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CAT 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 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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