CAT 2018 Analysis

CAT 2018 Analysis

CAT 2018 Analysis:

Slot I Analysis

Section No. of Questions No. of non-MCQ questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension 34 7 Easy 28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Moderate 16+
Quantitative Ability 34 12 Difficult 15+
Total 100  27 60+
Area Topic No. of Questions Description
Reading Comprehension
(24 Questions)
Reading Comprehension 24 There were 5 passages – All of them had similar word limit (around 500-550 words each). The passage on Genetics had four questions and it was slightly tedious to read. The other four passages came from familiar areas like India’s view on its legacy of Second World War, Plastic Pollution, Elephant society, and Consumer behaviour studies. Each of these had five questions. On an average, every passage had 1-2 inference based questions. The passage on 2nd World War would have been the easiest to attempt closely followed by the passage on plastic pollution. Options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 20-21 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.
Verbal Ability
(10 Questions)
Para-jumble 4 All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. As these had no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting a lot of time. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words. Prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs were the key.
Summary 3 The paragraphs were short (within 80 words each). However, these were really difficult to read, and the options became confusing because of the genres of the paragraphs. So, only one of these should have been attempted. These questions carried negative marks.
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out) 3 The question (the one on bumblebee) had an incomplete sentence. This coupled with the PJ on erosion would have been difficult. The other question was a sitter.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Section Topic No. of Questions Doable
Data Interpretation Pie Chart-Annual/half yearly/Quarter Sales-Moderate 4 4
ATM -Denominations of 100,200 and 500-Moderate 4 1-2
Set Theory-1600 rockets were launched-Moderate 4 1-2
Logical Reasoning Matrix-Adjacent cells-Easy 4 2-3
10 friends -scores in DI/WE/GK- Difficult 4 1-2
4 Females ,4 Males-Minor and major-Easy 4 4
3 Committees-research/teaching/economist – moderate 4 2-3
1-20 petrol pumps-Moderate 4 2-3

Quantitative Aptitude

Section Topic No. of Questions Doable
Quantitative Ability Number System 2 2
Algebra 8 4-5
Arithmetic 14 6-7
Modern Math 3 2
Geometry and Mensuration 7 3-4

Verbal Ability:

Good Attempt – 30 questions

– 5 RCs on Phycology (Same as Last Verbal Wednesday in CATKing Webinar)
– The RCs where small; there were 5 RCs as against 3 which are normally asked.
– 2 RCs were easy, 2 were moderate & 1 was difficult
– RCs were on Bio Tech, Relations of Elephant & Human Beings & Genetics
– Para Jumbles were Moderate to Easy
– Select Odd man out was Tough
– Assumption based questions – Slightly Difficult

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Good Attempt – 20 to 25 questions
– This section was moderate to tough
– Two Sets were easy
– Concentric Wheel questions were easy
– Matching – 4 girls / 4 boys
– Two Sets on P&C (Selection Based)
– Set theory – 1 set

Quantitative Ability

There were 4 questions on Time Speed & Distance (TSD) and 3 on Time & Work (TnW). 4-5 difficult questions on Geometry were asked.  1-2 questions on Permutations & Combinations (PnC). 4-5 questions on Functions & 3 questions on Logs.

Good Attempt – 25 to 30 questions
– 18 to 20 questions were easy. Overall it was difficult.
– Ratio & Proportions
– Geometry – 8 questions
– Arithmetic – 8 questions
– Function – 2 questions
– Set Theory – 2 questions
– Time Speed & Distance – 4
– Time & Work – 3
– Geometry – 4-5 (Difficult ones)
– PnC Permutation & Combination – 1-2
– Functions – 4-5
– Logs – 3 

Some Questions: 
– There were 5 questions on: ATM only 5000 rs can be removed in denomination of 100, 200, 500
– N×N matrix of 3×3 — maximum no of numericals

Slot II Analysis: 

It was no different from the first Slot.

Verbal Ability:

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Good Attempts – 22-25
Summary 3
Odd one out 3
Para Jumbles – confusing between 2 options
Reading Comprehensions – 5-6
– Education: Providing computer to student in india does not guarantee quality of education
– Autonomy: Ease of access to government services
– Technology: Saturn and its satellites

LR/DI:

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Tough

Good Attempts – 3-4 complete sets

– Currency to dollar ratio n proportion
– Tickets and Amusements park (Gold / Platinum / Economy)
– College Accreditation Grade points A – 50 B – 40
– 8 colleges were rated on 4 Different Parameters.
– Highest Graded College
– Majority Caselets
– Confusing options ( 101 or 102)

Quants:

Difficulty level: Difficult

Good Attempts : 18- 22
Arithmetic -15
Time Speed & Distance (TSD)- 3
Time & Work (TnW) – 2
Ratio – 2
Geometry – 4-5
Logs – 1

Quants was difficult than last year & Arithmetic Questions were tricky too. 
Overall it was a moderate paper, a good student has attempted around 80 questions. Attend the detailed analysis at 9 PM.


