CAT Syllabus 2019
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CAT Syllabus 2019 - IIM Kozikhode, conducting body of Common Admission Test (CAT) does 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 will be 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.
IIM Kozhikode has issued the CAT Admit Card 2019 on October 23, 2019. Authorities have released the workflow for CAT 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 will be appearing for CAT 2019, they can check the topics and the total number of expected questions that will be 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 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.

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.

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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Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.

Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.

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There is no pass or fail marks for CAT. For example if you get 70 percentile, it means that ypu have done better than 70% of the Candidates who appeared for the exam.

How I crack CAT examinations for MBA to take admission in IIMs.. I also want to go abroad for further studies after completing my bcom degree but i am confused so much what path can I go for future if I want to earn good money ?? Please give me advice guys..

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019

Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.

Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.


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Dear Aspirant,

If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.

However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


Good Mba colleges with cat cutoff 80 to 90 percentile

Mayank Chowdhary 17th Nov, 2019

Yes I'll enlist down some of the top institutes for MBA whose cutoffs are between 80 to 90 percentile.

  1. Tapmi Institute Manipal, CAT cutoff was 80 percentile.
  2. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management And research, Mumbai,, 85 was the cutoff percentile -
  3. IIM DELHI - cutoff percentile for cat exam was 90
  4. BIMM Pune - cutoff 80
  5. IIM Ghaziabad - cutoff 90

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