CAT 2021 Syllabus Changes in 2021

The CAT 2021 (Common Admission Test) curriculum has been provided by IIM Ahmedabad. The CAT 2021 examination pattern, according to the most recent notification, is divided into three portions with a total of 76 questions. The VARC (verbal ability and reading comprehension) and QA (Quantitative aptitude) part will have 26 questions, while the DILR (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)section will contain 24 questions.

The time for each CAT segment will be 40 minutes, and according to the CAT 2021 pattern, the duration of CAT shall be two hours (120 minutes). Candidates must know about the proclamation about the IIM CAT exam model 2021 before beginning CAT preparation. The applicant must score high in each component for IIM shortlisting to eliminate sectoral scoring cuts.

Together with the examination dates of CAT 2021, the test model and test process have also been released. Candidates preparing for CAT 2021 should familiarize themselves with the current CAT model and curriculum 2021. It will help to know the structure and marking system of the CAT question paper. The CAT examination 2021 is in three phases on the same day: morning, afternoon, and evening tests.

Syllabus Overview:

Section Important Topics

(Quantitative Aptitude)

Geometry, Mensuration, Algebra, Number System, Time and Work
Reasoning & Data Interpretation  Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs

(Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)

Para-jumbles, Para-summary, Sentence Completion, Inferences, and questions based on RC passages


Detailed Syllabus of CAT 2021


QA syllabus

VARC Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Number Systems English Usage or Grammar Tables
Probability   Other Basic Reasoning Questions
Surds and Indices Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms) Calendars
Set Theory & Function Fill in the blanks Number and Letter Series
Permutation and Combination Sentence Correction Clocks
Mixtures and Alligations Cloze Passage Venn Diagrams
Trigonometry Jumbled Paragraph Cubes
Coordinate Geometry Meaning-Usage Match Pie Chart
Geometry Analogies or Reverse Analogies Seating Arrangement
Mensuration Summary Questions Binary Logic
Complex Numbers Verbal Reasoning Logical Matching
Simple and Compound Interest Facts-Inferences-Judgments Logical Sequence
Logarithm Reading Comprehension Syllogism
Sequences and Series   Logical Connectives
Inequalities   Blood Relations


There are essential subjects in each area that fall under the CAT 2021syllabus. Following the curriculum, the first part may comprise VARC questions, followed by DILR, QA.

VARC is the first part of the CAT question paper and is the first to be resolved. Over time, the techniques for vocabulary testing have evolved, and CAT generally poses the question of vocabulary via reading and understanding passages.

VARC (verbal ability and reading comprehension), DILR (data interpretation and logical reasoning), and QA (qualitative ability) are the three sections of the CAT Exam 2021, which a candidate must complete in the stipulated 40 minutes each. Candidates may not be able to proceed further to the next section unless they solve the first one.

The DILR was a challenging area in CAT 2017 and CAT 2018 for candidates; however, the CAT 2019 and CAT 2020 have lowered the difficulty level.

As part of the CAT 2021 under Quantitative Aptitude (QA: curriculum, arithmetic’s, mathematics, trigonometry, and algebra) questions will be asked.

The CAT 2020 difficulties for QA and DILR were less than for CAT 2019, while VARC was more challenging for CAT 2020 than CAT 2018 or CAT 2019. The CAT 2020 paper added no new subjects, which means that the CAT 2021 syllabusstayed intact.

The CAT exam Syllabus 2021 should, thus, not be taken for granted. Hopefully, this article guides you in the right direction as you prepare!

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