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CAT Exam Analysis 2018

Jul 30, 2018 18:25 IST
    CAT Exam Analysis
    CAT Exam Analysis

    CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Calcutta this year. The esteemed institute released an official notification revealing details of the upcoming CAT 2018 exam. Earlier the institute had released the exam date of CAT 2018 which is slated to be held on November 25, 2018. And now IIM Calcutta in its latest notification has revealed the registration dates of CAT 2018. Interested applicants can register for the CAT 2018 from August 8, 2018, onwards.

    The CAT 2018 exam analysis will be done after the exam is conducted. Till then let us take a look at previous year CAT exam analysis to get a fair idea of the exam structure and thus prepare accordingly:

    Previous year CAT Analysis

    The CAT exam was conducted successfully on November 26 all over the 144 test cities and 650 centers across India. With no technical errors reported, IIM Lucknow had an achievement has a feather in their cap to be proud of. With over 2 lakhs test takers who appeared in CAT Exam, the exam was conducted in two slots that made it tougher to manage in a single day window.

    So here is a sneak peek into the pattern of the questions paper and the level of difficulty faced by the aspirants who took the exam:

    Slot 1:

    As per the reviews of the CAT exam takers, the CAT exam paper was framed on predictable lines. The ones who took the mock paper seriously, did not find difficulties in attempting the paper. Out of the three sections i.e. Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude, the second one i.e. DILR was the most difficult one. While the VRC was moderately difficult section, surprisingly, QA was the easiest one to crack.

     

    A sectional-wise bifurcation of the MCQ and TITA questions in the CAT 2017 is provided as under:           

    Section

    No. of MCQs

    No. of non-MCQs

    Total Questions

    Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    27

    7

    34

    Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    24

    8

    32

    Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    23

    11

    34

    Total

    74

    26

    100

    The CAT Exam conducted in slot 1 brought cheer to the Non-Engineers as it comprises of easy level of difficulty in the quant section. It is expected that CAT 2017 will see a higher cut-off this year in comparison to the last year.

    Sectional Analysis of CAT Exam

    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    Starting with one of the most difficult sections of the CAT Exam, this section comprised of 32 questions. Both DI and LR have 16 questions each to test the aptitude of the candidates. Questions from topics such as Seating Arrangement, Direction sense for Cars, Ordering items, Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream were seen in the LR section. DI was no less in putting the exam taker’s skills to test. There were 4 questions each from two Data based tables.

    Verbal and Reading Comprehension

    This section was loaded with 34 questions like the previous years. In all there were 24 questions on Reading comprehension in 5 passages. All the questions were MCQ type questions. The topics of Rc were as follows:

    • Job cuts due to closing on mom and pop shops
    • Gutenberg Press
    • Geographical Diversification of Maps

    Other 10 questions were from the topics such as para-summary, odd sentence out, and jumbled paragraphs.

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    On the similar pattern of last year, this year also the QA section saw 34 questions wherein topics such as Percentage, Profit & loss, Speed-distance, Time & Work, Ratio from Arithmetic saw the maximum number of questions (approx. 10).  Geometry, probability, number system, algebra, integers, and higher maths were among the other topics that tested the aptitude of the candidates.

    Concluding...

    In all, for the CAT exam takers, who appeared in Slot 1, for then the paper was not very different from the regular pattern.

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    Slot 2:

    The exam in the slot 2 was conducted from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. As per the reviews of the exam takers, the exam of second slot was comparatively easier than the one conducted in morning slot. Similar to the Slot 1, the candidates of Slot 2 also reported that DILR section was the trickiest and time consuming one.

    So, here is the sectional bifurcation of the MCQ and TITA questions that came in CAT Exam:

    Section

    No. of MCQs

    No. of non-MCQs

    Total Questions

    Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    27

    7

    34

    Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    24

    8

    32

    Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    23

    11

    34

    Total

    74

    26

    100

    Sectional Analysis of CAT Exam

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    In this section, questions from topics such as Arithmetic (9), Series and sequence (3), menstruation (2), mudulas (2), algebra (4), and geometry (4) were given to the test takers. The level of difficulty was moderate to easy for these questions.

    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    The 34 questions of this section, consumed maximum time of the CAT test takers. There were 2 table based questions comprising of 12 MCQs in the DI section. The LR section came up with questions based on bar graphs (3) and sets of columns and rows (4). This section was the most difficult one to crack.

    Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

    There were 5 RCs in this section from diverse topics such as electric cars, modernisation, deteriorating creativity among students, and climate change. In all there were 8 questions from the RCs. Other topics of Verbal section were: jumbled paragraphs (4), odd sentences (3), para summary (3).

    Summing up...

    The CAT exam was held with no technical glitches in any of the 144 test centres. It is the achievement for IIM Lucknow that held the responsibility for conducting the exam in 2017 to hold one of the most sought after and prestigious management entrance exam successfully.

    Note - The article will be updated when CAT 2018 exam will be conducted. The above information is just for reference purpose.

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