CAT 2016 Exam Analysis Slot II: Exam Pattern & Section-wise Analysis

CAT 2016 exam is over and it was conducted in 2 slots on a single day i.e. 4th December 2016. Read on to find out about the analysis of CAT 2016 exam which was conducted in Slot II.

Aug 28, 2018 09:11 IST
CAT 2016: Exam Analysis Slot II

After the completion of slot I, on 4th December 2016, numerous CAT exam takers appeared for the second slot that was conducted from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. In this article, we bring for you an analysis of the CAT 2016 exam that was conducted in Slot II.

The experts mentioned that the exam in the second slot was more difficult in comparison to the first one.  we were told that the CAT 2016 exam has the following mentioned bifurcation of MCQ and non-MCQ questions. As per the analysis, out of total 100 questions, 25 were non-MCQs or TITA questions.

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern (Slot II)

 Section Total Number of Questions Number of MCQs Number of Non-MCQ Duration VARC 34 24 10 1 hour DI & LR 32 24 4 1 hour QA 34 27 7 1 hour Total 100 75 21 3 Hours

The above data clearly shows that although there were equal distribution of MCQ and non-MCQ questions in both the slots, but when sectional distribution comes in picture, then the non-MCQ questions were reduced from 25 to 21 in the second slot.

In addition, we will also provide you the sectional analysis of the CAT exam. In all the three sections, i.e. Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability section, we have come up with the data of number of questions that were asked from each topic. Among all the three section, Verbal ability was the easier one to attempt.

Now let us take a look at the section-wise analysis of CAT 2016 exam.

The Verbal Ability & reading Comprehension section comprised of 34 questions. Out of these 34 questions, there were five RCs. The icing on the cake was that, this section had the maximum number of TITA/non-MCQ questions. There were 10 TITA/non-MCQ questions and test takers attempted these questions without having to worry about the negative marking. Other question included vocabulary question, fill in the blanks, para jumbles etc. Given below is the topic-wise distribution of questions that were covered in this section:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section

 Topic No of MCQs No of Non-MCQs Total RC – Culture 3 3 RC –Work Environment 3 3 RC – Business & Companies 6 6 RC – Britain and Corruption 6 6 RC – Durand Line 6 6 Odd Para Jumbles 3 3 Para Jumbles 4 4 Para Summary/Essence of Passage 3 3 24 10 34

In Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section, the reviews of the test takers were similar to the reviews provided by test takers of Slot I. The questions were tricky and time-consuming. Questions pertaining to topics such as bar graph, line graph, tables, venn diagrams were asked in the exam. In all, 32 questions were asked in this section out of which 16 were MCQs and 4 were TITA questions from DI and LR each.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Section

 Topic No of MCQs No of Non-MCQs Total LR – Coding Decoding Set 4 1 4 LR – Venn Diagrams and Average Sal 2 2 4 LR – Conference Room Scheduling 4 4 LR – Comprehension: Banks and Loans 3 1 4 DI – 5 Hotels and 6 Criteria Rating 3 1 4 DI – Frequency of Water to 5 Cities 3 1 4 DI – Tech and Non-Tech Managers 3 1 4 DI – Inspectors/Products/Ratings 4 1 4 24 8 32

In the last section, i.e. Quantitative Ability section, the level of difficulty of questions was toughest. In this section question were asked from topics such as geometry, modern math, arithmetic, algebra, and mensuration. Given below is the topic-wise analysis of the questions that were asked in the CAT 2016 exam.

Quantitative Ability Section

 Topic No of MCQs No of Non-MCQs Total Arithmetic 9 3 12 Numbers 4 1 5 Algebra 4 2 6 Geometry/Mensuration 6 1 7 Pure Math/CG 4 2 Venn Diagram 1 1 27 7 34

Conclusion

As per this analysis, experts have highlighted that considering the level of difficulty of questions, this year the cut-off might range upto 175 marks only. But the preparation for grabbing a seat in top MBA institute of India does not stop after this exam. After the result of CAT 2016, the process of CAT WAT and PI will begin at a very fast pace. So, candidates must fasten up their belts and start preparing for it in advice.

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Important Dates for CAT 2016

 Event Date Start of CAT 2016 Registration 8th August 2016 Last date of CAT 2016 registration 27th September 2016 CAT 2016 Application form changes 1st October 2016 – 5th October 2016 CAT 2016 Admit card download 24th October 2016 (1:00P.M. onwards) CAT 2016 Online tutorial, sample test paper Postponed (10-12 days) CAT 2016 exam date 4th December 2016 CAT 2016  result 2nd week of January 2017

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a most coveted management entrance test which grants admission to top B-Schools in India which comprises of all the 20 IIMs as well. The other top rated B-school are FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IMI, IMT, NITIE, JBIMS etc. Now that you have read the analysis of CAT 2016 exam, it is time that you start preparing for the upcoming CAT exam with complete dedication and commitment. Securing seat in IIMs is possible only when you give your best in the first step of selection i.e. CAT Exam.

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