CAT 2014 Day 2 Slot 1 Analysis- The first slot of CAT 2014 Day 2 was held on November 22 with difficulty level of the CAT remaining easy to moderate,a similar trend reflected on Day 1 of CAT 2014  on November 16.Experts also suggested that the CAT 2014 paper on Day 2 was balanced and both the sections were of average difficulty level.

CAT 2014 Day 2 Slot 1 had begun at 9.30 am as scheduled by CAT officials at 307 test centers across 99 cities of India. Around 1,00,000 aspirants are appearing on Day 2 of the CAT 2014 Exam in both the slots, CAT 2014 officials said.


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Majority of candidates, whom Careers360 spoke after the first slot ended around 12.20 pm, said that overall paper was easy to moderate and the pattern did not throw any surprising element.


A CAT taker who appeared for the Slot 1 on Day 2 of CAT 2014 said that the difficulty level was balanced for both the section. Logical Reasoning was expected to be tougher as per the Day 1 analysis, but the questions were moderate. "I had prepared harder for the LR last week but I did not find it that tough," shares Rashmi, a CAT 2014 taker from a New Delhi center.


“Quant was easier as compared to Verbal section. Questions in Verbal were a bit lengthy and tricky,” said Sudarshana, adding, Logical Reasoning was a bit tougher than expected.


A fresher graduate Astha who appeared on a Delhi centre said that the paper was easy and she did well in the exam. “It was easier as compared to what I was prepared for. I attempted more than my expected numbers and my accuracy was also above average. I am happy with my performance,” she said. She believed her good performance will enable her to get a call from one of the Indian Institute of Management.


Quant section which also carries Data Interpretation (DI) and a few students said DI a bit time-consuming in the Quant sections.


Arks Srinivas, Director, VistaMind Education said the difficulty level so far has remained almost same with Quant section appearing easier than Verbal.


Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education said that the difficulty level of Slot 1 on Day to appeared on the lower side of toughness as compared to previous slots of November 16.


“The difficulty level was easy to moderate for today’s paper. But overall, it was on the lower side of toughness when we compare it with the two slots of November 16 papers,” he said.


“Data Interpretation was easier, Logical Reasoning was of same difficulty level and Quant was easier,” he said, adding, Verbal Ability continued to be tougher on Day 2 of CAT 2014.


The PT Chairman expected that an attempt of 55-60 questions with 85-90 per cent accuracy might put CAT 2014 takers in the league of 95+ percentilers. He said that such candidates will most probably get a call from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and other Top B-schools.


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Earlier, the entry in the first slot of the exam began at 7:30 am, before which candidates were required to check their allotted Lab
as per their registration number. Enthusiastic CAT candidates for the Day 2 CAT 2014 Exam started pouring in to their respective exam centers as early as 6.30 am in the morning.


Overall 1,96,915 students have registered for this year’s CAT examination which is scheduled to be conducted in a two day window of November 16 and 22, in two slots. This year, Tata Consultancy Services is conducting the exam for admissions into management programmes of all 19 IIM’s. 92,504 candidates had appeared for the Day 1 of CAT 2014.


The Day 1 of the CAT 2014 Exam had a surprise element for the students with no questions from the Vocabulary section. As per the students’ reactions and Careers360 data analysis, the CAT 2014 exam on November 16 in both the slots was of Easy to Moderate level. Also in the CAT 2014 Day 1 exam, Quant and DI section was the easiest as ever since CAT 2006. The LR section was of difficult level as compared to QA and VA section. However, it is not mandatory that the students will have the same difficulty level on the Nov 22, Day 2 CAT 2014 Exam.


According to CAT 2014 takers on Day 1, Verbal section was a bit difficult than the Quant section this year.


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.


In CAT 2014, several changes were made in the exam pattern. The new exam pattern, launched this year includes three major changes i.e. the number of questions has increased from 60 to 100, the duration of CAT has increased by 30 minutes and; there is no sectional boundary unlike the previous years.


Also, from 2014 onwards, Tata Consultancy Services is the online testing partner of CAT for the next 5 years.


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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,



How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.

if i obtain 80 marks in quantitative aptitude 80 marks in data interpection and 80 marks in verbal reasoning what is my total percentile of cat because my 10th and 12 marks is low ?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
Your CAT percentile has nothing to do with class X and XII marks.
The percentile indicates your performance relative to the other candidates. For example if you get 80 percentile it means your score is more than 80% of the appearing students.
The percentipe is calculated as:
P=(R/N) 100
where R=Rank of student and N=Number of students who appeared.

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Good luck

I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020


For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

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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.

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