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June 2, 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis: Check No of Questions, Paper Pattern & Difficulty Level

 

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis will be released with first information by MBAUniverse.com with changes in exam pattern, difficulty level, expected cut offs immediately after the CAT 2021 slot-1 exam is over. CAT 2021 exam is expected on November 28, 2021.

 

MBAUniverse.com will also separately publish the CAT Analysis 2021 from top CAT coaching institutes like TIME, IMS, CL for all the exam slots with their take on exam difficulty level, sectional and overall changes and expected cut offs.

 

This year CAT exam will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. The CAT test duration depends upon the prevailing Covid pandemic situation. The test duration may be reduced to two hours in case pandemic situation does not improve, or it may remain of  three hours, in case there is improvement in pandemic situation. CAT Analysis 2021 will prominently focus on following key points:

  • Slot-1 CAT 2021 Analysis with cut offs  immediately slot-1 is over
  • Slot-2 CAT 2021 Analysis with cut offs immediately after slot-2 is over
  • Slot-3 CAT 2021 Analysis (In case slot-3 takes place) with cut offs after slot-3 is over
  • Comprehensive CAT Analysis 2021 with cut offs will be published after CAT exam is over
  • CAT Analysis will cover comparative CAT exam 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 2021 will also compare the changes in expected percentile viz-a-viz CAT score and cut offs over last year

Likely Changes in CAT 2021 Question Paper
The CAT 2021 question paper with key changes is likely to have the following pattern and sectional composition depending upon their test duration of three hours or two hours.

 

CAT exam keeps on getting revamped at least to some extent after each CAT exam. IIM Ahmedabad which is conducting CAT 2021 exam may conduct CAT exam this year either as per last year pattern or the earlier CAT exams which had the same pattern from 2015 to 2019. CAT 2021 analysis is likely to be based on either of the following two patterns:

CAT 2021 Exam Components
Likely CAT 2021 Pattern (If Covid situation does not improve)  
Likely CAT 2021 pattern (If Covid situation improves)
Test duration
2 hrs
3 hrs
Test sessions
3
2
Total questions
76
100
Total score
228
300
Total questions in VARC Section
  26
  34
Total Questions in DILR section
  24
  32
Total Questions in QA section
  26
  34

CAT Analysis 2021: 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 and total maximum marks available for each section for the 3 hours and 2 hours CAT exam

 

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis with Sectional composition for 3 Hours Exam
Following CAT test pattern was followed from 2015 to 2019

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Total maximum marks
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
34
24 to 27
7 to 10
102
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
32
24
8
  96
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
34
23 to 27
7 to 11
102

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis with Sectional composition for 2 Hours Exam
Last year in 2020, CAT was conducted by IIM Indore in three slots of 2 hours duration each due to Covid pandemic situation. As on date the pandemic situation has worsened and if it does not improve substantially, IIM Ahmedabad may also resort to three slots CAT 2021 exam with 2 hours assigned for each slot.  

 

In case CAT 2021 remains a 2 hour duration test as was last year, it would have the pattern as shown below in the table which shares the CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, MCQs and Non-MCQs and total maximum marks available for each section

CAT 2021 exam components for 2 hours exam
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; VA 8 Non MCQs 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 Qs
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

 

CAT 2021 Slot wise Analysis: Timings
Depending upon the Covid pandemic, CAT 2021 can be conducted in three slots or two slots. For both the situations, below are shared details about CAT 2021 slot wise timing:

 

1. If CAT 2021 is conducted in 3 slots…
If CAT 2021 exam is held in three slots, the CAT exam timing would be as below:

 

CAT Exam Slot-1: Morning Session

  • CAT Exam Time Slot-1 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-1: 7.00 AM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-1: 8.15 AM

CAT Exam Slot-2: Afternoon Session

  • CAT Exam Time Slot-2 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-2: 11 AM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-2: 12.15 PM

CAT Exam Slot-3: Evening Session

  • CAT Exam Time Slot-3 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-3: 3 PM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-3: 3.15 PM

2. If CAT 2021 is conducted in 2 slots…
If CAT 2021 exam is held in two slots, the CAT exam timing would be as below:

 

CAT Exam Slot-1: Morning Session

  • CAT Exam Time Slot-1 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 9 AM to 12 Noon
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-1: 7.30 AM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-1: 8.45 AM

CAT Exam Slot-2: Afternoon Session

  • CAT Exam Time Slot-2 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-2: 1 PM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-2: 2.15 PM  

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. 

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 Exam had 76 Questions as against 100 questions earlier
  • Difficulty level in CAT 2020 was similar to earlier CAT exam
  • CAT 2020 Exam duration was changed to 2 hours from earlier 3 hours
  • 40 Minutes were allotted to attempt each section instead of earlier 60 minutes
  • MCQs had 1/3 negative marking and Non-MCQs do not carry penalty of negative marking
  • 4 answer options for each MCQ type question
  • Answer had to 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 

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: 

  • 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

Based on attempts and accuracy in CAT 2020, you can check your likely CAT percentile at MBAUniverse.com CAT Percentile predictor which is live now 

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. 

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. 

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.

 

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

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