All the students who are preparing for IIM MBA entrance exam must refer to the latest CAT Syllabus 2023. The CAT IIM Syllabus 2023 is very vast. However, still it can broadly be divided into three main sections namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).
Though the CAT MBA Syllabus 2023 contains questions based on Class 9 and 10 curriculum but the level of questions is slightly on the higher side. CAT Mock test 2023 also contain the questions based on topics of syllabus.
CAT 2023 Syllabus – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is the first section of the CAT exam syllabus 2023. The CAT Syllabus for VARC usually contains English based questions which tests the vocabulary of the candidate. It contains different types of questions as given below:
Grammar or English usage  Jumbled Paragraph and Close passage  Fill in the blanks 
Synonyms – Antonyms  Meaning/Usage Match  Verbal Reasoning 
One word substitution  Verbal Logic  Summary questions 
Facts Inference Judgement  Reading Comprehension  Analogies and Reverse analogies 
CAT 2023 Syllabus VARC topicwise weightage
CAT VARC Syllabus 2023  Number of questions  Difficulty Level 
Reading Comprehension  16  Moderate to Difficult 
Parajumbles  3  Moderate to Difficult 
Odd Sentences  2  Easy to Moderate 
Summary  3  Easy to Moderate 
CAT Verbal Ability Paper Pattern 2023
 This section usually has 8 to 10 questions of similar weightage.
 All the questions will be nonMCQ based questions, thus does not contain any negative marking.
 This section of CAT syllabus 2023 usually contains parajumbles, odd sentences, vocabulary and summary based questions.
SubSections of CAT Syllabus 2023 VARC
Parajumble Questions:
 The questions in this section are of the Type in the answer (TITA), thus there is no negative marking as it is a nonMCQ based question.
 In this, 4 to 5 sentences are given in the wrong order which are related to the same context. Students need to find the correct order of sentences and arrange them to make a meaningful paragraph.
Summary Questions:
 In this, small passages of around 80100 words are given along with four options.
 Out of the four options, students need to find the summary which best suits the passage.
Odd Sentences Questions:
 A paragraph will be given along with some options, out of which candidates need to find which sentence does not match the theme of the passage.
CAT MBA Syllabus 2023 – Reading Comprehension paper pattern
 The number of questions in this section can range from 24 to 28 questions.
 These questions will have a negative marking of 1 as all the questions in this are MCQ based.
 Also this will be having at least four long passage questions of around 900 words and one short passage question which is of around 500 words.
CAT Syllabus 2023 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning (DILR) is the second section of CAT IIM Syllabus 2023 which needs to be solved in 40 minutes by the candidate. This section is considered to be tricky because of inability to predict the section from where the set has been made.
Important Topics of CAT DILR Syllabus 2023
Clocks and Calendars  Syllogism  Statements 
Series  Blood Relations  Venn Diagrams 
Family Tree  Data Arrangement  Data Structures 
Direction Sense  Proposition  Tables 
Binary Logic  Assumptions  Data sufficiency 
CodingDecoding  Seating Arrangement  Pie Charts 
Sets and Caselets  Puzzles  Bars and Line Graphs 
CAT 2023 Syllabus DILR – Topicwise weightage
CAT 2023 DILR Syllabus  Number of questions  Difficulty Level 
Data Interpretation  4  Easy 
Data Interpretation  4  Moderate 
Logical Reasoning  6  Moderate to Difficult 
Logical Reasoning  6  Easy to Moderate 
CAT Syllabus 2023 – Data Interpretation Exam Pattern
 CAT Syllabus 2023 has about 14 questions from Data Interpretation sections.
 The questions in this section can be both MCQ as well as nonMCQ based questions.
 There is no fixed number of MCQ or nonMCQ based questions, it can vary from paper to paper.
 These questions will be of moderate to high difficulty level, thus candidates must practice for such questions a lot.
 There will be no negative marking for nonMCQ based questions, however marks will be deducted for wrong answers of MCQ questions.
CAT Syllabus 2023 – Logical Reasoning Paper Pattern
 There will be around 10 questions from the logic Reasoning section in CAT IIM Syllabus 2023.
 This section also contains both MCQ as well as non MCQ questions.
 There is no negative marking for non MCQ questions but for MCQ questions, negative marking is there,
 These questions are also of moderate to high difficulty and sometimes they can be very tricky and can consume lots of time.
CAT 2023 Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude
