CAT 2021 – Slot 2 Analysis

28 November, 2021
PG Team


The second slot of CAT 2021 took place today between 12.30 pm and 2:30 pm.

CAT 2021, in slots 1 and 2, had the following student-friendly pattern:

Section No.Section NameDurationMCQsTITATotal
IVARC40 min19524
IIDI and LR40 min15520
IIIQA40 min14822
Total120 min481866

The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect. There was no negative marking for TITA Qs

Based on the feedback received from several candidates who have appeared in the SECOND slot, our initial estimate of the scores and percentiles*** is as follows: We shall release the revised estimates once the response sheet is released.

PercentileScore VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 %ile43334298
99 %ile39293792
98 %ile35263381

*** The students are advised not to take any B-School application decision based on these initial estimates. They serve only as the first indicator of likely performance.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

The VA-RC section consisted of 16 Reading Comprehension questions and 8 Verbal Ability questions. The passages were difficult except for the one on Decline of Languages. The passages on Knowledge & Skepticism and On Nationalism & Colonialism in India were difficult. The other passage on the Relationship between Power and Truth was at best medium. Overall Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. Passages were 500 to 600 words each as in the first slot. 11 or 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. VA questions were as expected – 3 paragraph jumbles, 2 Odd sentence questions in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. VA was overall of medium difficulty. Summary questions were of medium difficulty level. In VA, 4 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall, the difficulty level was largely comparable to the first slot though slightly more difficult.

Area / QuestionsNo of Qs.TypeLOD
Reading Comprehension16MCQOverall: Difficult
RC-1: On Nationalism and Colonialism in India4MCQDifficult
RC-2: Decline of Languages4MCQEasy
RC-3: Knowledge and Skepticism4MCQDifficult
RC-4: Relationship between Power and Truth4MCQMedium
Verbal Ability08MCQ & TITAOverall: Medium
Parajumbles (4 sentences)3TITAMedium
Out of Context sentence2TITAMedium

Overall, an attempt of 15 or 16 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The DI-LR section underwent a slight change in CAT-2021 with a total of 4 sets, out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. Out of the two sets with 4 questions, both had 3 MCQ and 1 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, both had 4 MCQ questions and 2 TITA questions. Unlike the last few years, there were no Venn-diagram based sets.

There were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, this section was easier compared to last year’s DILR section of Slot1 and slightly tougher compared to Slot 2 and Slot 3.

Set No.AreaSet DescriptionNo. of QuestionsQuestion TypeLOD
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning20MCQ and TITAMedium
1Data InterpretationBar graph on orders receipt and delivery of items.42 MCQ, 2 TITAEasy
2Logical ReasoningTournaments with 12 individuals44 MCQEasy
3Data InterpretationRating of delivery boy on four parameters by four individuals64 MCQ, 2 TITAMedium
4Logical ReasoningDistribution of 10 objects among 5 friends65 MCQ, 1 TITADifficult

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.

Quantitative Ability

This section was medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (9 questions), followed by Algebra (5 questions). There were 3 questions on Modern Maths, 3 questions on Geometry and 2 questions on Numbers. In Arithmetic, the questions involved Percentages, Partnership, Time-Speed-Distance, Time and Work, Averages and Mixtures & Alligations.

There were 8 TITA Qs this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 13-14 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

Area/Q Type No of Questions
Quantitative Ability14 MCQs, 8 TITA; Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Modern Maths3


IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave feedback that the CAT appeared an extension of the SimCATs and the e-Maxmiser Workshops.




*** The scores and percentiles mentioned in this analysis are indicators based on the feedback from students and IMS experts. They are in no way related to the results which IIMs are expected to declare in January 2022. You are advised to wait for the results.


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