.

**Phase 2:** After dividing the sections for preparation, start your preparation by carefully understanding the sub-topics. In this phase, after completing every topic, solve previous year questions on that particular topic. This will help in increasing your speed and accuracy. Also, do not forget to take mock tests side by side.

**Phase 3: **Revise each and every that you have studied so far. Increase the frequency of solving mock tests on a daily basis. Make a goal that you have to complete 3 mocks in a day and so on. Also, during this phase, ensure that you have not left any important topic. For this, keep the syllabus beside and start marking which section is yet to be completed.

Also, as a CAT aspirant, you must be aware that it is not the online test that confirms your admission. Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) are the two most noteworthy parts of the admission process.

So, while preparing for the exam, also focus on maintaining your personality. Read what are the frequently asked questions in PI or what are the topics given for GD. For Group Discussion, ensure that you are focusing on what is happening around you be it politics, economy, environment, sports or entertainment.

### CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Check the exam pattern given below for CAT 2020. The exam pattern given below is as per the last year’s information. The pattern tends to change every year in terms of the number of questions asked in each section.

**Mode:**CAT is a computer-based test**Type of questions:**The test consists of MCQs and Type in the answers type questions**Total no. of questions:**There are total 100 questions in the exam**Marking scheme:**For every question. 03 marks are given. There is a negative marking of 01 marks.

**Distribution of questions**

Section Name | Total No. of Ques. | No. of MCQs | No. of TITA |

VARC | 34 | 27 | 7 |

DILR | 32 | 24 | 8 |

QA | 34 | 23 | 11 |

TOTAL | 100 | 74 | 26 |

### CAT Previous Year Question Papers

An important preparation strategy for the exam is to practice the previous year question paper after completing the syllabus. Check the previous year question papers for CAT given below.

Year | Question papers |

2019 | Download |

2018 | Download |

2017 | Download |

2012 | Download |

2011 | Download |

2010 | Download |

2009 | Download |

### Important Books for CAT 2020

Candidates can check the books given below to prepare for CAT 2020.

**For VARC**

Books | Links |

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT | Buy Here |

Wiley’s ExamXpert Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019 | Buy Here |

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Pearson | Buy Here |

**For DILR**

Books | Links |

How to Prepare for DATA INTERPRETATION for CAT | Buy Here |

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT | Buy Here |

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Pearson | Buy Here |

**For Quantitative Aptitude**

Books | Links |

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT | Buy Here |

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations | Buy Here |

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT | Buy Here |

### Previous Year Analysis of CAT Exam

Check the previous year analysis of CAT 2020 given below.

#### Slot 1 Analysis

**Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section (DILR): **The 3 DI sets that came in the exam were considered to be very easy. There were 4 questions from Linear Arrangement in supermarket and Coding. This section was on an easy to moderate difficulty level. Other questions that were asked were from:

- Archery
- Streets Intersection
- Dancers and Composers
- Prizes to be put in 100 boxes
- Bar chart based questions

**Quantitative Aptitude**: The students considered this section to be easy. Some students considered this section to be moderate. There were 22 MCQs and 12 type in the answer type questions. Majority of the questions were framed from:

- Algebra
- Arithmetic
- Modern Maths
- Geometry

**VARC: **The students considered this section to be tough as compared to previous years. There were 24 reading comprehension questions, 10 Verbal Ability questions, and 7 type in the answer type questions. Other topics from which questions were asked are:

- Para-jumbles
- Para Summaries
- Odd-one out

#### Slot 2 Analysis

There were total 100 questions in the exam. The students considered VARC and Quantitative Aptitude sections easy. On the other hand, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning sections was difficult to attempt.

**VARC: **There were 27 MCQs and 7 TITAs. Verbal section was a bit lengthy. Out of the 5 Reading Comprehension passages, 2 were of easy to attempt, one was medium and one was very difficult. Other questions were from the topics Para Jumbles, Odd One out.

**DILR: **Students considered this section to be easy. There were 28 MCQs and 08 TITAs. Most of the questions were asked from the topics:

- Smart Phone
- Currency Exchange Rate
- Coding
- Set Theory
- Ticket to a show
- Institute Accreditation
- Box Diagram

**QA:** The Quantitative Aptitude section was on a moderate to tough difficulty level. Out of all the questions, 25 questions were doable. The questions were framed from:

- Modern Math
- Algebra
- Arithmetic
- Number System
- Geometry
- Mensuration

## About CAT 2020

Common Admission Test is one of the popular management competitive entrance examination conducted for the students who want to pursue MBA / PGP and FPM courses. After qualifying CAT, the candidates can take admission in IIMs. The test is conducted annually for a duration of 3 hours. There are a total of 100 questions in the test. There are multiple-choice questions as well as type in the answers type questions. After qualifying the test, candidates are required to appear for Group Discussion (GD) / Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT).

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