CAT 2011 Analysis – Day 4, Oct 28, 2011 (Slot 1)

Day 4, 28th October 2011 (Slot 1)

The test had a total of 60 questions with the two timed sections of 30 questions each. According to the students, there was hardly any element of surprise in the test. The same set of 60 questions was not administered to all students. It appears that while the DI, Reasoning and RC sets were same for all students the individual questions of QA and Verbal Usage were different.

As per the students, Section 1 consisted of 23-24 QA and 6-7 of DI questions. A very few of the QA questions were difficult, and most of them could have been solved with direct formulas or short tricks and DI was calculation intensive. Students faced time pressure in this section.  In this slot, students reported there were around 10 questions from Geometry, Trigonometry, Logarithms and Permutations and Combinations and 5 questions from set theory, number theory and functions. Most of the questions were standard questions which the students had already attempted in mock tests.

The 30 questions of Section 2 were split as 11 questions of Logical Reasoning, 8 questions of Verbal Usage and 3 sets of questions of Reading Comprehension. As per the students, most of the LR questions were easy, one RC passage and a few Verbal Usage questions (para completion and para-jumble) were tricky. Students also reported a new type of para-jumble question and one question in LR to be very time consuming.

Overall this test can be considered to be moderately difficult as each section had some difficult questions. An attempt of around 23-24 questions in QA&DI and 22-23 questions in VA&LR with a cumulative attempt of around 45-46 questions and an accuracy of 85% can be considered good.

All the Best!

-Team CL

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