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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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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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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
Geometry, Time and Work, Algebra, Number System, Mensuration,
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.
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.
Fill in the blanks
Foreign language words used in English
Para Completion and inference
One word substitution
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
Expected Number of Questions
Sentence Completion & Correction
Others (Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.)
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
Total Number of Passages
Total number of questions
At least 24 questions
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:
Name of the book
Name of the author
Word Power Made Easy
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (Pearson)
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)
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:
Clocks and Calendars
Total Number of Questions
Tables & Charts
Graph, Bar diagram
Tables, Pie chart
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
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
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT (Tata McGraw-Hill)
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
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
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.
HCF & LCM
Profit & Loss
Work and time
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
Surds and Indices
Ratios and Proportion
Total Number of Expected Questions
Geometry & Mensuration
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
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:
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT
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
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.
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CAT syllabus 2020 will include broadly the topics such as quantitative aptitude, reading comprehension and verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.
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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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,
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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.
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