CAT 2021 Analysis by IMS Learning (Out): Check Slot 1, 2 & 3 Here

CAT 2021 Analysis by IMS Learning (Out): Check Slot 1, 2 & 3 Here

CAT 2022 Analysis by IMS Learning - IIM Bangalore will conduct CAT 2022 exam tentatively on November 27, 2022 in CBT mode. The CAT 2022 will be conducted in Computer-Based mode as per the CAT exam pattern. IMS Learning will be providing an account of the CAT 2022 exam analysis once the CAT exam 2022 is concluded. This article of CareersToday will provide the CAT 2022 Analysis by IMS Learning once the CAT exam is concluded.

Candidates appearing for CAT 2022 exam must check last year analysis by IMS Learning to get an insight into CAT exam questions, trends, exam patterns, and so on. IMS Learning has also provided the last year (Slot 1) analysis along with Slot 2 and slot 3. Experts have gone through the questions that they receive from the candidates and had provided the analysis of the previous year CAT exam section-wise.

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THe previous year CAT exam analysis by IMS learning has described the difficulty level of the CAT exam and how many questions one should have attempted in every section to score a decent percentile. This will allow the candidates of the CAT 2022 exam to get an idea of the CAT exam pattern followed in previous years. With the help of CAT exam analysis, one can estimate their score before the actual CAT result. Read the full article to know all the details pertaining to the previous year analysis by IMS Learning such as exam pattern and marking scheme and section-wise analysis.
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Previous Year Analysis by IMS Learning

There was a bit of suspense about the structure of the test since the IIMs had earlier announced the possibility of a reduction in the number of questions. the previous year, finally, came out with the following student-friendly pattern:

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Previous Year Slot 3 VERBAL ABILITY & READING COMPREHENSION

The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. Two of the four passages were abstract and difficult – the one on “how the concept of the unconscious entered language” and another on “Language as an instinct and its universality”. The other two passages on “how measurement of time influences entropy” and the next one on “how nanoparticles are finding practical application” were at best medium difficulty. Overall Comprehension was on par with the first two slots. 8 to 10 RC questions could be attempted with high accuracy. VA questions were as expected – 3 paragraph jumbles, 2 Odd sentence questions in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. Summary questions were of medium difficulty level. In VA, 5 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall the difficulty level was largely comparable to the first two slots of previous year CAT exam. In short, all three slots carried an almost equal difficulty level.

Area / Questions
Number of questionsTypeLOD
Reading Comprehension
16MCQOverall: Difficult
RC-1: Nanoparticles4MCQMedium
RC-2: Time-keeping and entropy4MCQMedium
RC-3: Language is an instinct4MCQDifficult
RC-4:How the concept of unconscious entered psychoanalysis4MCQDifficult
Verbal Ability
08MCQ & TITAOverall: Medium
Parajumbles (4 sentences)3TITAMedium
Out of Context sentence2TITAMedium
Summary3MCQMedium

Overall, an attempt of 15 or 16 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

CAT Slot 3- DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING

The DI-LR section underwent a slight change in previous year CAT exam with a total of 4 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. Out of the two sets with 4 questions, one set had all 4 MCQ questions while the other set had 2 MCQ and 2 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had 3 TITA questions, while the other set had 1 TITA question. Unlike the last few years, there were no Venn-diagram-based sets.

There were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall this section was comparable to slot 2 of CAT-2020.

Set No.
Area
Set Description
No. of Questions
Question Type
LOD

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

20MCQ and TITAMedium
1Data InterpretationBar graph on employee utilization in project44 MCQEasy
2Logical ReasoningPure and impure mixture detection42 MCQ, 2 TITADifficult
3Data InterpretationThrowing distances65 MCQ, 1 TITADifficult
4Logical ReasoningSet on question creators63 MCQ, 3 TITAMedium-Difficult

Overall, an attempt of 8 to 10 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

CAT Slot 3 Exam Analysis- QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

This section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions), followed by 4 questions each on Algebra and Modern Maths. There were 3 questions on Geometry and 1 question on Numbers. Students, in general, found questions on Algebra to be difficult.

There were 6 TITA Qs this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 10-11 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

Area/Q Type
Number of questions
Quantitative Ability14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic
10
Algebra4
Modern Maths4
Geometry3
Numbers1

VERDICT

IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave feedback that the CAT appeared to be an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maximiser Workshops.

Previous Year – Slot 2 analysis (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)

The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. The passages were difficult except for the one on Decline of Languages. The passages on Knowledge & Skepticism and On Nationalism & Colonialism in India were difficult. The other passage on the Relationship between Power and Truth was at best medium. Overall Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. Passages were 500 to 600 words each as in the first slot. 11 or 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. VA questions were as expected – 3 paragraph jumbles, 2 Odd sentence questions in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. VA was overall of medium difficulty. Summary questions were of medium difficulty level. In VA, 4 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall, the difficulty level was largely comparable to the first slot though slightly more difficult.

Area / Questions
Number of questionsTypeLOD
Reading Comprehension16MCQDifficult
RC-1: On Nationalism and Colonialism in India4MCQDifficult
RC-2: Decline of Languages4MCQEasy
RC-3: Knowledge and Skepticism4MCQDifficult
RC-4: Relationship between Power and Truth4MCQMedium
Verbal Ability
08MCQ & TITAMedium
Parajumbles (4 sentences)3TITAMedium
Out of Context sentence2TITAMedium
Summary3MCQMedium

Overall, an attempt of 15 or 16 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Slot 2 analysis

The DI-LR section underwent a slight change in the previous year CAT exam with a total of 4 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. Out of the two sets with 4 questions, both had 3 MCQ and 1 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, both had 4 MCQ questions and 2 TITA questions. Unlike the last few years, there were no Venn-diagram-based sets.

