CAT Exam Slot 2 Analysis 2021: Exam Review, Questions Asked, Good Attempts, Expected Cut Off

By Aditi Joshi|Updated : November 28th, 2021

CAT Exam Slot 2 Analysis 2021: Slot 2 of CAT 2021 was similar to Slot 1 with VARC being slightly tougher than Slot 1. CAT 2021 Slot 2 Exam was conducted today from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. More than 2.31 Lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2021. As per the official CAT media release earlier, it was suggested that the CAT Committee was attempting to reduce the number of questions across all three sections. As per the CAT 2021 Analysis given by BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts the number of questions was reduced to 66. The Slot 2 paper was Moderate as compared to Slot 1. However, in Slot 2 the VARC section was slightly difficult due to lengthy RC passages. The total number of questions asked was 66. The overall difficulty level as per the CAT Analysis was Easy to Moderate. BYJU’S Exam Prep is covering the CAT 2021 Analysis for all three slots. Aspirants can check CAT Previous Year analysis as well to understand the level of difficulty. 

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The following CAT 2021 Analysis article covers a detailed review of the following:

  • Exam Highlights
  • Exam Pattern
  • Difficulty Level
  • Section-wise Review
  • Good Attempts
  • Expected Cut-off scores for IIMs

Important Highlights of CAT 2021 Exam 

  • The total number of questions was 66 (similar to Slot 1 of CAT 2021).
  • The LOD of Slot 2 of CAT 2021 was similar to Slot 1.
  • The duration of the exam was 2 hours across 3 sections.
  • The sectional duration is 40 minutes ((53 Minutes 20 seconds for PwD candidates).
  • CAT 2021 is being conducted by IIM Ahmedabad.
  • There are two types of questions: MCQs and TITA.
  • CAT 2021 is conducted in 3 slots: Slot 1 - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Slot 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM and Slot 3 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

 

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CAT Exam Pattern 2021 (Slot 2)

The CAT 2021 Exam level of difficulty of Slot 2 was similar to Slot 1. VARC section was slightly difficult than the rest of the sections with lengthy inference-based passages. DILR & QA section was similar to Slot 1 in terms of difficulty level. The exam pattern of  Slot 2 of CAT 2021 was similar to Slot 1. Slot 2 CAT 2021 had 66 questions.  Each section has a sectional time limit of 40 minutes (53 Minutes 20 seconds for PwD candidates).

CAT Paper Pattern - Slot 2

SECTIONS

QUESTIONS

TIME (in minutes)

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

24

40

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

20 

40 

Quantitative Ability

22

40

Total

66 

120

Note:

  • For MCQs:+3 marks for every correct answer and -1 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • TITA (Non-MCQ): There is No Negative Marking for TITA-type (Non-MCQ) questions.

 

Difficulty Level of CAT Slot 2 Analysis 2021

The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 (Slot 2) was Moderate. However, the overall difficulty level of Slot 1 of CAT 2021 Analysis was slightly easier than CAT 2020.

Easiest Section

QA

The Most Difficult section

 VARC

Total Number of MCQs

 48

Total Number of TITA Questions

 18

CAT Slot 2 Sectional Analysis 2021

The  CAT 2021 Exam Analysis section-wise of Slot 2 is given below:

CAT 2021 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Analysis

Though the Slot 1 overall difficulty level of the VARC section was Easy to Moderate, the difficulty level of Slot 2 was Moderate to Difficult. 70% of the VARC section consisted of RC questions. The RC passages were from similar genres as those asked in CAT 2020.  The topics of the 4 passages are mentioned below:

  • Nationalism
  • Philosophy
  • Knowledge
  • Language

The questions took a bit more time as they were inference-based. There was only 1 main point question and no tone questions. Summary and Odd one-out questions were easy to solve but were a bit difficult than last year.

Topic

Number of Questions (MCQ and Non-MCQ)

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

 16 (4*4) Moderate

Para Jumbles

 3 Easy

Odd sentence out

 2 Easy

Summary

 3 Easy

CAT 2021 Quantitative Ability (QA) Analysis

The overall difficulty level of the QA section of Slot 2 was tougher due to the weightage of Algebra. The majority of the questions asked were from Arithmetic followed by Algebra. The LOD of Slot 1 was Easy to Moderate. There was no question on Mensuration. Following is the topic-wise breakup of the questions.

Topic

Number of Questions (MCQ and Non-MCQ)

Arithmetic 

Percentage

1

Averages

1
SI & CI1
Successive Percentage1
TSD1
Time and Work2
Partnerships1

Alligations

1

Replacement

1

Algebra

Range

1

Logarithm

AP/GP1
X-Y1
Functions1
 Modulus 1

Number System

2

Modern Maths (P&C)

1
Geometry and Mensuration (Rhombus, Triangles &Trapezium)3

CAT 2021 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) Analysis

The overall difficulty level of the DILR section of Slot 2 was Moderate. Similar to Slot 1, 1 DILR set was doable and the other 3 sets were difficult to solve. The total number of questions asked in Slot 2 was 20. The 4 sets are mentioned below:

  • Games and Tournament- 4 Qs
  • Rating- 6 Qs
  • Stacked Horizontal bar graph- 4 Qs
  • Number based Reasoning - 6 Qs

The CAT 2021 Slot 2 DILR Question-wise breakup is:

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Data Interpretation

1 Set     

 Bar graph based 1 set doable

Logical Reasoning

3 Sets Number based Reasoning (Tough & Lengthy) 

CAT Exam Slot 2 Exam Analysis: Good Attempts/Score

CAT Score - Slot 2

 A raw score of 95-100 is considered to be a good score for getting a call from the IIMs and other Top B- Schools as per the CAT Exam 2021 Analysis

CAT Good Attempts 2021 (Slot 2)

The good attempts for 99%ile of  Slot 2 of CAT 2021 are mentioned below:

Section

Good Attempts

VARC

13-14

DILR

10-11

QA

12-13

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FAQs

  • CAT 2021 Slot 2 was Similar to Slot 1 of CAT 2021. The total number of questions was 66.

  • The expected raw score for CAT 2021 to get a call from top B schools is 95-100.

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