CAT Syllabus 2019
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CAT Syllabus 2019 - IIM Kozikhode, conducting body of Common Admission Test (CAT) did not prescribe any specific syllabus for CAT. CAT syllabus 2019 provided by Careers360 is mostly generalized and it is vast as well. As per previous years syllabus of CAT, questions are generally asked from middle school level English and Mathematics. Under the CAT 2019 syllabus, one will get to know all about the sections and the topics that are likely to be covered. By going through the CAT syllabus, candidates will get to know all the aspects of the topics, sections and the weightage that is given to each one of them. CAT was conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode on November 24 in computer-based mode. Read the full article to know all the details about CAT syllabus 2019 such as the sections, topics from which the questions will be asked. Candidates can check the CAT mock test 2019 to be released on October 16, 2019.
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CAT 2019 Overview of Syllabus

In the overview of CAT syllabus 2019, candidates will get to know all about the sections and topics. To download the detailed PDF of CAT syllabus 2019 - Click Here

CAT 2019 Syllabus



Important Topics


Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

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


Quantitative Aptitude

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


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

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

CAT Exam Syllabus 2019 - Section-wise Topics

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

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Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus for CAT 2019

Profit, Loss and Discount

Number Systems

Speed, Time and Distance



Speed, Time and Distance

Ratio and Proportion

Time and Work

Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations


Complex Numbers

Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations

Simple and Compound Interest

Complex Numbers


Sequences and Series

Set Theory & Function

Surds and Indices

Permutation and Combination


Mixtures and Alligations

Coordinate Geometry




Expected Total Number of Questions in From Quantitative Aptitude

Based on past years trends, it is likely that the total number of questions that would be asked in the CAT 2019 is mentioned in the table given below:

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Topics and Total Number of Expected Questions


Total Number of Expected Questions

Arithmetic Questions


Geometry & Mensuration


Number System







CAT Syllabus 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)

CAT 2019 Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

In the syllabus of CAT 2019 for data interpretation and logical reasoning, candidates will get to know the topics which will come under this section and from which questions will be asked.

CAT Syllabus 2019 for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


Line Charts


Bar Graphs

Venn Diagrams

Column Graphs

Other Basic Reasoning Questions

Pie Chart



Number and Letter Series

Seating Arrangement


Logical Matching

Binary Logic

Logical Sequence

Logical Connectives

Blood Relations


Sections and Total Number of Expected Questions


Expected number of questions

Graph, Bar diagram


Tables & Charts


Graphs, Charts


Tables, Pie chart


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

CAT Syllabus 2019 for Verbal Reasoning

The syllabus of CAT 2019 for verbal reasoning comprises the topics from which the questions are expected to be asked in the entrance exam.

Topics and expected number of questions in CAT verbal reasoning

English Usage or Grammar

Fill in the blanks

Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)

Cloze Passage

Sentence Correction

Jumbled Paragraph

Meaning-Usage Match

Verbal Reasoning

Summary Questions

Reading Comprehension


Topics and total number of Expected Questions

Candidates who appeared for CAT 2019, they could check the topics and the total number of expected questions that were asked in the entrance exam.

Topic and Expected Number of Questions


Expected Number of Questions



Reading Comprehension Passage-Based Questions

Around 24

Sentence Completion & Correction


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


Odd Sentences



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 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 could check the CAT 2019 exam pattern as it was assisting them to get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked in the exam, the duration of the exam. Moreover, candidates also got to know about the marking scheme of CAT 2019. There were multiple-choice questions as well as subjective questions which the candidates had to answer in the exam.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern


Total Number of Questions

Duration of Each Section

Quantitative Ability (QA)


60 minutes

80 minutes for PwD candidates

Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)


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. To know more, Download CAT Exam Pattern 2019.

CAT Result 2019

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode has announced CAT 2019 result on January 4, 2020. Result of CAT 2019 can be accessed from the official website of IIMCAT. CAT 2019 result includes scores of different section and as well as percentile. With the help of CAT result 2019 candidates get to know their overall percentile so that they can get an idea in which IIM or B-School they should apply.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Syllabus 2019

Question: Is there any specific syllabus for CAT 2019?


No, there is no specific prescribed syllabus for CAT 2019. Candidates can check the past years sample papers of CAT and get an idea about the type of questions that could be asked. By solving the question papers of the past years, candidates will know how much weightage to be given to each topic and each section. 

Question: What is the marking scheme for CAT?