There were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, this section was easier compared to the CAT 2020 DILR section of Slot1 and slightly tougher compared to Slot 2 and Slot 3.

Set numberAreaSet DescriptionNumber of questionsQuestions typeLOD

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

20MCQ and TITAMedium
1Data InterpretationBar graph on orders receipt and delivery of items.4
2 MCQ, 2 TITA
Easy
2Logical ReasoningTournaments with 12 individuals44 MCQEasy
3Data InterpretationRating of delivery boy on four parameters by four individuals64 MCQ, 2 TITAMedium
4Logical ReasoningDistribution of 10 objects among 5 friends65 MCQ, 1 TITADifficult

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

Quantitative Ability Slot 2 analysis

This section was medium in terms of the level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (9 questions), followed by Algebra (5 questions). There were 3 questions on Modern Maths, 3 questions on Geometry, and 2 questions on Numbers. In Arithmetic, the questions involved Percentages, Partnership, Time-Speed-Distance, Time and Work, Averages and Mixtures & Alligations.

There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 13-14 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

Area/ Q TypeNumber of questions
Quantitative Ability14 MCQs, 8 TITA; Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic9
Algebra5
Geometry3
Modern Maths3
Numbers2

Verdict

IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maximiser Workshops. In fact, one of the passages was verbatim from one of the IMS full-length tests.

CAT 2020 Slot I - Overview

Here is the section-wise break–up of questions:

Section No.

Section Time

Duration

MCQs

Non-MCQs

Total

I

VARC

40 min

19

5

24

II

DI and LR

40 min

14

6

20

III

QA

40 min

14

8

22

Total


120 min

47

19

66

Previous Year Analysis by IMS Learning - Slot 1

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who appeared in the first and second slot, IMS Learning estimated the scores and percentiles*** to be as follows:

Percentile

Score VA-RC

Score DI-LR

Score QA

Overall Score

99.5 %ile

45

33

48

104

99 %ile

41

29

42

97

98 %ile

37

26

37

86

95%ile

32

21

28

72

90%ile

27

17

23

59

85%ile

23

15

19

52

80%ile

21131644

*** No students shall take B-School application decisions based on these initial estimates. They serve only as the first indicator of likely performance.

Previous Year Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (Analysis)

The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. As in the past several years, there were no direct Grammar or Vocabulary questions. The passages were difficult except for the one on The Thirst Empire – Chinese tea. The passage on Utopia and Dystopia was difficult. The other two passages on Marshmallow Theory – self-control and on the idea of personhood according to Classic Mayan civilization was at best medium. Overall Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. However, 10 to 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. VA questions were as expected – 3 paragraph jumbles, 2 Odd sentence questions in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. Summary questions were of medium difficulty level. In VA, 5 attempts with high accuracy was possible. Overall the difficulty level was largely comparable to the first slot of CAT 2020.

Area/Questions

No of Qs.

Type

LOD

Reading Comprehension

16

MCQ

Difficult

RC-1: On Utopia and Dystopia

4

MCQ

Difficult

RC- 2: On Mayan Civilization – personhood

4

MCQ

Medium

RC-3: Marshmallow Theory

4

MCQ

Medium

RC-4: The Thirst Empire – Chinese Tea

4

MCQ

Easy

Verbal Ability

08

MCQ & TITA

Overall: Medium

Para jumbles ( 4 sentences)

3

TITA

Medium

Out of Context sentence

2

TITA

Easy

Summary

3

MCQ

Medium

Overall, an attempt of 15 to 17 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

Previous Year analysis by IMS learning on Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

The DI-LR section underwent a slight change in previous year CAT exam with a total of 4 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. Out of the two sets with 4 questions, both had 3 MCQ and 1 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, both had 4 MCQ questions and 2 TITA questions. Unlike the last few years, there were no Venn-diagram-based sets.

There were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, this section was easier compared to last year’s DILR section of Slot1 and slightly tougher compared to Slot 2 and Slot 3.

Set No.

Area

Set Description

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Question Type


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning20MCQ and TITAMedium

1

Data

Interpretation

Bar graph with numbers for 2019 and 2020 for different items grouped in furniture, tech and office stationery.

4

Easy

3 MCQ + 1 TITA

2

Logical

Reasoning

Friends, Acquaintances, Stranger among 7 friends

6

Medium-Difficult

4 MCQ + 2 TITA

3

Data

Interpretation

Cost price of various fruits getting mixed in various smoothies.

4

Medium

3 MCQ + 1 TITA

4

Logical Reasoning

8 people, 3 countries, 4 issues and 18 papers

6

Easy-Medium

4 MCQ + 2 TITA

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

Previous Year analysis by IMS learning on Quantitative Ability

This section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (10 questions), followed by Algebra (5 questions). There were 4 questions on Modern Maths and 3 questions on Geometry. In Arithmetic, the questions were dominated by Time-Speed-Distance, Time and Work, Averages and Mixtures & Alligations.

There were 6 TITA Qs this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 14 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

Area/Q Type

No of Questions

Overall LOD

Quantitative Ability

14 MCQs, 8 TITA

Medium




Arithmetic

10

Algebra

5

Geometry

3

Modern Maths

4