CAT 2016: How to analyze Mock CAT by IIM Bangalore? Check with answers what score will lead to 95%ile

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November 10, 2016
None other than the official CAT 2016 Mock test which is released in full length by IIM Bangalore can offer you the right approach to analyse your areas of errors as per the correct CAT exam pattern
CAT 2016 Mock Test now provides you the opportunity to analyse the mistakes and understand where they need improvement with the help of detailed solutions to determine your expected percentile score

CAT 2016 Mock Test released by IIM Bangalore on October 25 can be taken as the official document that determines the exact nature of exam pattern. More you attempt the CAT 2016 Mock test, more will be understood what is lying in stock for you on CAT 2016 exam day which is hardly 20 days away and falls on December 4, 2016.

None other than the official CAT 2016 Mock test which is released in full length by IIM Bangalore can offer you the right approach to analyse your areas of errors as per the correct CAT exam pattern. However, since the 100 questions Mock by IIMB does not carry answers and solutions, it becomes difficult how to decode and assess your performance.

Even after spending 3 hours while attempting the mock and solving all the sections, the low score which candidates could secure does not reveal what went wrong and where they need improvement. So attempting the Mock on CAT 2016 website can give the idea of exam pattern but it does not guide or hint about the correct answer.

To overcome the difficulty of no answers available in CAT 2016 Mock MBAUniverse.com-VistaMind have brought out the answers and detailed solutions to all the questions. The official CAT 2016 Mock Test now provides you the opportunity to analyse the mistakes and understand where they need improvement with the help of  detailed solutions to determine your expected percentile score. This will help you to analyse where you made a mistake while attempting a question and what you need to improve.

Attempt the mock: Follow the Key points

  • Please treat this CAT 2016 IIMB Mock as the real full length CAT 2016 exam
  • Don’t take break during the exam
  • Take this mock every alternate date without fail after due analysis

How to analyse the CAT 2016 Mock
VARC: 1st section
The 1st section in CAT 2016 Mock Test is Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) with 34 questions in MCQ and Non-MCQ format. There are 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs in this section of CAT 2016 Mock test and the time limit to attempt this section is 1 hour. Attempt CAT 2016 IIMB Mock Here

One of the key points before beginning to attempt the 1st section of CAT 2016 Mock test and later on while analyzing your performance in it, is that all the questions carry 3 marks for each correct answer. The 24 MCQs also carry the penalty of 1/3 negative marks for each wrong answer. It means 1 mark will be deducted out of your score.

The 10 Non-MCQs are not fraught with the risk of negative marking. If your answer goes wrong no marks will be deducted.

Verbal Ability expert on CAT 2016 preparation, Prof S K Agarwal suggests to attempt Non-MCQs first and then move to MCQ type questions in VARC section.  The section has a maximum score of 102 marks.

4 Point VARC Mock Analysis
-How many out of 34 VARC questions were attempted? How many went wrong & why?
- Go to detailed solutions, know your mistakes, note them down to rectify in next attempt.
-Take the Mock again, check if the mistake is repeated and assess your score after allowing for negative marking.
It is suggested that you should re-attempt the VARC section in CAT 2016 Mock till you have removed all your mistakes. Attempt CAT 2016 IIMB Mock Here

DILR: 2nd section
DILR section in CAT 2016 Mock test comprises 32 questions in MCQ and Non-MCQ format. You can attempt Data Interpretation or Logical Reasoning questions as per your convenience in the overall time limit of 1 hour. The suggestion however, is to attempt Non-MCQs first as they have no negative marking.

