CAT Syllabus 2017

CAT SyllabusCAT Syllabus 2017: CAT 2017 is expected to be announced in the last week of July, 2017. IIM Lucknow will be conducting CAT in 2017. Although IIMs, conducting body of CAT do not release any official syllabus, 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, the candidates can identify the important and pertinent topics or areas in each section which must the prepared by them in order to succeed in CAT 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. This article of Careers360 brings to you the tentative syllabus, exam pattern and other details of 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




Three sections:

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DA & 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

Sectional Duration

1 hour for each section

Calculator Usage

On Screen basic calculator will be provided

Time alloted

180 minutes

Question Types

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs

Marking Scheme

For Non-MCQs,

  • +3 marks for ‘correct answer’

  • No marks (or negative marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’.

The scoring scheme for multiple-choice questions (MCQ's) is:

  • +3 for each correct answer

  • -1 for each incorrect answer

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

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


CAT Syllabus 2017 for Quantitative Ability

  • 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

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


CAT Syllabus 2017 for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

This section is divided into two areas, Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The Reading Comprehension passages are generally of medium length, carrying 250 to 500 words. Question types can be both direct or inferential. The other area is English Usage, which includes questions on grammar and verbal reasoning. The total number of questions in this section is 34. The important topics or the CAT syllabus 2017 for Verbal and Reading Comprehension are listed as follows:

  • Fact Inference Judgment

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Grammar

  • Para Completion

  • Para Jumble

  • Sentence Correction

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

CAT Syllabus 2017 for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

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

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

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 third week of October. 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.


CAT 2017 is expected to be conducted in the first Sunday of December. The result of CAT 2017 will be declared likely by the first 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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