CAT 2017 Analysis:

The CAT 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017 by IIM Lucknow. The exam was conducted across 144 test centers across India. The exam was conducted in two slots morning and afternoon slots, i.e from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. The overall difficulty of the CAT 2017 can be considered to be moderate. The LRDI was quite tough to crack, with only a few doable questions. Many would have felt it very difficult to attempt more numbers of sets in LRDI section. The pattern for CAT 2017 was same as the pattern of CAT 2016.

Test Pattern and the number of questions

Detailed Analysis of Slot 1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

VARC section had 24 questions in RCs and 10 questions in Verbal ability section. The RCs which appeared were easy to read and the students could comprehend it easily in terms of language and the content. Total number of RCs which appeared were 5 and out these 5 RCs three RCs had 6 questions and the other two RCs had 3 questions. The questions which were asked in RCs were mainly inference-based, which requires good critical reasoning skills. The options for most of the questions were close enough and this involved multiple reading of the questions as well as the passage. This made the students consume lot of time in attempting the questions and left most of the students in dilemma whether they have attempted the question right or wrong.

Verbal ability section was on the moderate level of difficulty. Number of non MCQ questions which appeared in this section was 7 and most of these questions appeared difficult to the students because of the Type in the Answers.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

This was the most difficult section in CAT 2017 Slot 1. The difficulty level of this section was much higher than CAT 2016 LRDI. All the sets of DI and LR were difficult and very difficult. All the DI sets in this section had reasoning based DI questions and it was difficult to identify and classify the sets in DI. All the sets which appeared took more time to solve than compared to CAT 2016. Non-MCQ questions were spread across all the sets and no set had completely non MCQ questions. Good number of attempts for this section is 14-16 questions solving 4 sets.

Quantitative Ability

Most of the students considered this section to be the easiest out of the 3 sections. Hence the number of questions attempted by students were quite higher than CAT 2016. Highest number of questions were from Arithmetic with 13 questions, followed by geometry and Modern maths. Total number of non MCQ questions in this section was 11 and most of the questions in this section were sitters. Questions mainly tested elementary concepts. Good number of attempts for this section is 23-25 questions with 90% accuracy.

Detailed Analysis of Slot 2

The pattern of the slot 2 was similar to that of the slot 1. There were no surprises in terms of the sections and number of questions in each of the sections. The difficulty level of this slot was also on par with the morning slot.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

This section was similar to that of the morning slot with 24 questions in RC and 10 questions in verbal ability. RCs which appeared for this slot were also easy to read and doable questions. However the options were close enough which troubled the students in marking the right option and this consumed lot of time to attempt. Total number of RCs which appeared were 5 and out these 5 RCs three RCs had 6 questions and the other two RCs had 3 questions.

In the verbal ability questions also, there 7 non MCQ questions which were tougher than usual. The questions which were asked were not direct and students spend lot of time in attempting.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

LRDI of Slot 2 of CAT 2017 was the difficult section to crack and students faced lot of difficulty in solving the sets of DI and LR. Selection of the right sets to solve was key to a good performance in this section. One set on DI was on easy calculations and two sets on Logical Reasoning had easy arrangements. These sets were easily attemptable by most of the students. Non-MCQ questions were spread across all the sets and no set had completely non MCQ questions. Good number of attempts for this section is 14-16 questions solving 4 sets.

Quantitative Ability

This again was the easiest section out of the three sections in CAT 2017 Slot 2. The easy questions were from arithmetic topics. Students who had regular practice of solving Quant questions felt very comfortable in this section. There 11 non MCQ questions in this section most of the questions tested elementary concepts. Decent number of questions with to attempt in this section is 23-25 with 85-90% accuracy.


CAT 2016 Analysis:

The CAT 2016 was conducted on December 4, 2016 by IIM Lucknow. The exam was conducted across 136 test centers across India. The exam was conducted in two slots morning and afternoon slots, i.e from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. The overall difficulty of the CAT 2016 can be considered to be moderate to difficult. The LRDI was very difficult section, with only a few doable questions. The number of doable questions in LRDI were quite less and all the sets had difficult questions.

Test Pattern and the number of questions

Detailed Analysis of Slot 1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

VARC section had 24 questions in RCs and 10 questions in Verbal ability section. The RCs which appeared were easy to read but were very lengthy and the students could comprehend it easily in terms of language and the content. The topics of the RCs were from Economics, Environment, and Linguistic Studies etc. Total number of RCs which appeared were 5. The questions which were asked in RCs were mainly inference-based, which requires good critical reasoning skills. The options for most of the questions were close enough and this involved multiple reading of the questions as well as the passage.

