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CAT 2022 Exam Analysis

CAT 2022 results have been declared on December 21, 2022. CAT 2022 was conducted on November 27, 2022, in 150 test cities across various states in India. CAT 2022 was conducted in three slots (morning, afternoon, and evening) for a duration of 2 hours each. The slot-wise CAT paper analysis 2022 along with the memory-based CAT 2022 question paper have been updated on the links below. Also, one can check out the answer key 2022, CAT 2022 toppers' list, IIM placements, CAT score vs percentile analysis, etc. below:

CAT Result 2022 LinkCAT 2022 Toppers' List
CAT Cutoff 2022 for IIMs100 Percentile Candidates in CAT 2022: State-wise
IIM Bangalore Placements 2022CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile

On this page, we have shared complete details about the CAT exam pattern, difficulty level, number of good attempts, important topics,  topic-wise weightage of questions asked, and expected cutoff.

The detailed CAT 2022 paper analysis is updated here, students can check their performance while the candidates from other shifts will get an idea of what to expect in the question paper. The total number of questions in CAT 2022 was 66. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section had 24 questions, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) section had 20 questions, and the Quantitative Aptitude (QA) had 22 questions. Each section had an equal time limit, i.e., 40 minutes.

As per the previous year's CAT exam analysis, the overall difficulty of the exam was moderate. The DILR section had the maximum level of difficulty while the VARC section was quite easy. Since CAT is one of the most difficult management entrance exams, it's difficult to predict what the question paper will have. Candidates appearing for CAT 2022 must be prepared well for every kind of question that they come across.

Apart from the CAT paper analysis 2022, we have also shared memory-based question papers for CAT 2022 Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3 for your reference. These memory-based questions will be available to download after the completion of each shift.

CAT 2022 Question Paper - Download Memory-based Questions for Slot 1
CAT 2022 Question Paper - Download Memory-based Questions for Slot 2
CAT 2022 Question Paper - Download Memory-based Questions for Slot 3

You can also go through the CAT paper analysis of previous years to get an understanding of the topics asked, the overall difficulty, sectional weightage, exam pattern, and more!

    CAT 2022 Paper Analysis (Slot 1, 2 & 3)

    CAT 2022 was conducted on November 27 in three slots, and the slot-wise exam analysis has been updated on this page. CAT 2022 analysis involves section-wise difficulty level, weightage, the expected number of good attempts, and expected cutoff. Click on the video below to learn all about CAT 2022 question paper.

    CAT 2022 Overall Exam Analysis

    There were 66 total questions in CAT 2022, distributed among the 3 sections for all the slots. With a few questions at a higher difficulty level, CAT 2022 was rated as having a moderate level of difficulty. The Quantitative Aptitude section was moderately difficult in CAT 2022, however, all three slots' VARC and DILR sections were easy to moderate. In VARC, RC passages dominated, whereas Arithmetic and Algebra dominated Quantitative Aptitude. In each of the three slots in the DILR portion, there were four sets of five questions. Check out the major highlights of CAT 2022:

    • The exam pattern and format were the same as last year for CAT 2022.
    • Comparatively speaking to other IIMs, IIM Bangalore created a more challenging CAT exam.
    • The duration of CAT 2022 was 120 minutes and the sectional time limit was 40 minutes.
    • The examination was carried out in accordance with COVID-19 procedures and standards.
    • The total number of questions in the CAT 2022 question paper was 66.
    • There were 24 questions in the VARC segment. There were the most RC questions in this section.
    • 20 questions from tables and charts, games and tournaments, and other topics were in the DILR section.
    • There were 22 questions in the QA portion, mostly from arithmetic and algebra.
    • The VARC section was easy to moderate.
    • DILR and QA sections were as usual, moderate in terms of difficulty level
    • Expected number of successful attempts: In the CAT 2022, a total raw score of 98 to 99 should earn a 99 percentile.

