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CAT Exam Analysis 2021

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We will look at CAT exam analysis 2021 of this year for both slots. CAT syllabus consists of 3 sections, that is, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability. Clearing CAT exam allows a CAT aspirant to take admission into their desired colleges. These may include the prestige IIM or the different Private colleges that accept CAT score / CAT percentile as a mode of registration.

The CAT eligibility lies with candidates that are either in their final year of under graduation or candidates that have certain years of work experience. To get 99 percentile in CAT paper, one must prepare thoroughly and diligently throughout their CAT preparation.

The CAT test began with the VARC section followed by DILR and then QA sections. A score of 155 to 160 should be aimed to achieve the 99th percentile in this paper. The timing for the first slot was from 9 AM to 12 PM and the timing for the second slot was from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. For CAT 2021, the VARC section came off difficult than expected. Since the last couple of years, the VARC section was relatively easy, but CAT 2021 proved once again the uncertainty of this exam. The other 2 sections were of easy to moderate difficulty, which helped the aspirants to score well in those sections. 

Slot -1: CAT Exam Analysis 2021

 

Actual Exam Timing: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m 

Surprises were expected because it was the first slot of the CAT Exam 2021 and also before the Actual CAT Exam 2021 it was been announced that there would be reduction in the no. of questions asked in each particular section.  

Finally what paper pattern student saw was as follows: 

 

Section
No.
Section NameMCQsTITATotalDuration
1VARC1952440 min
2DI & LR1462040 min
3QA1482240 min
Total 471966120 min

Note: There was negative marking for all MCQs attempted questions of about 1 each. And for every correct answer be it MCQs or TITA 3 marks for each question was allotted. 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the VARC section had total of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. As in the previous years, there were no direct Vocabulary or Grammar questions. Overall the Reading Comprehension was more difficult than the Verbal Ability questions. 

However, minimum of 10 to 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy from the entire paper in this particular section. Verbal Ability questions were as expected 3 paragraph jumbles Q’s, 2 Odd sentence Q’s in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. Summary Q’s were of moderate level of difficulty. In Verbal Ability, 5 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. 

AreaType &
Questions
No of
Qs.
Level of
Difficulty
Reading ComprehensionMCQ16Overall: Difficult
RC-1: On Utopia and DystopiaMCQ – 14Difficult
RC-2: On Mayan CivilizationMCQ – 34Moderate
RC-3: Marshmallow TheoryMCQ – 24Moderate
RC-4: The Thirst Empire – Chinese TeaMCQ – 34Easy
Verbal AbilityMCQ & TITA8Overall: Moderate
Parajumbles (4 sentences)TITA – 13Moderate
Out of ContextTITA – 22Easy
SummaryMCQ – 23Moderate

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the DILR section underwent with slight changes compared to previous years. Earlier more no of sets were asked but in CAT 2021 a total of 4 sets were asked, out of which 2 sets had 6 questions each while the remaining 2 sets had 4 questions each. 

Out of the 2 sets with 4 questions, both had 3 MCQ Type of Q’s and 1 TITA Type of Q’s. Out of the 2 sets were with 6 Q’s, both had 4 MCQ Q’s and 2 TITA questions. In total there were 2 DI sets and 2 LR sets. Overall, this section was easier compared to last year’s DILR section.

 

AreaSet DescriptionNo of Qs.Level of
Difficulty
Type &
Doable Q’s
Data Interpretation and Logical
Reasoning
20MediumMCQ and
TITA
DIBar graph with numbers for
2019 and 2020 for different
items grouped in furniture,
office stationery, etc.
4Easy3 MCQ,
 1 TITA – 3
LRFriends, Acquaintances,
Stranger among 7 friends
6Medium-
Difficult
4 MCQ,
2 TITA – 3
DICost price of various fruits
getting mixed in various
 smoothies.
4Medium3 MCQ,
1 TITA – 2
LR8 people, 3 countries,
4 issues and 18 papers
6Easy-
Medium
4 MCQ,
2 TITA – 4

Quantitative Aptitude :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the QA section was with moderate Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic approximately 10 questions, followed by Algebra approximately 5 questions than 4 questions on Modern Maths and last but not the least approximately 3 questions on Geometry. In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Time and Work, Time-Speed-Distance, Averages and Mixtures & Alligations, etc.

There were total of 6 TITA Q’s this year. Selection of the right questions was the key. 

 

AreaNo of QuestionsDoable Q’s
Quantitative Ability14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall LOD: Moderate 
Arithmetic106
Algebra53
Modern Maths42
Geometry31

Slot -2 CAT Exam Analysis 2021

Actual Exam Timing: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m 

There were less surprises expected because it was the second slot. Since, students were aware about the no. of questions asked in each particular section.  

Finally what paper pattern student saw was as follows: 

 

Section No.Section NameMCQsTITATotalDuration
1VARC1952440 min
2DI & LR1552040 min
3QA1482240 min
Total 471966120 min

Note: There was negative marking for all MCQs attempted questions of about 1 each. And for every correct answer be it MCQs or TITA 3 marks for each question was allotted. 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the VARC section had total of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. As in the previous years, there were no direct Vocabulary or Grammar questions. 

Overall the Reading Comprehension was more difficult than the Verbal Ability questions. Verbal Ability questions were as expected 3 paragraph jumbles Q’s, 2 Odd sentence Q’s in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. Summary Q’s were of moderate level of difficulty. There were no Venn Diagrams as asked in previous years of CAT Exam. Overall, 14-16 questions could be solved with high accuracy.  

