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CAT Topic Wise Weightage for VARC, Quant, and DILR

CAT Topic Wise Weightage for VARC, Quant, and DILR

Edited By Anusha Bhalotia | Updated on Nov 21, 2023 11:31 PM IST | #CAT

CAT Topic Wise Weightage 2023: CAT is considered one of the toughest management entrance exams in India. So it is important to formulate a CAT preparation strategy according to the topic wise weightage in CAT 2023. According to the CAT exam pattern, the question paper is expected to have a total of 66 questions with 3 sections (VARC, QA, DILR) to be attempted in 2 hours. Read this article carefully to know in-depth details about CAT topic-wise weightage for all sections.

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CAT Topic Wise Weightage 2023

IIM Lucknow is scheduled to conduct the CAT exam on November 26, 2023. CAT exam 2023 will be conducted as a computer-based test with negative marks for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Non-MCQs. This article focuses on CAT chapter-wise weightage distribution so that you know which CAT topics require more focus than others.

CAT subject-wise weightage for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is provided here.

  • As per last year’s CAT quantitative aptitude topic wise weightage, Arithmetic & Algebra covered about 65% of the section.

  • According to the CAT DILR topic wise weightage, the section provides an equal weightage for DI & LR - 2 sets each.

  • In the CAT VARC section, the weightage of Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability is in the ratio of 2:1.

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Topic Wise Marks Distribution in CAT 2023

The VARC section in the CAT exam evaluates student’s language proficiency, reading comprehension skills, and verbal reasoning abilities. The QA section in CAT 2023 assesses students’ mathematical and analytical abilities. The CAT DILR section evaluates students’ ability to analyse and interpret data, solve complex puzzles, and make logical decisions. Here you can see the expected CAT subject wise weightage of VARC, QA, and DILR in the exam based on trends.

CAT Syllabus Topic Wise Weightage

CAT Section

CAT Important Topics

CAT Exam Topic Wise Weightage

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Arithmetic, Number System

34%

Data Interpretation

Tables, Graphs, Pie Charts, Venn Diagram

16%

Logical Reasoning

Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism And Caselets

16%

Verbal Ability

Para jumbles, Para summary, Inferences and Sentence Completion

10%

Reading Comprehension

Order of sentences, questions based on passages, and para meaning.

24%


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Last Year’s Topic Wise Weightage in CAT Exam

Below you can find the CAT Topic Wise Weightage for last year’s CAT question paper. Candidates can divide their CAT exam preparation time accordingly.

CAT VARC Topic Wise Weightage

Slots

CAT VARC Topic

No. of Questions

Weightage (%)

Slots 1, 2 and 3

Reading: Comprehension Passages

16

68

Para Jumbles

3

12

Para Summary

3

12

Para Completion or Odd Sentences Out

2

4


CAT QA Topic Wise Weightage

Slots

CAT QA Topics

Number of Questions

Weightage (%)

Slot 1

Algebra

8

36

Arithmetic

8

36

Geometry and Mensuration

3

14

Modern Maths

2

9

Number Systems

1

5

Slot 2 and Slot 3

Arithmetic

9

41

Algebra

7

32

Geometry and Mensuration

4

18

Number Systems

1

5

Modern Maths

1

5


CAT DILR Topic Wise Weightage

Slots

CAT DILR Topics

Number of Questions

Slot 1

Graph

5

Token Value

5

Linear Arrangements

5

DI- Metro Lines

5

Slot 2

Diagram-based LR Set- Widget Supplies

5

LR- Salesmen + 4 Companies

5

DI- Cosmetic Sales

5

DI- Company Revenue and Cost

5

Slot 3

LR- Arrangements/ Rankings/ Team Formation

5

LR- Games and Tournament- 4 People

5

DI Based on Graph- Gender + Colour

5

DI- Ratio based

5


CAT Exam Pattern 2023

The exam pattern for CAT 2023 remains the same as last year's CAT paper pattern. It will help the candidates to understand the CAT question paper structure and marking scheme.

Sections

Total Questions

Sectional time limit

Difficulty level

VARC

24

40 Minutes

Moderate

DILR

20

40 Minutes

Moderate

QA

22

40 Minutes

Moderate- Difficult

Total

66

120 Minutes

Moderate


NOTE: Sectional time-limit for PwD category - 53 minutes and 20 seconds

Check out the CAT syllabus 2023 here

CAT 2023 Marking Scheme

  • For each correct answer, 3 marks will be given.

  • For each wrong answer, a 1 mark will be deducted.

  • For unanswered questions, no marks will be deducted. Also, there is no negative marking for Non-MCQs.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How can I improve my CAT performance?

To improve performance in the CAT entrance exam, students should focus on regular practice, work on time management, solve previous years' CAT papers and mock tests, and analyze their performance to identify their weaknesses.

2. What is CAT Topic-wise Weightage?

CAT Topic wise weightage refers to the distribution of CAT questions between different topics in the IIM MBA exam. It provides insights into the relative importance of each topic in three categories: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).

3. What is the duration of CAT exam?

The total duration of the CAT 2023 is 2 hours (120 minutes). Each section has an individual time limit of 40 minutes. For the PwD category, the sectional time limit is 53 minutes and 20 seconds.

4. Which topics in CAT hold more weightage?

In the CAT exam, VARC has maximum weightage i.e. 24 questions and 72 marks.

5. Can we choose which section to attempt first in CAT?

No, CAT does not offer candidates the flexibility to choose the order of CAT sections as per their choice. Students should start with the VARC section followed by DILR and QA respectively.

6. Is there any negative marking in the CAT?

Yes, CAT has a negative marking scheme. For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted for MCQ-type questions only.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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