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Real CAT 1 Expert Analysis:

Overall Difficulty Level:
The overall difficulty level was moderate.

Total Questions | Total Time
76 Questions | 120 Minutes

Overall Brief:
VARC section was moderate. DILR was moderate to difficult. Whereas Quants was easy to moderate.

Particular Details
Total Questions 26 Questions | 40 Minutes
Easy / Must Solve Questions 1, 2, 9, 11, 12, 16
Suggestions/Key Outcome 10 can be attempted at last
Difficult Question 10
Overall Analysis All sections are moderate. One question from time speed distance is very difficult
Particular Details
Total Questions 26 Questions | 40 minutes
Easy / Must Solve Questions 6, 12, 15
Suggestions/Key Outcome Questions should also be read before attemping or skiping the RC
Difficult Questions 1-5, 22, 24, 26
Overall Analysis Fisrt RC is difficult to comprehend but questions were relatively easy to moderate. All other Rcs are moderate. Prajambles , Parasummary are moderate.
Particular Details
Total Questions 24 Questions | 40 minutes
Easy / Must Solve Questions 21, 22, 23, 24
Suggestions/Key Outcome Set 5 should be attemped first, followed by Set 3 and 4 and Set 1 and 2 at last
Difficult Questions 5-10
Overall Analysis ‘First two Sets are difficult. Set one is lenghty and Set 2 is calculation intensive. Set 3 and 4 are moderate to difficult. Set 5 is easy to moderate.

What next? (After Mock):
Analyze the mock and know what went wrong and why.

Real CAT 2 Expert Analysis:

Overall Difficulty Level:

Total Questions | Total Time:
76 Questions | 120 Minutes

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
Overall VARC & QA were Moderate, while LRDI was Difficult.

Quants Section:

26 Questions | 40 Minutes

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Geometry & Mesuration is difficult and logarithm is easy other sections are moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,3,10,13,14,23
Difficult Questions 4,5,6,17,21,25,26

VARC Section:

26 Questions | 40 minutes

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Fisrt RC is difficult. Second RC is easy to moderate. All other RCs are moderate. Prajambles , Parasummary are moderate.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 5,6,7,8,9
Difficult Questions 1-4
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with the 2nd RC and attemp first RC at last

DILR Section:

24 Questions | 40 minutes

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Set 1 is moderate. Set 2, 3 and 4 are difficult. Set 5 is easy to moderate.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 21, 22, 23, 24
Difficult Questions 5-14
Suggestions/Key Outcome Set 5 should be attemped first, followed by Set 1

What next? (After Mock):
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Real CAT 3 Expert Analysis:

Overall Difficulty Level:

Total Questions:
100 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC was Moderate.
LRDI was Moderate to Difficult.
QA was Moderate.

Quants Section:

34 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section All sections are moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 2,4,8,13
Difficult Questions 9,12,14

VARC Section:

34 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section RC2 is easy to moderate, RC3 is moderate to difficult. All other RCs are moderate. Prajambles , Parasummary and odd one out are moderate.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 6,7,8,9,10
Difficult Questions 11,12,13,14,15
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with RC2

DILR Section:

32 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Set 1,6,8 are moderate to diffficult. Set 4 and 5 are easy. Other set are of moderate level
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 10,13,14,15,16,17,18,20
Difficult Questions 1,2,3,4,21,22,23,24,29,20,31,32
Suggestions/Key Outcome Set 4 and 5 should be attemped first

What next? (After Mock):
Analysed the mock and got to know what went wrong and why. Update the mocks Analysis Dashboard and prepare your SWOT Analysis Chart and Map the Progress

Real CAT 4 Expert Analysis:

Overall Difficulty Level:

Total Questions:
76 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Again, could’ve been an ideal CAT paper had DILR been a little more difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC was Moderate-Difficult, LRDI was Easy and QA was easy-moderate

Quants Section:

26 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section With 46% easy, 50% moderate and 4% hard this paper was comparable to the CAT.Arithmetic (11) – 5 easy, 6 moderate, 0 hard
Algebra (5) – 2 easy, 3 moderate, 0 hard
Geometry (5) – 3 easy, 1 moderate, 1 hard
Modern Math (3) – 0 easy, 3 moderate
Number Sys (2) – 2 easy
Suggestions/Key Outcome The proportion of Algebra questions should probably be higher.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,4,5,10,11,12,13,20,21,23,24
Difficult Questions 9

VARC Section:

26 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 50% moderate questions, 42% easy and 8% hard. This was a moderate-difficult VARC – close to CAT39% RC questions easy, 50% moderate and 11% difficult making the RCs moderate-difficult.

67% parasummaries were moderate, 33% easy
67% parajumbles were easy, 33% moderate
50% odd-one-out were difficult and 50% easy.

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,10,12,13,15,16,18,19,24,20,21
Suggestions/Key Outcome VARC was of good quality. Could be a CAT paper. However, VA questions had similar topics (US political situation)
Difficult Questions 3,9,22

DILR Section:

24 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Sets 1, 3, 5 are Easy (50%)

Set 4 and 2 are moderate (50%)

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Sets 1, 3, 5
Difficult Questions Set 4
Suggestions/Key Outcome Attempt the 4 question sets. This was also an easy DILR. Set 1 though, won’t come in CAT. It is a simple DI question.

What next? (After Mock):
Analysed the mock and got to know what went wrong and why. Update the mocks Analysis Dashboard and prepare your SWOT Analysis Chart and Map the Progress

Real CAT 5 Expert Analysis:

Overall Difficulty Level:

Total Questions:
76 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
It was on the easier side because of LRDI

Overall Brief:
VARC was Easy-Moderate, LRDI was Easy and QA was moderate.

VARC Section:

26 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 46% moderate questions, 50% easy and 4% hard. This was an easy-moderate VARC – 1 level below CAT50% RC questions easy, 40% moderate and 10% difficult making the RCs moderate-easy.

100% parasummaries were moderate
67% parajumbles were easy, 33% moderate
50% odd-one-out were moderate and 50% easy.

Suggestions/Key Outcome Needed more hard questions – VARC isn’t as straightforward now
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 6,7,8,15,16,17,18,20,21
Difficult Questions 4,9

DILR Section:

24 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Sets 1, 2, 3 are Easy (58%)
Set 4 is hard (17%)
Set 5 is moderate (25%)
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Sets 1, 2, 3
Suggestions/Key Outcome Attempt first 3 sets together, then set 5
Difficult Questions Set 4 was difficult

Quants Section:

26 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section With 38% easy, 50% moderate and 12% hard this paper was slightly more difficult than the CAT.Arithmetic (7) – 3 easy, 3 moderate, 1 hard
Algebra (8) – 2 easy, 5 moderate, 1 hard
Geometry (5) – 3 easy, 1 moderate, 1 hard
Modern Math (5) – 2 easy, 3 moderate
Number Sys (1) – 1 moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 22, 24
Difficult Questions 3, 21, 25
Suggestions/Key Outcome The proportion of Arithmetic questions should probably be higher.

Real CAT 6 Expert Analysis:

Overall Difficulty Level:

Total Questions:
66 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Very good mock. In terms of difficulty this would be similar to CAT. However, the pattern wasn’t the same. With a similar difficulty and different pattern this would be an ideal mock (with minor adjustments)

Overall Brief:
This seems like an experimental mock. So I will not focus too much on the pattern – regardless, as a note I would like to point out that such a pattern will probably not appear in the actual CAT.

Please note: in the following comments when I say to “close to CAT/not close to CAT” it is only from a difficulty perspective.

VARC was Moderate-Difficult
LRDI was moderate-difficult
QA was easy-moderate

VARC Section:

22 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 50% moderate questions, 37% easy and 13% hard. This was a moderate-difficult VARC – close to CAT33% RC questions easy, 59% moderate and 6% difficult making the RCs moderate-difficult. RC3 was especially difficult.

67% parasummaries were moderate, 33% easy
50% parajumbles were easy, 50% difficult
The only OOO was difficult
Para completion was asked – but it was easy

Suggestions/Key Outcome VARC was of good quality. Could be a CAT paper in terms of difficulty. However, RC2 and RC3 had a similar theme. That won’t happen in CAT.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,5,8,10,17,19,22
Difficult Questions 13,16,18

DILR Section:

22 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Sets 3, 4, 5 are Easy (46%)

Set 6 and 2 are moderate (37%)

Set 1 was difficult (17%)

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Sets 3 4 and 5
Suggestions/Key Outcome Avoid attempting 1, 2 and 6 first. Go for 3, 4 and 5. This was a good DILR in terms of difficulty – can be expected in CAT.
Difficult Questions Set 1 was difficult

Quants Section:

22 Questions

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section With 46% easy, 46% moderate and 8% hard this paper was comparable to the CAT.Arithmetic (10) – 7 easy, 3 moderate, 0 hard
Algebra (4) – 2 easy, 2 moderate, 0 hard
Geometry (4) – 1 easy, 1 moderate, 2 hard
Modern Math (2) – 0 easy, 2 moderate
Number Sys (2) – 2 moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 2,3,4,5,7,9,14,16,17,21 – Arithmetic was key, Geometry should’ve been avoided
Difficult Questions 15,20
Suggestions/Key Outcome The proportion of Algebra questions should probably be higher.

Real CAT 7 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Easy to Moderate
DILR: Moderate to Difficult
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
VARC in RC7 was moderate. Though most of the questions were inference based, on reading the RC properly, the answer could be identified. Passage 1 and 2 were the easiest and hence attempting them would improve the score. VA might have provided some respite as there was only 1 difficult question. Paragraph Summary was moderate to easy and should have been attempted promptly.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 42% moderate questions, 40% easy and 18% hard. This was a moderate-diifcult VARC

39% RC questions easy, 39% moderate and 22% difficult making the RCs difficult.

33% parasummaries were moderate, 66% were easy
40% parajumbles were easy, 40% moderate, 20% difficult
all Odd One Out were moderate

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,5,6,7,9,10,16,20,24
Difficult Questions 12,14,15,18,22,25

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
DI LR section was moderate to difficult. Students who would have skimmed through the paper once and did proper sleection would have found themselves in a comfortable state. Set 6 is easy and should be attempted first. Set 3, on the other hand, should not have been attempted.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Sets 6 was Easy (17%)
Sets 1,2, 4 were easy-moderate (66%)Set 3 was moderate (17%)
Suggestions/Key Outcome Attempt set 6 first. After that, it is down to personal preference and skill while attempting 1, 2 and 4. Choose questions wisely. Avoid set 3.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,5,6,7,8,14,15,16,19,20,21,22,23,24

Quantitative Aptitude
QA was straightforward and similar to CAT. However, those with a strong grip over Numbers, Arithmetic and Geometry would have celebrated this paper. Almost all the questions were from these 3 topics. Numbers in particular along with Geometry was easy and should have been promptly solved for maximum return of marks.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section With 33% easy, 33% moderate and 33% hard this paper was comparable to the CAT.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 6, 8,12,13,14,16,20, 26
Difficult Questions 9

Real CAT 8 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Verbal Ability 
VARC of RC8  was on the difficult side. Students who do not have good reading habits would have probably faced difficulties in this section. RC section was on difficult side and Verbal Ability was moderate to difficult. LOD of RCs is as below-
RC1- Moderate to Read and Moderate Questions
RC2- Moderate to Read and Difficult Questions
RC3- Difficult to Read and Difficult Questions
RC4- Easy to Read and  Easy to Moderate Questions

Students should start with RC4 as this the easiest RC among all RC’s. Students should focus less on attempts and more on accuracy to score good in this section.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Easy – 15,16,17,18,22
Moderate-1,2,3,4,6,7,8,10,20,23,24,25,26
Difficult-5,9,10,11,12,13,14,19,21
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 15,16,17,18,22
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Passage 4 and then do Passage 1, after attempting 2 passages go to verbal section and do easy and moderate questions then come back to attempt passage 2. Passage 3 should be avoided.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
RC8 was moderate to difficult in nature. Set 1 which needed logic had 6 questions which once understood could be solved. Set 2 also needed logic and understanding. Set 3, on the other hand, needed calculation along with logic and could be time consuming. Set 4 required calculation and was an easy set. Set 5 too was a calculation based set. Students should have selected order according to their area of comfort i.e. Logic or Calculation

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Good logic and calculation based questions were present where student had to identify a set that could be solved. Student can leave the set that seems time consuming.
Suggestions/Key Outcome Students can start with set 4 and 5 to get good amount of questions correct.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Q15-20

Quantitative Aptitude
Algebra –  7   Arithmetic-  5  Geometry-   4  Numbers-  5  Modern Maths-5. Overall the section was Easy to moderate and could be solved if a student had clarity of concepts. The easy questions were not time consuming so, a student would get time for difficult questions.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Easy- 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,14,16,22,23  Moderate-7,11,13,15,18,21  Difficult- 12,17,18,19,20,24
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions  1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,14,16,22,23
Difficult Questions 12,17,18,19,20,24
Suggestions/Key Outcome Identify the doable questions and the move towards the moderate questions

Real CAT 9 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 75

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
VARC in RC9 was quite difficult. Most of the questions were inferenced based and student should have good comprehension skills to solve these. However, sharp students would identify the decent RCs (1 and 4) and attempt them first. VA might have provided some respite as there was only 1 difficult question. Paragraph Summary was of moderate difficulty

Total Questions 25 Questions
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 45% moderate questions, 34% easy and 20% hard. This was a difficult VARC – close to CAT

30% RC questions easy, 40% moderate and 30% difficult making the RCs difficult.

a50% of parasummaries were easy and 50% were moderate
25% parajumbles were easy, 50% moderate, 25% difficult

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 3,7,8,11,18,19,
Difficult Questions 2,10,13,15,

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
RC9 DILR was moderate as there were only 2 difficult sets. The others were definitely not difficult, but not easy either. Set 2 and 3 should have been the attempt first. Set 1 was on the confusing side and could have been avoided as the learning curve while solving it would be cumbersome and time consuming.

