Candidates preparing for the CAT exam must have a clear picture of topic-wise weightage in CAT 2021. As per the syllabus and last year trend, the CAT exam consists of three sections- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Each CAT Exam section consists of MCQ and Non MCQ questions. To get yourself prepared for the CAT 2021, it is very important for you to know the CAT important topics you must focus on so as to score good marks in the exam.
As we all know that there is no such defined syllabus for the CAT 2021 exam, thus by the past year trend analysis, we have deduced some important topics and their estimated weightage in the upcoming CAT 2021 exam. The list of such topics is prepared by our team of CAT experts who have years of experience in mentoring students for CAT and other MBA exams.
It is essential for the CATspirants to know what they should study for cracking CAT 2021. Thus it is necessary for them to prepare from the very basic level. For this, the BYJU'S Exam Prep's team has compiled a list of important CAT topics (keeping in mind the trend from previous years) from all three sections of the CAT exam to help candidates focus more on important topics rather than just covering each and every topic.
CAT Exam Pattern 2021
IIM-Ahmedabad announced in their CAT Notification 2021 that the CAT 2021 will be conducted in three shifts, which means the exam will be for 2 hours. Check the detailed CAT exam pattern 2021 below.
CAT Exam Pattern 2021
Expected Number of Questions
Total - 76 Qs
Number of Shifts
40 Minutes each Section
Expected Total Marks
CAT Topic-wise Weightage
Check the CAT topic-wise weightage for all three sections below. It is also very important to know the weightage of those topics so that you have a clear idea about the topics you need to pay more attention to.
Here is a brief about the important topics from each section. Check out Important Topics for CAT 2021 in detail
Reasoning Based DI
Grid Based DI
Time and Work
CAT 2021 VARC Topic-Wise Weightage
Below given are some topics from the VARC section of CAT along with their expected weightage. It is expected that the section will have 26 questions (similar to what we have seen in CAT 2020).
- Reading Comprehension - 16-18 questions
- Para Jumbles - 5-6 questions
- Odd One Out - 1-2 questions
- Fill in the blanks, Vocab-based etc. - 1-2 questions
CAT 2021 DILR Topic-Wise Weightage
The DILR section of CAT 2021 tests candidates for their logical thinking and data interpretation skills. DILR section weighs around 32% of the total marks of the CAT exam. The topic-wise weightage of the DILR section is given below:
- Grid-based DI
- Reasoning based DI
- Games and Tournaments
- Missing Tables
There is no clarity on the weightage of the above mentioned important topics for DILR section of CAT since there is a lot of variation seen in the past few years. All we can say is that the topics for DILR mentioned above are seen more often than any other topic in the past few years.
Topic Wise Weightage for Quant in CAT
The QA section of CAT 2021 is expected to have 26 questions thus making a weightage of 34% approximately. The CAT quantitative aptitude topic-wise weightage 2021 break up is mentioned below:
- Arithmetic - 9-10 questions
- Algebra - 7-8 questions
- Geometry - 3-4 questions
- Mensuration - 3-4 questions
- Modern Mathematics - 1-2 questions
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