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As a CAT 2021 aspirant the first thing you need to do to prepare is to understand the CAT syllabus. Knowing the CAT syllabus 2021 is one thing, and understanding the contents of that syllabus is quite another. By the contents of the syllabus, we mean the individual topics and subtopics that fall in that syllabus.
We recommend you to understand the syllabus, so that by getting into the details of the different topics and subtopics, by understanding the different types of questions that have come from those topics and subtopics, and by understanding their relevance in the context of the latest CAT exam pattern you’ll be able to prepare well.
Before we go any further, we would like to let you know that there is no official syllabus of CAT. The syllabus that you see here and that you come across through other sources are just an accumulation of topics that have come in the recent CAT papers.
In order to create a list of topics, we have gone through the past year papers, and have listed the topics and subtopics that we feel are important from the perspective of CAT Exam preparation. The topics and the subtopics have been fairly consistent for the past many years. You can learn more about the pattern in which these topics and subtopics come in the CAT exam by reading our article on the CAT exam pattern.
The CAT exam tests the aspirants’ aptitude in three areas:
We will discuss the syllabus for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension syllabus comprises the following two broad
areas: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
The VARC section of CAT previous year paper had the following sectional composition:
The above table shows that the CAT VARC syllabus is simple and less extensive. But the CAT exam pattern keeps on changing and so do the questions asked in the exam. If we take into account the papers of the past fifteen years, we see that there are plenty of topics that have been in and out of the CAT VARC section.
Since the questions from these topics have not been consistently coming, it is difficult for us to say whether such types of questions will come again or not. Nevertheless, the students must be prepared with these topics to face any uncertainties on the day of the CAT exam.
Here is the list of the Verbal Ability topics that have come in the CAT exam or are still a part of the VARC section of the CAT exam.
Now we turn our attention to the reading comprehension section of the CAT VARC section. The reading comprehension section does not have any variety, except for the type of questions that come in the exam. However, we have observed that CAT reading comprehension passages are plucked from a wide variety of sources. We would shed some light on those sources, informing the students the kind of substance they must read to become better adapted to the reading comprehension section of CAT.
Since we have seen the verbal ability and reading comprehension syllabus of CAT, we must now prioritise these topics, depending on which topic comes with what weightage and frequency.
We have assigned a priority ranking to each topic and have also given a link to the sample question from that topic. In the remarks column, we have discussed what an aspirant should do better to prepare for such topics. Thus we see that this is not just a syllabus copy, but a preparation guide for those who are planning to prepare for CAT 2021.
We will discuss the relevance of each of the above VARC topics to the CAT 2021 exam, keeping the recent CAT papers in mind.
The two tables above represent the entire VARC syllabus of the CAT exam. Nothing outside this table is likely to come in CAT. If you thoroughly become familiar with the above topics, keeping their priority in mind, you will definitely do well.