IMS CAT 2022 Analysis: Slot wise Overall & Sectional Analysis; likely Cut offs for 99 Percentile, Difficulty Level

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MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
November 27, 2022
IMS Learning, the first CAT coaching institute with 100 centres in 50 cities, has released its indepth CAT 2022 analysis slot wise immediately after the CAT exam is over on November 27. MBAUniverse.com is the first to publish IMS CAT 2022 Analysis which is known for reflecting upon the overall and slot wise difficulty level, accurate predictions on CAT cut offs, key changes in overall & sectional CAT exam pattern among others
CAT 2022 Exam Analysis by IMS

IMS Learning Resources is India’s first CAT coaching institute. Set up in 1977, IMS presently has 100 centres in 50 cities offering preparation for CAT and other management entrance exams though its classroom and online programmes. More than 75000 aspirants enroll in one of the IMS coaching programmes to get admissions in MBA, BBA and other courses offered by premier management institutes.

IMS is known for careful CAT exam Analysis, reflecting upon the overall and slot wise difficulty level, accurate predictions on CAT cut offs, key changes in overall & sectional CAT exam pattern. IMS has shared its indepth CAT 2022 analysis slot wise immediately after the each slot of CAT exam is over on November 27. MBAUniverse.com is the first to publish IMS CAT 2022 Analysis covering each and every aspect.

CAT 2022 Exam Date, Time Slots & Expected Time of IMS CAT 2022 Analysis
On November 27, 2022, IMS Learning has shared with MBAUniverse.com slot wise analysis with CAT 2022 paper difficulty level, key changes in question paper, good attempts and likely cut off score for different percentile range in the changed CAT exam pattern.  

CAT 2022 Exam Slots
Slot Time
IMS CAT 2022 Analysis Release Time
Morning Slot
8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
12.00 Noon (Published below)
Afternoon Slot
12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
4.00 PM
Evening Slot
 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
8.00 PM
Overall Comprehensive Analysis
----
9.00 PM

Source: IMS

IMS CAT Analysis: Well known for its USPs
Below are the key highlights of IMS CAT Analysis

  • Fastest Released Analysis
  • Nearly Accurate predictions with Sectional & Overall CAT cut off percentile 
  • Indepth Analysis with comparison from last year-like difficulty level, changes in question pattern
  • Slot wise Analysis after each slot
  • Comprehensive Overall Analysis

IMS CAT 2022 Exam Analysis: Key Highlights
MBAUniverse.com has published CAT 2022 Analysis by IMS Slot wise. The IMS CAT Analysis covers the following:

IMS CAT 2022 Analysis Slot-1: At 12 Noon on November 27
IMS has covered the following in Slot-1 Analysis.

  • CAT Exam 2022 Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise IMS CAT Analysis
  • Required Good Attempts overall and section wise
  • Overall and Section wise CAT 2022 Cut off Predictions in Slot-1
  • Surprise elements in CAT 2022
  • Changes in questions split – MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Changes in type of questions in the exam

Detailed CAT 2022 Analysis by IMS

CAT 2022 - Slot 2 Test Analysis
(Sunday, November 27 - 12:30 to 2:30 pm)

The second slot of CAT 2022 took place today between 12.30 am and 2:30 pm. The structure of CAT 2022 remained largely the same as in 2021. However, the DILR and Verbal sections saw some changes in segmentation and the number of MCQs and TITA. Both the slots had the same pattern. The Verbal Section had 2 paragraph completion questions instead of the anticipated Odd Sentence questions. Overall Level of difficulty was on par with CAT 2022 Slot 1

Section No.
Section Name
Duration
MCQs
TITA
Total
I
VARC
40 min
21
3
24
II
DI and LR
40 min
14
6
20
III
QA
40 min
14
8
22
Total
 
120 min
49
17
66

The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs.

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who have appeared in the first slot, our initial estimate of the percentiles and scores*** is as follows. These estimates will be suitably revised soon after the CAT releases the response sheets.

