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CAT 2021 Slot 1 Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key (Out)

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: December 08, 2021 | CAT

Slot 1 of the CAT 2021 exam was conducted on November 28, 2021, from 08:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Check out the detailed CAT 2021 Slot 1 Analysis along with the answer key and question paper of the exam here.

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Analysis

CAT 2021 Slot 1 exam was held on November 28, 2021, from 08:30 AM to 10:30 AM. As per the updated exam pattern of CAT 2021, there are 66 questions in the paper. The no. of questions in VARC, DILR and QA are 24, 20, and 22 respectively. The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 Slot 1 was Moderate. The paper was a notch easier as compared to last year.

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Answer Key/ Solutions

Check out the solutions and answer key of the CAT 2021 Slot 1 exam below:

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Post completion of the CAT 2021 Slot 1 exam, students can check the overall CAT 2021 Slot 1 Analysis along with the section-wise exam analysis on this page. The analysis of CAT 2021 Slot 1 is prepared as per the feedback received from the students and the opinions of the experts. Interested students can also find the answer key and question paper for the exam here. They can also find CAT 2021 Unofficial Answer Key.

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Highlights of CAT 2021 Slot 1 Analysis

The highlights of the CAT 2021 Slot 1 exam analysis can be viewed below. The analysis has been captured by keeping in mind the expert’s opinion and student feedback.

Overall Difficulty Level of Slot 1


Difficulty Level of VARC Section


Difficulty Level of DILR Section

Moderate & lengthy

Difficulty Level of QA Section

Easy - Moderate

Total Number of Questions in CAT 2021


Total no. of MCQs in CAT 2021


Total no. of non-MCQs in CAT 2021


Total Number of Questions in VARC Section


Total Number of Questions in DILR Section


Total Number of Questions in QA Section


Topics with Most Weightage in VARC Section


Topics with Most Weightage in DILR Section

To be Updated

Topics with Most Weightage in QA Section

Arithmetic, Algebra

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Latest Updates

Check out the latest updates from Slot 1 of the CAT 2021 exam here.

  • CAT 2021 Slot 1 concluded at 10.30 am.
  • The updated exam pattern of CAT 2021 has 24, 20, and 22 questions in VARC, DILR, and QA sections respectively.
  • There were 4 sets in the DILR section. 2 sets of 4 questions each and 2 of 6 questions each.
  • Students say that the VARC section was doable. QA is being reported to be on the easier side.
  • There were 4 RC questions with 4 questions each in the VARC section. 3 questions from Parajumbles and 3 from Para-summary.
  • Overall, the question paper was doable but a bit on the lengthy side. Students should focus on time management in the exam.

CAT 2021 Slot 1 Section-wise Difficulty Level & Good Attempts

SectionNo. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
VARC24 (19 MCQs, 5 non-MCQs)Moderate16 - 18
DILR20 (15 MCQs, 5 non-MCQs)Moderate13 - 15
QA22 (14 MCQs, 8 non-MCQs)Easy - Moderate16 - 18
Overall66 (48 MCQs, 18 non-MCQs)ModerateTo be updated

CAT 2021 Slot 1 VARC Analysis

Latest Updates

  • The biggest update from the VARC section was that there were 24 questions in the VARC section this year.

Topics in VARC Section of CAT 2021 Slot 1

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
Reading Comprehension4 RC with 4 questions each i.e. 16 questions3 Difficult, 1 Doable
Odd-one-out2To be updated
Overall24Moderate - Difficult

RC Topics in CAT 2021 Slot 1 VARC

RC 1: CuttlefishTo be updated
RC 2: History of TeaEasy - Moderate
RC 3: UtopiaTo be updated
RC 4: Maya-personalityModerate - Difficult

CAT 2021 Slot 1 DILR Analysis

Check the latest updates from the DILR section of the CAT 2021 exam here.

  • There were a total of 4 sets with 4, 4, 6 and 6 questions in each.
  • The DILR section is reported to be lengthy.

Topics in DILR Section of CAT 2021 Slot 1

SetNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
Set 14To be updated
Set 24To be updated
Set 36To be updated
Set 46To be updated

CAT 2021 Slot 1 QA Analysis

Check the analysis of the QA section of the CAT 2021 Slot 1 question paper here.

  • The Quant section of CAT 2021 Slot 1 is being reported to be on the easier side.
  • The difficulty level of the QA section was along similar lines as last year. However, the section is being reported to be a bit lengthy.
  • Students report that Algebra & Arithmetic had a very high weightage from this section.

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CAT 2021 Slot 1 Question Paper- Download PDF

Given below is the PDF of the CAT 2021 Slot 1 Question Paper. The link will be activated after the exam completion.

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For any doubts, queries, or questions about CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam, write to us in the QnA zone. Best of luck to all students appearing for CAT 2021 Slot 2.

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