The Second slot of CAT 2017 took place today between 2:30 and 5:30 pm. .
The administrative process of the test in the first slot was smooth. However, taking into account the scale of the examination, minor discomforts and technical glitches occurred at a few centers in Mumbai which were immediately taken care of by the authorities and the exam was conducted smoothly.
As in the past the policy of no-shoes no metallic objects including metal jewelry prevailed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. Nothing else!
As in the previous year, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover(16 pages or so) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.
The test interface was exactly what IMS students are used to in the SimCATs.
It was a very user friendly interface and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no sub-divisions within each section. The VA-RC questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Several IMS SimCATs had had the same format with Questions from 1 to 24 in Reading Comprehension and 25 to 34 in Verbal Ability.
A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa.
At the end of the test, a summary of number of questions attempted, visited and not visited was displayed for each section.
CAT 2017 in the second slot, just like the first slot, was an extremely student friendly test! And, Slot 2 offered a comparatively easier DI LR section unlike in slot 1.
The overall structure of CAT 2017 was exactly that of CAT 2016. The test started with the Verbal Section, which had 34 questions - 24 RC and 10 VA. The second section was the DI-LR with 32 questions distributed equally between the two areas. The third section was the Quantitative Ability section which also had 34 questions. Each section was timed for 60 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections. The marking scheme was also similar to last year with +3 for every correct & -1 for incorrect answers. There was no negative marking for TITA questions. However since the ratio remains the same we do not see this as a major cause of concern.
Here is the break–up of questions section-wise:
|Section No.||Section Name||Total Number of Questions||Number of Multiple Choice Questions||Number of TITA Questions|
|I||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||34||27||07|
|II||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||32||24||08|
Of the 10 VA questions, 7 were TITA and 3 were MCQs.
3 Out-of-context sentence – TITA
4 Paragraph Jumbles – TITA
*3 Paragraph summary – MCQs. (With negative Marks)*.
*The only difference from the 2016 CAT and the several IMS SimCATs, especially SimCAT 14.
|Area / Questions||No of Qs.||Type||LOD|
|RC-1: Misconceptions about Vikings being only plunderers – Approx. 300 words||3||MCQ||Easy|
|RC- 2: Creativity is a social concept –Approx. 550 words||6||MCQ||Easy|
|RC-3: Utility of typewriters in the digital age - Approx. 350 words||3||MCQ||Easy|
|RC-4: Ramifications of the end of the internal combustion engine – Approx. 350 words||6||MCQ||Easy|
|RC-5: – Subnivium and how it is impacted by climate change. - Approx. 550 words.||6||MCQ||Easy|
|Verbal Ability||10||MCQ & TITA|
|Parajumbles||4||TITA||Medium to difficult|
|Out of Context sentence||3||TITA||Easy to Medium|
|Summary||3||MCQ||Easy to Medium|
The pattern of Slot 2 VARC replicated the pattern and difficulty level of the first slot and more importantly that of 2016 CAT and that of SimCAT 14, barring the negative marks assigned to Summary questions.
It was possible to attempt 28 to 30 questions in the second slot which should give you a very competitive score.
|Set No.||Area||Set Description||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty||Question Type|
|1||Data Interpretation||Logical set on 7 Elective subjects in a college||4||Moderate -Difficult||MCQ+TITA|
|2||Data Interpretation||Calculation based set on the distribution of assets to three children by an old lady||4||Easy- Moderate||MCQ + TITA|
|3||Data Interpretation||Calculation based set on different types of pizza crusts||4||Easy||MCQ|
|4||Data Interpretation||Logical cum calculation based Logical DI Set based on the expenses on repairs of 10 dorms||4||Moderate||MCQ|
|5||Logical Reasoning||Arrangement based set on the ratings given to different types of tea||4||Easy||MCQ|
|6||Logical Reasoning||Puzzle based on position of a queen on the chess board||4||Easy||MCQ|
|7||Logical Reasoning||Arrangement + Puzzle set on 8 friends travelling in a plane||4||Moderate-Difficult||MCQ + TITA|
|8||Logical Reasoning||Puzzle set based on the entry passcode involving thumb impressions||4||Difficult||MCQ+TITA|
|Area||Topic||No. of Questions||Total No. of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Numbers||Surds & Indices||1||4||Moderate|
|Question involving rearrangement of terms involving series of numbers||1||Easy|
|Questions involving divisibility and properties of numbers||2||Easy-Moderate|
|Maxima – Minima||1||Moderate|
|Arithmetic||Ratios & Percentage||3||13||Easy-Moderate|
|Profit & Loss||1||Easy-Moderate|
|Work, Pipe & Cisterns||1||Easy|
|Time & Work||2||Easy|
|Mixtures & Alligations||2||Easy|
|Mensuration & 3D||1||Easy-Moderate|
|Modern Maths||Permutation & Combination||2||6||Moderate|
|Sequence & Series (AP)||2||Moderate|
The second slot of CAT 2017 has been reported to be more or less similar to last year. However the DI-LR section in Slot 2 was slightly easier as compared to the one in Slot 1. VA-RC and QA sections were on similar lines (easy) in Slot 2 as in CAT-2016 as well as in Slot-1 of CAT-2017.
No new question types were seen in any of the sections.
An overall attempt of about 68 to 70 questions with an accuracy of 80 to 85 percent should be classified as a good performance in this test
IMS students have found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave the feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.
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