CAT Exam Analysis: 2013

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Created On: 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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