CAT 2013 Analysis: CAT 2013 has started from Wednesday, October 16, 2013. On the basis of the first test, we are providing you the CAT 2013 Analysis as stated by the experts. Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning mentioned that the CAT 2013 exam pattern has been depicted exactly in the same way and there were no surprises in the exam. "The difficulty level of the first CAT 2013 exam was moderate to tough. There were no surprises or unexpected turns in the exam," Kudva said.


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Arks Srinivas, Founder Chairman, VistaMind also mentioned that there were no change in the CAT 2013 pattern and as expected, followed the previous years' trend. However, there was a change which he had observed, "In the Quantitative Ability section, there were more questions from Pure Mathematics and Algebra than Arithmetic. This made the Quantitative Ability section tougher than the rest of the sections," he said.

We will provide you the CAT 2013 Analysis after few slots of the exam are over. We give you the snapshot of past year’s CAT analysis so you have the idea about the exam which is also replicated in the CAT 2013 exam.

CAT 2013 will have two sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. The duration of the exam is 140 minutes. Each section will have 30 questions, making the total number of questions 60.

The CAT analysis in a nutshell can be seen in the following table:

CAT Sections

Number of Questions


Difficulty Level

Possible Attempts

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


70 minutes


18 to 20

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning


70 minutes


22 to 24



140 minutes

Moderate to Tough

40 to 45


Now let us have a look at the section wise analysis of last year’s CAT exam.


Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

The Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation or QA & DI section had 30 questions to be solved in 70 minutes. The difficulty level of the section was tough. There were 21 questions in the QA area and 9 questions in the DI area. The questions appeared from common topics which are as follows:

  • Number System

  • Algebra

  • Geometry

  • Modern Math

  • Mensuration

The maximum questions were on Algebra followed by Geometry and Mensuration, Arithmetic and Number System.

The Data Interpretation questions came in sets of 3. The DI questions were also tough and calculation intensive. The DI section questions were on the following topics:

  • Bar Graphs

  • Pie Charts

  • Tables

  • Combination of Graphs

There were no questions on Data Sufficiency.

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

There were 30 questions in the VA & LR section. The VA part was a mix of Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC passages were of moderate difficulty level. Out of 3 RC passages, 1 was on the tougher side. The questions from English Usage part were on the following topics:

  • Sentence Correction

  • Para Jumble

  • Para Completion

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Word Usage

  • Odd Sentence Out

The difficulty level of the above mentioned topics were of easy to moderate difficulty level.

The LR questions appeared in sets of 3, similar to the DI questions. The difficulty level of this part of the CAT exam was moderate. The LR questions came on the following topics”

  • Data Arrangement

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Logic based puzzles

According to experts, the possible attempts in the CAT paper could be 40 to 45 out of 60.

CAT 2013 exam will be taken by 1.95 lakh candidates who have registered for the exam.

Note: We will keep you updated with the CAT 2013 analysis after each day and slot of the exam.

For all related queries visit our official CAT 2013 Discussion. 


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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020


Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha

3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Best Wishes.


how should I crack cat examination

sushmitha M 5th Apr, 2020


Preparing in the right direction is very important for any competetive exams and mainly inportant for CAT. Firstly you need to know the syllabus for CAT and practice the topics that you are not unsure about and put more strss on them and then solve as many mock papers as possible and also go through the previous years papers of CAT and prepare in the right direction.

For sample papers of CAT please visit:

Hope this helps


How much percentile would be good in CAT to get admission in MBA from IIT Delhi for a general category participant?

anurag khanna 5th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.

For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this article .

I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!


Im doing BBA LLB after this should I prepare for judiciary exam ( civil judge ) or for CAT? Which one would be mire practical and easy to clear?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


see no exam is easier to crack if you dont have enough of preparation. to become eligible for judiciary exam you must completed  an LLB or equivalent degree from an institute that is recognized by the Bar Council of India. and for cat exam eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in graduation. cat exam is admission for mba courses in finance, human resource, business analytics and many more stream. now it depends on you , you need to think which of the path you want to go, see in both of the ways you can earn a handsome salary, but you need to really dedicated and hard working for that.

hope you may understand.


Is it easy to prepare for both GMAT & CAT exam ?How can i prepare for both in online?

Ankita yadav 4th Apr, 2020
Hi aspirant
Both of them have same motive of doing MBA and somewhat there preparation is same. You have to Focus in 3 direction
Quantitative ability or maths ( it doesn't have that higher level you need to prepare till class 10th maths)
English ( this has to be done properly, in this a passage will come and you have to answer this requires a lot of practice and vocabulary)
Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Here is the link that will help you in preparation
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