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


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.


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.


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.

CAT PREPARATIONNovember 24, 2019

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis – Slot 1 & Slot 2

CAT 2019 Paper Pattern – No Change

VARC – 34

LRDI – 32

QA – 34

Detailed Analysis of VARC

Here is the detailed analysis of VARC section of slot 1 of cat 2019:

1. Unlike the RCs of the last three years, the CAT RCs of 2019 were not so easy to comprehend. While two passages, one on “Penguins of Antarctica” and the other on “commentary on the author of the Arabian Nights”, can be categorised as moderate, there were three others which were tough. Each of the five passages came from different subject areas. There was one that discussed “Topophilia”, then there was one more that talked about “consumer behaviour”; the fifth was on “folk music”. The passages on folk music, topophilia and Arabian Nights were not so easy to comprehend, while the ones on consumer behaviour, and penguins of Antarctica were a little easy to comprehend.

The other thing was the question variety. The answers of very few questions could be found directly in the pasaage. To answer the questions, it was very important for the student to understand the passage. Most of the questions were of the critical reasoning type.

2. The VA part of slot 1 was a lifeline for those who attempted the questions. The 4-3-3 format was found this year as well. Two parajumbles had four sentences, and two had five sentences. Two parajumbles were very easy, while one was tough and one other moderate. Sentence exclusion, each of which had 5 sentences, was moderate, and out of the three summary questions, one was tough and the other two were easy.

3. People who missed solving VA questions are likely to suffer the most, for VA was the only silver lining in the dark varc cloud. It was easy to get 6 questions out of 10 correct.

4. In the reading comprehension part, caution would have paid rich dividends. Reckless attempt of the questions is likely to result in lower accuracy.


CAT 2019 first slot: LRDI

This was easier than the previous years. There were 3-4 sets which could be attempted.

The 8 sets were based on the following:

1) DI calculation based which is based on web diagram.
2) reasoning based DI with stacked bar graph
3) LR based on alphanumeric puzzle
4) LR based on Linear arrangement of multiple objects of three different kinds
5) LR based on numerical puzzle
6) LR based on games and tournaments
7) LR based on tabular arrangement
8) LR based on arrangement

A attempt of 10-11 questions with good accuracy will fetch 90 %ile, 13-14 for 95 percentile and 16-17 for 99 percentile


This year QA was easier than last year but tougher than 2017. Major focus was on algebra with many good quality concept based questions which makes the paper a little difficult. Many questions of modules, series and log.
The questions on arithematic, and geometry were comparitively easier.

An attempt of around 12-13 questions with good accuracy will fetch 90%ile. 16-17 for 95 percentile and 20-21 for 99 percentile with a score of 50-53 should get a 99 percentile.


5 RCs of 5 questions each, one RC of 4 questions, 4 questions of parajumble, 3 of odd sentence and 3 of summary.

Slot 2

Here is the VARC analysis of the second slot:

As far as difficulty is concerned, the second slot varc was very similar to the first slot. The passages were not easy to read, and the options were too close for comfort.

Let’s take each part separately:

1. The pattern and question distribution was the same as last year’s, with 24 questions from rc and 10 questions from va. The VA part had 4-3-3 division, 4 Pjs, 3 odd sentence, and 3 summary.

2. The parajumbles had 4 sentences each, and apart from one question, the arrangement in the other three was not so easy to work out. The odd sentences were of moderate difficulty, wheras two questions in summary were easy, and one quite difficult.

3. One reading comprehension was based on “economic scenarios in India during British colonialism”. This passage was difficult to understand, and had questions whose options were too close. There was one passage on “positives of high population density in cities”. Though the passage was not so difficult to read, the questions were quite difficult with very close options. Then there was one passage on the advantages of having two capital cities in the same country. It, too, was not so difficult to understand but had questions with very close choices.

