Career Launcher Cat 2014 Analysis Essay

CAT 2014 Analysis by Career Launcher- The coaching centre, Career launcher  analysed the CAT 2014 papers of both the slots of Day 1. The CAT 2014 Analysis has been done in terms of paper pattern, common topics covered, and difficulty level of questions (easy/ moderate/difficult) of the  CAT 2014 exam. 


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CAT 2014 Exam Analysis: Nov 16, Morning slot

 

The first slot of CAT 2014 is over and as expected the change in the pattern of CAT led to lowering of the difficulty level. This year there were no Voabulary questions, which came as a surprise element in the CAT 2014. The ADI section had 34 Quantitative Aptitude (QA) questions along with 16 Data Interpretation (DI) questions in 4 sets of 4 questions each. In the VALR section, Verbal Logic and Usage contributed to 18 questions while LR and RC contributed to 16 questions each (4 sets of 4 questions each).

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This year in the CAT examination, QA section questions were possibly the easiest ever, as easy as that of CAT 2006. LR and DI were difficult and many students had a tough time trying to solve these sets. Verbal Logic and RC proved to be life savers for the candidates in the second section.

 

The overall structure of the CAT 2014 paper is as follows:

Section

No. of Questions

Optimal Time in minutes

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

50

80

Easy

35+

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

50

90

Easy- Moderate

30+

Total

100

170

Easy

65

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Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

In the morning slot of CAT 2014 exam, there were 34 questions of QA and 16 questions of DI in the slot. The difficulty level was low and the questions were designed to test the grasp of fundamentals. There were questions from regular topics like Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and Geometry. There was one question from trigonometry as well. Questions in Data Interpretation area were not very difficult either and did not involve convoluted calculations. All the questions in DI came in sets of 4. There was an LR based DI as well. There were no DS questions.

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

Number System

7

Algebra

3-4

Arithmetic

11-14

Modern Math

2-3

Trigonometry

1-2

Geometry and Mensuration

7

Data Interpretation

Bar Graphs

4

Venn Diagram

4

Table based

4

LR Based

4

With a very easy QA good students could have attempted about 28-30 questions in QA and 2 sets of DI for a total of 35+ attempts. However in an easy paper it is accuracy that is the differentiator and anyone with poor accuracy will lose out.

 

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

The questions in this section were of difficulty level. The trick here was to aim for high accuracy by correctly identifying the questions that one was confident of solving correctly. RC’s were manageable, not being inordinately lengthy or abstract. At most only one of the four given passages was tough. There was a balanced mix of questions from various areas of Verbal Ability. All the questions in LR came in sets of 4. 2 sets were doable while it was best to leave alone.

 

With a difficult LR and easy RC many students ended up attempting three RC passages and only one LR set. An attempt of 30-32 would be considered good in this section.

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension 
(16 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

16

4 passages of about 550 words each and 4 questions.  In two of the passages, the passage was followed by 3 questions and then an LR set. The remaining 1 question appeared later in the paper. All the passages were easy to read and comprehend and the difficulty level of the questions varied from easy to moderate. Only one question in one of the passages was a further application question that could have troubled the students. 

English Usage 
(18 Questions)

Sentence Correction

3

Spot the correct sentence, out of five sentences/parts of sentence. Easy to moderate but the options gave away the answer.

Para-jumble

4

5 Sentence type. Very easy, one could have solved at least 2 of these by only spotting the first sentence of the sequence and using the options. The language too was not difficult. Except for one questions, sentences were moderate in length.

Summary

3

Small paragraph of about 200 words followed by four options. Elimination of options made the task easy.

Critical Reasoning

4

Small passage of about 200-250 words, followed by an inference question – time consuming but easy

Grammar

3

 Simple words, use of phrasal verbs

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

4

Very easy sentences to read, the theme was not difficult either, short sentences. Correct answer was easy to spot owing to very obvious pointers - use of pronouns, change in context etc.

Logical Reasoning 
(9 Questions)

Tournament

4

 2 LR sets were not very time consuming and doable. 1 set was difficult and time-consuming but doable. The last set was very difficult and left best alone. There was a set on binary system.

Combination

4

Data arrangement

4

Binary+Mathematical

4

CAT 2014 Analysis: Nov 16, Evening slot

The second slot of CAT 2014 was similar to slot 1. There were no surprises in the structure and the QADI section had 34 QA questions along with 16 DI questions in 4 sets of 4 questions each. In the VALR section, Verbal Logic and Usage contributed to 18 questions while LR and RC contributed to 16 questions each (4 sets of 4 questions each).

