CAT 2021 – Slot 2 Analysis

28 November, 2021

 

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 Name Duration MCQs TITA Total
I VARC 40 min 19 5 24
II DI and LR 40 min 15 5 20
III QA 40 min 14 8 22
Total 120 min 48 18 66

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.

Percentile Score VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 %ile 43 33 42 98
99 %ile 39 29 37 92
98 %ile 35 26 33 81
95%ile 30 21 25 68
90%ile 25 17 21 56
85%ile 22 15 17 49
80%ile 20 13 14 42

*** 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 / Questions No of Qs. Type LOD
Reading Comprehension 16 MCQ Overall: Difficult
RC-1: On Nationalism and Colonialism in India 4 MCQ Difficult
RC-2: Decline of Languages 4 MCQ Easy
RC-3: Knowledge and Skepticism 4 MCQ Difficult
RC-4: Relationship between Power and Truth 4 MCQ Medium
Verbal Ability 08 MCQ & TITA Overall: Medium
Parajumbles (4 sentences) 3 TITA Medium
Out of Context sentence 2 TITA Medium
Summary 3 MCQ Medium

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. Area Set Description No. of Questions Question Type LOD
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 20 MCQ and TITA Medium
1 Data Interpretation Bar graph on orders receipt and delivery of items. 4 2 MCQ, 2 TITA Easy
2 Logical Reasoning Tournaments with 12 individuals 4 4 MCQ Easy
3 Data Interpretation Rating of delivery boy on four parameters by four individuals 6 4 MCQ, 2 TITA Medium
4 Logical Reasoning Distribution of 10 objects among 5 friends 6 5 MCQ, 1 TITA Difficult

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 Ability 14 MCQs, 8 TITA; Overall LOD: MEDIUM
Arithmetic 9
Algebra 5
Geometry 3
Modern Maths 3
Numbers 2

VERDICT

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 PROCESS
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*** 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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