CAT Common Admission Test

IIM CAT 2018 Syllabus – Common Admission Test is just around the corner and candidates have started preparation for IIM CAT 2018 already. Toppers suggest that to be through with the syllabus should be the topmost priority of the candidate if they want to succeed. Then comes understanding the topics well. Making a plan ready is also important. Without knowing the syllabus your mind will be as good as a blank sheet. So guys here we will take you through this journey where we will let you navigate through the topics that form the main component of CAT syllabus. Since there is no fixed syllabus for CAT, it is important that you cover at least those topics well which you already know about. Let us see what are the topics covered in CAT.

Word of Advice for IIM CAT 2018 Preparation – Little time is left. So we will suggest that you should browse the IIM CAT 2018 Syllabus well and assign 4-5 hours to a topic in a day and cover them accordingly.

It is hard to arrive at any specific syllabus for CAT since the exam pattern suggests that the syllabus is nonstatic. However, CAT experts mention that some of the questions are from class 8th to graduation level. They have divided CAT syllabus into 3 sections:-

IIM CAT 2018 Syllabus

  1. Verbal Ability
  2. DI/LR
  3. Quantitative ability

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Correction in Sentence, Grammar or English Usage, Synonyms, Antonyms, Fill in the blanks, Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage, Analogies and Reverse Analogies, Meaning/Usage Match, Verbal Reasoning, Summary Questions, Reading Comprehension and Facts Inferences Judgements etc.


Candidates may find difficulty in understanding this section at first but with regular practice, this section can be covered within a month easily. All you need to do is take at least 2 hours each day and cover the topics in either ascending order or descending order as mentioned here. You can start with grammar section because it is either easy or the most difficult part for you. So it is absolutely fine to start with it. You may like to pick verbal reasoning next. It has often been noticed that students from Engineering field face a little bit problem in this section. While their basics of Quants and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are clear, a little endeavor is also needed to be put to fathom the core of language building.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Caselets and Tables, Bar Graphs and Column Graphs, Venn Diagrams, Number and letter Series, Line Charts & Pie Chart, Calendars, Cubes and Clocks, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Logical, Matching, Logical Sequence, Logical, Connectives, and Blood Relations


DI may be the most scary part for some, but if one can spend at least 3 hours on understanding the section, you will find that this section is actually not that bad. Some of the questions based in DI do not even require solving. They can be solved just by reading it well. No formula needed or any extra effort. Logical Reasoning may involve some tricky question. But again, the best solution to attend this section is to read the question well. Sometimes, the answer is simple but the only difference is that the way a question is asked may confuse you, that is where logical reasoning comes into play. How well you can arrive at a solution without being judgemental and emotional. In DI, you can start preparing with Graphs section first and then number and letter series. In Logical reasoning, you may like to begin with Blood Relations.

Quantitative Ability

Number Systems, Logarithm, LCM & HCF, Profit, Loss & Discount,Percentages, Speed, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Simple & Compound Interest, Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Binomial Theorem, Quadratic & Linear Equations,Sequences & Series, Complex Numbers, Surds & Indices, Inequalities, Set Theory, Mixtures & Allegations, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Functions & Geometry, Trigonometry and Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration


Quantitative Ability is one of the highest scorers. It can really turn the tables. If you are through with this section, nothing can stop you from getting the maximum marks from this part. In this section, you can start with time and work, it hardly takes 3 days to complete time and work. You can watch video tutorials for learning tricks to be implied in this section.


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