CAT 2016 Test Analysis

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CAT 2016: Slot-1 Analysis

 

The overall structure of Common Admission Test (CAT 2016) was similar to that during last year.

 

CAT 2016 started with VA-RC section, which had 34 questions - 24 Reading Comprehension and 10 Verbal Ability.  The second section was the DI-LR, which had 32 questions distributed equally between Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. The third section was the Quantitative Ability section, which had 34 questions. The allocated duration for each section 60 minutes.

 

The CAT test takers could not go back and forth between sections.

 

For each correctly answered question, test-taker was rewarded with +3 marks, and for each incorrect anstwer, they were penalised by -1 mark. However, for the type in the answer (TITA) questions, there was no penalties for incorrect answers.

 

There was a slight confusion: in the instructions page it was mentioned +3 marks for every correct answer; the values displayed alongside questions were 1 and -0.33 respectively. However, since the ratio remains the same, it shouldn't be any cause of concern for the CAT test takers.

 

Break–up of questions section-wise:

 

Section No.

Section Name

Total Number of Questions

Number of Multiple Choice Questions

Number of TITA Questions

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

24

10

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

24

8

III

Quantitative Ability

34

27

7

 

TOTAL

100

75

25

 

VA-RC Section: The VA-RC section was a replica of the CAT 2015 section in terms of question types. Grammar was again conspicuous by its absence. And there were no vocabulary-based questions as well. RC had 3 passages with 6 questions & 2 passages with 3 questions - most of these questions were direct and could have been solved within the given time-limits. The VA questions, like last year, were all TITA Questions and comprised Jumbled paragraphs, Out of Context and Para Summary questions. If you had taken SimCAT 15 & 16, the VA-RC section would have been a home run.

 

DI-LR Section: The DI-LR section had 4 sets each of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Selection of the right sets to solve was key to a good performance in this section. Unlike last year, no Set was completely TITA - TITA questions were dispersed across individual sets. Overall the section was only slightly easy when compared to last year - if you have solved around 4 sets in this section, then you should be in the safe zone.

 

QA Section: This section was of moderate difficulty level and dominated by questions on Geometry and Arithmetic. There were only 7 TITA questions this year - compared to last year when there were 14! If one went through the entire section, there were at least 8 to 10 sitters for the taking. The image of the Square Root sign in some of the questions resembled more like a PI - thereby creating some confusion. There was at least 1 question which had a typographical error and should be excluded from the final evaluation. An attempt of 22 to 25 questions in this section should be a good bet.

 

Summary:

 

The Slot 1 of CAT 2016 has been reported to be very similar to CAT 2015 - there were no surprises, and no new question types in any section. According to some CAT experts, an overall attempt of more than 65 questions, and accuracy rate of more than 80% should be considered to be a good performance. Watch out this space for the Slot 2 analysis.

 

 

CAT 2016: Slot-2 Analysis

 

The CAT 2016 test structure in the Slot 2 was similar to that in the Slot 1. However, there was one difference - the number of TITA questions in the DI-LR section in the Slot 2 was only 4, as compared to 8 TITA questions in the Slot 1 for the same section.  The number of TITA questions in the QA section was same in both the slots. 

 

Break–up of questions section-wise:

 

 

Section No.

Section Name

Total Number of Questions

Number of Multiple Choice Questions

Number of TITA Questions

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

24

10

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

28

4

III

Quantitative Ability

34

27

7

 

TOTAL

100

79

21

 

VA-RC Section: Just as in the first slot, the VA-RC section was the same as CAT 2015 section in terms of structure and question types. There were no grammar or vocabulary-based questions - all the VA questions were reasoning-based. The Verbal section was very similar to IMS SimCAT 15 and 16.

 

DI-LR Section: This section saw a slight change as compared to the first slot. It had 4 sets each of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Selection of the right sets to solve was key to a good performance in this section. This slot had one complete DI set, consisting of 4 questions, as TITA. Overall the section was slightly easy when compared to last year - if you have solved around 4-5 sets (17-20 questions) in this section, then you should be in the safe zone.  

 

QA Section: As compared to the first slot, this slot had questions more spread across areas. Also, there were at least 7 to 8 sitters for the taking. The image of the Square Root sign still resembled more like a PI - thereby creating some confusion. An attempt of 23 to 25 questions in this section should be a good bet.  

 

Summary:

 

The Slot 2 of CAT 2016 was found to be more or less same as that for CAt 2015, with no surprises. No new question types were seen in any of the sections. Overall 65+ questions with accuracy rate of 80%+ will be considered to be a good performance in this test.

 

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