The CAT 2012 was a 21 testing day long computer based test starting from 11th October 2012 to 6th November 2012. CAT 2012 witnessed 2 sections with designated time limits that are 70 minutes for 30 questions in each section. Within the allotted time candidates can review the section but as they move on to the next section then they can't go back to the previous section.
Overview of the CAT Paper
|Time allotted||140 Minutes|
|Total no. of questions||60|
|Marking Scheme||Correct Answer: +3|
|Number of choices||4|
|Negative Marking||Wrong Answer: -1|
Overview of Different Sections
|Sr. No.||Sections||No. of Questions||Time Allotted||Difficulty Level|
|1||Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning||30||70 Minutes||Moderate|
|2||Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||30||70 Minutes||Moderate to Tough|
SECTION I: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
|Sr. No.||Area Tested||Description||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level / remarks|
|1.||Reading Comprehension||3 passages||10 (4+3+3)||Moderate|
|2.||Verbal Ability||Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumble, Para Completion, Word Usage||11||Moderate|
|3.||Logical Reasoning||Data Arrangement, Seating Arrangement, Logic based||9||Moderate|
|Overall|| || ||30||Moderate|
Evaluation:The level of the questions was moderate. Reading comprehension passages were manageable. Only 1 out of the 3 passages was tough. Questions on verbal ability covered entirely every topic of English usage. Logical reasoning witnessed 3 sets with 3 questions each.
SECTION II: Quantitative ability & DI
|Sr. No.||Area Tested||Description||No. of Question||Difficulty Level /remarks|
|1.||DI: Data Interpretation||Combination of Graphs, Pie Chart, Table||9||Moderate-Difficult|
|2.||Quantitative Ability||Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Menuration||21||Moderate|
|Overall|| || ||30||Moderate-Difficult|
Evaluation: The questions on quantitative ability were based on various topics and involved tough calculations. Overall, this section was difficult and speed, clarity of the fundamentals of DI and immaculate time-management were the key to success in this area.
*Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs. However, it has nothing to do with original cut-offs.