CAT 2021 Exam Analysis: Slot 1, 2 & Slot 3 Paper Analysis & Review

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CAT 2021 analysis for the exam held on November 28 at over 400 exam centres across India is now available. In the CAT exam 2021, candidates got a pleasant surprise of reduction in total number of questions from 76 to 66. Apart from that, there was no change from last year. The difficulty level of the CAT 2021 exam was moderate. The VARC and DILR sections were moderate to difficult with a good number of non-MCQs, where as Quantitative Aptitude section was easy in all the three slots.

Analysis of CAT 2021 by various MBA experts and coaching institutes are shared in this article. One can read CAT exam analysis 2021 for all the three slots here. The CAT exam analysis 2021 contains section-wise in-depth review of the questions, topic-wise weightage, question types, difficulty levels and number of good attempts. Experts have share their views in the CAT analysis 2021 for candidates to make an honest assessment of their performance.

Also Read: CAT 2021 Student reactions and reviews

CAT 2021 Analysis: Highlights

CAT 2021 will see attendance of about 2.31 lakh candidates. Check the CAT exam highlights below:

  • The CAT exam pattern and test structure were same as last year
  • The duration of CAT 2021 was 120 minutes and the sectional time-limit was 40 minutes
  • The exam was conducted in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines
  • The total number of questions in CAT 2021 question paper was 66
  • VARC section had 24 questions. The section had maximum questions from RC.
  • DILR section had 20 questions from tables and charts
  • QA section had 22 questions dominated by Arithmetic and Algebra

CAT 2021 Analysis: Paper Pattern

Given below is the section wise break-up of CAT 2021 question paper:

CAT 2021 Sections

Questions

Allotted Time-Limit

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

24

40 minutes

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)

20

40 minutes

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

22

40 minutes

Total

66

120 minutes

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CAT 2021 Analysis: Section Wise

Section 1: VARC

  • Reading Comprehension: 16 Questions
  • Verbal Ability: 8 Questions
  • The Reading Comprehension passages were based on the following themes:
    • Passage 1: Cattle Fish: Self control of food
    • Passage 2: Tea history
    • Passage 3: Mayan personality
    • Passage 4: Utopia
  • Ideal attempts in VARC Section: 18 questions

Section 2: DILR

Summary of Questions

  • DILR Sets with 6 Questions: 2 Sets = 12 Questions (LR Sets)
  • DILR Sets with 4 Questions: 2 Sets=8 Questions (DI Sets)

Ideal attempts in DILR Section: 13 Questions

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quants was easy with direct formula application and concept based questions dominated by Arithmetic and little Geometry and Algebra.
  • The questions based on Venn Diagram were tough
  • Arithmetic dominated the paper followed by Algebra and Numbers
  • Geometry saw lesser visibility with just three to four questions and Modern Maths was negligent in the paper

Read below CAT 2021 analysis of slot 1, 2 and 3 by various MBA experts:

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CAT 2021 Score vs Percentile

Here are the CAT 2021 scores versus percentiles estimated by IMS India experts on the basis of question paper and difficulty level:

CAT Percentile

VARC Score

DILR Score

QA Score

Overall Score

99.5 %ile

45

33

48

104

99 %ile

41

29

42

97

98 %ile

37

26

37

86

95%ile

32

21

28

72

90%ile

27

17

23

59

85%ile

23

15

19

52

80%ile

21

13

16

44

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CAT 2021: Expected Cut Offs

Given below are the tables indicating expected CAT cut offs for admission to 2021 academic session. The tables contain expected CAT cut offs of IIMs as well as non-IIM institutes.

Take a look at the CAT 2021 expected cut off of IIMs and non-IIMs for MBA admission:

IIM Campus

Expected CAT Cut Off

IIM Ahmedabad | IIM Bangalore | IIM Calcutta

99 percentile

IIM Lucknow | IIM Indore | IIM Kozhikode

97-98 percentile

IIM Amritsar | IIM Nagpur | IIM Sambalpur

95-96 percentile

IIM Trichi | IIM Raipur | IIM Ranchi | IIM Kashipur

94-95 percentile

IIM Vizag | IIM Udaipur | IIM Bodhgaya

92-94 percentile

IIM Shillong | IIM Sirmaur

90 percentile

 

College Name

Expected Cut Off

IIT Bombay (SJMSOM)

