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CAT Exam Analysis: Check Difficulty Level Here


CAT Exam Analysis 2023: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) will tentatively conduct the Common Admission Test or CAT 2023 exam on November 26, 2023. The exam analysis for the year 2023 will be made available after the conduction of Written Ability Test (WAT). Furthermore, applicants planning to apply for the upcoming exam should go over the previous year’s analysis to have an idea for the test. It will also assist them in developing effective preparation techniques.

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The exam analysis will provide insights into the section-wise weightage, difficulty level paper, and other important aspects of the exam. Check out the article to know more about the section-wise exam analysis, difficulty level and other relevant details.

Common Admission Test (CAT) Exam Analysis

Candidates should know the exam analysis to get a good score in the upcoming CAT Exam. Here on this page, the candidates can get the exact review, difficulty level and questions asked in the last year’s exam. The duration of the test was 120 minutes and the sectional time limit was 40 minutes.

The paper contains both MCQs (multiple choice questions) and non-MCQs. The overall number of good attempts was 98 to 99%. Candidates can check the section-wise number of questions asked in the exam below:

CAT SectionsQuestionsDifficulty Level
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)24Easy to Moderate
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)20Easy to Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)22Moderate

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis: Highlights

On November 27, 2022, the CAT exam analysis 2022 for slots 1, 2, and 3 was published. The overall difficulty level for all three slots was moderate. Candidates can have a look at the highlights of the exam below:

  • In contrast to other IIMs, IIM Bangalore prepared a more difficult question paper.
  • There were 24 problems in the VARC section. Most of the questions asked in this section were from RC.
  • The DILR section included 20 questions based on tables and charts.
  • QA section had 22 questions dominated by Arithmetic and Algebra.
  • The VARC section was easy to moderate.

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Slot & Section-wise Detailed CAT Exam Analysis 2022

Let us now look into the detailed analysis of the CAT 2023 exam for each section below:

CAT Analysis for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

The questions in this section did not seem that tricky this time. The questions were easy to read as well as to answer since the options were not that closely related.

Slot 1: Reading Comprehension Passages

  • RC 1 Topic: Ghosts and their mysteries. How can’t find their history?
  • RC 2 Topic: Chinese Copy of articles — Original Copy | Second type is to change size and shape and copy it.
  • RC 3 Topic: Two levels of emotional thinking (Author supports the second level of emotional thinking and links to Buddhism and other religions).
  • RC 4 Topic: STOICS
CAT VARC TopicsNo. of Questions (MCQ/Non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Reading Comprehension16 (4+4+4+4)13
Verbal Ability – Para Jumbles33
Verbal Ability – Summary32
Verbal Ability – Para Completion22

Slot 2: Reading Comprehension Passages

  • RC 1 Topic: Music 
  • RC 2 Topic- Engineering Technology
  • RC 3 Topic: Octopus 
  • RC 4: Philosophy

The VARC section of CAT 2022 slot 2 was also easy to moderate. The composition of VA and RC was the same as slot 1.


No. of Questions (MCQ/Non-MCQ)

Ideal Attempt

Reading Comprehension

16 (4+4+4+4)


Verbal Ability – Para Jumbles



Verbal Ability – Summary


Verbal Ability – Odd Sentence Out


Slot 3: Reading Comprehension Passages:

  • RC 1 – Social reorganization increasing crime rate
  • RC 2 – Software if more easy humans are not capable to get solutions)
  • RC 3 – Indian history
  • RC 4 – American migration/urbanization increasing

The number of questions and good attempts was the same as in Slot 1.

CAT Analysis for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

This section remained to be pleasant as always and a few DI sets were not difficult in terms of interpretation and the questions too were not that tricky in nature. The questions were mainly based on basic calculations (Pie-chart, Tabular, Missing Data, Box diagrams, Smart Phones and Market Share, Currency Exchange and Rate Changes).

Slot 1: DILR

TopicNo. of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
University Team54
15 Girls Get Together53
Metro Lines52

Slot 2: DILR

TopicNo. of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
Cosmetic Item Sale53-4
Diagram – 4 Destinations53-4
Salesman & 4 Colonies52-3

Slot 3: DILR

TopicNo. of QuestionsIdeal Attempt
COVID Cases52-3
Computer Science-ratios52-3
Blue & Pink- Male Female- Graph54-5
Games (4 people)52

CAT Exam Analysis for Quantitative Ability (QA)

The quantitative ability section, being the toughest section in CAT 2022, brought much less satisfaction to the candidates compared to DILR. The questions in this section were logical and calculation-intensive in nature.

  • Questions asked in this section were based on a number system, algebra, arithmetic, geometry, mensuration, modern Math concepts, etc.
  • Questions based on arithmetic and geometry dominated this section, making it the toughest section to crack.

Slot 1: Quantitative Aptitude

CAT Quantitative Aptitude TopicsNo. of Questions (MCQ/Non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Number System11
Modern Math22
Geometry & Mensuration33

Slot 2: Quantitative Aptitude

CAT Quantitative Aptitude TopicsNo. of Questions (MCQ/Non-MCQ)Ideal Attempt
Number System11
Modern Math11
Geometry & Mensuration43

Slot 3: Quantitative Aptitude

CAT Quantitative Aptitude TopicsNo. of Questions (MCQ/Non-MCQ)
Number System1
Modern Math1
Geometry & Mensuration4

What Happens After the Conduction of CAT Exam?

After the conduction of the exam, the official releases the CAT answer key. IIM releases the answer keys, question papers, and candidates’ responses online on its website. Candidates can use the answer key to estimate their scores in the exam.

The officials also give a chance to raise objections against the primary answer key. Then, the officials verify the objections and release the final answer key and CAT result. Candidates can check their results by logging into their accounts using their login credentials.

CAT Exam Analysis of Last 5 Years

IIM Ahmedabad has changed the CAT exam pattern for some years. In 2020, IIM Indore has made substantially changed the exam pattern with reduced test duration, sectional time limit, increased time slot, and few questions. Let’s have a look at the below-mentioned table for the exam analysis:

YearNumber of QuestionsMarking SchemeExam Duration
202266 Questions3 marks for correct answers and one negative mark for wrong answer120 min
202166 Questions3 marks for correct answers and one negative mark for wrong answer120 min
202076 questions3 marks for correct answers and one negative mark for wrong answer120 min
2019100 questions3 marks for correct answers and one negative mark for wrong answer180 min
2018100 questions3 marks for correct answers and one negative mark for wrong answer180 min

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FAQS on CAT Exam Analysis

Candidates can check some of the frequently asked questions and their answers below:

Q: Where can I get CAT Exam Analysis 2023?

A: Applicants can get a detailed analysis of the CAT 2023 exam after the conduction of WAT.

Q: What was the difficulty level of CAT 2022?

A: The overall difficulty level of the CAT 2022 exam was moderate for all three slots.

Q: Which is the toughest section in CAT 2022?

A: Quantitative Aptitude was lengthy and time taking in CAT 2022 exam.

Q: How many questions should the candidate attempt to score 99+ CAT percentile?

A: Candidates must attempt 42 to 50 questions correctly to ensure 99+ percentile in CAT. However, they must remember that the percentile depends upon several factors such as the number of appeared candidates, raw scores, the difficulty level of the paper, and the normalization process.

Q: What is the CAT 2023 exam date?

A: The CAT 2023 exam will be held on November 26, 2023.

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