4. The bigger picture is that varc in both slot 1 and slot 2 was difficult, because of difficult RC, though VA questions might give the students something to cheer about. However, the general perception is that VA of second slot was slightly more difficult that of the first slot.

If there is something that we can conclude from CAT 19, it is that your varc percentile will decide whether you are in or out.

Slot 2 LRDI & QA

LRDI Slot 2

Sets of DI were easy to moderate
Should have been attempted first

LR was moderate to difficult
Questions could take a little of time and therefore selective questions could have done

12 – 13 question with a good accuracy – 95%ile
14 – 16 question with a good accuracy – 99%ile

QA Slot 2

QA was overall easy to moderate
Questions were almost from all topics, questions were straight forward but had a small catch

It was easy to jump on wrong answer
Calculation involved

Someone who smartly used calculator could have done better.

17 – 18 question with a good accuracy – 95%ile
20 – 22 question with a good accuracy – 99%ile

CAT PREPARATIONNovember 26, 2018

Cat 2018 Exam Review and Reactions by Team Satyam Students

CAT 2018 Exam review and reactions by students.

Cat 2018 Paper Analysis & Expected Cut-offs by Team Satyam Mentors

This was easier than the previous years. There were 3-4 sets which could be attempted. The more difficult sets had l or 2 questions that could be attempted.
A good attempt would be in the range of 15 to 18. With a score of around 40-45 for a 99 percentile.

This section was a surprise to anyone who did not talk to the first slot students
This year QA was a little difficult than the previous years. Though most of the questions
focussed on basic application.
There was a good spread of questions from arithematic, algebra and geometry. An attempt of around 20 questions with a score of 50-55 should get a 99 percentile.

The VARC section of second slot of cat 18 was, as far as difficulty level and paper pattern is concerned, was not much different from the first slot. There were 24 questions from reading comprehension and 10 from verbal ability. Out of the 10 VA questions, 3 questions were from summary, 3 from odd sentence and 4 from TITA Parajumbles.

The difficulty level of the VA questions was on the lower to moderate side. It was definitely easier than last year’s VA questions.

The reading comprehension pattern saw a slight change, with four passages having five questions each and one passage having four questions. The good thing about the RC section was that the passages, unlike those that came in mocks, were easy to read and understand. The questions were based on main idea, inference, strengthening and weakening of author’s argument. Most of the questions tested the comprehension skills of the aspirants. There were hardly any questions whose answers could be directly spotted in the passage.
The overall difficulty was on moderate side. But it must be remembered that most questions revolved around the central idea. If the understanding of the central was out place, then more than one question is likely to go wrong. An attempt of 25 plus with 80 percent accuracy could fetch you a decent 98 plus percentile.

A score of 153-158 can fetch you a 99 percentile


Why doing MBA as a fresher is better than doing it after 2 years of work experience?

I’d first get 2-3 years of experience and then prepare for MBA. This is a very common thought that most freshers have after graduating. On the contrary it’s way better to pursue an MBA as a fresher and enter the corporate world fully equipped.

  • Firstly the most important is that one would earn somewhere between 7-8 lpa when working without an MBA and on the other hand the earnings shoot up and increase three fold when you join as a MBA graduate.
  • The job roles offered to MBA graduates are always better. Those who have worked for few years will agree that to grow beyond a certain level in your job, you need an additional degree. Also, even as a fresh graduate you can reasonably expect saving 2-3 years in reaching the project manager level of profiles.
  • For any job promotion, work experience as an MBA would be more relevant and valuable rather than work experience without an MBA.
  • Writing CAT as a fresher always gives you a better chance to give another shot if things don’t go well in the first try. You’ll always have ample time in your hands when you are done with your MBA straight after graduation to experiment and expand their horizons.
  • The exposure you get in just two years of your MBA is equivalent to 3-4 years of work experience. You’ll get the opportunity to interact with leading CEOs and businessmen at your respective prestigious MBA colleges in seminars and events which you’ll not be able to get during your work experience.
  • Next most important myth is about the weightage given to work experience. It is not more than 10% for any IIM or other leading B-schools. So it is not really as much an edge as it is made out to be. Also, at the time of placements after the MBA program there is hardly any preference given to people with work experience and most companies vouch for freshers.