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
44
36
39
101
99 %ile
41
31
36
91
98 %ile
35
28
31
80
95%ile
29
22
24
66
90%ile
24
18
17
53
85%ile
20
15
14
45
80%ile
17
13
11
40

*** Students are advised not to take any B-School application decision based on these initial estimates. They serve only as the first indicator of likely performance.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. The passages were of Medium difficulty level except for the one on Musicking and modern Humanity. Overall, Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. However, 10 to 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. The 2 Para-completion questions, which were new, consisted of a key sentence followed by a paragraph with four numbered blanks. One had to identify the blank in which the key sentence would correctly fit. There were 3 paragraph jumbles in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. In VA, 5-6 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall the difficulty level of Slot 2 was comparable to the Morning slot.

Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
LOD
Reading Comprehension
16
MCQ
Overall: Medium
RC-1: Cephalopods’ camouflage - 550 words
4
MCQ
Easy
RC-2: Musicking and modern Humanity - 550 words
4
MCQ
Medium
RC-3: Institutions - 600 words
4
MCQ
Difficult
RC-4: Technical social Dualism - 550 words
4
MCQ
Medium
Verbal Ability
8
MCQ & TITA
Overall: Medium
Para jumbles (4 sentences)
3
TITA
2 Easy, 1 Medium
Para-completion
2
MCQ
1 Easy, 1 Medium
Summary
3
MCQ
3 Medium

An attempt of 16 to 18 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

In CAT 2021 there were a total of 4 sets out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. This pattern has not been followed in CAT 2022 slot 2 also, as the DI-LR section had a total of 4 sets of 5 questions each. The sets were of Easy to Medium difficulty level.

Set No
Area
Set Description
No. of Questions
Question Type
LOD
 
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
20
MCQ and TITA
Medium
1
Data Interpretation
(Scatter Plot) Revenue and costs of 4 companies
5
5 MCQ
Easy to Medium
2
Data Interpretation
(Caselet) 3 sales representatives selling products over two days
5
3 MCQ, 2 TITA
Easy to Medium
3
Logical Reasoning
(Network Diagram) A warehouse and 4 destinations
5
3 MCQ, 2 TITA
Easy to Medium
4
Logical Reasoning
Cosmetic and nutrition products with FDA and one other approval
5
3 MCQ, 2 TITA
Easy to Medium

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

Quantitative Ability

This section was Medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (8 questions), followed by Algebra (6 questions). Apart from this, there were 4 questions on Modern Math, 3 questions on Geometry and 1 question on Numbers. In Arithmetic, the questions were on Ratio-Proportion, SICI, Mixtures & Allegations etc. Modern Math consists of Functions, Logarithms, Progression and P&C. In Geometry, there were questions on Trigonometry, Triangles and Polygons. In Algebra, there were questions on Quadratic equations and Inequalities etc.

Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 13/14 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

This section was very much similar as CAT 2022 slot 1 in structure with number of TITA (8) and MCQ (14) questions

Area/Q Type
No of Questions
Quantitative Ability
14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic
8
Algebra
6
Geometry
3
Modern Math
4
Numbers
1

THE PROCESS
The pandemic-related SOPs were implemented. No shoes and no metallic objects including metal jewelry were allowed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. As in the previous years, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

TEST INTERFACE
The test interface was quite user-friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no subdivisions within each section. A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full-screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa

At the end of the test, a summary of the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

 *** The scores and percentiles mentioned in this analysis are indicators based on the feedback from students and IMS experts. They are in no way related to the results which IIMs are expected to declare in January 2023. You are advised to wait for the results.

CAT 2022 - Slot 1 Test Analysis

(Sunday, November 27 - 8:30 to 10:30 am)

The first slot of CAT 2022 took place today between 8.30 am and 10:30 am.

The structure of CAT 2022 remained largely the same as in 2021. However, the DILR and Verbal sections saw some changes in segmentation and the number of MCQs and TITA. Verbal Section had 2 paragraph completion questions instead of the anticipated Odd Sentence questions. Overall, Slot 1 of CAT this year was slightly more difficult than Slot 1 of last year.

