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CAT 2021

Overview

CAT 2021 Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Registration, Books, and Preparation

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to MBA 2022 in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. The exam is therefore referred to as IIM CAT and is conducted by IIMs on an annual basis.

CAT 2021 Exam will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad in three sessions on 28th November 2021, as a computer-based test at more than 400 testing venues across the country. More than 2 lakh candidates appear in Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by one of the older IIMs every year. Last year 2.41 lakhs candidates had registered and applied for CAT exam.

Following are the CAT Frequently Asked Questions:

 CAT Full Form

 Common Admission Test, conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the   6 older IIMs  

 CAT 2021 exam date

 28th November 2021

 CAT 2021 Exam sessions

 Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon & Evening on the same day

 CAT 2021 Convening IIM

 IIM Ahmedabad

 Type of CAT exam

 CAT 2021 is a computer-based exam but not an online exam

 CAT 2021 Application Fee & Process

 Rs.2000/-, the application process is online only

 Application fee for IIMs

 CAT 2021 Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

 Maximum Age Limit to apply

 No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply

 Number of Questions in CAT 2021

 76 questions divided in 3 sections

 Time duration of CAT 2021 exam

 2 hours with individual time limit of 40 minutes for 1 section

 Name of sections and number of   questions

 VARC-26 Questions; DI&LR-24 Questions; Quant-26 Questions

 Difficulty level of CAT exam

 Moderate to Difficult

 Order of Sections

 Pre-fixed, no change allowed

 Colleges Accepting CAT 2021 for MBA   admission

 20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IITs & 500 other MBA colleges

Direct Link to Apply - Click Here

Eligibility Criteria


CAT Eligibility for General & NC-OBC Candidates

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates in the final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021.
  • If selected, the final year candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2022, from the Principal/ Registrar of the College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2022) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • Candidates who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks. 

CAT Eligibility for SC/ST/PwD Candidates

Reserved category candidates applying for CAT 2021 are eligible if they possess one of the following qualifications:

  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category candidates need 45% marks in graduation. 
  • Candidates in the final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021.
  • Candidates who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 45% marks. 

Key Points to ensure your CAT eligibility 2021

  • CAT eligibility does not impose any age bar to appear in CAT 2021 exam.
  • Eligibility for CAT further allows you to appear in CAT 2021 even if you have done graduation in old system of 2 years graduation provided the degree is UGC recognized.
  • The candidate applying for CAT 2021 must fulfill one of the following CAT eligibility criteria 2021-

A. Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks, or
B. Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage, or 
C. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage 

  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution.
  • In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution in accordance with the CAT exam eligibility criteria.
  • If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100 as per the CAT 2021 eligibility.
  • Mere fulfilment of minimum CAT eligibility criteria 2021 will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs.
  • One of the key points prescribed by IIMs in CAT eligibility 2021 is that the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

CAT eligibility for 2021 prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the CAT 2021 exam nor the IIM MBA eligibility restricts any candidates to seek admission on the basis of age bar. However, one of the clashing points in CAT exam eligibility and IIM MBA eligibility is that although you are allowed to appear in CAT 2021 exam with 2 years of graduation in the old system, you are not allowed to pursue the management course at IIM unless you have completed obtained graduation degree with minimum 3 years duration. Except this fact CAT eligibility for 2021 and IIM MBA eligibility for 2022-24 batch remains the same. 

Who is Not Eligible for CAT 2021? 

  • If you are not pursuing or completed your Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2021.
  • If you have not completed any graduation course but you are in the final year of a professional course, you are not eligible for CAT 2021 exam.
  • If you have scored below 50% marks in graduation as a general category candidate and below 45% as SC/ST/PwD candidate, you are not eligible for CAT 2021.
  • If your Graduation is not recognized by UGC/AICTE/MHRD-Govt. of India, You are not eligible to apply for CAT 2021. 

