• CAT Syllabus 2017-2018: 
  • CAT 2017 is expected to be announced in the last week of July, 2017. Although IIMs, conducting body of CAT do not release any official syllabus, based on past years’ exam pattern and question types, the experts have shared the tentative CAT 2017 syllabus. According to the analysis of previous years’ CAT, the candidates can identify the important and pertinent topics or areas in each section which must the prepared by them in order to succeed in CAT 2017. Since there is no fixed syllabus of CAT 2017, experts suggest that the aspirants prepare all important areas to maximise the number of attempts as well as score.
  • CAT 2017 Exam Structure
    Features Details
    Sections Three sections:

    Quantitative Ability (QA)

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DA & LR)

    Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

    Total Number of Questions 100

    Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DA & LR) – 32

    Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) – 34

    Sectional Duration 1 hour for each section
    Calculator Usage On Screen basic calculator will be provided
    Time alloted 180 minutes
    Question Types Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs
    Marking Scheme For Non-MCQs,

    ·         +3 marks for ‘correct answer’

    ·         No marks (or negative marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’.

    The scoring scheme for multiple-choice questions (MCQ’s) is:

    ·         +3 for each correct answer

    ·         -1 for each incorrect answer

    ·         No marks are given or deducted for un-attempted questions.

    Now we bring to you the syllabus or the important topics under each sections of CAT 2017.

    CAT Syllabus 2017 for Quantitative Ability

    • Algebra
    • Arithmetic
    • Geometry
    • Higher Maths
    • Mensuration
    • Modern Mathematics
    • Number System
    • Trigonometry

    The sub topics from the above mentioned topics are:

    • Arithmetic progression
    • Arithmetic mean
    • Average
    • Angles, triangles, sphere’s rectangles, cubes, cone
    • BODMAS
    • Clocks
    • Geometric progression
    • Geometric mean
    • HCF and LCM
    • Harmonic mean
    • Installment and payments
    • Lines
    • Median
    • Mode
    • Percentage
    • Partnership
    • Profit and loss
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Partnership
    • Pipe and cisterns
    • Speed and distance
    • Work & time

    The total number of questions in the Quantitative Ability section is 34.

    CAT Syllabus 2017 for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

    This section is divided into two areas, Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The Reading Comprehension passages are generally of medium length, carrying 250 to 500 words. Question types can be both direct or inferential. The other area is English Usage, which includes questions on grammar and verbal reasoning. The total number of questions in this section is 34. The important topics or the CAT syllabus 2017 for Verbal and Reading Comprehension are listed as follows:

    • Fact Inference Judgment
    • Fill in the blanks
    • Grammar
    • Para Completion
    • Para Jumble
    • Sentence Correction
    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

    CAT Syllabus 2017 for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    The number of questions in this section is 32. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning areas consist of 16 questions each. Salient topics in both the areas are given below:

    Data Interpretation

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

    Logical Reasoning

    • Assumptions
    • Blood Relations
    • Binary Logic
    • Clocks and Calendars
    • Constraint-based puzzles
    • Data Arrangement
    • Family Tree
    • Matching Puzzles
    • Proposition
    • Statements
    • Seating Arrangement
    • Sets
    • Syllogism
    • Venn Diagram

SNAP Test Pattern & Syllabus

S.No. Section Marks
1 General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40
2 Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40
3 General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario 40
4 Analytical & Logical Reasoning 60
Total 180

The duration of SNAP is 120 minutes (2 hours).  SNAP Test is an objective test with each question having 4 responses. Each wrong answer has 25% negative marks.

XAT Pattern and Syllabus

Part A

The total number of questions are 78 and the time allotted is 170 minutes.

You have a choice of not attempting 13 questions. Beyond this, any unanswered question carries the negative mark of 0.05. There is also negative marking of 0.25 marks for any wrong answer.

Part B

The time allowed to answer both GK and Essay is 35 minutes. The number of questions in the GK are 25. All the questions are of General in nature. There is no negative marking in this section.

Section Duration
Part A 170 minutes
Quantitative Ability
English and LR
Decision Making
Part B 35 minutes
Essay Writing
General Awareness


CMAT Paper Pattern

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) is a three-hour test. The question paper consists of four sections:

  1. Quantitative Technique
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Language Comprehension
  4. General Awareness

There are 25 questions in each section. Each correct answer will give you four marks and each wrong answer will give you one negative mark (negative marking).

CMAT Paper Syllabus

Language Comprehension Section

This section has questions of reading comprehension, jumbled paragraphs, grammar, vocabulary and tenses.

Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

This section will test your knowledge on topics such as Statistics, Probability, Ratios, Profit & Loss and Geometry. Common topics covered under Quantitative Techniques are:

  • Number Systems
  • Linear equations
  • Pipes and cisterns
  • Profit & Loss
  • Averages
  • Mixtures and Alligation
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Menstruation
  • Probability
  • Permutation & Combination

The questions in DI consists of Pie Charts, Tables and Bar Graphs.

Logical Reasoning Section

This section includes questions on arrangements (sequencing, seating), statement-conclusion, venn diagrams, true & false statements and visual reasoning.

Common topics covered are:

  • Syllogism and set theory
  • Data arrangement
  • Blood Relations
  • Linear arrangements
  • Coding Decoding
  • Alphabet Series
  • Direction based questions
  • Calendars

General Awareness Section

This section is not restricted to any particular type of questions. Stay updated on current affairs and basic general knowledge. Questions are asked on various areas of general awareness like Sports, Arts and Culture, Geography, History, Politics, Business and so on.

IBSAT Pattern & Syllabus

IBSAT is conducted as computer based test. The duration of the test is 2 hours. Questions in IBSAT are asked from the following sections:

  • Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability

Most of the questions in the session of verbal ability have moderate level of difficulty. There are 50 questions for this session and the questions are from the following topics.

  • Vocabulary – 25 Questions
  • English Usage – 10 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 5 Questions
  • Grammar – 10 Questions

Reading Comprehension

There are three passages for the session of reading comprehension. Around eight questions are asked from each passage. Out of the eight questions, 1 to 3 questions are moderately difficult, where as the other remaining questions are easy.

Quantitative Ability

For the session of Quantitative Aptitude, questions are asked from the following topics.

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic Progression
  • Averages
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Discount
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Number System
  • Percentages
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Probability
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time and Work

Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

There were 15 questions on Data Sufficiency, 5 questions on Logical Reasoning, and 5 questions on Data Interpretation. Level of difficulty for the questions is easy to moderate.


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