CAT 2017 Analysis and Review: 'Toughest DILR' Worry Management Aspirants
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CAT 2017 Analysis and Review: ‘Toughest DILR’ Worry Management Aspirants

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow conducted the Common Admission Test 2017 or CAT 2017 in two different slots on Sunday, November 26 at various exam centers across the country. It is estimated that this year approximately 2.31 lakh candidates had appeared for the exam in 142 test cities. The students reported that the data interpretation (LRDI) part of the question paper was the toughest and Quantitative Ability were the easier among all.

CAT is an online or Computer Based Test (CBT) which is being conducted for the admission to various masters degree programmes in Business Schools (B-Schools) across India including the prestigious IIMs.  The scores of this entrance test CAT 2017 will be accepted by the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and over 100 top leading B-schools across the country.

The exam was conducted in two different slots – morning slot (9 am to 12 pm) and afternoon slot (2:30 pm to 5:30 pm). The CAT 2017 exam had a total of 100 questions under three different sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA)

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The students reported that the logical reasoning and data interpretation (LRDI) part in the question paper was the toughest, with many of them being unable to attempt several questions in this section. On the other hand, the VARC and QA part of the paper was said to be easier than expected.

Experts from various coaching institutes have said that the difficulty level of the overall paper was of a moderate level with QA and verbal ability and reading comprehension sections being easier. The questions from data interpretation and logical reasoning were considered quite tough by many students.

Aman Maheshwari, an aspirant from Rajasthan who took the CAT 2017 test, reported that “We have been hearing that the LRDI section is tough and tricky, but hadn’t expected such difficult and lengthy questions. In DI- LR part, there was only one LR question, rest was DI and that was too hard. One couldn’t solve half the questions in this section.”

NDTV reported that “Data interpretation and logical reasoning section was more difficult followed by Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Quantitative Ability was the easiest among all. It also said the total difficulty level of quantitative ability this year is similar to CAT 2015”.

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The experts from the Triumphant Institute of Education Management (TIME institute), a coaching institute which prepares students to crack MBA entrance test analyzed that LDRI sections were very difficult in the CAT 2017. The experts felt that some of the familiar questions were not present where they should have been. The experts predicted that overall cut-off in this year will be lower.

An analysis by another coaching institute said that “the cut-off marks would remain low this year too, as it was the case last year. Aspirants might have to score up to around 80 percentile for a successful convert”.

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

Section Total No. of Questions Number of Non-MCQs Marks per section Duration
VARC 34 7 102 1 hour
DI & LR 32 8 96 1 hour
QA 34 11 102 1 hour
Total 100 26 300 3 Hours

About the marking scheme, for each correct answer 3 marks are awarded and for every wrong answer, 1 mark is reduced. There are no marks given for unattempted questions.  Negative marking scheme is not involved in non-MCQs.

According to the CAT 2017 official notification, the results of this exam are expected to be released by the second week of January 2018. CAT 2017 score is valid only until December 31, 2018, and will accordingly be accessible on the CAT official website. The cut-off will depend on the number of candidates, difficulty level and a number of seats.

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