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Updated By Shreya Sareen on 01 Dec, 2021 12:55

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CAT 2021 Exam Analysis (Slot 1, 2 & 3 Available)

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 (Out)
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 (Out)
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 (Out)

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 - Slot 1, 2 & 3 Out
VARCCAT 2021 VARC Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key - Slot 1, 2 & 3 Out
DILRCAT 2021 DILR Question Paper Analysis & Answer Key - Slot 1, 2 & 3 Out

The detailed analysis of the CAT 2021 question paper must be checked by every candidate that appeared for the exam to gauge their performance in comparison to the other candidates. For candidates who are preparing for CAT 2021, an expected analysis will also be provided to the candidates on this page.

CAT Paper Analysis

CAT 2021 was conducted on 28th November 2021 in three slots as per the revised exam pattern given on this page. Candidates can check the important dates of CAT 2021 analysis as well as a detailed analysis of CAT 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 on this page.

Latest Updates

November 28, 7:30 pm: Slot 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. Check the CAT 2021 Slot 3 question paper analysis for more details.

November 28, 6:00 pm: Check the CAT 2021 expected cutoffs for IIMs here.

November 28, 4:00 pm: Slot 2 of CAT 2021 was Moderate in difficulty level with some students reporting that it was a bit easier than Slot 1. Check out the CAT 2021 Slot 2 detailed question paper analysis here.

November 28, 12:00 pm: Slot 1 of the CAT 2021 exam was reported to be Moderate but lengthy. The no. of questions dropped down to 66 this year. Check out the detailed section-wise analysis of CAT 2021 here.

November 27: Check CAT 2021 Dress Code which candidates need to stick to on the exam day. Also, check CAT 2021 Exam Day Instructions

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CAT 2021 Exam Dates

Following are the tentative dates as per which CAT 2021 is expected to be conducted.

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Date

CAT 2021 Admit Card Release Date

27th October 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

28th November 2021

CAT 2021 Analysis Release Date

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CAT 2020 Exam Analysis (Slot 1, 2 & 3)

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 is now live and can be checked below.  The detailed slot wise exam & question paper analysis of CAT 2020 can be checked by clicking on the links 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

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CAT 2020 was conducted in 3 slots across 425+ test centres today. The exam was conducted as per the revised pattern and duration. Candidates appearing for the CAT 2020 exam can check the detailed exam & question paper analysis along with answer key/ solutions. Also, the expected cutoff details based on the difficulty level of the CAT 2020 exam will be updated on this page. Meanwhile, check 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016 exam & question paper analysis of CAT to have an idea of the difficulty level, nature of questions, and topic wise weightage. 

The three slots in which CAT 2020 will be 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 will be provided 40 minutes extra in each shift. The number of slots has been increased due to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Candidates will also have to get their temperature checked at the gate and consent to contactless frisking before they will be allowed to enter the premises.

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CAT 2020 New Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

The revised exam pattern and marking scheme of CAT 2020 is as follows.

SectionNo. of QuestionTimeMarking Scheme
VARC2640 minutes

+3 marks / -1 mark

No negative marking for non-MCQs

DILR2440 minutes
QA2640 minutes
TOTAL76120 minutes

Revised Number of Questions in CAT 2020

The number of questions in CAT 2020 was 76 for each slot.  Overall, the VARC section was moderate to easy, DILR was difficult while the Quant section was easy to moderate.

CAT Last 10 Years Question Paper Analysis (2011 - 2019)

Check the table below for the detailed question paper analysis of the last 10 years' CAT exam.

November 15: CAT 2019 was conducted on November 14. The overall difficulty level of the exam was Moderate with some parts being on the Difficult side. Check the CAT 2019 question paper analysis here.

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

CAT 2019 vs 2018 vs 2017

Here is the detailed comparison of CAT 2019, 2018 & 2017 -

SectionCAT 2019CAT 2018CAT 2017
DifficultyGood AttemptDifficultyGood AttemptDifficultyGood Attempt
VARCModerate24-26Easy28-30Moderate26-28
DILRModerate18-20Moderate16-18Difficult14-16
QAModerate20-22Difficult15-18Easy24-26

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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