    Check out the detailed slot-wise analysis of CAT 2022 along with the answer keys for each slot:

    Slot

    Highlights of Analysis

    Detailed Analysis Link

    Answer Key

    Slot 1

    For CAT 2022 slot 1, the overall level of difficulty was slightly greater than for CAT 2021. A total raw score of 97 to 99 should be sufficient to reach the 99th percentile in the CAT 2022 slot 1 exam.

    CAT 2022 Slot 1 Question Paper Analysis

    CAT Slot 1 Unofficial Answer Key 2022 

    Slot 2

    Comparing CAT 2022 Slot 1 to Slot 2, Slot 2 did not offer any notable surprises. The overall difficulty of CAT 2022 Slot 2 was similar to Slot 1's. The expected range for the total raw for a 99+ percentile in CAT 2022 slot 2 is 98 to 100.

    CAT 2022 Slot 2 Question Paper Analysis

    CAT Slot 2 Unofficial Answer Key 2022 

    Slot 3

    The difficulty level of CAT 2022 Slot 3 was greater overall than CAT 2022 Slots 1 and 2. A 99 percentile in CAT 2022 Slot 3 should be achieved with an overall raw score of roughly 93-95.

    CAT 2022 Slot 3 Question Paper Analysis

    CAT Slot 3 Unofficial Answer Key 2022 

    CAT Slot 1 Exam Analysis 2022

    The overall degree of difficulty was just a little bit higher for CAT 2022 slot 1 than it was for CAT 2021. VARC was easy to moderately difficult in terms of sectional difficulty. The odd-sentence-out questions were replaced with a para completion question. 4 sets of 5 questions each made up DILR. This component was a tiny bit more challenging than CAT 2021. QA was a little bit simpler than the CAT 2021 portion. In the CAT 2022 slot 1, a total raw score of 97 to 99 should qualify for the 99 percentile. Check out the sectional analysis of CAT 2022 slot 1 in the table below:

    CAT Section

    No. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelNo. of Good Attempts

    Quantitative Aptitude

    22Moderate to Difficult40-49

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

    22Easy to Moderate

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    24Easy to Moderate

    Overall

    66Moderate

    CAT 2022 Slot 1: Expected Percentile

    Here are the expected percentile scores and the required raw scores for each section and the overall CAT 2022 slot 1 question paper:

    CAT 2022 Percentile

    CAT 2022 Sections

    Overall

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    99

    38-40

    28-30

    36-38

    97-99

    95

    30-32

    22-24

    28-30

    70-72

    90

    26-28

    18-20

    22-24

    58-60

    85

    23-25

    16-18

    18-20

    49-50

    80

    19-20

    14-16

    16-18

    44-45

    CAT Slot 2 Exam Analysis 2022

    CAT 2022 Slot 2 did not present any significant surprises in comparison to CAT 2022 Slot 1. The questionable aspect of the number of questions was clarified in CAT 2022 Slot 1 itself. CAT 2022 Slot 2's overall level of difficulty was comparable to Slot 1's. The VARC for slot 2 was easy to moderate in terms of section-by-section difficulty. The difficulty level was a challenge for DILR in slot 2. Slot 2's QA was comparable to last year's and had a medium degree of difficulty. It is anticipated that the overall raw score for a 99+ percentile in CAT 2022 slot 2 will fall between 98 and 100. Check out the sectional analysis of CAT 2022 slot 2 in the table below:

    CAT Section

    No. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelNo. of Good Attempts

    Quantitative Aptitude

    22Moderate to Difficult39-49

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

    20Easy to Moderate

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    24Easy to Moderate

    Overall

    66Moderate

    CAT 2022 Slot 2: Expected Percentile

    Take a look at the expected percentile scores and the required raw scores for each section and the overall CAT 2022 slot 2 question paper:

