CAT Syllabus 2020 - The first step to prepare for the Common Admission Test is to be well versed with CAT 2020 syllabus which will contain all the important topics and sub-topics from which the questions could be asked. If we check the past years trends it is observed that syllabus of CAT 2020 comprises topics mainly from quantitative ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning, reading comprehension. The topics which form part of CAT 2020 syllabus are normally from what the students have studied in school from Class 9 to 12. By knowing the CAT syllabus 2020 in advance, candidates will be able to draw a clear cut strategy as to how to prepare for the exam. CAT will be conducted tentatively in the last week of November. Read the full article to know all the details related to syllabus of CAT 2020 such as the sections from which the questions will be asked, sub-topics, so on and so forth.

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CAT 2020 Syllabus Overview

There are important topics in each section which form part of CAT syllabus 2020. According to the past years trend of CAT 2020, one can deduce that the first section will include questions from the verbal ability and reading comprehension, followed by quantitative ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.

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Overview of CAT Syllabus 2020



Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

Tables, Graphs,Seating Arrangement, Data Caselets, Syllogism, Blood Relation,

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Sentence completion, Para-jumbles & para-summar, Questions based on reading comprehension, Inferences

Quantitative Aptitude

Geometry, Time and Work, Algebra, Number System, Mensuration,

CAT Exam Syllabus 2020 - Section Wise Topics

The section wise topics which are part of CAT 2020 exam syllabus will help the candidates get an idea as to how to prepare for the exam and how identity which topic or topics will be more time consuming.

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CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The syllabus of CAT 2020 for verbal ability and reading comprehension contains all the sub-topics from which the questions are likely to be asked.

Topics for Verbal Ability Section of CAT 2020

Fill in the blanks


Foreign language words used in English

Verbal Reasoning


Sentence completion

Jumbled paragraphs

Para Completion and inference

Sentence correction

Verbal Logic


One word substitution



Contextual usage


Important Points Related to Verbal Ability for CAT 2020

  • The total number of questions that are asked are normally 8 to 10 and similar weightage is given for this section

  • As part of CAT 2020 syllabus, in the verbal ability section non-MCQ questions will be asked

  • No negative marking for any question answered incorrectly since most of the questions asked will be non-MCQ type

  • Questions are likely to be asked from jumbled sentences and contextual odd man out questions, sentence completion, analogies and critical reasoning

Topics and Expected Number of Questions in Verbal Ability


Expected Number of Questions

Sentence Completion & Correction




Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.)


Odd Sentences


Key Points About Reading Comprehension

In this section of CAT 2020, four to five passages will be given and candidates will be required to answer the questions which are given after that. They will have to answer the question after drawing inference from the passage.

  • The total number of questions that will be asked could anything between 24-28

  • Since the questions that are asked in this are multiple choice , there will be negative marking

  • In the reading comprehension section, there will be at least four long passages and one short passage

  • Going by the past years trend, the long comprehension passage will be of at least 800-900 words while the short passage will be of around 500-600 words

  • The comprehension passages will mainly revolve around topics such as politics, environment, literature, society etc

Expected Number of Questions in Reading Comprehension

Total Number of Passages

Total number of questions

4-5 passages

At least 24 questions

Best Books for Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Candidates who will be appearing for CAT 2020, they can check the list of best books from which they can prepare for the verbal ability and reading comprehension section:

Books and Authors for VARC

Name of the book

Name of the author

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

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

Nishit Sinha

Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary


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

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill)

CAT 2020 Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

According to the CAT syllabus 2020, there are two sub-sections which are (i) data interpretation (ii) logical reasoning. Candidates must complete this section in one hour without which they will not be allowed to proceed further. The important topics from which the questions will be asked are given below in the table:

Syllabus of CAT 2020 for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Blood Relations




Seating Arrangement




Line Graphs

Binary Logic

Clocks and Calendars

Data Arrangement

Data Structures


Direction Sense


Data Sufficiency


Data Sufficiency

Pie Charts


Topics and Expected Number of Questions for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


Total Number of Questions

Tables & Charts


Graph, Bar diagram


Tables, Pie chart

Around 5

Graphs, Charts

Around 7-10

Important Points Related to Logical Reasoning

  • For every incorrect answer, there is negative marking

  • There are both multiple choice and non-multiple choice questions for logical reasoning

  • There is negative marking for answering the multiple choice questions incorrectly

  • There is no negative marking for non-MCQ questions

  • The total number of questions asked could be anything between 15-20

Important Points Related to Data Interpretation

  • In data interpretation there are both multiple choice questions as well as non- multiple choice questions

  • There are no fixed number of MCQ and Non-MCQ

  • If MCQ is answered incorrectly, there is negative marking

  • If non-MCQ is answered wrongly, there is no negative marking

Best Books for DATA Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Name of the book

Name of the author

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

Arun Sharma

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

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


CAT Syllabus 2020 for Quantitative Aptitude

As part of the syllabus of CAT 2020 for quantitative aptitude, questions will be asked from mathematics, arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry etc. Check some of the topics from which the questions will be asked.

