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CAT 2015 SLOT 2 – ANALYSIS

Slot-2 of CAT-2015 was marked by Easy to Medium level of difficulty Verbal section, Difficult DI-LR section and Easy to Medium level of difficulty Quantitative Ability section.

Section I – Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability

The VA/RC section followed the pattern of the mock test on the CAT website exactly. There were 24 RC questions, distributed across five passages, and 10 VA questions, of three different types. All the RC questions were MCQs; all the VA questions were of the type-in-the-answer (TITA) kind. There were no grammar questions in the VA section. The RC questions were mostly quite easy: there may have been one or two questions that had close options, and which might have given students pause for thought, but otherwise they were nearly all very doable. The passages themselves were fairly easy to read and understand. The VA questions were slightly tougher: for example, none of the options of one of the paragraph summary questions seemed correct; in an odd sentence out question, all the sentences seemed to fit logically, so choosing the odd one out was tough; and in one of the jumbled paragraph question, it was difficult to identify the first sentence. The exact question distribution was as follows:

Area No. Of Questions Question Type Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension 24 MCQ  
Passage 1 3 MCQ Easy
Passage 2 6 MCQ Easy-Medium
Passage 3 3 MCQ Easy-Medium
Passage 4 6 MCQ Medium
Passage 5 6 MCQ Easy-Medium
Verbal Ability 10 TITA  
Jumbled Paragraphs 4 TITA 1 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Paragraph Summary 3 TITA 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Odd Sentence Out of the Paragraph 3 TITA 2 Medium, 1 Difficult

It should not have been difficult for a good student to attempt at least 18 RC questions (preferably the three passages with 6 questions each), and around 7-8 of the VA questions. In case of the latter, even in case of difficult or ambiguous questions, the student would lose nothing by marking an answer, as the TITA questions had no negative marking (it would not be advisable to waste too much time reading the questions, though). So an overall attempt of around 25-26 questions with around 80-85% accuracy would result in a good score in this section.

Section-2: DI-LR section

This section consisted of 4 sets on DI and LR each. Each set had 4 questions. Most of the sets were time consuming and challenging. A few DI sets had logical angle to them.  In general, all the sets were data intensive with several conditions. In general, DI-LR section was at similar level of difficulty as DI-LR section of CAT-2014.
Calculator was useful for solving only a few questions in the set. There were 8 TITA questions in all in this section. One DI as well as one LR section consisted of all TITA questions. Following is the rough break-up of the DI-LR sets:

Area Set  Description No of Questions LOD Comments
Data Interpretation Area graph 4 Difficult  
Data Interpretation Table 4 Medium TITA set
Data Interpretation Table 4 Difficult  
Data Interpretation Table 4 Difficult  
Logical Reasoning Grouping & Conditionalities + Arrangements 4 Medium  
Logical Reasoning Puzzle 4 Medium  
Logical Reasoning Matrix arrangement 4 Medium –Difficult TITA set
Logical Reasoning Puzzle 4 Difficult  

A good student would have been able to attempt 16-18 questions with about 80-85% accuracy.

Section-3: Quantitative Ability section

Out of 34 questions in the section, 15 were TITA questions and the remaining 19 were MCQ questions. This section was marked by easy to medium level of difficulty question. In general, the level of difficulty of this section was slightly higher than the level of difficulty of CAT-2014 QA section. This section was dominated by questions on Arithmetic and Geometry. Questions from all the different topics in Arithmetic were tested.

A number of questions combined concepts across areas (such as Geometry and Progressions). We have classified these questions based on the topic of more important concept required to solve the question.

Following is the rough break-up of the section.

 

Topic

Number of questions

Level of difficulty

Arithmetic
(Total 10)

Profit & Loss

 1

Easy

Time-Speed-Distance

2

Medium

Ratio-Proportions

3

Easy-Medium

Mixtures

1

Easy

Time and work

2

Easy

Geometry
(Total 9)

Co-ordinate Geometry

2

Medium

Trigonometry

1

Easy

Circles

1

Easy

Quadrilaterals

1

Easy

Quadrilaterals + Triangles

2

Easy

3-D figures

1

Easy

Algebra
(Total 6)

Equations

3

Easy-Medium

Absolute value

1

Medium

Modern Mathematics
(Total 5)

Functions

1

Easy

Logarithms

1

Medium

Set theory

1

Medium

Numbers (Total 4)

 

4

Easy to medium

A good student would have been able to solve about 25 to 27 questions at 80-85% accuracy.

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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