CAT 2016 Question Paper Analysis

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CAT 2016 – Questions from Slot 1

SECTION TOPIC LEVEL MODEL QUESTION
QA ALGEBRA EASY 2x-5y=-13 What is the minimum value of (x-y)

a)-1 b)0 c)-2 d)2

QA GEOMETRY EASY An isosceles triangle ABC, What is the value of side BC, if the area of the triangle in 75π^2
QA GEOMETRY EASY In a cyclic quadrilateral, the angle between diagonals is 90 degree. If the ratio of the quadrilateral to circle is 4:3π^2. What is the ratio of diagonals to the side of the quadrilateral?
QA NUMBER SYSTEM MODERATE-DIFFICULT Six digit number’s left most digit is 1. If the middle numbers are fixed, and the last two digits are rotated then the value of number triples. What is the sum of the digits?
QA ARITHMETIC EASY-MODERATE The distance between P and Q is 400 km. If A and B start from P towards Q at 7:45  and 8:45.While C starts from Q to P at 9:45. At what time do B and C are equidistant to A. If speeds of ABC are 30,40,50 km/hr respectively.
QA PERMUTATION & COMBINATIONS MODERATE There are 10 boxes .every box has 100 balls. How many ways you can choose all so that 1st box contains more balls than 2nd.
QA ARITHMETIC MODERATE Rice 1 500 kg rice 2 100kgs

Cost Rs 1000 per kg and 800 per kg respectively

Mixed and sold in ratio of 3:2

Of 1200 per kg for 1st type And 800 per kg for 2nd.

Find the difference.

CAT 2016 – Questions from Slot 2

SECTION TOPIC LEVEL MODEL QUESTION
LR RATING OF RESTAURANT MODERATE-DIFFICULT 7 restaurants are given a rating between 1 to 4 in five different food zones. 1 to 4 poor 4 to 8 ok 8 to 12 good 12 to 16 very good 16 to 24 excellent. All these 4 conditions have to be related
LR CODING & DECODING- EASY Consider a continuous set of English alphabet ABCDE…..XYZAB… There are few operations that are performed on the input words. C_0: Every letter in the odd position(1st,3rd,..) is replaced by the letter that comes next to it in the English alphabet set. Every letter in the even position(2nd,4th,..) is superseded by the letter that comes before it in the English alphabet set. The position is considered from left to right. Finally, the new word obtained is reversed to get the final output. Eg.: C_0: Input: ZOOM; Output: LPNA Also, C_n: Replace every letter of the input by the ‘nth letter on its right in the English alphabet set. Eg.: C_3: Input: MADAM; Output: PDGDP Q1: What is the output if the word FABLE undergoes C_3, C_0, C_4 simultaneously? Q2: What is the input if the output when performed C_2, C_0, C_3 simultaneously on it results in ENSLAVE? Q3: If C_0, C_0, C_0,… is performed continuously on an Input then what is the minimum number of times one has to perform C_0 to get the Input back? Q4:  If C_3, C_0, C_3, C_0,… is performed continuously on an Input then what is the minimum number of operations one has to perform to get the Input back?
DI SALARY OF MANAGERS, TECHNICIANS AND NON-TECHNICIANS- EASY-MODERATE A gets 90k B gets 30k C gets 50k Their increase in percentage of salary for 3 years was given .eg: for A 2011.   10 2012. 5 2013. 10 Similarly for b and c Ques like: find who got a max increase in their Avg salary?

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CAT 2016 – Evolution of the pattern

The task of conducting Common Aptitude Test (CAT) is conferred on one Indian Institute of Management (IIM) every year. Thence, the question paper follows a different sectional pattern every year.

The bi-sectional pattern developed in 2014, was discarded in 2015 and a new tri-sectional pattern had been implemented. But, the number of sections is not the only aspect that was changed in the new pattern. It varies regarding weightage, duration, the number of questions and the flexibility factors.

