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CAT 2021 – Slot 3 Analysis

28 November, 2021

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 Name Duration MCQs TITA Total
I VARC 40 min 19 5 24
II DI and LR 40 min 14 6 20
III QA 40 min 14 8 22
Total 120 min 47 19 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 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.

Percentile Score VA-RC Score DI-LR Score QA Overall Score
99.5 %ile 42 30 41 94
99 %ile 38 25 35 86
98 %ile 34 22 31 75
95%ile 29 18 22 63
90%ile 24 14 19 52
85%ile 22 12 16 45
80%ile 20 10 13 39

*** 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 / Questions No of Qs. Type LOD
Reading Comprehension 16 MCQ Overall: Difficult 
RC-1: Nanoparticles 4 MCQ Medium
RC-2: Time-keeping and entropy 4 MCQ Medium
RC-3: Language is an instinct 4 MCQ Difficult
RC-4:How the concept of unconscious entered psychoanalysis 4 MCQ Difficult
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, 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. 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 employee utilization in project 4 4 MCQ Easy
2 Logical Reasoning Pure and impure mixture detection 4 2 MCQ, 2 TITA Difficult
3 Data Interpretation Throwing distances 6 5 MCQ, 1 TITA Difficult
4 Logical Reasoning Set on question creators 6 3 MCQ, 3 TITA Medium-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 Type No of Questions

Quantitative Ability

14 MCQs, 8 TITA, 
Overall LOD: MEDIUM 
Arithmetic 10
Algebra 4
Modern Maths 4
Geometry 3
Numbers 1


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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