CAT 2021 Important Topics and Their Weightage: Check CAT Topics for QA, VARC and LRDI Sections

By Gaurav Gupta|Updated : October 2nd, 2021

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.

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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

Particulars

Description

Exam Duration

2 Hours

Expected Number of Questions

  • VARC - 26
  • DILR - 24
  • QA - 26

Total - 76 Qs

Number of Shifts

3 Shifts

Sectional Duration

40 Minutes each Section

Expected Total Marks

228

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

VARC

DILR

QA

Tips to prepare VARC for CAT

Tips to prepare DILR for CAT

Tips to prepare QA for CAT

Reading Comprehension

Seating Arrangement

Number System

Para Jumbles

Reasoning Based DI

Geometry

Para Summary

Grid Based DI

Algebra

Sentence Completion

Tables

Mensuration

 -

Graphs

Time and Work

 -

Data Caselets

 -

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

Check out Preparation Tips for the VARC Section of CAT 2021

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:

  • Distribution
  • 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.

Check out Preparation Tips for DILR Section of CAT 2021

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

Check out Preparation Tips for QA Section of CAT 2021

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BASIL ELDHOSE
Number of questions will be lesser this time,right?

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  • For the VARC section of CAT 2021, the important topics include - Reading Comprehension, FIB, Sentence Correction, Para-Summary, Para-Completion, Grammar, Vocabulary etc.

  • For CAT 2021, the important topics from all the three sections are given below:

    • VARC - RC, Fill in the Blanks, Para Summary, Para completion, Vocabulary based questions, Sentence Correction, Grammar
    • DILR - Arrangements, Distribution, Family Tree, Coding-Decoding, Games and Tournaments, Missing tables, Graphs
    • QA - Arithmetic, Algebra, SI and CI, Modern Maths, Mensuration, Geometry
  • CAT 2021 is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2021 (tentatively).

  • Yes, candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are eligible to apply and appear for CAT 2021

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