CAT Exam Slot 3 Analysis 2021: Exam Review, Questions Asked, Good Attempts, Expected Cut Off

By Aditi Joshi|Updated : November 28th, 2021

CAT Exam Slot 3 Analysis 2021: The 3rd Slot of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 was conducted today from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Slot 3 was similar to the previous 2 Slots of CAT 2021 in terms of the exam pattern. The number of questions remained the same as that of the previous 2 Slots. It was earlier suggested through a media release by CAT officials that the CAT Committee was attempting to reduce the number of questions across all three sections. As a result, the number of questions was reduced from 76 (CAT 2020) to 66. As per the CAT Exam Analysis 2021, given by BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts the difficulty level of the paper overall was Moderate as compared to Slot 1 being Easy-Moderate and Slot 2 being Moderate.  BYJU’S Exam Prep will be covering the CAT 2021 Analysis for all three slots.

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In the following CAT Analysis article, we are sharing the exam highlights, the exam pattern, the section-wise review, questions asked, difficulty level, good attempts, and the expected cut-off scores for the IIMs.

Important Highlights of CAT 2021 Exam Slot 3 

  • The total questions asked in the 3 Slots were 66.
  • The pattern of CAT 2021 was different than CAT 2020.
  • DILR Section was the most difficult in CAT 2021
  • The exam duration was 2 hours and the paper was spread across 3 sections-Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, ii) Quantitative Ability, and iii) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • CAT 2021 was being conducted in 3 slots of 2 hours each

           -Slot 1 - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

           -Slot 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

           -Slot 3 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

The sectional duration for CAT 2021 was 40 minutes instead of the traditional 60 minutes, thus making the total duration of the test to be of 120 minutes (consisting of 3 sections of 40 minutes each)

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CAT Exam Pattern 2021 (Slot 3)

The CAT 2021 Exam pattern was a bit different than CAT 2020 in terms of the number of questions. CAT 2020 had 76 questions whereas the number of questions in CAT 2021 was 66.  CAT 2021 had a  sectional limit was 40 minutes each ( 53 Minutes 20 seconds for PwD candidates)

CAT Paper Pattern - Slot 3 



TIME (in minutes)

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension



Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



Quantitative Aptitude







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

Overview of CAT 2021 Analysis Slot 3

The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 (Slot 1) was  Easy-Moderate whereas Slot 2 was Moderate and Slot 3 had the overall difficulty level of Moderate. The following table shows the highlight of CAT 2021 Slot 3.

Most Difficult Section


Easiest Section


Total Number of MCQs


Total Number of TITA Questions


CAT 2021 Sectional Analysis (Slot 3)

CAT 2021 Slot 3 saw some major changes. We will be discussing the section-wise Slot 3 CAT 2021 Analysis.

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Analysis 

The overall difficulty level of the VARC section of Slot 3 was Moderate to Difficult. However, the overall difficulty level of the VARC section of Slot 1 was Easy-Moderate and Slot 2 was Moderate to Difficult. The VARC section was easier compared to Slot 2. The majority of the questions asked were from the RC passage. There were 16 questions from RCs and 8 questions from VA. VA was tougher than RC. The RCs were covered from the following topics:

  • Nano-technology
  • Robotics
  • Psychology
  • Time and Clock

Among the 4 passages, 1 was easy to solve and the other 3 passages were Moderate in terms of difficulty level.  


Number of Questions (MCQ and Non-MCQ)

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

 16 (4*4)

 1 Easy, 3 Moderate

Para Jumbles


 2 Easy, 1 Moderate

Odd sentence out


 1 Easy, 1 Difficult



 2 Easy, 1 Moderate

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Quantitative Ability (QA) Analysis

The CAT 2021 Slot 3, QA section was Moderate. This section was similar to Slot 2. This section was dominated by questions from Arithmetic and Algebra. It was seen that in this Slot there was no question from Mensuration. Following is the topic-wise breakup of the questions.


Number of Questions (MCQ and Non-MCQ)



Number System




Modern Maths


Geometry & Mensuration


CAT 2021 Slot 3 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) Analysis

The overall difficulty level of the DILR section was moderate to difficult. DILR had 4 sets where 2 sets were doable and the other 2 were difficult to solve. 1 set was on Mixtures which had 4 questions. In DILR the set was from the following topics:

  • Games and Tournaments - 6 Qs
  • Mixtures -  4 Qs
  • Gantt Chart - 4 Qs
  • Content Creation - 6 Qs

The CAT 2021 DILR Question wise breakup is:


Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Data Interpretation

2 sets (4 questions were easy, 6 questions were difficult)

 1 set was Easy to Moderate, 1 was Difficult

Logical Reasoning

2 Sets (10 Qs) 

 1 Moderate, 1 Moderate to difficult

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis: Good Attempts/Score

CAT Good Attempts/Score - Slot 3

As per Slot 3 of CAT 2021 Analysis, a raw score of 95-100 is considered to be a good score to get a call from the IIMs and other Top B schools.

CAT Expected Cut Off 2021

The number of good attempts in Slot 3 of CAT 2021 to get 99%ile is mentioned below:


Good Attempts







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  • The CAT officials have not provided a date for the result. Yet it is expected in the Second week of January 2022.

  • The expected good attempts for VARC- 13-14, DILR- 10-11, and QA-12-13 for getting a call from the Top B schools.

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