Total Questions 25 Questions
Overall summary of the section Sets 2,3 was Easy (33%)
Sets 4,5,6 were easy-moderate (50%)Set 1 was difficult (17%)
Suggestions/Key Outcome Attempt set 2,3 first. After that, it is down to personal preference and skill while attempting 4,5,6. Choose questions wisely. Avoid set 1.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 4.5,6,7.8.11. 13, 14, 17,18, 22

Quantitative Aptitude
QA was moderate to difficult and similar to CAT. However, those with a strong grip over Arithmetic, Algebra would have done better. Almost all the questions were from these 2 topics. Most of the questions were from Arithmetic and should have been promptly solved for maximum return of marks as it was of moderate difficulty.

Total Questions 25 Questions
Overall summary of the section With 40% easy, 40% moderate and 20% hard this paper was comparable to the CAT.

Arithmetic (9) – 3 easy, 3 moderate, 2 hard
Algebra (7) – 2 easy, 2 moderate, 1 hard
Geometry (8) – 4 easy, 3 moderate, 2 hard
Modern Math (1) – 0 easy,1 moderate
Number Sys (1) – 2moderate

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 3,6,8,10,11,13,15,17,24
Difficult Questions 1,7,9,16,19,20,22,

Real CAT 10 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Verbal Ability
“VARC of RC10 was on Easy side. RC section was on Moderate side and Verbal was Easy. Student who have reading habits of variety of topics would have probably found RC section Easy. LOD of RCs is as below-
RC1- Easy to Read and Easy to Moderate Questions
RC2- Moderate to Read and Moderate Questions
RC3- Moderate to Read and Moderate to Difficult Questions
RC4- Moderate to Difficult to Read and Moderate to Difficult Questions

Student can start with either Verbal or with RC1. All RCs are doable but RC4 is little bit on difficult side and can be attempted at last if time permits.”

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Easy – 1,2,3,4,8,9,15,22,23,24,25,26
Moderate-5,7,10,12,14,16,19,20
Difficult-6,11,13,17,18,21
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Passage 1 and then do Passage 2 and 3 after attempting 3 passages go to verbal section and attempt all odd one out and Para summary questions then come back to attempt passage 4 or attempt Para jumbles.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,3,4,8,9,15,22,23,24,25,26

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

DILR of RC 10 was Easy to Moderate. Set 3 which was based on Venn Diagram was on difficult side and time consuming but all the other sets were doable. LOD of sets is as below
1. Set 1 – Easy
2. Set 2 – Easy
3. Set 3 – Difficult
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Moderate

Student should definitely solve Set 1 and 2. Set 3 can be avoided. Student with good command on LRDI could have solved 4 sets in this section.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Easy – 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7,8,17,18,20
Moderate-13, 14,15,16,19,22,23,24
Difficult-9, 10,11,12,21
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 1 and 2 then go to Set 5. If time permits solve Set 4.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7,8,17,18,20

Quantitative Aptitude

QA of RC 10 was on Moderate side. Arithmetic was Easy and student should have attempted maximum questions from Arithmetic. Geometry and Algebra were on moderate side. 15+ attempts would have been good in this section.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Easy-1,2, 4,5,8,11,13,14,17,25,26
Moderate-3, 7,10,12,16,18,19,23,24
Difficult-6, 9,20,21,22
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Easy questions, once all easy questions finished then go for moderate questions.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2, 4,5,8,11,13,14,17,25,26

Real CAT 11 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
VARC in RC11 was on a moderate to difficult side. Students not well-versed with quick comprehension skills would have probably suffered in the RC but students whose VA is strong section must found it easy to takle. Ideally student should start with VA as it will take less time as difficulty is less and was not text heavy, and then choose 2-3 RCs in which 3-5 ques can be done to score good marks overall.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 50% moderate questions, 20% easy and 30% hard. This was a moderate to difficult VARC – close to CAT

Most od the RC ques were on tougher side like Q.2,3,8. , less easier ques was there like Q1,6,10,11,25

All Verbal ability ques were easy to moderate.

Must-Solve (Easy to moderate) Questions 1,4,5,6,10,11,12,25,19,20,21,24
Difficult Questions 2,3,8,15,16,18,22,23

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
RC11 DILR was on a moderate side. It was perfect blend of hard and easy questions, and it all comes down to selection of easy sets in this mock. One should definitely solve set 3 & 4 in the start and if time permits one should choose between the Set 1 and 2. Set 1 is conceptual and less calculation based while Set 2 is more calculation intensive with lots of data, besides it will also take more time as there are 6 ques in that set. Set 5 should definitely be avoided as its time consuming with lots of data.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Sets 3 and 4 was Easy (30%)
Sets 1 and 2 were easy-moderate (35%)Set 5 and 2 was moderate (35%)
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start doing with set 3 or 4, then depends on prior practice and time left select betwwen set 1 and 2. Set 5 should definitely be avoided.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Q11-18

Quantitative Aptitude
QA was on the moderate side. However, those with a strong grip over Arithmetic and Algebra would have celebrated this paper. Almost 70% of the questions were from these 2 topics. In terms of difficulty level each section was perfectly balanced and each section contains easy as well as difficult questions. Success to score higher is to do questions from every section and picking easy questions first.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section With 25% easy, 50% moderate and 25% hard this paper was comparable to the CAT.

Arithmetic (9) – 3 easy, 4 moderate, 2 hard
Algebra (8) – 1 easy, 4 moderate,3 hard
Geometry (5) – 1 easy,3 moderate, 1 hard
Modern Math (2) – 1 hard, 1 moderate
Number Sys (2) – 1 Hard

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,3,5,7,8,9,22
Difficult Questions 6,11,13,16,18,19,21,25

Real CAT 12 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 66

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Easy to Moderate
DILR: Easy to Moderate
QA: Difficult

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
This mock was experimental, designed for the students who just started giving mocks or for someone who isnt aware of the flavors get would mix, that is why it had comparatively easy questions as the challenge was to keep the nerves calm and perform best to what is there. Total questions were 22 and one could have easily attempted 15+ within time duration. 4 sets of RC with 4 ques each can be done by selecting 10-12 easy questions and rest 2 Para summary and 2 Para jumbles can easily be attempted to score good marks.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section Overall, the section had 30% moderate questions, 70% easy. This was an easy level VARC – can expect very few ques in CAT

Most of the RC ques were on easier side like Set 2 and 4 , Rest 2-3 ques from Para summary and again com back to choose 1 RC from remaining.

Approximate 2 min/ques is good time to solve max ques.

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,13,14,15,16,19,21,22
 Moderate Questions Remaining questions

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
All the 22 questions in Real CAT 12 were doable , some were calculative some were more logical. Students with good command on DILR and plenty of practice can easily attempt 15+ ques. Selection is important here as if one is not comfortable with concepts, then one can solve second and last set towards the end.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section Sets 1, 4 and 5 was Easy(55%)
Sets 2 and 6 were easy-moderate (35%)Set 3 was moderate- tough (35%)
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start from set 5 and then 4(total ques 9. approx. 15-20 mins) and do 1 in 3-5 mins, then choose between remaining ones if time permits and with individual knowledge level
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,3,11,12,13,14,15-19

Quantitative Aptitude
QA was an eye opener for most of the people, it was way tougher than CAT exam. Most of the questions were difficult questions and a lot of questions were from number system, which generally do not happen. A student should adapt, at best, in such scenarios and pick and solve questions s/he is comfortable in. An attempt of 8+ ques will fetch very good percentile.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section With 25% easy,25% moderate and50% hard this paper was comparable to the CAT.

Arithmetic (7) – 1 easy, 2 moderate, 4 hard
Algebra (6) – 1 easy, 4 moderate,3 hard
Geometry (3) – 2 easy ,  1 moderate
Modern Math (1) – 1 easy
Number Sys (5) – 1 easy , 4 hard

Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 2,5,7,8,14,21,22
Difficult Questions 1,3,4,10,11,15,16,18,19,20

Real CAT 13 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate-Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Easy-Moderate
DILR: Moderate-Difficult
QA: Moderate-Difficult

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

VARC section was easy to moderate. It would require students to quickly shift their strategy and test a student’s ability of how flexible s/he is during the section. The paper was designed in a manner that would punish the one’s who stuck to one particular set or question and still got it wrong.

The RC’s 1 and 2 were on the easier side and RC’s 3 and 4 were comparatively difficult. Similarly, the TITA questions and Para summary might prove to be time consuming.

Thus, a student should start with Reading comprehension set 1 and 2 and get back to one of RC 3 and 4 after solving TITA and Para summary questions. Ability to properly understand the passage would fetch good marks in this section.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Set 3, 4, TITA and Para summary questions were on difficult side while first 2 sets were easy to moderate level.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions First set had tricky question but when thought correctly could get easy. First 2 sets could be solved easily along with Para jumble questions. Questions are – 20, 23 and 25.
 Difficult Questions Set 3 and set 4 had questions that needed some extra thinking. Parasummary questions were moderate to difficult level.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
RC13 was moderate to difficult level. Set 1, which needed logic, had 6 questions which once understood could be solved. Set 2 which was a venn diagram question also needed logic understanding. Set 3 is an easy set and students can start with set 3 to fetch good score. Set 4 and set 5 might be time consuming. Set 3 was an easy set and students can start with set 3 to get a good start. Set 4 and set 5 might prove to be time consuming. Overall the section was moderate to difficult

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Sets 2 and 3 was Easy Set 4 and 5 were time  consuming. Set 1 was logic based.
Suggestions/Key Outcome Students can start with set 2 and 3 to get good amount of questions correct.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Q6-14

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude section was on a moderate to difficult level. It was a paper for everyone. The students weak in Quants would have enjoyed getting arithmetic questions correct and students good in Quants would have enjoyed a mix of questions from different areas with varying difficulty level.