Section No.
Section Name
Duration
MCQs
TITA
Total
I
VARC
40 min
21
3
24
II
DI and LR
40 min
14
6
20
III
QA
40 min
14
8
22
Total
 
120 min
49
17
66

The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs.

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who have appeared in the first slot,our initial estimate of the percentiles and scores*** is as follows. These estimates will be suitably revised soon after the CAT releases the response sheets.

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
44
35
40
101
99 %ile
41
30
37
91
98 %ile
35
27
32
80
95%ile
29
22
25
66
90%ile
24
18
19
53
85%ile
20
15
16
45
80%ile
17
13
13
40

*** Students are advised not to take any B-School application decision based on these initial estimates. They serve only as the first indicator of likely performance.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. As in the past several years, there were no direct Grammar or Vocabulary

questions. The passages were of Medium difficulty level except for the one on Political Philosophy. Overall, Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. However, 10 to 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. The 2 Para-completion questions, which were new, consisted of a key sentence followed by a paragraph with four numbered blanks. One had to identify the blank in which the key sentence would fit in correctly - grammatically and logically. There were 3 paragraph jumbles in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. In VA, 5 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall the difficulty level was comparable to the first slot of CAT 2021.

Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
LOD
Reading Comprehension
16
MCQ
Overall: Medium
RC-1: Supernatural Figures
4
MCQ
Medium
RC-2: The Chinese and western views on imitation
4
MCQ
Medium to Difficult
RC-3: Stoicism
4
MCQ
Medium
RC-4: Political Philosophy
4
MCQ
Difficult
Verbal Ability
08
MCQ & TITA
Overall: Medium
Para jumbles (4 sentences)
3
TITA
2 Easy, 1 Medium
Para-completion
2
MCQ
1 Easy, 1 Difficult
Summary
3
MCQ
2 Easy, 1 Medium

An attempt of 15 to 17 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
In CAT 2021 there were a total of 4 sets out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. This pattern has not been followed in CAT 2022, this year the DI-LR section had a total of 4 sets of 5 questions each.

Two sets were of Easy to Medium difficulty level and the remaining two sets were Medium to Difficult. Overall the Level of difficulty was Medium to Difficult and at par with the last year’s slot - 1 DILR.

Set No.
Area
Set Description
No. of Questions
Question Type
LOD
 
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
20
MCQ and TITA
Medium
1
Data Interpretation
(Reasoning based DI) 
Venn Diagram of 3 variables
5
3 MCQ,
2 TITA
Medium to
Difficult
2
Logical Reasoning
(Games & Tournament)
4 people making 12 goals in 8 games
5
5 MCQ
Easy to Medium
3
Logical Reasoning
Distribution of tokens
5
2 MCQ,
3 TITA
Medium to
Difficult
4
Data Interpretation
(Routes & Networks)
Metro Map - 4 metro lines
5
4 MCQ,
1 TITA
Easy to Medium

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

Quantitative Ability
This section was Medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (8 questions), followed by Algebra (5 questions). There were 3 questions on Modern Math and 3 questions on Geometry. In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Averages and Mixtures & Allegations and Profit & Loss,.

There were 8 TITA questions this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 14/15 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

This section was very much similar as last year’s slot 1. Number of TITA (8 questions) and MCQ (14 questions) were the same as last year’s slot 1. Also area/topic wise distribution of questions was more or less similar to last year’s slot 1.

Area/Q Type
No of Questions
Quantitative Ability
14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic
8
Algebra
5
Geometry
3
Modern Math
3
Numbers
3

THE PROCESS
No shoes and no metallic objects including metal jewelry were allowed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. As in the previous years, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

TEST INTERFACE
The test interface was quite user-friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no subdivisions within each section. A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full-screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa At the end of the test, a summary of the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section. 

