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CAT 2017 Syllabus- Download PDF for VARC/ DILR/ QA

Updated On - February 19th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

As per CAT 2017 Mock Test, certain changes in CAT Exam Syllabus have been observed. The following changes are expected to be followed in the actual paper as well:

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  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- RC to have 70% weightage in VARC section, 3 RC passages with 6 questions each and 2 RC passages with 3 questions each. Check CAT Sample Papers
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning- 20 questions from Data Interpretation and 12 questions on Logical Reasoning. Read  Best Books for CAT Preparation 2017
  • Reduced number of Non-MCQs in DILR and Quant sections to 19 from 28
  • Increase in number of answer choices to 5 from 4 in QA section. Download  CAT Exam Syllabus PDF
  • Introduction of new answer choices viz. Not applicable, can not be determined, None-of-these etc.
Quant Syllabus DI and LR SyllabusVerbal Ability Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

  • The QA section in CAT Exam is expected to have to have 29 MCQs and 5 Non-MCQs, as per CAT Mock Test 2017.
  • This section seems to be the favorite one as over 40% of questions are asked from Quants. Check Important Formulae

The sub-topics for each chapter included in CAT 2017 syllabus is given below-

CAT Syllabus for QuantsSub-Topics
ArithmeticNumber System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances
AlgebraTheory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series 
GeometryAngles, Lines, Triangles, Circles
MensurationAreas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern
CalculusMaxima and Minima, Function
TrigonometryTrigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances

Read MoreCrack Quantitative Ability Like A Pro 

CAT Quants Syllabus Analysis:From last 2 years trend in CAT Syllabus for Quants indicates that there are 24 to 27 MCQs and 7 to 10 Non-MCQs asked from Quant section of CAT Exam.

Preparation Books for CAT Quantitative Ability Section

cat quants books

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.

Books for CATAuthor Name/PublisherISBN Number
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma9352602242
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh K. Verma9311123870
Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit K. Sinha9332570019

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

  • This section is sub-divided into 2 section- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
  • As per CAT Mock TestDILR section is expected to see 28 MCQs and only 4 Non-MCQs.

The syllabus for DILR section is given below:

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation
Bar GraphLine Graph
Pie ChartTables
CaseletsCombination of Graphs
Data SufficiencyVenn Diagram

Check 5 Recommended Magazines for CAT Preparation 2017

CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning
Seating ArrangementsBlood Relations
Data ArrangementPuzzles
Clocks and CalendarsSets
Logical MatchingLogical Connectives

Read More How To Prepare Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning?

Preparation Books for CAT Exam Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

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Below we have curated a list of preparation books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section based on user reviews:

Books for CATAuthor Name/PublisherISBN Number
CAT 2017 Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri9386309475
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha933257121X
Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha9352039246
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma9352602250

Read  Best Books for CAT Preparation 2017

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus

  • In CAT 2016, 34 questions were asked in this section. 
  • This year, 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs are expected in the paper.
  • Generally, 70% of questions come from Reading Comprehension.  Download  CAT Syllabus PDF

All important topics under VARC are listed below:

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Critical ReasoningGrammar & Usage
Sentence CorrectionWord usage
Fill in the blanksPara Jumble
Para completionFact Inference Judgement

Tips to Crack Verbal and Reading Comprehension

Preparation Books for CAT Exam Verbal and Reading Comprehension

books for cat 2017

Here we have prepared a list of some highly recommended books which are excellent for the preparation of Verbal and Reading Comprehension section.

Books for CAT ExamAuthor Name/ PublisherISBN Number
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant9352602269
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster067174349X
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay9339222695
PSC for VA for CATNishit Sinha9332570027

Mock Test for CAT 2017

IIM Lucknow has recently released the CAT Mock Test at its official website. It is a handy and helpful tool for candidates taking CAT 2017. A mock paper helps you understand the pattern and difficulty level of questions so that you do not get any surprises in the actual paper.

Read  5 ways to Improve Reading Speed for CAT 2017

It is advisable to practice CAT Mock Paper along with CAT Previous Year Question Papers as much as possible. Given below is the direct link to access IIM CAT Mock Test 2017.

cat mock test 2017

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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