CAT 2016 – Question paper is as follows:

YEAR 2016
No. Of Questions 100
Duration 180 min. (60 min/Section; Avg 1’45”/Q)
No. Of Sections 3
Switching Between Sections Not permitted
Weightage Of Sections QA – 34Q ; VRC – 34Q ; DI/LR – 32Q
Marks weightage/Q 3 marks
Negative Marking Yes; -1/ wrong response
Non MCQs Yes ; approx. 8-10 Q per Section
On-Screen Calculator Yes; Online Scientific Calculator in QA and DI/LR
Mode Of Exam Computer-based test
No. Of Slots 2

CAT 2016 Sectional Analysis:

CAT questions in different sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA): 34 Q

The Quantitative Aptitude section evaluates the analytical ability of the individual. It comprises of questions from the topics such as Algebra, Number Systems, Quadratic Equations, Permutations, modern mathematics, the knowledge of integers, geometry, arithmetic & mensuration. The difficulty level varies between medium to hard. But, with right practice, the required speed and accuracy can be achieved.

 Topics QA MCQ Non – MCQ/ TITA

Total

Arithmetic QA 8 3 11
Numbers QA 4 1 5
Algebra QA 5 2 7
Geometry/Mensuration QA 8 0 8
Pure Math/CG QA 1 1 2
Venn Diagram QA 1 0 1
Total 19 7 34

 Question Paper Analysis

Quantitative Ability was of moderate – tough difficulty level. Relatively, the non-MCQs were lesser in this section.

According to the CAT exam takers, there were wrong questions in the section. A question on Time & Distance and a question on Progressions were wrong. If the IIM recognizes these questions as an error,  hen these questions they may be ignored while marking.

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): 34Q

As the name suggests, this section evaluates the verbal ability through questions from Reading Comprehensions, para jumbles, and grammar ability.

 Topics RC/VA MCQ Non – MCQ/ TITA

Total

Definition of Poverty and treatment of Household work RC 3 0 3
Education System RC 3 0 3
Sustainable Economic Development RC 6 0 6
Anthropology /Excruciating Rituals & Reasons RC 6 0 6
Status of Languages in 2115 RC 6 0 6
Odd Para Jumbles VA 0 3 3
Para Jumbles VA 0 4 4
Para Summary/Essence of Passage VA 0 3 3
Total 24 10 34

 Question Paper Analysis

34 questions were asked in this section. 9 questions were from Reading Comprehension with five passages, which were lengthy. The section was vocabulary intensive and was a blend of direct and inferential type. Most of the Verbal Ability questions were mostly non-MCQ or TITA type. The topics from which the questions appeared were Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction, Out of Context and Para Summary.

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI/LR): 32 Q (16 Q DI and 16 Q LR)

This part assesses the information deduction skill & logical ability of the individual. Data Interpretation had questions divided into four sets. The information sets were presented in the form of various bar diagrams, data tables, pie charts, Venn diagrams and also numerous graphical representations.

The Logical Reasoning section will have questions based on statement conclusion; blood relation; arrangement. The candidates might also be tested for their abilities to draw conclusions from given premises which test the basic knowledge of formal logic.

 Question Paper Analysis

This part assesses the information deduction skill & logical ability of the individual. Data Interpretation had questions divided into four sets. The information sets were presented in the form of various bar diagrams, data tables, pie charts, Venn diagrams and also numerous graphical representations.The Logical Reasoning section will have questions based on statement conclusion; blood relation; arrangement. The candidates might also be tested for their abilities to draw conclusions from given premises which test the basic knowledge of formal logic.

 Topics DI/LR MCQ Non – MCQ/ TITA

Total

Distribution/Arrangement LR 4 0 4
Venn Diagrams LR 2 2 4
Arrangement of files in folders LR 3 1 4
Students using various Trains & fares for the same LR 3 1 4
Table (Student Pass percentages over 5 years) DI 3 1 4
Comprehension DI 3 1 4
Films, Launch, Completion, Release and Profits DI 3 1 4
Table (Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein) DI 4 0 4
Total 24 8 32

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