*** The scores and percentiles mentioned in this analysis are indicators based on the feedback from students and IMS experts. They are in no way related to the results which IIMs are expected to declare in January 2023. You are advised to wait for the results

IMS CAT 2022 Analysis Slot-2: At 4 PM on November 27
We will cover the following in IMS CAT 2022 Slot-2 Analysis. The analysis is likely to be published at 4 PM

  • CAT Exam 2022 Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise IMS CAT Analysis
  • Required Good Attempts overall and section wise
  • Overall and Section wise CAT 2022 Cut off Predictions in Slot-2
  • Surprise elements in CAT 2022
  • Changes in questions split – MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Changes in type of questions in the exam

IMS CAT 2022 Analysis Slot-3: At 8 PM on November 27
We will cover the following in IMS CAT 2022 Slot-3 Analysis. The analysis is likely to be published at 8 PM

  • CAT Exam 2022 Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise IMS CAT Analysis
  • Required Good Attempts overall and section wise
  • Overall and Section wise CAT 2022 Cut off Predictions in Slot-3
  • Surprise elements in CAT 2022
  • Changes in questions split – MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Changes in type of questions in the exam

Comprehensive Overall IMS CAT 2022 Analysis: At 9 PM on November 27
We will cover the following in IMS CAT 2022 Overall Analysis. The analysis is likely to be published at 9 PM

  • CAT Exam 2022 Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise IMS CAT Analysis
  • Required Good Attempts overall and section wise
  • Overall and Section wise CAT 2022 Cut off Predictions for overall CAT exam
  • Surprise elements in CAT 2022
  • Changes in questions split – MCQs and Non-MCQs Overall
  • Changes in type of questions in the exam

CAT Analysis by IMS for Previous Years

CAT 2021 Analysis for Slot 2 by IMS Learning
The second slot of CAT 2021 took place today between 12.30 pm and 2:30 pm. CAT 2021, in slots 1 and 2, had the following student-friendly pattern:

Section No.
Section Name
Duration
MCQs
TITA
Total
I
VARC
40 min
19
5
24
II
DI and LR
40 min
15
5
20
III
QA
40 min
14
8
22
Total
 
120 min
48
18
66

The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs 

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who have appeared in the SECOND slot, our initial estimate of the scores and percentiles*** is as follows: We shall release the revised estimates once the response sheet is released.

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
43
33
42
98
99 %ile
39
29
37
92
98 %ile
35
26
33
81
95%ile
30
21
25
68
90%ile
25
17
21
56
85%ile
22
15
17
49
80%ile
20
13
14
42

*** The students are advised not to take any B-School application decision based on these initial estimates. They serve only as the first indicator of likely performance.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension/
The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. The passages were difficult except for the one on Decline of Languages. The passages on Knowledge & Skepticism and On Nationalism & Colonialism in India were difficult. The other passage on the Relationship between Power and Truth was at best medium. Overall Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. Passages were 500 to 600 words each as in the first slot. 11 or 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. VA questions were as expected - 3 paragraph jumbles, 2 Odd sentence questions in TITA format, and 3

summary questions as MCQs. VA was overall of medium difficulty. Summary questions were of medium difficulty level. In VA, 4 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall, the difficulty level was largely comparable to the first slot though slightly more difficult.

Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
LOD
Reading Comprehension
16
MCQ
Overall: Difficult
RC-1: On Nationalism and
Colonialism in India
4
MCQ
Difficult
RC-2: Decline of Languages
4
MCQ
Easy
RC-3: Knowledge and Skepticism
4
MCQ
Difficult
RC-4: Relationship between Power
and Truth
4
MCQ
Medium
Verbal Ability
08
MCQ & TITA
Overall: Medium
Parajumbles (4 sentences)
3
TITA
Medium
Out of Context sentence
2
TITA
Medium
Summary
3
MCQ
Medium

Overall, an attempt of 15 or 16 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The DI-LR section underwent a slight change in CAT-2021 with a total of 4 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. Out of the two sets with 4 questions, both had 3 MCQ and 1 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, both had 4 MCQ questions and 2 TITA questions. Unlike the last few years, there were no Venn-diagram based sets.

