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CAT Exam Date, Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2024

The CAT (Common Admission Test) Exam is a highly competitive entrance exam used for admission into top-tier management programs offered by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other prestigious business schools in India. CAT Syllabus includes Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).

The syllabus of the CAT exam is prescribed by the Indian Institute of Management and is said to be one the toughest exam syllabus among all MBA entrance exams in India.

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Sections Section Name Questions from each Section
Section I Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34
Section – II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32
Section – III Quantitative Ability 34
Total 100 Questions

CAT Exam Date 2024

CAT Exam Events CAT Exam Date 2024
CAT 2024 notification date 28-29 July  2024
Beginning of CAT 2024 Registration 1 August 2024
CAT 2024 registration last date 15 September 2024
CAT 2024 exam date 24 November 2024
CAT 2024 result date 4-5 January 2025

CAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate or an equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST, and PwD/DA category) from a recognized university.
  2. Candidates in the final year of their bachelor’s degree or those awaiting results are also eligible to apply for CAT 2024.

CAT Exam Syllabus for MBA

CAT Session CAT Exam Syllabus Topics

  • Para Jumbles
  • Para Summary
  • Sentence Completion
  • Odd Sentence Out
  • Antonyms & Synonyms
  • Error Detection
  • Phrase Modifiers
  • Idioms
  • Analogies
  • Cloze Test
  • Word Usage

  • Facts-Inference-Judgement
  • Critical
  • Analysis of Passage
  • Themes of the RC passage
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Number System
  • Modern Maths
  • Caselets
  • Tabular Data
  • Pie Charts
  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Column Graphs
  • Combination Graphs/ Charts
  • Syllogisms
  • Puzzles
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Seating
  • Arrangement
  • Ranking
  • Direction sense test
  • Logical Sequence

How to Prepare for the CAT Exam without Coaching

  1. Understand the Exam Pattern and Syllabus:
    • Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern, including the number of sections, types of questions, and duration of the exam.
    • Review the syllabus thoroughly to understand the topics covered in each section.
  2. Create a Study Plan:
    • Develop a comprehensive study plan that allocates sufficient time to cover all topics.
    • Set specific goals for each study session and track your progress regularly.
  3. Gather Study Material:
    • Collect reliable study material such as textbooks, reference books, online resources, and previous years’ question papers.
    • Make use of free online resources like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), educational websites, and forums for additional study material and practice tests.
  4. Focus on Fundamentals:
    • Build a strong foundation in the basic concepts of each section.
    • Start with easier topics and gradually progress to more complex ones.
  5. Practice Regularly:
    • Practice solving questions from each section regularly to improve speed and accuracy.
    • Allocate dedicated time for mock tests and sample papers to simulate exam-like conditions.
  6. Analyze Your Performance:
    • After each practice session or mock test, analyze your performance to identify strengths and weaknesses.
    • Focus on improving weaker areas by revisiting concepts and practicing more questions.
  7. Time Management:
    • Practice time management techniques to ensure you can complete the exam within the allotted time.
    • Develop strategies for prioritizing questions and managing time effectively during the exam.

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