AreaType & Doable Q’sNo of Qs.Level of
Difficulty
Reading
Comprehension
MCQ16Overall: Difficult
RC-1: On
Nationalism and
Colonialism in
India
MCQ – 24Difficult
RC-2: Decline of LanguagesMCQ – 34Easy
RC-3: Knowledge and SkepticismMCQ – 24Difficult
RC-4: Relationship between
Power and Truth
MCQ – 34Moderate
Verbal AbilityMCQ & TITA8Overall:
Moderate
Parajumbles
(4 sentences)
TITA – 23Moderate
Out of ContextTITA – 12Moderate
SummaryMCQ – 23Moderate

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the DILR section underwent with slight changes compared to previous years. Earlier more no of sets were asked but in CAT 2021 a total of 4 sets were asked, out of which 2 sets had 6 questions each while the remaining 2 sets had 4 questions each. 

Out of the 2 sets with 4 questions, one set had all 4 MCQs and the other had 2 TITA Qs and 2 MCQs. Out of the 2 sets were with 6 Q’s, both had 4 MCQ Q’s and 2 TITA questions. In total there were 2 DI sets and 2 LR sets. 

Overall, this section was easier compared to last year’s DILR section and also as compared to slot 1. Overall, good attempts will be considered for 13-15 questions with high accuracy. 

AreaSet DescriptionNo of Qs.Level of
Difficulty
Type & Doable Q’s
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning20ModerateMCQ and TITA
DIBar graph on orders
receipt and delivery of
 items.
4Easy2 MCQ, 2 TITA – 3
LRTournaments with 12
individuals
4Easy4 MCQ – 3
DIRating of delivery boy on 4 different parameters by 4 individuals.6Moderate4 MCQ, 2 TITA – 3
LRDistribution of 10 objects among 5 friends6Difficult5 MCQ, 1 TITA – 2

Quantitative Ability :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the QA section was with moderate Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic approximately 9 questions, followed by Algebra approximately 5 questions than 3 questions on Modern Maths and last but not the least approximately 3 questions on Geometry. In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Time and Work, Time-Speed-Distance, Averages and Mixtures & Alligations, etc.

There were total of 8 TITA Q’s this year. Selection of the right questions was the key. Overall, 13-15 questions with high accuracy are considered good attempts. 

 

AreaNo of QuestionsDoable Q’s
Quantitative
Ability
14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall
 LOD: Moderate
 
Arithmetic97
Algebra53
Modern Maths32
Numbers21
Geometry31

 

Slot -3 CAT Exam Analysis 2021

Actual Exam Timing: 04:30 to 06:30 p.m 

Students were aware about the no. of questions asked in each section. So, they were mentally prepared about how they can change strategy. But, the level of difficulty was more compared to slots 1 & 2. 

Finally the paper pattern student had was similar to earlier slots as follows:

Section No.Section NameMCQsTITATotalDuration
1VARC1952440 min
2DI & LR1462040 min
3QA1482240 min
Total 471966120 min

Note: There was negative marking for all MCQs attempted questions of about 1 each. And for every correct answer be it MCQs or TITA 3 marks for each question was allotted. 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the VARC section had total of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. As in the previous years, there were no direct Vocabulary or Grammar questions. Overall the Reading Comprehension was more difficult than the Verbal Ability questions.

Verbal Ability questions were as expected 3 paragraph jumbles Q’s, 2 Odd sentence Q’s in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. Summary Q’s were of moderate level of difficulty. There were no Venn Diagrams as asked in previous years of CAT Exam. Overall, 15-17 questions are considered good to be solved with high accuracy.

AreaType & Doable Q’sNo of Qs.Level of
 Difficulty
Reading ComprehensionMCQ16Overall: Difficult
RC-1: Timekeeping and entropyMCQ – 24Moderate
RC-2:
Nanoparticles
MCQ – 34Moderate
RC-3: Language is an instinctMCQ – 24Difficult
RC-4: How the
concept of
unconscious
entered
psychoanalysis
MCQ – 24Difficult
Verbal AbilityMCQ & TITA8Overall: Moderate
Parajumbles
(4 sentences)
TITA – 23Moderate
Out of ContextTITA – 12Moderate
SummaryMCQ – 23Moderate

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the DILR section underwent with slight change compared to previous years. Earlier more no of sets were asked but in CAT 2021 a total of 4 sets were asked, out of which 2 sets had 6 questions each while the remaining 2 sets had 4 questions each. 

Out of the 2 sets with 4 questions, one had all MCQs and the other set had 2 MCQs and 2 TITA Questions. Out of the 2 sets which were of 6 Q’s, one had equal no of MCQs and TITA Qs whereas the other set had 5 MCQs and 1 TITA Questions. In total there were 2 DI sets and 2 LR sets. Overall, this section was difficult compared to slot 1 & 2. Overall, good attempts are considered for approximately 10-12 questions with high accuracy.

AreaSet DescriptionNo of Qs.Level of DifficultyType & Doable Q’s
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning20ModerateMCQ and TITA
DIBar graph on
employee utilization
in project.
4Easy4 MCQ – 3
LRPure and impure
mixture detection
4Difficult2 TITA, 2 MCQ – 2
DIThrowing distances6Difficult5 MCQ, 1 TITA – 3
LRSet on question
creators
6Moderate3 MCQ, 3 TITA – 4

Quantitative Ability :

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 for the QA section was with moderate Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic approximately 10 questions, followed by Algebra approximately 4 questions than 4 questions on Modern Maths and last but not the least approximately 3 questions on Geometry. In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Time and Work, Time-Speed-Distance, Averages and Mixtures & Alligations, etc.

There were total of 8 TITA Q’s this year. Selection of the right questions was the key. Overall, 12-14 questions with high accuracy are considered good attempts.

AreaNo of QuestionsDoable Q’s
Quantitative Ability14 MCQs, 8 TITA,
Overall LOD:
Moderate
 
Arithmetic107
Algebra42
Modern Maths42
Numbers11
Geometry31

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