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CAT Exam Analysis: 2013

Sep 6, 2014 14:52 IST

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

    In 2013, CAT was conducted from 16th October to 11th November i.e a span of 27 days and the test was computer based.

    CAT 2013: An overview of the paper

    Total No. Of Sections


    Total No. Of Questions


    Composite Time Allotted

    140 Minutes [ 2 Hours 20 Minutes]

    Marking Schemes

    Correct Answer: +7.5
    Incorrect Answer : - 2.5

    No. Of Alternatives


    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.


    Time allotted

    No. Of Questions



    Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

    70 Minutes




    Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

    70 Minutes



    Detailed Sectional Analysis


    Area-1: Reading Comprehension:

    • It had a total of 3 passages
    • The level of difficulty was Moderate.
    • The total no. of questions that it consisted was 10 (4 from 1st passage, 3 from 2nd passage and 3 from the 3rd passage.)

    AREA-2: Verbal Ability:

    • It compiled of: Word Usage, Para jumbling, Para Completion, Fill in the blanks & Sentence Correction.
    • Total No. of questions were between 12-14.
    • The difficulty level was again Moderate type.

    AREA-3: Logical Reasoning:

    • It consisted of questions based on Data arrangement; Sitting arrangement & Logic based questions.
    • Total No. Of Questions in this area was 6 to 10.
    • Moderate level difficult.


    Overall the section comprised of moderate level questions. One out of those three passages were a bit difficult but then rest of the parts were moderate. English usage’s all aspects were covered in the questions falling under Verbal Ability. Logical reasoning had 3 sets each carrying 3 questions.


    AREA-1: Data Interpretation:

    • It consisted of the questions in the form of Combination of Pie charts, Graphs and Tables.
    • The total no. of questions that it had were between 6 to 10.
    • Difficulty level was Moderate to Difficult.

    AREA-2 : Quantitative Ability:

    • This area was having coverage of the topics: Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Number System and Arithmetic.
    • Total no. of questions were between 20-24.
    • It was of moderate level.




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