There were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, this section was easier compared to last year’s DILR section of Slot1 and slightly tougher compared to Slot 2 and Slot 3.

Set No.
Area
Set Description
No. of
Questions
Question
Type
LOD
 
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
20
MCQ and
TITA
Medium
1
Data
Interpretation
Bar graph on orders
receipt and delivery of
items.
4
2 MCQ, 2
TITA
Easy
2
Logical
Reasoning
Tournaments with 12
individuals
4
4 MCQ
Easy
3
Data
Interpretation
Rating of delivery boy on
four parameters by four
individuals
6
4 MCQ, 2
TITA
Medium
4
Logical
Reasoning
Distribution of 10
objects among 5 friends
6
5 MCQ, 1
TITA
Difficult

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

Quantitative Ability
This section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (9 questions), followed by Algebra (5 questions). There were 3 questions on Modern Maths, 3 questions on Geometry and 2 questions. In Arithmetic, the questions involved Percentages, Partnership, Time-Speed-Distance, Time and Work, Averages and Mixtures & Allegations.

There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 13-14 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

Area/Q Type
No of Questions
Quantitative Ability
14 MCQs, 8 TITA; Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic
9
Algebra
5
Geometry
3
Modern Maths
3
Numbers
2

VERDICT
IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e- Maxmiser Workshops. In fact, one of the passages was verbatim from one of the IMS full-length tests.

THE PROCESS
The pandemic-related SOPs were implemented. No shoes and no metallic objects including metal jewelry were allowed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. As in the previous years, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

TEST INTERFACE
The test interface was quite user-friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no subdivisions within each section. A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full-screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa

At the end of the test, a summary of the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

After the IIMs announced that CAT 2021 may see a further reduction of questions from the 100-question test in 2020, the students expected a shorter test in the range of 65 to 70 questions. The 2021 test with 66 questions was thus a student-friendly test. No new question types were introduced in any of the sections.

*** The scores and percentiles mentioned in this analysis are indicators based on the feedback from students and IMS experts. They are in no way related to the results which IIMs are expected to declare in January 2022. You are advised to wait for the results.

CAT 2021 Analysis for Slot 1 by IMS Learning
After the IIMs announced that CAT 2021 may see a further reduction of questions from the 100-question test in 2020, the students expected a shorter test in the range of 65 to 70 questions. “The 2021 test with 66 questions was thus more student-friendly. No new question types were introduced in any of the sections,” says IMS.

According to IMS, CAT 2021 Slot 1 paper pattern is as follows:

CAT 2021 Analysis for Slot 1 Exam Pattern

Section No.
Section Name
Duration
MCQs
TITA
Total
I
VARC
40 min
19
5
24
II
DI and L
40 min
14
6
20
III
QA
40 min
14
8
22
Total
 
120 min
47
19
66

Source: IMS Learning

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CAT Score Vs Percentile: CAT 2021 Slot 1 by IMS
Based on the feedback received from several candidates who have appeared in the first slot, the initial estimate of the scores and percentiles by IMS Coaching is as follows:

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
45
33
48
104
99 %ile
41
29
42
97
98 %ile
37
26
37
86
95%ile
32
21
28
72
90%ile
27
17
23
59
85%ile
23
15
19
52
80%ile
21
13
16
44

Source: IMS Learning

IMS has advised students “not to take any B-School application decision based on these initial estimates. They serve only as the first indicator of likely performance.”

CAT 2021 Analysis by IMS Learning: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
According to IMS, the VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. As in the past several years, there were no direct Grammar or Vocabulary questions.

“The passages were difficult except for the one on The Thirst Empire - Chinese tea. The passage on Utopia and Dystopia was difficult. The other two passages on Marshmallow Theory – selfcontrol and on the idea of personhood according to Classic Mayan civilization was at best medium. Overall Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions,” says IMS. Here is the breakup of the section, as per IMS Analysis.

Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
Reading Comprehension
16
MCQ
RC-1: On Utopia and Dystopia
4
MCQ
RC-2: On Mayan Civilization – personhood
4
MCQ
RC-3: Marshmallow Theory
4
MCQ
RC-4: The Thirst Empire - Chinese Tea
4
MCQ
Verbal Ability
08
MCQ & TITA
Parajumbles (4 sentences)
3
TITA
Out of Context sentence
2
TITA
Summary
3
MCQ

Source: IMS Learning

CAT 2021 Analysis by IMS Learning: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The DI-LR section underwent a slight change in CAT-2021 with a total of 4 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each, says IMS. Out of the two sets with 4 questions, both had 3 MCQ and 1 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, both had 4 MCQ questions and 2 TITA questions. Unlike the last few years, there were no Venn-diagram based sets. There were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, this section was easier compared to last year’s DILR section of Slot1 and slightly tougher compared to Slot 2 and Slot 3. Here is the breakup of the section, as per IMS Analysis.

Set No.
Area
Set Description
No. of Questions
Question Type
 
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
20
MCQ and TITA
1
Data Interpretation
Bar graph with numbers for 2019 and 2020 for different items grouped in furniture, tech and office stationery.
4
3 MCQ, 1 TITA
2
Logical Reasoning
Friends, Acquaintances, Stranger among 7 friends
6
4 MCQ, 2 TITA
3
Data Interpretation
Cost price of various fruits getting mixed in various smoothies.
4
3 MCQ, 1 TITA
4
Logical Reasoning
8 people, 3 countries, 4 issues and 18 papers
6
4 MCQ, 2 TITA

Source: IMS Learning

CAT 2021 Analysis by IMS Learning: Quantitative Ability
According to IMS, this section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions), followed by Algebra (5 questions). Here is the breakup of the section, as per IMS Analysis.

Area/Q Type
No of Questions
Quantitative Ability
14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic
10
Algebra
5
Geometry
3
Modern Maths
4

Source: IMS Learning

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CAT 2020 Analysis by IMS
CAT 2020 exam was conducted on November 29, 2020 in three slots. IMS Learning shared with Universe.com slot wise analysis with CAT 2020 paper difficulty level, key changes in question paper, good attempts and likely cut off score for different percentile range.

  • CAT 2020 Morning Slot: 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
  • CAT 2020 Afternoon Slot: 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
  • CAT 2020 Evening Slot: 4.30PM to 6.30 PM

Well known preparation centre for CAT exam, IMS Learning released its comprehensive analysis of CAT exam immediately after the CAT was over. The slot wise analysis and overall analysis for CAT 2020 with cut off percentile based on the expected score by IMS is published here by MBAUniverse.com. Besides, the CAT percentile predictor can also be used to know the nearest CAT 2020 percentile.

After announcing a significant reduction in the duration of the test from 3 hours to 2 hours, the CAT gave no further indications before the test about the changes in the paper structure.  Finally, the suspense came to an end this morning!

So, what was the prestigious CAT 2020 like? Here is the section-wise break–up of questions:

Section No.
Section Time
Duration 
MCQs
TITA
Total 
I
VARC
40 min
21
5
26
II
DI and LR
40 min
18
6
24
III
QA
40 min
18
8
26
Total 
 
120 min
57
19
76 

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who appeared in the first slot, we estimate the scores and percentiles*** to be as follows:

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score  QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
44
39
49
120
99 %ile
40
34
44
110
97 %ile
37
31
40
100
95%ile
35
29
38
 94
90%ile
30
26
34
81
85%ile 
27
23
31
72

The test started with the Verbal Section (26 Qs - 18 RC and 8 VA.) The second section was the DI-LR with 24 Qs ( DI 18 + LR 6 questions). The third section was the Quantitative Ability (26 Qs.) Each section was timed for 40 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections. The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and  -1 for incorrect. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs.

VA-RC

The VA-RC section was similar to CAT 2019, with no Grammar and Vocabulary Qs. Comprehension had 4 passages in all—2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each. Most of the questions were Medium to Difficult. IMS students reported that very few questions were easy! VA did not offer any surprise. Despite the change in the total number of questions, VA repeated the usual question types – Summary, Odd sentence, and the all-time favorite – paragraph jumbles. 

