October 7, 2024

**Overview:** As you are in the midst of your preparation journey, understanding and mastering the Quantitative Aptitude for CAT syllabus becomes paramount. Read on to learn the detailed syllabus of the quantitative section of the CAT exam here

- The Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT entrance exam
**consists of 22 questions**from**algebra, arithmetic, geometry, number system and misllenaeous topics.** - The QA section of the CAT exam plays a major role in improving the candidate's overall ranking and percentile.

Thus, scroll down to learn the CAT quantitative aptitude syllabus 2024 in detail!

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The CAT Quant syllabus covers Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number Systems, and Modern Maths. Test-takers typically find the difficulty level of questions in this section to be moderate to high.

- Arithmetic and algebra are the most important topics in the CAT Quants syllabus and carry the maximum weightage.
- In the CAT Exam Pattern,
**22 questions**worth**66 marks are allocated to the Quantitative Aptitude section.**

According to the marking scheme, **3 marks are awarded for each correct answer**, while **1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answe**r.

- In the 2022 CAT question paper, the QA section had 14 multiple-choice questions and
**8 TITA-type questions,**and it was considered good to attempt 16-17 questions. - The CAT Quantitative Aptitude section is crucial in determining the CAT Cut-off, which typically ranges from
**70-85 percentile**in the Quantitative Aptitude Section.

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Here is the classification of critical topics of the four broader areas in QA:

IIM CAT Exam QA Syllabus - Broad Area |
Key Topics |

Arithmetic | Time, Speed and Distance Ratio, Proportion and Variation Time and Work Pipes and Cisterns Simple and Compound Interest Percentage Profit and Loss Averages Mixtures |

Algebra | Linear and Quadratic Equations Special Equations Inequalities and Modulus Surds and Indices Logarithm Functions and Graphs Polynomials Arithmetic Progression (AP) Geometric Progression (GP) Harmonic Progression (HP) |

Number Theory and Modern Maths | Permutation and Combination Probability Set Theory Factorials Remainders Base System Factor Theory LCM, HCF Divisibility Units Digit Last 2 digits Statistics |

Geometry | Lines and Angles Triangles Quadrilaterals and Polygons Circles Trigonometry Co-ordinate Geometry |

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Here is a breakup of the number of questions covered in each topic in the syllabus for CAT quantitative aptitude section:

CAT Exam QA Syllabus |
Expected Number of questions |

Arithmetic | 8-10 questions |

Algebra | 7-8 questions |

Geometry | 3-4 questions |

Mensuration | 3-4 questions |

Modern Mathematics | 1-2 questions |

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Over the last couple of years, there have been specific changes in CAT syllabus for quantitative aptitude. These changes have been in the exam pattern and syllabus. You will find the latest changes in the table below:

Syllabus and Exam Pattern |
Changes (2019-2020) |
Changes (2020-2024) |

Total Number of Questions | Reduced to 76 from 100 | Reduced to 66 from 76 |

Raw Score | Reduced to 228 from 300 | Reduced to 198 from 228 |

Total Number of QA Questions | Reduced to 26 from 34 | Reduced to 22 from 26 |

Here are some key tips to ace the Quantitative Ability section of the CAT exam 2024 and effectively cover the CAT quant syllabus:

- Focus on understanding fundamental geometric concepts such as
**lines, angles, triangles, circles, and polygons.** - Develop the ability to
**visualize geometric figures**and their properties. - Practice applying different geometric theorems and formulas to solve problems efficiently.
- Analyze any mistakes and learn from them to improve your approach to similar problems in the future.

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- You should have a very good command of topics like
**Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Time and Work,**and**Time and distance.** - Memorize key arithmetic formulas for percentages, ratios, proportions, and averages.
**Practice translating word problems**into mathematical equations and solving them systematically.- Focus on improving your speed and accuracy in solving arithmetic problems.

- Develop a strong understanding of algebraic concepts such as
**equations, inequalities, functions, and sequences.** - Solve a variety of algebraic equations, including linear equations, quadratic equations, and simultaneous equations.
- Algebra problems in CAT often involve real-world applications such as time-speed-distance, Time & Work, and mixtures.
- Memorize important identities such as the
**quadratic formula, binomial theorem,**and properties of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions and solve problems efficiently.

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The market and internet are flooded with CAT study material, but choosing the right **CAT Preparation books** is a significant task. You can refer to the below-mentioned important CAT exam maths Quant preparation books that align with the CAT quant syllabus, along with their detailed descriptions in the following table:

CAT Exam Quantitative Ability Syllabus 2024 Preparations Books |
Author |

Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT | Nishit K Sinha/Pearson |

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT | Arihant |

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT | Arun Sharma/ Tata McGraw Hill |

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations | RS Agarwal/ S Chand |

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT | Dinesh k Sinha |

Quantum CAT | Sarvesh Verma |

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The journey to conquering the CAT Quantitative Aptitude syllabus section in the CAT 2024 is challenging, yet entirely achievable with the right approach and mindset. As you navigate the CAT quant syllabus, remember that every problem solved is a step closer to your dream IIM. Keep pushing your boundaries, stay curious, and embrace the process. Your dedication and hard work will undoubtedly pave the way for success.

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