CAT 2021 Preparation: List of Important Topics - Subject & Section Wise

By Gaurav Gupta|Updated : September 6th, 2021

CAT 2021 Preparation: CAT preparations requires you to dedicate yourself completely and utilise each and every minute of your day. To get yourself prepared for the CAT, it is very important for you to know the important topics you must focus on so as to score good marks in the exam.

One of the most surprising things is that CAT authorities don’t have a defined or marked syllabus for the CAT 2021 exam and candidates can merely take reference from previous year papers and see the important topics from there and prepare themselves accordingly.

CAT 2021 Preparation: CAT preparations requires you to dedicate yourself completely and utilise each and every minute of your day. To get yourself prepared for the CAT, it is very important for you to know the important topics you must focus on so as to score good marks in the exam.

One of the most surprising things is that CAT authorities don’t have a defined or marked syllabus for the CAT 2021 exam and candidates can merely take reference from previous year papers and see the important topics from there and prepare themselves accordingly.

To solve this problem, our team of expert faculties have curated a list of CAT important topics from previous years CAT exams for all the three sections of the exam. In this article, we will be discussing the same in detail. Let’s get started!

Expected CAT Exam Pattern 2021

CAT exam pattern 2021 was the most debatable topic on the internet as people are still unsure about the exam pattern of the upcoming CAT pattern. However, IIM-Ahmedabad announced in their CAT Notification 2021 that the CAT 2021 will be conducted in three shifts, which means the exam will be of 2 hours and will be conducted and the exam pattern of CAT 2020 will be followed for CAT 2021:

CAT Exam Pattern 2021

Particulars

Description

Exam Duration

2 Hours

Number of Questions

VARC - 26

DILR - 24

QA - 26

Total - 76 Qs

Number of Shifts

3 Shifts

Sectional Duration

40 Minutes each Section

Total Marks

228

CAT 2021: Important Topics

It is very 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 Gradeup team has compiled a list of important topics (keeping in mind the trend from previous years) from all the three sections of the CAT exam to help candidates focus more on important topics rather than just covering each and every topic.

Also See - CAT Eligibility 2021

VARC - Important Topics for CAT 2021

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension is one of the most difficult sections of the CAT exam. As per the faculties from Gradeup, candidates must solve the RC questions first as they are more in number. Some of our toppers from Gradeup have also given a testimony for Gradeup stating that the CAT Study Material on Gradeup is the best. The important topics from VARC for CAT 2021 is given in the table below

Reading Comprehension

Para Completion

Para Summary

Odd One Out

Also See - Tips to prepare VARC for CAT

DILR - Important Topics for CAT 2021

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is again a very tricky section of the CAT exam which is though based on common sense but time-taking questions. For this, practise is the only key that will help you in solving questions quickly. Solving questions quickly will help you save time for other questions. The important topics from DILR for CAT 2021 is given in the table below

Distribution

Grid Based DI

Reasoning Based DI

Games and Tournament

Missing Table

Also See - Tips to prepare DILR for CAT

QA - Important Topics for CAT 2021

The Quantitative Aptitude section includes questions from Mathematics, which is again very tricky and if one solves questions using short tricks, can be solved very very quickly. For this section, candidates must do a lot of practise for the questions from the important topics. The important topics from QA for CAT 2021 is given in the table below

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry

Mensuration

Modern Mathematics

Also See - Tips to prepare QA for CAT

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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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