There were 6 Geometry questions with a mix of easy and difficult questions. Arithmetic had easy questions. Questions on number system were at moderate to difficult level. Algebra had easy to moderate level of questions. Questions from modern math’s were at moderate to difficult level.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Algebra (3) – 2 Easy, 1 Moderate
Geometry (6) – 2 Easy,2 Moderate, 2 Hard
Modern Math (2) –  1 Moderate, 1 Hard,
Number Sys (6) -1 Easy, 2 Moderate, 3 Hard
Arithmetic (7)- 1 Moderate, 6 Easy
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,21
Difficult Questions 2,3,7,16,23

Real CAT 14 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate – Difficult
DILR: Moderate-Difficult
QA: Easy-Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

 

VARC was at moderate to difficult level. With 2 RC being moderate- difficult, somebody who could focus more on accuracy and relatively speed, should have been able to do better. Number of attempts would have gone down for many students. The first passage was moderate to difficult level while the second passage was Easy to moderate level. The third passage was easy to solve while fourth passage was easy to moderate level.
A proper attempt strategy would be to start with the third and the fourth passage. TITA questions were of easy to moderate level. Students can score good marks in TITA questions.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Overall the set was Moderate to Difficult Level. Passage 1(Q1-5) and 2(Q6-10 )were difficult to solve but 3rd Set (Q11-14) and 4th Set(15-18) could be solved except few questions like 13,14,15 and 16 which were tricky.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 3,7,8,10,11,12,17,19,20,23,24,25
 Difficult Questions 1,4,6,13,16,26

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
LRDI section of RC14 was moderate to difficult level. The students had to choose sets according to their strength i.e. Logic based or Calculation based. Students who chose logic based sets could have enjoyed solving the section. Calculation based sets, if chosen, would have taken time but accuracy would have been good.
Set 1 was logic based and difficult to solve. Set 2 was circular arrangement question and could be solved easily. Set 3 was logic based and could be time consuming but easy. Set 4 was logic based and difficult as well. Set 5 needed some calculation and could be solved easily with only 1 tricky question. Students can start with and attempt sets 3,4 and 5 to fetch good marks.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Set 1(Q1-6) – Difficult Set- 2(Q7-10) Easy Set 3(Q11-14) -Moderate Set 4(Q15-20) – Difficult Set 5( 21-24)-Easy
Suggestions/Key Outcome Students can start with set 3(Q11-14),4(Q15-20) and 5(Q21-24) get good amount of questions correct.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Q7-14 and Q21-24

Quantitative Aptitude

 

Quantitative Aptitude section was at easy-moderate level. All the Topics had mixture of easy and difficult questions. Students who know arithmetic would have loved this section. Students comfortable with Number system would have loved solving its questions. 25% of questions were from Algebra so it was a mix of all the topics and students familiar with any 2 topics could have attempted a good number of questions. Algebra, Number system and Geometry had easy questions as well as moderate question.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Algebra (6)- 4 Easy, 2 Moderate
Geometry (4) – 3 Easy, 1 Moderate
Number System (8) -4 Easy, 2 Moderate, 2 Difficult
Arithmetic (8)- 6 Easy , 2 Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,5,6,7,8,10,2,14,15,16,17,18,19,21,22,23,24
Difficult Questions 4,9,11. Moderate Questions- 2,3,13,20,25,26

Real CAT 15 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 64

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Easy-Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Easy-Moderate
DILR: Easy-Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

VARC was at Easy to moderate level. Students who can comprehend RCs easily must have enjoyed this section. The RCs were easy to understand and could be solved easily. TITA questions were also at moderate level so students who target TITA questions can score well. Passage 3 (Q9-12) was filled with statistics but what was needed was the understanding of the Idea and the numbers. The 1st Passage(Q1-4) and 2nd Passage(Q5-8) must have been liked by most of the students. Students can approach Passage 3 at the end if they find the questions and passage difficult.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Easy
Passage 2 – Easy
Passage 3 – Moderate.
Para summary – Difficult
Para jumbles – Moderate.
Para completion – Easy
Odd One Out – Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,12,15,16,17,18,19,20
 Difficult Questions Qs 9,10,13,14,21,22

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
RC 15 was at Moderate level. Students comfortable with Logic based questions with would have attempted 3 sets easily. Logic based questions were of moderate difficulty level so students who aren’t comfortable too would have gotten 2 sets easily. Basic Logic was supposed to be applied to get accurate answers. Questions were straightforward and this would sure have turned out to be a scoring section.

Total Questions 20 Questions
Overall summary of the section Set 1(Q1-4):  Easy
Set- 2(Q6-10):Moderate
Set 3(Q11-15) -Moderate
Set 4(Q15-20):Easy
Suggestions/Key Outcome
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Q1-5 and Q6-10

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude section was at easy-moderate level. All the Topics had mixture of Easy and difficult questions. Students who know arithmetic and algebra would have enjoyed the questions from those topics. Students can attempt to solve the easy questions first first and then return to solve the difficult ones which could also be solved. Approx. 50% of the questions were at easy level so students not comfortable with quants could also attempt at least 13-14 Questions and raise their scores.
Overall it was a paper for everyone and students should gauge such a paper and plan their attempts accordingly. Besides, test takers had lesser time pressure as the questions were less than CAT 2020.
Thus, if you were not able to score well in this paper, take time to analyze the paper and jot down the mistakes you made during the paper and ensure not to repeat the same if a similar paper comes next time.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section Algebra (6) – 2 Easy, 2 Moderate, 2 Difficult
Geometry (5) – 3 Easy,1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Number System (1) -1 Moderate
Arithmetic (6)- 5 Easy ,1 Moderate
Modern Maths  -1 Easy, 1 Moderate, 2 Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,2,3,4,7,9,10,13,19,20,22
Difficult Questions Qs 6,12,14,18,21

Real CAT 16 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
Quants Easy to Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The VARC section must be an eye-opener, in the closing stages of the preparation, for many students. It was a paper that can lead a student to introspect and think about their strategies and preparation as a whole.
This RC section, again, emphasizes the importance of selection in RC passages as well. Anyone who would have attempted the first two RC’s would agree that there were better ways to go about the section.
Anyway, coming to the section, the first two RC’s were dense, tricky and tough to answer, not to forget they must have turned out to be time consuming as well. The other two RC’s were more on the doable side and a good candidate must start with the last RC and should attempt 3 RC’s and some verbal questions to get a good percentile.
Verbal Ability in the tricky RC section was a relief, though not by much. Para jumbles and Paragraph Summary questions were on the doable side and at least 4 questions should have been attempted correctly from these. Odd One Out questions were lengthy and one could afford to do one of these.
The section, again, emphasizes the importance of accuracy. Anyone who failed to gauge the difficulty level of the paper and focused on attempts rather than accuracy would have found themselves questioning their strategy.
For now, take a deep breath! Sit back and relax! Analyze the section and ensure not to make the same mistakes again in a similar paper.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1: Difficult
Passage 2: Difficult
Passage 3: Moderate
Passage 4: Easy to Moderate
Para Summary: Moderate
Para jumbles: Moderate
Odd One Out: Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 9,12,13,14,15,17,18,24
 Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,4,5,6,8,10,11,22

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

This LRDI section challenges the preconceived notions that students have for the 6 Question sets. Any student looking at the analysis must be wondering, if they had not attempted the 6 Question sets, that they need to be more prudent in terms of set selection. The paper, surprisingly, had the easier sets as the 6 question sets and anyone starting with any one of these must have found themselves better off towards the end.
After having the 12 questions in the bag, one could have opted for set 4 and one of set 1 or 3 to get to a decent percentile in the section.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Set 1: Moderate to Difficult
Set 2: Easy to Moderate
Set 3: Moderate to Difficult
Set 4: Moderate to Difficult
Set 5: Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Qs 5,6,7,8,9,10,23,24
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,2,11,12,13,14,15 and 16

Quantitative Aptitude

The section, like in many instances, emphasizes the importance of going with a clean slate in the new section. The section was on the easier side and must have been enjoyed by students after a tougher VARC section and slightly easier DILR section. The paper required a student to constantly move forward and not get stuck at any particular question. The paper had a fair share of questions that were on the doable side for most of the students. Thus, a student must gauge that the section is on the easier side and keep moving forward.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (8)- 3 easy, 5 moderate
Algebra (6)- 3 easy, 2 moderate and 1 difficult
Modern Maths (4)- 2 easy, 1 moderate and 1 difficult
Number system (4)- 1 easy, 2 moderate and 1 difficult
Geometry (4)- 2 easy and 2 moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 1,2,3,5,8,11,15,18,21,24,25
Difficult Questions 10,17,20

Real CAT 17 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate-Difficult
QA: Moderate-Difficult

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

This VA Section required a strategic approach to solve the RCs and TITA Questions. 2 Passages were hard to comprehend but questions were comparatively easy to answer. This shows that a right approach needs to be used to tackle the questions and fetch good marks in the section. Selection of sets changes the flow of section and hence if Passage 2 and 4 were selected first, you would have been on roller skates. Passage 3 could be skipped as it was difficult passage with tough questions. It’s important to know where not to invest time and this question was a perfect example of the same. At least 4 TITA questions could be solved because of easy Odd one out and Para summary questions. If a student focused on 2-3 RCs and TITA question, he/she would have got good scores.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Easy
Passage 3 – Difficult
Passage 4 – Easy
Para summary – Moderate
Para jumbles – Difficult
Odd One Out – Easy
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,3,4,7,8,10,16,18,22,23,25,26
 Difficult Questions Qs 11,12,13,14,20,21,24

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

RC 17 was at Moderate to Difficult level. After a good VARC Section, this section might not have been liked by many because of difficulty and calculative sets. Again selection of sets would have changed the game. Here students need to play in the expertise of theirs – Logic or Calculation. A Mixture of both questions also comes into the picture. By now, students should understand that focusing on one aspect won’t work every time, thus an expertise in one area and a thorough knowledge and practice of the other area would work wonders for anyone aiming a decent percentile in the section. Coming to the section, no set was easy as such to solve and hence, scores would depend on selection of sets. Set 3 and Set 5 were at moderate level could serve as a good starting point. Having 2 sets in pocket, one could select 1 more set according to their area of expertise and familiarity.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Set 1 (Q1-4): Difficult
Set-2 (Q5-8): Difficult
Set-3 (Q9-12) – Moderate
Set-4 (Q13-18): Difficult
Set-5 (Q19-24) Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Students can start with Set 3 or Set 5 and then select 1 more set from the rest depending on their area of preference.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Set 3(Qs 9 -12) Set 5(Qs 19-24)

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude section was at Moderate level and had a mix of Easy, Moderate and Difficult questions. Keeping the base strong in the QA section helps to tackle not only easy ones but moderate ones, too. Arithmetic and Number systems (Surprisingly! Rolling back the years) had most of the questions in the section. Thorough understanding of these topics would have helped tackle the tougher questions. Again, the section was about going ahead to the next question and trying to solve questions using basic concepts. After a Difficult LRDI sections, students should start fresh and attempt the easy questions first and move to the moderate and the difficult ones.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (8)- 6 Easy ,1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Algebra (4) – 2 Easy, 2 Moderate
Geometry (4) – 2 Easy, 2 Moderate
Number Sys (10) – 3 Easy, 7 Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 4,6,7,8,9,10,13,15,16,17,20,22,23
Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,5,11,12,21,26

Real CAT 18 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 75

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The VARC Section was at Moderate level and students who are good with comprehension would have enjoyed solving it. The passages were easy to read but questions needed a strategic approach and patience. A few questions were tricky and good practice of solving passages would have made it easier. Students who are not biased agaisnst the verbal ability questions would have fetched good scores because of easy Parasummary and Odd one out questions. However, Parajumbles were difficult and might have taken some extra time to solve. But overall it was a paper where good scores could be fetched.
Students who are facing the problem in comprehending should focus on understanding the passage rather than rushing to the questions in the first place and ante up their reading game to grasp the passages faster.

Total Questions 25 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Easy
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Difficult
Passage 4 – Moderate
Para summary – Easy
Para jumbles – Difficult
Odd One Out – Easy
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,4,6,9,11,13,17,22,23,25
 Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,7,9,15,19,20,21

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

DILR of the mock was at Moderate level. Students must have felt that the sets were time consuming and calculative but better selection of not just sets but individual questions in sets would have helped to fetch good marks. The sets needed focus as a good amount of calculation was involved along with logic. This is just another variation of what CAT could bring and what it could attack – A preset approach towards the paper.
As far as the sets are concerned, three sets could be attempted with a decent accuracy to get to a good percentile while a fourth set could also be attempted if the section is managed properly.

