CAT 2015 Slot 1 Analysis - Moderate exam with tough DI & LR
The first slot of CAT 2015, the biggest national level MBA entrance exam for admissions to IIMs and top B-schools, concluded at 12 pm on Sunday with over 1 lakh CAT takers appearing for the coveted entrance test across test centres in India. As per the CAT 2015 candidates who appeared for the Slot 1, the overall difficulty level of the exam was Moderate to Tough. The exam followed the changed pattern which had been introduced this year itself. The paper carried around 20-25 per cent non-MCQ questions spread across all three sections of the paper. As expected, candidates did also get on-screen calculator which made their calculation easier and helped them save time for attempts to more questions.
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Before looking into the detailed analysis, let us have a look at the CAT 2015 exam pattern.
Number of Questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Each question carried 3 marks and there was negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. However, for the non-MCQ (questions which did not have any choices to mark), there was no negative marking.
Let us now have a look at the detailed section wise CAT 2015 Slot 1 Analysis.
According to the students and experts, the DI & LR sections were tough, while Quant and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) sections were easily manageable. CAT 2015 Slot 1 examinee at a Delhi Centre, Sushant, says, “CAT 2015 was a moderate paper in terms of difficulty level, where VRC had many questions from comprehension passages. DI was a bit tricky and LR was the toughest of all sections.”
Quantitative Ability – This section had 34 questions to be solved in 1 hour. The sectional difficulty level for this section has been marked as easy to moderate. There were a number of non-MCQs in the section. The first-time on-screen calculator played an important role for the test takers in this section. Harsh, one of the CAT 2015 Slot 1 test-taker said, “The calci (calculator) was quite useful as I could do the calculations quickly. The section was good, quite solvable questions, yet a number of questions were non-MCQs.” Some test takers, however, said they did not use it as they were not familiar with its usages. The main topics from which the questions were asked included Arithmetic, Number System, Geometry, Modern Math, Algebra, Permutation Combination, and Progression.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension – This section was considered to be easiest among the three sections by the candidates as well as experts. The section had more number of Reading Comprehension passages. The VA questions comprised Fill in the blanks, Para Jumble, Para Completion, Sentence Completion, Summary, Verbal Reasoning etc.
The RC passages were of moderate length. While 2 of the passages had straight questions, the questions from other 2 passages were tricky and ambiguous. The Verbal Ability or the English Usage questions were mostly easily doable barring few Verbal Reasoning questions which were a bit tricky but wouldn’t have caused problems for the well prepared candidates.
Akanksha, one of the CAT 2015 candidates said, “VRC was easiest of all sections, where most questions were from Comprehension Passages and VA questions comprised of sentence-completion and para-jumbles.”
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – The total number of questions in this section were 32. There were 16 questions each in DI and LR areas respectively. Overall difficulty level of the section was moderate to tough.
The DI questions were in the form of caselets including Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Line-Graph etc. The questions in this area were time consuming, tricky and calculation intensive.
On the other hand, the logical reasoning questions were a mix of moderate and tough questions. The LR sections were on the topics like Venn Diagrams, Family Tree, Arrangement, Combination etc.
Fatima, CAT 2015 Slot 1 test-taker said, “DI section was quite tricky and LR was the toughest of all sections. The calculations and reasoning parts were very much time-consuming and involved tricky concepts. The paper was overall moderate for these two sections. Let’s see what happens!”
Overall Summary – CAT 2015 Slot 1 ended as per the schedule at 12:00 noon. It was overall happy ending for the test-takers, as majority of the students at many test centres (which Careers360 covered) were seen in a cheerful mood. Most of the CAT 2015 Slot 1 examinees said that the changes in pattern turned including sectional time limit and introduction of calculator turned into their advantage.
CAT 2015 has been registered by as many as 218664 candidates. The second slot is scheduled from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM.
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Whereas GMAT stands for The graduate management admission test. It is a global exam which is held across the nations for MBA.
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As per your query, FMS Delhi opens the online portal for registration from october and it closes in november . You have to register for the same before CAT Exam that is on 29th Nov.
The guidelines for registration are:
- Candidates with minimum 50% marks at the graduation level (SC/ST: Passing marks; OBC/ PWD/CW: 45% as per the University rules) or equivalent CGPA. Candidates in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.
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- Upload the Required Scanned documents
- Pay the Application Fee
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Application Fee and Registration:
Mode of Application:
All candidates are required to register using the online registration system available on FMS website
- FMS Application Fees: Rs. 1,000/- for all other category applicants, Rs. 350/- for SC/ST/PWD for each programme. Candidates who wish to apply for more than one programme are required to register and pay separately for each programme.
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