Cat Syllabus


CAT aspirants test their knowledge by preparing according to the syllabus. As per the survey out of 30% students fail in the exam due to lack of knowledge and not having the clear idea about syllabus pattern. Here we provide the complete syllabus. It will help you to go further

The CAT paper is divided in three sections –

  • Quantitative Ability,
  • Data Interpretation and Reasoning,
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension
  • So here we will deal with the section-wise syllabus for CAT 2016.
  • Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

Quantitative Aptitude mainly consists of questions from Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Calculus etc. The questions are Intermediate difficulty level. The questions in this section mainly test a candidate’s ability to apply mathematical principles to solve real time problems.

Each topic covered in Quantitative Aptitude is vast in its own right. Consequently a student must know the important sub-topics for each of these main topics. The table below covers all the important chapters which should be covered to secure a good percentile in CAT 2016.





Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances, Boats & streams


Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series etc.


Maxima and Minima, Function


Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern, etc.


Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles, etc.


Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances, etc.



Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation was a part of the Quantitative Ability section. In these section applicant must have a graphical knowledge and memory skills. There are various types of charts and graphs which are used to frame Data Interpretation questions.

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Case lets
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency

Need to have a clear idea and good time management to solve these types of questions.

Logical Reasoning consists of question types which test both your mathematical and logical abilities. These questions are there is most of the examinations, and present an interesting challenge to students.

Logical reasoning questions classified into various categories such as:

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Circular Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Selection and Conditionals
  • Sets based on grouping and patterns
  • Mapping and best routes
  • Miscellaneous sets consisting of formal logic, testing, sports events etc.