CAT 2019 - Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Learn Concepts, Selection Criteria

The CAT syllabus and exam pattern 2019 consists of 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning in CAT exam syllabus are focused to judge the person's ability to crunch numbers, concepts and applying the same within the limited time span whereas Verbal Ability and reading comprehension are to know the person's command over the language.

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. Non-MCQ questions will not be negatively marked.

  • VA-RC - This section consists of 20-25 Reading Comprehension questions and the rest consist of Verbal Ability questions.
  • DI-LR - This section consists of 8 sets of 4 questions each. Anywhere between 2-4 sets of Data Interpretation questions can be expected in CAT exam 2019.
  • QA - This section consists of 34 questions from various topics. Based on historic trends, most questions for CAT 2019 can be expected to be from Geometry, Arithmetic, and Algebra (in descending order).

CAT Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

Section Total Questions No. of MCQ Questions No. of TITA Questions Marks (MCQ) Marks (TITA) Total Marks
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 26 - 28 6 - 8 +3, -1 +3, no negative 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 26 - 28 4 - 6 +3, -1 +3, no negative 96
Quantitative Ability 34 26 - 28 6 - 8 +3, -1 +3, no negative 102

Quantitative Ability Syllabus For CAT 2019:

Arithmetic Algebra Number Systems
1. Time, Speed & Distance 1. Inequalities & Modulus 1. LCM and HCF
2. Time & Work, Pipes & Cisterns 2. Functions & Graphs 2. Divisibility Rules
3. Simple Interest & Compound Interest 3. Linear & Quadratic Equations 3. Base Change
4. Ratios, Proportions & Variations 4. Polynomials 4. Finding Unit's Place, Ten's Place of a number
5. Percentages, Profit & Loss, Discount 5. Logarithms 5. Cyclicity, Number of trailing zeroes
6. Averages, Mixtures & Alligations 6. Algebraic Identities 6. Remainders
7. Maxima Minima 7. Prime Factorisation
8. Factorials
9. Indices & Surds
Geometry & Mensuration Modern Mathematics
1. Circles 1. Permutations & Combinations
2. Triangles 2. Probability
3. Polygons 3. Set Theory (Including Venn Diagrams)
4. Co-ordinate Geometry 4. Binomial Theorem
5. Lines and Angles 5. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic Progressions (Sequence & Series)
6. Trigonometry

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus For CAT Exam 2019:

Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning
1. Tables 1. Number, Symbol, Letter Series
2. Pie Charts 2. Coding Decoding
3. Bar Graphs 3. Blood Relations & Family Tree
4. Directions
5. Binary Logic
6. Games & Tournaments
7. Linear & Circular Arrangements
8. Team Formations
9. Order & Ranking

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus For CAT 2019:

Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension
1. Parajumbles 1. Tone Of Writing
2. Para Completion 2. Passages
3. Statements & Assumptions 3. Logical InferencesTree
4. Fill In The Blanks
5. Sentence Completion

The CAT 2019 syllabus can ideally be completed in a span of 4-8 months, depending on the level of preparation of a candidate.