CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 had 3 sections as mentioned in CAT Notification and Online Demo:

As per the format, first section was Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability. Break up of questions were same as last year i.e. 24 questions of RC divided in 5 Passages as 2 passages having 3 questions each and 3 passages having 6 questions each. There were 3 questions on Summary Writing, 4 in Parajumbles and 3 out of context questions. Second Section of 32 questions had the expected break up of 16 questions from each sub section i.e. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. There were 4 sets in each sub section carrying 4 questions each. Third Section was Quantitative Ability having 34 questions spread across different concepts of Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Mathematics and Geometry.

The sectional, in depth analysis is as follows:

VARC section:

CAT 2017, had exactly same format as CAT 2016 with a difficulty level one notch lower.

With Verbal Ability (10 questions) & Reading Comprehension (24 questions) verbal Section of CAT 2017 was close replica of CAT 2016 with minor change. Like last year Vocabulary based, Grammar based, Logical Continuation & Critical Reasoning questions were missing.

RCs were 5 in number: 3 RCs (450-600 words) with 6 questions each & 2 RCs (300-350 words) with 3 questions each. By look of it the section might be intimidating. However, this subsection can’t be called difficult. The passages were fairly contemporary spread across; Economy, Culture, Technology, Business and Finance. Out of the 24 questions, 10-12 questions were direct and hence these questions called for a lot of regression. Apart from that, 4-5 other questions were of the format: “Author would agree to all of the below, EXCEPT” which again led to back & forth reading of the passages. At least 8 questions were related to main idea and conclusion of the passage.  Overall, the RCs in terms of intensity of language / density or depth of the topic were light but slightly time consuming because of the regression it called for.

Verbal Ability had just 3 types of questions: Logical Discontinuity / Out of Context question (3 questions), Summary of the passage (3 questions) & Parajumbles (4 questions).

Parajumbles were ‘key ins’ the problem with this being non-MCQ is that this question type became difficult because each of the parajumbles had 5 sentences to be rearranged. Links were available, but two broken links and hence it made this part a little tricky and time consuming. Since these questions carried no negative marking a smart test taker will be able to attempt them with 75% accuracy.

Out of Context was non-MCQ variety but this can be called “pseudo non-MCQ” because it was more like keying-in a number instead of marking an option. Out of context questions comprised 5 sentences. They were easy in difficulty level hence they should not have been missed.

Summary questions were not ‘key ins’ this time like in CAT 2016. Two questions had short passages, which were abstract. The difficulty level for this question type was moderate to difficult. Overall, the VARC section was Moderate difficulty level.

27-28 attempts with 90% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.

LRDI section:

Challenging section – Could be the final Decider, again.

This section seemed to be toughest, though on the line of expectation but attempting more than 21 question would have been difficult.

Two sets, Burger scheduling and 5 x 5 matrix of pillars were doable otherwise 3 sets in LR and 2 sets in DI can surely be considered as time consuming. Specifically set on Happiness Index, Set on marks in PCM with percentiles, School going students and set based on Flights were deceptive enough to engross students in it without scoring marks.

Overall, Attempting 16+ questions with 80% accuracy can be considered for good score.

Overall, again LR/DI section may become bottleneck for most of the students. Though, this section was expected to be tough, but handling newer varieties of question is always difficult. Moreover, lot of sets were time consuming and hence, it would not have been easy to skip sets.

QA Section :

Surprisingly, this section turned out to be easier than expected.

Nearly every chapter had a representation Percentages, Profit & Loss, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Surds & Indices, Averages & Partnership,  Time & Work, Time & Distance, Permutation & Combination, Inequalities, Triangles, Circles, Area & Volume, Coordinate Geometry and the list goes on. The only shock was absence of questions from Number system. Below mentioned is the unit wise description of the same.

Algebra 10 Questions
Arithmetic 7 Questions
Modern Maths 10 Questions
Geometry 7 Questions

With around 4 questions in the paper difficult, a third of the section easy and remaining moderate, the spread of the questions was good.

Such a paper has advantages as well as disadvantages – you should have been prepared with everything and just in case you have left just a chapter or two, the damage isn’t astounding. Hence, a cheer-worthy paper for a prepared test taker.

27 attempts with 90% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.

Below mentioned is the expected break up of sectional scores with respective percentiles:

Percentile Verbal Ability DI + LR Quantitative Ability Overall
80%ile 36 14 29 68
90%ile 50 20 41 99
95%ile 58 26 52 123
98%ile 65 32 62 143
99%ile 70 39 73 157
99.5%ile

166 marks

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Best wishes for the results.

Warm Regards,
Team Endeavor

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