Career Counselling – CAT Paper Analysis

CAT: Analysis

CAT  is computer based test held on two days, Mostly in the month of November . Time limit for the exam is 170 minutes with a total of 100 questions. There is no time restriction for any section. One can switch over to any section in between. The overall feel of the paper was moderate except for AR and DI sections. Rather on the second day, the level of even Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation was reported to be easy to moderate by the students.

Overview of the CAT Paper

Time allotted 170 Minutes
Total no. of questions 100
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +3 Points
Sections 2
Number of choices 4
Negative Marking Wrong Answer: -1


Overview of Different Sections


Sr. No. Sections No. of Questions Time Allotted Difficulty Level
1 Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 50 170 Minutes (For both sections) Easy to Moderate`
2 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 50 170 Minutes (For both sections) Easy to Moderate


Expected cut off –

On the whole it can be concluded that with an attempt of 75 – 85 questions with 70%+ accuracy you can expect calls from a few of the IIMs. At the same time with accuracy higher than that a slightly lesser attempt also you can anticipate getting a good percentile and calls from a few of the IIMs.


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