How is CAT 2016 different from 2015
CAT is one of the most important and coveted management entrance test. According to official data, around 1,95,000 candidates appeared in CAT 2016. As the first slot of CAT 2016 got over, Careers360 brings the analytical slot wise difference between CAT 2016 and CAT 2015.
The CAT 2016 Slot 1 was conducted on December 4 from 9am to 12 noon. If we compare the slot 1 tests of both the years, the overall difficulty of the 2016 test was slightly higher than that of the 2015 test. Besides the difficulty level of the test, the overall ratio of non-MCQ's also varied. CAT 2015 had 32 non-MCQ's to be attempted, whereas, this year the number of non-MCQ's were reduced to 25. While the number of non-MCQs in VARC and DI & LR were same as last year, 10 and eight respectively, the number reduced in the QA section. Last year, there were 14 non-MCQs in the QA section, this year the number is seven.
We can say that this year's CAT is an old wine in a new bottle, but there are distinct differences between the both. As per experts and test takers, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was the toughest among all three followed by Quantitative Ability. Verbal and Reading Comprehension section was very easy. The CAT 2016 exam pattern was similar in both slots. Some of the questions were leaked on social media platform Facebook while the test was still on for the second slot. While IIMs have admitted to the malpractice, they claim that this has not compromised the integrity of the test.
Let us have a look at the 'Slot wise difference between 'CAT 2015 vs CAT 2016'.
CAT 2016 Slot 1- Tough DI & LR, tricky Quant and moderate VARC
The test takers have rated the exam to be of moderate to tough difficulty level. In Slot 1, experts suggested a few questions were wrong and misleading. "There were at least two errors in the Quant section of the paper. One question on Time & Distance and one question on Progressions were clearly wrong and a student who is good in this area may have spent couple of minutes more than necessary and would have lost out on the same. In such cases, if the IIMs recognise their error, they may ignore such question(s) while marking," says Arks Srinivas, CEO, Vistamind.
As also mentioned by experts, the image of the Square Root sign in some of the questions resembled more like a PI - thereby creating some confusion. There was at least 1 question which had a typographical error.
The exam was on predictable lines and the interface and navigation system was same as had been shown in the CAT 2016 tutorial released earlier by IIMs. Out of total 100 questions, 25 were non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions. Since these questions did not have the negative marking scheme, candidates attempted each non-MCQ to improve scoring chances. According to Vinayak Kudva, Chief Mentor, IMS Learning, this year, the VARC questions were easier than last year. QA and DI & LR were tough and tricky. Arks Srinivas, CEO, VistaMind mentions, "Compared to last year, the difficulty level was tough. This would result in lower cutoff than last year."
CAT 2015 Slot 1- Moderate exam with tough DI & LR
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 32 non-MCQ questions spread across all three sections of the paper.
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.”
CAT Section wise Slot 1: 2016 VS 2015
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
CAT 2016 Slot 2 - Moderate to tough test with tricky DI & LR and QA
Like the first slot, which was conducted from 9 AM to 12 noon, this slot was similar to that of the first one. The topics and question types were also similar in both slots. While the Verbal and Reading Comprehension section had precedence of vocabulary, majority of the questions from Quantitative Ability section were from Arithmetic and Geometry. On the other hand, in the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section, which was the toughest of the three sections, had no questions from Pie Chart.
CAT 2015 Analysis Slot 2 - Alike Slot 1 Paper with tough DI & LR
The overall difficulty level of the exam was Moderate to Tough. 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 2 examinee at a Delhi Centre, Smriti, says, “CAT 2015 was a tough one in terms of difficulty level, where QA was the toughest and DI & LR was somewhat tough. However, VRC was the easiest of all the sections. Time-limit was sufficient for VRC but I faced shortage of time in solving DI & LR sections.”
Overall, CAT 2016 and CAT 2015 were almost similar in terms of difficulty level, type and number of questions. RThe slight differences were the ration of non-MCQs and the higher difficulty level of CAT 2016.
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