How to convert CGPA/Grades to Percentage of Marks

To determine CAT Eligibility in case of CGPA is given and no percentage of marks is shared on the marks-sheet, the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. The conversion to percentage of marks from Grades/CGPA would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Important Dates


 

Events

Date

CAT Online Application Process

4th Aug 2021 (10:00 AM)

Last date to fill-in CAT Application

15th Sept 2021 (Up to 5:00 PM)

CAT 2021 Admit Card

27th Oct - 28th Nov 2021

CAT 2021 Exam

28th Nov 2021

CAT 2021 Answer Key

First week of Dec 2021

CAT 2021 Result

Second week of Jan 2022

 

Exam Analysis


CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis: Verbal Ability

The questions in Verbal Ability were dominated by Verbal Logic and did not carry any negative marking, though they needed prior practice to aim for a high percentile. The questions were a lot easier than expected in this section. The paper had 3 non-MCQ subjective para-jumble questions which were quite easy. There were 2 non-MCQ TITA Paragraph Odd Man Out questions. Even these questions had close options making them moderate to difficult. Additionally, the section had 3 summary questions. These questions, like the previous year, carried negative marking. All the questions were a little difficult primarily because of the subject matter and language used.

With a moderate level of paper, many students ended up attempting quite a few questions from RC passages and all the Summary based questions. As the non-MCQs didn’t have any negative marking, a student could have guessed an additional three questions.

All in all, for a 95+ percentile an attempt of 15-21 will be good for this section. An attempt of 18-22 was required for a 99 percentile.

Area

 

Topic

 

No. of Questions

 

Description

 

Reading Comprehension (18 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

18

All the 4 Passages had similar word limit (around 250-350 words each). The passage on Anarchy had 5 questions. The other three passages were on the topics on - Northern Elephant Seal, Govt. of China, and Vocabulary. Each of these had five or four questions. IIM Indore did not keep the options very close in this section making it quite easier for the students to attempt this section.

Verbal Ability (8 Questions)

Para-jumble

3

All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. As these had no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting a lot of time. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words. Prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs were the key.

Summary

3

The paragraphs were short but difficult to read. The options were really confusing because of the topics and hence a student should not have spent a lot of time in these questions. These questions carried negative marks.

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

2

One question had an incomplete sentence and hence one would waste a lot of time in solving it. This coupled with the PJ on critics would have been difficult. The other question was quite easy and was a must.

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

DILR section was a pleasant surprise by IIM Indore. There were 24 questions in total with 6 Non-MCQ questions. Smart selection was required to attempt 2-3 sets in this section. As usual, a couple of sets had 1 ‘difficult to crack’ question each and a student should have been wise enough to leave these aside. They were not Calculation intensive but a pattern familiar to students. On the other hand, the LR sets were easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty. 2-3 sets in this particular section could be attempted, so as to get a 99%ile a score of 24-36 (raw score).

Section

Number of questions

Doable

Data Interpretation

14

6-8

Logical Reasoning

10

6-9

For DI, mentioned below is the level of difficulty for varied sections:

Set-Type

Difficulty Level

Ideal Attempts

Logical Data Interpretation

Moderate

4 out of 4

Table

Moderate

4 out of 6

Venn Diagram

Moderate

3 out of 4

For LR, the sections were as follows:

Set-Type

Difficulty Level

Ideal Attempts

Logical Arrangement

Easy- Moderate

4 out of 6

Distribution & Selection

Moderate

3 out of 4

Picking the sets was the key. In general, aspirants would have picked 2-3 sets out of the 5 above and thus doable questions would be around 13-16. A score of 39-48 (raw score) would fetch 99 percentile.

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Analysis: Quantitative Ability

IIM Indore did what it is best known for - Making Quant section difficult. It was difficult for people with commerce and humanities background. Engineers might have been a little happy with this section. The questions required a lot of calculations. The section had 8 Non-MCQs. As usual, questions on Arithmetic and Geometry dominated the section. The students had to solve the options in a few questions in order to reach to the right answer. 