The questions in Verbal ability area did not have any negative marking as they were of the non-MCQ type which could have motivated students to attempt them. Verbal ability section was on the moderate level of difficulty. The para formation questions were one of the toughest in the CAT history.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

This was the most difficult section in CAT 2016 Slot 1. The difficulty level of this section was much higher than that of previous year CAT exams. All the sets of DI and LR were difficult and very difficult. All the DI sets in this section had reasoning based DI questions and it was difficult to identify and classify the sets in DI. Non-MCQ questions were spread across all the sets and no set had completely non MCQ questions. Good number of attempts for this section is 13-16 questions solving 4 sets.

Quantitative Ability

The difficulty level of this section was marginally higher than CAT 2015. Many questions were from Geometry and arithmetic. The image of the Square Root sign in some of the questions resembled more like a PI – thereby creating some confusion. There were only 7 non-MCQ questions. There were at least 8 to 10 sitter questions in this section. Questions mainly tested elementary concepts. Good number of attempts for this section is 22-25 questions with 90% accuracy.

Detailed Analysis of Slot 2

The pattern of the slot 2 was similar to that of the slot 1. There were no surprises in terms of the sections and number of questions in each of the sections. The difficulty level of this slot was similar with that of the morning slot.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

This section was similar to that of the morning slot with 24 questions in RC and 10 questions in verbal ability. RCs which appeared for this slot were also easy to read and doable questions was easy to crack. However the options were close enough and many students faced difficulties in marking the right answer. Total number of RCs which appeared were 5 and were lengthy.

In the verbal ability questions the questions were very hard to crack for the students. All the questions in this were non-MCQ. The 3 Summary questions were mostly quite easy, and the 3 Odd Sentence out of the Paragraph questions were of a moderate level of difficulty. Para – jumble questions were quite challenging.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

LRDI of Slot 2 of CAT 2017 was the difficult section to crack and students faced lot of difficulty in solving the sets of DI and LR. The sets in Logical Reasoning were somewhat trickier to solve than those of Data Interpretation. These sets were easily attemptable by most of the students. Non-MCQ questions were spread across all the sets and no set had completely non MCQ questions. Good number of attempts for this section is 13-16 questions solving 4 sets.

Quantitative Ability

This section was the easiest section out of the three sections in CAT 2016 Slot 2. The difficulty level was marginally higher than the CAT 2015.  The many questions were from arithmetic topics. Students who had regular practice of solving Quant questions felt very comfortable in this section. There were questions from regular topics like Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Arithmetic and Number Systems. Decent number of questions with to attempt in this section is 22-25 with 85-90% accuracy.

CAT 2015 Analysis:

Two Lakh, Eighteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Sixty Four. That is the number of MBA-aspirants that registered for CAT 2015.

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This year saw the highest registration ever since CAT 2010. In spite of this huge number, CAT 2015 wasn’t conducted on two days like CAT 2014. CAT 2015 was conducted on one single day. There were two slots. Morning & Afternoon. It was an online exam. Also, students did not have the option of jumping between sections. Each section had to be solved individually. And solely in the prescribed time limit. The order was Verbal Ability, DI & Logic, followed by Quantitative Aptitude.

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The test-takers for entrance exams, especially CAT, keep increasing. Up till 2013, the difficulty levels of the paper ranged from moderate to tough. The 2014 exam had some tough questions. CAT 2015 was similar to 2014. It had some easy as well as some moderate to tough questions.

 

 

 

 

QA section(CAT 2015):

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QA ranged from easy to moderate. Some questions were a bit lengthy. There were 5 questions on Geometry. The questions in Quant tested the foundations and logic-applying skills of the candidate. Students with adequate practice in Mocks and earlier year’s papers were well-equipped to crack this section. The trick was to find sitters and get them over with. Another trick was to not waste too much time in case of any lengthy calculations and move on to the next question.

 

 

 

 

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Verbal:

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Verbal Ability had 24 questions in Reading Comprehension. This was a major change, as compared to previous papers. Difficulty level of RC was moderate. Around 15-17 correct attempts in RC would be considered a good attempt. The other major change was that, para-jumbles and other VA questions didn’t have options this year. The plus part is that there wasn’t any negative marking here. The minus part was that one couldn’t depend on options for any help. All-in-all, the verbal section was easy and with 34 questions, could make or break a student’s attempt for a good percentile.

 

 

 

 

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Questions in DI & LR were in equal ratio. The pattern was of 8 sets with 4 sets DI and 4 sets LR. They were more or less moderate in terms of difficulty. Some questions had lengthy calculations. Others had complex diagrams/patterns along with easy questions. Due to lengthy sets, students found LR/DI to be a bit difficult.

 

 

 

 

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What matters here isn’t the toughness of the paper. Because toughness, is relative. What is tough for one student may not be tough for another. What does matter is the break-up and analysis of the paper and how students can use that info to prepare for CAT 2016, and give their best. Learn from this analysis and prepare for CAT 2016 with gusto.

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