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November 28, 2021

Breaking News: CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam Over, Moderately Difficult Paper with 66 Questions; Check In-depth Slot 1-2 Analysis & Cut offs

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam got over at 6.30 PM across 400 centers in 159 Cities in India. As per information shared by candidates who took the exam, Slot 3 question paper duration was 2 hours and had only 66 total questions. This provided some relief to the test takers who could take exam with ease and maximize their score.

 

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CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam Analysis: Key Highlights

  • Total Number of Questions for CAT 2021 Slot 3: Reduced to only 66, compared to 76 last year
  • Difficulty Level for CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam: Lower compared to last year and similar to Slot 2.
  • Sectional Analysis for CAT 2021 Slot 3: Balanced paper. Same number of Questions as Slot 2; VARC with most weightage

CAT 2021 Slot - 2 Question Paper Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition

CAT 2021 exam components

Total MCQs (With negative marking)

Total Non-MCQs  (TITA Qs Without negative marking)

Total Questions

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) (Time limit: 40 Minutes)

19

5

24

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)

15

5

20

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)

14

8

22

Total (Overall) (Time limit: 120 Minutes)

48

18

66


CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam Over, Moderately Difficult Paper with 66 Questions; Check In-depth Slot 1 Analysis & Cut offs

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam got over at 2.30 PM across 400 centers in 159 Cities in India. As per information shared by candidates who took the exam, Slot 2 question paper duration was 2 hours and had only 66 total questions. This provided some relief to the test takers who could take exam with ease and maximize their score.

 

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CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam Analysis: Key Highlights

  • Total Number of Questions for CAT 2021 Slot 2: Reduced to only 66, compared to 76 last year
  • Difficulty Level for CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam: Lower compared to last year and similar to Slot 1.
  • Sectional Analysis for CAT 2021 Slot 2: Balanced paper. Same number of Questions as Slot 1; VARC with most weightage

CAT 2021 Slot - 2 Question Paper Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition

CAT 2021 exam components

Total MCQs (With negative marking)

Total Non-MCQs  (TITA Qs Without negative marking)

Total Questions

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) (Time limit: 40 Minutes)

19

5

24

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)

15

5

20

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)

14

8

22

Total (Overall) (Time limit: 120 Minutes)

48

18

66


CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Over; DILR Easier, No technical glitches reported; Check Exam Highlights, Good Attempts, Expected Cut offs

 

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam got over at 10.30 AM across 400 centers in 159 Cities in India. As per information shared by candidates who took the exam in Delhi NCR, this year’s CAT question paper duration was 2 hours like last year, but had only 66 total questions as against 76 last year. This provided some relief to the test takers who could take exam with ease and maximize their score.

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CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Analysis: Key Highlights

  • CAT 2021 Overall Exam Difficulty Level was Moderate.
  • Key changes: Total Questions Reduced to 66 from 76 last year
  • Questions split (MCQs and Non-MCQs): MCQ 48; Non MCQs 18            
  • Sectional Key Changes in CAT 2021:

VARC

  • Total No of Questions: 24
  • No of MCQS – 5
  • No of NMCQs – 19
  • 4 RC Passage with 16 Questions

DILR

  • Total No of Questions: 20
  • No of MCQS – 15
  • Non MCQS – 5
  • LR 2 Sets: Each set was followed by 6 Questions
  • DI 2 Sets: Each set was followed by 4 Questions

Quantitative Ability

  • Total No of Questions: 22
  • No of MCQS – 14
  • Non MCQS – 8

CAT 2021 Slot - 1 Question Paper Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition
The table below shares the CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking for each section for the 2 hours CAT exam 2021. The CAT 2021 question paper with key changes had the following pattern and sectional composition.

CAT 2021 exam components
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs  (TITA Qs Without negative marking)
Total Questions
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) (Time limit: 40 Minutes)
19
5
24
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)
15
5
20
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)
14
8
22
Total (Overall) (Time limit: 120 Minutes)
48
18
66

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

CAT 2021 Analysis: Section Wise

 

Section-1: VARC Analysis for CAT 2021 Slot 1
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension was the first section in CAT 2021 question paper. Key highlights of the section are:

  • VARC section had 24 Questions as against 26 last year
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 72 as against 78 earlier
  • Number of MCQs were 19
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 5
  • Number of RC Passages: 4 passages,
  • Number of RC Based questions: 16, each passage was followed by 4 questions  
  • Type of RC Based Questions: MCQs asking to explain the phrases, vocabulary,  Synonyms/Antonyms, Statement/Argument as used in RC passages, inferences 
  • Difficulty Level: Overall difficulty level was moderate. 2 RC Passages were found of a little higher difficulty level
  • Good Attempts of 14 to 16 questions with 85% accuracy can fetch a high percentile
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: Score of 36-40 marks

Question Composition in VARC Section 

Question Topics
No. of Questions
Type of Questions
RC-1: Maya of Classic Period
4
MCQs
RC-2: Evolution of Tea from China Drink
4
MCQs
RC-3 Utopia -Transparency
4
MCQs
RC-4 Marshmallow Test Cuttlefish
4
MCQs
Verbal Ability: Para summary
3
MCQs
Jumbled Para
3
Non MCQs
Odd Sentence Out from Jumbled Paragraph
2
Non MCQs

Section-2: DILR Analysis for CAT 2021 Slot 1
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was the second section in CAT 2021 question paper. The section, which is known for its tricky language and time consuming process, was found easier than last year by the test takers. Key highlights of DILR section analysis in CAT 2021 are

  • DILR section had 20 Questions as against 24 last year
  • Total Maximum Marks assigned for the section were 60 in CAT 2021 as against 72 in CAT 2020
  • Number of MCQs were 15
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 5
  • Number of DI Questions: 2 problem sets, each followed 4 questions
  • Type of DI Based Questions: All questions were based on Tables and horizontal bar graphs  
  • Number of LR Questions: 12
  • Type of LR Based Questions: Two problem sets and each followed by 6 questions
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate and considered easier than last year
  • Good Attempts of 10 to 12 questions with 85% accuracy can fetch a high percentile
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 32 to 34 marks

Question Composition in DILR Section

Question Topics
No. of Questions
Difficulty Level
DI Set1: Table and text information based on Ganga, Kaveri Godavari fruit selling
4
Moderate
DI Set 2: Horizontal Bar on sales comparison of 2019 & 2020  
4
Moderate
LR Set-1: Friends Acquaintances & Strangers in City
6
Moderate to High
LR Set-2: Journal Publication for 18 Research Projects
6
Moderate

Section-3: Quantitative Ability Analysis in CAT 2021 Slot 1
Quantitative Ability (QA) was the 3rd and last section in CAT 2021 question paper. This section had more number of questions based on Arithmetic with highest number of Non-MCQs. Many candidates, especially from Non-Mathematics and Non-Engineering background, who are not well versed with Trigonometry, Solid Geometry, Algebra had an opportunity to crack the QA section by solving Arithmetic questions with 90% accuracy level to cross the IIM cut offs.  Key highlights of the QA section in CAT 2021 were: 

  • QA section had 22 Questions in CAT 2021 as against 26 in CAT 2020
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 66 as against 78 earlier
  • Number of MCQs were 14
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 8
  • More Questions were based on Arithmetic
  • Type of Arithmetic Based Questions: Percentage, Ratio, Interest, Number System, Time, Speed
  • Other QA Question topics: Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Trigonometry
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to high
  • Good Attempts: 14 to 16 questions with 85% accuracy can fetch high percentile to clear the cut offs
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: A score of 36 to 40 marks can get 99 sectional percentile

Question Composition in Quant Section

Question Topics
No. of Questions
Difficulty Level
Arithmetic: Interest, Profit & Loss, Ratio, Time-Speed-Distance, Time and Work, Averages 
10
Moderate
Algebra
5
Moderate
Geometry
3
Moderate to High
Number system & Modern Math
4
Moderate

Overall Predictions for 95 -98 Percentile: Good Attempts, Accuracy Level
The table below displays the required good attempts in CAT with Accuracy level needed for 95 -98 percentile range:

Section in CAT exam 2021
Good Attempts
Accuracy Level
Raw Score
Likely percentile in CAT 2021
Section-1: VARC
13-15
85
34-38
95
Section-2: DILR
 8-10
90
26-30
95
Section-3: QA
14-16
85
35-40
95
Overall
35-41
85
95-108
95

CAT 2021 Analysis by Top CAT Coaching Institutes & Experts -IMS, CL, TIME, Arun Sharma
MBAUniverse.com has also published separately the CAT Analysis 2021 from top CAT coaching institutes & CAT experts like TIME, IMS, CL, Arun Sharma for all the exam slots with their take on exam difficulty level, sectional and overall changes and expected cut offs. The time schedule for release of slot wise CAT 2021 analysis is as given below. 

