The CAT 2022 Exam is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The exam pattern for the exam has changed in the previous years owing to the pandemic. So, here is a breakup of the syllabus according to the exam pattern
Time allotted 
2 hours 
Total No. of Questions 
66 
No. of Questions Sectionwise 
VARC: 24 DILR: 20 QA: 22 
Time allotted per section 
40 minutes each 
Mode of Examination 
Computerbased 
Medium of Examination 
English 
Note: For PwD candidates, the total time to complete each section of the CAT Exam is 53 minutes and 20 seconds.
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Given the vastness of the CAT Exam Syllabus, aspirants need to understand how to maximise their scores in each section. Therefore, picking up the right questions and ensuring that the attempt accuracy is high will ensure that you score well in the CAT Exam. Here is a list of the topics a candidate should cover in each section of the exam.
CAT Syllabus Sections 
Topics 
Weightage for 2022 
Verbal Ability 
Para jumbles, Para summary, and Inferences 
10% 
Reading Comprehension 
RC passages 
24% 
Logical Reasoning 
Blood Relations, Syllogism, Directions, Clocks & Calendars, Logical Connectives and Sequences 
16% 
Data Interpretation 
Tables, Graphs, Charts and other forms of visualization 
16% 
Quantitative Aptitude 
Geometry, Trigonometry, Averages, Percentages, Number Systems, Arithmetic, Mensuration 
34% 
The CAT 2022 Exam Pattern gives us a good idea about how to go about preparing for CAT 2022. Going through each topic that is likely to be included in the CAT Exam Syllabus will help each aspirant devise their own list of strengths and weaknesses and accordingly prepare a study plan for CAT 2022.
The VARC section is the first section of the exam which must be completed in 40 minutes. The Reading Comprehension part of the section dominates with approximately 70% weightage of the total score of this section. Given below are the topics that should be covered for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section (VARC)
Jumbled Paragraph 
Reading Comprehension 
FactsInferencesJudgements 
Summary Questions 
Verbal Reasoning 
For the past few years the section has focused majorly on 3 types of questions:
1. Summary Questions
2. Jumbled Paragraph Questions
3. Odd Sentence in Paragraph Jumbles
The second section of the CAT exam, the DILR section is the most undefined as compared to the other sections in the CAT Exam Syllabus. The two subsections of the DILR Syllabus are:
Data Interpretation: Data will be presented in the form of a graph, chart, or another form of visualisation and you will be required to solve the questions given based on the information given.
Logical Reasoning: Here you may be given information in a nonstructured manner and you may be required to structure it and derive the outcome to solve the questions given.
Given below are the major topics that are covered under this section
Tables 
Caselets 
Logical Sequence 
Bar Graphs 
Line Charts 
Syllogism 
Column Graphs 
Venn Diagrams 
Logical Connectives 
Pie Charts 
Calendars 
Blood Relations 
Number and Letter Series 
Clocks 
Binary Logic 
Cubes 
Seating Arrangement 
Logical Matching 
The number of questions in the DI and LR subsections are generally equally distributed, which means that the students who are more comfortable in one of the subsections can still clear the cutoff if they attempt that part of the CAT 2022 Paper well.
However, the CAT DILR Section has been changing slightly in recent years. The questions are a combination of DI and LR rather than the regimented, separate DI and LR questions that were tested earlier.
DILR was the trickiest section for aspirants in CAT 2016, CAT 2017 and CAT 2020, but the difficulty level was reduced in CAT 2018 and CAT 2019. One of the reasons for this difficulty is the unpredictability of the sections in terms of where the sets could be taken from. The CAT syllabus for the DILR section for CAT 2022 is:
The CAT QA Syllabus has the maximum portion since it covers everything related to mathematics that one studies till school. Some of the major topics in the CAT QA Syllabus are:
Number Systems 
HCF & LCM 
Profit, Loss and Discount 
Speed, Time & Distance 
Percentages 
Simple and Compound Interest 

Ratio & Proportion 
Time & Work 















The vast number of topics in the CAT syllabus means that it needs to be broken up into more manageable chunks. The subsections in the CAT Exam Syllabus of QA may be broken down to:
Here are a few tips about each of the topics
Let us look at the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section by breaking it into its components and understanding the CAT Syllabus for each subsection. Some of the significant details about the CAT Syllabus of the VARC section are:
The Verbal Ability section over the past 34 years has focused majorly on 3 types of questions:
The Summary questions usually consist of:
The jumbled paragraph questions are usually TITA, which means that there is no margin for error.