Area / Questions
No of Qs.
Type
LOD
Reading Comprehension
18
MCQ
Overall: Medium to Difficult
RC-1:  Currency in Tang Empire 
4
MCQ
Easy to Medium 
RC- 2: Elephant Seal Migration 
5
MCQ
Medium to Difficult
RC-3: importance of Grammar 
5
MCQ
Easy to Medium 
RC-4: Subsets of Anarchist philosophy 
4
MCQ
Medium to Difficult
Verbal Ability
08
MCQ & TITA
Overall: Medium
Parajumbles ( 4 sentences)
3
TITA
Medium to Difficult 
Out of Context sentence
2
TITA
Easy to Medium 
Summary
3
MCQ
Easy to Medium

Overall, an attempt of 15 to 17 to questions with high accuracy (85-90%) should be a good in this section

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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

The DI-LR section underwent a change in CAT-2020 with a total 5 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining three had 4 questions each. Out of the three sets with 4 questions, one set had all the 4 TITA questions while the remaining two had all 4 MCQ questions. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had all 6 MCQ questions while the other set had 4 MCQ and 2 TITA questions.

There were three DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, this section was medium to difficult.

Set No. Area Set Description Number of Questions Level of DifficultyQuestion Type  
1 Data Interpretation 6 students appearing for exam in 5 subjects 6 Medium 4 MCQ + 2 TITA
2 Logical Reasoning 4 companies competing for Contracts 6 Difficult 6 MCQ
3 Data Interpretation 1000 patients getting treated with 4 different drugs 4 Easy to medium 4 TITA
4 Data Interpretation 10 musicians 4 Medium to difficult 4 MCQ
5 Logical Reasoning Payment to taxi drivers 4 Medium to difficult 4 MCQ

QA

This section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions), followed by Algebra (8 questions). There were 3 questions on Modern Maths, 3 questions on Geometry and 2 questions on Numbers. In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Time- Speed-Distance and Mixtures and Alligations. One surprise this year was relatively lower emphasis on Geometry and higher emphasis on Algebra.  

There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Overall this section was at Medium level of difficulty. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Good students should have been able to attempt about 16 to 18 questions in the given time.

Area/Q Type
No of Questions 
LOD
Numbers
2
Medium
Arithmetic
10
Easy to medium
Algebra
8
Medium
Geometry
3
Easy to medium
Modern Maths
3
Medium

VERDICT

IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave the feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.

THE PROCESS

  • The test’s administrative process was smooth despite the pandemic induced need for masks, gloves, social distance etc. 
  • As in the past, the policy of no-shoes no metallic objects including metal jewelry prevailed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. Nothing else!
  • As in the previous year, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

TEST INTERFACE

The test interface was very user friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no sub-divisions within each section. The Comprehension and VA questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Similarly the DI and LR sets were also NOT interspersed A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa

At the end of the test, a summary of the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

CAT 2020 Slot-2 Analysis by IMS 

The second slot of CAT 2020 took place today between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

After announcing a significant reduction in the test duration from 3 hours to 2 hours, the CAT had given no further indications about the other changes in the paper structure. The suspense came to an end with the first slot which had 26-24-26 questions in the three sections (VARC-DILR-QA). There were no other surprises or changes.

The second slot had the same structure:

Section No.
Section Name
Duration
MCQs
TITA
Total
I
VARC
40 min
21
5
26
II
DI and LR
40 min
18
6
24
III
QA
40 min
18
8
26
Total
 
120 min
57
19
76

The overall difficulty level of Slot 2 was slightly more than that of Slot 1 - bordering on the difficult with two sections (QA and DILR) being more difficult and VARC being on par with Slot 1. We estimate the scores and percentiles to be as follows:

Percentile
Score VA-RC
Score DI-LR
Score QA
Overall Score
99.5 %ile
45
37
46
115
99 %ile
42
32
41
105
97 %ile
38
29
37
95
95%ile
35
26
35
89
90%ile
31
23
31
76
85%ile
28
20
28
67

The test started with the Verbal Section (26 Qs - 18 RC and 8 VA.) The second section was DI-LR with 24 Qs ( DI 18 + LR 6 questions). The third section was Quantitative Ability (26 Qs.) Each section was timed for 40 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections. The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect answers. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs.