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CAT 2021 Slots & Time of CAT Analysis Release by Top Coaching Institutes
On November 28, 2021, top CAT coaching institutes and experts - IMS, CL, TIME, Arun Sharma have shares with MBAUniverse.com slot wise analysis with CAT 2021 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.  The expected time schedule for release CAT 2021 Analysis by these leading institutes and experts  is shared below: 

CAT 2021 Exam Time Slots on Nov 28, 2021
CAT 2021 Analysis by IMS Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3- Time
CAT 2021 Analysis by CL Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 – Expected Time
CAT 2021 Analysis by TIME Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 – Expected Time
CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 1: 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
1.00 PM
1.30 PM
CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 2: 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
 4.30 PM
5.00 PM
6.00 PM
CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 3: 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
8.30 PM
9.30 PM
10.00 PM
Overall CAT 2021 Exam Analysis
10.00 PM
10.30 PM
11.00 PM

CAT Paper Analysis 2021
Given the reputation of CAT exam over the years, the CAT 2021 Test paper has been changed again by IIM Ahmedabad. Although the actual CAT paper analysis 2021 by experts will be made after the exam is over, all the leading CAT prep institutes and CAT experts expect following changes in CAT exam and expect the following CAT pattern

 

CAT 2021: Expected Question Paper
The CAT 2021 question paper with key changes is likely to have the following pattern and sectional composition. CAT exam keeps on getting revamped at least to some extent after each CAT exam. IIM Ahmedabad which is conducting CAT 2021 will conduct the exam in 3 slots of 2 hours duration each.

CAT 2021 Exam Components
CAT 2021 Pattern
Test duration
2 hrs (120 Minutes)
Test sessions/Slots
3 (Morning, Afternoon and Evening)
Total questions
64 to 68 (Expected)
Total score
192 to 204 (Expected)
Number of Sections in CAT question paper
3 (VARC; DILR; QA)
Time Allotted for Each Section in CAT exam
40 Minutes
Total questions in VARC Section
22-24 (Likely)
Total Questions in DILR section
20-22 (Likely)
Total Questions in QA section
22-24 (Likely)

CAT Paper Analysis 2021: Expected Sectional Composition
CAT 2021 paper analysis, immediately after the exam, is likely to be based on the following exam pattern. The table below shares the CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, expected number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking and total maximum marks available for each section for the 2 hours CAT exam.

CAT 2021 exam components
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs
(Without negative marking)
Highlights
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
22 to 24
14-16
8
4 RC Passages with MCQs; VA Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
20
14
6
LR – 10 Ques
DI – 10 Ques
All in Sets of 3 & 4 Qs
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
22 to 24
14-16
8
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra
Total
64 to 68
 42- 46
22 
 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

 

CAT Paper Analysis 2021: Actual To be Updated at 10.30 AM on Nov 28
Since IIM Ahmedabad has neither shared nor updated overall or sectional number of number of questions, the CAT 2021 paper analysis will be released immediately after the slot-1 of CAT is over at 10.30 AM. The CAT 2021 Analysis will share the actual number of section wise questions, split into MCQs and Non MCQs, respective sectional and overall difficulty level slot wise. The following CAT exam analysis tables will be updated on November 28.

CAT 2021 exam components
Expected Total questions
Actual Total Questions (To be Updated)
Expected Difficulty Level
Actual Difficulty Level (To be Updated)
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
22 to 24
(MCQs: 14; Non MCQs:8)
 
Moderate to High
 
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
20
(MCQs:14; Non-MCQs: 6)
 
Moderate
 
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
22 to 24
(MCQs:14; Non-MCQs:8)
 
Moderate to High
 
Overall
64 to 68
 
Moderate
 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

 

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CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Analysis: At 11 AM on November 28
This analysis will cover following

  1. Exam Pattern including Number of Questions by each Section
  2. Type of Questions for each section
  3. Changes in questions split (MCQs and Non-MCQs) and Type of Questions
  4. Any Surprise elements in CAT 2021 Exam paper
  5. Exam Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise CAT Analysis
  6. Required Good Attempts: Overall and Section wise
  7. Overall and Section wise CAT 2021 Cut off Predictions in Slot-1
  8. IMS CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-1
  9. Career Launcher CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-1
  10. T.I.M.E. CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-1

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam Analysis: At 3.00 PM on November 28
This analysis will cover following key points