The Odd Sentence in Paragraph Jumbles has also been a TITA question for the past 34 years:
The Reading Comprehension consists of questions based on passages in the exam. The questions are generally of three types: Factbased, Inferencebased, and Vocabularybased. The vocabularybased questions have already been discussed above. However, the CAT 2021 RC section included more inferential questions than CAT 2020, which made the section slightly more complex in terms of the level of difficulty. The same can be expected from CAT 2022.
The factbased questions, as the name suggests, demand answers on the basis of facts mentioned in the passage. They are usually the easiest questions in the section.
The Inferencebased questions are slightly trickier since the aspirant has to deduce the tone and theme of the author before answering these questions. In CAT 2018 and CAT 2019, these types of questions have been fairly limited.
DILR was the trickiest section for aspirants in CAT 2016, CAT 2017 and CAT 2020, but the difficulty level was reduced in CAT 2018 and CAT 2019. One of the reasons for this difficulty is the unpredictability of the sections in terms of where the sets could be taken from. The CAT syllabus for the DILR section for CAT 2022 is:
The DI section of the CAT Syllabus consists of caselets and tables. These caselets have data in the form of bar graphs, column graphs, Venn diagrams, lines and pie charts.
In this section of the CAT Syllabus, the aspirants will be asked to solve questions that are posed based on the data given in the above formats. In order to solve these questions, the data has to be structured in the most intuitive manner so that the questions can be solved. In certain questions, there will be variables that have to be left untouched since they may be provided in the questions. The only way to prepare for this section in the CAT exam is to solve as many problems as possible and go through the previous yearsâ€™ CAT Exam Papers.
The topics for Logical Reasoning in the CAT syllabus across the years consist of numbers and sequences, arrangements, syllogisms, logical sequences, blood relations, calendars, cubes, and clocks. The questions are usually arranged with a combination of the other topics. As can be seen, the number of topics for reasoning is quite numerous and the combination can lead to very tricky sets. This can be one of the reasons that CAT 2015 and CAT 2016 were considered to have difficult DILR sections. The reasoning topics can lead to very complicated sets when combined with each other.
The major concern with solving LR questions is not to solve them, but to solve them as expeditiously as possible.
The QA syllabus for CAT 2022 is quite vast and has been compiled according to CL's experts:
The vast number of topics in the CAT syllabus means that it needs to be broken up into more manageable chunks. The subsections in the CAT Syllabus of QA may be broken down to:
Commercial mathematics is reasonably easy to prepare for since the number of questions is limited and the formulae to be learnt are fairly straightforward.
Arithmetic is also fairly basic and should be easy to prepare for. Most of the topics in Arithmetic are of Class X level and the only trick is to solve them as fast as possible.
Geometry has several rules, and finding the most important geometry rules would allow the aspirant to solve these problems as fast as possible.
Algebra and Trigonometry may be used in conjunction with other topics or may be tested in the CAT 2022 Exam. Sequence and Series is a topic that is occasionally tested in CAT and regularly in other MBA Entrance Exams. With practice, the questions in this topic can be easily solved.
Alignments and mixes are similar to sequences and mixes in the sense that they are occasionally tested in CAT. It is fairly easy to solve problems of this type with the right guidance.
Apart from the basic CAT exam syllabus, it might be useful to have a look at the CAT 2021 and CAT 2020 to set a benchmark.
There is no CAT Exam Syllabus which is explicitly mentioned on the CAT Official Website due to the fact that CAT does occasionally pull a surprise on the candidates. However, every question in the CAT Exam is solvable since it tests the candidates' knowledge of the basics. Therefore, every candidate should ensure that they are thorough in terms of their preparation for the basics. If the aspirant prepares according to the CAT syllabus, the room for unpleasant surprises is greatly reduced.