VA-RC

The VA-RC section was similar to the first slot in segmentation and difficulty level. The majority of the questions were of medium difficulty and even difficult. Very few questions were easy. Comprehension had 4 passages in all—2 passages with 4 Qs each and 2 passages with 5 Qs each. Most of the questions were Medium to Difficult rather heavy on application and reasoning. Despite the change in the total number of questions, VA repeated the usual question types – Summary, Odd sentence, and the all-time favorite – paragraph jumbles.

Area / Questions No of Qs. Type LOD
Reading Comprehension 18 MCQ Overall: Medium to Difficult
RC-1: Piracy in International Waters 4 MCQ Easy to Medium
RC- 2: Renewable Energy Technologies 5 MCQ Medium to Difficult
RC-3: The Study of Visual Culture 5 MCQ Easy to Medium
RC-4: Aggression - Theories and Models 4 MCQ Medium to Difficult
Verbal Ability 08 MCQ & TITA Overall: Medium
Para jumbles ( 4 sentences) 3 TITA Medium to Difficult
Out of Context sentence 2 TITA Easy to Medium
Summary 3 MCQ Easy to Medium

Overall, an attempt of 16 or 17 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) should be good in this section

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Like in slot 1, the second slot of CAT-2020 had a total 5 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining three had 4 questions each. Out of the three sets with 4 questions, one set had all the 4 TITA questions while the remaining two had all 4 MCQ questions. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had all 6 MCQ questions while the other set had 4 MCQ and 2 TITA questions.

There were two DI sets and three LR sets. The DI sets had a tinge of Logical Reasoning. Overall, this section was medium to difficult.

Set No. Area Set Description Number of Questions Level of Difficulty Question Type
1 Data Interpretation Elections 6 Medium 4 MCQ + 2 TITA
2 Logical Reasoning Set on scheduling of seminars 6 Difficult 6 MCQ
3 Data Interpretation Apparel and home decor of 4 cities over two years 4 Medium 4 MCQ
4 Logical Reasoning Parking lot 4 Easy to Medium 4 MCQ
5 Logical Reasoning Matrix arrangement set on beads of different colours 4 Medium to difficult 4 TITA

A good student should have been able to solve 12 to 14 questions in the given time limit.

QA
Like Slot 1, the QA section of Slot-2 of CAT-2020 was also dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions), followed by Algebra (8 questions). There were 3 questions on Modern Maths, 3 questions on Geometry and 2 questions on Numbers. Like Slot-1, the Slot-2 also had a number of questions on Time-Speed-Distance.

There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Overall this section was at Medium level of difficulty. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Good students should have been able to attempt about 15 to 17 questions in the given time.

Overall, this section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty but had a number of time-consuming and tricky questions. Overall, we rate this section one notch more difficult than the one in CAT-2019 but not as tough as the one in CAT-2018.

Area/Q Type No of Questions LOD
Numbers 1 Medium
Arithmetic 9 Easy to medium
Algebra 7 Medium to difficult
Geometry 5 Medium
Modern Maths 4 Medium

VERDICT
IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave the feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.

THE PROCESS

  • The test’s administrative process was smooth despite the pandemic induced need for masks, gloves, social distance etc.
  • As in the past, the policy of no-shoes no metallic objects including metal jewelry prevailed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. Nothing else!
  • As in the previous year, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (20 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

TEST INTERFACE

The test interface was very user friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no subdivisions within each section. The Comprehension and VA questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Similarly, the DI and LR sets were also NOT interspersed A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full-screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa

At the end of the test, a summary of the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on CAT 2020