CAT 2014 Day 1 Overall Analysis - Moderate to Tough
CAT 2014 concluded almost glitch-free on November 16 with test-takers and experts terming the difficulty level as moderate to difficult in both slots of the Day-1 exam conducted at 307 test centers across 99 cities in India.
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) is conducting CAT 2014 with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as testing partner for the first time. According to CAT Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor, TCS arranged for about 1 lakh testing, which is almost half of the total applicants for CAT this year.
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The graph below shows the results of indicative results of the poll on tougher sections after day 1 slot 1 of CAT 2014
The graph below shows the results of indicative results of the poll on tougher sections after day 1 slot 2 of CAT 2014
A majority of the 10,000 test takers who used the CAT 2014 result predictor tool at the conclusion of Slot 1 found Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation easier compared to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section. More than 90% students participating in the prediction poll found Quants and DI to be easy to moderate in terms while just about 8% found the section to be difficult. In case of Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, roughly 84% of the users found the section to be easy to moderate while around 16% found it to be difficult.
The trend was followed in the second slot also, only with a slightly closer gap between the two sections. In slot 2 of CAT 2014 Day 1, while 6.38% test takers found Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation to be difficult, around 9% found VA & LR to be on the difficult side. Similarly, while 93% of the users found QA & DI easy to moderate, 90% voted Verbal and LR to be easier.
Since the CAT 2014 exam is being conducted in just two days this year, unlike 20-day testing window earlier, the numbers of candidates on all the test centres were much higher as compared to the previous year. CAT applicants were seen in long queues for entry into the exam centres.
CAT 2014 Day 1 concluded with the second slot ending at 5.50 pm. Although the entry for the first slot started at 7.30 am, the CAT 2014 takers were seen trickling from 7 am onwards. Careers360 correspondents are reporting the grand exam live across the test centers in Delhi.
The CAT 2014 exam for Day 1 didn’t pose much surprise in terms of exam pattern.
The CAT 2014 exam pattern was changed this year with both Verbal and Quant section carrying 50 questions each. Earlier, both the section was of 30 questions each. The time duration for the test was also increased to 170 minute as compared to 140 minutes last year. The CAT takers could also switch between the two sections without any restriction during the entire testing period.
Number of Question
As CAT pattern changed this year, CAT takers shared a mixed response towards the same.
Ravi Ahuja, a CAT 2014 taker, said that more number of questions was a good change as it gave candidates more options to choose from. “More number of questions brings us more options to choose from. As picking the right questions is very important for cracking CAT, more options really helped me to figure out doable items.”
Shalini Garg, another student from a Mumbai centre, said the option to switch among the two sections gave her more space for time management during the test. “The new pattern where we had chance to switch through the sections reduced my stress a bit. Last year, the restriction of 70 minute for each of the two sections had really put me in crisis and I could not perform well,” she said, adding, she was hopeful for a good result this year.
Parul, who appeared form a CAT centre in Bengaluru, however, felt that the changed pattern brought a difficult proposition with more questions with lesser average time available for each question. “Though the time has been increased in the changed pattern, the number of question also increased significantly and therefore I found it tougher this year.”
The test takers found the test of moderate difficulty level but due to the lengthy questions, the paper became time consuming. Surprisingly Quantitative Ability was on the easier line as compared to the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning areas.
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section was moderate and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section was moderate to tough. Logical Reasoning appeared to be of tough difficulty level.
Careers360 also spoke to CAT experts on the CAT exam paper.
Gautam Puri of Career Launcher, said, “The difficulty level of the overall paper was moderate with easy Quant and moderate DI, LR and VA.”
Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman PT Education mentions, “The CAT 2014 exam was of moderate to tough difficulty level except Logical Reasoning, which was slightly tricky.” He added that the November 22 exam is expected to repeat this difficulty level.
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation:
Out of the 50 questions in QA-DI section, Quant had 34 questions. The questions topics were on Arithmetic, Time, Speed & Distance, Geometry etc. “At least 10 questions were sitters. The key to solving those questions was to identify them first. Many questions could be cracked using options fitting, and some could be done using basic formulae,” shared Manudhane.
Data Interpretation had 16 questions. DI was quite tough in nature with time consuming and calculation intensive questions. The question topics included Venn Diagram, Bar Graph, Tables.
Manudhane shares, “Many of the Quant questions were sitter based. Hence the question selection is very important.” The Data Interpretation area had 16 questions from 4 sets. “The DI questions had intricate calculations which made it very time consuming,” mentions Manudhane. Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher shares, “DI was of moderate difficulty level. There was 1 question each on LR, Graphs, Table and Venn.”
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
This section was easy to moderate difficulty level. There were 4 Reading Comprehension passages each consisting of 4 questions, making the total number of RC questions to be 16. The other questions from English Usage came from a plethora of topics like Parajumbles, Summary and Inference questions, Odd Sentence Out and Grammar.
The Logical Reasoning section was tougher. There were 4 sets. Manudhane said, “4 sets of Logical Reasoning questions were moderate to tough. All based on data sets that had to be arranged except one which had 4 switches on/off etc. type. If you get 2 sets fully correct, that would be great!”
This was the tougher among the two sections with LR being the toughest part. The Verbal Ability part had 4 Reading Comprehension passages with questions each. The passages were of moderate difficulty level. According to Sandeep Manudhane, the questions were inference based and not too direct. “In the Verbal Ability or English Usage part, there were no questions on Fill in the blanks or Verbal Analogy.”
Arks Srinivas, Director, VistaMind Education mentions, “Reading Comprehension passages were quite lengthy. The questions were also not direct. Overall this section was of moderate to tough difficulty level.”
The other topics of this part included Grammar, Critical Reasoning, Para Jumbling and Summary. There were 4 Logical Reasoning sets with 4 questions each.
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