99 percentile

JBIMS, Mumbai

99 percentile

FMS, Delhi

98.5 percentile

IIT Delhi (DoMS)

98 percentile

SPJIMR, Mumbai

97 percentile

NITIE, Mumbai

95 percentile

MDI, Gurgaon

95 percentile

IIT Madras

95 percentile

IIT Kharagpur

95 percentile

IIT Kanpur

95 percentile

IIT Roorkee

95 percentile

MICA

Top 10 percentile

Previous Years' CAT Paper Analysis

Given below are CAT analysis of past few years for candidates to read and understand the past trends of CAT exam: 

Watch: CAT 2020 student reactions

Watch: CAT 2019 student reactions

CAT 2018: Student reactions

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FAQs on CAT 2021 Analysis

Q: What is the expected difficulty level of CAT 2021?

A: The difficulty level of CAT 2021 exam was moderate to difficult for all the three slots. The VARC and DILR sections of CAT 2021 were moderate to tough in terms of difficulty level but the Quantitative Aptitude section was easy. 

Q: Who sets CAT question paper?

A: The responsibility of setting the CAT question paper given to the exam conducting institute. A team of educators appointed by IIM conducting institute set the question paper every year. The CAT 2021 question paper will be set by IIM Ahmedabad faculty as the institute is the exam convening body for this year.

Q: Do the CAT question papers vary for different slots?

A: Yes, the CAT question papers of are slightly different in every slot to prevent copying and leaking of the questions. Because the three questions papers have different questions, one happens to be more difficult than the other two.

Q: Was the difficulty level of question papers of different slots different in CAT 2021?

A: Yes, the difficulty level of CAT 2021 question papers of different slots was slightly different as the questions were unique to all of them. However, to measure performance of every candidate on same scale, the marks will be normalised.

Q: CAT question paper of which slot is more difficult?

A: The question paper of any of the slots can turn out to be more difficult than the other. There is no pattern to this as a different IIM conducts the exam every year and the team, which sets the question paper, is also different. 

Q: How many questions should I attempt to get 99+ percentile?

A: There is no certain number of questions that when solved correctly can ensure 99 percentile. CAT percentile is influenced by several factors such as, number of candidates and their raw scores, difficulty level of the paper and CAT normalisation process. Also read: How many questions to attempt in CAT to score 99 percentile?

Q: What is considered to be a good attempt in CAT?

A: Out of 100 questions, 70-75 correct answers is considered a good attempt in CAT. Each candidate should aim to solve 70-75 questions accurately. In CAT 2021 the total number of questions will be 76 so about 50 good attempts will be enough to fetch above 99 percentile.

Q: Which section is considered the toughest in CAT exam?

A: Out of the three sections of CAT - VARC, DILR and QA - the last one is considered the toughest because the questions are mathematics-based and involve complex calculation. However, many candidates also find VARC difficult due to its dense and confusing RC passages. 

Q: Is there any set pattern of distribution of questions in CAT exam?

A: Yes, the questions questions are divided into three sections. VARC and QA have equal number of questions (26 each), while DILR has two questions less (24).

Q: Can I switch between the sections during CAT exam?

A: No, switching between the sections is not allowed in CAT exam. Each section is to be answered in the same sequence as they appear onscreen and once the sectional time-limit is over, the screen will move to next section.

Q: What has been the difficulty level of CAT exam over the last five years?

A: The difficulty level of CAT exam has been moderate to difficult over the last five years. In CAT 2020, VARC was tough, DILR was moderate and QA was easy. CAT 2021 was also of the same difficulty level.

Q: Will the difficulty level of CAT 2021 affect admission cut offs?

A: Yes, the difficulty level would affect MBA admission cut offs. If the CAT 2021 exam turns out to be tough, IIM cut offs may be slightly lower than previous year. 

Q: Will the CAT 2021 answer key be released on the exam day?

A: No, the CAT answer key will not be released on the exam day. It will be released within a week after the exam. Candidates will be able to download the answer key and response sheets from the iimcat.ac.in website.

