CAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020- IIM CAT Study Materials, Best Books

CAT Syllabus 2020 for VARC, DILR & QA Sections, IIMS CAT Exam pattern, Test Schedule, Common Admission Test Format, preparation tips, Best Books for CAT 2020 and download CAT previous year papers from

Latest CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus Topics wise covered for Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Verbal & Reading Comprehension: the First question come in students’ mind that what CAT Paper pattern, in which section CAT Question paper will be made and how to prepare for Common Admission Test 2020. Therefore all these study tips we are sharing in this article. First candidates should know about CAT Exam pattern and download CAT Syllabus 2020 in PDF.

We want to advise students that they join online test series, Practice test and Mock test on a regular basis. First, they collect CAT Study materials such as Best Books, Coaching notes, CAT previous year paper and start self-study under expert guidelines. They all cover topics of CAT Syllabus section wise from Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA).

IIM CAT Syllabus 2020- CAT Topics wise syllabus for VARC, DI&LR, QA Sections:

Indian Institutes of Management will organize the CAT 2020 on 25th November 2020 (Sunday) in two sessions. The CAT Entrance Exam will be organized in test centers spread across 147 cities. There will three sections in which questions will be asked such as Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA).

CAT 2019 Result has been declared on 4th January 2020. Check here for result details.

We advised aspirants that they must revise all topics from the above three sections. They can join CAT online test series, mock Test and solve CAT previous year questions papers and try to solve paper in 3 hours. Using this method, applicants can solve paper in given time and improve performance /speed. You must divide each section in 1 hour and try to solve the complete section in this time period.

CAT 2020 Registration Process begins 7th August and will end on 18th September

CAT Syllabus 2019

CAT 2020 Exam Dates

  • CAT Notification Release Date- 28th July 2020
  • Start date of Online Registration for CAT 2020- 7th August 2020
  • Last date for Registration- 18th September 2020
  • Correction in Image or online form- September Last week
  • CAT Admit Card release date- 23rd October 2020
  • Preapre with CAT Mock Test- From 3rd week of October 2020
  • Common Admisison Test (CAT Aptitude Test) Date- 24th November 2020
  • Answer key release Date- December First week
  • IIM CAT Result Date- January 2020.

CAT Exam Pattern 2020- Section Wise Marking Scheme:

In this article, we are giving CAT Exam Syllabus and pattern. The CAT question paper will carry 100 questions of objective type multiple choices. These questions divided into three sections like Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 34, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)- 32 and Quantitative Ability (QA)- 34.

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All the sections carry both multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs (Subjective Questions). 3 marks allotted for each correct answer and -1 mark deducted for an incorrect answer Each Section is allotted 60 minutes – with the total time for the Exam being 180 minutes. There will be three sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA)

Section NameQuestionsMarksTime
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)3434*31 Hour (60 Minutes)
Date interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI&LR)3232*31 Hour (60 Minutes)
Quantitative Ability 3434*31 Hour (60 Minutes)
Total100 Questions300 Marks3 hours (180 Minutes)

IIM CAT Exam Syllabus 2020 Section Wise: 

CAT Syllabus 2020 for DILR section in CAT  is divided into two parts i.e. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The 1st part of CAT 2020 syllabus covers questions based on Data Interpretation (DI) and the 2nd part of CAT Exam syllabus on DILR is based on questions on different topics on Logical Reasoning. VARC section in CAT is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of IIM CAT  syllabus covers questions based on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of CAT 2020 Exam syllabus on VARC is based on questions on different topics on Verbal Ability.

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Section-I: Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Reading Comprehension- The reading comprehension passages are generally of medium length, carrying 250 to 500 words. Question types can be either direct or inferential.

English Language: 

  • Fact Inference
  • Judgment
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based), etc.

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CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Date Interpretation- 

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

Logical Reasoning- 

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

CAT Syllabus 2020 for Quantitative Ability (QA): 

Major Topics- Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Higher Maths, Mensuration, Modern Mathematics, Number System Trigonometry, etc.

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Sub-Topics- Arithmetic progression, Arithmetic mean, Average, Angles and triangles, Sphere’s rectangles, Cubes and cone, BODMAS, Clocks, Geometric progression and Geometric mean, HCF and LCM, Harmonic mean, Installment and payments, Lines, Median and Mode, Percentage, Partnership, Profit and loss, Ratio and proportion, Partnership, Pipe and cisterns, Speed and distance, Work & time etc.

CAT 2020 Admission Process

CAT Admission Process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria and follow different selection processes. Performance in CAT 2020 Exam is an important component for consideration in the selection process.

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