The second slot of CAT 2022 took place today between 12.30 pm and 2:30 pm.
The structure of CAT 2022 remained largely the same as in 2021. However, the DILR and Verbal sections saw some changes in segmentation and the number of MCQs and TITA. Both the slots had the same pattern. The Verbal Section had 2 paragraph completion questions instead of the anticipated Odd Sentence questions. Overall Level of difficulty was on par with CAT 2022 Slot 1
|Section No.||Section Name||Duration||MCQs||TITA||Total|
|II||DI and LR||40 min||14||6||20|
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.
|Percentile||Score VA-RC||Score DI-LR||Score QA||Overall Score|
*** 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 of Medium difficulty level except for the one on Musicking and modern Humanity. Overall, Comprehension was more difficult than the VA questions. However, 10 to 12 questions could be attempted with high accuracy. The 2 Para-completion questions, which were new, consisted of a key sentence followed by a paragraph with four numbered blanks. One had to identify the blank in which the key sentence would correctly fit. There were 3 paragraph jumbles in TITA format, and 3 summary questions as MCQs. In VA, 5-6 attempts with high accuracy were possible. Overall the difficulty level of Slot 2 was comparable to the Morning slot.
|Area / Questions||No of Qs.||Type||LOD|
|Reading Comprehension||16||MCQ||Overall: Medium|
|RC-1: Cephalopods’ camouflage – 550 words||4||MCQ||Easy|
|RC-2: Musicking and modern Humanity – 550 words||4||MCQ||Medium|
|RC-3: Institutions – 600 words||4||MCQ||Difficult|
|RC-4: Technical social Dualism – 550 words||4||MCQ||Medium|
|Verbal Ability||08||MCQ & TITA||Overall: Medium|
|Para jumbles (4 sentences)||3||TITA||2 Easy, 1 Medium|
|Para-completion||2||MCQ||1 Easy, 1 Medium|
An attempt of 16 to 18 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance in VARC.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
In CAT 2021 there were a total of 4 sets out of which two sets had 6 questions while the remaining two had 4 questions each. This pattern has not been followed in CAT 2022 slot 2 also, as the DI-LR section had a total of 4 sets of 5 questions each.
The sets were of Easy to Medium difficulty level.
|Set No.||Area||Set Description||No. of Questions||Question Type||LOD|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||20||MCQ and TITA||Medium|
|1||Data Interpretation||(Scatter Plot) Revenue and costs of 4 companies||5||5 MCQ||Easy to Medium|
|2||Data Interpretation||(Caselet) 3 sales representatives selling products over two days||5||3 MCQ, 2 TITA||Easy to Medium|
|3||Logical Reasoning||(Network Diagram) A warehouse and 4 destinations||5||3 MCQ, 2 TITA||Easy to Medium|
|4||Logical Reasoning||Cosmetic and nutrition products with FDA and one other approval||5||3 MCQ, 2 TITA||Easy to Medium|
Overall, an attempt of 10 to 12 questions with high accuracy (85-90%) will be a good performance.
This section was Medium in terms of Level of difficulty and was dominated by Arithmetic (8 questions), followed by Algebra (6 questions). Apart from this, there were 4 questions on Modern Math, 3 questions on Geometry and 1 question on Numbers. In Arithmetic, the questions were on Ratio-Proportion, SICI, Mixtures & Allegations etc. Modern Math consists of Functions, Logarithms, Progression and P&C. In Geometry, there were questions on Trigonometry, Triangles and Polygons. In Algebra, there were questions on Quadratic equations and Inequalities etc.
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.
This section was very much similar as CAT 2022 slot 1 in structure with number of TITA (8) and MCQ (14) questions
|Area/Q Type||No of Questions|
|Quantitative Ability||14 MCQs, 8 TITA, Overall LOD: MEDIUM|
The pandemic-related SOPs were implemented. No shoes and no metallic objects including metal jewelry were 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 (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.
The test interface was quite 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 2023. You are advised to wait for the results.