CAT Syllabus 2017

CAT SyllabusCAT Syllabus 2017 - IIMs, the conducting body of CAT, do not release the syllabus for CAT exam. Based on past years’ exam pattern, the experts have shared the tentative CAT syllabus 2017. According to the analysis of previous years’ CAT, candidates can identify the important and pertinent topics or areas in each section which must the prepared by them in order to cover the CAT 2017 syllabus. Since there is no fixed syllabus of CAT 2017, experts suggest that the aspirants prepare all important areas to maximise the number of attempts as well as score. CAT syllabus 2017 is divided into 3 sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Mathematics or Quantitative Ability (QA). IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2017 on November 26, 2017. This article of Careers360 brings to you the tentative syllabus, exam pattern and other details of the CAT 2017.

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Before delving into the CAT 2017 syllabus, let us understand the exam pattern of CAT 2017. Common Admission Test or CAT is a computer-based test of 180 minutes duration carrying 100 questions from three sections. The following table brings to you the test structure of CAT 2017.

  • Sections - Three sections: Mathematics or Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

  • Sectional Duration - 1 hour for each section

  • Question Types - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs

Marking Scheme

  • +3 marks for ‘correct answer’

  • -1 for each incorrect answer

  • No marks are given or deducted for un-attempted questions.

Now we bring to you the CAT 2017 syllabus or the important topics under each section.


CAT Syllabus 2017 - Section wise

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Mathematics or Quantitative Ability (QA)

Reading Comprehension - The Reading Comprehension passages are generally of medium length, carrying 250 to 500 words. Question types can be both direct or inferential.

English Usage - The other area is English Usage, which includes questions on grammar and verbal reasoning. The total number of questions in this section is 34. Salient topics in are given below:

  • Fact Inference Judgment

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Grammar

  • Para Completion

  • Para Jumble

  • Sentence Correction

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies

  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based), etc.


The number of questions in this section is 32. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning areas consist of 16 questions each. Salient topics in both the areas are given below:

Data Interpretation

  • Bar Graph

  • Combination of Graphs

  • Caselet

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Line Graph

  • Pie Chart

  • Tables, etc,

Logical Reasoning

  • Assumptions

  • Blood Relations

  • Binary Logic

  • Clocks and Calendars

  • Constraint-based puzzles

  • Data Arrangement

  • Family Tree

  • Matching Puzzles

  • Proposition

  • Statements

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Sets

  • Syllogism

  • Venn Diagram, etc.


The total number of questions in the Quantitative Ability section is 34.

  • Algebra

  • Arithmetic

  • Geometry

  • Higher Maths

  • Mensuration

  • Modern Mathematics

  • Number System

  • Trigonometry

The sub topics from the above-mentioned topics are:

  • Arithmetic progression

  • Arithmetic mean

  • Average

  • Angles, triangles, sphere’s rectangles, cubes, cone


  • Clocks

  • Geometric progression

  • Geometric mean

  • HCF and LCM

  • Harmonic mean

  • Installment and payments

  • Lines

  • Median

  • Mode

  • Percentage

  • Partnership

  • Profit and loss

  • Ratio and proportion

  • Partnership

  • Pipe and cisterns

  • Speed and distance

  • Work & time



Preparing for CAT 2017 Syllabus


One of the best ways to prepare for CAT syllabus 2017 is by solving CAT sample papers and taking regular mock tests. You can download the CAT sample paper for free by clicking here. IIMs also released the mock test of CAT 2017 on October 30, 2017. Since IIMs do not release question papers, it is difficult for the aspirants to check the paper pattern. However, with the help of sample papers and the official CAT mock test, aspirants will be able to prepare for CAT 2017.


To help candidates to prepare for CAT 2017, We bring the must read books for CAT preparation for its 3 sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). To check must read books - Click here


CAT 2017 is scheduled to be conducted on November 26 and the result of CAT 2017 will be declared likely by the second week of January 2018. Around two lakh candidates are expected to appear for CAT 2017 for admission in 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools in India.


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