What Are the Important Topics for CAT? Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
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As per the CAT exam pattern, there are three sections- Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). Each section of the test has a few important topics which a student must cover. Let us have a look at section wise topics of CAT.
There is no fixed syllabus for CAT but based on previous years’ pattern and questions, the syllabus can be divided into three sections:
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning | Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension | Quantitative Ability |
Case lets and Tables | Synonyms, Antonyms (Vocabulary Based) | Number Systems |
Bar Graphs and Column Graphs | Grammar or English Usage | LCM & HCF |
Venn Diagrams | Correction in Sentence | Profit, Loss & Discount |
Line Charts & Pie Chart | Fill in the blanks | Percentages |
Combination of two or more types linked to each other | Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage | Speed, Time & Distance |
Number and Letter Series | Analogies and Reverse Analogies | Time & Work |
Calendars, Cubes and Clocks | Meaning/Usage Match | Simple & Compound Interest |
Binary Logic | Verbal Reasoning | Ratio & Proportion |
Seating Arrangement | Summary Questions | Averages |
Syllogism | Reading Comprehension | Quadratic & Linear Equations |
Logical | Facts Inferences Judgments | Complex Numbers |
Matching | Logarithm | |
Logical Sequence | Binomial Theorem | |
Logical | Sequences & Series | |
Connectives | Surds & Indices | |
Blood Relations | Inequalities | |
Probability, Permutation and Combination | ||
Set Theory | ||
Functions & Geometry | ||
Mixtures & Allegations | ||
Trigonometry | ||
Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration |
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Some of the topics that the aspirants must focus under this section, and which are expected in the test, are:
Number System: Ensure that you are clear with the basic concepts of this topic.
Arithmetic: Though Arithmetic has a vast number of sub-topics, in the last 3 years, only a couple of questions have featured from this topic.
Algebra: Considering this has been one of the most dominant topics in CAT in the last three years, it makes a lot of sense to place extra emphasis on this topic.
Geometry: Another topic which has featured quite a lot in the last few years.
Permutation & Combination/Probability: This is another topic that contributes around one to two questions to the exam.
Miscellaneous Topics: This includes Set Theory, Trigonometry, and Logarithms
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
A few topics that you must cover in DI section and that you must prepare are:
Data Sufficiency
Bar Graph
Tables
Case-lets
Pi-charts
Logical Reasoning is all about understanding the trick hidden in the question. After you are done with your daily preparation, take out time for some brainstorming sessions, like solving crossword puzzles, Sudoku, riddles on blood relations, family tree etc. Some of the topics are:
Logical Reasoning Topics
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
This section is divided into two parts, Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The Reading Comprehension area carries around five passages followed by three to five questions from each passage. The English Usage area includes questions on grammar, vocabulary etc. Following are the topics of English Usage to prepare for CAT.
Fact Inference Judgment
Fill in the blanks
Grammar
Para Completion
Para Jumble
Sentence Correction
Verbal Reasoning
Word Usage (Vocabulary)