For non-MCQ questions, there is no negative marking if the question is left unanswered or is incorrect. However, for MCQ questions, candidates will be awarded three marks for every correct answer and minus 1 for every incorrect answer. No marks will be deducted for any wrong answer. 

Question: Is there any change in the total number of sections from which questions will be asked?


No, IIM Kozhikode has stated that there is as such no change in the exam pattern of CAT 2019. There will be three sections from which the questions will be asked. 

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which mba colleges are best suited for 84 percentile in cat 2019?

Sampriti Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020
You have a pretty good CAT percentile and you can easily get a call from some of the best B schools in the country like
  • LIBA Chennai
  • BIM Trichy
  • XISS Ranchi
  • XIME Bangalore
  • BIMTECH Noida
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad campuses
  • ICFAI Business School Hyderabad and other campuses
  • IFMR Chennai and other colleges

All these colleges are equally good in terms of industry reputation and placements. But if you're interested in marketing or finance you should go for BIMTECH, ICFAI and IMT campuses and BIM. They are the best in this list. But if you're planning to study Human Resource then XISS and LIBA would be the best option. All the colleges provide good ROI and you can easily get an average compensation package of 7-8 lakhs from these colleges.

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sir my jee main percentile in jan exam is 85.4059364. can I get admission in NIT. I m in Gen cat

Sunil Kumar singh 21st Jan, 2020

Hi dear,

You have got 85.4059364 percentile in JEE main that means your rank should be 126875. This rank can increase in number of student in april month will increase. You can also calculate your rank as

Rank=(100-your percentile)×869010÷100

With this rank you have very low chance to get any NITs as you belong from general category. You can predict your college here

Hope it helps


Which is the best academy to take cat coaching in India, both online and offline...

Sampriti Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020
You can join either TIME or Carrer Launcher. Both of them are equally good in terms of faculty and study materials. IMS is also pretty good and comes right after these two. All of them have good success rate. All of them usually charge above 40000 as the course fee.

But if you don't want to invest such a huge amount of money you can study from various books available in market like Arun Sharma and Sarvesh Verma for quantitative aptitude and magazines like The Economist and TIME and TOI newspaper for the English portion. Along with that do buy the mock test series from the above Institutes which will give you a good knowledge of all the kinds of questions generally asked in CAT,XAT or other exams.

All the very best

Hey! Can you suggest me the best colleges at 89.49 percentile in CAT. I am a female non engineer, general category aspirant. My score in 10th/12th/grad. are as 9.8 CGPA/ 89.6%/ 68% Also, Shall I apply IMI Delhi & IMT Ghaziabad? Can I get call at this percentile? Thanks!

Nihal Kumar Gupta Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020

Hi Bhawana,

You have secured a good percentile in CAT exam. After the declaration of the CAT result the merit list will be made  to call the candidate for the interview round and WAT Test. The merit list comprises of your CAT percentile, your graduation marks, your work experience, your 10th and 12th marks. To get into top MBA college like , IIM Ahmedabad you need to score above 99.7 percentile in CAT exam. As you have secured 89.49 percentile you will get call for MBA course from

IIM Udaipur, IIT kanpur, IIM Vishakapatnam, IIM Bodh gaya, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu, IMI Delhi, IIM Shillong, IIT Madras, IMS BHU,.

Once you get call from IIM or other institutes , you have to go through the WAT exam and interview process. On clearing both an another merit list will be prepared, which will select you to get enter IIM or other institutes.

You will definitely got a acall from IMI Delhi and IMT Ghaziabad.

To know more about the colleges you get you can also use careers360 college predictor link given below:


Im a middle class student 88.55 percentile in CAT what would be good colleges for me wrt our economical background?

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020

CAT percentile between 80 to 90 can be a tricky situation. While you get optimistic to see yourself placed in the top range of CAT takers, the reality check of not being able to make it to the old IIMs also strikes soon. Since the old IIMs or IIM BLACKIS exhaust the shortlist by 98-100 percentile, there is hardly any chance for CAT takers securing 80 to 90 percentile to get a call from old IIMs. Despite performing well inCAT , you suddenly realise that you are not good enough for your dream destinations to spend next two years. But rather than losing hope, you should look at the brighter side that there are several top B-schools in the range of 80 to 90 percentile, including the newIIMs .

Vist the Website below to have a better insights of all the college and can even predict your colleges based on your cat score with the cat pathfinder.

Hope this helps.

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