CAT 2010 Slotwise Analysis: 30th Oct 2010

Morning slot:

Morning slot of today is over, probably, glitch free. 60 questions spread across three sections- 20 questions in each section.

Overall difficulty level was medium to tough. VA was on the expected lines. No new type of question was there.

An attempt of 15 questions with 10-12 correct may fetch 95 percentile and above.

Well, last but not the least: do not think of drinking water once you get up in the morning. Once you are in and allotted a system, they would even not allow you to go to toilet… so hold your nature’s call!!!!

QA was of moderate level of difficulty, an attempt of 14-15 with an accuracy of 85% can be considered good here.

The level of difficulty in LR/DI was on the easier side but the lengthy statements and sets made it time consuming and one could, probably, attempt 15-16 questions here. And if an accuracy rate of about 85 – 90 percent is achieved then one could expect a good percentile score.

A total of 40-45 attempts should be considered good.

Remember that this year there are 40 CAT slots and the above analysis is for the fifth test slot only. There may not be any bearing of today’s paper on any of the subsequent tests.

 

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CAT 2010 Slotwise Analysis: 29th Oct 2010

Morning slot:

So the third out of the 40 CATs was unveiled this morning.  The test administration was almost flawless like that of previous two slots.

As announced earlier by CAT/Prometric, the test had a total of 60 questions with each of the three sections, QA, LRDI & VA, contributing 20 questions each.

Overall this test can be considered to be moderately difficult as each of the three sections had tricky questions.

VA section had around 8 sitters which would have been attempted by most of the students. However, attempts of 15 and beyond would have been difficult without compromising on accuracy. An attempt of around 14 – 17 in VA with 85% accuracy can be considered good.

QA was of moderate level of difficulty, an attempt of 13-14 with an accuracy of 85% can be considered good here.

The level of difficulty in LR/DI was low and one could attempt 15-16 questions here.

Students should remember that this year there are 40 CAT slots and the above analysis is for the third test slot only. It should not be extrapolated to the other CAT slots.

 

Evening slot:

The test was conducted in a smooth manner and there were no technical or administrative glitches.
The total number of questions in the test was 60 and there were 20 questions in each section namely, (i) Quantitative Aptitude, (ii) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and (iii) Verbal ability. The test had its regular mixture of sitters and logical questions.

The Quantitative Aptitude section appeared to have a good mix of questions from various topics. The section had all the shades of previous year CAT tests in terms of difficulty level. Most of the questions were fundamental. Language used in some questions was not lucid and some html signs did not appear clearly. A serious test taker should have been able to attempt 12-15 questions in this section.

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section had a good mix of questions. An attempt of 11-13 questions would be considered good.

Verbal ability section offered questions, which regularly appear in the CAT tests. The focus was again on application of language skills. Some questions were tricky and difficult. However the overall difficulty level was moderate. An attempt of 14-15 questions can be considered good. A test taker can expect to clear the sectional cut-off (around 95%ile) with 85% accuracy.

So, an attempt of 40-44 questions with an accuracy of over 85% can be considered a good attempt.

However, there are some reports where the answer calculated for a question was not found among the options given in QA and LRDI sections. In a nutshell, the test was very smoothly conducted and the test appears all set to regain its lost glory.

All the Best!

Team CL

CAT 2010 Slotwise Analysis: 27th Oct 2010

 

Morning slot:

So ultimately the first out of forty CATs was unveiled this morning. Unlike CAT 2009, the test administration was almost flawless. While no technical glitches or server breakdowns have been reported, a few students reported errors in a couple of questions. As announced earlier by CAT/Prometric, the paper had a total of 60 questions with each of the three sections, QA, LRDI & VA, contributing 20 questions each.
The paper did not throw up any surprises and all the usual suspects were present in the paper. Overall this paper can be considered to be moderately difficult as each of the three sections had tricky questions. Each section had around 10 sitters which would have been attempted by most of the students. However, attempts of beyond 16 in any of the section would have been difficult without compromising on accuracy.
An attempt of around 12 -15 in QA, 14 – 17 in DI and 14 – 17 in VA each leading to a total attempt of around 42 – 45 with 85% accuracy can be considered good.
Students should remember that this year there are 40 CAT slots and the above analysis is for the first test slot only. It should not be extrapolated to the other CAT slots. As was the case in CAT 2009, the level of difficulty and the type of questions can vary significantly across different test slots.

 

Evening slot:
The CAT experience this time was very different from the CAT last year. The test was conduced in a smooth manner and there were hardly any glitches. The total number of questions in the test was 60 and there were 20 questions in each section namely, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal ability and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
The test had its regular mixture of sitters and logical questions. The quantitative aptitude section appeared to have a good mix of questions from various topics. A serious test taker should attempt 12-15 questions in this section. Verbal ability section offered questions, which regularly appeared in the CAT tests. Questions were not very difficult and an attempt of 11-14 questions can be considered decent. Similarly, the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section had a good mix of questions. The section had all the shades of previous year CAT tests. An attempt of 12-15 questions would be considered good. So, an attempt of 35-44 questions with an accuracy of over 85% can be considered a good attempt.
However, there are some reports where in a question two options were same. In a nutshell, the test was very smoothly conducted and the test appears all set to regain its lost glory.

 

All the Best!

Team CL