CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2019
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CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2019: IIM Kozhikode, conducted Common Admission Test does not predefine the syllabus of CAT 2019 for Quantitative Aptitude section. CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2019 is very vast and in this section numerical questions are asked to test the mathematical skills, speed and accuracy of the candidates. In general, the questions in quantitative aptitude for CAT section are related to basic and primary mathematics and require the candidates to be well versed with the fundamental concepts to solve them. CAT exam was conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode on November 24 in computer-based mode. In this article, candidates get all details about the CAT syllabus 2019 for quantitative aptitude such as topics, as well as sub-topics.
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Highlights of CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2019 (QA)

The Syllabus of CAT 2019 for quantitative aptitude includes the following aspects:



Type of question in quantitative aptitude section

MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)

Total MCQs in QA section


Total Non-MCQs in QA section


Total number of questions in CAT Quantitative Aptitude section


Total marks in QA for CAT section


Difficulty Level in QA section


Marking Scheme in QA section for CAT 2019

+3 (for correct answer)

-1 ( for wrong answer)

CAT 2019 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Section

The syllabus of CAT 2019 includes the topics that are covered in each section and from which questions are likely to be asked in CAT 2019.

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Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Syllabus for CAT 2019

Coordinate Geometry



Set theory & Function


Quadratic and Linear Equations

Number System


Complex Numbers

Ratio, Proportion & Variation

Speed, Time and Distance


Compound Interest

Profit, Loss and Discount



Permutation and Combination

Progressions and Series



Time and Work


Logarithm & Surds and Indices

Mixture and Alligations

Apart from the above-mentioned topics, there are more on which the candidates must focus with an aim to crack the exam. Candidates are suggested to have a strong foundation of broader topics related to the quantitative section. This section is very important for the CAT exam since almost 34 questions are asked from the QA section which involves a wide range of numerical topics.

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Some other Important Topics Included in CAT 2019 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Some of the other important topics which are part of quantitative ability syllabus of CAT 2019 are given below:

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus for CAT 2019

Quantitative Aptitude Questions

Quantitative Aptitude Shortcut Techniques for CAT

Number System Shortcut for CAT

Shortcuts in Averages

Remainder Concepts



Power Cycle

Relatives Speed

Arithmetic Progression


Harmonic Progression


Points, Lines and Planes



Geometric Progression

Weighted Average

Graphical Division Geometry

Similar Triangles


Applications of Averages

Conditional probability

Application of Power Cycle

Constant Product Rule

Laws in Set Theory

Properties of Ratio


Boats and Streams for CAT

Escalator Questions for CAT

CAT Syllabus 2019 - Weightage given to Quantitative Aptitude

In the section of quantitative aptitude, there are a few topics which are very important and repeated every year in the CAT exam. Out of the 34 questions that are asked, 8-9 questions are TITA (Non-MCQs). Some of the most important CAT 2019 syllabus topics with their weightages are given below.

Weightage of Quantitative Aptitude Section

Topic Name

Expected No. of Questions

Arithmetic Questions


Geometry & Mensuration




Number System




Marks Distribution of CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section

Topic Name

Expected Number in percentage







Number System


Modern Maths


CAT Syllabus 2019 - Best Books for Quantitative Ability

Name of the book

Name of the Author

‘How to prepare for QA for CAT’, published by Tata McGraw Hill

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams

Trishna Knowledge Systems (Pearson)

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw-Hill)

How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test or CAT

Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books.

The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill

Arun Sharma

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude of CAT 2019?

Candidates must form their strategies as they prepare for CAT. Some of the vital preparation tips that need to be followed are:

  1. Follow exam pattern and syllabus

  2. Time management

  3. Basic strong and chapter-wise preparation

  4. Make a preference to opt for coaching centres or self-study

  5. Take Mock tests and solve sample papers

1. Follow Exam Pattern and Syllabus: The first step towards your strategic planning for CAT 2019 must be to know about the exam pattern and syllabus. CAT 2019 will be computer-based exam and candidates must know how to navigate between sections. Once, the candidates have understood the CAT exam pattern and syllabus, they can commence their practice in a good way.

2. Time Management: After giving mock tests for CAT 2019, candidates will manage your time according to the exam duration. It is very important to complete an exam in a given time so candidates have to manage and save time. If candidates want to manage their time then they will take more and more mock tests and an online quiz. Candidates must manage their time by attempting the question which they are sure of and can solve quickly.

3. Basic strong and chapter-wise preparation: Regularly keeps yourself updated with the basic and the formulas and try not to look into your notes when you practice. Firstly solve the simple sample papers then go to the hard one.

4. Coaching centres or self-study: If candidates feel the need to take coaching for preparations should opt the best coaching centres which would help them to recover in their weak topics and areas. Find the coaching centres which suits best like TIME, CL, IMS etc.

When it comes to self-study, candidates must make a choice on the basis of their skills, requirements and time availability.

Steps for self-study:

Step 1 - Set the targets

Step 2 - Make good study materials

Step 3 - Prepare short notes for end time revision

Step 4 - Cover each section

Step 5 - Try to solve maximum sample papers and mock test

Step 6 - Keep practising

Step 7 - Create learning groups

Step 8 - Take breaks.

5. Take Mock tests and solve sample papers: After the basic preparation, candidates have to start taking an online mock test and solve the previous year sample papers on a regular basis. With each mock test, candidates will improve their weak areas and clear about the exam pattern of the exam. With the help of sample papers, candidates will manage the time limit in the exam and also, they will be clear about their strong point and weak point. Mock tests help to identify your weak and strong areas.

Note: CAT 2019 Mock test link activated from October 16. Registration for CAT 2019 has been closed. Correction window was available from September 28, 2019 to September 30, 2019 till 5:00 PM.

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