CAT 2021 Analysis and Performance Barometer – Slot 1 (Morning)

Yet another CAT in Pandemic… Nervous and anxious faces that entered the test centers in the morning came out with a sigh of relief and mixed excitement. They have just taken an exam which was very similar to the last year’s CAT. Most of them seem happy with their performance as they could solve most of the questions. CAT 2021 Analysis : The promise of decreasing the number of questions has been kept and this helped CAT 21 aspirants attempt almost all the questions in VARC and QA Sections. As usual attempts were least in DILR Section.

CAT 21 Analysis slot 1

CAT 2021 Slot 1 was same as CAT 2020 exam. There were 66 questions divided into three sections. The section-wise break-up of the questions is as under:

S.No. Section Name Duration MCQs TITA* Total
I VARC 40 min 19 5 24
II DI and LR 40 min 12 8 20
III QA 40 min 13 9 22
Total 120 min 66
*TITA = Type in The Answer. You have to type the answer of these questions by using a numeric pad.

Let’s discuss and analyze all the sections in detail.

Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

This year’s VARC Section was slightly easier than that of the last year’s section. However it was lengthy and the emphasis was on inferential questions. There were 16 questions of reading comprehension divided into 4 passages. The readability of the passages was moderate. The questions were simple as well as tricky. There were 3 questions of Para Jumbles (TITA) and they were moderate. There were 2 questions of Para Jumbles (ODD Variety or Out of Context) and they were moderate. There were 3 questions of Para Summary and they were moderate to tough.

There were no surprises in the section and the questions were of standard variety.

A good number of attempt in this section will be 20-21 questions and a score of 26 can fetch a 90 plus percentile. For getting a 95 plus percentile one should score at least 32.

Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The DILR Section was almost the same as that of last year’s. There were 20 questions divided into 4 cases. 3 cases were of LR and rest of DI. 1 set of case of LR posed a good challenge to the students.

There were no surprises in the section and the question variety has been quite standard over the last 4-5 years.

A well-prepared student will be able to attempt 6-8 questions and a score of 18 can fetch him 90 percentile. For getting a 95 plus percentile, one has to score atleast 28-30 marks.

Section 3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

The QA Section was slightly easier than that of last year’s. There were 22 questions in this section. Questions covered from all the sections like Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Modern Math etc. Only a few of the questions were challenging. Many of them were sitters and even an average student can solve them.

Over the years the QA section has taken quite a predictable feel and students who have been regularly taking mocks should feel comfortable this year too.

CAT 21 Analysis Morning slot

A good attempt will be 10 questions and a score of 25+ can get one a 90 percentile in this section. For getting a 95 plus percentile, one has to score at least 32-35 marks.

Overall CAT 2021 Analysis:

In overall this year’s CAT was same as last year’s CAT. Last year a score of 63 fetched a 90 %ile. Considering number of questions and difficulty level a score of 65 would be needed to get a 90 %ile. To get a 95 %ile a score of around 80-85 should be enough. To get 99 plus percentile one would be needed to score at least 105+ marks.

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