CAT 2017 Slot 2 Analysis: Easier than Slot-1; DILR difficulty level drops, Non-MCQs number same as Slot-1

CAT 2017 Slot 2 Analysis
Sunday, November 26 2017, 07:30 PM
CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained even easier than the Slot-1 exam, shares the CAT experts who appeared in the Slot-2 exam on November 26 from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. The difficulty level in Reading Comprehension passages and Quant questions has also remained on easier side while DILR despite dropping its difficulty level as compared to morning session, has again proved to be lengthy and time consuming
Candidates could not solve more than 4 sets in the morning slot but in the slot-2 many candidates have been able to solve upto 5 sets of questions in DILR section

CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained even easier than the Slot-1 exam, shares the CAT experts who appeared in the Slot-2 exam on November 26 from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. Moving towards becoming more market oriented instead of relying on Grammar, vocabulary or tricky mathematics, CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained focused more on candidates’ understanding of English Comprehension, summarising the paragraphs, and making the exam more friendly to academically diverse candidates especially non-engineers.

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With total questions remaining 100 as were in Slot-1, CAT 2017 Slot-2 has also kept the same number of MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions in the exam. The difficulty level in Reading Comprehension passages and Quant questions has also remained on easier side while DILR despite dropping its difficulty level as compared to morning session, has again proved to be lengthy and time consuming. Students, despite knowing how to arrive at the answer could not attempt more question sets in DILR section only because of time constraint. However, candidates could not solve more than 4 sets in the morning slot but in the slot-2 many candidates have been able to solve upto 5 sets of questions in DILR section. It is expected that the cut offs in DILR section in slot-2 may be higher than in slot-1.

MBAUniverse.com research team has been the quickest to bring before you the CAT 2017 Slot-1 and Slot-2 exam analysis with all the inputs gathered from the test takers and CAT experts. The overall difficulty level of Slot-2 of CAT 2017 exam was not much different from the Slot-1 in CAT 2017. Both the exam slots were held in a single day today on November 26.

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CAT 2017 slot-2 began on time at 2.30PM today on November 26 with no technical glitches and with changed test content at the 144 test cities assigned with more testing venues and testing labs. Finally, CAT 2017 exam in both the slots got over at 5.30PM. Reporting time for the test was 90 minutes before the exam in CAT 2017.

Slot-2: Overall analysis

  • CAT 2017 Slot 2 exam paper was on easier side than Slot-1 held today in the morning
  • DILR remains tough and more time consuming
  • Overall CAT Cut off to go up

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot 2 Paper Pattern Sectional Overview 

Section
No. of MCQs
No. of non-MCQs
Total Questions
Total Marks
Score Cut off for 95%
Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
27
7
34
102
58-60
Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
8
32
96
30-32
Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
23
11
34
102
57-59
Total
74
26
100
300
142-145

Verbal and Reading Comprehension:

  • Total Questions: 34
  • 24 questions on Reading comprehension in 5 passages MCQ type
  • 10 questions in Verbal out of which 7 were Non-MCQ type
  • For the first time para summary questions appear as MCQ type with negative marking
  • Section difficulty was easy to moderate

Type and Content of questions in VARC in Slot-2
According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

Reading Comprehension

  • Number of RC passages: 5 (2 short, 3 long)
  • Short RC passage followed by 3 questions each; Long RC passage followed by 6 questions each
  • Format of RC based questions: MCQs with 1/3 negative marking

RC passages were based on the topics like:

  • Snow and Climate
  • Deteriorating creativity among students
  • Use of Electric cars
  • Other topics were also based on modernization, different aspects of life

Verbal Ability

  • Format of Verbal questions:  7 Non-MCQs, 3 MCQs
  • Jumbled Paragraphs: 4 questions each comprising 5 Jumbled Sentences: a little time consuming
  • Odd Sentence Out: 3 questions with jumbled sentences out of which one sentence in each question has to be picked as ‘Odd sentence out’
  • Para Summary: 3 questions were on choosing the correct sentence summarising the short paragraph. Each question was on different topic and was in MCQ format

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Total Questions: 32; All questions in sets of 4 questions each
  • 16 Questions on DI
  • 16 on LR
  • 8 Non MCQs
  • Section difficulty was high; cut off may go down for top B-schools

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in DILR

According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: Each of the 4 Problem was followed by a set of 4 Questions

Topics of DI problems:

  • Table based set of questions on 300 students among 7 courses and one course was removed
  • Pizza company distributing 800 pizzas

Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: 4
  • Each problem was followed by a set of 4 questions

Topics of LR problems:
Question sets were based on:

  • Set of 4 questions based on columns and rows of Chess Board- Queen’s attacking problem
  • Bar graph based question with 3 categories

Quantitative:

  • Total Questions: 34
  • More questions on Arithmetic
  • 11 Qs were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty level was easy

Type and Content of questions in Quant section
According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in Quant:

  • Arithmetic (9 questions) on Speed-distance, Time & Work; Ratio; Percentage, Profit & loss, Interest, time and distance
  • Geometry (4 problems)
  • Series and sequence- 3 questions
  • Mensuration-2 questions
  • Log & Inequality-1 question
  • Modulas-2 questions
  • Number system & PnC-3 questions
  • Algebra-4 questions

To summarize, well prepared students who took CAT 2017 Slot 2 exam, if attempted 24 in VARC, 14 in DILR, 24 in Quant with around 90% accuracy can score around 95 percentile. As compared to last year CAT, the overall paper of CAT 2017, considering Slot-1 and Slot-2 is that it is slightly easier without any surprises. The only surprise is much easier Quant section.

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