Total Questions 25 Questions
Overall summary of the section Set 1(Q1-6)- Moderate
Set 2(Q7-12)- Moderate
Set 3(Q13-16)- Moderate-Difficult
Set 4(Q17-20)- Moderate
Set 5(Q21-25)- Difficult
Suggestions/Key Outcome Students can start with Set 1 and Set 2 to get good number of questions correct and then move to set 4. depending on their area of preference.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Set 1(Qs 1-6), Set 2(Qs 7-12)

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude was at Moderate level just like the previous sections. A student should have used their mometum from the previous sections and continue to propel in the section as the section had a fair share of doable questions.
A student good with Arithmetic and Algebra would have pushed up their attempts. The paper also brings forth how critical options can be while solving. Hence, someone who would have smartly used options in Arithmetic would have saved precious time to push their scores North.
Overall it was a paper to carry forward the momentum and score without looking back, as should be the case irrespective of the section.

Total Questions 25 Questions
Overall summary of the section Algebra (6) – 3 Easy, 1 Moderate, 2 Difficult
Geometry (4) – 3 Easy, 1 Difficult
Number System (2) – 1 Easy,1 Moderate
Arithmetic (9)- 7 Easy ,1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Modern Maths(4) –  3 moderate, 1 Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 5,6,7,11,12,14,15,16,18,21,22,23,24,25
Difficult Questions Qs 2,3,8,10,17

Real CAT 19 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 76

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Easy to Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The VARC section had a mix of everything, pretty much what CAT has always been, dense RC’s, direct RC’s variation in verbal ability and so on. . .The section had everything scattered and thus, students would have to find the right set of questions to get a decent score.
For anyone who started off with the first RC, chances are they would have either thourougly enjoyed reading it or got lost in the middle and wasted their precious minutes. And so goes the case with the last RC, though not by a similar quantum.
The third RC was the easiest of the lot followed by the second RC and thus, these two must have been attempted by students to get to a decent start.
Verbal ability part had some differences with respect to what has now become a traditional pattern of Paragraph Summary, Parajumbles and Odd one out questions, however there has never been certainty of what will be the case in any year. Hence, the verbal ability had a slightly skewed breakup with additional para jumbles, one question on the author’s viewpoint and another on completion of the passage. Apart from minor surprises, the verbal part was moderate and lengthy with Para jumbles being both; moderate and lengthy. One of the Odd one out questions related to The Xinjiang Victims was a fairly straightforward question while the other one was tricky and thus, one could attempt the first one with ease and move to other doable questions.
The rest two novel questions weren’t absolutely difficult but could have proved to be tricky because of the lack of practice of such questions.
In summation the section had a fair share of doable question only if one takes better decisions.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Difficult
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Easy to Moderate
Passage 4 – Moderate to Difficult
Para jumbles – Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Author’s Viewpoint- Moderate
Paragraph Completion- Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 6,7,8,9,11,14
 Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,5,15,16,17,19,21,24,26

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

DILR of RC 19 was at a moderate level with a mix of sets of all difficulty levels. With the section diverted towards the logical side, most students would have found it comfortable to select the set they want to do.
Sets 2 and 4 were based on different and slightly less common concepts and thus, many would not have found themselves comfortable in the two sets. However, for the people who enjoy puzzles and numbers, these sets were a delight.
For the rest, set 1, which was based on team selection, was on the easier side except for two moderate questions that were time consuming.
For set 2 once a student gets the approach then it must have been on the easier side. Set 3 was moderate and little time consuming while the last set was a jackpot and anyone missing that because of its sheer length must polish their set selection strategies.
The best way to go about the section would be the same as what has always been in the DILR section where one should review all sets before attempting and select the ones that are either familiar or easy to solve without having any preconceived notions.
A student should definitely solve sets 1 and 5. Set 4 can be avoided.
Students with good command of LRDI could have solved 4 sets in this section.

Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Easy to Moderate
2. Set 2 – Moderate to Difficult
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Difficult
5. Set 5 – Easy
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 5 then go to Set 1 ,2 and 3. If time permits solve Set 4.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions 2,3,19,20,21,22,23,24

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Ability section was Easy to Moderate. It had most of its questions on the doable side and a student who has made better decisions till now must have sailed through with ease in this section. For others, who had messed up one of the previous sections, must have found this section scoring and should have pushed their scores north.
The section was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra and Number system with selectively few questions being of the tougher side. Thus, it was all about solving quickly and not getting stuck in a particular question.

All in all the mock was scoring for those who took better decisions, and so has always been the case, but for the rest who missed out on sitters or took some rash decisions in a hurry, analyze the mock, jot down the questions that you missed on and do an analysis of situations where you tend to take such decisions, it will go a long way, probably beyond CAT. But for now, gear up for the upcoming mocks in full throttle.

Total Questions 26 Questions
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (7)- Easy: 3, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Algebra (7) – Easy: 3, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Geometry (3) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 2
Number System (6) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 4
Modern Maths (3) –  Easy: 1, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,4,12,13,16,18,19,23,24,
Difficult Questions Qs 7,12,21

Real CAT 20 Analysis – Released

Total Questions: 66

Overall Difficulty level of the Exam: Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate to Difficult
QA: Easy to Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

If there’s a word that defines CAT, what will it be? Aptitude? Hard? Management?. . .
Amid all the guesses, the word SURPRISES smirks. Yes, it is Surprises that best defines CAT. It has always been that way and the trail continues. Now, with it becoming official that the number of questions will be reduced, i am sure we are in for a ride.
CAT isn’t just about how good you are with your fundamentals and applying them in pressure conditions, it is also the ability to handle surprises on the D-Day and perhaps, this may be a deciding factor for a lot of candidates.
Anyway, coming to the verbal section, we can certainly say that not all surprises are bad. The paper had 22 Questions thus, giving a fair time for solving each question.
And having said that, with only 3 Rc’s, all the RC’s should be attempted by the students even in the order it is given would work, with the liberty of some extra minutes.
However, since RC’s were only 3, the VA part was lengthy and would have compensated for the time saved in RC’s. However, the part wasn’t that difficult and should have rewarded the one’s who were judicious in their selection.
All in all, with the current level of preparation, one should fancy at least 17-19 questions in the section with an accuracy of above 80% to have an overall advantage.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate to Difficult
Passage 3 – Moderate
Para jumbles – Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,5,10,12,14,22
 Difficult Questions Qs 4,9,17,20,21

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

The DILR of the mock follows the grounds of the previous mocks and the reduction in the number of questions may not necessarily have helped someone. The section had the three sets of 4 questions and two sets of 4 questions, very much similar to the old pattern.
The excitement of higher attempts in the previous section must have been humbled in this section with majority of the sets being difficult and time consuming.
By analyzing the paper, one should be able to figure out that the last set was the easiest of all and must have been attempted. After that set 2 was a no brainer and should be taken up. However, a couple of questions in the set were tricky and could have proved to be time consuming as well, thus, it is best to not attempt the whole set and take the freebies and move along. Now, set 1 was easy for someone who cracked its logic and must have been a futile exercise for someone who couldn’t crack it. Thus, it is best not to get emotionally attached to a particular set and move to the next one. Set 3 was, again, not difficult nor easy, it was lengthy and error prone. Thus, the same piece of previous advice applies to the set. Set 4 was a slightly easy set disguised in what looked like a complicated set and students who would have selected the set and attempted it correctly must be feeling proud about their decision.
All in all, the section was, again, rewarding to the ones who made better decisions.
This wasn’t a paper where one could go berserk and solve everything, thus for the ones who made poor decisions, analyse the mock and find the right sets that were to be attempted and keep a tab of how to go in a similar paper if something similar appears next time. Till then, revise the basics and keep practicing.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderate to Difficult
2. Set 2 – Easy to Moderate
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Moderate to Difficult
5. Set 5 – Easy to Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 5 then go to Set 2, 1/3.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 6,7,8,19,20,21,22

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Ability section of the mock must serve some respite to the students as the section had some questions that were outright easy. Thus, properly selecting and solving the questions must have given a decent attempt of 10 questions at minimum. With arithmetic being low, the ones who thought it is only arithmetic need to revise their strategy of keeping all eggs in one basket, Well! We all know. . .Thus, a thorough knowledge of every topic and a lot of practice is what is takes to bell the exam. The other topics weren’t difficult either and a good candidate must be attempting at least 13-14 questions correctly in the section.
All in all the mock was in a new pattern and so will be the case, however, the basic parameters of the test remain the same and hence, the students must show adaptability and adjust according to what is given and alter their strategy accordingly.

Total Questions 22 Questions
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (5)- Easy: 1, Moderate: 4
Algebra (4) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 2
Geometry (3) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 2
Number System (6) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 2, Difficult: 2
Modern Maths (4) –  Easy: 1, Moderate: 2, Difficult: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,3,7,8,12,17,19
Difficult Questions Qs 1,10,13

Real CAT 21 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
64 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate to Difficult
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

22 Questions

The VARC section of the mock, with reduced number of questions, definitely reduces a lot of pressure of running after solving everything, as the section becomes much more completely accessible. The RCs of the section were easy to grasp followed by inference-based questions. The section had an honest balance of difficulty spread across the paper hence, students would need to find the proper set of questions to get a decent score.

The first RC was the easiest of the lot followed by the second RC, which was a little on the difficult side, followed by the third RC on the easier side, hence attacking the first and the third RC first would be a good way to go in the section. However, with ample of time in hand, all questions could be tackled.

Verbal ability part was moderate and lengthy with Para jumbles being moderate but tricky. One of the parajumbles question related to The British colonial was a fairly straightforward question while the other one were tricky but doable questions.

One of the parasummary questions had a lot of facts and numbers included in them but a good student would skim through that data and try to get hold of the main subject matter of the passage while the other was fairly a straight-forward question. Thus, both questions could be attempted correctly.

The odd one out questions were slightly on the trickier side however, one of them could attempted correctly.

In summation it was a decent section to score and have an overall advantage.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate to difficult
Passage 3 – Moderate
Para jumbles – Easy to Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate to Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,5,13,15,17,20
Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,7,14,16,19,21

DILR Section:

20 Questions

DILR of RC 21 was at a moderate level with a mix of sets of all difficulty levels. The section was diverted more towards the logical side, however students do need to figure that some of the sets that looked like DI sets were LR sets.

For the rest, set 1, which was based on circular arrangements had a lot of cases and possibilites hence can be time consuming. The questions of the set were straightforward and easy.

For set 2 once a student gets the approach then it must have been on the easier side. Set 3 was on the similar lines however, a good student can visualise the set as a snakes and ladders game and easily tackle it. It can be a little time consuming but definately doable while the 4th set was a jackpot and purely based on how fast can one calculate. Anyone who is quick with calculations can easily have this set in their bag. Finally the last set can be a little challenging in the exam pressure and can be done at the end.

The best way to go about the section would be the same as what has always been in the DILR section where one should review all sets before attempting and select the ones that are either familiar or easy to solve without having any preconceived notions.

A student should definitely solve sets 1 and 5. Set 4 can be avoided.
Students with good set selection strategies could have solved 4 sets in this section.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderate
2. Set 2 – Moderate
3. Set 3 – Moderate
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 2 ,4, 1 and 3. If time permits solve Set 5.
Difficult Questions Qs 17, 18, 19, 20

Quants Section:

22 Questions

The most important thing while attempting Quants is forgetting about how the other two sections went, be it good or bad.

The Quantitative Ability section of the mock was at Moderate level. Most of the questions in the section were a test on the fundamentals of the topics in a tricky way so anyone with strong grip on fundamentals and tricks must have sailed through with ease in this section even otherwise the section was doable given the number of questions were decreased.

The section was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra and Modern maths with selectively few questions being of the tougher side thus giving a chance to push the overall scores.

In brief, collecting all the pieces together there a a couple of things to remember, firstly, it is important for the students to not get distracted by the pattern of the mock, rather they should be developing a strategy that is flexible enough to account of SURPRISES that could come in CAT. Secondly,it should always be kept in mind that any paper has questions that are doable, some will have more some will have less, when such questions are more, it will require a different approach from your end, when such questions are less, it will be mostly about selection and accuracy. Thus, ensure you are attempting the mock as it comes without any dogmas to ensure your scores are not in the realms of any boundaries typically set up by you.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (8)- Easy: 2, Moderate: 6
Algebra (4) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 2, Difficult: 1
Geometry (2) – Moderate: 2
Number System (4) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (4) –  Easy: 1, Moderate: 3
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 4,10,13,15,16,19,22
Difficult Questions Qs 9, 11

Real CAT 22 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
68 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate to Difficult
QA: Moderate to Difficult

VARC Section:

24 Questions

The VARC section of the mock, more or less, follows the pattern of CAT 2020, with negligible differences. Even when the difficuly level of the section is considered, it stands tall with the past CATs demonstrating the enphasis on selection.

