CAT 2023 Exam Analysis

The CAT 2023 Exam Analysis is very important in getting a better idea of the attempt made by an aspirant along with the level of difficulty faced in each section. The CAT 2023 exam was successfully conducted today in 3 slots. The conducting body for the exam was IIM Lucknow. The marking scheme also remained the same: +3/-1 for MCQs, and +3/0 for non-MCQs. Mentioned below is the detailed slot-wise analysis for CAT 2023.
CAT 2023 Exam Analysis - Overview
CAT 2023 was not outrightly different from 2022 but did have a slightly higher level of difficulty compared to previous years. The overall cut-offs may see a slight drop this year too. VARC was more or less similar across slots. DILR was difficult for the first 2 slots but students reported more attempts in slot 3. Quant was a question mark for many students with a higher number of algebra questions.
CAT 2023 Exam Analysis- Slot 1
The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot 1:
Section Name
Total No. of Ques.
No. of Multiple Choice Ques.
Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
24
20
4
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
20
12
8
Quantitative Ability
22
14
8
TOTAL
66
46
20
Slot 1 of CAT 2023 seems to be more or less in line with last year. However, students did find Quant to be a bit more challenging.
Overall an attempt of 38-48 may be required for 99%ile.
CAT Score
CAT 2023 Exam Analysis: Section-wise Review
Verbal Ability
In terms of the level of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as moderate. As usual, accuracy will be the key to a good score.
There were Four RC passages of medium length (350-450 words) of 4 questions each. The topics of RC passages were as advised below:
  • Original affluent society essay – questions based on main point from essay and from author perspective
  • Post Colonialism literature
  • Indian Ocean
  • Work culture
Breakdown of CAT 2023 VARC Questions:
Topic
No. of Questions (MCQ/non-MCQ)
Level of Difficulty
Reading Comprehension
16 (4+4+4+4)
Easy to Moderate
Parajumbles
2
Easy
Odd Sentence
2
Difficult
Para completion
2
Easy
General feedback is that while the passages were easy to read, the questions were a bit tricky.
There were a total of 4 TITA questions. There were no TITA questions in RC.
Based on our CAT analysis, an Overall attempt of 15-19 with high accuracy will fetch 99%ile
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
As with this section last year, the section was most difficult. There were a total of 4 sets - 5 questions each. Students were generally able to do max 2 sets.
Topic
No of Questions
Level of difficulty
Restaurant and waiters rating (Mean Median Mode)
5
Moderate to Difficult
 Visa application time slots (time & sequence)
5
Moderate to difficult
 Professors and voting (elections)
5
Moderate - Difficult
 Houses and connected roads
5
Moderate - Difficult
An attempt of 8-10 questions with good accuracy will fetch 99%ile
CAT 2023 Question Paper (Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3)
(Coming Soon)
CAT 2023 Answer Key (Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3)
(Coming Soon)
Quantitative Aptitude
The Quant section was moderate to difficult compared to last year. The last 5 ques of the section were all TITA. While the overall attempts seem to have gone down, students with high accuracy will stand to benefit.
Topic
No of Questions
Level of difficulty
 Number & System-related
1
Easy to Moderate
Algebra-Functions, Roots, Tangent, Mode
8
Moderate- Difficult
Arithmetic, Ratio, Allegation Profit/Loss etc
8
Easy-Moderate
 Logs & others
3
 Easy
Geometry
2
Moderate to difficult
An attempt of 13-17 questions with a good accuracy level will fetch 99%ile
MBA Masterclass
Score and Expected percentile
Overall Attempt
VA & RC
Attempt
DI & LR Attempt
QA
Attempt
Probable Score
Expected Percentile
52+
17-21
9-13
15-20
100
99.5
46-52
15-19
8-10
13-17
85
99
38-46
13-17
5-8
11-16
75
97
31-38
11-15
4-7
10-14
63
95
22-31
8-12
3-6
8-12
48
90
15-22
6-10
2-5
6-10
35
80
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CAT 2023 Exam Analysis- Slot 2
The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot 2:
Section Name
Total No. of Ques.
No. of Multiple Choice Ques.
Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
24
20
4
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
20
12
8
Quantitative Ability
22
14
8
TOTAL
66
46
20
Slot 2 had a similar structure as Slot 1 but could add 4-5 points to the score given that the students were able to attempt more questions in DI and VARC. Quant continued to pose challenges for the students.
Based on our CAT analysis, an overall attempt of 38-46 may be required for 99%ile.
CAT Score
Section-wise Review
Verbal Ability
In terms of the level of difficulty, the verbal section can again be labelled as moderate. As usual, accuracy will be the key to a good score. Surprisingly there was one mandatory “ Odd One Out” question in the section which was unusual.
There were Four RC passages of medium length (350-500 words) of 4 questions each. The topics of RC passages were as advised below:
  • Liberalism – Author’s criticism of liberalism and then some support at the end
  • Impact of Netflix on European culture
  • History – facts may not always speak the truth and need more reference
  • Environmental Science – Why buying new clothes is detrimental to environment and why people should buy second hand clothes instead.
