As per the expectations, the CAT 2023 exam pattern was the same as the previous years. The paper comprised 66 questions which were to be attempted in 120 minutes. The sections, the order of which was predetermined, were to be attempted in 40 minutes each and candidates could not submit the section before time. The division of the questions also remained the same.
CAT 2023 slot 1 was moderate to difficult. The sectionwise level of difficulty was as follows:
Section 
No. of questions 
NonMCQ Questions 
Difficulty Level 
VARC 
24 
4 
Moderate 
DILR 
20 
6 
Moderate Difficult 
QA 
22 
7 
Difficult 
Total 
66 
17 
Moderate  Difficult 
The marking scheme of CAT 2023 was as follows:
The VARC section was easier as compared to last year and had a moderate level of difficulty. There were a total of 24 questions to be attempted in 40 minutes.
Passage Number 
Passage Topic/ Area 
No. of Questions 
Difficulty Level 
Description/ Doable 
1 
Wolf → Environmentalists vs Farmer 
4 
Easy read 
400 words 2 Fact based Doable 2 Inference based 
2 
Philosophy → Change in Work Culture 
4 
Difficult read, Easy to solve 
400 words 4 Doable 
3 
Indian Oceanbased Geographical Literature 
4 
Difficult read 
400 words 3 Doable 
4 
Human Behavior 
4 
Easy read 
450 words 2  Doable 
Total 

16 


Question Type 
Easy 
Moderate 
Difficult 
Total 
Para Summary 
0 
2 
0 
2 
Odd Sentence 
0 
0 
2 
2 
Para Completion 
2 
0 
0 
2 
Para Jumbles 
1 
1 
0 
2 
Total 
3 
3 
2 
8 
CAT 2023 DILR was the same as the CAT 2022 DILR section in terms of difficulty.
Set Number 
Topic 
No of Questions 
Difficulty Level 
Description/ Doable 
1 
College Elections (LR) 
5 
Moderate  Difficult 
2 Doable, 3 Tough 
2 
Visa Applications (LR) (Time & Sequence set) 
5 
Moderate 
3 Doable, 2 Tough 
3 
12 Houses (LRDI) Rectangular diagram (3*2) 
5 
Moderate  Difficult 
2 Doable, 3 Tough 
4 
Restaurant→ Rating (Mean, Median, Mode) 
5 
Moderate 
3 Doable, 2Tough 
Total 
20 
Moderate  Difficult 
Similar to CAT 2022 
As expected, the QA section of CAT 2023 was difficult in terms of the level of difficulty.
Topic 
Description/ Doable 
Total Questions 
Difficulty Level 
Number System 
Surds1, 
1 
Easy 
Algebra 
Log1 Equations3 Surds1 Sequence & Series2 
8 
Moderate Difficult 
Arithmetic 
TSD2 T&W1 Ratio1 SI CI1 PLD1 Mixture1 Clock1 
9 
Easy Moderate 
Modern Math 
P&C1 
1 
Easy 
Geometry & Mensuration 
Triangle1 Quadrilateral 1 Coordinate Geo Circle  1 
3 
Moderate 
Total 
22 
Section 
Difficulty Level CAT 2023 
Ideal Score for CAT 2023 
Difficulty Level CAT 2022 
Ideal Score for CAT 2022 
Ideal Score for CAT 2021 
VARC 
Moderate 
40 
EasyModerate 
39 
45 
DILR 
Moderate Difficult 
2730 
Moderate 
29 
34 
QA 
Difficult 
2528 
Moderate 
33 
34 
Total 

80 
Moderate 
84 
97 
*Ideal Score refers to Score corresponding to 99%ile
**The given data is based on inputs provided by our CAT gurus and students. These numbers just serve as indicators and by no means reflect the actual scores and percentiles.