The first thing a candidate who is to prepare for CAT 2021 must understand is the CAT syllabus. One thing is to know the CAT 2021 curriculum, and it is very different to understand the contents. We mean the individual topics and subtopics covered by the curriculum for CAT.
It is why we recommend the student, through the details of various topics, the different questions that arise from these topics and subtopics and understanding their relevance in connection with the latest CAT examination pattern. This is why we recommend that the student understand the curricula.
We would like to inform you before we go to the short stack of the CAT curriculum, that there is no official CAT curriculum. The curriculum you see here and find in other sources is just an accumulation of topics in the recent CAT documents.
In order to create a list of subjects, we reviewed last year's papers and listed the subjects that, from the perspective of the CAT exam, we feel are important. For many years, the subjects and sub-topics have been quite consistent. By reading our CAT examination model article, you can learn more about the design of these issues and subtopics in the CAT examination.
The CAT exam tests the aspirants’ aptitude in three areas:
We will try to understand the syllabus for CAT Quantitative aptitude
We can categorize the CAT quant syllabus into five broad topics
A common mistake made by a first-time applicant is that each subject is equally important for its preparations. Indeed, around 90% of the questions are from three topics consistently in recent CAT. Arithmetic, algebra and geometry are the topics.
Therefore, being a smart aspirant you would focus more on these three topics to prepare for CAT quant section.
In each of these subjects, there are many subtopics, from which CAT's quantum questions are framed. Several subtopics are more important than the rest in terms of preparation. In this section, the following parameter will be used to discuss each of these topics in detail:
In the CAT quant section, more than 40 % of the total questions are arithmetic. As a result of recent changes in the cat quant section, students from non-mathematical backgrounds have gained significant relief. As the number of questions arithmetically increases, questions from all the arithmetical subtopics are now emerging. In addition, it is easy to moderate the level of arithmetical problems.
Increase in the number of questions from algebra in recent CAT has compelled aspirants to ponder in depth on this topic. Questions from algebra have appeared in decent numbers throughout in past CAT papers. The following table shows the detailed CAT syllabus for algebra and its important components.
Questions on the number system dominated the CAT quant section over decades. It was very popular when CAT used to be pen and paper-based. Over the years, it lost its weightage.
However, to be good at CAT Quantitative Aptitude, it is vital to be good at number systems. The fundamentals of the number system are crucial in all other topics. Like Arithmetic, the Number system too can be divided into various heads. We are discussing all the subtopics of the number system keeping in mind their relevance to the CAT exam.
Though Geometry has a huge syllabus and varieties in questions, CAT has kept itself limited to testing the elementary concepts of well defined geometrical figures like triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, polygons and mensuration.
Below table gives the details of CAT geometry syllabus.