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CAT 2010 Exam Analysis

1. The duration of the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes including initial 15 minute tutorial. No breaks will be given during the test. The test consists of questions that evaluate a candidate’s quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretive abilities. The paper had 60 Qs, 20 QA, 20 DI/LR and 20 VA  




2. Each Question has 4 options for marking and only one answer is correct for each question.3.  Each question carries 3 marks each, so maximum marks for paper is 180.

4. Although there was no mention but there should be negative marking . As such  1 mark should be deducted for each incorrect answer

5. The coverage of questions in three sections were similar to previous CAT papers although the difficulty may have been a notch lower

The exact questions are not known but some indications of CAT 2010 are as under

The paper was of 2 hours 15 minutes duration with 20 questions each from Verbal Ability, LR and DI and Quantitative Aptitude section. 

In Verbal Ability Section, common pattern of questions is

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Topic Number of Qs 
Completion of paragraph/sentence  2
Paragraph Jumbles  4
Grammar (Sentence Correction)  2
Correct Usage of words given  2
Vocabulary Based Questions  
Fill in the blanks (2 blanks)  1
Reading Comprehension  
RC 1  3
RC 2  3
RC 3  3


In LR and DI, common pattern of questions is

Topic Number of Qs 
   
Logical and Critical Reasoning reasoning questions 14
Calculation based questions 6


Broadly following areas are covered in DI questions
1.Table
2. Pie-chart
3. Bar chart
4. Stacked Bar
5. Line Graphs
6. Mixed Diagrams
7. 3D Charts
8.  Maxima & Minima

Broadly following areas are covered in  Reasoning Questions
1.    Set of conditions
2.    Logical Arguments and conclusions / deductions
3.    Puzzles
4.    Venn Diagrams

In Quant  Section , common pattern of questions is

Topic Number of Qs 
Algebra  and Number System  8
Geometry and Mensuration 3
Probability 1
Arithmetic  and others 8

 Broadly following areas are covered in arithmetic, algebra , geometry and others
Arithmetic
1. Number Systems and Number Theory
2. Percentages - Details
3. Profit and Loss - Details
4. Simple and Compound Interest
5. Speed, Time and Distance
6. Pipes and Cisterns
7. Races
8. Averages
9. Ratio and Proportions
10. Mixtures and Alligations

Algebra
1. Linear and Quadratic Equation
2. Logarithm
3. Progressions - AP, GP, HP
4. Binomial Theorem
5. Inequalities
6. Permutation & Combination
7. Probability
8. Function
9. Set Theory

Geometry
1.Geometry
2. Co ordinate Geometry
Trigonometry
Mensuration

CAT 2010 Cut Offs : 

Cut Offs are compiled on basis of  likely cut-offs for various business schools for admissions to their MBA/PGDBM programmes.  There is no rule in compiling same. It is based on data sourced from B Schools, from candidates getting calls. Kindly call respective B schools for specific information. The said information is only indicative

Correct Questions Marks @ 3 marks for correct question Percentage Expected Percentile    Expect Call from
37 111 62 100   All IIMs
36 108 60 99.5   At least 3 IIMS
35 105 58 99   At least 1 IIM
34 102 57 98   At least 1 IIM
33 99 55 97   MDI Gurgaon 
32 96 53 96   MDI Gurgaon , IMT G
31 93 52 95   NITIE, IMT G, IMI. MDI HR
30 90 50 94    SP Jain, Nirma, FORE 
29 87 48 93   IMI New Delhi, TA PAI Manipal
28 84 47 92   UBS Chandigarh,
27 81 45 91   KJS, ISWBM 
26 78 43 90   NIRMA
25 75 42 89   LBS, IMDR, NIBM, BIM-Trichy 
24 72 40 85   NIA, BIM-Tech, SDM-IMD, EDI 
23 69 38 80   Geat Lakes, Chennai
22 66 37 75   IIFM, NIT-Trichy 
21 63 35 70   Welingkar, IMFR Chennai
20 60 33 65   Amity Noida

