Does The CAT Exam Analysis Help Aspirants Stand Out In The Competition

By Sashikanth

The prestigious management entrance exam, Common Admission Test (CAT), will take place on November 25 and the registrations are going to end in the third week of September. IIM Calcutta, which is the organising institute for this year, will be conducting the CAT 2018 exam in more than 145 cities spread across the country.

Most of the aspirants agree with us that passing with flying colours in CAT will not be a cakewalk because the admission is to the premier institutes in the country. In this scenario, one should not lose marks for silly reasons.


Preparing for CAT 2018 without considering the previous years' exam analysis is not encouraged because every single mark counts in this computer-based test. Here is the best explanation for why MBA aspirants should consider taking a CAT exam analysis which will help them stand out in the competition.

Also Read: What Are The Best CAT Preparation Books To Ace The Exam?

CAT Exam Analysis For 2018

Why CAT Exam Analysis Is Important For Your Preparation

Be it any examination, decoding the previous years' question paper will help the aspirants to understand many things and prepare accordingly. Though the exam is conducted annually, there will be changes in the pattern and difficulty level of the papers.

Here are the four main things you will learn through the CAT exam analysis.

1. To Get Familiar With The Pattern

The exam pattern is very important for any competitive exam. The CAT exam pattern is different from other management entrance exams. Going through the previous years' question papers of CAT will give you an idea regarding the preparation strategy.

2. To Know The Tricks

Most of the times, there will be no repetition of questions in the CAT examination. However, with CAT exam analysis, one can find tricks to solve the questions in lesser time.

3. To Assess The Difficulty Level

It is always advised that aspirants get familiar with the difficulty level of questions before kick-starting the preparation. With the CAT exam analysis, one will get an idea regarding this issue because the previous years' question papers are the only authentic available source.

4. To Know Which Topics Have Weightage

The syllabus for any competitive examination will be as vast as the sea and there is no exception for CAT. With the CAT exam analysis, aspirants will know about the topics which have highest weightage.

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

Aspirants should be familiar with the CAT exam pattern that consists of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI&LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The CAT 2017 exam was conducted on November 26, 2017. Here is the exam analysis.

Sections No Of QuestionsNo Of MCQs  No Of Non-MCQs Difficulty Level Good Attempt
VARC  34 24 10 Moderate 26 - 27
 DI & LR 32 24 8 Very Difficult 12 - 14
 QA32  19 15 Moderate 25 - 26
 Total100 67 33  Difficult 63 - 65

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • 24 questions on Reading Comprehension 
  • 10 questions in Verbal Ability

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI&LR)

  • 16 questions on Data Interpretation
  • 16 questions on Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • 10 questions on arithmetic 
  • 3 questions on geometry 
  • Rest on miscellaneous topics

The above table is prepared based on the CAT 2017 slot 1 exam paper. Aspirants can download the CAT question papers here

Also ReadHow To Start CAT Preparation: 10 Steps You Shouldn't Miss

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