CAT 2021 – Slot 3 Analysis

28 November, 2021
PG Team

The third slot of CAT 2021 took place today between 4.30 pm and 6:30 pm.

CAT 2021, in all 3 slots, had  the following student-friendly pattern:

Section No.Section NameDurationMCQsTITATotal
IVARC40 min19524
IIDI and LR40 min14620
IIIQA40 min14822
Total120 min471966

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 THIRD 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-RCScore DI-LRScore QAOverall Score
99.5 %ile42304194
99 %ile38253586
98 %ile34223175

*** 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.  Two of the four passages were abstract and difficult – the one on “how the concept of the unconscious entered language” and another on “Language as an instinct and its universality”. The other two passages on “how measurement of time influences entropy” and the next one on “how nanoparticles are finding practical application” were at best of medium difficulty. Overall Comprehension was on par with the first two slots. 8 to 10 RC 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. Summary questions were of medium difficulty level. In VA, 5 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall the difficulty level was largely comparable to the first two slots of CAT 2021. In short, all three slots carried an almost equally difficult VARC section.

Area / QuestionsNo of Qs.TypeLOD
Reading Comprehension16MCQOverall: Difficult 
RC-1: Nanoparticles4MCQMedium
RC-2: Time-keeping and entropy4MCQMedium
RC-3: Language is an instinct4MCQDifficult
RC-4:How the concept of unconscious entered psychoanalysis4MCQDifficult
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, one set had all 4 MCQ questions while the other set had 2 MCQ and 2 TITA. Out of the two sets with 6 questions, one set had 3 TITA questions, while the other set had 1 TITA question. 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 comparable to slot-2 of CAT-2020.

Set No.AreaSet DescriptionNo. of  QuestionsQuestion TypeLOD
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning20MCQ and TITAMedium
1Data InterpretationBar graph on employee utilization in project44 MCQEasy
2Logical ReasoningPure and impure mixture detection42 MCQ, 2 TITADifficult
3Data InterpretationThrowing distances65 MCQ, 1 TITADifficult
4Logical ReasoningSet on question creators63 MCQ, 3 TITAMedium-Difficult

Overall, an attempt of 8 to 10 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 (10 questions), followed by 4 questions each on Algebra and Modern Maths. There were 3 questions on Geometry and 1 question on Numbers. Students in general found questions on Algebra to be difficult.

There were 6 TITA Qs this year. Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key. Students should have been able to attempt about 10-11 questions in the given time with 85-90% accuracy.

Area/Q TypeNo of Questions

Quantitative Ability

14 MCQs, 8 TITA, 
Overall LOD: MEDIUM 
Modern Maths4


IMS students found a great deal of similarity between the SimCATs and the CAT. Several students gave feedback that the CAT appeared to be 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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