CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis 2021

CAT 2021 successfully took place in three shifts on 28 November 2021. IIM Ahmedabad
successfully coordinated the first slot of the CAT 2021 exam. The exam was held at 410+ test centres spread across 156 cities in India.

Around 63000 candidates appeared for the 1st Slot, which was held from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Across all the three sections, the number of questions has been reduced, as announced earlier by CAT 2021 convenor, M P Ram Mohan. The total time duration of the test was 120 minutes with a 40-minute time limit for each section.

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Now that the CAT Exam Slot -1 is completed, join with BYJUS experts to examine the first take of the CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis.

Major Highlights of CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis – 2021

  • The difficulty level of CAT 2021 was slightly easier than CAT 2020 exam.
  • CAT 2021 had 66 questions in total. Whereas, there were a total of 76 questions in CAT 2020.
  • The distribution of the questions across each sections are as follows:
    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 24
    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning– 20
    • Quantitative Aptitude – 22
  • In comparison, the questions for CAT 2020 were distributed as follows:
    • VARC – 26 questions
    • DILR – 24 questions
    • QA – 26 questions.
  • There were 48 multiple-choice questions and 18 non-multiple choice questions
  • VARC’s difficulty level ranged from moderate to difficult, with DILR being the easiest of all the sections. When compared to the DILR section of CAT 2020 Slot1, this year’s DILR segment was easier. The difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude ranged between Moderate-Difficult.
  • DILR consisted of 4 sets out of which 1 set was easy and 3 were quite lengthy.
  • The marking scheme of CAT 2021 remained similar to that of the previous years. Three points were allotted for a correct answer and a negative marking of 1 mark for an incorrect answer. Non-MCQs were not subject to negative marking.

CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis 2021 of Question Paper Pattern

As far as the exam structure is concerned, the first slot of CAT 2021 followed the existing pattern with a few changes.The exam pattern for the first slot was as follows:

Sections

Total Questions

Time-Duration

Total MCQs

Non-MCQs

VARC

24

40 minutes

19

5

QA

22

40 minutes

15

8

DILR

20

40 minutes

14

5

Total

66

120 minutes

48 Questions

18 Questions

Watch our CAT Experts brief you about CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam Review , Difficulty level and Question pattern in comparison with CAT 2020.

CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis 2021 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

With precision in attempts, the VARC section has been rated as moderate to difficult based on the difficulty level. As of last year, there were 24 questions in the VARC section, instead of 26 last year. 16 Questions from Reading Comprehension and 8 Verbal Ability questions. The total number of marks allotted for the section is 72, and it was 78 in the past. The RC did not include TITA questions. The odd one out and Para jumbles each contained five TITA questions. In total there were 5 MCQs and 19 Non-MCQs

Question composition for VARC:

Reading comprehension questions dominated the VARC section of Slot-1. The section consisted of medium-length passages; there were a total of 4 sets of RC, each consisting of 4 questions.

Reading Comprehension

Area of the RC Passages

Number of Questions Asked

Difficulty Level

Mayan Civilisation

4

Moderate-Difficult

Marshmallow Experiment

4

Moderate-Difficult

Utopia and Dystopia

4

Difficult

Chinese Tea- The Thirst Empire

4

Easy

Verbal Ability

Para-Jumbles

3

Moderate-Difficult

Para Summary

3

Moderate

Out of context sentence

2

Difficult

CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis 2021 Quantitative Ability:

The final section of the CAT 2021 exam was Quantitative Ability . The QA part contained 22 questions when compared to 26 in CAT 2020. Compared to the previous years,this section was moderately easier.Arithmetic questions dominated this section, with the highest number of non-MCQ questions. The majority of common topics such as Algebra, Percentage, Ratio, Interest, Number System, Time, Speed, Geometry, Trigonometry Work, Alligation, Profit & Loss, Time & Work were fairly covered. There were three Geometry questions ranging in difficulty from moderate to difficult. By and large, the aptitude section was manageable. Although the questions were not difficult, they did take a lot of time as last year.

Question composition for QA

Area of Questions

Number of Questions Asked

Difficulty Level

Geometry

3

Moderate-Difficult

Arithmetic

10

Moderate

Number system & Modern Math

4

Moderate-Difficult

Algebra

5

Moderate

CAT Exam Slot -1 Analysis 2021 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

Section 2 of the CAT 2021 question paper covered Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Those who took the test felt it was easier than last year, despite the difficulty in language and time-consuming process. The DILR section has been revised this year with the addition of four sets, two of which contained four questions each and the remaining two included six questions each. There were 15 MCQs and 5 Non-MCQs in two sets of four and six questions. In total, there were two DI sets and two LR sets. Overall, the DI segment was easier than last year’s DI section of Slot 1, whereas the LR section was slightly more difficult than CAT 2021 Slot 1. Overall, this section of the test was moderate to difficult.

Question composition for DILR:

Area of Questions

Number of Questions Asked

Difficulty Level

Logical reasoning:

Journal Publication

6

Difficult

Logical reasoning:

Friends Acquaintances & Strangers in City

6

Moderate-Difficult

Data Interpretation:

Cost price of various fruits

4

Difficult

Data Interpretation:

Bar Graph on sales of different items

4

Moderate-Difficult

Good attempts & Overall difficulty of CAT Exam 2021 Slot 1:

Section

Level of Difficulty for Slot-1

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Moderate-Difficult

Data Interpretation &

Logical Reasoning

Easy- Moderate

Moderate-Difficult

Quantitative Ability

Easy-Moderate

Overall Difficulty Level

Moderate -Difficult

There was a slight increase in difficulty for the CAT 2021 Slot one as compared to CAT 2020. Section-wise, VARC was quite difficult, with difficulty levels comparable to that of the previous year’s VARC section. Accurate attempts of 15 to 17 questions with 85 to 90% would be sufficient to fetch a good percentile. As a result of the reduced number of choices in sets, the difficulty level of DILR was reduced to the CAT 2020 level. In contrast to the previous three years, the DILR section had sets that were easy to moderate. To attain a high percentile, candidates should’ve answered about 9-12 questions correctly with an accuracy of 85%. The QA section ranged between Easy-Moderate and followed a similar pattern to the previous year. For QA, Attempting 15-18 questions with 85-90 % accuracy is sufficient to reach the cut-offs. On the whole, the exam was not challenging; it was doable as long as candidates had their concepts straight.

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