Quantitative Aptitude is the third and the last section of the CAT MBA Paper for which the last 40 minutes are given. This CAT Syllabus 2023 for Quantitative aptitude mainly contains questions from trigonometry, algebra and arithmetic mathematics.
Give below are the topics on the basis of which candidate is assessed in this section:
Speed, Time and Distance  Profit and Loss  Discount 
Percentage  Number systems  Time and work 
LCM  HCF  Averages 
Simple and compound interest  Quadratic equations  Linear equations 
Ratio and Proportion  Logarithm  Complex numbers 
Sequence and Series  Set theory  Probability 
Permutation and Combination  Inequalities  Binomial Theorem 
Functions  Geometry  Trigonometry 
Surd and Indices  Mixtures and Allegations  Coordinate Geometry 
Mensuration  Algebra  Accounts(Partnership) 
All these detailed subtopics can be grouped into six major sections that are Arithmetics, Commercial Maths, Geometry, Sequence and series, Allegations and Mixtures and Trigonometry.
 Commercial maths contains straight questions where students can find CAT exam answers using pre learnt formulae, thus this section is relatively easy. Also, this section contains the least number of questions and make up only 15% of the paper.
 The Arithmetic section also contains basic questions from the Class 10 curriculum and the topics can be prepared easily but most questions are asked from this section as it is the largest section making up 38% of the whole CAT 2023 Syllabus.
 Geometry is another large section in the CAT Quantitative Aptitude paper as it is 23% of the whole paper. Though this subject has a lot of rules to learn, at the time of paper if the correct rule strikes the student then the questions won’t take much time to be solved.
 Direct questions from the Trigonometry section are not asked; rather this concept is clubbed with other concepts and are asked under different sections.
 Sequence and Series is the major topic from Algebra which makes up 23% of the exam but the questions are easy to solve with just few formulae to be learnt.
 Allegations and Mixtures is a section from which questions are not asked consistently in the IIM CAT examination, but whenever the questions are asked they are of easy level.
CAT 2023 Syllabus QA topicwise weightage
CAT Syllabus 2023 Topic  Number of questions  Difficulty Level 
Arithmetic  1012  Easy to Moderate 
Algebra  67  Easy to Moderate 
Geometry  68  Easy to Moderate 
Modern Maths  45  Easy to Moderate 
CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2023 Pattern
 Around 2226 questions are asked from CAT QA Syllabus 2023.
 This section will have both MCQ and nonMCQ type questions but the individual number of each type of question is not fixed.
 As per previous year paper analysis, most of the questions are asked from the arithmetic section.
 There is no negative marking for non MCQ type questions.
 MCQ based questions have negative marking.
Best Books to follow for CAT Preparation
After knowing the exam pattern of CAT, students must choose the best books to grab the concepts and solve papers. We have listed some of the best CAT preparation books below:
 Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
 How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
 Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
 Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
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FAQs CAT Syllabus 2023

Does the CAT 2023 MBA Syllabus change periodically?
No, the CAT Syllabus 2023 has not changed since the exam started, but the distribution of questions in different sections and type of questions have changed and are changing approximately every year. Some years, a particular topic dominates a section and other years, some other dominates but overall CAT test syllabus 2023 does not change.

Can we cover the CAT IIM 2023 Syllabus just by giving mock papers and previous year papers?
No, CAT syllabus 2023 is very vast and cannot be covered just by practicing the previous year papers as each year some topic dominates the paper and not much questions are asked from other topics, thus to cover all the topics and practice question of each type, students must refer to prescribed books and coaching material.

Which section in the CAT Exam paper has the most weightage?
As per CAT 2023 IIM Syllabus and previous year analysis, there is no fixed number of questions in each section, it changes every year but we can say that broadly each section will have equal weightage, only a difference of few marks will be there.

What is the CAT 2023 Exam Pattern?
All the students except those belonging to PwD category are allotted 120 minutes to solve the paper, 40 minutes per section. The total marks is not fixed but it ranges around 190210 marks largely equally distributed among the three sections.