CAT 2017 - Analysis

This article contain slot 1, slot 2 analysis of CAT 2017. It presents the overall and sectional structure, level of difficulty and other factors.

Slot 1: difficulty level - same as CAT 2016

 

The CAT 2017 slot 1 structure similar to that of CAT 2016. The test had 3 sections -

 

(1) Verbal Section (VARC) had 34 questions, 24 of which were Reading Comprehension (RC) and 10 Verbal Ability (VA)

Grammar and Vocabulary questions were absent. RC had 3 passages with 6 questions & 2 passages with 3 questions. The questions were direct and could have been solved within the time frame.

- Of the 10 VA questions, 7 were TITA and 3 MCQs.

- 3 Out-of-context sentence – TITA (Easy to Medium)

- 4 Paragraph Jumbles – TITA (Medium to Difficult)

- 3 Paragraph summary/Author’s opinion questions – MCQs. (Easy to Medium)

 

 

It was possible to attempt 26 to 28 questions which should give you a competitive score.

 

(2) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) had 32 questions

 

- There were a total of 8 sets with 4 questions each. There were 3 sets Data Interpretation and 4 sets of Logical Reasoning. The remaining set was logic based DI (a kind of a mix of Di and LR). Selection of the right sets to solve was key to a good performance in this section.

- No set was completely TITA . They were dispersed across individual sets. 4 sets were completely MCQ; the remaining 4 sets were a combination of TITA and MCQs. There were a total of 8 TITA questions.

- The section was marginally tougher as compared to last year.

- If test takers can solve around 4 sets, with 80% accuracy, they should be safe!

 

(3) Quantitative Ability (QA) had 34 questions

 

- QA was easy and contained mostly Arithmetic questions, followed by Geometry, Algebra, and Modern Math. The Numbers were not given prominence.

- There were 11 TITA questions.

- A test taker could easily solve around 12-15 question correctly.

- An attempt of 24 to 26 questions in this section should be a good bet.

 

Each section was 60 minutes long. Test Takers could not go back and forth between sections. For each correct answer, the award was +3, and -1 for incorrect answers. There was no negative marking for TITA questions.  Here is the break–up of questions section-wise:

 

Section No. Section Name Total Number of Questions Number of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Number of TITA Questions
I Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 27 07
II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 24 08
III Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 23 11
  TOTAL 100 75 26

 

Key Points: 

 

* The Slot 1 of CAT 2017 was reported to be similar to last year.

* No surprises; no new question types.

* Overall attempt of 65+ questions with 80%+ accoracy should be classified as a good performance.

 

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Slot 2: difficulty level - same as CAT 2016

 

The CAT 2017 slot 2 structure similar to that of CAT 2016. The test had 3 sections -

 

(1) Verbal Section (VARC) had 34 questions, 24 of which were Reading Comprehension (RC) and 10 Verbal Ability (VA)

Again, VARC section was similar to CAT 2016 in terms of question types. As was the case in Slot 1, in slot 2 also Grammar and Vocabulary questions were absent. RC had 3 passages with 6 questions & 2 passages with 3 questions. The questions could be solved within the given timeframe

- Of the 10 VA questions, 7 were TITA and 3 MCQs

- 3 Out-of-context sentence – TITA (Easy to Medium)

- 4 Paragraph Jumbles – TITA (Medium to Difficult)

- 3 Paragraph summary – MCQs (Easy to Medium)

 

The pattern of Slot 2 VARC replicated the pattern and difficulty level of the Slot 1 and CAT 2016. As in the Slot 1, it was possible to attempt 28 to 30 questions, which should give you a very competitive score.

 

(2) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) had 32 questions

 

 

- There were a total of 8 sets with 4 questions each. There were 4 sets Data Interpretation and 4 sets of Logical Reasoning.

- No set was completely TITA . They were dispersed across individual sets. 4 sets were completely MCQ; the remaining 4 sets were a combination of TITA and MCQs. There were a total of 8 TITA questions.

- The section was marginally tougher as compared to last year, but it was easier than that in Slot 1.

- If test takers can solve around 4 to 5 sets, with 80% accuracy, they should be safe!

 

(3) Quantitative Ability (QA) had 34 questions

 

 

- As in the Slot 1, QA was easy and dominate dby Arithmetic questions, followed by Geometry, Algebra, and Modern Math - same structure.

- There were 11 TITA questions.

- A test taker could easily solve around 12-15 question correctly.

- An attempt of 25 to 27 questions in this section should be competitive.

 

Each section was 60 minutes long. Test Takers could not go back and forth between sections. For each correct answer, the award was +3, and -1 for incorrect answers. There was no negative marking for TITA questions.  Here is the break–up of questions section-wise:

 

Section No. Section Name Total Number of Questions Number of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Number of TITA Questions
I Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 27 07
II Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 24 08
III Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 23 11
  TOTAL 100 75 26

 

Key Points: 

 

* The Slot 2 of CAT 2017 was reported to be similar to last year; it was also same as Slot 1.

* No surprises; no new question types.

* Overall attempt of 70+ questions with 80%+ accuracy should be classified as a good performance (mostly because DILR in Slot 2 was easier than that in Slot 1)