CAT Syllabus 2024 (New Update) : Download PDF With Weightage

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test held in India that has a moderately fixed pattern and CAT syllabus. The syllabus consists of topics varying from Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) conducts this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The exam is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

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Therefore, it becomes crucial for you to thoroughly understand the CAT syllabus, for which we have provided details below.

ParticularsCAT Exam Details
CAT Conducting BodyIIM (Indian Institute of Management)
CAT Official
CAT Exam ModeOnline CBT (Computer Based Test)
Sections in CAT3 Sections
– Quantitative Ability (QA)
– Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
– Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)
CAT Exam Duration2 Hours (40 mins. for each section)
Question TypesMCQ & TITA
CAT Exam Total Questions66
– QA : 22
– VARC : 24
– LRDI : 20
Total Marks198
Marking Scheme+3 for correct answer
-1 for incorrect answer

CAT Syllabus and Exam Eligibility Criteria

To appear for the CAT exam, a candidate should have at least 50% marks or an 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 preparing for the CAT exam, then you need to check the following CAT eligibility criteria:

CAT Exam Reservation

15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of 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 a gross annual income of 8 Lakh INR or above for three consecutive years fall into the creamy layer who are not eligible to avail of the benefits of reservation entitled to other OBC categories. They are treated as general category candidates.

CAT 2024 Important Dates

The important dates for CAT 2024 exam should be taken care of so that you do not miss the deadlines.

EventsCAT Important Dates 2024
CAT 2024 notification release30th July 2024
CAT 2024 registration starts2nd August 2024
CAT 2024 Registration ends13th September 2024
CAT 2024 admit card25th October 2024
CAT 2024 exam date26th November 2024
Release of CAT 2024 Response Sheet & Question Paper2nd week of December 2024
Last day to challenge answer keySecond week of December 2024
CAT 2024 ResultSecond week of January 2025

CAT Exam Pattern

Complete CAT Syllabus for CAT 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 3 slots; morning, afternoon & evening.

The CAT Exam is divided into 3 sections, spanning 40 minutes long each, making it a 2-hour exam

DetailsCAT 2022 Pattern
Test duration2 hours
Test slots3
Total number of questions in CAT66 (varies)
Total marks198
No. of questions in VARC section of CAT24 (varies)
No. of questions in CAT DILR section20 (varies)
No. of questions in CAT QA section22 (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 Questions (6-8 non-MCQs)
  • Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude – 20 Questions (14 non-MCQs)

The tricky part of 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.

Section-Wise CAT Syllabus for MBA

1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

A. Verbal Ability (VA)

  1. Total Questions: 7-11
  2. Sectional Weightage: 30%


  • Gist of Short Para’s: based on 3-4 sentences
  • Para jumbles: 3-4 questions on jumbled sentences to be arranged logically/sequentially
  • Sentence Exclusion: pick the out-of-context sentence between 1-2 sentences
  • Others (Sentence Completion or Correction, Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.): 0-1 questions

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

B. Reading Comprehension (RC)

  1. Total Questions: 16
  2. 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 Affairs, Literature, History, Abstract
    [These are not exhaustive, and only indicative]

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

2. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)

22-24 questions, with 6-8 non-MCQs (TITA-based)

A. Data Interpretation

  1. Total Questions: varies (12 questions in CAT 2018 & 19; 16 questions in CAT 2020)
  2. Sectional Weightage: varies


  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs
  • Data analysis
  • comparison

The questions utilize – text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), and Venn diagrams, 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 from it.