Topics for CAT Syllabus Quantitative Aptitude


Profit & Loss

Geometric Progression




Number system

Work and time






In-equations Quadratic and linear equations

Partnership (Accounts)

Surds and Indices


Ratios and Proportion

Topics and Total Number of Expected Questions in Quantitative Aptitude - Expected


Total Number of Expected Questions

Geometry & Mensuration


Arithmetic Questions




Number System




Important Points Related to Quantitative Aptitude Section of CAT 2020

  • Approximately 30-34 questions will be asked in the quantitative ability section

  • There are both multiple and non-multiple choice questions in this section

  • Candidates will lose marks if they answer the MCQ incorrectly

  • Approximately 25 MCQ are asked and around 9 non-MCQ

Best Books for CAT 2020 For Quantitative Aptitude

Some of the best books which the candidates can refer to for quantitative aptitude for CAT are mentioned in the table that is given below:

Quantitative Aptitude Books for CAT 2020

Name of the book

Name of the author

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams

Trishna Knowledge Systems (Pearson)

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw-Hill)

The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill

Arun Sharma

CAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Know all the details

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) normally prescribes the exam pattern of CAT which will include the mode in which the exam will be conducted, the duration of the exam, total number of sections, marking scheme etc. Candidates will have to answer multiple as well as non-multiple types of questions within three hours. Those who belong to the PwD category will be given an additional 20 minutes in CAT 2020 for each section.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern


Total Number of Questions

Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Quantitative Ability (QA)


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)


CAT Marking Scheme 2020

According to the marking scheme of CAT 2020, candidates will be awarded three marks for every correct answer and one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. If the candidate does not answer the question, then he will not lose any marks.

CAT Question Papers

Candidates who will appear for the Common Admission Test ( CAT) can download the question papers of CAT of past years. By solving the CAT question papers, candidates will be able to assess their level of preparation and will also be able to identify their strong and weak areas. Past years question papers of CAT will enable the candidates to know how much time they need to devote to each section, depending on their level of preparation.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Syllabus 2020

Question: Can we expect a change in the syllabus of CAT 2020?


As such there is no prescribed CAT syllabus and the topics that are mentioned for different sections are based on the past years trends. Hence to assume that there will be any change in the CAT exam pattern is not correct.

Question: How much time is sufficient to complete the CAT syllabus 2020?


It depends on your time management skills as well as your ability to grasp the topics. Some people are able to complete the topics within four months while others need almost an year to complete the full CAT syllabus.

Question: What are some of the most important topics for quantitative aptitude section of CAT 2020?


Broadly the questions that are asked in CAT are from arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and geometry. It is difficult to say that one particular topic or sub-topic will dominate the questions that are asked in CAT 2020. Moreover, it is always advisable to prepare well for all the topics that fall under the quantitative aptitude section.

Question: What is the syllabus for CAT 2020?


CAT syllabus 2020 will include broadly the topics such as quantitative aptitude, reading comprehension and verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.

Question: What is the exam pattern of CAT 2020 like?


The exam pattern of CAT will include the mode of the exam, duration of the exam, as well as the marking scheme and the total number of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam.

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How to know the 2019 cutoff for mtech admisssions for EWS cat in various iits/nits?

Aman Raj Student Expert 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Veeru

Gate Cutoffs varies from branches to branches and Categories to Categories.

As you have not mentioned an hence i am attaching a link of our Article which will give you the information about each and every IIT's. and NIT's.


Hi there! Im doing engineering in B. Tech Food technology and currently in 6th semester. Which career portion will be good for me , I should go for GATE Or CAT exam.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

See, no course is good or bad.Both the courses are equally good and can enhance your chances if etting good jobs in future but you its you who has decide what you actually want to do,where your interest lies.MBA is about business,finance,sales,marketing,different types of management jobs etc. On the other hand if you work further in technology field or research/teaching then you should go with GATE.
Both will reward you good jobs in future if you are hardworking and determined.

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My class 10th cgpa is 9.4,whereas my class 12th percentage is 94.6 and, graduation (b tech) Cgpa is 7.6. I am planning to appear for CAT in next exam. Is there any chance that i can get good IIMs Or any other good management clg, if I do well in my CAT exam.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

Hi Shivam,

Yes, absolutely. You have good academic scores apart from your graduation score. You can get call from some of the top colleges/universities like FMS, IIM Calcutta, Kozhikode, Shillong and other cap IIMs. Older IIMs are still a bit dicey in the matter and all the admissions will be mainly based on your CAT score. Given you are a Btech student then you should target a score of 99+ percentile to get a call from these B-school.

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I scored 93% in 10th (CBSE), 74.2 % in 12th (Science) (CBSE). Im in my final year of BA and would finally score somewhere between 70-75% though from a reputed distance university. Do I stand any chance to get into IIM A/B and what should be the score I should be aiming for in CAT?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020


see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

general- 80




iim bangalore:

general- 85




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is droping a year after BBA for preparation of CAT is good option.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

Hi Isha,

Don't take a complete drop instead work part-time/full time and prepare alongside for the Common Admissions test - CAT. Prepare step by step or get yourself enrolled for a weekends program with a good coaching institute depending on your preparation level. This will not only give you an edge over other freshers who will be applying but also will give you an idea on the stream/domain in which you want to pursue your MBA in.

For starters appear for a mock test or do a sample paper and access your preparation level as of now and then decide.

For more information on eligibility/entrance test/admission you can reach out to us.

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