Why MBA is the Best Career Option?

In today’s time there is an abundance in choice of career fields to choose from, so finding the right postgraduate program can be a challenge. In that case it is very important to understand that why MBA is the most sorted career option.

1) Flexibility- This is the most important aspect of an MBA degree because it gives you the freedom to choose from a plethora of options as to what kind of a job role you want to pursue or start a business of your own.

2) High Salary Potential- If you research about the salaries paid to an MBA graduate versus those with other degrees you will see there is a significant difference. Whether an MBA graduate is employed with private or public sector they are heavily compensated.

3) Better Career Opportunities- MBA program provides a diverse field for fresh graduates and even working professionals to expand in. There are several core areas like Human resources, statistics, operations, marketing and finance. All these areas qualify an MBA graduate to pursue career in multiple areas and opportunity to expand themselves and develop their minds.

4) Be your Own Boss- With a master’s in business administration you acquire the requisite knowledge needed to potentially develop and operate your own business. You’ll be taught business management, planning and even financial handling.

5) Ideal for Networking- Business school provides a great base for MBA graduates to meet like minded people. It paves the way for you to interact with future business managers and executives. When the course is finished these people could be ideal business partners or even provide recommendation on your behalf.

6) Credibility- Those conducting business with an MBA graduate will be more relaxed and inclined to do so, in comparison to someone without an MBA. An MBA ultimately shows that you are an expert at what you do.

World wide recognition of its credentials, Enhancement of knowledge and communication skills along with personal development are other added advantages of an MBA degree. Without a doubt pursuing an MBA degree will alter your whole perception of life and adjust your mind for better.


Starting your CAT Preparation

Hello CAT Aspirants!

If you are reading this article then you have surely searched the bylanes of the internet for CAT related stuff and landed yourself here! Maybe you have written CAT in 2017 and want to give it a serious try this time or maybe you’re someone who has started fresh. Whatever might be the case; this is the perfect place for you to begin! We at Team Satyam are helping aspirants like you in formulating a standardised preparation plan for CAT’18.

The first thing you need to do is to take a diagnostic test which would help you in deciding the level of pre-preparation you’re currently standing on. It will help you in saving a lot of time and as well as in gaining a clarity of purpose as to where to start from!

After analysing your test scores you need to decide whether you need a mentor or you’d be able to pull this off on your own. Remember that if you choose self-study you need to have a temperament full of discipline and dedication otherwise you’ll just end up browsing a lot of social media, which of course is not the area of syllabus asked in CAT!

Further after deciding your style of preparation, you need to ask yourself a few questions; and don’t forget to be completely honest when you answer them in your head:

A- Do you need a continuous push for studies or are you a self-driven person?

B- Do you need a mentor to plan out your assignments and tests or you can test yourself on your own and set short term goals for yourself?

C- Most importantly, are you damn serious for CAT? : ) Do not make CAT a side kick or a Backup plan!

After you’ve got it all sorted in your head, it’s time for you to get into the action arena. Do yourself a favour. Grab a pen and paper and chalk out a study plan for yourself. Choose your most productive hours of the day. Start with a basic plan where you could also squeeze in an hour of Netflix with Quant, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and English! Your study plan needs to work for you so don’t plan unnecessarily stretched hours of studies just to please your mom for an extra monthly allowance! Remember CAT needs you to be smart and dedicated; sometimes slogging all day might not work yet that one hour of brainstorming with a few good minds can do wonders.

All you would need on your journey will be persistence, patience, smartness and passion!

Stay tuned !


