WHAT AFTER CAT – Lets Analyze the structure

WHAT AFTER CAT – Lets Analyze the structure


Lets analyse the below structure and determined whether it was easy, medium or hard.


The overall structure of CAT-2015 was very different from that of CAT 2014. The exam consisted of 3 Parts. Part 1 consisted of the VARC section. This section was divided into two sub-sections having 24 and 10 questions respectively comprising 34 questions to be attempted in 60 minutes. Further, Part 2 had the DI and LR sub-sections consisting of 32 questions to be answered in 60 minutes while Part 3 had the Quantitative Ability section comprising 34 questions that had to be answered in 60 minutes. Total time for CAT 2015 was 180 minutes. For the first time CAT introduced the TITA question type; these were open-ended questions where test-takers would have to type in the correct answer.

The break-up of the sections of CAT 2015 is as follows:

SectionSection NameNumber of questionsTITA QuestionsTotal Number of questions
Section-IVerbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionRC-241034
Section-IIData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning24832
Section-IIIQuantitative Ability201434

Section I – Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability

The CAT Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability sections have been easy and doable for the past couple of years, and this year was no exception. There were 24 RC questions, and 10 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. The passages were easy to understand and no passage had very abstract or dense subject matter. All the Verbal Ability Questions were TITA questions. There were no Grammar questions in the VA section. The exact question distribution was as follows:

Area/QuestionsNo. of Qs.Question TypeLevel of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension24MCQ
Passage 16MCQEasy
Passage 26MCQEasy
Passage 36MCQEasy-medium
Passage 43MCQEasy
Passage 53MCQEasy
Verbal Ability10TITA
Jumbled Paragraphs4TITA1 Medium, 3 Difficult
Paragraph Summary3TITA2 Easy, 1 Medium
Odd Sentence Out of the Paragraph3TITA2 Medium, 1 Easy

A good student should be able to attempt 26 of the questions in this section in the allotted time. There were 3 Difficult Para Jumbled questions which could have been avoided. The final question in passage 4 was also tricky and best avoided. Also, there were a couple of Odd Sentence out of the Paragraph questions which were time consuming and somewhat difficult. About 26 confident attempts (with about 80-85% accuracy) would be considered go

Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

As per student feedback, the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Sets were very time consuming. In particular, the sets in Logical Reasoning were much more difficult than the Data Interpretation Sets .This section was certainly the toughest and the most challenging among the three sections. The calculator was useful in solving a few of the DI questions. A rough break-up of most sets is given below.

AreaSet  DescriptionNo of QuestionsLOD
Data InterpretationLine graph & Table Set4Medium
Data InterpretationReasoning & Calculation based Table Set involving percentage calculation and finding missing values of certain variables4Medium
Data InterpretationReasoning & Calculation based on principles of work4Medium
Data InterpretationSet based on grid arrangements4Medium-Difficult
Logical ReasoningNumerical Puzzle Set based on visualization of a geometrical figure4Medium -Difficult
Logical ReasoningNumerical Puzzle Set Based on finding missing values of the variables4Medium -Difficult
Logical ReasoningNumerical Puzzle Set based on 5 variables to determine missing values4Medium -Difficult
Logical ReasoningSet Based on Groupings & Arrangements4Medium

A good student should have been able to attempt about 5 of these sets in the given time with an accuracy of around 85-90%.The sets that should have been definitely solved were Line graph & Table Set, Reasoning & Calculation based Table Set involving percentage calculation and finding missing values of certain variables, Reasoning & Calculation based on principles of work and Set Based on Groupings & Arrangements.

Section III – Quantitative Ability

This section was on the easier side and was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry based questions. There were no questions based on Number Properties. Most of the questions in this section tested elementary concepts. A rough break up of the questions is given below:

AreaTopicNo of QuestionsLOD
ArithmeticProfit & Loss2Easy
Mixtures & Weighted Average2Medium
Work ,Pipes & Cisterns1Easy /Medium
Arithmetic Mean1Easy
AlgebraSimple Equation1Medium
Algebraic Solutions1Medium
Algebraic Functions1Easy
Quadratic /Higher Degree Equations2Easy
Surds & Indices2Easy
Modern MathSequences  & Series1Medium
Permutations & Combinations2Medium
Set theory1Easy
GeometryFunctions & Graphs1Easy

A good student should have been able to solve 28-30 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.



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