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CAT 2010 Exam Analysis

Aug 20, 2018 13:18 IST
    CAT 2010 Exam Analysis
    CAT 2010 Exam Analysis

    CAT 2010 Exam Analysis- CAT- the Common Admission Test is one of the most disciplined and mandatory entrance test for those who wish to be a part of the Post-Graduate Management Programs in IIM’s i.e Indian Institute of Management colleges in India. The CAT score is used separately by each participating institute along with few other parameters like Past Academic records etc for admission of candidates. This test is conducted once in every year and the mode is Online.

    The analysis of CAT is done after the exam is conducted. The basic objective behind CAT exam analysis is to guide future CAT aspirants through the difficulty level of the exam, CAT exam structure, and different topics. In this article, candidates can go through the CAT exam analysis and prepare accordingly.

    In 2010, CAT was conducted from 27th October to 24th November. The management entrance test was held in computer-based format. It consisted of 3 sections namely, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.


    CAT-2010: An overview of the paper 

    Total No. Of Sections


    Total No. Of Questions


    Composite Time Allotted

    150 Minutes [ 2 Hours 30 Minutes] including 15 minutes of tutorial reading.

    Marking Schemes

    Correct Answer: +3 
    Incorrect Answer : - 1

    No. Of Alternatives



    It was different for different colleges. For IIM’S it was 99+ percentile.

    Biggest Challenge

    2 Sections had separate time slot of 70 Minutes each and it was not allowed to skip from one section to the other.

    Sectional Overview 

    Sl. No.


    No. Of Questions



    Verbal Ability


    Easy to Moderate


    Quantitative Ability




    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


    Moderate to Difficult

    Detailed Sectional Analysis 


    1. Level of Questions - Moderate.
    2. Verbal Ability - covered almost every topic of English Usage like para-jumbling, para-completion, Fill in the blanks, Correct usage of words etc.
    3. Scoring basics- Good knowledge of Grammar and Vocabulary and Newspaper reading.
    4. Total numbers of Reading Comprehension Passages were 3 and each of them carried 3 questions.


    Overall the section comprised of moderate level questions and a proper time management would really had helped in fetching high marks and maintain decent percentile. 


    1) Questions in this particular section were based on Simple calculations.

    2) Difficulty level of this section was moderate.

    3) 3 to 4 questions were based on Geometry and 7-8 were based on Arithmetic, Number theory and a few on Algebra.

    4) There was a mixture of high level as well as low level maths. Application of algorithm was also included.

    5) Some of the questions also tested the basic understanding of percentages, permutation & combination, ratios, volumes of cylinders etc. 


    This section, if taken as a whole, the difficulty level was moderate. Time-management was one mandatory element to deliver the best in the test.


    1. The most lengthy and time-consuming section.

    2. Very lengthy and big calculations were involved.

    3. The Data Interpretation Sets basically involved streams like :

    • Pie charts
    • Bar Graphs
    • Tables
    • Line graphs
    • 3-D Charts
    • Maxima & Minima

    4. On the contrary, Logical Reasoning Questions were based on:

    • Set of conditions
    • Logical arguments
    • Venn diagrams
    • Puzzles 


    This section was lengthy and needed a lot of patience to be catered. Tedious calculations led to make it more tough and time-consuming.

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