 CAT 2008 Exam Analysis

 The paper was slightly more difficult than last year. In addition there was more stress on verbal ability with increase of 15 questions in that section
There were 90 questions of 4 Marks each.Negative marking -1 for each question
                    Section I -    Data Interpretaion ,Data Sufficiency and Reasoning 25 Q
                    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  25 questions
                    Section III -  Verbal Ability and   Reading Comprehension  40  Q

 CAT 2008 Cut offs

Overall cut off for CAT 2008 for IIMs for General category between 120+ to 140+

Section wise cut off

Quantitative Aptitude :  32 - 35

Data Interpretaion:  32-35
Verbal ability :   46 - 49

 CAT 2008  Selection Criteria Institute wise

  

  Category Section I (QA) Section II RA Section III VA Overall  
    Percentile Marks Percentile Marks Percentile Marks Percentile Marks
Maximum Marks   100 100 100 96 100 160 100 356
                   
IIM Ahemdabad General 94 35 94 35 94.5 47 98 121
  OBC 80 21 80 25 80 28 88 79
                   
IIM Calcutta General 96 38 96 38 96 51 99 133
  OBC 85 25 85 28 85 32 94 98
                   
                   
IIM Bangalore General 90 32 85 32 85 26 90 82
  OBC 80 25 75 26 60 12 80 65
  ST 50 13 50 12 50 9 70 52
  SC 50 13 50 12 50 9 70 52
                   
IIM Indore General 80 25 80 28 80 21 99 132
  OBC 75 23 75 26 75 19 95 98
  ST 65 19 65 19 65 14 72 55
  SC 65 19 65 19 65 14 83 71

 A brief on previous year papers.
The permitted time in all the papers was 120 minutes
 

Year 2000   There were 165  questions , 55 questions from each section
    Section I -   English Usage  15 questions     Reading Comprehension  40 questions
    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  55 questions
    Section III - Data Interpretaion 31 Q  Data Sufficiency and Reasoning  24 Q 
     
Year 2001   There were 150  questions , 50 questions from each section
    Section I -   English Usage  20 questions     Reading Comprehension  30 questions
    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  50 questions
    Section III - Data Interpretaion 31 Q  Data Sufficiency and Reasoning  19 Q 
     
Year 2002   There were 150  questions , 50 questions from each section
    Section I -    Data Interpretaion 40 Q  Data Sufficiency and Reasoning 10 Q 
    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  50 questions
    Section III - English Usage  25 questions     Reading Comprehension  25 questions
     
Year 2003   There were 150  questions , 50 questions from each section
    Section I -    English Usage  25 questions     Reading Comprehension  25 questions 
    Section II -  Data Interpretaion 30 Q  Data Sufficiency and Reasoning 20 Q
    Section III - Quantitative Aptitude  50 questions
     
Year 2004   There were 123 questions 
    Section I -    Data Interpretaion 20 Q  Data Sufficiency and Reasoning 18 Q 
    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  35 questions
    Section III - English Usage  29 questions     Reading Comprehension  21 questions
     
Year 2005   There were 90 questions and total marks were 150. Each section had 30 Questions,
     sub section A of 10 questions carrying  1 marks each and section B of 20
    question carrying 2 marks each    
    Section I -     Quantitative Aptitude  30 questions (Sec A 10 and Sec B 20)
    Section II -    English Usage  18 Q  Reading Comprehension  12 Q
    (6 in Sec A and 12 in Sec B)    (4 in Sec A and 8 in Sec B)
    Section III -  Data Int. 10 Q (Sec A)      Data Int. and Reasoning 20 Q (Sec B)
    Data sufficiency questions were absent but were mixed with DI  questions
                                            
     
Year 2006    There were 75 questions of 4 Marks each.Negative marking -1 for each question 
    Section I -    Data Interpretaion ,Data Sufficiency and Reasoning 25 Q 
    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  25 questions
    Section III -  Verbal Ability and   Reading Comprehension  25  Q
     
Year 2007   There were 75 questions of 4 Marks each.Negative marking -1 for each question 
    Section I -    Data Interpretaion ,Data Sufficiency and Reasoning 25 Q 
    Section II -  Quantitative Aptitude  25 questions
    Section III -  Verbal Ability and   Reading Comprehension  25  Q

 

 


 



 

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