Topic
No. of  questions
Level of Difficulty
Para Summary
2
Easy to moderate
 Best fit
2
Easy
 Para Jumbles
2
Easy to moderate
Reading Comprehension
16 (4+4+4+4)
Easy to Moderate
Total
24
Moderate
There were a total of 4 TITA questions. There were no TITA questions in RC.
Based on our CAT analysis, an overall attempt of 16-20 with high accuracy will fetch 99%ile
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
As with this section last year, the section was most difficult. There were a total of 4 sets - 5 questions each. Students were generally able to do max 2 sets.
Topic
No of Questions
Difficulty Level
 Arrangement based questions
 5
Moderate - Difficult
Median
(9 Boxes, 3 Pouches, Coins)
5
Difficult
Scheduling (Amusement Park)
5
Easy to moderat
Missing Values Based Table→ Company Starting/ Closing Years
5
Easy - Moderate
Total
20
Moderate - Difficult
An attempt of 9-12 questions with good accuracy will fetch 99%ile
CAT 2023 Question Paper (Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3)
(Coming Soon)
CAT 2023 Answer Key (Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3)
(Coming Soon)
Quantitative Aptitude
The Quant section continues to surprise students with difficulty levels as many good students reported a drop in attempts. This may result in a minor dip in sectional scores.
Topic
Total Questions
Difficulty Level
Number System (Factors, Divisibility)
3
Easy
Algebra
7
Moderate- Difficult
Arithmetic
9
Easy- Moderate
Geometry & Mensuration
3
Moderate
Total
22
Difficult
An attempt of 13-17 questions with a good accuracy level will fetch 99%ile
MBA Masterclass
Score and Expected Percentile
Overall Attempt
VA & RC
Attempt
DI & LR Attempt
QA
Attempt
Probable Score
Expected Percentile
52+
18-22
10-14
15-20
106
99.5
46-52
16-20
9-12
12-16
90
99
38-46
14-18
6-9
10-15
79
97
31-38
12-16
5-8
9-13
66
95
22-31
8-13
4-7
7-11
51
90
15-22
6-11
2-5
5-10
36
80
CAT 2023 Exam Analysis- Slot 3
The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot 3:
Section Name
Total No. of Ques.
No. of Multiple Choice Ques.
Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
24
20
4
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
20
12
8
Quantitative Ability
22
14
8
TOTAL
66
46
20
Slot 3 seemed to be the highest scoring among the 3 slots with students reporting higher attempts in the DILR section. Quant continued to pose challenges for the students with a higher percentage of Algebra questions.
Based on our CAT analysis, an overall attempt of 40-48 may be required for 99%ile.
CAT Score
Section-wise Review
Verbal Ability
In terms of the level of difficulty, the verbal section can again be labelled as moderate to slightly difficult. As usual, accuracy will be the key to a good score.
There were Four RC passages of medium length (350-500 words) of 4 questions each. The topics of RC passages were as advised below:
  • Critical review of a book on rationality by Steven Pinker (moderate to difficult)
  • Advantages of patrimony laws on saving artifacts (moderate)
  • Critical analysis of Romanticism & aesthetics (difficult)
  • Review of a book on nutmeg curse by Ghosh challenging prevailing notions on climate change (difficult)
Question Type
No. of questions
Level of Difficult
Para Summary
2
 Moderate to difficult
 Misfit
2
Difficult
 Sentence Rearrangement
2
Moderate
Best Fit
2
Moderate
Reading Comprehension
16 (4+4+4+4)
Moderate to difficult
Total
24
 
There were no TITA questions in RC.
Based on our CAT analysis, an overall an attempt of 16-20 with high accuracy will fetch 99%ile
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
As with this section last year, the section was most difficult. There were a total of 4 sets - 5 questions each. Students were generally able to do max 2 sets.
Topic
No of Questions
Difficulty Level
4 type of ACs
5
Difficult
Project, Test, Couple & Constraints
5
Moderate- Difficult
Registrations offline/online over 5 months
5
Easy to moderate
Network based on Police station
5
Easy - Moderate
Total
20
Moderate - Difficult
An attempt of 10-13 questions with good accuracy will fetch 99%ile
CAT 2023 Question Paper (Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3)
(Coming Soon)
CAT 2023 Answer Key (Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3)
(Coming Soon)
Quantitative Aptitude Review
The Quant section continues to surprise students with difficulty. The predominance of Algebra questions at the beginning of the section led many students to spend too much time initially before finding doable questions.
Topic
Total Questions
Difficulty Level
Number System (Factors, Divisibility)
4
Easy
Algebra
7
Moderate- Difficult
Arithmetic
8
Easy- Moderate
Geometry & Mensuration
3
Moderate
Total
22
Difficult
An attempt of 12-16 questions with a good accuracy level will fetch 99%ile
MBA Masterclass
Score and Expected Percentile
Overall Attempt
VA & RC
Attempt
DI & LR Attempt
QA
Attempt
Probable Score
Expected Percentile
52+
18-22
12-16
15-20
110
99.5
46-52
16-20
10-13
12-16
94
99
38-46
14-18
7-10
10-15
82
97
31-38
12-16
6-9
9-13
69
95
22-31
8-13
4-7
7-11
53
90
15-22
6-11
3-6
5-10
38
80
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