# IIM CAT SYLLABUS 2023

**IIM CAT Syllabus**

The Common Admission Test is one of the toughest exams in India after graduation. It also provides opportunities to students from all streams and courses. All top institutions offering MBA in India accept CAT Score.

To qualify this exam one needs to prepare smartly with full concentration and to prepare smartly one needs to inspect the syllabus thoroughly. CAT syllabus can be completed in 3 months if a proper study plan strictly based on the syllabus is implemented.

**CAT Paper Section Wise Marks Distribution**

The paper of CAT is conducted for a total of 66 questions for which 120 minutes is allotted and a student can get a maximum of 198 marks . The 120 minutes allotted for this exam is subdivided in three sections with 40 minutes for each.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) |
36% |

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) |
30% |

Quantitative Ability (QA) |
34% |

All sections have approximately equal weightage in the marks distribution .There are 24, 20, 22 questions in the VARC, DILR and QA sections respectively .

**Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension**

Major part of this section is covered by questions of Reading Comprehension. There are a total of 4 passages with 4 questions in each section. Apart from RC, there are 4 questions each form

Paragraph summary and Paragraph jumbling. To tackle these types of questions students must study the following topics.

Syllogisms |
Analogies |
Antonyms |

Phrases Modifiers |
Errors in tenses |
Articles usage |

Sentence completion |
Foreign language words used in English |
Different usage of the same word |

Fill in the blanks |
Para Completion and inference |
Verbal Logic |

Parts of speech |
Preposition |
Types of Clauses |

Grammar |
Reading Comprehension |
Idioms |

Jumbled paragraphs |
Sentence correction |
One word substitution |

Verbal Reasoning |
Subject-verb agreement |
Para jumbles |

**Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning**

The section is one of the most unique sections of this exam. Visual interpretation of graphs and charts is needed for this part. Out of 20 questions, most questions are from Graphs & Charts while about 6 questions come from Graphs & Bar diagrams. Other important topics include Pie charts and Table & Charts.

Column Graphs |
Venn Diagrams |
Logical Connectives |

Cubes |
Seating Arrangement |
Logical Matching |

Bar Graphs |
Line Charts |
Syllogism |

Number and Letter Series |
Clocks |
Binary Logic |

Tables |
Caselets |
Logical Sequence |

Pie Charts |
Calendars |
Blood Relations |

**Quantitative Aptitude**

This section is very similar to mathematics with major questions from arithmetic and algebra topics. This part consists of more conceptual questions with some questions from geometry also.

Mensuration |
Time-Speed-Distance |
Logarithms |

Algebra |
Surds and Indices |
Percentages |

Geometry |
Ratios and Proportion |
Inequalities |

Partnership (Accounts) |
Number System |
Square Root and Cube Root |

Trigonometry |
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations |
Work and Time |

Profit & Loss |
Geometric Progression |
Probability |

Mean, mode, median |
Binomial theorem |
Simple interest and compound interest |

There is negative marking for MCQs questions but not for descriptive questions. Students must have a good command on school level basic mathematics to clear this exam. Applicants can start their preparations by revising class 7 to 10 NCERT mathematics. After That they just need to practice questions and previous year papers.

**FAQs**

**How many maximum attempts are allowed in CAT ?**

CAT is one of the unique exams which don’t impose such restrictions for applicants. Students can apply for this exam as long as they meet all educational qualifications. There is no age limit for CAT.

**Are calculators allowed in the CAT exam ?**

No, candidates are not allowed to bring calculators to the examination hall, however they can use virtual calculators on the screens of computers.

**Do I need to write answers to descriptive questions on paper ?**

No, candidates have to just type answers for the descriptive questions in the main exam .