CAT AnalysisNovember 30, 2020

Slot-2 CAT 2020 Analysis

The slot 2 paper was on similar lines as the first slot in terms of pattern, as expected. But the level of difficulty overall was a little higher for the second slot. Section wise the details are as follows

VARC:

The section overall was moderate to difficult. The RCs were similar in level of difficulty as the first slot but the TITA questions were more difficult. The number of questions was 26 in this slot as well 18 in RC and 8 in VA. The break up is as follows

Topic No of questions
RC 1 (Aggression type) 5
RC 2 (Visual Culture) 4
RC 3 (Renewable energy) 4
RC 4 (Piracy related) 5
Odd one out 2
Parajumbles 3
Para Summary 3

Overall a score of around 42-44 will be a good attempt and should help you score a percentile of around 99. And a score of around 30-35 should get you a 95 percentile.

LRDI:

The number of questions was same as the first slot. But the level of difficulty was higher. It was important to choose the right sets or one could end up wasting a lot of time. Total 24 questions, with two sets having 6 questions each and three sets having 4 questions each.

Topic No of questions Level of Difficulty
Missing data (Sales figure) 6 Moderate
Matrix placement 4 Moderate to difficult
Grouping (Research scholar scheduling) 6 Moderate to difficult
Arrangement (Parking slots) 4 Moderate to difficult
Missing data (Votes polled) 4 Moderate to difficult

A score in the range of 32-35 should help you get a 99 percentile and 95 percentile should be at a score of 25-28.

QA:

Like the first slot, majority of the questions were from algebra and arithmetic. Level of difficulty was slightly higher than CAT 2019.

Topic No of questions Level of difficulty
Arithmetic 8 – 10 Easy to moderate
Algebra 9 – 10 Moderate to difficult
Number System 1 – 2 Moderate to difficult
Geometry 4 -5 Moderate
PnC 1 Moderate

An attempt of around 11 questions with good accuracy, that is score of around 30 should help you cross a 95 percentile and a score of 42-44 should help you get a 99 percentile.

Overall in the Slot 2 paper a score of 115 should help you score a 99 percentile with the 95 percentile being around 90 marks and a score of 78 for a 90 percentile.

CAT PREPARATIONNovember 29, 2020

Slot 1 CAT 2020 Analysis

So CAT is finally out of the bag. Overall not many surprises in terms of pattern and difficulty.

This is how the sections looked like

VARC:

Overall difficulty level was above moderate similar to the one in 2019. Comprehension was not very difficult but option choices were close. There were 26 questions overall with the following breakup

Topic No of questions Level of difficulty
RC 1 (Chinese economy in ancient times) 4 Easy to moderate
RC 2 (Anarchy and revolution) 5 Moderate to difficult
RC 3 (Sound of elephant seals) 4 Easy to moderate
RC 4 (Vocabulary and grammar) 5 Moderate to difficult
Odd one out 2 Moderate to difficult
Parajumbles 3 Moderate to difficult
Para Summary 3 Easy to moderate

Overall a score of around 45 – 48 will be a good attempt and should help you score a percentile of around 99. And a score of around 32-38 should get you a 95 percentile.

LRDI:

This section had a surprise in terms of pattern. There were two sets with 6 questions each and three sets with 4 questions each, overall 24 questions. The level of difficulty was similar to the past years but selecting sets could become confusing as you had to choose between 4 or 6 question sets. A good idea would have been to stick to topics comfortable for you rather than trying to go for number of questions. The five sets were as follows

Topic No of questions Level of Difficulty
Venn diagram based with 4 sets 4 Easy to moderate
Table based driver and ratings 4 Easy to moderate
Veen dig based reasoning, 10 players playing 3 instruments 4 Moderate to difficult
4 companies 4 contractors (LR) 6 Moderate to difficult
Average based exams marks for 6 students 6 Moderate to difficult

A score in the range of 33-37 should help you get a 99 percentile and 95 percentile should be at a score of 27-30.

QA:

Questions in this section were dominated by Algebra and arithmetic. Difficulty level was close to CAT 2019. Overall breakup of questions was as follows

Topic No of questions Level of difficulty
Arithmetic 7 – 8 Moderate to difficult
Algebra 7 – 8 Easy to moderate
Number System 5 -6 Moderate to difficult
Geometry 4 -5 Easy to moderate
PnC 0

An attempt of around 12 to 14 questions that is a score of around 35 should help you cross a 95 percentile and a score of 45 should help you get a 99 percentile.

Overall in the Slot 1 paper a score of 120 should help you score a 99 percentile with the 95 percentile being around 100 marks and a score of 85 for a 90 percentile.