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CAT 2023 Exam Syllabus

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The Common Admission Test held annually by the IIMs is the most common entrance exam for MBA admissions to top-notch B-schools. CAT 2023 will allow students to apply for admission to IIMs among other top institutes for the batch of 2024-26. Top non-IIM MBA colleges accepting CAT 2023 are MDI Gurugram, SPJIMR, IMT, FMS, IM, IITs, GIM, GLIM, LIBA, NITIE, MICA, IRMA, etc.

CAT Important Dates

EventExam Timeline
CAT 2023 Official Notification30th July 2023
Start Date for Registration2nd August 2023
Last Date for Registration13th September 2023
Admit Card Release Date25th October 2023
CAT 2023 Exam Date26th November 2023

Results will be announced after the First week of January 2024.

CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT exam is held in 3 slots. While the exam pattern and syllabus are the same for all slots, the level of difficulty might vary. Here is an overview of the exam pattern-

CAT 2023Details
Mode of ExaminationOnline (Computer-based)
Medium of ExaminationEnglish
Total Questions66
Questions Per SectionVARC: 24
DILR: 20
QA: 22
Time Allotted120 minutes
Time Allotted per Section40 minutes each
Type of QuestionsMCQs and TITA (Type in the Answer)
Marking Scheme+3 for every right answer
-1 for every wrong answer
TITA has no negative marking

Exam Syllabus

Candidates should note that there is no officially released syllabus. However, candidates can check the CAT syllabus 2023 drawn on the basis of previous CAT questions. Here are some of CAT 2023 important topics and the number of questions for each of the sections – VARC, DILR, and QA.

SectionsNo of questionsTime allotted (in minutes)Important topics
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2440Reading comprehension, para jumbles, para summary, verbal reasoning, etc.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)2040Charts, graphs, arrangements, blood relations, puzzles, etc.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)2240Algebra, arithmetic, number systems, geometry, permutations and combinations, mensuration, etc.

CAT 2023 Syllabus Section wise

  • VARC– Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension
  • LRDI – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • QA – Quantitative Aptitude section

CAT VARC Syllabus 2023

The VARC section is the first section of the CAT question paper and has a sectional time limit of 40 minutes. CAT VARC section is divided into two sub-parts, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension. This section of the CAT exam course is dominated by the RC questions. Have a look at the important VARC topics for the CAT exam syllabus for MBA 2023.

VARC Syllabus of CAT
Para completion and inferenceVerbal logicFill in the blanks
Subject-verb agreementPara jumblesVerbal reasoning
Foreign language words used in EnglishSentence completionDifferent usage of same word
IdiomsGrammarReading Comprehension
Sentence correctionJumbled ParagraphsOne word substitution
Types of clausesParts of speechPreposition
Errors in tensesPhrases modifiersArticle usage
  • In the CAT exam, there will be around 8 Verbal Ability questions
  • CAT VARC section will have both MCQs and Non-MCQs questions which means for Non-MCQ questions, candidates will have to type the answers.
  • There will be no negative marking for non-MCQ questions
  • Types of questions in CAT VARC include:
    • Para-Jumbles
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Basic Vocabulary
    • Odd one out
    • Analogies
    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Error correction in a paragraph

Syllabus of CAT VARC – Important Topics and Weightage

CAT 2023 VARC TopicsNumber of questions in the CAT examDifficulty level (Expected)
Reading Comprehension16Moderate to Difficult
Para jumbles3Moderate to Difficult
Summary3Easy to Moderate
Odd Sentences2Easy to Moderate
Overall24Moderate to Difficult

CAT LRDI Syllabus 2023

CAT DILR is the next section after VARC which candidates need to solve within the stipulated time (40 minutes). Like CAT VARC, this section also has two sub-sections- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

Clocks and CalendarsSyllogismBlood Relations
StatementsVenn DiagramSeries
Data ArrangementPropositionsData Structure
Family TreeTablesDirection Sense
Pie ChartsCoding-DecodingBinary Logic
Seating ArrangementsAssumptionsData Sufficiency
Bars & Line GraphsPuzzlesSeta & Caselets

CAT Syllabus Data Interpretation (DI)

  • There will be around 14 Data Interpretation questions will be asked in CAT 2023
  • As per trends, CAT DI questions are usually on moderate to high difficulty level
  • The data Interpretation section will have MCQs and Non-MCQs questions
  • No negative marking scheme is applicable on non-MCQ questions of the CAT DI section
  • For CAT DI MCQs questions, a negative marking scheme is applicable

CAT Syllabus Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • As per the CAT exam syllabus for MBA 2023, there will be around 10 Logical Reasoning questions will be asked in the CAT exam
  • It is expected that the difficulty level of the CAT LR section will on moderate to high level
  • This section will also have both (MCQs and Non-MCQs) types of questions
  • The total number of questions in the CAT LR section may vary
  • There will be negative marking for CAT Logical Reasoning questions but not for non-MCQs

Important Topics and Weightage

CAT DILR 2023 TopicsNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Data Interpretation6Easy
Data Interpretation4Moderate
Logical Reasoning6Easy to moderate
Logical Reasoning6Moderate to difficult
Overall20Moderate to difficult

CAT QA Syllabus 2023

The CAT Quantitative Aptitude is the last section of the question paper and has to be solved in the CAT exam sectional time limit.

Ratio and ProportionGeometryInequalities
Work and TimeTrigonometryIn-equations Quadratic and linear equations
PercentagesAlgebraSurds and Indices
Square Root and Cube RootNumber SystemPartnership (Accounts)
Geometric ProgressionProbabilityProfit & Loss
Binomial TheoremMean, Median, ModeSimple interest and compound interest

CAT Syllabus Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • CAT QA section will have both MCQs and Non-MCQs questions
  • The number of MCQs and Non-MCQs questions in the CAT QA section varies every year
  • There will be negative marking for MCQs but not for non-MCQs

CAT Quantitative Aptitude 2023 Important Topics and Weightage

CAT 2023 QA SyllabusNumber of questionsDifficulty level
Modern Maths4Moderate

Important Topics for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section

Algebra Topics for CAT 2023Linear Equations, Basic Algebraic Formulae, Number of integer solutions, Problems on ages, Finding out roots, Quadratic Equations, Higher Degree Equations, Maxima and Minima, Inequalities, Descartes Rule of Signs, Modifications of Graphs, Functions, Logarithm, The Smallest value in maximum function
Arithmetic Topics for CAT 2023Percentages, Averages, Mean Median Mode, Simple and Compound Interest. Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Profit and Loss Mixtures and Allegations, Time Speed and Distance
Geometry Topics for CAT 2023Triangles – Basic Concepts, Lines and Angles, Similar Triangles, Area, Angles, Polygons, Coordinate Geometry, Circles, Trigonometry, Solids/ Mensuration – 3D Geometry
Number System Topics for CAT 2023Properties of Numbers, Basic of Numbers, Divisibility and Factors, Divisibility Rules, Finding Out the Last Digit, Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple, Number of Trailing Zeroes, Finding Out Last Two Digits, Basic Divisibility Rules, Finding out Remainders, Simplifying the Dividend (Single and/or Multiple Divisors), Binomial Theorem, Euler’s Theorem, Fermat’s Theorem, Wilson’s Theorem, Pattern Recognition and Cyclicity of Remainders, Conversion of Bases, Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication in different bases, Base Systems
Modern Maths Topics for CAT 2023Binomial Theorem, Sequence and Series, Permutation and Combination, Set Theory, Probability

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Bharathi Pradeep
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