CAT Syllabus 2017: IIMs, the conducting body of CAT, do not release the syllabus for CAT exam. Based on past years’ exam pattern and question types, the experts have shared the tentative CAT 2017 syllabus. 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 syllabus 2017. 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 2017 syllabus is divided into 3 sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). CAT 2017 notification was announced on July 29, 2017. IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2017 on November 26. 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 Syllabus 2017, 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 multiple choice objective type questions from three sections. The following table brings to you the test structure of CAT 2017.
CAT 2017 Exam Structure
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)
Total Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DA & LR) – 32
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) – 34
1 hour for each section
On Screen basic calculator will be provided
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs
The scoring scheme for multiple-choice questions (MCQ's) is:
Now we bring to you the CAT 2017 syllabus or the important topics under each section.
Section I - CAT Syllabus for Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
This section is divided into two areas:
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.
CAT 2017 syllabus for Verbal and Reading Comprehension are listed as follows:
Fact Inference Judgment
Fill in the blanks
Word Usage (Vocabulary)
Section II - CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
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:
Combination of Graphs
Clocks and Calendars
Section III - CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA)
The total number of questions in the Quantitative Ability section is 34.
The sub topics from the above-mentioned topics are:
Angles, triangles, sphere’s rectangles, cubes, cone
HCF and LCM
Installment and payments
Profit and loss
Ratio and proportion
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 will also release the mock test of CAT 2017 by October 18. 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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