CAT 2018 Syllabus

As per CAT 2018 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:

  • Introduction of new response choices viz. Not eligible, cannot be determined, None-of-these etc.
  • Reduced number of Non-MCQs in DILR and Quant sections to 19 from 28
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension- RC to have 70% weight in VARC section, 3 RC passages with 6 questions each and 2 RC passages with 3 questions each. Check CAT Sample Papers
  • Increase in the number of response choices to 5 from 4 in QA section.
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning- 20 questions from Data Interpretation and 12 questions on Logical Reasoning. Read  Best Books for CAT Preparation 2018

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus for CAT

  • This section seems to be the favorite one as over 40% of questions are asked from Quants.
  • The QA section in CAT Exam is expected to have to have 29 MCQs and 5 Non-MCQs, as per CAT Mock Test 2018.

The sub-topics for each chapter comprised in CAT 2018 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

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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 Segment

Preparing with the right resources in hand can prove to be an asset for those appearing in the CAT 2018. Here we have listed a few books which are vouched for by CAT exam toppers.

Books for CATAuthor Name/PublisherISBN NumberAvailability
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma9352602242BUY NOW
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh K. Verma9311123870BUY NOW
Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit K. Sinha9332570019BUY NOW

Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

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

The syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section is given below:

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

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

Preparation Books for CAT 2018 Exam Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

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 NumberAvailability
CAT 2017 Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri9386309475BUY NOW
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha933257121XBUY NOW
Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha9352039246BUY NOW
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma9352602250BUY NOW

Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 

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

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 Decision

Preparation Books for CAT 2018 Exam Verbal and Reading Comprehension

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

Books for CAT ExamAuthor Name/ PublisherISBN NumberAvailability
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant9352602269BUY NOW
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster067174349XBUY NOW
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay9339222695BUY NOW
PSC for VA for CATNishit Sinha9332570027BUY NOW

CAT 2018 Mock Test

IIM Lucknow has recently announced the CAT Mock Test at its official website. It is a handy and helpful tool for aspirants taking CAT 2018. A mock paper helps you understand the format and difficulty level of questions so that you do not get any surprises in the actual paper.

It is recommended to exercise CAT Mock Paper along with CAT Earlier Year Question Papers as much as possible. Given below is the direct link to reach IIM CAT Mock Test 2018.

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