Proctored Mock CAT 3- An Overview

How did you feel taking Proctored Mock CAT 3? Surprised, baffled, depressed!!! Well, whatever the case may be, you have to prepare yourself for the ultimate reality where change is the only constant.

Why a test with only two sections?

This was one of the most common Feedbacks that we have got. You should not have 2 sections !!

Why does CL give too much emphasis to VA ? Such high weightage to Verbal Ability is getting repetitive.

We will try to give a logic to both issues here.

  • A two section paper was just not what some of you wanted. But the moot question is Are you getting prepared only for a three section paper ? How do you know for sure it is going to be a 3 section paper ? Ofcourse, we too believe that the probability is high. But till it is made public we can’t be certain. Hence this was one of the variants that we believed you must try out.

In fact, it is highly probable that the pattern of the paper may be made public with the notification of CAT. If the IIMs do not do it, the first day test takers would be at a slight disadvantage compared to the rest. It is obviously time to experiment while waiting for the official word on the pattern. Hold onto patience. You will see all types of patterns till the secret is unveiled. We believe CAT is a strategic game. It is better you know how you would react in various contexts, else you could get ambushed on the D day.

  • Why do you give so much weigthage to VA ? We have received such feedback from a lot of students.

So a little bit of story around this. Last year in CAT 2008, every one was stumped by the shift in the pattern. Was that unforeseen ? Yes, if you take into consideration the fact that CAT 2005, 2006 and 2007 all had exactly 1/3rd weightage to each of the sections. Did CAT 2008 carry any meaning ? We feel so. We at CL believe that the VA weightage is unlikely to go below 40 %…most probably around 45 %.

CAT 2008 had a weightage of 44.44 % for VA. You may also know that till CAT 1998, the weightage to VA ranged from 55 % to 60 %.

For all those who believe CAT would not change much “ which is what the IIM Director” was quoted saying in Times Of India , 3rd August 2009 should you not then be prepared for a 45 % VA paper. ?

Now getting to the Proc Mock 3:

There were two sections, each containing questions from two different topics.

Quantitative Ability was clubbed with Data Interpretation. English Usage with Reading Comprehension. An ideal strategy to counter this would have been to spend a couple of minutes in identifying the questions on similar topics and then treating the test as a test with four different sections.

English Usage and Reading Comprehension:- This section needed a minimum of 65 min and a maximum of 75 min. The questions in this section were easy in comparison to the questions in Proc Mock 2. A few of them were very direct. An attempt of 25 + with (75 – 80) % accuracy would have ensured you cleared the cutoffs by miles.

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation:- As a section that is clubbed, if your skimming strategy was right, you would have fared a little better in the attempts. This paper was a little bit easier compared to Proctored MOCK CAT 2. There were quite a few doable questions in the Quantitative Ability as well as the Data Interpretation part. There were a few sitters also in this section as a whole. Overall, 20 + attempts with an accuracy of (75 – 80) % would have fetched a good score in this section.

Go on and view your detailed analysis.

Best Of Luck!!!

The Career Launcher Team.

Proctored Mock CAT 3 (Dictionary)

Questions: 41- 50

1) Off-the -peg (Adjective): Ready to use, and not made especially to fit a particular person or group of people.

PEG (noun): 1. a hook or knob for hanging things on

2. a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface

3. off the peg Brit & NZ ( usually of clothes, but in Q 42 it relates to solutions) ready-to-use.

2) DUCK (verb): To evade; dodge.

3) CONURBATION (Noun) : A large heavily populated urban area formed by the growth and merging of towns.

4) REEK (verb): To be pervaded by something unpleasant; reek of to give a strong suggestion of.

Questions: 50 – 56

5) PHYLOGENY (Noun): The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.

6) ONTOGENY (Noun): The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.

SPECIE (Noun): coins collectively

7) IN SPECIE (Idiom): In a similar manner or kind.

8 ) PAINTERLY (Adjective): Of, relating to, or being a style of painting marked by openness of form, with shapes distinguished by variations of color rather than by outline or contour.

Questions 57 – 61

9) ECLOGUE (Noun): A short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life.

10) DIRGE (Noun): A song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.

11) MADRIGAL (Noun): A song performed without musical instruments in which several singers sing different notes at the same time.

12) ARIA (Noun): A song sung by one person in an opera.

13) ANDANTE (Noun): A piece of classical music that  is played quite slowly.

14) ELEGY (Noun): A mournful poem or song, esp. a lament for the dead.

15) EPISTLE (Noun): A lengthy literary work in letter form, esp. a poem.

16) HOMILY (Noun): A tedious moralizing lecture or admonition.

17) PADDOCK (Noun): A pen where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race.

18) BUCCANEER (Noun): a person who attacked and stole from ships at sea, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries; a pirate.

19) REFECTORY (Noun): A large room in a monastery, college, school, etc. where meals are eaten.

20) FACADE (Noun): A false appearance that is more pleasant than the reality.

21) LESION (Noun): An injury to a person’s body or to an organ inside their body.

22) ENCOMIUM (Noun): Formal praise; an elaborate or ceremonial panegyric or eulogy.

23) VENALITY (Noun): The condition of being susceptible to bribery or corruption.

24) VERITY (Noun): The quality or condition of being true, factual, or real.

25) ZEPHYR (Noun): A slight wind (usually refreshing).

26) WAYLAY (verb): To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.

27) BUCOLIC (Adjective):of the countryside or country life; rustic.

28) RAVENOUS (Adjective): Extremely hungry; voracious.

29) CHOLERIC (Adjective):Easily angered; bad-tempered.

30) SOPORIFIC (Adjective): Inducing or tending to induce sleep.