  1. Exam Pattern including Number of Questions by each Section
  2. Type of Questions for each section
  3. Changes in questions split (MCQs and Non-MCQs) and Type of Questions
  4. Any Surprise elements in CAT 2021 Exam paper
  5. Exam Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise CAT Analysis
  6. Required Good Attempts: Overall and Section wise
  7. Overall and Section wise CAT 2021 Cut off Predictions in Slot-2
  8. IMS CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-2
  9. Career Launcher CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-2
  10. T.I.M.E. CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-2

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Exam Analysis: At 7.30 PM on November 28
This analysis will cover following key points

  1. Exam Pattern including Number of Questions by each Section
  2. Type of Questions for each section
  3. Changes in questions split (MCQs and Non-MCQs) and Type of Questions
  4. Any Surprise elements in CAT 2021 Exam paper
  5. Exam Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise CAT Analysis
  6. Required Good Attempts: Overall and Section wise
  7. Overall and Section wise CAT 2021 Cut off Predictions in Slot-3
  8. IMS CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-3
  9. Career Launcher CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-3
  10. T.I.M.E. CAT 2021 Analysis Slot-3

Comprehensive Overall CAT Exam Analysis 2021: 9 PM on November 28
This overall CAT 2021 analysis will cover following key points

  1. Exam Pattern including Number of Questions by each Section
  2. Type of Questions for each section
  3. Changes in questions split (MCQs and Non-MCQs) and Type of Questions
  4. Any Surprise elements in CAT 2021 Exam paper
  5. Exam Difficulty Level: Overall & Section wise
  6. Required Good Attempts: Overall and Section wise
  7. Overall and Section wise CAT 2021 Cut off Predictions  
  8. IMS CAT 2021 Analysis Overall
  9. Career Launcher CAT 2021 Analysis Overall
  10. T.I.M.E. CAT 2021 Analysis Overall

Major Changes introduced in CAT 2021 Exam 
CAT 2021 Centre has introduced following key changes in CAT 2021 exam

  • Barcode Printed on the Admit Card will be scanned at the Scanning Desk
  • Location of CAT Exam Lab will be communicated after scanning the Barcode.
  • CAT 2021 Exam will have reduced number of Questions as compared to last year CAT exam
  • There will be fewer MCQs and Non-MCQ type questions as announced by IIM Ahmedabad
  • CAT 2021 Exam duration is of 2 hours
  • CAT exam 2021 will be conducted in three separate sessions on Nov 28
  • Exam is Divided into three sections: VARC; DILR; Quant
  • 40 Minutes will be allotted to attempt each section
  • You cannot move to other section till the time limit for the present section you are attempting is over.  
  • MCQs have negative marking for wrong answer and Non-MCQs do not carry penalty of negative marking
  • Questions with negative marking (MCQs) are 70 to 75%
  • 4 answer options for MCQ type questions, click on correct answer option
  • Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs) are 25 to 30%
  • Answer must be typed in the given space on computer screen for Non-MCQ.
  • Score awarded for each correct answer: +3 marks
  • Negative marking (Applicable for  wrong answers in MCQs): -1 mark
  • Fixed order of sections to move beginning with VARC Section

CAT Analysis for Previous Exams

 

CAT Exam Pattern: Last 5 Years
CAT exam pattern was totally changed in 2015 by IIM Ahmedabad. Major changes since then have continued till the last year CAT exam. In 2020, IIM Indore had again substantially changed the CAT exam pattern with reduced test duration, reduced sectional time limit, increased time slots and fewer number of questions.  During the last 5 years, CAT exam had effected many changes as under:

  • CAT exam had increased number of 100 questions from 60
  • In 2020, number of questions reduced to 76
  • There are 3 sections in CAT exam now instead of 2 sections
  • Two types of questions are placed in CAT question paper: MCQs with negative marking and Non-MCQs without negative marking
  • There are 70-72% MCQ type questions in CAT and 25-30% Non-MCQ type questions
  • The CAT exam 2020 analysis reflected a changed difficulty level and twisted type of questions among other things

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis: Check No of Questions, Paper Pattern & Difficulty Level

Observing COVID 19 precautions, all the three Slots of CAT 2020 exam were held successfully on November 29, 2020. CAT 2020 greeted the test takers with different difficulty level which went up in each slot. Read this MBAUniverse.com report on CAT 2020 slot-wise Exam Analysis with likely cut off,  information about important changes in exam pattern, number & type of questions, difficulty level overall and section-wise. 

