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CAT 2015 SLOT 1 – ANALYSIS

Overview:

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
Section-III Quantitative Ability 20 14 34
  Total 68 32 100

Section I – Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability

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
Reading Comprehension 24 MCQ
Passage 1 6 MCQ Easy
Passage 2 6 MCQ Easy
Passage 3 6 MCQ Easy-medium
Passage 4 3 MCQ Easy
Passage 5 3 MCQ Easy
Verbal Ability 10 TITA
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

Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

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.

Section III – Quantitative Ability

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
  TSD 1 Medium
  Ratios 1 Easy
  Mixtures & Weighted Average 2 Medium
  Puzzle 2 Medium
  Work ,Pipes & Cisterns 1 Easy /Medium
  Arithmetic Mean 1 Easy
Algebra Simple Equation 1 Medium
  Inequalities 1 Easy
  Algebraic Solutions 1 Medium
  Algebraic Functions  1 Easy
  Quadratic /Higher Degree Equations 2 Easy
  Surds & Indices 2 Easy
Modern Math Sequences  & Series 1 Medium
  Progressions 1 Medium
  Permutations & Combinations 2 Medium
  Set theory 1 Easy
  Logarithms 1 Easy
Geometry Functions & Graphs 1 Easy
  Quadrilaterals 2 Easy
   Triangle 1 Easy
  Circles 1 Easy
  Trigonometry 1 Easy
  3-D 1 Easy/Medium

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).

 

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