CAT 2015 Analysis: Slot 1

CAT 2015 Exam Pattern

The overall structure of the CAT paper was as follows:

 Section No. of Questions No. of non-MCQ questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension 34 10 Easy 27-28 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Moderate - Difficult 16 Quantitative Ability 34 15 Medium 25-27 Total 100 70+

CAT 2015 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Analysis

The questions in this section were of easy to moderate difficulty level. The trick was to aim for high accuracy by correctly identifying the factual questions in the RC section. However, one must have practiced adequately in order to tackle this lengthy session. . RC’s were majorly factual, not being inordinately lengthy or abstract. At most only two of the five given passages were tricky or tough.

The questions in Verbal ability were dominated by Verbal Logic and did not carry any negative marking, though they needed prior practice to aim for a high percentile.

Surprises: There were no questions of vocabulary or grammar and odd sentence out had five options contrary to the previous years making them a little tricky. No negative marking for Non-MCQs.

With an easy level of paper many students ended up attempting a lot of questions from RC passages and all questions from Verbal Logic. An attempt of 27-28 would be considered good in this section. 17-18 correct will ensure a 95 + percentile.

CAT 2015 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Analysis

In Data interpretation three sets were easy and the one based on set theory was of moderate-difficulty level. Most of the DI questions were lengthy. Logical reasoning questions were easy-moderate level of difficulty. There was no DS question. Two of the LR sets were doable while the other two was of moderate level. Everybody can do 4 sets in this section so to get an IIM call, one must do at least 5 sets.

 Section Topic No. of Questions Data Interpretation Line Chart (Quarters 1 to 4) - Easy 4 Table Chart (Plants Industry) - Easy 4 Table Chart (time and work) (Non MCQs) - Easy 4 Set Theory - Moderate 4 Logical Reasoning Arrangement - Sudoku Set - Moderate 4 Cube based Set 4 Arrangement - 9 children 4 Arrangement - 5 Children - 10 Tests based 4

CAT 2015 Quantitative Ability Analysis

There were 34 questions of QA. There were 15 Questions of Non MCQ type and the rest were MCQs. The difficulty level was marginally higher than the CAT 2014 (because of 15 non MCQ questions). The questions were designed to test the grasp of basic fundamentals. In some of MCQs, options were very helpful to get the answer. There were questions from regular topics like Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and Arithmetic. Surprisingly there was no question from Number System. There was one question from height & distance as well.

 Section Topic No. of Questions Quantitative Ability Number System 0 Algebra 14 Arithmetic 10 Modern Math 3 Trigonometry (Height & Distance) 2 Geometry and Mensuration 5

With a very easy QA good students could have attempted about 25-27 questions in QA However in an easy paper it is accuracy that is the differentiator and anyone with poor accuracy will lose out.

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