CAT 2013 Analysis - Day 17
Updated on Aug 21, 2014 - 10:29 a.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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CAT 2013 has reached its last week of testing. With 3 days left for the most popular MBA entrance exam, in this article we will share with you the CAT 2013 analysis of the last phase. According to the experts, the exam pattern followed the similar pattern over the past 3 weeks.


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Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher says, “CAT 2013 has maintained a very standard pattern. In all the exam days the questions were of similar level of difficulty and from similar topics. Though some of the pertinent topics such as Arithmetic and Algebra had lesser number of questions, still I would say that CAT 2013 was on the expected lines.”

What the CAT 2013 takers say

The majority of the CAT takers have found the first section, i.e. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation to be tougher than the second section. However, the Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section was of moderate to tough difficulty level.

Neha Kumari, who took CAT 2013 on Day 17, Thursday, November 7, 2013 shares, “My exam went well, according to my expectation. While I found the Quant & DI section to be very tough, the VA & LR section was quite easy for me.”

Swetank Pandya, another candidate of Day 17 at the Greater Noida center of CAT 2013 mentions that the questions which arrived in the exam were on the probable lines. “The exam was as par my expectations. The topics in the Quant area ranged from Algebra, Geometry, Coordinate Geometry etc. Arithmetic questions were lesser in number.”

Number of questions to attempt

The average number of questions attempted by the test takers is around 35. Anju Mishra, a CAT 2013 taker states, “I attempted a total number of 37 questions, 15 in QA & DI and 22 in VA & LR. Since I found the first section to be tougher I kept my attempts low in number.”


Dheeraj Kumar, another CAT 2013 taker shares, “I have attempted 17 questions in Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section and 29 questions in Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section.”

According to Gautam Puri, an attempt of 18 questions in QA & DI section and 22 attempts in VA & LR section would be good enough to achieve 95 percentile.



Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

The Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section is of tough difficulty level. The topics from which majority of the questions were asked includes:

  • Geometry & Mensuration

  • Quadratic Equation, Inequalities and Equation

  • Number Theory

The other topics included P&C, Maxima Minima, Logarithm etc. The Data Interpretation section had questions on line graph, bar graph, table and venn diagrams. This part was calculation intensive.

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

This section was much easier than the first section though looking at this section individually, it might give an impression of being a moderately difficult section. The test takers found the Reading Comprehension passages to be long and tough to comprehend as the questions were not direct in nature.

The English Usage questions were on the following topics:

  • Para completion

  • Para jumbles

  • Vocabulary

  • Phrasal verbs

  • Sentence correction

  • Word Usage


Advice for the next 3 days of CAT 2013

If you are taking CAT 2013 in the last 3 days of the CAT taking window, the advice for you is to keep calm. Don’t get influenced by what others are preparing or how many questions they have attempted. Follow your own strategy.

Don’t take any more mock tests now. Simply revise your earlier tests and be cool on the day of the exam. If you receive any wrong question or options, immediately inform your Test Center Administrator (TCA). However, it will be safe to not attempt the questions which you are not sure about.

The following table will also give you the percentile to expect according to the number of questions you attempt and the corresponding accuracy:

Performance Level

# Questions in each section


Expected Percentile

Expected B-School calls

Level I



99 percentile

IIM A, B, C, L, FMS Delhi, DMS, IIT Delhi

Level II



95 percentile

New IIMs, IIM Kozhikode, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar, IMT Ghaziabad, IMI Delhi

Level III



85 percentile

BIMTECH Greater Noida, TAPMI Manipal, IFIM Business School Bangalore, IMI Kolkata & Bhubaneswar

Level IV



75 percentile

Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida & Lucknow, Galgotias Business School Greater Noida, Alliance Business School Bangalore, SCMS Kochi

Also read:

CAT 2013 10 Days Analysis

CAT 2013- 300 candidates get wrong question in DI section on Day 10

CAT 2013 Day 8 Analysis

CAT 2013 Day 6 Analysis

CAT 2013 Day 2 Analysis

CAT 2013 Day 1 Analysis

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In CAT Exam the questions are of a decent level so I recommend you to study from standard books.

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