The RC part of the section was dense and questions weren’t straightforward either, thus it would have turned out to be time consuming.

The first RC must have posed challenge to a lot of students because of its unique style of review and overwhelming options.

The rest of the RC’s were comparitively easy and thus, if one isn’t that quick in their comprehension, the first RC is the one to leave.

Coming to the VA part, the part was lengthy however, it, again, becomes important to select the right set of questions and leave the rest quickly. With already, a time consuming RC part it would be wise to attempt around 5 questions froms the VA part.

The parasummary questions weren’t difficult and must have been attempted. Parajumbles should be followed next as the Odd One Out questions were tricky and one’s error rate increases under time crunch.

All in all, it was a moderate to difficult section where the number of questions must have felt overwhelming but with proper strategy in place, it was possible to get 40+ in the section.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Difficult
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate to Difficult
Passage 4 – Moderate
Parajumbles – Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 9,11,13,15,18,21
Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,10,12,24

DILR Section:

20 Questions

The DILR section was slightly on the tougher side with no set could be seen as the easiest one. Most of the sets involved a number of cases to arrive at the final answer. Having just 40 minutes in hand, it becomes utterly important to select the correct sets in the beginning. Also, one should not get stuck in a prticular set, leaving the questions at the right time becomes a critical thing in a time crunching exam like CAT.

Coming to the individual sets, set 1 and 2 involved multiple cases and should not be the sets to begin with. The fourth set, based on logical reasoning, could have been the first set to start the section. The third set could have been easier for the students who are good at number crunching. The set didn’t involve much cases and should have been the second set to attempt. The 4th set which was based on the ranking of the friends on different parameters was a doable set and should have been attempted by the students who are aiming for 30+ marks in the section. Apart from these three sets, a student could go for the remaining sets if the time permits.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Difficult
2. Set 2 – Difficult
3. Set 3 – Moderate
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 10,11,14,16,17,18,19,20
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 2 ,4, 1 and 3.5 followed by set 3 and 4
Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,4,5,6,7,9

Quants Section:

24 Questions

The section was a mixed bag of easy, moderate and difficult questions. Though, The section was dominated by Arithmetic, there were numerous questions from Algebra and other areas as well, which shows that one should not have any preconceived notion that Arithmetic is going to be the game changer for Quants. Students should be prepared for all the areas in order to score high marks in this section. And this paper, with relatively tougher Quants, just gives somes flavours of what the D-Day could look like, where one could be hunting for doable questions and with time pressure coming into the play, the hunt becomes not an easy one. Thus, it is better to have all sorts of arrows in your quiver.

The section emphasises the importance of the round-wise approach. Thus, the best way to go about the section may not involve going berserk, it will be assessing that the paper is difficult and then going in a round-wise manner.

All in all, it was a slightly difficult paper, but with proper strategy to attempt and leave questions, it could be made simpler. In such a scenario, it becomes critical to not lose on accuracy as the number of attempts are anyway reducing, so the, partly, sole factor separating two candidates becomes their accuracy, of course alongside selection.

For now, analyse the questions you could have explored in the paper but missed and remember to practice more in full throttle for the upcoming mocks.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (8)- Easy: 3, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 2
Algebra (7) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 4, Difficult: 1
Geometry (3) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Number System (3) – Moderate: 2, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (3) –  Easy: 1, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,2,3,8,9,10,14,18,23
Difficult Questions Qs 13,17,19,21,22,24

Real CAT 23 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
68 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate to Difficult

VARC Section:

24 Questions

The VARC section of the mock, though lengthy, was doable. The section cannot be called explicitly difficult but wasn’t easy either. The section, with four RC’s, becomes tricky to approach. However, the RC’s, fortunately, were not difficult to comprehend except for one, but the questions were slightly twisted and the length of questions and answer options is consistently long, thus the precious seconds saved while reading a RC quickly are utilised in its questions. Ideally, all 4 RC’s were doable but there were rarely any freebies and the verbal part had its fair share of doable questions. A good student would atempt at least 18 questions in the section with an accuracy of above 80% to get the best out of the paper.

Above everything, it is time to apply the learning of the preparation in the mocks. By this time, students should have fixed on their strategy based on different scenarios that could potentially occur on the D-Day and apply the corresponding strategy in their mocks. For example: A student needs to know their order of attempting the section, as in what they would go after first, their approach when faced with a paper containing 3 RC’s or 4 RC’s and how they will approach if the VA part has surprises. Having clarity of the aforementioned things helps one to know their strengths save their time of framing a strategy in the paper itself.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate
Passage 4- Moderate
Para jumbles – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 3,6,7,11,12,19,20,21
Difficult Questions Qs 5,10,15,17

DILR Section:

20 Questions
The overall difficulty level of the section was moderate. The section involved a couple of sets which were a very close replica of the sets that came in 2018. Therefore, it becomes important to solve past year papers as well. The initial 5-7 minutes should be utilized in scanning through the section to find the doable sets and the sets which should be attempted in the end. Fortunately, the very first set of the section was the easist one, a set based on simple calculation. The students should have taken around 6-7 minutes to solve this set. The set 3 was also an easy set based on simple arrangement and should have been attempted after the first set by the students. Though, the set 2, in the first glance, could have been seemed trickier, the questions were easy. After jotting down the given information, 1-2 questions could have been solved by using the options only. Sets 4 and 5 were on slightly difficult side. But students could have easily solved the first two questions of the 4th set, which emphasises the fact that it is not necessary to attempt all the questions of a particular set.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Easy to Moderate
2. Set 2 – Moderate
3. Set 3 – Easy
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Difficult
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 1, followed by set 3 and set 2.
Difficult Questions Qs 14,15,17,19

Quants Section:

24 Questions

The diificulty level of the section was slightly on the higher side vis-à-vis the previous Real Cat. Most of the question were moderate to difficult. The section had 12 questions from Arithmetic, which proves that the students should have a better hold on this area. Overall there were hardly a few freebies in the section and this should be assessed by students and they must attempt the section in a manner where they are knocking off the questions they feel they are comfortable in quickly and move ahead and devout more time to the questions that are more challenging.

Students who are struggling to clear the cut-off are advised to give sectional tests to perform better under time pressure. Moreover, the time in the exam should be split into two parts, first to solve all the easy questions and then heading towards the moderate ones.

All in all, remember that it is important to take better decisions to get the best out of the paper. The paper is generally made to reward the better decision makers, however, to reach to that point you need to be equipped with your basic frameworks. Thus a simple actionable item would be, till the next mock, have your strategies sorted, basics in place, practice enough and don’t forget to revise.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (12)- Easy: 2, Moderate: 5, Difficult: 5
Algebra (4) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 2, Difficult: 1
Geometry (2) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 1
Number System (1) – Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (5) – Moderate: 4, Difficult: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 12,15,17,20,23
Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,5,10,14,18,21

Real CAT 24 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
66 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate to Difficult
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

23 Questions

The VARC section of the mock had four RC’s and seven verbal ability questions. Though, whenever faced with four RC’s in 40 minutes, there’s always a dilemma of whether to attempt three RC’s and give sufficient time to the verbal ability part or to attempt all the RC’s and do selected amount of question in the verbal ability part. However, in this mock, the RC’s were fairly easy to comprehend, and questions, though were not direct, were not difficult to answer. Hence, a good candidate gauges this and modifies the strategy accordingly and knocks off the RC’s and then jumps to the non-rc part.

The verbal ability part of the mock was comparitively tougher, this again emphasizes the need to gauge the paper and attempt what is easy, and one needs to be very particular about their selection and time they are spending on a particular question.

Parajumbles were slightly tricky and thus, if a student doesn’t get the logic of connections quickly, they should let it go and jump to another doable question.

Parasummary questions were, again, tricky and thus, students need to ensure they run good on time allocation.

The first Odd One Out question was tricky and tough, to say the least and the other one was very lengthy. Thus, it must frustrate students immediately after a good RC ateempt.

Overall, it was a section where RC’s were easy to comprehend and questions were not that difficult either, however, everything was compensated in the verbal ability section, which was considerably tough.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate
Passage 4- Moderate
Para jumbles – Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Summary- Moderate to Difficult
Odd One Out – Moderate to Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 3,4,8,9,19
Difficult Questions Qs 7,12,18,21,22,23

DILR Section:

23 Questions
The LRDI section of the mock had a mix of questions of all difficulty level not to forget that the section had 6 sets so it must have given additional pressure.
But despite that most of you, by now, would have become judicious in set selection and after analysing the section in the first few minutes, it was important to identify that set 3,4 and 6 must have been the sets a student should do in the paper as they happen to be on comparitively easier side.
Anyone not attempting these sets and selecting any other set and getting the questions wrong or not being able to solve it must start taking the broader view of the paper and select the ones that will give them easy number.
For the rest of the sets, set 1 was very conditional in nature and must not be a set for the last round. Set 2 was also conditional, though not by a similar quantum and thus must be attempted before set 1. Set 5 was slightly lengthy but was worth the attempt.
Overall, the paper had its fair share of doable questions and it becomes imperative that set selection does not go off the track. However, the world doesn’t with a wrong selection and the section could still be salvaged by attempting the next sets smartly.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Difficult
2. Set 2 – Moderate to Difficult
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Moderate to Difficult
6. Set 6 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Attempt sets 3,4 and 6 in the first round and move to set 5 and set 2.
Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Quants Section:

20 Questions

The QA section of the mock had a little surprise in the number of questions it had however, it must have given some respite to many as it gives some additional seconds to solve the given questions. The section had a number of questions that would be categorized as doable and this should serve as a booster section to improve the overall scores.

At this point in time, with the reduced questions, one must have one’s basics clear and give a shot even to the questions that they do not generally attempt.

Overall this was a perfectly weighted mock where the emphasis on correct decision making is tested, pretty much in equal quantum, alongside the aptitude. Thus, students who have selected the right sets of questions and had an move forward approach must have cherised the mock scores, for the ones who made some rash decisions, just try to give a mock based on your strengths and proper question selection with an impeccable accuracy, it will completely change your perspective of the paper. Thus, try not to rush into things, it may have become a sprint, but at its core it’s still a marathon.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (8)- Easy: 3, Moderate: 4, Difficult: 1
Algebra (4) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Geometry (6) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (2) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 3,5,8,15,16,18,19,20
Difficult Questions Qs 9,11,14

Real CAT 25 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
64 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section:

22 Questions

“Just when one starts to feel confident about their approaches and performances, there comes a mock or a section that challenges the approach and confidence of person. It leads a student to introspect and reframe everything. This, indeed, assists them in getting better at the game.
Anyway, coming to the VARC section of the mock, this section would certainly come under the umbrella of description as mentioned above. It was tough, to say the least. Though there were doable questions, but one had to find these. The good thing in the section was that it had only 22 questions, so one had time to recalibrate oneself after a setback or comprehension fatigue.
The RC’s of the section were of three types differentiating based on the number of questions, i.e. 5 Questions RC, 4 Questions RC and 3 Questions RCs.
Defining individually, the first and the second RC were the toughest. These posed challenge not just in terms of comprehension, but the questions weren’t easy either nor were they direct. Besides, the length of the questions and the answer options didn’t help either.
The other two RC’s i.e. RC 3 and 4 were comparatively easy and should be attempted first before jumping to the first two RC’s.
As far as the verbal ability part of the section is concerned, there were definitely some doable questions, however, with an already overwhelming RC part, it must have felt a challenge to find the right set of doable questions in the part.
The two parajumbles in the mock were also difficult and tricky however, with slightly extra seconds, one could devout it to get at least one of them correct.
Of the two two paragraph summary questions, one was easy and one was difficult, thus it is best that one attempts the easy one and moves forward.
The Odd One Out questions of the mock were also not easy however, one of the two must be attempted correctly to salvage something.
Overall, the mock had doable questions, but these came slightly after some time must have elapsed for most of the students and hence, making the section difficult. The section just paints a picture of a section that could potentially come and this gives an impeccable experience to have things sorted beforehand. ”

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Difficult
Passage 2 – Difficult
Passage 3 – Easy to Moderate
Passage 4 – Moderate
Parajumbles – Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Summary- Moderate to Difficult
Odd One Out – Moderate to Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 10,11,12,13,20
Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,18,19

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Section:

20 Questions
“The LRDI section of the mock must have served to compensate for the loss in the verbal section. The section, dominated by LR, was a doable one and with only four sets, it gives ample of time to attempt all sets as well. Having said that, the order of attempt still remains important to hedge against any wrong set selection.
Set 2 was on the difficult side and must have been attempted towards the end. Rest of the sets were of Moderate difficulty level. Among these, it really boils down to the individual preferences and any of these could be a potential starting set followed by the other sets in the same basket.
Overall, it was a moderate section which fairly assists to improve the overall scores. ”

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderte
2. Set 2 – Difficult
3. Set 3 – Moderate
4. Set 4 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 1/3/4 and attempt the others from 1/3/4. Solve set 2 if time permits
Difficult Questions Qs 6,7,8,9,10
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 16,17,18,19,20

Quantitative Aptitude Section:

22 Questions

 

“The QA section of the mock is moderate in terms of difficulty. It had questions fairly distributed among all the topics bar a few. Most of the questions of the mock were not outright easy nor were they outright difficult. Thus, a student has to do select the questions in their preferred area and solve them quickly. With time in hand, students must attempt at least 15 questions with a decent accuracy to improve the overall scores.