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Three slot timings for CAT 2020 on Nov 29 were as under

  • Slot-1 (Morning Slot): 8.30AM to 10.30AM
  • Slot-2 (Afternoon Slot): 12.30PM to 2.30PM
  • Slot-3 (Evening Slot): 4.30PM to 6.30 PM

CAT 2020 Slot-1 Exam Analysis
CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis 2020 by MBAUniverse.com is the first CAT analysis released immediately after the CAT exam. This year CAT exam has gone with multiple changes and the CAT 2020 slot wise analysis from MBAUniverse.com consists of changes in exam pattern, difficulty level, expected cut offs, good attempts etc. 

 

Key highlights of CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam Analysis:

  • Total Duration: 120 Mins
  • Total Number of Questions: 76
  • Non MCQs: 22
  • Number of Question in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC): 26 
  • Number of Question in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 24
  • Number of Question in Quantitative Ability (QA): 26
  • Overall Difficulty Level: Paper was lengthy but with moderate difficulty.
  • Nature of questions was similar to last year.

CAT 2020: Major Changes in Exam Pattern  
CAT 2020 Centre has substantially changed the CAT 2020 exam pattern

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Question Paper Pattern & Changes

The CAT 2020 question paper of 2 hours duration with key changes had the following pattern and sectional composition. CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking and total maximum marks available for each section are as below:

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Highlights
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
26
18
8
4 RC Passages with 18 Qs – All MCQs
All Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
18
6
LR – 14 Ques
DI – 10 Ques
All in Sets of 6 & 4 Qs
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
26
18
8
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra
Total
 
 
 
 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

 

CAT 2020 Exam Sectional Analysis: Key Highlights
With the changed overall and sectional time limit, CAT 2020 exam brought many surprises for the test takers. As against earlier CAT exams, this year official CAT mock test did not reveal the expected number of total or sectional composition of questions. This kept the CAT 2020 test takers in the dark till last minute. 

Section-1: VARC Analysis for CAT 2020
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension was the first section in CAT 2020 question paper. Key highlights of the section are:

  • VARC section had 26 Questions as against 34 earlier
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 78 as against 102 earlier
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 8
  • Number of RC Passages: 4
  • Number of RC Based questions: 18
  • Type of RC Based Questions: MCQs asking to explain the phrases, vocabulary as used in RC Passage, inferences, Main Idea 
  • Number of VA questions: 8
  • Type of VA questions: Non-MCQs
  • Verbal Question Topics: Para Summary, Jumbled paragraphs, Out of context sentence in Jumbled paragraph
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 40-45 marks
Area & Question Topics
No of Questions
Type of question
Reading Comprehension
18
MCQ
RC-1:  China’s complex financial system during Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
4
MCQ
RC- 2: Northern Elephant Seal Population 
4
MCQ
RC-3: Vocabulary used in Speech or Writing 
5
MCQ
RC-4: Anarchy free Greek   
5
MCQ
Verbal Ability
08
Non-MCQ
Parajumbles ( 4 sentences)
3
Non-MCQ
Out of Context sentence
2
Non-MCQ
Para Summary
3
Non-MCQ

Section-2: DILR Analysis for CAT 2020
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was the second section in CAT 2020 question paper. The section is known for its tricky language and time consuming process to answer the question sets. Despite having fewer number of questions in CAT 2020, only those test takers who practiced variety of problems of different difficulty level could make required number of good attempts as the time limit was also reduced to only 40 minutes. Key highlights of DILR section in CAT 2020 were as under.

  • DILR section had 24 Questions
  • Total Maximum Marks assigned for the section were 72 as against 96 earlier
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 6
  • Number of DI Questions: 14 in CAT 2020 as against 16 earlier
  • Type of DI Based Questions: All questions were based on 3 sets.  
  • Type of DI Problem Sets: Each followed by 6 or 4 questions. DI Sets were based on Comparison Tables, data analysis but no graphs and diagrams were present in the question paper
  • Number of LR Questions were 10 in CAT 2020 as against 16 earlier
  • Type of LR Based Questions: All questions were based on 2 sets.
  • Type of LR Problem Sets: Each followed by 6 and 4 four questions.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to High
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 38-44 marks
Area & Problem Sets No. of Questions Question Type
DI: 6 students appearing for exam in 5 subjects 6 4 MCQ + 2 TITA
LR:  4 companies competing for Contracts 6 6 MCQ
DI: 1000 patients getting treated with 4 different drugs 4 4 TITA
LR: 10 Musicians expert in at least one of the 3 instruments 4 4 MCQ
DI: Payment to taxi drivers 4  4 MCQ

