CAT 2014 Syllabus
Sreetama Datta, 19 Aug 2014, #CAT
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CAT 2014 Syllabus- Candidates or MBA aspirants who are willing to take CAT 2014 can check the CAT 2014 Syllabus based on the past five years' CAT trends and analysis. If you have decided to appear for CAT 2014, before starting the preparation, you should take a look at the Syllabus of CAT 2014.

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Though the CAT 2014 exam pattern has undergone massive change mentioned in the CAT 2014 official announcement made on Sunday, July 27, 2014, it is expected that the CAT 2014 Syllabus will remain same.

 

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CAT 2014 is a multiple choice objective type test with 100 questions divided among 2 sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, each having 50 questions. Though there has not been any prescribed CAT 2014 Syllabus, this article will share the most important topics that you must prepare if you have decided to take CAT 2014.

 

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As per IIMs, the questions come from the syllabus of Class X and if studied from NCERT books, the exam can be easily cracked. However, according to experts, the CAT 2014 Syllabus would need more than that to cover.

 

Many questions appear from higher mathematics and areas from Class XII and Graduation subjects also. Let us have a look at the area wise CAT 2014 Syllabus.

 

CAT 2014 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

The main topics for this area include:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Number System
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Higher Maths
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry

According to the trend of CAT syllabus for Quantitative Ability, Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry are the dominant topic. The sub topics from these areas are as follows:

  • HCF
  • LCM
  • Arithmetic progression
  • Arithmetic mean
  • Geometric progression
  • Geometric mean
  • Harmonic mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • BODMAS
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Partnership
  • Time speed distance
  • Work and time
  • Profit and loss
  • Installment and payments
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Work & time
  • Pipe and cisterns
  • Lines
  • Angles, triangles, sphere’s rectangles, cubes, cone 

This area will have 20 questions out of 30 in the first section of Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.

 

CAT 2014 Syllabus for Data Interpretation

  • Pie Chart
  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Tables
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Caselet
  • Data Sufficiency

Out of 30 questions, Data Interpretation area consists of 10 questions. Some of the questions are calculation intensive and of higher difficulty level. Data Sufficiency, Caselets and Graphs include the majority of the questions.

 

CAT 2014 Syllabus for Verbal Ability

The Verbal Ability part has 20 questions out of 30. The area is divided in 2 parts, Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The English Usage area will consist of questions on vocabulary, grammar etc. There are 3 Reading Comprehension passages and 4-5 English Usage questions. The RC passages range from 250 to 300 words. The topics of English Usage questions include the following:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumble
  • Para Completion
  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar

CAT 2014 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

A part of the second section, the Logical Reasoning area consists of 10 questions out of 30. The syllabus of this section is more dynamic than static. As per the past years’ trends, the following topics can be noted as per the Logical Reasoning syllabus:

  • Data Arrangement
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations
  • Family Tree
  • Venn Diagram
  • Matching Puzzles
  • Constraint based puzzles
  • Syllogism
  • Proposition
  • Assumptions
  • Statements
  • Binary Logic
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Sets

The CAT 2014 Syllabus cannot be bound only to the above mentioned topics. There can be more than what has been mentioned. CAT is an exam which is full of surprises hence you can’t just prepare enough for the test. Going through past papers and analysis will help you in preparing for the exam.

 

As per the information shared by IIM Indore, CAT 2014 will be held on a 2-day window and 4 slots instead of 20 days with 2 slots each, on Sunday, November 16, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, 2014 across 99 cities across India. Last year 1.74 lakh candidates took the test. The result is expected to be declared by the third week of December, 2014.

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