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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.


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How to Decode CAT 2016 and its Paper Pattern

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This blog is about detailed analysis of CAT 2016 and CAT paper pattern.

Who will set CAT 2016 paper pattern ?

IIM-BANGALORE will set the CAT 2016 paper pattern. This implies that the level of verbal section may increase.All candidates have to study for other subjects but one should be well prepared for Verbal. Since Verbal is IIM-BANGALORE’s area of comfort and excellence.


The art of mock CAT analysis

One thing that is common to any aspirant’s preparatory journey is taking mock tests. Many of the serious aspirants end up appearing for anywhere between 25-75 mocks in a season. While there is no particular number of mocks that ensures success, the quality of analysis of a mock can make a significant difference to the outcome of one’s score. As highly as it is rated by CAT toppers and institutes alike, when it comes to analysis of a mock, many aspirants are clueless/resort to insufficient techniques to analyze a mock and end up defeating the purpose of the entire activity.



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.


A Quantitative Ability Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Mathematics, Equation, Areas & Volumes.
B Data Interpretation Bar graphs, Tables, Statement based questions, Pie charts.
C Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension, Para-jumbles.
D Logical Reasoning Puzzles, 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 Sections 2
Total No. Of Questions 60
Duration 140 Minutes
Marking schemes Correct Answer: +3Incorrect Answer: -1
Expected Cut-offs It was different in different colleges, IIM’S 98+ percentile.
No. Of Alternatives 4
Tough challenge Both 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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