CAT 2011 Analysis

CAT 2011 Analysis

Overall exam pattern :

CAT 2011 was comparatively easy than last year. There were new changes introduced in the CAT exam format and maths section was made simpler in order to attract more students from non-engineering background. Instead of 3 there were 2 sections : QA & DI, VA & LR.

The expected cut-off of CAT 2011 was similar to that of CAT 2010. The average attempt of each section should have been 14 questions.


AQuantitative AbilityArithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Mathematics, Equation, Areas & Volumes.
BData InterpretationBar graphs, Tables, Statement based questions, Pie charts.
CVerbal AbilityReading Comprehension, Para-jumbles.
DLogical ReasoningPuzzles, Venn diagrams Logical arguments.

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation.



The difficulty level of QA section was tough, direct formula based questions were not asked. However DI section was quite easy. Overall both the sections were time consuming and calculation intensive and time management was mandatory in both the sections.

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning.



The RC Questions of Verbal ability were quite tricky and the difficulty level of LR was easy. Overall this section consisted of confusing and difficult questions.


Total No. Of Sections2
Total No. Of Questions60
Duration140 Minutes
Marking schemesCorrect Answer: +3Incorrect Answer: -1
Expected Cut-offsIt was different in different colleges, IIM’S 98+ percentile.
No. Of Alternatives4
Tough challengeBoth the sections had a separate time slot of 70 minutes each. Candidates were not allowed to skip from one section to another

 Overall the exam was quite easy , there were lot of surprises. CAT 2011 had fixed limit for each section and the order section was fixed that is QA+DI followed by VA+LR.


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