Section-3: QA Analysis in CAT 2020

Quantitative Ability (QA) was the 3rd and last section in CAT 2020 question paper. This section had more number of questions based on Arithmetic. Many candidates, especially from Non-Mathematics and Non-Engineering background, who are not well versed with Trigonometry, Solid Geometry, Algebra had an opportunity to crack the QA section by solving Arithmetic questions with 90% accuracy level to cross the IIM cut offs. Key highlights of the QA section in CAT 2020 slot-1 were: 

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  • QA section had 26 Questions as against 34 earlier
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 78 as against 102 earlier
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 8
  • More Questions based on Arithmetic
  • Type of Arithmetic Based Questions: Percentage, Ratio, Interest, Number System, Time, Speed
  • Other QA Question topics: Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Trigonometry
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 42-48 marks
Question Topics
No of Questions 
Numbers
2
Arithmetic
10
Algebra
8
Geometry
3
Modern Maths
3

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CAT 2020 Slot-2 Exam Analysis: Difficulty Level higher than slot-1; Cut off for 99 percentile likely at 100-105

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Question Paper Pattern & Changes

The CAT 2020 Slot-2 question paper of 2 hours duration with key changes had the following pattern and sectional composition. CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking and total maximum marks available for each section are as below:

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Highlights
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
26
18
8
4 RC Passages with 18 MCQs
8 Non MCQs on VA questions  divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
18
6
LR – 10 Ques
DI – 14 Ques
All in Sets of 6 & 4 Questions
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
26
18
8
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra
Total
 76
 54
22 
 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

Difficulty level in CAT 2020 Slot-2

Overall and sectional difficulty level in CAT 2020 slot-2 has gone up as compared to slot-1. Arun Sharma, top CAT expert is of the view that the cut off for 99 percentile in slot-2 of CAT 2020 especially for DILR section would go down to 28-33 marks as compared to 33-38 marks in slot-1.

 

CAT 2020 Slot-2: Section-wise Analysis
Below is shared the sectional analysis for CAT 2020 slot-2 exam 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension was the first section in CAT 2020 slot-2 question paper. Key highlights of the section are:

  • VARC section had 26 Questions as against 34 last year
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 78 as against 102 last year
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of Non-MCQs were 8
  • Number of RC Passages: 4
  • Number of RC Based questions: 18
  • Type of RC Based Questions: MCQs asking to explain the phrases, vocabulary as used in RC Passage, inferences, Main Idea 
  • Number of VA questions: 8
  • Type of VA questions: Non-MCQs
  • Verbal Question Topics: Para Summary, Jumbled paragraphs, Out of context sentence in Jumbled paragraph
  • Difficulty Level: Higher than Slot-1
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 38-44 marks

Section-2: DILR Analysis for CAT 2020
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was the second section in CAT 2020 Slot-2 question paper. The section was more difficult than in slot-1 and was more time consuming. Only those test takers who practiced variety of problems of different difficulty level could make required number of good attempts as the time limit was less.  Key highlights, difficulty level and likely cut off for DILR section in CAT 2020 Slot-2 are as under.

  • DILR section had 24 Questions
  • Total Maximum Marks assigned for the section were 72 as against 96 last year
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 6
  • Number of DI Questions: 14 in CAT 2020 as against 16 earlier
  • Type of DI Based Questions: All questions were based on sets.  
  • Type of DI Problem Sets: Each followed by 6 or 4 questions. DI Sets were based on Comparison Tables, data analysis
  • Number of LR Questions were 10 in CAT 2020 as against 16 last year
  • Type of LR Based Questions: All questions were based on sets.
  • Type of LR Problem Sets: Each followed by 6 and 4 four questions.
  • Difficulty Level: DILR Difficulty in Slot-2 was higher than slot-1
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 28-33 marks

Section-3: QA Analysis in CAT 2020 Slot-2
Quantitative Ability (QA) in CAT 2020 slot-2 question paper. This section had more number of questions based on Arithmetic. Many candidates, especially from Non-Mathematics and Non-Engineering background, who are not well versed with Trigonometry, Solid Geometry, Algebra had an opportunity to crack the QA section by solving Arithmetic questions with 90% accuracy level to cross the IIM cut offs. Key highlights of the QA section in CAT 2020 slot-2 were: 

