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.
Important Details About CAT Exam
Name of the Exam Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting Body IIMs
IIM Stands for Indian Institutes of Management
Exam Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Sections in CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Time Duration 2 Hours (120 Minutes),40 Minutes for Each Section, and 50 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates
CAT 2022 Registration Mode Online Mode
Question Types MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)
CAT Exam Total Questions 66
Official Website iimcat.ac.in
CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2022 :
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 2023 – you can apply for CAT 2022.
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.
Important Dates for CAT 2022
CAT 2022 notification 4th week of July 2022
CAT 2022 registration 1st week of August 2022
CAT 2022 last date to apply 2nd week of September 2022
CAT 2022 admit card 4th week of October 2022
CAT 2022 exam date 4th week of November 2022
CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus
Complete CAT Syllabus for CAT 2022 Exam. While it is a popular notion amongst students that CAT is unpredictable, the syllabus for CAT has in fact been somewhat unpredictable especially in the DILR section. CAT exam underwent some changes in the year 2020, wherein the duration of the test was reduced to 2 hours from 3 hours duration. The number of questions in each of the sections was reduced too. The exam is usually held in slots, one in the morning and the other in the evening.
The CAT Exam is divided into 3 sections, spanning 40 minutes long each, making it a 2-hour exam
CAT 2022 Exam Pattern
Details CAT 2022 Pattern
Test duration 2 hours
Test slots 3
Total number of questions in CAT 66 (varies)
Total marks 198
No. of questions in VARC section of CAT 24 (varies)
No. of questions in CAT DILR section 20 (varies)
No. of questions in CAT QA section 22 (varies)
As per previous years, the sections and question split are
Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 24 Questions (19 non-MCQs)
Section 2: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation – 22-24 Questions (6-8 non-MCQs)
Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude – 22 Questions (14 non-MCQs)
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 40 minutes 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 2022 Exam
A. Verbal Ability
Total Questions: 7-11
Sectional Weightage: 30%
-Gist of Short Para’s: based on 3-4 sentences
-Para jumbles: 3-4 jumbled sentences to be arranged logically/sequentially
-Sentence Exclusion: pick out the out of context sentence between 1-2 sentences
-Others (Sentence Completion or Correction, Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.): 0-1
These questions are generally NON-MCQ with no penalty for the wrong answer
B. Reading Comprehension
Total Questions: 16
Sectional Weightage: 70%
5 RCs – 3 Long, 2 Short
Long Para[800-900 words]: 6 Questions in each
Short Para[500 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 2022 Exam
22-24 questions, with 6-8 non-MCQs (TITA-based)
A. Data Interpretation
Total Questions: varies (12 questions in CAT 2018 & 19; 16 questions in CAT 2020)
Sectional Weightage: varies
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: varies (20 questions in CAT 2018 & 19; 8 questions in CAT 2020)
Sectional Weightage: varies
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 2022 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: 22 questions, 14 Non-MCQs
Overall Weightage: 34%
Quant is divided into 5 major pillars
Topics: Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Logarithms, Functions,
Topics: HCF & LCM, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest (SI & CI), Averages, Ratio & Proportions, Speed Time & Distance, Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Work, Calendars & Clocks
– Modern Math:
Topics: Sequence & Series, Binomial Theorem, P&C, Set Theory, Probability, Maxima & Minima
– Number System:
Topics: Divisibility Rules, Factors, Remainders, Base Systems, Factorials, Last digits, Last 2 digits, property of numbers
Topics: Triangles, Circles, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Solids, 3D Geometry, Lines & Angles
Detailed CAT Syllabus
Syllabus & iQuanta's Quant Course for CAT
Topics Session on each Sub-topics No.of Sessions
NUMBERS 1. Basics of number
2. Remainder(non-conventional divisibility rules, euler’s, Chinese remainder theorem etc.)
3. Numbers of factors, sum of factors, difference of square etc
4. HCF, LCM,digital sum,co-prime etc.
5. Base system
6. Mega event covering other important topics and intense practice on numbers.
GEOMETRY 1.Fundamentals of geometry.
2. Conceptual application and practice.
3. Tricks and shortcuts of typical geometry problems.
4. Mass Point Geometry and other important topics.
5. Mega event for intense practice of geometry questions with shortcuts
ARITHMETIC 1. Basics of time, speed and distance and problems.
2. TSD in details and types of problems.
3. Relative motion and shortcuts of TSD and typical problems.
4. Circular motion in detail.
5. Percentage in detail.
6. Commercial Mathematics:
a) profit and loss
b) faulty weights
c) SI & CI
7. Time and work.
9. Mixture and allegations.
PATTERN AND SERIES 1. Sequence and series(A.P, G,P, A.G.P) 2
2. Special Series and Function ALGEBRA 1. Basics and problems on them.
2. Graphs and approaching a problem by graphs.
3. Quadratic-graphs, shortcut - formula and non conventional approach.
5. inequalities and problems over that.
CUBES AND CUBOIDS All shortcuts and easy approach for cube based problems. 1
QUANT-O-MANIA Discussion on special type of problems on CAT and intense practice session. 1
PnC and PROBABILITY 1. Basics of number counting.
2. Selection and combination of various types and problems discussion.
3. basics of probability.
4. probability using permutation and various types of problems.
5. intense practice on all possible types of problems.
Discussion and revisions on other important topics as demanded Total = 40+
Syllabus & iQuanta's DILR Course for CAT
Serial Number Class Plan Videos
1 DI- Ratios & Percentages-1 5
2 DI- Ratios & Percentages-2 4
3 DI- Ratios & Percentages-3 6
4 DI- Ratios & Percentages-4 4
5 DI- Ratios & Percentages-5 5
6 DI- Ratios & Percentages-6 5
7 DI- Ratios & Percentages-7 5
8 DI- Ratios & Percentages-8 5
9 LR-Cubes for CAT/XAT/SNAP/IIFT 5
10 LR-Cubes for CAT/XAT/SNAP/IIFT. 5
11 Linear Arrangement-1 4-5
12 Linear Arrangement-2 4-5
13 Linear Arrangement-3 4-5
14 Arrangements MiX- 4-5
15 Circular Arrangement 1- 4
16 Circular Arrangement 2- 4
17 Arragements-Last 4
18 Venn Diagrams – introduction 5
19 Venn Diagrams - 2 5
20 4 Set Venn Diagrams 5
21 Venn Diagrams – Advanced 5
22 Venn Diagrams – Optimization 5
23 Venn Diagrams – Optimization-2 5
24 Venn Diagrams – Optimization last 5
25 Selection 4
26 Binary Logics- 1 5
27 Binary Logics- 2 5
28 Games and tournaments 4
29 Games and tournaments - 2 5
30 Network Flow Diagrams 5
Syllabus & iQuanta's Verbal Course for CAT
Serial Number Topics No.of Sessions
1 CR 2
2 Grammar for CAT/XAT 2
3 Grammar-2 Phrases and Clauses 1
4 Subject Verb Agreement 2
5 Para summary 2
6 Para Completion 2
7 Etymology 1
8 Fill in the blanks 1
9 Fact inference judgement 1
10 Odd sentence out. 1
11 RC 20
The above topics cover CAT syllabus for CAT 2022, 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 2022 Course at www.iQuanta.in