All in all, the mock had a difficult section, a moderate section and an easy section and so is the case, mostly, with any CAT paper. The trick is to persist the difficult one and go with a fresh slate in the other sections. The overall scores could be salvaged by having one good section and the other two being decent. Thus, it is best to ensure not to have a section take a toll on you, even if it is the first section. A paper is bigger than one section and generally more than sum of its parts.

In the final days of preparation, it is best to go strategically and attempt the upcoming papers with intensity and freshness and to cover up the rough patches that are still there. Being mentally prepared to ace the paper will help a lot in channelizing your energies.
All the best!”

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (7)- Moderate: 4, Difficult: 3
Algebra (2) – Moderate: 2
Geometry (5) – Moderate: 5
Number System (4) – Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (4) – Moderate: 4
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 3,5,10,15,16,18
Difficult Questions Qs 5,6,8,10,16

 

Real CAT 26 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
68 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section:

“The VARC section of the mock is of moderate difficulty level. The pattern of the mock doesn’t help students much as it still has 4 RC’s and pretty similar verbal ability when compared to CAT 2021. It is again one of those mocks where decision making and strategy should be on point. By now students need to know what exactly will they be doing if they are faced with 4 RC’s or 3 RC’s but keeping in mind that any rigidity doesn’t help in CAT either.
Anyway coming to the section, the RC’s were fairly easy to comprehend and the questions weren’t that difficult to answer either. Also, the topics of the RC’s are fairly easy as well, and this must have made the RC’s readable for most of the students. Thus, at least three RC’s should be attempted by everyone.
The verbal ability part of the section was moderate with a few questions on the difficult side.
The parasummary questions were difficult and tricky. While of the two parajumbles, the one serving to motivate was tricky as it is easy to find a wrong starter as most of the pointers look like starters. The Odd One Out questions were moderate and a student must attempt two of these correctly.
Overall, it was a decent scoring section and a students must be using this section to improve their overall scores. ”

Particular Details
Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Easy to Moderate
Passage 4 – Moderate to Difficult
Parajumbles – Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Summary- Moderate to Difficult
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,8,11,18
 Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,10,12,24

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Section:

20 Questions
“The DILR section of the mock must have been cherished by students as it gives enough time to attempt all the sets.
Students, though all sets are in range, should start with the last set to gain confidence by knocking one set quickly before moving to the next set.
Set 1 was purely based on calculations and must have been attempted by students.
Set 2 was a difficult set and must be attempted towards the end.
Set 3 was a typical LR puzzle and must have been attempted by students.
All in all the section was accessible and must be a booster for students. ”

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderate
2. Set 2 – Difficult
3. Set 3 – Moderate
4. Set 4 – Easy to Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with Set 4 then go to set 3 and 1. Solve set 2 if time permits
Difficult Questions Qs 6,7,8,9,10
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,2,16,17,18,19,20

Quantitative Aptitude Section:

24 Questions

“The QA section of the mock was moderate in terms of difficulty level. The section had most of the questions of moderate difficulty level and a few questions of both easy and difficult nature. The mock was dominated by arithmetic questions, which has often been the case but nothing of this should be considered as prophesy, followed by slightly greater weight of Number system.
The section could be best described as a a freely flowing one as one needs to just select the right question, solve it and move onto the next one as there are many questions in the solvable range.

All in all, it was a decent mock where scores would slightly be on the higher side and so could be the inspiration for the often-thought looming exam. VARC set the tone for the paper followed by a time abound DILR and a freely flowing Quants section.
So until next mock, do analyse the mock and see the missed opportunities and take a birds eye view of the paper to get a hang how things are set in the paper, where it is for certain that there are questions for everyone.
Above everything, stay positive and be hydrated. Keep yourself in the best mental shape. Remember it is still an exam that rewards good decision makers and to take better decisions, you have to be fresh.
All the best for the upcoming mocks. ”

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (10)- Easy: 2, Moderate: 6, Difficult: 2
Algebra (3) – Moderate: 1, Difficult: 2
Geometry (4) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 3
Number System (5) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (2) –  Easy: 1, Moderate: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 3,5,10,15,16,18
Difficult Questions Qs 4,8,11,22,24

 

Real CAT 27 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
70 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section:

The VARC section of the mock is Moderate to Difficult in terms of difficulty. This is pretty similar to what VARC section of CAT has been for the last couple of years. There are easy RC’s, there are moderate RC’s and there are difficult RC’s. And so goes the case with the verbal ability part.
Coming to the RC’s, the first RC’s was the toughest of all. It wasn’t easy to comprehend and the questions were difficult as well. The second RC was easy to comprehend but the questions were difficult. Thus, the first two RC’s are better kept for the end.
The other two RC’s were fairly doable and should be attempted before the first two RC’s. The third RC was an enjoyable read however, the questions were slightly tricky but those who understood it well must have got the questions correct. The fourth RC had indirect questions but it doesn’t require extreme thinking to eliminate options thus, making it more preferable than the first two RC’s.
The Verbal Ability part of the section was moderate with parajumbles being tricky and error prone while paragraph summary and odd one out being moderate.
Overall the section had all types of questions in terms of difficulty level. With the exam being around the corner, it is time not to get affected by the section, if there were some rash decisions, just analyse the mock and move onto the next one, of course after fixing the grey areas.

Particular Details
Total Questions 24 Questions
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Difficult
Passage 2 – Moderate to Difficult
Passage 3 – Moderate
Passage 4 – Moderate
Parajumbles – Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate to Difficult
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 12,13,22
 Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,11,15,19,24

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Section:

22 Questions
The LRDI section of the mock was of moderate difficultly level. The section had well poised DI and LR sets.
A lot of sets had condition based questions and thus, it becomes important to do the questions that gives easy marks and leave the time consuming questions.
Set 1 was calculative and must be attempted when one is quick with calculations.
Set 2 was based on quant based reasoning and is not generally a preferred topic, however the set could be solved quickly if one gets its logic.
Set 3 was a typical DI and must be attempted by students who wish to maximize their scores.
Set 4 was, again, DI set with easy calculations and could be a starting set.
Set 5 was LR set with quants involved.
Hence, the students who feel that they can manage the DILR section without DI, maybe partly true, but need to realise that this is not certainly ought to be the case.
It makes sense to practice DI sets in the last few remaining days to ensure the freebies are not turned down.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderte
2. Set 2 – Moderate to Difficult
3. Set 3 – Moderate
4. Set 4 – Moderate to Difficult
5. Set 5 – Moderate to Difficult
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with the comfort area DI/LR. Solve the questions that can give quick marks rather than solving complete sets.
Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,19,20,21,22
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 11,15,17

Quantitative Aptitude Section:

24 Questions

 

The QA section of the mock was of moderate difficulty level as most of the questions fell in the moderate and difficult level of difficulty bracket.
Having said that, the section still offers fair share of doable questions and in the closing stages of the session, it becomes important to invest time on the topics that one is comfortable with and try to solve the questions from those topics quickly. For the rest, one has to be very specific in terms of what they want to do and choose the questions that seem time consuming or difficult to solve and leave them quickly. If time permits, these questions need to be visited in a specific order of your preference to ensure the easy ones of these do not go unattempted.
Coming to the section, the mock has well distributed questions among most of the topics. The approach should be the way it has been till now, to divide the time in the section in two parts and attempt the questions one is comfortable in the first round and then move to the questions that are moderate and difficult.
Overall, the mock was moderate in difficulty, though it was slightly drifting towards the difficult side. It is, again, not a paper where one will go berserk and solve everything, it is a paper where the ones who show maturity are rewarded. They detach themselves from a question/set and move onto the one that has been made easy for them to solve. In this process of leaving and not sticking they demonstrate a skill that CAT inherently checks, the Decision Making skills. Thus, it is critical to leave early and come back, if required, rather than sticking and then leaving or attempting it wrongly.
For now, analyze the mock, see where better decisions could have been taken and implement a perfect strategy in the next mock.
Most importantly, do not forget to relax and keep your mind fresh.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (7)- Moderate: 6, Difficult: 1
Algebra (2) – Easy: 2
Geometry (6) – Moderate: 5, Difficult: 1
Number System (4) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (4) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 3
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 4,7,12,14,21
Difficult Questions Qs 10,19,20

 

Real CAT 28 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
66 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Difficult
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

23 Questions

The VARC section of the mock is moderate in terms of difficulty level, though it drifts towards difficult side with some parts being error-prone. Both the parts; RC and VA, had fair share of doable questions, but one needs to be vigilant to evade the traps set by the paper-setter.

It is one of those sections which gives liberty to apply one’s pre-set strategy and stick to it.

The RC’s were fairly easy to comprehend and the questions, though not direct, were on the doable side if one understood the passage. Two RC’s were difficult and the other two were easy to moderate.

The first RC was the most difficult RC of the section with the last RC following it. The other two RC’s, two and three, were comparatively easy and must be attempted.

In the verbal ability part, paragraph summary questions must have been a delight and easy marks for all.

One of the parajumbles was on the easier side (the four pointer one) and must be attempted correctly. One of the odd one out questions (the last question) was also an easy question.

Overall, the section had both parts where the questions were on the doable side and a good candidate must identify these and try to maximize their overall score.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Difficult
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Easy
Passage 4 -Difficult
Parajumbles – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 5,8,9,11,23
Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,4,6,10,13,14,15,16

DILR Section:

20 Questions
The LRDI section of the mock is dominated by Logical Reasoning. However, the section may not have been the one students wish for. It was time-consuming and difficult.

The section demanded selection at its best. Proper selection would help to ease the pressure of the section and help to move forward.

Coming to the approach, a student should first visit all the sets and identify the sets which they feel are doable and prioritize them in accordance to their preferences. Then, they need to quickly solve the sets and have stringent rules for themselves as when they should leave a set if it looks time-consuming or unsolvable. Ideally this should not be more than 5-6 minutes (identifying when to leave). Now, they need to follow this and exhaust their sets and then jump to the ones that looked difficult.

Most of the sets in the section were moderate to difficult in nature.

Sets 1, 3 and 4 looked very lengthy and time-consuming. Thus, anyone having any two of these sets as their first two sets need to rethink about their approach. Sets 2 and 5 were comparatively shorter and should be an ideal starter.

It should also be noted that one need not do all the questions in a particular set and the last set was an example of this where one could easily grab a few questions and move forward.

