The Common Admission Test (CAT) syllabus consists of topics related to the 3 sections of CAT  Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability.


Section  No. of MCQ Questions  No. of NonMCQ Questions  Time Allotted 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension  27  7  60 minutes 
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning  24  8  60 minutes 
Quantitative Ability  23  11  60 minutes 
Total  74  26  180 minutes (3 Hours) 
Highlights of the pattern:
A total of 100 questions are to be solved in 180 minutes. Each correct response carries 3 marks, while each incorrect response carries 1 marks. NonMCQ questions will not be negatively marked.
Arithmetic  Algebra  Number Systems  




Geometry & Mensuration  Modern Mathematics  


Data Interpretation  Logical Reasoning  


Verbal Ability  Reading Comprehension  


The CAT 2018 syllabus can ideally be completed in a span of 48 months, depending on the level of preparation of a candidate.
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