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Important Topics to Cover in CAT Exam to Crack IIM

important topics to cover in CAT exam to crack IIM

Important topics in CAT – Want to skip some topics and still crack an IIM? Well, you have come to the right place. We’ll take you through all the information required to do this smartly. Due to lack of time to prepare, not preparing well enough or some other factors may lead you to think this way. Because of the vast syllabus and some above-mentioned factors, many find it difficult to cover all the topics. 

One’s main aim to write the CAT exam is to get a seat in the prestigious IIM’s. It may be due to the good academics provided there, oldest institutes, good history of placements, high average salary, brand value, and many more. Don’t let the lack of preparation hamper your chances of securing a call from an IIM. 

You might wonder that we should know all the important topics and get a 98 or 99 percentile in CAT to get a call from the famous A, B & C or the top 5-6 IIMs. And you are right about that, focusing on Important topics and skipping some topics might or might not help you to get a call from those big players but you can surely get calls from the baby IIMs formed recently like IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Nagpur, IIM Visakhapatnam, etc. They are just behind those big players and even get guidance from the top IIMs and are growing fast second to none of the private institutes out there. And you don’t want to miss a chance of getting a call from them. At the end of the day, it is still an IIM.

Topic-wise weightage of questions of CAT

Now let us quickly look at the syllabus for the CAT exam over the past few years.

Now you have an idea of all the important topics that could be asked in the exam so you wouldn’t be shocked if you get a question on one of these. Let us see what the topics wise weightage is, and Important topics asked. From this, we can figure out what topics are present in the CAT syllabus but are not much asked in the exam.

The topic wise weightage and number of questions asked


Quant TopicExpected No. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Algebra5-6 QuestionsModerate-Difficult
Geometry3-4 QuestionsModerate-Difficult
Numbers1-2 QuestionsModerate
Arithmetic11 QuestionsEasy-Moderate
Modern Maths1 QuestionModerate-Difficult
Verbal TopicExpected No. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reading Comprehension Passages16 QuestionsModerate-Difficult
Odd Sentences2-3 QuestionsModerate
Para-Jumbles2-3 QuestionsModerate
Para-Summary2-3 QuestionsModerate
DILR TopicExpected No. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Arrangements/Rankings/Team Formation6-8 QuestionsModerate-Hard
Quantitative Reasoning/Puzzles/games/coding6-8 QuestionsModerate
Logical Deduction4-6 QuestionsEasy-Moderate
Venn Diagrams3-5 QuestionsModerate
Graphs/tables Related5-8 QuestionsModerate

No time? No problem. Study less, Score more!  5-6 Questions3-4 Question

Analysis of topics that have less probability of being asked

Now we got all the information needed to verify our decision. With no further delay, let us analyze topics that have less probability of being asked, or topics without being prepared and scoring a very good percentile in CAT Exam.

Verbal Ability: It is a clear-cut answer that reading comprehension takes up a large chunk of weightage in the verbal ability of 24 questions out of 34. There, not much preparation that goes into this. You just must practice reading and you are good to go with comprehension. Other most important topics in the recent years’ paper include – Odd sentences, Para jumbles, Para summary of almost 3 questions each. With this, you are good to go for the verbal ability section. There are multiple topics on which reading comprehensions can be given such as Economics, Business, Human Behavior, Geography, Linguistic studies, Environment, Culture, Biology, History, Happiness, Finance, Technology and story based. So, these are some Important topics on which you might want to read up.

  • Attempt around 20+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 99+ percentile.
    Attempt around 15+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 95+ percentile.
    Attempt around 12+ questions with an accuracy of 95% to score a 90+ percentile
  • X Topics you may leave while preparing for CAT: Certain Type Of Reading comprehensions like Happiness, Linguistic studies, Biology, History, Geography
  •  ✓ Topics you need to concentrate on: Odd Sentences, Para Summary, Para Jumbles, Reading Comprehensions on Economics, Business, Environment, Culture.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning: Again, the practice of different kinds of problems will help you read and solve questions faster which will increase your percentile. These questions in this section are quite long and students tend to get stuck in one question and lose track of time. It is important to choose a question that you have an idea of how to approach so that you can solve it quickly.

  • X Attempt around 16+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 99+ percentile.
    Attempt around 12+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 95+ percentile.
    Attempt around 10+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 90+ percentile
  • X Topics you may leave while preparing for CAT: Venn Diagrams, Logical Deduction, Rankings
  • ✓ Topics you need to concentrate on: Graphs related, Data Distribution, Complex Arrangements, Seating & Data Arrangements

Quantitative Reasoning: The importance of topic-wise preparation is huge in this section. Verbal Ability or DILR are such sections where even though you leave or do not prepare for some topics, you can go on and attempt directly in the exam without preparation.
One basic thing everyone needs to keep in mind that, a question doesn’t always belong to a single topic. Questions are mostly a mixture of multiple topics like Permutations & Combinations combined with Probability or Profit & Loss combined with Simple Interest & Compound Interest and the list goes on. So, it is always a good practice to learn the basics of all the topics and then concentrate on certain important topics or leave some topics. This will give some confidence to you as you would not be leaving all the topics directly.

  • Attempt around 26+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 99+ percentile.
    Attempt around 20+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 95+ percentile.
    Attempt around 17+ questions with an accuracy of 85% to score a 90+ percentile
  • X Topics you may leave while preparing for CAT: Numbers and Algebra
  • Topics you need to concentrate on: Geometric, Arithmetic, Modern Math

Score vs Percentile square off

SectionRaw scoreScaled scorePercentile
Verbal Ability




Quantitative Aptitude





Note: All the above-mentioned questions and percentiles are based on past trends. The Raw score is something which you get in the exam. The scaled score is the score calculated by the IIMs considering all the slots


IIM Ahmedabad99-10098100100
IIM Bangalore99-1009990.7292.48
IIM Calcutta99-100989798
IIM Kozhikode97-9895.595.1694.82
IIM Lucknow97-98979795
IIM Indore97-989290.0590.01
IIM Trichy94-95939596
IIM Raipur94-95959596
IIM Rohtak95-96949596
IIM Udaipur92-94949596
IIM Sirmaur92-94959581.23
IIM Nagpur95-969290.0990.08
IIM Visakhapatnam92-949190.0990.02
IIM Amritsar95-969594.7694.9
IIM Sambalpur95-969595NA

Now you have all the information to decide which topics to leave, how much will you get even after leaving those topics and what IIMs can you crack based on the percentile you get after that. What are you waiting for? Go and start your preparation. All the best!!! 

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