Section

Number of questions

Doable

Number System

4

3

Algebra

2

2

Arithmetic

11

6-8

Advance Maths

6

3

Geometry and Mensuration

3

2

Total

26

16-18

Questions in Algebra were focused on Arithmetic and Algebra. Arithmetic questions were focused on Profit Loss and TSD. There were a good number of questions from Surds & Indices. Overall 16-18 attempts with 90% accuracy would be needed for 99%ile.

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis: Verbal Ability

Just like CAT 2020 slot 1, only 3-4 questions were tricky. Again like CAT 2020 Slot 1, CAT 2020 Slot 2 had 3 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each along with 2 Odd sentence para-jumble questions. The level of difficulty of these questions was quite easy. A student could have managed to get answer 3 questions quite comfortably out of the 5 PJs in this TITA section. The 3 para-summary questions were of moderate in the terms of difficulty.

VARC continued to be the easiest section among the three.

Overall, for a 95+ percentile, an attempt of 16-18 will be good for this section. An attempt of 19-22 was required for a 99 percentile.

Area

 

Topic

 

No. of Questions

 

Description

 

Reading Comprehension (18 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

18

The 4 passages had a similar word limit of around 250-400 words each. Out of the 4 Passages, 2 passages had 5 questions and came from familiar areas like Renewable Energy, and a passage on Visual Culture. The remaining 2 passages with 4 questions were on the topic "Piracy" and "Aggression". One of the passages was slightly tough to read but the options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 13-16 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.

Verbal Ability (8 Questions)

Para-jumble

3

The PJs were quite straight-forward and one should have wasted time on this. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words.

Summary

3

Easier than the CAT 2020 Slot 1, the paragraphs were short and difficult to read. 1 out of 3 summary question was difficult.

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

2

The VLT question was tricky along with the Victim's Trauma one.

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

In this section, sets were not easier to pick than CAT 2020 Slot I. The section was slightly trickier than CAT 2020 Slot 1 and hence the normalization will benefit the students of Slot 2 in this section. A couple of sets had one question each, which turned out to be difficult to crack, and students would have been wise to leave those questions out. There wasn’t calculation required in the DI sets. Logical reasoning questions had an easy-moderate level of difficulty. 1-2 sets in this particular section could be attempted, so as to get a 99%ile a score of 24-36 (raw score).

Section

Number of questions

Doable

Data Interpretation

14

6-8

Logical Reasoning

10

5-7

For DI, mentioned below is the level of difficulty for varied sections:

Set-Type

Difficulty Level

Ideal Attempts

Table (Sales)

Moderate-Difficult

2 out of 4

Table (Election)

Moderate- Difficult

3 out of 6

Logical Data Interpretation

Easy - Moderate

3 out of 4

For LR, the sections were as follows:

Set-Type

Difficulty Level

Ideal Attempts

Arrangement

Easy-Moderate

3 out of 4

Distribution

Moderate - Difficult

2 out of 4

Picking the sets was the key. In general, aspirants would have picked easily 1-2 sets out of the 5 above and thus doable questions would be around 8-12.

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Analysis: Quantitative Ability

IIM Indore showed its love for tough QA questions and it was quite evident even in the CAT 2020 Slot 2 exam. The questions were calculation intensive the first slot. Out of the 26 questions, 8 were TITA questions. Options were quite confusing and this section would likely see a dip in the percentile cutoff.

Section

Number of questions

Doable

Number System

2

1

Algebra

2

2

Arithmetic

10

6-7

Modern Math

8

5-6

Geometry and Mensuration

4

3-4

Total

26

17-20

Questions in Algebra were highly focused on Equations. The questions under this topic were focused on Indices. There were a good number of questions from Geometry. 18-21 attempts with 90% accuracy would be needed for 99%ile.

