CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude (or General Mathematics) is the third and last section of the CAT. Questions are from different topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Maths, Geometry, Mensuration, Probability, and Trigonometry.

The QA section contains 34 questions which are to be solved within 60 minutes. It consist of both multiple and TITA questions.

Quantitative Ability Important Topics for CAT


  1. Number Systems
  2. LCM and HCF
  3. Percentages
  4. Profit, Loss and Discount
  5. Simple Interest
  6. Compound Interest
  7. Speed, Time and Distance
  8. Time and Work
  9. Averages
  10. Ratio and Proportion
  11. Mixtures and Alligation


  1. Linear Equations
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Complex Numbers
  4. Logarithm
  5. Progressions (Sequences and Series)
  6. Binomial Theorem
  7. Surds and Indices
  8. Inequalities
  9. Functions and Graphs

Other Topics

  1. Permutation and Combination
  2. Probability
  3. Set Theory
  4. Geometry
  5. Mensuration
  6. Co-ordinate Geometry
  7. Trigonometry