The overall structure of CAT-2015 was very different from that of CAT 2014. The exam consisted of 3 Parts. Part 1 consisted of the VARC section. This section was divided into two sub-sections having 24 and 10 questions respectively comprising 34 questions to be attempted in 60 minutes. Further, Part 2 had the DI and LR sub-sections consisting of 32 questions to be answered in 60 minutes while Part 3 had the Quantitative Ability section comprising 34 questions that had to be answered in 60 minutes. Total time for CAT 2015 was 180 minutes. For the first time CAT introduced the TITA question type; these were open-ended questions where test-takers would have to type in the correct answer.
The break-up of the sections of CAT 2015 is as follows:
|Section||Section Name||Number of questions||TITA Questions||Total Number of questions|
|Section-I||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||RC-24||10||34|
|Section-II||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||24||8||32|
The CAT Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability sections have been easy and doable for the past couple of years, and this year was no exception. There were 24 RC questions, and 10 Verbal Ability/Reasoning questions. The passages were easy to understand and no passage had very abstract or dense subject matter. All the Verbal Ability Questions were TITA questions. There were no Grammar questions in the VA section. The exact question distribution was as follows:
|Area/Questions||No. of Qs.||Question Type||Level of Difficulty|
|Jumbled Paragraphs||4||TITA||1 Medium, 3 Difficult|
|Paragraph Summary||3||TITA||2 Easy, 1 Medium|
|Odd Sentence Out of the Paragraph||3||TITA||2 Medium, 1 Easy|
A good student should be able to attempt 26 of the questions in this section in the allotted time. There were 3 Difficult Para Jumbled questions which could have been avoided. The final question in passage 4 was also tricky and best avoided. Also, there were a couple of Odd Sentence out of the Paragraph questions which were time consuming and somewhat difficult. About 26 confident attempts (with about 80-85% accuracy) would be considered go
As per student feedback, the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Sets were very time consuming. In particular, the sets in Logical Reasoning were much more difficult than the Data Interpretation Sets .This section was certainly the toughest and the most challenging among the three sections. The calculator was useful in solving a few of the DI questions. A rough break-up of most sets is given below.
|Area||Set Description||No of Questions||LOD|
|Data Interpretation||Line graph & Table Set||4||Medium|
|Data Interpretation||Reasoning & Calculation based Table Set involving percentage calculation and finding missing values of certain variables||4||Medium|
|Data Interpretation||Reasoning & Calculation based on principles of work||4||Medium|
|Data Interpretation||Set based on grid arrangements||4||Medium-Difficult|
|Logical Reasoning||Numerical Puzzle Set based on visualization of a geometrical figure||4||Medium -Difficult|
|Logical Reasoning||Numerical Puzzle Set Based on finding missing values of the variables||4||Medium -Difficult|
|Logical Reasoning||Numerical Puzzle Set based on 5 variables to determine missing values||4||Medium -Difficult|
|Logical Reasoning||Set Based on Groupings & Arrangements||4||Medium|
A good student should have been able to attempt about 5 of these sets in the given time with an accuracy of around 85-90%.The sets that should have been definitely solved were Line graph & Table Set, Reasoning & Calculation based Table Set involving percentage calculation and finding missing values of certain variables, Reasoning & Calculation based on principles of work and Set Based on Groupings & Arrangements.
This section was on the easier side and was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry based questions. There were no questions based on Number Properties. Most of the questions in this section tested elementary concepts. A rough break up of the questions is given below:
|Area||Topic||No of Questions||LOD|
|Arithmetic||Profit & Loss||2||Easy|
|Mixtures & Weighted Average||2||Medium|
|Work ,Pipes & Cisterns||1||Easy /Medium|
|Quadratic /Higher Degree Equations||2||Easy|
|Surds & Indices||2||Easy|
|Modern Math||Sequences & Series||1||Medium|
|Permutations & Combinations||2||Medium|
|Geometry||Functions & Graphs||1||Easy|
A good student should have been able to solve 28-30 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.
The SimCATs as well as the various workshops conducted had definitely given you a flavour of the actual CAT. Students who had appeared for the SimCATs have found a lot of similar questions. Even solving the CAT 500 helped a lot of students to get the confidence to solve the actual CAT.
CAT 2015 and CAT 2014 Results
According to CAT 2015 results, a score between 254.61 – 249.9 was equivalent to 100 percentile, a score of 242.33 was equivalent to 99.99 percentile, a score of 235.33 was equivalent to 99.98 percentile, a score between 215.54-215.43 was equivalent to 99.89 percentile, a score of 180.02 was equivalent to 99 percentile.(Please note there were 3 sections in CAT 2015).
For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned CAT 2014 results.
According to CAT 2014 results, a score between 268.700-261.740 was equivalent to 100 percentile, a score of 245.92 was equivalent to 99.97 percentile, a score of 227.65 was equivalent to 99.87 percentile, and a score of 178.02 was equivalent to 98.07 percentile. (Please note there were 2 sections in CAT 2014).