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Prachi Bhatia

Updated on 29th January, 2024 , 4 min read

CAT Exam Analysis 2023

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CAT 2023 Exam was successfully conducted on 26th November 2023. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to difficult for all three slots, according to the CAT 2023 Analysis. The exam sections, which included VARC, DILR, and QA, were moderately tough for all candidates. The full CAT Exam Analysis covers all of the important facts regarding the exam, such as the difficulty level, topic-wise weightage of questions asked, section-wise detailed CAT Analysis 2023, estimated cutoff, and more. Also Read - IIM Admission Process

CAT 2023 Exam Analysis

More than 2 lakh applicants registered for the exam across 438 exam centers due to the rising demand for management courses. The exam included 66 questions in total with a duration of 2 hours. The following is a slot-by-slot analysis of the CAT 2023 examination.

CAT 2023 Slot 1 Paper Analysis

The analysis of the CAT 2023 Slot 1 question paper is given in the table below.

Particulars

 VARC 

DILR

QA

Marking Scheme

Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate to Difficult

Difficult

+3/-1 (For MCQs)

 

+3/-0 (For Non-MCQs)

Number of MCQs

21

14

14

Number of TITA Questions

3

6

8

Total Number of Questions

24

20

22

Good Attempt

17-19

12-14

14-16

  • The slot 1 CAT 2023 examination has a moderate level of difficulty.
  • The VARC part consisted of four RC passages and summary-based questions.
  • There were no questions about Venn diagrams, bar graphs, or pie charts in the DILR section.  The majority of the questions in the QA were about Arithmetic (8 questions), Algebra (8 questions), and Geometry (3 questions).
  • Candidates rated the QA portion to be the most challenging and the VARC section to be the easiest among the three sections.

CAT 2023 Slot 2 Paper Analysis

The analysis of the CAT 2023 Slot 2 question paper is given in the table below.

Particulars

VARC 

DILR

QA

Marking Scheme

Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate to Difficult

Difficult

+3/-1 (For MCQs)

 

+3/-0 (For Non-MCQs)

Number of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

18

14

14

Number of Non-MCQs or TITA Questions

6

6

8

Total Number of Questions

24

20

22

Good Attempt

17-18

13-14

13-15

  • The difficulty level of the CAT 2023 slot 2 examination was comparable to that of Slot 1
  • The following subjects are covered in the VARC section: 

Reading Comprehension- 16 questions

Para Completion- 3 questions

Para Jumbles- 2 questions

Para Summary- 3 questions

  • The DILR portion contained four sets of five questions each (revenue/cost; cosmetic item sale; diagram - four destinations; salesman and four colonies).
  • In the QA part, there were 9 Arithmetic questions, 7 Algebra questions, and 4 Geometry questions.
  • As in slot 1, candidates considered QA to be more difficult than the other two parts and VARC to be the simplest of all.

CAT 2023 Slot 3 Paper Analysis

The analysis of the CAT 2023 Slot 3 question paper is given in the table below.

Particulars

VARC

DILR

QA

Marking Scheme

Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate to Difficult

Moderate to Difficult

+3/-1 (For MCQs)


 

+3/-0 (For Non-MCQs)

Number of MCQs

21

14

14

Number of Non-MCQs

3

6

8

Total Number of Questions

24

20

22

Good Attempt

17-19

12-13

13-14

  • The difficulty level of slot 3 CAT 2023 has been described as moderate.
  • VARC, like the previous two slots, was the simplest. The DILR section in slot 3 was, however, a little more tough than the other two.
  • The question breakdown in the VARC part is as follows: four sets of four questions each from Reading Comprehension, three questions each from Para Summary and Para Jumbles, and two questions from Para Completion.
  • The DILR part contained four sets of five questions each (COVID instances; computer science ratios; blue and pink - male female graph; games - four persons).
  • The topics covered in the QA part was Arithmetic-9, Algebra-7, Geometry-4, Modern Math-1, and Number System-1 