 

While the QA questions in this paper were possibly the easiest ever in CAT (as easy as CAT 2006), LR and DI were difficult and many students would have had a tough time trying to solve these sets. Verbal Logic and RC proved to be life savers in the second section.

The overall structure of the paper was as follows:

Section

No. of Questions

Optimal Time in minutes

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

50

80

Easy-Moderate

35

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

50

90

Easy-Moderate

32

Total

100

170

Easy

65-70

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

There were 34 questions of QA and 16 questions of DI in the slot. The difficulty level was low and the questions were designed to test the grasp of fundamentals. There were questions from regular topics like Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and Geometry. There was one question from trigonometry and one logic based as well. Questions in Data Interpretation area were not very easy either and involved convoluted calculations. All the questions in DI came in sets of 4.There was an LR based DI as well. There were no DS questions.

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

Number System

7

Algebra

8

Arithmetic

7

Modern Math

2

Trigonometry

1

Geometry and Mensuration

8

Logic Based

1

Data Interpretation

Table Based

4

Venn Diagram

4

Table based

4

Scattered Graph

4

With a very easy QA good students could have attempted about 28-30 questions in QA and 2 sets of DI for a total of 35+ attempts. However inan easy paper it is accuracy that is the differentiator and anyone with poor accuracy will lose out.

 

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

The questions in this section were of difficulty level. The trick here was to aim for high accuracy by correctly identifying the questions that one was confident of solving correctly. RC’s were manageable, not being inordinately lengthy or abstract. At most only one of the four given passages was tough. There was a balanced mix of questions from various areas of Verbal Ability. All the questions in LR came in sets of 4. Two sets were doable while it was best to leave alone.

 

With a difficult LR and easy RC many students ended up attempting three RC passages and only one LR set. An attempt of 30-32 would be considered good in this section.

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension 
(16 Questions)

Reading Comprehension

16

1 passages of about 600 words and 3 passages of 700 words eachwith 4 questions. All the passages were easy to read and comprehend and the difficulty level of the questions varied from easy to moderate. Only one question in one of the passages was a further application question that could have troubled the students. 

English Usage 
(18 Questions)

Sentence Correction

3

Spot the correct sentence, out of five sentences/parts of sentence. Easy to moderate but the options gave away the answer.

Para-jumble

4

5 Sentence type. Very easy, one could have solved at least 2 of these by only spotting the first sentence of the sequence and using the options. The language too was not difficult. Except for one questions, sentences were moderate in length.

Summary

3

Small paragraph of about 200 words followed by four options. Elimination of options made the task easy.

Critical Reasoning

4

Small passage of about 200-250 words, followed by an inference questions time consuming but easy

Grammar

3

 Simple words, use of phrasal verbs

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

4

Very easy sentences to read, the theme was not difficult either, short sentences. Correct answer was easy to spot owing to very obvious pointers - use of pronouns, change in context etc.

Logical Reasoning 
(9 Questions)

Circular Arrangement

4

 1 LR set based on data arrangement was not very time consuming and doable. 1 set was difficult and time-consuming but doable. The remaining two sets were very difficult and left best alone. There was a set on calculations.

Data arrangement

4—2

Mathematical

4

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CAT 2017 Slot 1, which began at 9AM today on November 26, 2017, got over at 12noon. No major technical glitch was reported. As expected, total number of questions were 100. VARC section was of 34 questions, DI LR with 32 questions and Quantitively section had 34 questions. DILR was the toughest section, while Quantitative was easy with more arithmetic question. Verbal and RC were moderately difficulty. Overall, because the paper was slightly easier and on predictable lines, Cut offs for 99% and 95% are expected to go up.

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot1 Paper Pattern Overview

No. of Sections

3

Total Number of Questions

100

No. of choices per questions (MCQs)

4

Marks per Question

+3

Negative Marking (for MCQs)

-1

Negative Marking for Non-MCQs

Nil

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot 1 Paper Pattern Sectional Overview

SectionNo. of MCQsNo. of non-MCQsTotal no of QnsTotal MarksScore Cut off for 95%
Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)2773410257-59
Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)248329629-31
Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)23113410255-57
Total7426100300142-145

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Exam: Key changes
Key changes in CAT 2017 Slot 1 exam are:

  • Total number of no-penalty Non-MCQ type of questions increased to 26 in CAT 2017 with variation in number of questions in each section as compared to last year which had 25 Non-MCQs
  • Number of  Non-MCQs in VARC section stand reduced to 7 as compared to 10 last year
  • Quant section had highest number of 11 Non-MCQs in CAT 2017 slot-1 as compared to 7 last year.
  • More Arithmetic intensive questions appeared in CAT 2017 slot-1 leading the section on easier side
  • Scoring pattern in CAT 2017 restored to +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer for MCQs as against +1 and -0.33 last year. 
  1. Verbal and Reading Comprehension:
  • Total Questions: 34
  • 24 questions on Reading comprehension in 5 passages MCQ type
  • 10 questions in Verbal out of which 7 were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty was moderate

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in VARC

Reading Comprehension

  • Number of RC passages: 5 (2 short, 3 long)
  • Short RC passage followed by 3 questions each; Long RC passage followed by 6 questions each
  • Format of RC based questions: MCQs with 1/3 negative marking

RC passages were based on the topics like:

  • Loss of Jobs due to closing of small shops (stores) but compensated by Malls
  • North India getting preferred to East India in past few hundred years
  • How Gutenberg Press brought revolution and changed the world with printing of books, pamphlets, literature and helped the people become free from traditions imposed by clerics.
  • Other topics were also based on modernization, Geographical Diversification of Maps

Verbal Ability

  • Format of Verbal questions:  7 Non-MCQs, 3 MCQs
  • Jumbled Paragraphs: 4 questions each comprising 5 Jumbled Sentences:Time consuming
  • Odd Sentence Out: 3 questions with jumbled sentences out of which one sentence in each question has to be picked as ‘Odd sentence out’
  • Para Summary: 3 questions were on choosing the correct sentence summarising the short paragraph. Each question was on different topic.
  1. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:
  • Total Questions: 32; All questions in sets of 4 questions each
  • 16 Questions on DI
  • 16 on LR
  • 8 Non MCQs
  • Section difficulty was high; this will be make or break section for top B-schools. Lengthy and calculation intensive questions.

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in DILR

Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: Each of the 4 Problem was followed by a set of 4 Questions

Topics of DI problems:

  • Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table
  • Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions.
  • Flight operation
  • 1 question set had inherent data on which 4 questions each was based

Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: 4
  • Each problem was followed by a set of 4 questions

Topics of LR problems:
Question sets were based on:

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Direction sense for Cars
  • Ordering items
  • Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream
  1. Quantitative:
  • Total Questions: 34
  • More questions on Arithmetic
  • 11 Qs were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty level was easy

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in Quant:

  • Arithmetic (10 questions) on Percentage, Profit & loss, Speed-distance, Time & Work (increase in manpower reduction in days of work to complete the project); Ratio and others
  • Geometry (3 problems based on Concepts)
  • Higher Math
  • Probability (Bayes Theorem)
  • Number System, Permutation and Combination
  • Integers
  • Algebra

Overall analysis

  • CAT 2017 Slot 1 exam paper was on easier side and similar to last year’s CAT.
  • Non-Engineers to benefit from lower difficulty in Quant section
  • Overall Cut off levels to go up from last year

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis by Career Launcher:Career Launcher Experts Comments on their website – updated at 1.20PM on 26.11.2017  

Overall, CAT 2017 was slightly easier than CAT 2016. Level of difficulty same as last year. DI-LR: more difficult. 99%ile at 36-37 marks. Quant is similar to CAT 2015. 99%ile at 62-65 Marks. Verbal 99% at score of 65+. Over all 99%ile at 153-155 marks.” 

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Cut Off Predictions by Coaching Centers

Expected Scores for 99%

VARC

DILR

Quantitative

Overall

Career Launcher

65+

36-37

62-65

153-155

TIME

To be updated

IMS

To be updated

CAT 2017 Slot 2 Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained even easier than the Slot-1 exam, shares the CAT experts who appeared in the Slot-2 exam on November 26 from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. Moving towards becoming more market oriented instead of relying on Grammar, vocabulary or tricky mathematics, CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained focused more on candidates’ understanding of English Comprehension, summarising the paragraphs, and making the exam more friendly to academically diverse candidates especially non-engineers.

