Important topics for CAT 2017Anisha Mukhija
As we know that CAT dates are out and the D-Day is on 26th November 2017, there are many students who would be in a state of panic and confusions. There are students who are preparing well from the start. This article aims at giving some important insights about the expected topics in the CAT 2017.
Although there is no standard set of topics which are given by any official body but through the Past CAT papers we can get an idea about the topic. This year IIM L will be setting up the CAT exam paper and in the past when they conducted CAT it was way back in 2010; though lot has changed post that but you can expect certain similarities between the two.
In 2010 verbal was easy whereas quants was tough. While DI / LR were moderately difficult but manageable. Here is a detailed article on what you can learn from 2010 CAT pattern
Non-engineering students should focus on this section since they need to maintain their sectional scores and cut-offs. Though the IIMs are prefering non-engineers; tihs year too you can expect this section to be between moderate to tough.
- Algebra: You can’t afford to take this topic lightly if you are planning to take CAT since it has been a dominated topic from past many years
- Geometry: You can expect some questions on geometry though never asked directly the concepts are useful to solve some complex questions.
- Permutation & Combination/Probability: You can expect atleast 2-3 questions from this topic.
This section again demands a lot of practise and students are required to do intensive calculations. It consists of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to analyze data.
Some of the important topics in this section, which you can expect in CAT 2017
- Data Sufficiency
- Bar Graph
While DI is all about understanding the graphs and answering the questions from those; logical reasoning requires a prompt presence of mind. A good practise could be to solve crosswords, puzzles, sudoko and riddles post your regular preparation as these will get you in a good thinking habit for such questions.
Some important Logical Reasoning topics, that you can expect are:
- Family Tree
- Seating Arrangements
- Blood Relations
- Assumptions & Statements
- Venn Diagram
Verbal Ability & RCs:
The Verbal sections is divided into two major parts; Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC has good weightage so, this can make or break your scores in the verbal section. Vocabulary is very important since if your vocab is not strong, you would fail to quickly answer some of the easy questions.
Mnemonics can be helpful in your vocab preparation. Learn Mnemonics Online
Some important topics apart from the RC and vocab are:
- Para Completion
- Para Jumble
- Sentence Correction
- Verbal Reasoning
Tips: You can start with easy RC and slowly increase the level of it; ideally it will be good if you can practise more than 100 RC before your actual CAT. Tone of Reading Comprehension
All the best for CAT 2017!