CAT Syllabus 2019
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CAT Syllabus 2019 - Candidates aspiring to take admission in the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) must be familiar with CAT 2019 syllabus. Depending on past years question papers, experts have defined CAT syllabus 2019 from which questions will be asked. The syllabus of CAT 2019 will include the sections and the topics which the candidates can prepare. Knowing the topics in advance for CAT will help the candidates draw a clear cut preparation strategy. The important sections which form part of CAT syllabus 2019 are data interpretation and logical reasoning, verbal and reading comprehension and quantitative ability. To know in detail about CAT 2019 syllabus read the complete article that is given on this page.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Management aspirants who would be writing one of the most coveted national level exam must be familiar with the exam pattern of CAT 2019. Candidates can check the CAT 2019 exam pattern as it will assist them to get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked in the exam, the duration of the exam. Moreover, candidates would also get to know about the marking scheme of CAT 2019. There will be multiple choice questions as well as subjective questions which the candidates will have to answer in the exam.

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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern


Total Number of Questions

Duration of Each Section

Quantitative Ability (QA)


60 minutes

Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)


60 minutes

CAT 2019 Marking Scheme

According to marking scheme of CAT 2019, for every correct answer, candidates will be awarded three marks while for every incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted. If the candidate does not attempt any question, then no mark will be deducted.

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CAT Exam Syllabus 2019 - Section wise Topics

The topics and sub-topics of the three sections which are included in CAT 2019 syllabus are given below in the table.

CAT Syllabus 2019 For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

The data interpretation and logical reasoning section comprise graph based questions. The topics included in CAT 2019 syllabus for DI and LR are:

Topics for DI and LR

Blood Relations

Binary Logic



Line charts


Logical connectives

Logical Matching

Seating Arrangement

Venn Diagrams



Column graphs

Pie charts

Clocks and calendars

Logical sequence

Puzzles & Other Basic Reasoning Questions

Column Graphs

Best Books for CAT Preparation 2019 for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Trishna's Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by T.I.M.E. Publisher: Pearson


How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Arun Sharma

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Syllabus of CAT 2019 - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

In this section of CAT exam syllabus 2019, candidates would have to answer questions which will be based on correction of sentences, usage of words as well as English grammar. In the comprehensions section, candidates would have to answer questions based on the passages that are given.

Topics for Verbal Ability Section of CAT 2019

Fill in the blanks

Sentence correction

Meaning-Usage Match

Verbal reasoning


Cloze Passage



Jumbled Paragraph

Summary Questions

Best Books for Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Name of the book

Name of the author

The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (Pearson)

Nishit Sinha

How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

CAT 2019 Syllabus - Quantitative Aptitude

The quantitative aptitude section of CAT syllabus 2019 comprises questions from middle level school mathematics. The topics from which the questions will be asked in this section of CAT 2019 are:

Major Topics In Quantitative Aptitude



Number System

Modern Mathematics

Higher Maths




Sub-Topics for Quantitative Aptitude

Number Systems


Speed, Time and Distance


Quadratic & Linear Equations


Ratio and Proportion

Set Theory & Function

Surds and Indices

Coordinate Geometry & Geometry



Profit, Loss and Discount

Time and Work


Simple and Compound Interest

Complex Numbers

Sequences and Series


Permutation and Combination

Mixtures and Alligations


Pipe and cisterns

Median and Mode


Arithmetic progression


Angles and triangles

Arithmetic mean





Installment and payments

Speed and Distance

CAT 2019- Best Book for Quantitative Ability

Name of the book

Name of the author

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

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw-Hill)

The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill

Arun Sharma

How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test

Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books.

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams

Trishna Knowledge Systems (Pearson)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Question 1: What is the age limit to apply for CAT 2019?

Answer: The candidate must have completed the age of 20. However, there is no upper limit of age to appear for the CAT exam.

Question 2: For how many years is the CAT score valid?

Answer: The CAT score is valid only for one year as the CAT is held every year for admission into management programs.

Question 3: How many attempts can I give for CAT?

Answer: Students can give multiple attempts. There is no limit to attempts.

Question 4: Which are the best books for CAT preparation?

Answer: Aspirants can refer to the following books for CAT preparation:

  • How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT (Tata McGraw-Hill) by Arun Sharma
  • 'How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT’, published by Tata McGraw Hill

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