  • QA section had 26 Questions as against 34 last year
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 78 as against 102 last year
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 8
  • More Questions based on Arithmetic
  • Type of Arithmetic Based Questions: Percentage, Ratio, Interest, Number System, Time, Speed
  • Other QA Question topics: Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Trigonometry
  • Difficulty Level: Higher than slot-1
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 38-45 marks

Overall & Sectional Cut off for Slot-2

Overall Good Attempts
VA & RC
Good Attempts
DI & LR Good Attempts
QA Good
Attempts
Raw Score
Expected Percentile
52-55
17-21
13-17
16-19
115
99.5
47-52
16-19
12-15
14-17
105
99
42-45
13-17
9-14
11-15
93
97
32-35
11-15
6-10
10-14
74
95
22-30
9-13
5-9
7-11
50
90
15-22
7-11
4-8
5-8
40
80

CAT 2020 Slot-3 Exam Analysis: Most Difficult of all Slots; Cut off for 99 Percentile likely at 95-100 marks

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Question Paper Pattern & Changes

The CAT 2020 Slot-3 question paper of 2 hours duration with key changes had the following pattern and sectional composition. CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking and total maximum marks available for each section are as below:

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Highlights
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
26
18
8
4 RC Passages with 18 MCQs
8 Non MCQs on VA questions  divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
18
6
All in Sets of 6 & 4 Questions
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
26
18
8
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra
Total
 76
 54
22 
 

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

Difficulty level in CAT 2020 Slot-3

Overall and sectional difficulty level in CAT 2020 slot-3 was higher than Slot-1 and slot-2. According to Arks Srinivas from Career Launcher (CL) the 99 percentile for slot-3 would not be more than 95 while for slot-2 it would be 100 and for slot-1 it would be 105. 

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CAT 2020 Slot-3: Section-wise Analysis
Below is shared the sectional analysis for CAT 2020 slot-3 exam

 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension was the first section in CAT 2020 slot-3 question paper. Key highlights of the section are:

  • VARC section had 26 Questions as against 34 last year
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 78 as against 102 last year
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of Non-MCQs were 8
  • Number of RC Passages: 4
  • Number of RC Based questions: 18
  • Type of RC Based Questions: MCQs asking to explain the phrases, vocabulary as used in RC Passage, inferences, Main Idea 
  • Number of VA questions: 8
  • Type of VA questions: Non-MCQs
  • Verbal Question Topics: Para Summary, Jumbled paragraphs, Out of context sentence in Jumbled paragraph
  • Difficulty Level: Higher than earlier Slots
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 35-40 marks

Section-2: DILR Analysis for CAT 2020
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning was the second section in CAT 2020 Slot-3 question paper. The section was more difficult than in slot-2 and slot-1and was more time consuming. Only those test takers who practiced variety of problems of different difficulty level could make required number of good attempts as the time limit was less.  Key highlights, difficulty level and likely cut off for DILR section in CAT 2020 Slot-3 are as under.

  • DILR section had 24 Questions
  • Total Maximum Marks assigned for the section were 72 as against 96 last year
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 6
  • Number of DI Questions: 14 in CAT 2020 as against 16 earlier
  • Type of DI Based Questions: All questions were based on sets.  
  • Type of DI Problem Sets: Each followed by 6 or 4 questions. DI Sets were based on Comparison Tables, data analysis
  • Number of LR Questions were 10 in CAT 2020 as against 16 last year
  • Type of LR Based Questions: All questions were based on sets.
  • Type of LR Problem Sets: Each followed by 6 and 4 four questions.
  • Difficulty Level: DILR Difficulty in Slot-3 was higher than slot-2 and slot-1
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 24-26 marks

Section-3: QA Analysis in CAT 2020 Slot-2
Quantitative Ability (QA) in CAT 2020 slot-3 question paper. This section had more number of questions based on Arithmetic. Many candidates, especially from Non-Mathematics and Non-Engineering background, who are not well versed with Trigonometry, Solid Geometry, Algebra had an opportunity to crack the QA section by solving Arithmetic questions with 90% accuracy level to cross the IIM cut offs. Key highlights of the QA section in CAT 2020 slot-3 were: 

  • QA section had 26 Questions as against 34 last year
  • Total Maximum marks allotted for the section were 78 as against 102 last year
  • Number of MCQs were 18
  • Number of TITA questions (Non-MCQs) were 8
  • More Questions based on Arithmetic
  • Type of Arithmetic Based Questions: Percentage, Ratio, Interest, Number System, Time, Speed
  • Other QA Question topics: Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Trigonometry
  • Difficulty Level: Higher than slot-2 and slot-1
  • Cut off Expected for 99 Percentile: 38-42 marks

