The second slot of CAT has been reported as being characterized by easy QA questions, difficult DI questions, an easy to medium VA section and medium to tough LR section.
In the second slot, the QA-DI section was characterized by easy Quantitative Ability and tough Data Interpretation questions. There were 34 questions on Quantitative Ability and 16 questions on Data Interpretation (4 sets of 4 questions each).
As per some students' reports, the QA section had even representation of all areas. All the areas were represented with 7-9 questions each on Arithmetic, Geometry and Algebra. The remaining questions were on Algebra and Modern Mathematics.
Some students reported that in Geometry, a majority of the questions were from triangles with one question each on circles, co-ordinate geometry and quadrilaterals. There was one question on mensuration. In Modern Mathematics, there was one question on Logarithms, 2 on Permutation & Combination and2questions on Progressions. There was no question on Data Sufficiency. Most of the questions were straightforward. The overall level of difficulty of the QA questions was similar to that of the easy proctored SimCATs or the take-home SimCATs.
The DI sets were on the difficult side. A sample distribution: there were three sets involving tables and one set involving set theory. Most of the questions in DI had an angle of Logical Reasoning to them. The questions did not necessarily involve complicated calculations but were more logical in nature. There were reports of DI sets with tricky data. Several students reported that making sense of the dataand building a table out of the DI set on set theory same was somewhat challenging.
In general, the QA-DI section can be characterized as 'high scoring QA' and 'low scoring DI'.Most of the students reported that attempting more than two DI sets in the given time limit was difficult.
The VA section remained of an easy to medium level. There were 34 VA questions. 18 of them were non-RC questions and 16 of them were RC questions - 4 passages with 4 questions each. The RC passages were not long - they had about 500 words each.
RC was not challenging. Most of the passages were easy to relate to and their language was simple enough. Out of 16, most students reported hardly 4 difficult questions. Almost all RC passages had 1 or 2 direct and straightforward questions. Some students reported having had passages with 3/5 questions and that too were not consecutive.
The distribution of the non RC questions varied from student to student. A sample question distribution was - 4 jumbled paragraphs, 3 summary questions, 4 critical reasoning questions, 4 incorrect-sentence-in-context questions and 3 grammar questions (choose the sentences or parts of sentences that are correct). A majority of the questions were of easy to medium level of difficulty. Some students found the incorrect-sentence-in-context questions confusing.
There were four sets on Logical Reasoning of four questions each. A sample distribution: one set each was on Circular Arrangement, Matrix Arrangement, Grouping and Distribution and Puzzles. The set on Circular Arrangement had an angle of Time-Speed-Distance. Two of the four sets were easy to medium while the remaining two were medium to moderately difficult.
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