Important Topics for CAT 2018

Important Topics for CAT 2018

CAT Syllabus has remained more or less the same for the last decade. However, the paper pattern has changed. Let us understand the pattern of the paper before we actually try to understand the complete and detailed CAT syllabus for the CAT 2018 exam. Knowing the paper pattern, it would be simpler for us to understand the syllabus for CAT. The pattern for CAT exam has remained almost the same for the past 3 years – CAT 2015, CAT 2016, and CAT 2017. It is, therefore, safe to assume that a similar, if not exactly the same, pattern would continue for CAT 2018 as well.


Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that you are not allowed to switch between sections. The order of the sections has remained the same for the past few years so the same is expected to continue.

CAT Important Topics 2018

CAT 2018 exam would be divided into three separate sections of 1 hour each-

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (34 questions)

 Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (32 questions)

Quantitative Aptitude (34 questions)

Each section of the test has a few important topics which a student must cover. So, check the important topics of CAT for preparations.

Download CAT Syllabus from here.

Here we are listing the important topics as per  distribution of questions in each of the sections:

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • Number System: Ensure that you are clear with the basic concepts of this topic.
  • Arithmetic: Though Arithmetic has a vast number of sub-topics, in the last 3 years, only a couple of questions have featured on this topic.
  • Algebra: Considering this has been one of the most dominant topics in CAT in the last three years, it makes a lot of sense to place extra emphasis on this topic.
  • Geometry: Another topic which has featured quite a lot in the last few years.
  • Permutation & Combination/Probability: This is another topic that contributes to one to two questions to the exam.
  • Miscellaneous Topics: This includes Set Theory, Trigonometry, and Logarithms

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

1.Data Interpretation

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Bar Graph
  • Tables
  • Case-lets
  • Pi-charts

2.Logical Reasoning

  • Family Tree
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Assumptions & Statements
  • Venn Diagram
  • Proposition

3.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

You can get free Tips to crack Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension in CAT-2018 here.

Planning your preparation is extremely important. But so is timing your preparation. Most importantly focus on areas from where maximum questions have been asked in previous years. You can also start with difficult topics first and it is always advisable to follow the sequence as specified above for better learning and understanding of each section.

All the Best!


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