7 Deadly Sins not to commit in CAT preparations!

In this article we bring you a list of seven deadly sins that need to be avoided at all cost while you are preparing for an MBA entrance exam. So take a look at the list below:

  1. Option solving must be avoided because CAT has introduced TITA questions lately where you do not have options to choose from. A number of people end up paying a lot of attention to options in a manner that they become accustomed to having them. Try to be prepared for all sorts of questions formats and not just options.
  2. CAT has the habit of giving surprises. It would be a horrible sin to judge the exam by the previous year question papers. Do not fall into this trap because it is quite deceiving and gives you late surprises that you really don’t want as an aspirant.
  3. Another sin that needs to be avoided is to segregate topics according to their priority. As mentioned earlier CAT is quite unpredictable so you never know which topic might hold a greater weightage in which year.
  4. One thing that completely mars the performance of an aspirant is to not take your mocks seriously. Never think of a mock as something trivial in which you are allowed to score low. Give them the equal importance as you give to the main exam.
  5. Sometimes aspirants commit a horrible sin of limiting their attention to just one section of the exam. Since we know every sectional contains individual weightage so we simply cannot let our attention to be diverted to a specific sectional and to deprive another of the same.
  6. A horrendous sin that can be committed during an MBA preparation is piling up one’s doubts. Never keep your doubts to yourself. Make it a habit of clearing all your doubts before you go to bed.
  7. Last and the most easily committed sin is investing too much time on only one type of questions. Students go on solving the same type of questions from different sources and thinking that they have solved a number of questions. Remember solving more is not the key, solving different type of questions is the key.

How to analyse your Mocks?

A number of times aspirants feel that giving the maximum number of mocks is the key to success in CAT, but the real fact is that you get better when you realise the mistakes that you’ve made on your way. It is not the number of mocks that takes your further but the proper analysis of these mocks that does.


Inevitably it is important for every serious MBA aspirant to crucially analyse their mocks.


To begin with the first thing that needs to be kept in mind is to identify the kind of errors that you are making. Human errors can be of different types, you can read a question wrong or interpret it in a wrong manner. So it is always advisable to begin with identifying your weak spot. Mock analysis gives you a perfect opportunity to do that.


The next important thing to analyse is to see the kind of questions you always end up attempting or leaving. You will see a clear pattern in the kind of questions that you always end up leaving. Try to reflect upon why you leave those questions. It might be possible that simple questions are often disguised in the difficult presentation of tricky language.



Another very vital aspect is to look up on the amount of time you are spending on individual questions. Sometimes students make it an ego issue to solve a problem regardless of the fact that a timer continuously ticks off. There is no extra reward for attempting a difficult question, something a lot of us forget to see. It is important to choose and leave wisely so that we do not end up losing time on traps.


Mock analysis is a crucial step towards building CAT stamina, and if done properly it can work wonders for you.

What to do before you start taking Mocks?

CAT preparation is a great deal about giving mocks, but there is a lot that needs to be done before you start appearing for mocks on a daily basis.

Just getting started without a strategy is going to hurt in the long run because aspirants forget to keep a plan ahead of their preparations. The key to getting good mock scores is to get a good start and for that one needs to have a strong hold on concepts.

The best strategy for beginning on a good note is to gather all important information needed for mocks in a single space. Do some homework and collect basic formulas, tips and tricks ready in a notebook. Revise them before you start your mock. You shouldn’t ever be hunting for a formula mid-way while you’re giving a mock!

Next important strategy is to make yourself habitual of a daily schedule. Start waking up at a fixed time and try to give mocks according to the CAT schedule. By this strategy you will make yourself physiological and psychological more attentive during a particular time slot. Remember CAT requires you to be quick in thinking in addition to being smart.

Another important thing that needs to be kept in mind is to solve all types of questions from the material provided by one institution. If you try solving questions of the same topics from 10 different sources, more or less you will end up wasting your time on the same type of questions. The trick here is to solve maximum variety of questions not the maximum number of questions.

Last but not the least, be focused and always try to relax yourself before you begin with a mock!