CAT 2023 Expected Difficulty Level

Supreeta Roy
Supreeta RoyUpdated On: November 13, 2023 07:14 pm IST
Since CAT 2023 will be held on November 26, check out CAT 2023 expected difficulty level. The difficulty level has been calculated depending on the previous year’s analysis.
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CAT 2023 Expected Difficulty Level: IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2023 examination on the last Sunday of November i.e., on November 26, 2023. As only 13 days are left for the test, students must begin revising all the topics from the syllabus. According to calculations based on last year’s trend, CAT 2023 question paper is expected to be a bit tough compared to 2022. A total of 3 or 4 questions are expected to be more difficult than last year. Check out CAT 2023 expected difficulty level, and how and why it is likely to be tougher than previous years. 

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CAT 2023 Expected Difficulty Level

Depending on the previous year’s analysis, the following table shows CAT 2023 expected difficulty level: 

Percentile 

Expected Score in 2023 for the said percentile

Expected Difficulty Level

99.5

82

Moderately Difficult than 2022

99

74

98

65

95

52

90

39

85

36

80

32

CAT Difficulty Level: Previous Year’s Analysis

The previous year’s analysis of CAT difficulty level has been provided here. Candidates must note that the question pattern was changed in 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-19, hence the analysis has been stated from 2021 onwards. The analysis has been provided with the help of percentile and score differences: 

Percentile2021 Score2022 ScoreDifference

99.5

110

92

18

99

98

84

14

98

85

75

10

95

73

62

11

90

60

49

11

85

52

42

10

80

46

36

10

Analysis: According to this table, candidates who scored 110 got the 99 percentile in 2021, but to get the same percentile, candidates only had to score 92 in 2022. This is because the CAT 2022 question paper was a bit more difficult than the CAT 2021 question paper, and candidates could not attain scores equivalent to 110. In other words, had it been easy, students would have easily obtained 110 scores and would have got 99 percentile in 2022. So, this means that the lesser the score is for a higher percentile, the higher the difficulty level is for that year’s question paper.

Checking by the same pattern, in 2016, 2017, and 2018, candidates who scored 193, 185, and 167 respectively, got 99.5% percentile. Thus it can be concluded that since 2016, the CAT question paper has always maintained a standard pattern, and the difficulty level has been higher than the last year. However, there was no drastic change in the difficulty level, so for CAT 2023, if the difficulty level increases as expected, candidates can only expect 3-4 questions to be difficult. 

Note: If the total number of candidates who appear for CAT 2023 is higher than last year, then the difficulty level can be similar to CAT 2022 question paper.     

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