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Which college can I get with 75 percent marks in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

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Which colleges can I get with 75 %ile in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

Guide-Level 12

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At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

Here are the colleges you can get with 75 percentile:Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal78+ PercentileIndian School of Mines, Dhanbad75 PercentileAmrita School of Business, Coimbatore75 PercentileJaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow & Jaipur75 PercentileBirla Institute of Techn...Here are the colleges you can get with 75 percentile:
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
78+ Percentile
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
75 Percentile
Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore
75 Percentile
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow & Jaipur
75 Percentile
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
75 Percentile
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar & Pune
75 Percentile
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile Management, Coimbatore
75 Percentile
Vel Tech Dr. RR & Dr. SR University, Chennai
75 Percentile
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur
75 Percentile
Christ University, Bangalore
75 Percentile
FMS, Manav Rachna University, Faridabad
75 Percentile
IBS Business School, Hyderabad
75 Percentile
National Institute of Technology, Warangal
75 Percentile
BIMTECH, Greater Noida
75 Percentile
SOIL Gurgaon - SOIL Institute of Management
70 Percentile (Minimum)

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While filling CAT 2022 form, I followed the best of 5 marking pattern for SSC which is not correct. Can I fill the form again?

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yash sahani

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We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error. 2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it wh...We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:
1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error.
2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it while entering their personal details.
3. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: uploading your photograph is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form.

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Harsh Rastogi

Beginner-Level 5

4 weeks ago

No, you cannot fill the form again. You should always read the instructions carefully before filling any form.

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I have heard that UGC has given regulations for CAT eligibility that the colleges can accept CAT eligibility for the past two years. Is it?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibil...An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. As per the CAT notification for CAT the same criteria will be followed without any changes. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing. They should understand the factors and requirements to appear for CAT 2022 to avoid disqualification at any stage of the admission process. Moreover, candidates should also identify the eligibility criteria for the B-schools separately along with the difference in the eligibility requirements for CAT and the IIM.

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ANKIT Tiwari

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

The CAT score card is valid for a period of one year only. After which candidates will have to take the following years' CAT exam for admissions in respective institutes. Most of the Institutions/Universities in India accept the CAT score for admissions.

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What percentile should I score in CAT exam to get MDI Gurgaon under defence quota?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a s...Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a safe bet.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

2 days ago

The MDI Gurgaon is the best college which has defence quota. The percentile which is required by MDI Gurgaon under defence quota is expected as 94 percentile. It is also the best college for defence.

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How to start preparing with CAT and IIFT?

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Sunit Chatterjee

Beginner-Level 5

3 days ago

To start first start with your basics remember these 4 to 5 points 1) read 1 hour every day
2. Do sudoku and basics of dilr
3. Do quant from ncert if your basics are weak if it is strong then do past year paper or previous year mock
5. Give ample amount of mock and sectional test thanks.

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I am applying for CAT 2022 and also had applied for CAT last year. Do I need to re-register or should use last year's credentials?

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ANISHKA LUNAWAT

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Yes, you have to apply for the CAT form again from the beginning even if you have registered last year also. Since exam score is valid for only one year.

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I have a gap year in my engineering. What should I fill in the duration of course in CAT form? Should I fill 4 or 5 years?

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Sonima Dwivedi

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

It will still be counted as 4 years.

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I'm under waiting list at a rank of 64 CS and 14 (IT) in ETH category in CUSAT CAT 2022. Is there a chance to get admission with these?

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Shubham Chakravarty

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

Authorities have prepared the rank list of CUSAT CAT 2022 on the basis of the percentile index. Percentile index is calculated by using the given formula- [ (n+1-p)/n)]x S x 100Here, n denotes the number of candidates appearing for the exam in a particular subject, p denotes the position accordin...Authorities have prepared the rank list of CUSAT CAT 2022 on the basis of the percentile index. Percentile index is calculated by using the given formula- [ (n+1-p)/n)]x S x 100
Here, n denotes the number of candidates appearing for the exam in a particular subject, p denotes the position according to the CUSAT CAT score and S denotes the actual score of the candidate. Once the percentile index is calculated, the authorities will integrate the Percentile Indices to calculate the relative position of a candidate in the CUSAT CAT rank list 2022 for a particular engineering programme.

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I have scored 71% in 10th,64% in 12th and in UG, 70%. I belong to SC category. Can I get into FMS or not with 90 %ile in CAT?

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Yash Jain

Beginner-Level 5

2 weeks ago

With 90 percentile in CAT you can get admission in FMS. For SC category the criteria of FMS is between 50 to 80 percentile.

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