CAT Syllabus | Common Admission Test – 2015-2016

Indian Institute of Management conduct CAT (Common Admission Test) every year. Those students, who are applying for CAT 2015, need to know new syllabus and pattern. Here we discuss briefly new pattern.

Examination Pattern

The mode of CAT has changed from paper-pencil based test to computer based test. CAT has three sections:

Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

QA and VRC comprise of 34 questions, whereas DILR section has 32 questions, making the total of 100 questions in the paper. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes (3 hours). Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. The basic on-screen calculator will be available for computation.

You will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and you cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Marking: You will be awarded three marks for each correct answer. The test carries negative marking, one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Important Dates

Notification Date: 26 July 2015
CAT Sale of Vouchers & Registration: 6 August to 20 September 2015
Download of Admit Cards: 15 October 2015
Computer Based Test Dates: 29 November 2015
Declaration of Results: January 2016

Cat   Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Algebra
  • Time and Work
  • Mensuration
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Linear Equation
  • Age
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Reasoning

  • Clock
  • Calendar
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relation
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Conclusion

Data Interpretation

Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, etc. 

Verbal Ability and English

Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.

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