CAT 2016 First Cut Analysis

CAT 2016 First Cut Analysis


CAT 2016 – First cut Analysis ( Powered by CATKing )

CAT 2016 has seen the highest number of registrations in the past 7 years. With a happy sign : number of female candidates rising up as compared to the last year.

Talking about the first cut analysis from the Morning Slot of CAT 2016, the paper did not surprise a lot. The exam pattern remained same as CAT 2015 and the official mock on the website; however the marking scheme saw a small twist. 1 Mark for the correct answers as compared to the always 3 marks per correct answer. Negative marking existed for the MCQ questions; 1/3rd ie 0.33 negative marks. TITA Questions didn’t have any negative marking similar to the CAT 2015.

The students felt that the exam was not very difficult, was manageable provided your concepts were clear. CAT has always been an ardent lover of concepts and logic than calculations, speed and time when compared to other competitive exams.

Sectional Insights:

Verbal Ability:

As per students feedback, this was an easy section owing to the in-depth series of Verbal Maximizer sessions in class. The paper had questions ranging from only 3 areas ie the Reading comprehension, parajumbles and Inference based Questions.

The Surprise element was that there were no grammar, vocabulary or critical reasoning based questions.

The RCs were not too lengthy, informative and based on education and languages. The key lied in identifying the factual questions to boost your scores. Of all the sections this was the easiest of the 3.

Parajumbles were all TITA tpe with a new type of question to identify which is not a part of the paragraph.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation:

This section was meant to truly test your analytical skills with no questions from the usual type of Data interpretation ie: No graphs, pie charts they were all Word Problems again adapting to the GMAT style as always told by Rahul Sir that slowly CAT would be aligned to GMAT by adopting the style and essence.

Quantitative Ability:

A cake walk for sincere students who ensured to do all chapters and have their basics thoroughly sorted. The paper was dominated by Geometry Questions and algebra based questions where in we did have a couple of questions based on Modern Maths.

Overall a happy day for students who know their shit and have preached their books with building conceptual clarity and like Rahul Sir always says “Success comes to those who work for it. Keep working hard and you will see the results !”

All the Best to all MBA Aspirants ! Punch in your thoughts and concerns and we shall sort you up.


Slot 1 Analysis:

Overall Difficulty: Easy

Verbal being easy to moderate; high focus as expected on Reading Comprehension and Type in the Answer questions from parajumbles

LR/DI being moderate to difficult with no conventional DI questions. Puzzles dominated the Reasoning section

Quants was easy with direct formula application and concept based questions dominated by Geometry and arithmetic

Slot 2 Analysis:

Verbal: Easy reading comprehension passages; the new element was Para Completion

Quants: Moderate with arithmetic and modern maths questions

LR/DI: Moderate, relatively easier than the Slot 1 but lengthy and time consuming.

Keeping both slots in focus a 99%ile would be:

Verbal Ideal Attempts: 25+

LR/DI Ideal Attempts: 15+

Quants Ideal Attempts: 25+

Overall: Ideal Attempts 75+ with 90% accuracy for a 99%ile and a 65+ attempts would be termed as a good performance

On the basis of the predictions from our experts team we expect the Cut-Offs:



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