CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

First Impression of CAT 2017 Exam Analysis Slot - 2

CAT 17 slot 2 did not throw up any major surprises. While many students have reported that the DILR section was easier, some of the questions were tricky and required quick thinking. No errors reported in this slot.

First Impression of CAT 2017 Exam Analysis Slot - 1

The level of difficulty of CAT 17 is similar to that of CAT 2016. As observed last year, DILR section was the toughest, and many students could not attempt more than 2 sets. Overall, one can score 99%ile at 153-155 marks.

Break up of questions
Correct answers are awarded 3 marks, and incorrect answers, except non MCQ questions, carry a penalty of 1 mark.

Section Number of MCQs Number of Non MCQs Total Questions Difficulty Level ‘Good’ Attempt
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 27 07 34 Easy 24-26 questions
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 24 08 32 Tough 13-15 questions
Quantitative Ability 23 11 34 Moderate 25-27 Questions

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
No major surprises in the VARC section in CAT 2017. In fact, anyone who has taken CAT last year would undergo déjà vu while attempting the VARC section in CAT 2017.  24 questions were based on 5 reading comprehension passages: 3 passages with 6 questions each, and 2 passages with 3 questions each. Overall this section was easy to moderate.

The passages were not too difficult, and all were theme based. One had to comprehend the main idea and structure to answer the questions. As expected, a couple of tricky questions with close answers were seen. The vocabulary in the passages was straightforward; this has been a trend in CAT for the last few years.  A change in the user interface allowed test takers to ‘collapse’ the questions; this definitely helped while reading the passages.

4 Parajumbles, 3 Odd Sentence Out and 3 Summary based questions made up the remaining questions. While the summary based questions were not difficult to comprehend, the answers were extremely close. Another change is that the summary questions carried negative marking this year. Overall, the non MCQ questions were doable.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
This year, too, the LRDI section was TOUGH. There was no breathing space in this section and almost all the sets were either time taking or difficult or both. The section was equally split between DI and LR questions, and 8 questions were non MCQs. The critical factor to ace this section remains time management and question selection. This section will be the make or break section to make the cut-offs for the top B-Schools.

Quantitative Aptitude
This section was a mix of easy, difficult and not so difficult questions. Most of the questions were from Geometry, and Arithmetic. What is striking about this section is that one needed to be extremely clear on concepts to tackle this section, and not too many questions were asked on number system this year. 11 questions were non MCQ, and no errors have been reported so far.

Coming soon…expected sectional and overall cut-offs