syllabus cat and xat

For admission to Master of Business Administration(MBA), candidates appear for multiple management entrance test. The one question that an MBA aspirant ask if the syllabus of these exams are the same or not. The most famous exams taken by students are CAT and XAT. In various MBA Preparation groups, social media platform etc many students asks if there is any difference in the syllabus of these exams. To solve your problem, aglasem has brought this article for your convenience.

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Yes, there is the difference in the syllabus of XAT and CAT. Though Verbal and Quant are quite similar. The areas which are completely different are Essay Writing, General Knowledge, and Decision Making section. In the article, you will find the difference between the syllabus of each section of these exams.

Difference Between Syllabus of CAT and XAT

Once you know the difference between the syllabus of these exams, then you can make your preparation plans accordingly. If you have cleared your basics while preparing for CAT then you can easily crack other exams with a little more effort. Let us start first with the number of sections in each of the exams.

CAT Section Questions XAT Section Questions
Quantitative Ability 34 Quantitative Ability 27
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 English Language & Logical Reasoning 24
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 Decision Making 21
General Awareness 25
Essay Writing 1

Difference in Quantitative Syllabus of CAT & XAT

We can start with the Quantitative Ability syllabus of XAT & CAT. If we see then there isn’t any major difference between syllabus of CAT and XAT. The only major difference is that Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability are combined in one section in XAT. If you only attempt QA questions in XAT then you will still have the option to crack the exam. Moreover, the DI in XAT is calculation intensive which is not generally present in CAT Data Interpretation.

Moreover, questions in XAT are graph and data-based. Whereas in CAT, questions are more puzzled based. In the XAT paper, trigonometry is usually present which is a low priority area in CAT.

These are topics which a quantitative sections preparation requires. As syllabus of these exams is not fixed, you must prepare all these topics for the better preparation of the exam.

Arithmetic Probability Trigonometry Logarithm
Geometry Inequalities Profit & Loss Sequence & Series
Percentage Algebra Functions Table Set Theory
Functions Heights & Distance Ration & Proportion Permutation & Combination
Mensuration – 2D, 3D Direction Sense Mixtures & Alligation
Averages Linear and Quadratic Equations Calendar & Clocks
Partnerships Time , Speed & Distance Stocks & Shares

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Difference in Data Interpretation Syllabus of CAT & XAT

In XAT, data interpretation questions come in the form tables, graphs, and pie charts. Last year, there was a set of games and tournaments also. So, if we see the syllabus is almost the same. The difference is just based on the type of questions asked in these exams.

For XAT, you can practice previous years question papers to practice data interpretation questions. The general topics for DI are given below.

  • Tables
  • Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Games Tournaments
  • Puzzles

Difference in Logical Reasoning Syllabus of CAT & XAT

The logical reasoning is totally different in XAT. It comes in the form of critical reasoning only. There is as such no exact questions based on arrangements per se. So, as such you do not have to prepare for this section. Whereas in CAT you have to focus on this more. The section is quite tricky and requires extensive practice.

  • LR Caselets
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Logical Matching
  • Routes and Networks
  • Cubes
  • Binary Logic
  • Venn Diagram
  • Blood Relations
  • Ranks and Order

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Difference in English Language Syllabus of CAT & XAT

Both CAT & XAT have a similar syllabus for this section. Both require good command over English in terms of reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. Both have tricky questions and requires through practice to ace this section. So, even if you preparing for CAT then you will be already prepared for XAT Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability.

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Tone of the passage
  • Theme of the passage
  • Fact-Based questions
  • Inference based questions
  • Grammar
  • Parts of Speech
  • Articles
  • Sentence Constructions
  • Punctuations
  • Subject Word Agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Tenses
  • Vocabulary
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Contextual Usage of Words
  • Confusing Words
  • Syllogisms
  • Verbal Ability/ Critical Reasoning
  • Statements & Assumptions
  • Logical Deduction
  • Right course of Action
  • Para Jumbles or Completion
  • Fact, Inference & Judgement based questions
  • Summary Writing
  • Fallacies and strong/ weak statements

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Decision-Making Section in XAT

This is the section which is unique to XAT. In this, you have to take a right decision on the basis of facts given to you. You have to answer questions considering yourself in the place of a manager. The answer should be ethical, fair and should favor all the stakeholders of the given situation.

You can practice decision-making section questions from the previous year questions given below.

XAT Previous Year questions Papers

XAT 2018 XAT 2017 XAT 2016
XAT 2015 XAT 2014 XAT 2013
XAT 2012 XAT 2011 XAT 2010

General Awareness & Essay Writing Section in XAT

This section also not present in CAT. Even marks in this section are not involved in calculating the percentile of XAT. Though they do play a role while shortlisting for the final admission. Here are the previous year essay topics to get the idea of this section.

XAT Previous Year Essay Topics

  • Can ethical values and sustainability coexist?
  • Globalisation and Jingoism always coexist!
  • Technology and nature are natural enemies.
  • Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply. The most beautiful things in life can not be seen or touched with hands; they can only be felt with the heart.
  • Corruption is the root cause of the economic slowdown in India.
  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed need.
  • The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of riches; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
  • The Inherent vice of Capitalism is unequal sharing of blessings and the inherent virtue of Socialism is equal sharing of misery.
  • Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality.
  • India has one of the largest pool of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.
  • More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities.

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