## What Is Cat

# Syllabus for CAT

- Each year CAT is conducted by different IIMs.
- Previously the format for this examination was offline but in the past few years the paper has become online.
- A candidate is awarded +3 for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer.
- The scoring is done based on raw score further followed by scaling where the percentile is calculated.

**Sections**

There are four sections in the Common Aptitude Test.

**Quantitative Ability**

The quantitative ability section in CAT is included to test and analyze the numerical ability and accuracy in calculations. The section of quantitative ability is comprised of the following chapters:

- Number systems: This unit covers the basic syllabus that is taught in primary standards. The questions asked will be based on complex multiplication and division.
- LCM and HCF: The questions based on this unit cover the basic Lowest common multiple and factor problems.
- Percentage: These problems are the basic fraction problems that require fast and efficient conversion of complex and simplified fractions.
- Profit, Loss and Discount: Basic calculations regarding the cost price , selling price of the article are asked. Complex problems include profit percentage and loss percentage too.
- Interest: Complex problems based on the traditional interest formulae are asked.
- Speed, Time and Distance: The problems based on these topics mainly consist of Speed and distance formulae. Train problems are also included from this unit.
- Time and Work: Time and work problems are another subdivision of the Time and distance problems.
- Averages: Complexity upgrades the basic average problems to CAT level.
- Ratio and proportion: These units have interlinks to the other arithmetic units. The questions of this chapter act as the base of the chapters such as percentage, profit and loss, average etc.
- Linear and quadratic equations: These problems are based on the basic “unknown x” variable problems of the secondary standards. They include binomials and polynomials too.
- Surds and Indices: These problems include the basic square root or multiple root problems. They include the arithmetic calculations of these numbers.
- Probability, Permutations and Combinations, Set theory: Majority of the questions asked in CAT belong to this unit. The questions belonging to this unit are asked to test the analytical and reasoning ability of the candidate.
- Geometry/trigonometry: These questions are based on basic 12
^{th}standard mensuration problems. Questions are based on angular and complex shapes but they do follow the simple geometrical and trigonometric formulae.

**Data Interpretation**

The problems based on data interpretation are based on the following topics.

- Tables: These questions are presented in the way of rows and columns. The values are mentioned in a clear and descriptive format. Further calculations are performed on these values.
- Column Graphs: The column graphs are presented in a way where comparison of the successive years is easily possible.
- Bar graphs: Another method of Graph problems.
- Line charts: These graphs are formed along X and Y axes as straight lines.
- Pie Chart: The problems asked in these methods are depicted as angle percentage distribution.
- Venn Diagrams: The questions related to this chapter are based on the relation between the different parameters, mentioned in the question.

**Logical Reasoning:**

- Numbers and letter series: The questions related to this topic consist of some relevant letter or number series present in the question.
- Calendars and clocks: They are used to frame the Time or date related questions.
- Cubes and Venn diagrams: Venn diagrams are used to create the relational problems. Cube problems are based on major relations and are very frequently asked in CAT.
- Seating Arrangement: These questions relate to some specific pattern that is followed for solving the arrangement problems in any linear or circular arrangements.
- Blood Relations: The questions based on blood relations are solved by the family tree mechanism.
- Other topics include, Logical matching and Syllogism.

**Verbal Ability**

- Vocabulary: The questions asked from this part are based on synonyms and antonyms
- Grammatical questions and corrections are also asked.
- Another set of questions is based on sentence correction.
- Jumbles Paragraph: In this type of questions, few numbered sentences are given and the candidate is asked to rearrange sentences into a logical paragraph.

Other types of question include: Verbal reasoning, facts, reading comprehension etc.

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