Detailed Analysis of CAT Examination 2022

CAT Examination

The CAT stands for Common Admission Test and is a national-level examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). This exam is held in online mode and the CAT Exam paper includes three sections:  Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). And the time limit for this exam is 2 hours.

The CAT examination is conducted once a year. This time it is going to be conducted on November 27, 2022. And the eligibility criteria required for this examination is 50% aggregate marks in graduation and for SC/ST candidates it is 45%. Candidates appear for this exam to get admission in IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, IMT, and MDI. The CAT exam paper contains both MCQs and non-MCQs. The Application fees for General Category are INR 2,000 and for the Reserved Section, it is INR 1,100. To qualify for this examination, candidates should understand the exam pattern and syllabus of the CAT examination.

Different Sections of CAT Paper

The first Section- VARC contains concepts like Grammar, Verbal Logic, Syllogism, Reading Passages, Idioms, Analogies, Jumbled Paragraphs, Sentence Completion, Verbal Reasoning, Different usage of the same word, Subject-verb agreement, Antonyms, Prepositions, Types of Clauses, Parts of Speech, Phrases Modifiers, Para completion and Inference, Foreign language words used in English, Errors in tenses and Article usage.

The second section: DILR has topics like Venn diagram, Series, Data Arrangement, Clock and Calendar, Sets and Caselets, Coding-Decoding, Puzzles, Assumptions, Data Sufficiency, Binary logic, Proposition, Bars &line graphs, Seating Arrangement, Statements, Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Pie chart, Tables.

The third section: QA indulges Profit and loss, Geometry, Simple Interest and Compound interest, Square root and Cube root, Number System, Algebra, Trigonometry, Logarithms, Geometric Progression, Binomial Theorem, Surds and Indices, Mensuration, Partnership Accounts, Time- Speed- Distance, In equations Quadratic and linear equations, Mean Median Mode, Time and Work Ratio and Proportion and Inequalities.

What is the CAT Question Paper 2022?

For many CAT aspirants, the CAT Question Paper acts as great study material. The candidates should solve the Previous Five years’ questions. This will ensure strong practice and the aspirant will be familiar with all types of questions. There are several sources available online from which candidates get access to mock tests and previous years’ question papers in a sequence. 

How can you get the PYQs?

Moreover, answer keys are also provided in pdf format. Several toppers share their strategies, candidates can learn different paper-solving techniques. However, try to solve questions by keeping a timer beside, this will increase your efficiency and boost your writing speed. And solving previous years’ questions also increases the tendency of the candidate to solve any type of question: easy, lengthy, tough, tricky. The candidate gets a proper idea of the CAT question paper and the marking scheme. The time management skills of the candidates were upgraded by the maximum practice of mock tests and previous years’ questions. Before solving the CAT Question Paper, candidates must finish the CAT Syllabus.

Changes in the Question Paper

There are a total of 66 questions in the CAT question paper. The 2021 question pattern of the VARC section ranged from moderate to difficult, there were 16 Reading Comprehension, 3 questions from Para jumbles, 2 questions from context sentences, 3 questions from the summary, and all the sections contained 24 questions. The 2021 question pattern of the DILR section was a bit difficult, there were 4 questions from Data Interpretation- Bar Graph with different items grouped in furniture, tech, and office stationery, 4 questions from Data Interpretation- cost price of various fruits, getting mixed in various smoothies, 6 questions from Logical Reasoning- Friends, Acquaintances, Stranger among friends and 6 questions from Logical Reasoning People, Countries, Issues. And a total of 24 questions were there in this section. The 2021 questions pattern for the QA section was moderate to tough and there were 10 questions from Arithmetic, 5 questions from Algebra, 3 questions from Geometry, 4 questions from Modern Math, and a total 22 number of questions were present. Visit the website of BYJU’S Exam Prep to know more about this examination.


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