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis: Verbal Ability

Just like CAT 2020 slot 1 & 2, only 3-4 questions were tricky. Again like CAT 2020 Slot 1 & Slot 2, CAT 2020 Slot 3 had 3 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each along with 2 Odd sentence para-jumble questions. The level of difficulty of these questions was quite easy. A student could have managed to get answer 3 questions quite comfortably out of the 5 PJs in this TITA section. The 3 para-summary questions were of moderate in the terms of difficulty.

VARC continued to be the easiest section among the three.

Overall, for a 95+ percentile, an attempt of 17-20 will be good for this section. An attempt of 20-22 was required for a 99 percentile.

Area

 

Topic

 

No. of Questions

 

Description

 

Reading Comprehension (18 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

18

The 4 passages had a similar word limit of around 250-400 words each. Out of the 4 Passages, 2 passages had 5 questions and came from areas like Travel, and a passage on Economic Crises. The remaining 2 passages with 4 questions were on the topic "Philosophy" and "Human Contact". One of the passages was slightly tough to read but the options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 12-15 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.

Verbal Ability (8 Questions)

Para-jumble

3

The PJs were quite straight-forward and one should have wasted time on this. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words.

Summary

3

The paragraphs were short and difficult to read. 1 out of 3 summary question was difficult.

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

2

The Appearance question was tricky along with the Machine Learning one.

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

In this section, sets were not easier to pick than CAT 2020 Slot I. The section was slightly trickier than CAT 2020 Slot 1 but easier than CAT 2020 Slot 2 and hence the normalization will benefit the students of Slot 3 w.r.t. Slot 1 in this section. A couple of sets had one question each, which turned out to be difficult to crack, and students would have been wise to leave those questions out. There wasn’t calculation required in the DI sets. Logical reasoning questions had an easy-moderate level of difficulty. 2-3 sets in this particular section could be attempted, so as to get a 99%ile a score of 40-45 (raw score).

Section

Number of questions

Doable

Data Interpretation

14

6-8

Logical Reasoning

10

5-7

For DI, mentioned below is the level of difficulty for varied sections:

Set-Type

Difficulty Level

Ideal Attempts

Matrice 

Moderate-Difficult

3-4 out of 6

Table (Orders)

Easy - Moderate

2 out of 4

Table (Disease)

Easy - Moderate

3 out of 4

For LR, the sections were as follows:

Set-Type

Difficulty Level

Ideal Attempts

Games & Tournament

Moderate - Difficult

3 out of 6

Mathematical Puzzle

Easy - Moderate

3 out of 4

Picking the sets was the key. In general, aspirants would have picked easily 2-3 sets out of the 5 above and thus doable questions would be around 11-15.

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Analysis: Quantitative Ability

IIM Indore showed its love for tough QA questions and it was quite evident even in the CAT 2020 Slot 3 exam after Slot 1 and Slot 2. The questions were calculation intensive the first slot but easier than Slot 2. Out of the 26 questions, 8 were TITA questions. Options were quite confusing and this section would likely see a dip in the percentile cutoff.

Section

Number of questions

Doable

Number System

2

2

Algebra

4

2-3

Arithmetic

10

6-7

Modern Math

6

3 - 4

Geometry and Mensuration

4

2 - 3

Total

26

15-18

 

Questions in Algebra were highly focused on Equations. The questions under this topic were focused on Indices & Quadratic Equations. There were a good number of questions from Co-Ordinate Geometry. 18-21 attempts with 90% accuracy would be needed for 99%ile.

 

Exam Pattern


CAT exam pattern which carries slight changes for CAT 2020 due to Covid-19 Pandemic, has gone with perceptible changes since 2014 not only in CAT structure but also in content. Going by the tradition in changes in different type of questions in CAT, you cannot rule out a different CAT 2020 Exam pattern.  

As per the revised CAT exam pattern 2020, CAT 2021 will consist of 3 sections with a total of 76 questions and time duration is 2 hours. Each section is timed with the individual time limit of 40 minutes. You need to ensure high score in each of the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.