With total questions remaining 100 as were in Slot-1, CAT 2017 Slot-2 has also kept the same number of MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions in the exam. The difficulty level in Reading Comprehension passages and Quant questions has also remained on easier side while DILR despite dropping its difficulty level as compared to morning session, has again proved to be lengthy and time consuming. Students, despite knowing how to arrive at the answer could not attempt more question sets in DILR section only because of time constraint. However, candidates could not solve more than 4 sets in the morning slot but in the slot-2 many candidates have been able to solve upto 5 sets of questions in DILR section. It is expected that the cut offs in DILR section in slot-2 may be higher than in slot-1.

MBAUniverse.com research team has been the quickest to bring before you the CAT 2017 Slot-1 and Slot-2 exam analysis with all the inputs gathered from the test takers and CAT experts. The overall difficulty level of Slot-2 of CAT 2017 exam was not much different from the Slot-1 in CAT 2017. Both the exam slots were held in a single day today on November 26.

Important links:

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis: Easy CAT on predictable lines

CAT 2017 Live! Slot-1 Morning session begins on time; no technical snag reported

CAT 2017 slot-2 began on time at 2.30PM today on November 26 with no technical glitches and with changed test content at the 144 test cities assigned with more testing venues and testing labs. Finally, CAT 2017 exam in both the slots got over at 5.30PM. Reporting time for the test was 90 minutes before the exam in CAT 2017.

Slot-2: Overall analysis

  • CAT 2017 Slot 2 exam paper was on easier side than Slot-1 held today in the morning
  • DILR remains tough and more time consuming
  • Overall CAT Cut off to go up

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot 2 Paper Pattern Sectional Overview

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of non-MCQs

Total Questions

Total Marks

Score Cut off for 95%

Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

27

7

34

102

58-60

Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

24

8

32

96

30-32

Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

23

11

34

102

57-59

Total

74

26

100

300

142-145

Verbal and Reading Comprehension:

  • Total Questions: 34
  • 24 questions on Reading comprehension in 5 passages MCQ type
  • 10 questions in Verbal out of which 7 were Non-MCQ type
  • For the first time para summary questions appear as MCQ type with negative marking
  • Section difficulty was easy to moderate

Type and Content of questions in VARC in Slot-2
According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

Reading Comprehension

  • Number of RC passages: 5 (2 short, 3 long)
  • Short RC passage followed by 3 questions each; Long RC passage followed by 6 questions each
  • Format of RC based questions: MCQs with 1/3 negative marking

RC passages were based on the topics like:

  • Snow and Climate
  • Deteriorating creativity among students
  • Use of Electric cars
  • Other topics were also based on modernization, different aspects of life

Verbal Ability

  • Format of Verbal questions:  7 Non-MCQs, 3 MCQs
  • Jumbled Paragraphs: 4 questions each comprising 5 Jumbled Sentences: a little time consuming
  • Odd Sentence Out: 3 questions with jumbled sentences out of which one sentence in each question has to be picked as ‘Odd sentence out’
  • Para Summary: 3 questions were on choosing the correct sentence summarising the short paragraph. Each question was on different topic and was in MCQ format

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Total Questions: 32; All questions in sets of 4 questions each
  • 16 Questions on DI
  • 16 on LR
  • 8 Non MCQs
  • Section difficulty was high; cut off may go down for top B-schools

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in DILR

According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: Each of the 4 Problem was followed by a set of 4 Questions

Topics of DI problems:

  • Table based set of questions on 300 students among 7 courses and one course was removed
  • Pizza company distributing 800 pizzas

Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: 4
  • Each problem was followed by a set of 4 questions

Topics of LR problems:
Question sets were based on:

  • Set of 4 questions based on columns and rows of Chess Board- Queen’s attacking problem
  • Bar graph based question with 3 categories

Quantitative:

  • Total Questions: 34
  • More questions on Arithmetic
  • 11 Qs were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty level was easy

Type and Content of questions in Quant section
According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in Quant:

  • Arithmetic (9 questions) on Speed-distance, Time & Work; Ratio; Percentage, Profit & loss, Interest, time and distance
  • Geometry (4 problems)
  • Series and sequence- 3 questions
  • Mensuration-2 questions
  • Log & Inequality-1 question
  • Modulas-2 questions
  • Number system & PnC-3 questions
  • Algebra-4 questions

To summarize, well prepared students who took CAT 2017 Slot 2 exam, if attempted 24 in VARC, 14 in DILR, 24 in Quant with around 90% accuracy can score around 95 percentile. As compared to last year CAT, the overall paper of CAT 2017, considering Slot-1 and Slot-2 is that it is slightly easier without any surprises. The only surprise is much easier Quant section.

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