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CAT 2018 Analysis- Check Section-wise Analysis

Updated On - February 20th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

CAT Exam 2017 was successfully conducted on Nov 26. An approximate attendance of 87% (more than 1.99 lac candidates) was seen this year. CAT 2017 Analysis & Answer Key has been released by some of the top coaching institutes. As per CAT Exam  2017 Analysis,

  • CAT 2017 was slightly easier than previous year i.e. CAT 2016. It was of moderate difficulty level. Check  CAT 2017 Percentile Predictor
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning was the toughest section followed by Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • Quantitative Ability was a pleasant surprise for the test-takers. It was the easiest in both slots.
  • The written and verbal ability in language section was slightly easier than last year," said Dr D K Batra of IMI-New Delhi. "So, no big surprises this year," he added.
  • CAT 2017 Cutoff is expected to be higher, owing to the number of registrations and moderate difficulty level.
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CAT 2017 Section-wise Analysis

CAT 2017 Analysis (Slot 1)

CAT Exam 2017 was conducted in 2 sessions on the same day. The first session was conduted from 12 pm onwards. Questions from Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA) were asked. As per the reactions of the test-takers, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate.

Read below CAT 2017 Analysis for Slot 1:

SectionTotal No. of QuestionsNo. of MCQsNo. of Non-MCQsDifficulty Level

VARC

34

27

7

Easy-moderate

DI & LR

32

24

8

Difficult

QA

34

23

11

Easy-moderate

Total

100

75

26

3 Hours

  • In VA, there were 7 Non-MCQ & 3 MCQ questions. RC in CAT Exam 2017 had 24 questions. There overall difficulty level of the section was moderate.
  • DILR continued to be tough, since the questions were reasoning based. There were 8 sets of 4 questions each which were quite indirect and tricky in nature. Four sets were completely MCQ whereas the remaining four were a combination of TITA and MCQs. 
  • QA was the easiest section to attempt, giving students a sigh of relief. Questions were direct, giving room to a highter CAT Cutoff this year. Questions were easily manageable and were not time-consuming.

CAT 2017 Analysis (Slot 2)

Slot 2 was conducted from 2.30- 5.30 pm. The difficulty level of the paper was similar to the first slot i.e. moderate. Read below CAT 2017 Analysis for Slot 2:

SectionNo. of QuestionsNo. of non-MCQ questionsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension

34

7

Easy-moderate

25-27

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32

8

Difficult

12-14

Quantitative Ability

34

8

Easy-Moderate

25-26

Total

100

23

 

64-68

  • DILR was the toughest to attempt, although it was easier than the first slot.
  • VARC was of moderate difficulty level. Questions were either direct or inference based. TITA or non-MCQs were from the Verbal Ability or English Usage area. 
  • QA was the easiest to attempt in both the slots.

Check  CAT 2017 Analysis & Answer Key


CAT 2016 Analysis

  • CAT 2016 did not undergo any changes in its exam pattern. However, the difficulty level went up, which was a little expected.
  • While VARC was easy to attempt, DILR was trouble-some for the examinees. The Quants section gave night-mare to all, in terms of the difficulty level and topic distribution.
  • The overall CAT Exam 2016 was of moderate-difficult level.
  • Given below is the section-wise CAT 2016 Analysis:
SECTIONNUMBER OF QUESTIONSDIFFICULTY LEVELGOOD ATTEMPTSTOTAL MARKS
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension34Easy27-28102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning32Moderate- Difficult14-1696
Quantitative Ability34Moderate- Difficult22-25102
 -100 - -300
CAT 2016 AnalysisCAT 2016 Question PaperCAT 2016 Answer Key

CAT 2016 Cutoff

  • Due to this, the overall percentile went down and only a scaled score of 153+ was required for a 99+ percentile.
  • CAT Cutoff was which was much lower as compared to the previous years’ data.
  • Given below is the cutoff for CAT 2016:
Name of the InstituteCAT 2016 Cutoff 
Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS, Delhi University)98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi98+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay99+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon95+ Percentile
S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai85+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)90+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad90+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai95+ Percentile

CAT 2015 Analysis

  • This year was observed as the year of changes for CAT Exam. IIM, Ahmedabad took the responsibility to conduct CAT 2015, which had earlier conducted CAT 2009 with three sections of the question paper. Hence, the difficulty level was similar to that of the year 2009.
  • IIM-Ahmedabad experimented with the question paper, with minor additions such as introduction of on-screen calculator and subjective questions.
  • As the new changes in CAT Exam Pattern were announced in 2015, it gave a sigh of relief to all, assuming the paper to be easier to attempt. His was so because non-MCQs were introduced with no negative marking.
  • There were 100 questions in the three sections of the question paper. All the sections, thereby, were equally timed.
  • However, the weightage of each section remained the same, as observed in CAT 2014.
  • QA & DI was 34+ 16 and VA+ LR was 34 + 16.
  • In CAT 2015, the sections got shuffled as QA-34, LR+DI-16+16 and VARC-34.

Given below is the section-wise CAT 2015 Analysis:

SECTIONNUMBER OF QUESTIONSDIFFICULTY LEVELGOOD ATTEMPTSTOTAL MARKS
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension34Easy27-28102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning32Moderate-Difficult1696
Quantitative Ability34Moderate25-27102
 -100 -70+300
CAT 2015 AnalysisCAT 2015 Question Paper

CAT 2015 Cutoff

The raw score in the result required for a 99-percentile dropped marginally to 177+ which was lower as compared to previous year (2014) scaled down score. Given below is CAT 2016 Cutoff:

B-Schools accepting CAT scoreCAT 2016 Percentile
MDI Gurgaon92
Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)95
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai95
S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai85
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal86
Department of Management Studies (DMS), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)98
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, Delhi98
Department of Management Studies (DoMS), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)90
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai95
LIBA Chennai90

CheckCAT 2015 Cutoff


CAT 2014 Analysis

  • CAT 2014 Exam was slightly different as compared to CAT 2013 since it underwent a few changes.
  • The time duration went up to 170 minutes, without any sectional limit.
  • Changes in the pattern brought about a drop in its level of difficulty and as a consequence, the scaled down score for a 99 percentile went up to 190+. CheckCAT 2014 Cutoff
  • Given below is the section-wise analysis of CAT 2014:
SECTIONNUMBER OF QUESTIONDIFFICULTY LEVELGOOD ATTEMPTSTOTAL MARKS
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation50 (34+16)Easy35+150
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning50 (34+16)Easy- Moderate35+150
 -100Easy70+300

Check CAT 2014 Question Paper

We hope you get a fair idea about the previous years’ CAT Analysis. This year, CAT 2017 is scheduled on November 26. Make sure you leave no stone unturned during your preparation period. Good luck!


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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