CAT Pattern 2021 

  • Total Questions: 76
  • Number of sections: 3
  • Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 56 to 60
  • Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs): 16 to 20
  • Score awarded for each correct answer: 3 marks
  • Negative marking (Applicable for  wrong answers in MCQs): -1 mark

CAT 2021 pattern: Sectional composition

Section name

Total questions

Total MCQs (With negative marking)

Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)

Total maximum marks

VARC*

26

 21

5

78

DILR*

24

16-19

5 - 8

  72

Quant*

26

18

8

78

*VARC: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

*DILR: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

*Quant: Quantitative Ability

Exam Syllabus


Section-1: CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 
Section Highlights
: Common Admission Test (CAT) exam Syllabus for VARC section in CAT 2021 is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of CAT 2021 syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of CAT 2021 exam syllabus on VARC covers topics on Verbal Ability.

 

Part-1: CAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • Current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Farm Law, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe.
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments.
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others.
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology.
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT. These Passages make the candidates think much leading to put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based.
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by various activists which are very much relevant even today.
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred. 

Key Facts on RC Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 
RC passage on any topic under the Sun can be placed in CAT exam.  

  • Number of Questions: 18
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 24%
  • Type of passages in CAT Exam Syllabus on RC: 2 Long and 2 shorter
  • Division of questions: 5 questions based on each long passage and 4 questions based on each shorter passage.
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty of 1/3rd negative marking.
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In context of the passage –True/false statements; Author’s view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage.
  • Length of RC passages in CAT Syllabus: Longer RC passages are of around 600 words; shorter passages are of around 300 - 400 words in CAT exam syllabus as reflected in last year.
  • Past trends of topics in RC Syllabus for CAT: Genetics, Second World War; Plastic Pollution; Elephant society; Consumer Behaviour; Status of Languages in 2115; Education System; Sustainable Economic Development; Anthropology /Excruciating Rituals & Reasons; Govt. Definition of Poverty and treatment of Household work. 

Part-2: CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

  • Essence of short paragraph/Para summary - (3 questions)
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Out of Context Sentence in Jumbled paragraphs (2-3 questions)
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph, for example, correct use of the conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing
  • Vocabulary usage – picking the correct pair of words
  • Vocabulary usage in RC passages – finding out the correct synonyms and antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary words
  • Completion of last sentence of Paragraphs
  • Analogies
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion
  • Facts, Inference and Judgement
  • Irrelevant Statements
  • Phrasal Verbs Usage

Key Facts on Verbal Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 8
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 10%
  • Type of Questions: Parajumbles and Odd one out of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for wrong answer and Summary questions with negative marking.
  • Format of questions: Essence of paragraph questions are based on around 4 sentences; questions on Jumbled paragraphs and out of context jumbled paragraphs have 4 -5 jumbled sentences which are to be placed in a coherent manner. The out of context sentence has to be picked out... Click for CAT Syllabus 2021 Download.

Section-2: CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Section Highlights: CAT 2021 Syllabus and pattern for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) has been revamped. As a separate section in CAT exam, DILR was re-originated after keeping the section in abeyance for 5 years. During this period the DILR questions were clubbed to Quant and Verbal Ability sections respectively.

 

CAT entrance exam Syllabus for DILR section in CAT 2021 is divided in 2 parts – Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Syllabus for Logical Reasoning. Accordingly, the 1st part of CAT 2021 syllabus covers questions based on Data Interpretation (DI) and the 2nd part of CAT 2021 exam syllabus on DILR is based on questions on different topics on Logical Reasoning.

 

Part-1: CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data

Key Facts on Data Interpretation Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 10-14 divided into MCQs and Non- MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 18%
  • Past trend of topics in CAT Syllabus for DI: Table (Student Pass percentages over 5 years; Comprehension – Marks in Two sections of papers; Films, Launch, Completion, Release and Profits; Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein; Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table; Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions; Flight operation Questions were in the set of 4 questions.
  • Questions on Data Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs. In this section, it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.

