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Syllabus of Common Admission Test (CAT):

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CAT EXAM Syllabus:

  This is the most repeated question probed when one starts cooking CAT Exam. CAT is a test with no predefined syllabus, but past tendencies advise that CAT in overall aptitude including Quant Ability, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Data Interpretation.


CAT will be 170 minutes long. You will get 85 minutes to answer 50 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, you will have to move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back. So you should review your answers for the 1st section, withinthe first 85 minutes.

  A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. So including the duration of the tutorial, the total duration of CAT will be Three
hours and five minutes. (As per latest information)

  CAT basically is an test which checks your command over mathematics. Even though you are not in touch with the contents of the subject for a while you need to polish your fundamentals and get fully prepared for this tough race because only the best would make the way through.

Syllabus Details:

Quantitative Ability:

Number Systems, LCM and HCF, Percentages, Profit, Loss and Discount, Interest (Simple and Compound), Speed, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Complex Numbers, Logarithm, Progressions (Sequences & Series), Binomial Theorem, Surds and Indices, Inequalities, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Functions, Set Theory, Mixtures and Alligations, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration.

Data Interpretation:

Data is given in form of tables, charts and graphs. In this section it is tested that how can you interpret the given data and answer the questions based on it. Tables, Column Graphs, Bar Graphs, Line Charts, Pie Chart, Venn Diagrams, Caselets

Logical Reasoning:

Number and Letter Series, Calendars, Clocks, Cubes, Venn Diagrams, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Logical Sequence, Logical Matching, Logical Connectives, Syllogism, Blood Relations.

Verbal Ability:

Types of Questions, Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms), English Usage or Grammar, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks, Cloze Passage, Analogies or Reverse Analogies, Jumbled Paragraph, Meaning-Usage Match, Summary Questions, Verbal Reasoning, Facts / Inferences / Judgements, Reading Comprehension.


Vocabulary questions test the candidate’s knowledge of the primary meanings of words, secondary shades of meaning, usage, idioms and phrases, antonyms, related words, etc.


Grammar-based questions test the candidate’s ability to spot and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like subject-verb agreement, use of modifiers, parellel construction, redundancy, phrasal verbs, use of articles, prepositions, etc.

Verbal Reasoning:

 Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to identify relationships or patterns within groups of words or sentences.

Some OF More ORGANIZATION’S Test Pattern & Syllabus as follows:


XAT Pattern and Syllabus:

The XAT exam is divided into two parts.  Part A is of 2 hours and 20 minutes duration which consists of Quantitative Ability, English Language Ability & Logical Reasoning and Decision Making. Part B of the exam consists of Essay Writing and General Awareness. Duration of this section is 40 minutes. Questions in General Awareness is from Business, Economics and Politics related to Business Environment. You have to attempt both essay as well as General Awareness section. Total duration of XAT is of 3 hours.

Part A


Quantitative Ability


140 minutes

English and LR

Decision Making

Part B


Essay Writing

 40 minutes

General Awareness

Points to Note:

**Number of questions varies from year to year.

**Number of choices for each question is five.

**There is negative marking (1/4) for wrong answers.

**XAT paper contains differential marking, so you must read the instructions carefully.

**GK Section in Part B has been introduced from 2013.

**Duration has been increased by 20 minutes for Part A from 2013.

XAT Previous Year Paper Pattern:


XAT 2009

XAT 2010

XAT 2011

XAT 2012

No. of questions (Part A)










SNAP Test Pattern & Syllabus:





General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability



Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario



Analytical & Logical Reasoning