13 Apr,2018


The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer based test held in India every year by one of the IIM’s based on a policy of rotation. This test scores a person based on quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. This test was started by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their various business administration programs using the test.


CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a prerequisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and other institutions.


CAT preparation is considered as most crucial stepping stone for an IIM aspirant, where distinct planning and preparation according to the plan is required. Although, IIM’s - who conduct the CAT exam do not release the syllabus for the CAT exam, it is deduced through previous year’s CAT exam pattern and questions. Our panel of experts have predefined the syllabus and structure according to the latest exam and have provided a general guideline for the paper to follow for success in this examination.


Rodha's Contribution

CAT is an exam where success comes from solving a maximum number of questions in a minimum possible time. The module covers the entire CAT syllabus in an extensive yet comprehensive manner. Therefore, our CAT preparation modules are created in such a way that it ensures you to give your best shot in your exam.


We have provided the complete IIM Combined Admission Test Syllabus on this page. Candidates can obtain the subjects included in the IIM CAT Exam. Candidates can also check the CAT Exam duration, the number of sections, the number of marks for each section. Through all this information, candidates can able to plan their preparation perfectly to do their best in the IIM Exam. By knowing the subjects, applicants can get an idea about on what subjects they must concentrate for the good score. At Rodha, we provide full and accurate exam syllabus and pattern to help our candidates stand out among others, our pride is to see candidates speak of us a great institute.


CAT Syllabus

CAT analyses the skills of the aspirant in four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. It is also a test of time management.

Mathematics or Quantitative Section

Some of the core concepts in maths and quant subjects are:

English or Verbal Section

Prominent topics in this section are:

Analytical Reasoning Section

Important topics under AR are:

Data Interpretation Section

Problems related to organized and unorganized data are quite common in this section. Core topics are as follows:


CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT exam pattern and structure are given below.


The sections will appear in the same order as mentioned in the above table. Now we will share in-depth information about each feature of CAT.


Highlights of CAT Exam Pattern


Duration – The total duration of CAT is three hours or 180 minutes. Each section is time bound for one hour and candidates are not allowed to move to and fro sections within this one-hour duration. However, test takers are free to attempt and answer any question within a particular section.


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