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CAT 2017 Exam Analysis section wise complete information

There were no surprise in the paper format which students came across in the CAT 2017 exam. Though there was a difference in the level of difficulty of the paper this year. So for this reason we will provide CAT 2017 Exam Analysis with complete information of all sections.

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As compared to last year DILR section was more difficult but VARC continued to be easy as it was in the previous year. The quant section was also bit easy if compared to last year. The questions in slot 2 of CAT 2017 were slightly difficult as compared to slot 1. VARC was easy in slot 2 as well but the options were really close. Students got really confused in choosing the correct answer. DILR section in slot 2 was deceptive i.e. on first look the question seemed easy but it was not. For 99 percentile an overall score in slot 1 would be 160 and in slot 2 a score of 155-160 could fetch the same percentile.

Section No. of Questions No. of non-MCQ questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension 34 7 Easy-moderate 26-27
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Difficult 12-14
Quantitative Ability 34 8 Easy-Moderate 25-26
Total 100 23 63-67

Reading Comprehension

Total number of passages were 5. There were 6 questions each in 3 passages and rest of the 2 passages had 3 questions each. Few of the passages were from acquainted areas like Economics and Culture. The passages from subject areas like Biology were easily comprehended by people who did not have a background in biology but were generally aware of surroundings.

There were different varieties of questions in the section. Every attentive reader could answer information based questions and there were 3 such questions. Most of the questions were framed in a way to test a candidate’s interpretation ability while answering the passage. A few questions also tried to measure an in-depth understanding of the structure of the passage. There were three inferential questions in the exam. In total there were six easy RC questions and six questions which had very close answer options which made these questions difficult. Rest of the 18 questions were from easy to moderate difficulty level. Those who would have solved mock test well would have found it easy to solve these questions
CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

Verbal Ability

Verbal Logic questions dominated this section and did not have any negative marking but a thorough prior practice was needed to get high scores in this section. There were 4 non MCQ questions which were difficult and were based on subjective para-jumble. These questions should have been tried at the end, assigning time to them only if one had finished with the other question types. There were 3 non-MCQ TITA Paragraph Odd Man Out questions. They were moderate- difficult as they had close options making answering them tricky. There were 3 summary questions also in this section. Unlike the previous two years these questions were MCQ based and therefore carried negative marking. Two of these questions can be called easy whereas one was easy to moderate mainly because of the subject matter and language used.

As the level of the paper was moderate therefore many students ended up choosing to opt rather few questions from RC passages and all the questions based on Summary. As the non-MCQs didn’t have any negative marking, a student could have predicted an additional three questions.

Overall for a 95+an attempt of 21-23 will be good for this section. An attempt of 26-27 will be required for a 99 percentile.

Area Topic No. of Questions Description
Reading Comprehension

(24 Questions)

Reading Comprehension 24 There were total 5 passages – three 6 question passages (539-600 words in length) and two 3-question passages (299 and 363 words each). No passage can be termed very challenging to read. The difficulty level of the passages varied from easy to moderate. Any serious aspirant could have easily attempted around 18 questions with about 75% accuracy.
Verbal Ability

(10 Questions)

Para-jumble 4 5 Sentence type. All the four questions were difficult. There were many ambiguous sentences too. Hence, a student should have been careful in time management. The questions could have led to wastage of time. The four questions should have been attempted in around 6 minutes with two correct answer.

(MCQ Based)

3 Small paragraph of about 100 words followed by four options. Elimination of options made the task easy. Only one question had a challenging text. The other two were easy.
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out) 3 5 sentence paragraphs and one was the odd sentence. These questions were moderate to difficult.


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Analysis

Survey of students,Burgers and Fries sets in this section were easy. Medium difficulty level were routes between two cities, flight operations and Square matrix of pillar heights. Few of the sets had 1 question each which were difficult to crack and candidates who have been smart to leave those questions out did a good thing. DI sets did not require much of calculations. Logical reasoning questions were easy-moderate level of difficulty. A good attempt would be 3-4 questions in this section. Therefore to get a 99 percentile a score of 33-34 would be needed. Selecting sets was the key and overall students would have picked 4 sets out of the 8 above and thus doable questions would be around 12-14.

Section Topic No. of Questions Attempts
Data Interpretation Happiness index- difficult 4 2
Matrix- moderate 4 3
Routes – moderate 4 2
Flight operation – Moderate 4 2
Logical Reasoning Projects – Difficult 4 2
Burgers/Fries – Easy 4 4
Children survey – Easy 4 4
PCM – difficult 4 1


Quantitative Ability

A total of 34 questions were there. Out of the total questions 8 questions were Non-MCQ type and the rest were MCQs. The level of difficulty was lesser than that of CAT 2016 and same as CAT 2015. The questions were designed in a manner so that basic fundamentals of a candidate could be judged. Algebra and Arithmetic consisted of two third of the total questions. In some of MCQs, options were very helpful to get the answer. Geometry and Mensuration had 6-7 questions which was more than previous year. Modern Mathematics had 3 questions out of which one included with Geometry. Inequalities and Quadratic equations were the topics which were asked from algebra. Arithmetic questions were from Profit Loss and Time Speed and Distance. There were a good number of questions from Geometry with one question including permutation as well. A good attempt will be 25-26 in this section.

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