CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis - Moderate test with tough DILR

CAT Slot 1 AnalysisCAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis - The first slot of CAT 2017 was concluded at 12.00 PM on November 26, 2017. We bring to you the complete CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2017. The test takers and experts rated the exam in terms of easy, moderate and tough difficulty level. Hence, this year the difficulty level is classified as moderate. CAT consists of three sections, Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). In CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis, the test takers and experts shared section-wise and overall difficulty level, topics, MCQ and non-MCQ distribution etc.

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CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis


As per CAT slot 1 analysis 2017, the exam pattern was exactly similar to that of last year, while the difficulty level of CAT 2017 as per experts can be classified as moderate. According to Arks Srinivas, CEO, Vistamind, this year the difficulty level was moderate and this year the overall cut off is expected to go up". 

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The table below brings to you the exam pattern and structure of CAT 2017.


CAT 2017 Exam Structure - Slot 1


Total No. of Questions

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs






1 hour





1 hour





1 hour





3 Hours

Each question carried three marks and for each wrong answer, there was negative marking of one mark except the non-MCQs. The order in which the sections appeared is VARC, DI & LR and QA. Each section is timed for one hour and candidates are not allowed to change sections in between, however, there is no restriction in the order of attempting questions within the section.


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CAT Slot 2 Analysis 2017


CAT Slot 1 Analysis 2017 - Sectional


Candidates can check the sectional analysis or review of CAT 2017 Slot 1 in detail.


CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis - Verbal and Reading Comprehension


As per the CAT slot 1 Analysis, VARC section was similar to that of last year. As this year the VA part had 7 questions which were non-MCQ in nature and 3 were MCQ's. The RC part had 24 questions, of which 5 were passages. It was exactly like that of last year. The topics of Verbal Ability were as follows:


Verbal Ability Topics and Questions


Number of Questions

Question Types

Difficulty Level

Out of the context sentence



Easy to Moderate

Paragraph Jumbles



Easy to Moderate

Paragraph Summary



Easy to Moderate

Therefore, according to experts, it is predicted that the cut off for the VARC section may go down. 


CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


DI & LR section continues to be tough, as there were many questions which were mainly based on reasoning based. As per our experts, the DI & LR section had 8 sets of 4 questions each which were quite indirect and tricky in nature. It is expected that the cut off for this section will fall down quite a lot. The Data Interpretation questions were from Tables, Bar Graph and Charts, Line Graph and the Logical Reasoning questions were in the form of caselets. Four sets were completely MCQ whereas the remaining four were a combination of TITA and MCQs. Note the topics covered in the section given in the above table.



CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis - Quantitative Ability


According to students and out experts, the QA was the easiest section as the questions were direct in nature. Most of the questions were from Arithmetic, which could be a big gain for non-engineers. Therefore, the cut off for QA section this year will go up. As per the students, the Quant section difficulty level was that of a 10th standard. The section had questions from different topics including numbers, percentage, numbers, progression, profit & loss and ratio & proportion. Students have claimed the questions were easily manageable and were not time-consuming at all. 


CAT 2017 Expected Cutoff


According to experts, owing to a trickier paper, the CAT cutoff is expected to go up this year. CAT 2017 witnessed a moderate level of difficulty as the DI & LR is said to be the toughest section compared to Quant and VARC sections which were manageable and easy in nature. 


The table given below brings to you the CAT expected cutoff 2017 by experts.


CAT Expected cutoff 2017




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The CAT 2017 Slot 2 will be conducted from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. Around two lakh candidates are expected to appear for CAT 2017 out of 2,31,067 registered candidates. The CAT 2017 result is expected to be announced in the second week of January 2018.


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