CAT 2017 SYLLABUS
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CAT Syllabus- CAT 2017 is expected to be conducted on December 03, 2017 for which it is very important to know about the complete CAT Syllabus. Even though the syllabus may be similar to the other management entrance examinations, however, CAT is different in the way as it is full of surprises. Candidates can check CAT Practice Papers to get an idea of marking scheme and the pattern of CAT Exam.
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In this article, we will explain the detailed syllabus for each section individually.
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Sections||3 (QA, DA & LR and VRC)|
|Total Number of Questions||100 (QA-34, DA & LR-32 & VRC-34)|
|Sectional Duration||1 hour for each section|
|Calculator Usage||Virtual Calculator will be provided|
|Time Allotted||180 minutes|
|Question Types||MCQs and Non-MCQs|
Non-MCQs (+3, No negative marking)
MCQs (+3, -1)
Quantitative Ability is considered to be a scoring section, but to get a good score, an aspirant must know the complete syllabus for Quant section.
Each topic in Quant syllabus has many sub-topics and are important in their own right. A candidate appearing for CAT 2017 must go through all these sub-topics in order to attempt maximum number of questions in CAT 2017 and score a good percentile.
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The sub-topics for each chapter included in CAT 2017 syllabus is given below.
|Arithmetic||Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances, etc.|
|Algebra||Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series etc.|
|Geometry||Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles, etc.|
|Mensuration||Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern, etc.|
|Calculus||Maxima and Minima, Function|
|Trigonometry||Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances, etc.|
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The different types of charts and graphs are listed below:
Before CAT 2017, Logical Reasoning and Language Comprehension comprised one section of the test paper. However, in 2015, Logical Reasoning was clubbed with Data Interpretation to make for a separate third section in the question paper.
Logical Reasoning can prove to be a scoring section, if prepared carefully. Though the syllabus for Logical Reasoning can be endless, there are certain crucial topics which are repeated in CAT exam papers.
Some of the main topics for Logical Reasoning syllabus for CAT 2017 are given below:
The types of questions in this section are listed below:
CAT is the exclusive choice of most graduates that can head start their career by a massive amount. Acting as a gateway to the illustrious IIMs and other Institutions with state of the Art Study Programme and global exposure.
And with days passing by and the CAT 2017 Dates getting closer, candidates are advised to plan their study schedule well with standard books for CAT.
Here we have prepared a list of some highly recommended books which are excellent for preparation of Verbal and Reading Comprehension section.
Below we have curated a list of preparation books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section based on user reviews:
Preparing with the right resources in hand can prove to be an asset for those appearing in the CAT 2017. Here we have listed a few books which are vouched for by CAT exam toppers.
CAT is known for its surprises every year. The level of questions asked in CAT is very high as compared to others. English section is highly dependent on Reading Comprehension (RC) and it is marked that over 70% of the questions are based on RC.
CAT Exam Pattern is unpredicted; every year it changes and it is not notified before the exam. Candidates get surprise while taking the exam.
Trend Analysis of pattern of questions in CAT is represented in the following tables-
In 2015, there was no particular change in the number of questions in CAT. The distribution of questions is depicted in the table given below-
|Section||VRC||DI & LR||QA|
|Number of Questions||34||32||34|
In 2016, As CAT is full of surprises, in Quantitative Ability section, the change in distribution of questions can be easily seen.
|Section||VRC||DI & LR||QA|
|Number of Questions||34||32||34|
Usually, there are 8 sets of 4 questions each in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) but in 2016, it was difficult to figure out the type of questions as no graph was provided. Questions on DI & LR are tricky while in other management entrance exams, questions are direct and are in-depth calculative.
Due to technical glitches (symbolic issues) in Quantitative Ability (QA) section, the sectional cut off dropped. An aspirant should attempt 27-28 questions with 90% accuracy in order to secure 99 percentiles in quant section. Normally, questions are formulae based but they are tricky too.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) Section- In 2015, 24 questions were based on Reading Comprehension (RC) and 10 were on Verbal Ability (VA). The separate sub section was defined in 2015 but in 2016, there was no separate sub section. All the questions were merged, which increased the stress level of candidates.
CAT is an online entrance test while other management entrance exams such as XAT, IIFT and SNAP are held in offline mode. There is no provision of choosing the particular section, they will be auto generated while taking the exam.
Over the years, change in level of difficulty of the sections has been observed. The same is predicted in the following table:
|Section||Level of Difficulty|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||Increased|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||Highly Increased|
In 2016, around 6,32,434 candidates applied for CAT which is one of the highest in last 7 years. Huge number of candidates applying for the exam, increases the competency level of getting selected.
Keeping in mind the competition factor, it is prudent to prepare for the CAT exam at least 3-months prior the exam. Preparation and regular practice not just helps in learning the topics, but also helps in increasing the accuracy and speed of attempting questions.
Preparation for CAT 2017, cannot be completed without the right preparation material and practice papers. There are pantheon of materials and books available in market and on internet.
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