Overall, it was a difficult section even for the most serious of the candidates but closer to the exam it shouldn’t affect you. You just need to take the lessons from it and move on, both philosophically and literally.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderate to Difficult
2. Set 2 – Moderate to Difficult
3. Set 3 – Difficult
4. Set 4 – Difficult
5. Set 5 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 2 or 5 and then move to one of sets 1/3/4 depending on the strength area.
Difficult Questions Qs 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

Quants Section:

23 Questions

The QA section of the mock was moderate in terms of difficulty. The section was dominated by arithmetic with most of the questions of the section coming under the moderate difficulty umbrella and thus, there are few freebies but certainly marks if one attempts properly.

The approach would be as it has always been. Divide the section in two rounds. In the first round solve all the doable questions quickly and leave any question that seems time-consuming or tricky. In the second round solve the leftover questions in a well defined priority.

In the midst of all these it becomes important to gauge the difficulty level of the paper and approach accordingly. It makes no sense to go berserk in a difficult section and end up getting frustrated or to attempt only the questions one is comfortable with in an easy paper. A broader view will help in the long run and ofcourse in the short paper.

Overall, it was a paper drifting towards difficult side, but with making any exaggerations the paper had fair share of doable questions, as has always been the case. It takes the right selection to apt approach to get a decent score.

The exam is around the corner and its important to revise the mocks and remember the rash decisions and wrong approaches and devise a plan to not do it again.

In the coming days, don’t be out of practice, be perfect in terms of approach and decision making, revise and relax. All the best.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (11)- Easy: 2, Moderate: 7, Difficult: 2
Algebra (5) – Moderate: 5
Geometry (4) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 3
Number System (1) – Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (2) – Moderate: 2
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 12,13,22
Difficult Questions Qs 7,11,14

Real CAT 29 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
66 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate to Difficult

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Easy to Moderate
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

22 Questions

The VARC section of the mock must have been a confidence booster with all RC’s being on the doable side and with less VA questions, whole section was on the doable side.

All the RC’s of the section should be attempted by the students and though some questions were of the type “”which of the following if proven wrong””, “”when falsified””, “”which among the following is/are true””, if one had understood the passage aptly, the questions won’t pose challenge. Some of the above category of questions may have proved to be tricky and error prone to students, and the third RC was very heavily data driven and must have posed problems with its inferential questions but overall the RC part must have been a delight.

The VA part had equal weightage of the traditional three category of questions: Parajumbles, Paragraph Summary and Odd One Out. The VA part was also on the doable side with paragraph summary questions being on the must attempt side. Rest parajumbles and odd one out questions were also on the doable side, however, with the parajumbles being of 5 pointers, one must first look at odd one out questions and then jump to parajumbles.

Overall it was a scoring section and one must take full advantage of it to boost the overall scores.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Easy
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate to Difficult
Passage 4 -Difficult
Parajumbles – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Easy to Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,3,4,15,16
Difficult Questions Qs 1,9,10,11,12,20

DILR Section:

22 Questions
The LRDI of the mock carries the momentum set up by the VARC with the section being on the easier side. The section consists of the sets on a variety of topics however, giving ample to most to attempt at least two sets.

Most of the sets fall in the doable category with the second set and the set on arrangement (second-last set) being on the easier side. The first and the last set were of moderate difficulty level, however one of the two must be attempted to ante up the overall scores. The set on Tambola was of moderate difficulty level and may prove to be tricky or time consuming depending on one’s comfort with numbers, however the set was also on the doable side.

Overall, this is an excellent section to boost the scores as well as the confidence.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderate
2. Set 2 – Moderate
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Easy
5. Set 5 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 4 and then move to set 2. After this set 1/5 can be attempted precedded by set 3.
Difficult Questions Qs 10,11,12,13

Quants Section:

22 Questions

The QA section of the mock deviates from the trend of the previous two sections and might prove to be frustrating as the questions weren’t doable as they were in the previous two sections. Despite being comparitively difficult, there were ample of easy questions in the mock.

This is one of those sections where one doesn’t need to go berserk and solve everything, one needs to pick and solve the right questions and move forward.

Overall, it was a slightly easy mock and this must be a confidence booster in the last stint. Despite being on the easier side, the mock still emphasises the importance of selection of right sets/questions. If you missed on some sitters or took some rash decisions, take a broader outlook of the mock and see what could have been done differently to ensure it is done differently the next time something similar comes up.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (7)- Easy: 3, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Algebra (6) – Easy: 3, Moderate: 3
Geometry (2) – Easy: 1, Difficult: 1
Number System (3) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 2
Modern Maths (4) – Easy : 2, Moderate: 1, Difficult: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 1,3,5,7,14,17,18,21,22
Difficult Questions Qs 6,11,15

Real CAT 30 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
68 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Easy to Moderate
QA: Moderate to Difficult

VARC Section:

24 Questions

The VARC section of the mock is moderate in terms of difficulty. The section had a fair share of doable questions in both RC’s and VA.

With the mock having four RC’s, it’s always important to stick to your basic strategy of whether to attempt three or four RC’s. If you have a decent reading speed, then it makes sense to attempt all RC’s but if you have devised a strategy to attempt three RC’s then too, while attempting the mock, if the RC’s are easily solvable and could be attempted in lesser time, it is always worthwhile to take a calculated shot at the last RC while ensuring the VA part is not compromised.

As far as the current section of the mock is considered, the first two RC’s were easily doable, although there were some error-prone questions. Of the other two RC’s, the third one was moderate, but not difficult to leave. The last one was moderately challenging because of heavy language however, if someone consideres the main ideas of paragraphs and moves forward, the RC could be attempted as well.

The VA part was on the easier side with the parajumbles and paragraph summary questions being short thus giving fair amount of time to attempt the questions. The Odd one out questions weren’t difficult either however, with same time and almost same number of questions, it was a fair deal to attempt the questions that were easy to read and where length was not a hindering factor.

Overall it was a decent section to score. The paper-setter did set some traps however, these could be evaded by going back to the relevant part of the paragraph.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate to Difficult
Passage 4 -Moderate to Difficult
Parajumbles – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Easy to Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,8,16,17,19
Difficult Questions Qs 9,12,13

DILR Section:

20 Questions
The LRDI section of the mock had a mix bag of questions of all difficulty levels. Dominated by Logical Reasoning, the section eases the selection dilemma, if there’s any.

The section presents an opportunity to apply the strategy you have devised and stick to it. Irrespective of the intricacies, the strategy must include set selection crieteria and time allocation. Thus, one must start with either of the first, second or the last set as these happen to be on the moderate side. The third set is drifting towards the difficult side. The fourth set was the most difficult set of the paper and it is better attempted after some sets have been attempted or not attempted altogether.

Overall, it was a moderate section where the selection is still the key.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Moderate
2. Set 2 – Moderate
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Difficult
5. Set 5 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Attempt sets 1/2/5 in the first round and then attempt set 3.
Difficult Questions Qs 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

Quants Section:

24 Questions

The QA section of the mock deviates from the trend of the previous two sections and might prove to be frustrating as the questions weren’t doable as they were in the previous two sections. Despite being comparitively difficult, there were ample of easy questions in the mock.

This is one of those sections where one doesn’t need to go berserk and solve everything, one needs to pick and solve the right questions and move forward.

Overall, it was a slightly easy mock and this must be a confidence booster in the last stint. Despite being on the easier side, the mock still emphasises the importance of selection of right sets/questions. If you missed on some sitters or took some rash decisions, take a broader outlook of the mock and see what could have been done differently to ensure it is done differently the next time something similar comes up.

 

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (8)- Moderate: 5, Difficult: 3
Algebra (4) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 2, Difficult: 1
Geometry (6) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (4) – Moderate: 2, Difficult: 2The QA section of the mock have must been cherished by students and at the same time must have left them frustrated, at times, simultaneously merely because of its question arrangement, where the questions from the same areas were in bunch, similar to QA of CAT 2017 in terms of arrangement.The section had a fair share of doable questions however one needs to find these and attempt these and move onto the next one quickly.The mock was dominated by Arithemtic and Geometry, which has so often been the case, with the former being on the moderate to slightly difficult side while the latter being on the moderate side.The strategy to attempt the paper will be similar to what has always been, select the right set of questions and mark the ones that seem time consuming and coming to these in the latter phase of the section. The sections wasn’t easy but it had its fair share of doable questions and its all about finding the questions that are made easy.Overall it was a well designed paper with the emphasis on selection of right questions. The easy questions were scattered but they were there.With the exam being around the corner, it is important to take scores with a pinch of salt and not let anything affect you. Just use these opportunities to fill up the gaps, if there are any. Meanwhile, relax and revise and be at your full potential.
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 19,20,23
Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,7,8,11,12,14,

Real CAT 31 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
68 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate to Difficult
DILR: Moderate
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

24 Questions

The VARC section of the mock is moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level; there were two questions each from para jumbles, odd one out and para summary. Both the parts, RC and VA, had a fair share of doable questions, but one needs to be vigilant to evade the traps set by the paper-setter.

All the passages were easy to read when it comes to understanding it.

The RC’s were pretty easy to comprehend and the questions, though not direct, were on the doable side if one understood the passage. Two RC’s were challenging, and the other one was moderate.

The first two RCs was the most challenging RC of the section. The other RC three were comparatively easy and must be attempted. Eash RC was set of 6 questions hence making it easy when it comes to time management.

Paragraph summary questions must have been a delight and easy marks for all in the verbal ability part.

One can choose their preferred area between VA and RC, but starting with RC number three can be the wisest decision and giving around 12-15 mins can easily give 4-5 questions with the right answer. According to reading preference, one can choose between the two RCs and then move to the VA section. overall, 13+ attempts is a perfect attempt and will stretch the marks to a good level

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Difficult
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate
Parajumbles – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 3,5,6,7,15,22
Difficult Questions Qs 9,12,16,23

DILR Section:

20 Questions

The LRDI section of the mock is dominated by Logical Reasoning. However, the section was not very difficult to crack.

Coming to the approach, a student should first visit all the sets and identify the sets they feel are doable and prioritise them according to their preferences. Then, they need to solve the sets quickly and have stringent rules for themselves as to when to leave a set if it looks time-consuming or unsolvable. Ideally, this should not be more than 5-6 minutes (identifying when to leave). Now, they need to follow this and exhaust their sets and then jump to the ones that looked difficult.

There were five sets in total, and out of those, three were doable and the rest two can be done based on the preference. Ideally, one should start with sets 1 and 2, as both were matrix arrangement questions and not very much conceptual, time taking though. After giving 5-6 mins on analysing, one should start with set 1,2 and spend around 20 mins on both. In the remaining time, one can go on to the last set, and if time permits, set 3/4 can be chosen depending upon the area of interest. One should avoid set 4 as it will take too much time to read and analyse the set. Overall 10+ questions were doable quickly if one has tried good varieties of questions in this section.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Easy to Moderate
2. Set 2 – Easy to Moderate
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Difficult
5. Set 5 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 1 and 2 and then move to one of sets 5/3 and 4 at last depending on the strength area.
Difficult Questions Qs 11,12,13,14,15,16

Quants Section:

24 Questions

The QA section of the mock was moderate in terms of difficulty. The section was dominated by arithmetic, with most of the questions of the section coming under the moderate difficulty umbrella. Thus, there are few freebies but certainly marks if one attempts appropriately.

The approach would be as it has always been. Divide the section in two rounds. In the first round, solve all the doable questions quickly and leave any question that seems time-consuming or tricky. In the second round, solve the leftover questions in a well-defined priority.

Like the old mocks, this was also arithmetic heavy and had eight questions on arithmetic so this becomes the must-do section for the aspirant.

Quants have different sections in the mock attempt strategy, so it depends on the person’s liking and interest in topics. Ideally, one should try all the questions of Modern maths(4 questions) and try the remaining easy level questions. Algebra and geometry had five questions each. Hence depending on the LOD, one can go forward to it.

