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RC # Day Window
Release time – 8 am
Close time- 6 pm
%Le Release Date
Release time -11’59’59 Midnight
Mock Live Analysis
Release Time – 12am
Mock Category
Real CAT 1 Wednesday 7th April – 21st April 18th April 19th April Acclimatize
Real CAT 2 Sunday 18th April – 2nd May 2nd May 3rd May Acclimatize
Real CAT 3 Sunday 2nd May – 16th May 16th May 17th May Acclimatize
Real CAT 4 Sunday 16th May – 6th June 6th June 7th June Acclimatize
Real CAT 5 Sunday 6th June – 20th June 20th June 21st June Acclimatize
Real CAT 6 Sunday 20th June – 27th June 27th June 28th June Defense
Real CAT 7 Sunday 27th June – 4th July 4th July 5th July Defense
Real CAT 8 Sunday 4th July – 11th July 11th July 12th July Defense
Real CAT 9 Sunday 11th July – 18th July 18th July 19th July Defense
Real CAT 10 Sunday 18th July – 25th July 25th July 26th July Defense
Real CAT 11 Sunday 25th July – 1st Aug 1st Aug 2nd Aug Attack
Real CAT 12 Sunday 1st Aug – 8th Aug 8th Aug 9th Aug Attack
Real CAT 13 Sunday 8th Aug – 15th Aug 15th Aug 16th Aug Attack
Real CAT 14 Sunday 15th Aug – 22nd Aug 22nd Aug 23rd Aug Attack
Real CAT 15 Sunday 22nd Aug – 29th Aug 29th Aug 30th Aug Attack
Real CAT 16 Sunday 29th Aug – 5th Sep 5th Sep 6th Sep Acclimatize
Real CAT 17 Sunday 5th Sep – 12th Sep 12th Sep 13th Sep Acclimatize
Real CAT 18 Sunday 12th Sep – 19th Sep 19th Sep 20th Sep Acclimatize
Real CAT 19 Sunday 19th Sep – 26th Sep 26th Sep 27th Sep Acclimatize
Real CAT 20 Sunday 26th Sep – 3rd OCt 3rd Oct 4th Oct Acclimatize
Real CAT 21 Sunday 3rd Oct – 10th Oct 10th Oct 11th Oct Defense
Real CAT 22 Sunday 10th Oct – 17th Oct 17th Oct 18th Oct Defense
Real CAT 23 Sunday 17th Oct – 24th Oct 24th Oct 25th Oct Defense
Real CAT 24 Sunday 24th Oct – 31st Oct 31st Oct 1st Nov Defense
Real CAT 25 Sunday 31st Oct – 7th Nov 7th Nov 8th Nov Defense
Real CAT 26 Sunday 7th Nov – 10th Nov 10th Nov 11th Nov Attack
Real CAT 27 Wednesday 10th Nov – 14th Nov 14th Nov 15th Nov Attack
Real CAT 28 Sunday 14th Nov – 17th Nov 17th Nov 18th Nov Attack
Real CAT 29 Wednesday 17th Nov – 21st Nov 21st Nov 22nd Nov Attack
Real CAT 30 Sunday 21st Nov – 24th Nov 24th Nov 25th Nov Attack

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):
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 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.

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