Overall & Sectional Cut off for Slot-3

Overall Good Attempts
VA & RC
Good Attempts
DI & LR Good Attempts
QA Good
Attempts
Raw Score
Expected Percentile
51-53
17-20
13-15
16-18
105
99.5
45-50
15-17
12-14
14-16
95
99
41-44
12-15
9-12
10-14
92
97
32-35
11-14
6-9
8-12
72
95
21-23
8-12
5-8
6-10
50
90
15-20
7-11
4-8
5-8
40
80

CAT 2020 Analysis by Top Coaching Institutes
MBAUniverse.com has published the CAT Exam analysis 2020 by IMS, CL, TIME, Hitbulls eye. The comprehensive CAT analysis by top coaching institutes is released for all the slots. 

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CAT 2020 Analysis by IMS

  • Comprehensive CAT Analysis 2020 by IMS with key changes in exam pattern
  • Impact of changes in CAT pattern on cut offs
  • CAT Analysis by IMS covers comparative CAT exam 2020 difficulty level as against the last year
  • The analysis also reflects upon the changes in question pattern, number & type of questions – MCQs & Non MCQs, Surprise elements, ideal attempts among other key features

IMS has shared that based on the feedback received from several candidates who appeared in the first slot, they estimate the cut off scores and percentiles 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

Read in Detail the CAT 2020 Analysis by IMS

CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher (CL)

MBAUniverse.com has published CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher with following key features

  • Comprehensive CAT Analysis 2020 by CL with key changes in exam pattern
  • Impact of changes in CAT pattern on cut offs
  • CAT Analysis by CL will cover comparative CAT exam 2020 difficulty level as against the last year
  • The analysis will also reflect upon the changes in question pattern, number & type of questions – MCQs & Non MCQs, Surprise elements, ideal attempts among other key features
  • CAT Exam Analysis 2020 also compares the changes in expected percentile viz-a-viz CAT score and cut offs over last year.
  • CAT aspirants had to face 76 questions in 2 hours. Section- wise distribution of questions was again, as expected; and had been discussed multiple times in Career Launcher's classes and open sessions. That is:

CAT 2020 VARC: 26 questions
CAT 2020 DILR: 24 questions
CAT 2020 QA: 26 questions

The marking scheme remained the same: +3/-1 for MCQs, and +3/0 for non-MCQs. The overall level of difficulty for CAT 2020 slot 1 was slightly higher than that of CAT 2019. In terms of section-wise level of difficulty, VARC was lengthy and slightly tricky. DILR went back to CAT 2016- 18 levels after a short breather in CAT 2018. QA was slightly easier than CAT 2019, in terms of LOD. 

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An overall raw score of around 105-110 should fetch a 99%ile in CAT 2020. Read Detailed CAT 2020 Analysis by CL

CAT 2020 Analysis by HitbullsEye

The detailed CAT 2020 analysis by Hitbullseye has been published by MBAUniverse.com with following key features:

  • Comprehensive CAT Analysis 2020 with key changes in exam pattern
  • Impact of changes in CAT pattern on cut offs
  • CAT Analysis covers comparative CAT exam 2020 difficulty level as against the last year
  • The analysis also reflects upon the changes in question pattern, number & type of questions – MCQs & Non MCQs, Surprise elements, ideal attempts among other key features

Attempts & Expected Percentile by Hitbullseye

Overall Attempt
VA & RC
Attempt
DI & LR Attempt
QA
Attempt
Probable Score
Expected Percentile
55+
18-21
15-18
17-20
120+
99.5
50-55
16-19
13-16
15-19
 
99
45-50
14-18
10-14
12-16
 
97
32-36
11-15
8-12
10-14
 
95
24-32
9-13
6-10
7-11
 
90
18-24
7-11
5-8
5-8
 
80

Read Detailed CAT 2020 Analysis by Hitbullseye 

CAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E

CAT 2020 Analysis by TIME is published by MBAUniverse.com with following features

  • Comprehensive CAT Analysis 2020 with key changes in exam pattern
  • Impact of changes in CAT pattern on cut offs
  • CAT Analysis has covered comparative CAT exam 2020 difficulty level as against the last year
  • The analysis also reflects upon the changes in question pattern, number & type of questions – MCQs & Non MCQs, Surprise elements, ideal attempts among other key features Read Detailed CAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E.

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