    CAT 2022 Percentile

    CAT 2022 Sections

    Overall

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    99

    40-42

    30-32

    36-38

    98-100

    95

    31-33

    22-24

    30-34

    70-72

    90

    27-29

    18-20

    24-26

    58-60

    85

    24-26

    16-18

    13-15

    49-51

    80

    20-21

    14-16

    12

    44-45

    CAT Slot 3 Exam Analysis 2022

    As anticipated, CAT 2022 Slot 3 proceeded in the same manner as Slots 1 and 2. The VARC and DILR sections of slots 1 and 2 were the only parts of the paper pattern that differed from CAT 2021. Compared to CAT 2022 Slot 1 and Slot 2, CAT 2022 Slot 3 had a higher overall level of difficulty. As a result, the LOD varied slightly between the three portions and the three slots:

    • CAT 2022 VARC Slot 1 > CAT 2022 VARC Slot 2  > CAT 2022 VARC Slot 3
    • CAT 2022 DILR Slot 3 > CAT 2022 DILR Slot 1 > CAT 2022 DILR Slot 2
    • CAT 2022 QA Slot 3 > CAT 2022 QA Slot 2 > CAT 2022 QA Slot 1

    An overall raw score of around 93-95 should fetch a 99 percentile in CAT 2022 Slot 3. Check out the sectional analysis of CAT 2022 slot 3 in the table below:

    CAT Section

    No. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelNo. of Good Attempts

    Quantitative Aptitude

    22Moderate to Difficult42-45

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

    20Moderate to Difficult

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    24Moderate

    Overall

    66Moderate to Difficult

    CAT 2022 Slot 3: Expected Percentile

    Check out the expected percentile scores and the required raw scores for each section and the overall CAT 2022 slot 1 question paper:

    CAT 2022 Percentile

    CAT 2022 Sections

    Overall

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

    99

    40-42

    26-27

    30-33

    94-95

    95

    31-33

    20-22

    23-25

    66-69

    90

    27-29

    16-18

    17-19

    55-58

    85

    24-26

    14-16

    13-15

    47-49

    80

    20-21

    12-14

    12

    42

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    CAT 2021 Exam Analysis

    CAT 2021 was conducted on November 28 in three slots, and the slot-wise exam analysis can be checked on this page. CAT 2021 analysis involves section-wise difficulty level, weightage, the expected number of good attempts, and expected cutoff. 

    CAT 2021 Slot-wise Analysis

    SlotHighlights of AnalysisDetailed Analysis Link
    Slot 1The overall difficulty level of the Slot 1 was moderate while the DILR section seemed lengthy. The quantitative Aptitude section was easy to moderate. There were a total number of 66 questions in Slot 1.CAT 2021 Slot 1 Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key
    Slot 2Slot 2 was again Moderate in difficulty and the exam pattern followed was the same as Slot 1 with 66 questions in total. First impressions suggest that the overall difficulty level of Slot 2 was a bit easier than Slot 1.CAT 2021 Slot 2 Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key
    Slot 3Slot 3 of the CAT 2021 exam was reported to be a bit difficult as compared to the other 2 slots with Quant being the most difficult section of this slot.CAT 2021 Slot 3 Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key

    CAT 2021 Section-Wise Analysis

    Check the detailed analysis of each section of the CAT 2021 exam by Collegedekho experts. Click on the links given below.

    SectionAnalysis
    QACAT 2021 QA Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key
    VARCCAT 2021 VARC Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key
    DILRCAT 2021 DILR Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key

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    CAT 2020 Exam Analysis

    CAT 2020 Slot 3 concluded at 6:30 pm. CAT 2020 Slot 2 was conducted between 12:30 - 2:30 pm and CAT 2020 Slot 1 was conducted from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The biggest news from CAT 2020 exam analysis today is that there were 76 questions in this year's exam. VARC and QA sections had 26 questions each while DILR had 24 questions. The overall difficulty level of the exam was reported to be around Moderate to Difficult. VARC section was the toughest as reported by the candidates but DILR and QA were a bit easier as compared to last year. The detailed slot-wise exam analysis of CAT 2020 Slot 1, 2 and 3 can be checked below.

    CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

    CAT 2020 Slot 2 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

    CAT 2020 Slot 3 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

    Overall Analysis of CAT 2020, Slot 1, Slot 2 & Slot 3: Difficulty Level, Review

    The three slots in which CAT 2020 were conducted are Forenoon (8:30 am to 10:30 am), Afternoon (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm), and Evening (4:30 pm to 6:30 pm). PwD candidates were provided 40 minutes extra in each shift. The number of slots was increased due to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Candidates also had to get their temperature checked at the gate and consent to contactless frisking before they were allowed to enter the premises.

    CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by Top Coaching Institutes

    Some of the top CAT coaching institutes such as T.I.M.E, IMS, CL, and Bulls Eye have also released their Exam 2020 analysis. The exam analysis of CAT is prepared after analyzing the sectional difficulty as well as the number of questions asked in the exam. The CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by top coaching Institutes is provided here. Candidates can click on the links provided below to know the exam analysis provided by CAT, IMS, TIME, and Bulls Eye.

    CAT 2020 Analysis by Bulls Eye - Check Detailed Section-Wise Analysis Here

    CAT 2020 Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Check Detailed Section-Wise Analysis Here

    CAT 2020 Analysis by Career Launcher: Check Detailed Section-Wise Analysis Here

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    CAT Previous Years' Question Paper Analysis (2011 - 2019)

    Check the table below for the detailed question paper analysis of the previous years' CAT exam.

    YearExam Analysis
    CAT 2019CAT 2019 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2018CAT 2018 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2017CAT 2017 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2016CAT 2016 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2015CAT 2015 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2014CAT 2014 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2013CAT 2013 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2012CAT 2012 Question Paper Analysis
    CAT 2011CAT 2011 Question Paper Analysis

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    FAQs about CAT Exam Analysis

    Which was the most difficult section in CAT 2021 Slot 3?

    In the third shot of CAT 2021, Quantitative Aptitude (QA) was the most difficult section. The questions were quite lengthy but doable. The sections of VARC and DILR were moderate.

    What was the overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 Slot 2?

    The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 Slot 2 was moderate. The sections of QA and DILR were moderately difficult whereas VARC was easy to moderate.

    How did the CAT 2021 exam pattern change as compared to last year?

    CAT 2021 had a reduced number of questions as compared to last year. The total no. of questions in the CAT 2021 question paper were 66 with 24 questions in VARC, 20 in DILR and 22 in QA.

    What was the difficulty level of CAT 2021 Slot 1?

    The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 Slot 1 was Moderate. Students reported that the difficulty was a bit on the easier side compared to last here. However, the paper was lengthy and students faced issues with time management.

    What is considered to be a good attempt in CAT?

    73-74 correct answers out of 100 will be considered to be a good attempt in CAT. Candidates should aim to answer at least 73 questions correctly to have a chance of getting 90 to 100 percentile.

    Are question papers of CAT for slot 1, slot 2 and slot 3 different?

    Yes, there is a separate question paper for slot 1, slot 2 and slot 3. No questions from any slot will be repeated in the other slot of CAT examination.

    Will the difficulty level of CAT 2021 affect the CAT cut off?

    Yes, the difficulty level of CAT 2021 is considered as one of the major factors while calculating the CAT cutoff. The cutoff of CAT also depends on the number of candidates who appeared for the examination and the past year cutoff.

    Which section is considered as the the toughest in the CAT exam?

    Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT examination is considered as the most difficult section because this section involves calculations. Candidates need to work on learning shortcut techniques to crack this section.

    Is CAT 2021 going to be tougher than CAT 2020?

    If we were to go by the past trends, CAT 2021 is going to be moderate in terms of the difficulty level.

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