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CAT (Common Admission Test) is an all-India national level exam conducted by IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). It is a computer based exam conducted to select candidates for the management programs. The result is calculated in percentile and the competition is fierce as candidates from all over the country give their best shot for the limited number of seats. Hence, it is imperative to know the complete syllabus and to decide the best strategy for preparation. There is no official syllabus released by the IIMs and neither does it remain fixed. Hence, the candidates must study the trends of the questions asked in the previous years and have a complete idea of the range of the syllabus.
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Given below are some of the important dates related to CAT 2017.
|Commencement of Registration||August 8, 2017|
|End of Registration||September 27, 2017|
|Availability of Admit Card||October 24, 2017|
|CAT Exam||December 4, 2017|
The CAT exam paper is divided into three sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Verbal and Reading Comprehension. The difficulty level of the questions can be compared to 10+2 standards. As there is no pre-defined syllabus, the candidates should study the trends of the previous year questions and understand the type of questions asked. The time of test has been increased from 170 minutes to 180 minutes. The candidates must divide their time in the three sections accordingly and should be thorough with their syllabus. Given below is the syllabus for each of these sections.
This is regarded as one of the best sections to score in the CAT. The questions asked are meant to test the candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles to real time problems. Although the difficulty of questions can be compared to 10+2 level, the candidate needs to thoroughly study each topic and each sub-topic of this section, as each topic and sub-topic is equally important. Given below are the topics along with its sub-topic.
|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, etc.|
|Trigonometry||Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances, etc.|
To prepare for Quantitative Aptitude, the candidates can refer to the following books which have proved beneficial to past CAT aspirants:
Data Interpretation used to a topic of Quantitative Aptitude till last year. Now, it is clubbed with Logical Reasoning to make a separate section. The main aim of Data Interpretation is to test the candidate’s ability to derive information from a given set of data. The data can be in any form, pie charts, statistics, etc. The different types of data sets used in the previous year are:
Logical Reasoning used to be clubbed with Language Comprehension to form a single section. This section tests the mental problem solving skills of the candidate. Although the syllabus for Logical Reasoning can be endless, the following are some of the frequently asked question types in CAT:
To prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, the candidates can refer to the following books which have proved beneficial to past CAT aspirants:
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Verbal and Reading Comprehension used to be clubbed with Logical Reasoning up until last year, but now forms a separate independent section. The section does not have MCQ type questions, and yet and be a bit lengthy. Candidates are advised to be patient and thorough with the syllabus for Verbal and Reading Comprehension. The main areas the candidate should work upon are English Grammar, Passage, Vocabulary, and Language usage. Some of the past year question types are:
To prepare for Verbal and Reading Comprehension, the candidates can refer to the following books which have proved beneficial to past CAT aspirants:
Although the above given data should cover up most of what a candidate might face during the exam, CAT always has new surprises every year. Candidates must be prepared and smart about their approach to score a high percentile and clear the exam.
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