When it comes to time management, the aspirant got enough time to attempt 10+ questions easily. Scoring 10-12 questions can easily give you around 90 percentile. Also, many ques were not very calculative one should try to maximise their score. Overall, it was a paper drifting towards the difficult side, but the paper had a fair share of doable questions, as has always been the case. It takes the proper selection to apt approach to get a decent score.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (08)- Easy: 2, Moderate: 3, Difficult: 3
Algebra (05) – Moderate: 3 Difficult: 2
Geometry (05) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 3 Difficult : 1
Number System (02) – Easy 1 , Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (04) –Easy 1, Moderate: 2
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 4,5,8,14,15,21,23
Difficult Questions Qs 7,10,9,16,17,18

Real CAT 32 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
64 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate To Difficult
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

22 Questions

Like the actual CAT, every new mock will come with new strategies, tricks, and turns. The student must have solved/given many mocks. In comparison to that, the VARC section of this mock RC32 was moderate. It was a blend of a nearly equal number of easy, medium and difficult questions. People who have practised many questions in this section will find it easy to solve and get the answers. Coming to the number of questions, this RC32 has 22 questions in VARC, in which seven questions were from VA and the rest 15 from RC.

RC was divided into three passages with five questions each. Some passages were easy to read, but questions were perplexed and getting answers was not much easy.

Passage one was a bit easier, and spending time on this will help you get 3-4 answers correct. But passages 2nd and 3rd were a bit tougher than 1st, and the student may choose according to their interest in reading. The ideal thing to do is start with RC1st and then choose between 2nd and 3rd, then try all the questions of VA, as it was not hard to crack, and one could spend around 10 mins on VA. And after that, if time permits, one can move to the left one passage and skim it through ques and answers to get a fast solution. Depending upon the number of questions and time, a reasonable attempt should be more than ten questions in this mock.

 

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Easy to moderate
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate
Parajumbles – Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Moderate
Odd One Out – Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 7,8,9,10,12
Difficult Questions Qs 2,6,14,15,20,21

DILR Section:

22 Questions

This section is considered to be the most challenging section of CAT. From last year’s CAT score, one can qualify the cut-offs only by doing around five questions.

Coming to this mock, it has 22 questions from DI and LR covering a variety of topics. All the passages were easily doable if one spent sufficient time. A student who has covered many topics during their preparation can easily crack all the sets, but 2-3 sets were easily doable with time constraints. And one can try the last set as well.

10-12 minutes on one set is sufficient. Set 1 was straightforward and should definitely pick 1st, then between 2nd and 3rd and then the 4th one or 5th one

As time is 40 minutes, minimum of 3 set one should try. So the ideal attempt of question should be 9+ to get a good score overall.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Easy
2. Set 2 – Easy to Moderate
3. Set 3 – Moderate to Difficult
4. Set 4 – Moderate to Difficult
5. Set 5 – Moderate to Difficult
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 1 and 2 and then move to one to set 3 and 4/5 at last depending on the strength area.
Difficult Questions All the ques of set 3 & 4

Quants Section:

22 Questions

The QA section of the mock was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty. The section was dominated by arithmetic and algebra, with most of the questions coming under average difficulty level.

The approach would be as it has always been. Divide the section into two rounds. In the first round, solve all the doable questions quickly and leave any question that seems time-consuming or tricky. In the second round, solve the leftover questions in a well-defined priority.

Like the old mocks, this was also arithmetic heavy and had eight questions on arithmetic, so this becomes the must-do section for the aspirant. It has three questions from the Numbers system, which generally does not happen in a real cat exam, but to prepare students for any uncertainty, one can prepare for this. There were also 4 and 3 questions from Geometry and modern maths.

Overall all the sections have an easy, moderate and complex level of questions in them. Coming to the mock attempt strategy, quant has different areas, depending on the person’s liking and interest in topics.

The aspirant got enough time to attempt 15+ questions easily and convert it with 80% accuracy when it comes to time management. Scoring 10-12 questions correct can help score good marks.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (06)- Easy: 3, Moderate: 2, Difficult: 1
Algebra (06) – EasyL 2, Moderate: 1 Difficult: 3
Geometry (04) – Easy: 2, Moderate: 1 Difficult : 1
Number System (03) – Moderate: 2 , Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (03) –Easy 1, difficult: 2
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 4,5,7,11,21,14,15,16
Difficult Questions Qs 1,3,9,10,18,19,20,22

Real CAT 33 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
64 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Easy to Moderate
DILR: Moderate
QA: Easy to Moderate

VARC Section:

22 Questions

In this mock, RC33, VARC was found to be little bit on easy side as compared to the last two mocks. Overall, it was set of all the questions generally asked in the CAT exam. If a person is looking at their mistakes and working on them, This section is totally for them and can increase their marks.

The number of questions was similar to the last one, i.e. 22. Reading comprehension has 4 passages and 16 questions (4 question in each passage), while the Verbal ability section has 6 questions.

Passages were all moderate. Question was asked directly, while some were asked about critical reasoning also. Also some fact-based questions were there. So the variety and different topics make It a little tougher.

All the four passages were on the equal side, and also questions from all difficulty levels. So, one can choose easily as per their interest. VA section has 6 questions and all of then were on easier side, and should definitely try some time on it. Spending time on VA section in this mock is worth 18 marks, which is achievable.

The ideal thing to do is to start with RCs, pick two of them (probably RC 1 and 2) and then move on to VA section and try a hand on all six questions then again come back to RCs and try the remaining one. One should definitely try to solve 15+ questions and at least 10+ questions correct is a good attempt.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Moderate to Hard
Passage 2 – Easy
Passage 3 – Moderate to Hard
Passage 4 – Moderate to Hard
Parajumbles – Easy to Moderate
Paragraph Summary- Easy to Moderate
Odd One Out – Easy to Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,5,8,9,17,19,21
Difficult Questions Qs 4,10,16

DILR Section:

20 Questions

The LRDI section of the mock is dominated by Logical Reasoning. However, the section was not very difficult to crack. It was on moderate side.

Coming to the approach, a student should first visit all the sets and identify the sets which they feel are doable and prioritize them in accordance to their preferences. Then, they need to quickly solve the sets and have stringent rules for themselves as when they should leave a set if it looks time-consuming or unsolvable. Ideally this should not be more than 5-6 minutes (identifying when to leave). Now, they need to follow this and exhaust their sets and then jump to the ones that looked difficult.

There were 5 sets in total and out of those 2 were doable and 2 can be done based on the preference. And one can avoid set 3 to get good marks and save time.Ideally one should start with set 1 and 2 , not very much conceptual, time taking though. And spend around 20 mins on both. In the remaining time one can go on to last set and if time permits set 4 can be choosen depending upon area of interest. One should definitely avoid set 3 as it will take to much time to read and analyse the set, Overall 10+ question were doable easily if one have tried good varities of question in this section.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Easy to Moderate
2. Set 2 – Easy to Moderate
3. Set 3 – Hard
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Moderate
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 1 and 2 and then move to one to set 3 and 4 at last depending on the strength area.
Difficult Questions All the ques of set 3

Quants Section:

22 Questions

The QA section of the mock was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. The section was dominated by arithmetic and algebra with most of the questions of the section coming under the easy to moderate difficulty.

The approach would be as it has always been. Divide the section in two rounds. In the first round solve all the doable questions quickly and leave any question that seems time-consuming or tricky. In the second round solve the leftover questions in a well-defined priority.

Just like the old mocks this was also arithmetic heavy and had 6 questions in it, so this becomes the must do section for aspirant. It has 3 questions from Numbers system which generally does not happen in real cat exam, but to prepare students for any uncertainty one can prepare for this. There were also 4 and 4 questions from Geometry and modern maths repectively.

Overall all the sections has easy, moderate and hard level of questions in it.

Coming to the mock attempt startegy, quantx have different sections in it so it totally depends on persons liking and interest in topics.

When it comes to time management, aspirant got enough time to attmept 16+ question easily and converting it with 80% accuracy. Scoring 10-12 question correct can help score good marks. This RC33 has 8-10 easy level question which should be attempted first and then move on to 7-8 moderate question depending upon interest.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (06)- Easy: 2, Moderate: 4
Algebra (05) – Easy 2, Moderate: 1 Difficult: 2
Geometry (04) – Easy: 1, Moderate: 3 Difficult : 0
Number System (03) – Easy 1 , Difficult: 2
Modern Maths (04) –Easy 3, Moderate: 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 2,4,7,8,15,17,16,19,21
Difficult Questions Qs 1,6,10,22

Real CAT 34 Expert Analysis:

Total Questions:
70 Questions

Overall difficulty level of the exam:
Moderate

Overall Brief:
VARC: Moderate
DILR: Moderate To Difficult
QA: Moderate

VARC Section:

24 Questions

The VARC section of the mock is moderate in terms of difficulty level; there were three questions from para jumbles, two question on odd-one-out and three on the para summary. Both the parts, RC and VA, had a fair share of doable questions, but one needs to be vigilant to evade the traps set by the paper-setter.

All the passages were easy to read, but most of the questions were a bit complex.

The RCs were reasonably easy to comprehend and the questions, though not direct, were on the doable side if one understood the passage. Two RCs were difficult (RC 1 and 2), and the other two was moderate.

The first two RCs were the most challenging RCs of the section. The other RC 3 and 4 were comparatively easy and must be attempted. Each RC was set of 4 questions hence making it easy when it comes to time management.

Paragraph summary questions must have been a delight and easy mark for all in the verbal ability part.

Overall, 14+ attempts is a perfect attempt and will stretch the marks to a good level

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Passage 1 – Hard
Passage 2 – Moderate
Passage 3 – Moderate
Passage 4- Moderate
Parajumbles – Easy
Paragraph Summary- Easy to Moderate
Odd One Out – Easy to Moderate
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 5,16,17,18
Difficult Questions Qs 1,2,3,6,8,10,14

DILR Section:

22 Questions

Compared to the last mock, the DILR section of this mock was moderate to solve, and some set were time-consuming. One set is extra as compared to RC32 and the same number of questions as RC33.

Coming this mock, it has 22 questions from DI and LR covering a variety of topics.

This mock has 5 set in total. All the passages were easily doable if spent time on them. A student who has covered much variety of topics during their preparation can easily crack all the sets, but with the time constraint, 3,5 set is easily doable while set two also being on the doable side, though slightly tedious.

10-12 mins on a set is more than enough (only set 2 is time taking).

Set 3 and 5 were very easy and should definitely pick 1st, then between 2nd and 4th and then the 1st one.

With 40 minutes, a minimum of 3 set should be an ideal attempt. So the ideal attempt of question should be 12+ to get a good score overall.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section 1. Set 1 – Hard
2. Set 2 – Easy to Moderate
3. Set 3 – Easy
4. Set 4 – Moderate
5. Set 5 – Easy
Suggestions/Key Outcome Start with set 3 and 5 and then move to one to set 2/4 and 1 at last depending on the strength area.
Difficult Questions All the ques of set 3 & 4

Quants Section:

24 Questions

Till now, the aspirant must have solved tons of questions from each chapter of quants, considering that, RC34 was a bit on the moderate to easier side. There were only a few hard questions, mainly from algebra and geometry.

It goes without saying that Algebra and arithmetic will be dominating in every year’s CAT. Here also Algebra has eight questions and seven questions in arithmetic. And arithmetic was a bit on the more accessible side. Students practising arithmetic will be able to attempt all the questions. Modern maths has only 1 question that is too easy and 6 and 2 questions from the geometry and numbers system.

When it comes to time management, the aspirant got enough time to attmept 16+ questions easily and convert them with 80% accuracy. Getting 12+ questions correct can help score good marks.

Coming to the approach, by now most of you must have inculcated it and it goes without saying that one needs to pick solve and move or look and leave. This RC34 has 6-7 easy level questions that should be attempted first and then move on to 8-10 moderate questions depending upon interest.

All in all, the overall test taking experience must have been a learning experience for most of you. The learnings definitely translates to a good CAT paper, if one remembers their lessons and do not commit the same mistakes that somewhere or sometime pushed their scores downwards.

Till the CAT, do not take a lot of stress (easier said than done), revise, be in touch of DILR, read and prepare your mind for the best paper you can give.

Particular Details
Overall summary of the section Arithmetic (07)- Easy: 4, Moderate: 3
Algebra (08) – Easy 1, Moderate: 4 Difficult: 3
Geometry (06) – Moderate: 3 Difficult : 3
Number System (02) – Easy 1 , Difficult: 1
Modern Maths (01) –Easy 1
Must-Solve (Easy) Questions Qs 5,9,15,17,18,22,23
Difficult Questions Qs 2,3,6,11,14,21

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