Top Colleges (IIMs) Accepting CAT Score 2023

List of IIMs Accepting CAT Score

IIM Calcutta

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Bangalore

IIM Lucknow

IIM Kozhikode

IIM Indore

IIM Shillong

IIM Rohtak

IIM Ranchi

IIM Raipur

IIM Udaipur

IIM Nagpur

IIM Tiruchirappalli

IIM Kashipur

IIM Visakhapatnam

IIM Bodh Gaya

IIM Amritsar

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Jammu

Top Non-IIM Colleges Accepting CAT Score

MBA Colleges other than IIMs Accepting CAT Score

SPJIMR Mumbai

AIMS Bangalore

MDI Gurgaon

Amity Business School Noida

FMS Delhi

GIM Goa

IMI New Delhi

IBS Hyderabad

IMT Ghaziabad

JBIMS Mumbai

DMS IIT Delhi

IMT Nagpur

SJMSOM IIT Bombay

BITSoM Mumbai

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis Slot 1

On November 27th, from 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM, IIM Bangalore Pan India administered the CAT Slot One exam. During the examination, COVID criteria were rigorously observed. The difficulty level of the DILR (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning), VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension), and QA (Quantitative Ability) parts on the CAT exam slot one is described below. The students were allotted 120 minutes to complete 66 questions, which is 10 fewer than the last time. The exam went well. The trend was similar to the previous year's.

Exam Paper Pattern and Difficulty Level 

Marking Scheme - There was no negative marking for TITA-based questions. However, for MCQs, 3 marks are given for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for wrong answers.

Section Wise Breakdown

The table below shows the number of questions asked in accordance with the time allotted for the three parts of the CAT slot 1 exam.

Sections

No. of questions

Difficulty level

Marking Scheme

Score for 99%ile

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

Moderate

+3/-1 (For MCQs)

 

+3/-0 (For Non-MCQs)

37-39

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

22

Easy

40-42

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20

Moderate to Difficult

27-30

Sections (Total)

66

Moderate to Difficult

Approximately: 96-99

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis Slot 2

The CAT exam slot two was held from 12:30 PM to 2.30 PM.   Three marks are given for each correct response, whereas one wrong answer will be marked by -1. There was no negative marking in the TITA (Type in the Answer) part. Students were allotted 120 minutes to complete 66 questions, which is 10 fewer than the previous time. The exam went well. The trend was similar to the previous year's.

Exam Paper Pattern and Difficulty Level 

According to the candidates, the Slot 2 CAT exam was 'Moderately Difficult, but was easier than the 2021 exam. In comparison to slot 1, the paper was long and the difficulty levels varied in three portions.

Section Wise Breakdown

Sections

No. of questions

Difficulty level

Marking Scheme

Score for 99%ile

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

Easy

+3/-1 (For MCQs)

 

+3/-0 (For Non-MCQs)

37-39

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

22

Moderate

39-42

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20

Difficult to Moderate

29-32

Sections (Total)

76

Moderate

Approximately: 96-99

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis Slot 3

The third test session was held from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The exam was for two hours. In order to determine how well the candidates appeared in the CAT 2022 test and to predict the score beforehand, it is important to review our slot three paper analysis.  

Exam Paper Pattern and Difficulty Level 

The Slot 3 CAT exam was described as 'Moderately Difficult' by several applicants. The question paper was a little lengthy, and a few questions were difficult, but the pattern stayed consistent with slots 1 and 2. DILR seems to be the easiest of the three portions. The VARC and QA section was moderate.

Section Wise Breakdown

Sections

No. of questions

Difficulty level

Marking Scheme

Score for 99%ile

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

26

Moderate

+3/-1 (For MCQs)

+3/-0 (For Non-MCQs)

36-39

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

22

Moderate

34-37

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20

Easy-Moderate

30-33

Sections (Total)

76

Moderately Difficult

Approximately: 93-97

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