B. Logical Reasoning

  1. Total Questions: varies (20 questions in CAT 2018 & 19; 8 questions in CAT 2020)
  2. Sectional Weightage: varies


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

3. Quantitative Aptitude (Quants)

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

  1. Total Questions: 22 questions, 14 Non-MCQs
  2. Overall Weightage: 34%

Quant is divided into 5 major pillars:

– Algebra:
  • 6-7 Questions
  • Topics: Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Logarithms, Functions,
– Arithmetic:
  • 8-9 Questions
  • Topics: HCF & LCM, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest (SI & CI), Averages, Ratio & Proportions, Speed Time & Distance, Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Work, Calendars & Clocks
– Modern Math:
  • 1-2 Questions
  • Topics: Sequence & Series, Binomial Theorem, P&C, Set Theory, Probability, Maxima & Minima
– Number System:
  • 1-2 Questions
  • Topics: Divisibility Rules, Factors, Remainders, Base Systems, Factorials, Last digits, Last 2 digits, property of numbers
– Geometry:
  • 4-5 Questions
  • Topics: Triangles, Circles, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Solids, 3D Geometry, Lines & Angles

Detailed CAT Syllabus

1. Quantitative Ability

TopicsDuration of the TopicSub-TopicsApplication SessionsConceptual SessionsTotal VideosTotal Practice Questions
Numbers3 weeks
  1. Numbers Basics
  2. Divisibility
  3. Remainders
  4. HCF & LCM
  5. Tips, Shortcuts & Practice
Arithmetic4 weeks
  1. Percentages
  2. Profit & Loss
  3. Dishonest Seller
  4. Simple & Compound Interest
  5. Instalments
  6. Averages
  7. Ratio & Proportion
  8. Mixture & Alligation
  9. Time & Work
Time, Speed & Distance2 weeks
  1. TSD: Basics
  2. Relative Speed
  3. Circular Motion
  4. Tricks to Solve TSD Questions
Modern Maths3 weeks
  1. Permutations & Combinations: Basics
  2. Arranging Distinct and Identical Things
  3. Finding the Number of Solutions to Equations
  4. Balls & Boxes Practice Questions
  5. Probability
Algebra4 weeks
  1. Algebra Basics
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Inequalities
  4. Maxima Minima
  5. Logarithm & Modulus
  6. Graphs
  7. Functions
  8. Integral Solutions
Progressions & Series1 week
  1. Sequence & Series (AP, GP, A.G.P)
  2. Special Series & Function
Geometry3 weeks
  1. Lines & Angles
  2. Triangles & Other Polygons
  3. Circles
  4. Quadrilaterals
  5. 3-D Mensuration
Total20 weeks40317272015

2. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

TopicsDuration of the TopicApplication SessionsLive SessionsTotal Videos in Application SessionsTotal Practice Sets With Video Solutions
Data Interpretation
  1. Intro & Tools
  2. Tables - 1
  3. Tables - 2
  4. Line & Bar Graphs
  5. Pie Charts
  6. Misc. Graphs - 1
  7. Misc. Graphs - 2
  8. Misc. Graphs - 3
4 weeks8440152
Cubes1 week211028
Linear Arrangements1 week311533
Circular Arrangements1 week211028
Venn Diagrams2 weeks422048
Distribution1 week211028
Selection1 week211028
Binary Logics1 week211028
Games & Tournaments2 weeks422048
Network Flow Diagrams1 week11523
Quant Based DI1 week12526
Total16 weeks2916155470

3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

TopicsDuration of the TopicApplication SessionsLive SessionsTotal VideosTotal Practice Questions
  1. Parallel Errors
  2. Adverbs
  3. Subject-Verb Agreement
1.5 week3136116
Reading Comprehension
  1. Science & Tech.
  2. Business & Economics
  3. Arts, Society & Culture
  4. History & Politics
  5. Philosophy & Psychology
  6. Mixed
10 weeks201090214
Para Summary1 week212481
Para Completion0.5 week111246
Odd One Out1 week212481
Para Jumbles1 week2124183
Critical Reasoning & FIJ1.5 weeks3136103
Total16.5 weeks3316246824

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The above topics cover the CAT syllabus for CAT 2024, which should be the starting point for your preparation, and in case you are looking for structured preparation with the fastest doubt solving, you can check iQuanta CAT 2024 Course.


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