The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2021 :

To appear for the CAT exam, a candidate should have at least 50% marks or equivalent GPA in graduation.
SC/ST/PWD candidates should have at least 45% marks.

You can also apply if you have completed a professional degree (CA / CS / ICWA) with 50% marks or equivalent.

Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT Exam.

If you are going to finish your graduation studies in 2022 – you can apply for CAT 2021.

Reservation :

15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% seats are reserved for OBC candidates belonging to Non Creamy Layer (NC – OBC).

Non Creamy layer OBC Classification :

As per the official classification, the sons and daughters of a person (belonging to an OBC) with gross annual income of 8 Lakh INR or above for three consecutive years fall into creamy layer who are not eligible to avail the benefits of reservation entitled to other OBC categories. They are treated like general category candidates.

CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Complete CAT Syllabus for CAT 2021 Exam. While it is a popular notion amongst students that CAT is unpredictable, the syllabus for CAT has always been predictable. Despite changes in organizing authorities, the pattern of CAT has remained similar to previous years in CAT 2015, CAT 2016 and CAT 2017. The exam is usually held in slots, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Going with the same logic, it’s a safe bet to assume that, with minor changes the pattern for CAT 2021 Syllabus would be similar to previous years

The CAT Exam is divided into 3 sections, spanning 1 hour long each, making it a 3 hour exam

As per previous years the sections and question split are

Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 34 Questions
Section 2: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation – 32 Questions
Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude – 34 Questions

The tricky part to the above pattern is that CAT does not allow you to toggle between sections, i.e. you have to complete the section within 1 hour to move on to the next one as per the above order.

Now, let’s discuss the syllabus for each of these sections in detail.

1. CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension of CAT 2021 Exam

A. Verbal Ability

Total Questions: 10
Sectional Weightage: 30%

-Gist of Short Para’s: based on 5-6 sentences
-Parajumbles: 4-5 jumbled sentences to be arranged logically/sequentially
-Sentence Exclusion: pick out the out of context sentence between 4-5 sentences

These questions are generally NON-MCQ with no penalty for wrong answer

B. Reading Comprehension

Total Questions: 24
Sectional Weightage: 70%

5 RCs – 3 Long, 2 Short
Long Para[800-1000 words]: 6 Questions in each
Short Para[400-600 words]: 3 Questions in each
RC Areas – Business, Social Sciences, Economics, Humanities, Science, Current Affair, Literature, History, Abstract [These are not exhaustive, and only indicative]

Type of Questions – True/False statements, phrase/word explanation, author’s view, main idea of RC, purpose of passage, inference based questions, data driven questions, vocabulary based

2.CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation of CAT 2021 Exam

23 MCQ
8 sets with 4 questions each

A. Data Interpretation

Total Questions: 16
Sectional Weightage: 50%

Data Tables, Data charts, Bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison

The questions utilize – text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs.
The motive is to candidate’s ability to interpret data and derive insights out of it.

B. Logical Reasoning

Total Questions: 16 –
Sectional Weightage: 50%

Clocks, Calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, Assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement

3.CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude of CAT 2021 Exam

Quant undoubtedly has the widest syllabus when it comes to CAT. But the good part is that, despite being wide, it is well defined thus allowing candidates to take a structured approach

Total Question: 34 – 24-27 MCQ, 7-10 Non MCQ
Overall Weightage: 34%

Quant is divided into 5 major pillars

– Algebra:
5-7 Questions
Topics: Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Logarithms, Functions,

– Arithmetic:
10 -12 Questions
Topics: HCF & LCM, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest (SI & CI), Averages, Ratio & Proportions, Speed Time & Distance, Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Work, Calendars & Clocks

– Modern Math:
4-5 Questions
Topics: Sequence & Series, Binomial Theorem, P&C, Set Theory, Probability, Maxima & Minima

– Number System:
3-4 Questions
Topics: Divisibility Rules, Factors, Remainders, Base Systems, Factorials, Last digits, Last 2 digits, property of numbers

– Geometry:
6-8 Questions
Topics: Triangles, Circles, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Solids, 3D Geometry, Lines & Angles

The above topics cover CAT syllabus for CAT 2021, which should be starting point for your preparation, and in case you are looking for structured preparation with fastest doubt solving, you can check iQuanta CAT 2021 Course at

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