CAT 2023 Slot 2 Analysis – Expected Cut Off, Difficulty Level, Attempts

21 November, 2023
Pintu Das

The second slot of CAT 2023 took place today between 12.30 pm and 2:30 pm.

The structure of CAT 2023 Slot 2 remained largely the same as in 2022, with 66 questions in all. However, the DILR and Verbal sections saw some changes in segmentation and the number of MCQs and TITA. The Verbal Section saw a minor change in segmentation with the Odd Sentence Questions coming back after 2021. The VA Section had 2 questions each of Summary, Paragraph Jumbles, Paragraph Completion, and Odd Sentence questions.

Section No.Section NameDurationMCQsTITATotal
IVARC40 min20424
IIDI and LR40 min12820
IIIQA40 min14822
Total120 min491766

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 first slot, our initial estimate of the percentiles and scores*** is as follows. These estimates will be suitably revised soon after the CAT releases the response sheets.

PercentileScore VA-RCScore DI-LRScore QAOverall Score
99.9 %ile503840105
99.5 %ile46343091
99 %ile42302681
98 %ile38262373

*** 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. As in the past several years, there were no direct Grammar or Vocabulary questions. The passages were mainly Easy except for the one on Historical Fact. About 12 RC questions could be attempted with high accuracy. The out-of-context-sentence (Odd Sentence) questions made a comeback this year, replacing one each of Summary and Paragraph Jumbles. So, the section had 2 questions each of Summary (MCQ), Paragraph Jumbles (TITA), Paragraph Completion(MCQ), and Odd Sentence questions (TITA). One question in the Verbal Ability section was marked with an alert icon and indicated that it was a Mandatory Question.

In VA, 6 or 7 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall, the section was Easy.

Area / QuestionsNo of Qs.TypeLOD
Reading Comprehension16MCQOverall: Easy to Medium
RC-1: Second-hand Shopping and Fast Fashion4MCQEasy
RC-2: Translated Streaming on Netflix in Europe4MCQEasy
RC-3: Why Liberalism Failed (Book Review)4MCQMedium
RC-4: What is Historical Fact4MCQDifficult
Verbal Ability08MCQ & TITAOverall: Easy
Para jumbles (4 sentences)2TITA1 Easy, 1 Medium
Para-completion2MCQ2 Easy
Summary2MCQ1 Easy, 1 Medium
Odd Sentence Questions2TITA1 Easy, 1 Medium

An attempt of 17 to 19 questions with accuracy of approximately 70% will be a good performance in VARC.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Last year, there were a total of four sets, each comprising five questions. This pattern has been maintained in CAT 2023.

Overall, the Level of difficulty of the section was Medium to Difficult.

Overall the level of difficulty of this section was on par with the DILR Section of Slot 1 of CAT 2023.

Set No.AreaSet DescriptionNo. of QuestionsQuestion TypeLOD
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning20MCQ and TITAMedium to Difficult
1Data Interpretation5 firms – Funds raised in consecutive years54 MCQ, 1 TITAEasy to Medium
2Data InterpretationDraw competition53 MCQ, 2 TITAMedium to Difficult
3Logical Reasoning3 friends visited a park.
Many rides. Scheduling questions.
3 friends visited a park.
Many rides. Scheduling questions.
3 MCQ, 2 TITAMedium to Difficult
4Data InterpretationNine Boxes – sudoku type puzzle52 MCQ, 3 TITAMedium to Difficult

Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with accuracy of approximately 75-80% will be a good performance.

Quantitative Ability

This section was slightly tougher in terms of level of difficulty compared to CAT 2023 Slot 1 QA and was dominated by Algebra (8 questions), followed by Arithmetic(7 questions). There were 3 questions on Geometry, 2 questions on Modern Math and 2 questions on Numbers. In Arithmetic, the questions were on SICI, Time and Work, Time-Speed-Distance, Averages, Mixtures & Alligations and Profit & Loss. In Algebra, the questions were dominated by Quadratic equations, Linear Equations, Modulus, Maxima -Minima, Inequality & Polynomials etc. In Modern Math, the questions were on Logarithms, Sequences etc. In Geometry, the questions were on Triangle, Rectangle, Coordinate Geometry & Parallelogram etc.In Numbers , questions were on indices and number of factors

Number of TITA (8 questions) and MCQ (14 questions) in this section:

Area/Q TypeNo of Questions
Quantitative Ability14 MCQs, 8 TITA
Modern Math2

Selecting the right questions to attempt was the key.

Overall, an attempt of 9 to 11 questions with accuracy of approximately 75-80% will be a good performance.


At many centers, shoes and metallic objects (including metal) jewelry were not allowed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. As in the previous years, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover for rough work, and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.


The test interface was user-friendly and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test. There were no subdivisions within each section. 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 the number of questions attempted, visited, and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ that opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

*** 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 2024. You are advised to wait for the results.