Part-2: CAT exam Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

Key Facts on Logical Reasoning Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 
CAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in LR section can be individual or can be in the set of 4- 6 questions.

  • Weightage of LR Syllabus questions in CAT exam: 13%
  • Total LR questions in CAT syllabus for 2020 exam: 10 - 14
  • Type of Questions: MCQs & Non-MCQs
  • Past trend of topics in CAT LR Syllabus: Distribution/Arrangement; Venn Diagrams;  Arrangement of files in folders; Students using various Trains and the fares for the same; Seating Arrangement; Direction sense for Cars; Ordering items; Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream... Click Here for CAT Syllabus 2021 Download.

Section-3: CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA) 
Section Highlight:
CAT exam syllabus 2021 for Quant section is very wide. Quantitative Aptitude (Quant) is the 3rd and last section in the revamped CAT exam pattern.  CAT syllabus and pattern 2021 for Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect. CAT exam syllabus 2021 on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry among others. 

 

CAT Quant Syllabus 

  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System (3-4) questions
  • Algebra (5-7 questions)
  • Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)
  • Pure Math (1-2 questions)
  • Venn diagrams and other topic-based questions are 2-3
  • Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm; Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Key Facts on Quantitative Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 26.
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of Questions: MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Past trend in CAT exam syllabus for Quant shows that there are 15 to 18 MCQs and 8 to 11 Non-MCQs in Quant section of CAT exam.

Top Colleges


There are more than 100 MBA Colleges which accept CAT Score for their admission process for full-time MBA programmes. IIMs are the foremost among the MBA colleges accepting CAT scores. There are 20 IIMs at present and all the IIMs accept only CAT scores for admission. There are many other highly ranked and internationally accredited MBA colleges in India which accept CAT score. These institutes will consider CAT performance as the basic criteria followed by academic excellence and work experience as the key parameters for their PGDM admissions. 

College

City

Expected General Cutoff

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A)

Ahmedabad

99.6 (sectionals considered)

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B)

Bangalore

99.6 (sectionals considered)

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C)

Calcutta

99.6 (sectionals considered)

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-L)

Lucknow

99.4 (sectionals considered)

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-I) 

Indore

98.2 (sectionals considered)

Indian Institute of Management (IIM-K)

Kozhikode

98.6 (sectionals considered)

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)

Delhi

98.2 (High weightage for VA Section)

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

Mumbai

97 (PGDIM) 88 (PGDISEM) - Sectionals around 90 should be good for PGDIM and 85 for PGDISEM

Management Development Institute (MDI)

Gurgaon

95 overall - 78+ Sectionals should be good

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)

Mumbai

97 overall

Indian Institutes of Technology – Bombay

Bombay

98.5 overall 

Indian Institutes of Technology - Delhi

Delhi

96 overall 

Indian Institutes of Technology - Kharagpur

Kharagpur

95 overall

Indian Institutes of Technology - Kanpur

Kanpur

95 overall

Indian Institutes of Technology - Roorkee

Roorkee

95 overall

Indian Institutes of Technology - Madras

Madras

95 overall

New IIMs - PGP/ PGDM

Kashipur, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur

94 overall with 80 sectionals

Indian Institute of Management (IIM Ranchi – HRM)

Ranchi

92 overall 

S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR)

Mumbai

96 overall + Profile 

Institute of Management Technology (IMT)

Ghaziabad

93 overall

International Management Institute (IMI Delhi – PGDM)

Delhi

92 overall 

Xavier Institute of Management (XIM Bhubaneswar)

Bhubaneswar

92 overall 

Goa Institute of Management (GIM)

Goa

90 overall

KJ Somaiya Mumbai

Mumbai

92 overall 

Great Lakes Institute of Management

Chennai

90 overall

TAPMI Manipal

Karnataka

85 overall

Welingkar Mumbai

Mumbai

75 overall

Loyola Chennai

Chennai

85 overall

Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)

Chennai

85 overall

SDMIMD

Mysore

60 overall

Fore School of Management

Delhi

90 overall

 

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