CAT 2021 Analysis

CAT 2021 will take place on 28th November. One of the most daunting entrance tests, CAT is held by one of the IIMs and counts as the primary stage for aspirants seeking admission in the top B-schools of the country. Taken by over 2 lakh candidates annually, the exam poses a tough challenge for students of different educational streams. Thereafter, candidates are naturally curious to know about the complete slot-wise analysis of the exam.
CAT is a computer-based test comprising three sections namely, quantitative ability (QA), verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC), and data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR). In this article, you will learn about the exact exam pattern, different question types, and difficulty level of various sections of CAT 2021.
CAT 2021: Overall Analysis
CAT 2021 was not much different than the previous year exam. Albeit the lesser number of questions compared to the old pattern, the difficulty level of all sections remained more or less the same. While there were a few changes in the proportion of questions in VARC and QA sections, the DILR section was as usual the toughest one. Given below are the major features of the CAT 2021:
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Main Features:
  • Total no. of questions: 76
  • Total Duration: 120 minutes
  • Sectional Time Limit: 40 minutes
  • Level: Moderate to Difficult
CAT 2021: Exam Structure & Pattern
Illustrated below is the expected sectionwise break-up of the CAT 2021:
Section Name
Total No. of Ques.
No. of Multiple Choice Ques.
Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability
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CAT 2021 Exam Analysis
For obvious reasons, the candidates appearing for CAT Slot 1 are the most anxious of the lot. On the whole, there was a slight drop in the difficulty level of Quantitative section and an increase in the difficulty level of VARC. The order of sections was fixed and same as before. Given below is the sectionwise analysis of CAT 2021:
VARC Analysis
In terms of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as moderate to difficult.
There were Four RC passages (each of 450-500 words), of which 2 passages had 5 questions each and 2 passages had 4 questions. The other questions was Parajumbles - 3, Summary – 4 and odd one out 1. There were 4 TITA questions, of which all were para jumbles and odd one out. These questions were generally difficult.
Overall, an attempt of 15-17 questions with good accuracy will lead to a high score in the section.
DILR Analysis
Similar to last year, this section was the most difficult. There were 5 sets in DILR with 2 sets consisting of 6 questions each and the remaining 3 sets comprising 4 questions each. One set was from Venn diagram, other composed of typical data reasoning sets with tables. Although table sets were lengthy yet quite doable. Overall, DILR was the toughest section. But it is not practically possible to solve all sets.
An attempt of 13-16 questions with high accuracy will secure call from top B-schools.
QA Analysis
The Quant section of CAT 2021 was moderate in terms of difficulty level. Commercial mathematics and related topics like percentage, profit & loss and others had around 12 questions. There were 7 algebra questions on topics like quadratic and linear equation, inequalities and APGP. Further, there were 4 questions of Geometry & Mensuration and 3 of Modern Maths. Overall, the quant section was moderate to difficult. The level of difficulty was higher even compared to 2020.
An attempt of 14-17 questions with high accuracy level can easily fetch 99 percentile in the section.
Lastly, after estimating your CAT percentile, start preparing for the next stages like group discussion, personal interview, written ability tests, etc.
An actual detailed analysis of CAT 2021 done by our experts will be available here on the day of the exam.
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