The CAT is a well-known exam among students and those seeking managerial positions. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the content of the course or even the best way to study it, beyond the wonder and occasionally even fear that surround it. Annually, close to 2 lakh students sit for the CAT, making it one of the most prestigious and competitive exams in the world. Therefore, it is crucial that you have a clear understanding of the CAT syllabus and pattern prior to beginning your preparation for the examination.
Everything you need to know about the CAT examination, including the marking scheme, pattern, curriculum, and more, is laid out here for your convenience. Dig in!
The TITA acronym stands for what?
Type In The Answer, or TITA, is an acronym for this. Examinees should write their responses in the appropriate boxes. Answers to these kind of questions are either true or false; there is no penalty for giving the erroneous one.
Course outline for the 2020 Admissions Test
The CAT syllabus is vast and includes a wide range of topics in each section. Listed below are the exam’s weighted sections, as well as a complete list of topics covered in each.
1. Explanation of the Data
In data interpretation, everything that requires computations based on several variables, typically depicted diagrammatically, is included. Thus, the scope of data interpretation includes –
Graphs with Piecewise Relationships
Statistics using Line Plots
Appropriateness of Data
The CAT curriculum places an emphasis on the fact that each of the aforementioned portions can be read in a variety of ways and used to draw different conclusions. If you want to do well on the data interpretation test, you need to put in the time to prepare for it every day. Neither intelligence nor natural ability are prerequisites. You just have to keep at it and work hard.
Consideration worth 16% of total grade
2. Using Your Head
Logical thinking on the CAT exam covers a lot of ground and requires thorough preparation. Logical reasoning is a test of an individual’s ability to think critically and construct convincing arguments. Among the many subfields of logic are:
Graph of Relatives
Related by blood
An Ability to Find Your Way
Game Theory, Sequences, and Puzzles
Parallel Venn Diagram
There are only two possible states, called binary.
Timepieces and schedules
Before moving on, make sure you have a firm grasp of the problem type and how to approach a solution. In addition, your ability to understand the subsequent set of logical thinking questions may be impaired if you skip over it in the hopes that you will eventually return to it. Knowing how to approach a subject and stick with it until you figure it out is a matter of practise. Although you could feel scrutinised if you ask the same question multiple times, doing so can greatly improve your CAT results.
Consideration worth 16% of total grade
3. Capacity with Words
The three parts of verbal ability in the CAT Exam Syllabus are:
Corrections to the English Language
Logic in Words
The CAT curriculum relies solely on these aspects of English to evaluate your verbal and reading comprehension skills. The secret to doing well on the CAT verbal section is to break down the material into its component parts and then work your way through them. They aren’t expecting a masterpiece from you, but rather an indication of whether you can comprehend the works of great writers like Shakespeare and Chaucer.
Examining 10% of the total grade
4. Knowing What You Read
Knowing how to read and understand what you read is just reading and understanding what you read. In other words, reading is the only way to acquire this skill. There is a connection between this and verbal communication, both of which are crucial if you want to get into a top MBA programme and ace the CAT exam. Building a daily reading habit is the only way to get better at this.
Scale up your reading efforts by starting with something simple and enjoyable. As a general rule of thumb, if you can breeze through Adam Smith’s classic book “Wealth of Nations,” you will have no trouble with the reading comprehension portion of the CAT exam.
24% of the total exam weight
5. Statistical Knowledge and Skill
The quantitative ability component of the exam is the most varied and the one that will demand the most work from you (simply due to its sheer size). Here are some of the things you’ll want to read up on for that test section:
Partnership (Accounts) (Accounts)
Time and Effort
HCF and LCF
Indices and Surds
the quadratic and linear equations in the inequalities
Progression in Geometry
Proportion and Ratio
Revenue and Expenditures
Average Median Mode
Mixing and matching
Intuitive Theorem of Binomials
Two Types of Interest: Simple and Compound
Roots, both square and cube
Keep in mind that it is via collaborative effort that problems of aptitude, cognition, and inference (which is exactly what quantitative ability is) can be resolved. Given the practically endless number of possible issues, it is always helpful to have more than one brain on the case. That way, you can study with other people who want to take the CAT and work over problem statements together.
Percentage of the total exam score: 34%
Considerations Before Parting
The content for the CAT exam can be enjoyable to study for. You’ll gain invaluable insight into your own mental fortitude and team dynamics. Don’t let anyone scare you or deter you. Make progress every day toward your objective by keeping that objective in mind. Finally, remember to “Carpe Diem” on the day of the CAT exam, for which you will have spent the better part of a year or two preparing.