If you are strong in DI, attempt its question sets first; but if it is your weak area, it will be better to go for LR part first.   All the attempts are to be completed within the assigned time limit of 1 hour to DILR section. Maximum score you can get in this section is 96 marks. The raw score will then be converted to percentile score as per the CAT 2016 scoring formulae. Attempt CAT 2016 IIMB Mock Here

How to analyse
-Check how many questions have your attempted in DI and LR parts separately and how many are correct with the help of answers and detailed solutions
-Analyse the mistakes, assess your score after allowing for 1/3 negative marking, note the mistakes down and rectify in next attempt
-Take the DILR Mock again, make sure that you do not repeat the same mistake and check your performance again.
-Continue the process till zero error is arrived

Quant: 3rd and last section
Quantitative Ability (QA) is the last section in CAT 2016 Mock test of IIM Bangalore. It consists of 34 questions with a mix of MCQs and non-MCQs. The time limit to solve it, is also 1 hour. Same strategy to attempt this section is suggested – begin with Non-MCQs and then move to MCQs. Total maximum score that you can get in QA section of CAT 2016 is 102.

Please remember by the time you reach Quant section you must be a little tired. So keep your energy level high while attempting QA section. Attempt CAT 2016 IIMB Mock Here

How to analyse
-QA is mix of many topics in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, number system among others. Check your strong and weak areas. If you have made mistakes in your strong areas, analyse them and make sure they are not repeated. If you have made mistakes on such questions which are from your weak areas, only option is – either to improve on it, or don’t attempt the questions based on it.  So check with the answers and detailed solutions, where you stand

-Once you understand the mistakes, practice a few questions on relevant topics before going to attempt the mock again.

-When satisfied that you have understood which type of questions you should attempt and which you should skip, attempt the QA Mock again.

Important thing to note  
It is not important how many questions you attempt in CAT 2016. What is more important is the fact that you know the art of skipping the questions which you are doubtful about. A wrong answer pulls down your percentile score substantially and makes your chances to IIMs dismal in comparison to your peers, if you are tempted to attempt more questions with end result in very low scores due to more wrong answers.

CAT 2016 Percentile predictor: Based on the Mock analysis
In accordance with the CAT 2016 Mock Test difficulty level and other factors taken into account, following score is expected to yield the below given percentile based on your attempts-

99.9 Percentile
A total score of 204 marks with sectional score of 81 in VARC,  59 in DILR  and 64 marks in Quant could fetch 99.9 percentile in CAT 2016

99 Percentile
Scoring 99 percentile in CAT 2016 may require you to score 183 marks out of 300 maximum marks. You need to score 75 in VARC section; 46 in DILR section and 62 in Quant section to achieve 99 percentile.

95 percentile
If you can score 142 marks overall with a sectional raw score of 54 marks in VARC; 34 in DILR and 54 in Quant section, you are expected to hit the percentile score of 95 in CAT 2016.

90 Percentile
A sharp vertical reduction in marks is expected to score 90 percentile in CAT 2016. This percentile score is expected to be available with your overall score of 123 marks and sectional score of 47 in VARC; 25 in DILR and 51 in Quant section.

85 Percentile
With an overall score of 107 marks and sectional score of 43 marks in VARC; 22 in DILR and 42 in Quant section, you could score 85 percentile in CAT 2016

(Source: CAT 2016 Mock Analysis by Prof S K Agarwal, expert on CAT 2016 preparation)

Next 20 days Preparation strategy
It is fine with other sections of QA and DILR, the way you are preparing for CAT 2016. But for VARC you will have to modify your preparation strategy quickly for next 20 days to cope with the changed exam pattern. Prof S K Agarwal, expert on Verbal Ability for CAT 2016 preparation, suggests the following do’s and don’ts to follow in next 20 days to crack the VARC section in CAT 2016 exam-

Don’ts

  • You need not to concentrate too much on Grammar based questions
  • As vocabulary based questions may not be present in CAT 2016, no need to spend lot of time on mugging the vocabulary and its usage
  • Since no questions are expected on fill in the blanks, completion of para, picking the last sentence of paragraph, you should not spend much of your time on the practice of such questions.

Do’s

  • Lot of practice needed on variety of RC passages followed by varying type of questions
  • Practice previous year CAT test questions
  • Jumbled paragraphs can be practiced better, if you can get their missing links, so practice them more
  • Read small paragraphs from news papers, editorial parts, books, practice material and form their one line summary
  • Take as many mocks as possible exactly on the CAT 2016 exam pattern, instead of getting indulged in other type of questions.
  • Improve your reading speed, it will help you to crack RC passage based questions faster.

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