CAT Exam Analysis 2022: CAT 2022 Review for Slot 1, 2 & 3 | Difficulty Level

CAT Exam Analysis 2022: CAT 2022 Review for Slot 1, 2 & 3 | Difficulty Level

ByAditi Joshi  |  Updated on: Sep 30, 2022
Get all the details about CAT Exam Analysis 2022 here. Understand the CAT 2022 Difficulty Level to prepare better for the upcoming exam. Check detailed CAT Analysis 2022 for Slots 1, 2 and 3.
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CAT Exam Analysis 2022 will be available here immediately after the exam is over. The candidates who will appear for the exam will get CAT 2022 Analysis with complete details on difficulty level, important topics, paper format, and expected cut-off. The candidates must go through the section-wise CAT Question Paper Review to get a detailed exam overview. Check the details of the CAT Exam Analysis 2022, along with the previous year's analysis.

Out Exam experts conduct CAT Analysis each year after the completion of the exam for all the slots. The detailed CAT Analysis 2022 includes all the details about the exam, such as the difficulty level, topic-wise weightage of questions asked, section-wise detailed analysis, expected CAT Cut Off, and more. The CAT Exam analysis 2022 also includes details about good attempts for each section.

CAT Exam Analysis 2022

The CAT Analysis provides insights into the difficulty level paper, section-wise weightage, and other important aspects of the examination. Candidates who will appear for the upcoming exam can check CAT Exam Analysis 2022 shortly after the exam is over. Go through the CAT Eligibility first.

To assist you in your preparation, our experts have given a detailed overview of the CAT Analysis along with the previous year's analysis of the CAT. You can go through CAT Exam Analysis 2022 to get better clarity about the exam. CAT Exam 2022 will be conducted on 27 November 2022. The candidates will get CAT 2022 Analysis after the conclusion of the exam on the exam date. In this detailed CAT Exam Analysis, we have discussed the following aspects of the exam: Check the CAT Registration process and dates in detail.

  • Section Wise CAT Analysis 2022
  • CAT 2022 Difficulty Level
  • Good attempt 
  • Expected CAT Cut Off

CAT Exam 2022 Difficulty Level

The candidates will learn about the CAT 2022 Difficulty Level once the exam is over. Note the table below to get an idea of the CAT Exam 2022 Difficulty Level for all three exam slots.

Slot

CAT Exam Analysis 2022

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis

To Be Announced

CAT Analysis 2022 for Slot 2 

To Be Announced

CAT Exam Analysis for Slot 3 

To Be Announced

CAT Analysis 2022: Good Attempts

We will update the slot-wise good attempts for CAT Exam 2022, once the exam will over.

Slots

CAT Exam 2022 Good Attempt 

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis

To Be Announced

CAT Exam Analysis for Slot 2 

To Be Announced

CAT Analysis for Slot 3 

To Be Announced

Previous Years CAT Analysis

The candidates who are appearing in the upcoming exam must check the previous year's CAT Exam Analysis to get valuable insight into the paper format, number of questions and difficulty level. Here our experts have given a detailed review of the CAT 2021 Question Paper, along with the exam analysis for 2020, 2019, and 2018.

Previous Years’ CAT Exam Analysis

CAT Conducting IIM 

Highlights 

CAT Difficulty Level 

CAT 2022 Analysis

IIM Bangalore

To be Announced

To be Announced

CAT 2021 Analysis 

IIM Ahmedabad

Total Questions - 66 

Good Attempt - Score of 99- 104

Moderate. VARC was easier 

CAT Exam Analysis 2020

IIM Indore

Total Questions- 76 (59 MCQs + 17 Non - MCQs)

Exam Conducted by IIM Ahmedabad 

Moderately-Difficult

CAT Exam Analysis 2019

IIM Kozhikode

Total Questions - 100

Moderate Difficult Level, where VARC was slightly more difficult. 

CAT Analysis 2018

IIM Calcutta

Total Questions - 100

Good Attempts - 60+

Moderate Difficult

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

IIM Lucknow

Total Questions- 100

Good Attempts - 63-37

DILR was difficult while VARC was easier

CAT Exam Analysis 2016 

IIM Bangalore

Total Questions 100 

Difficult; therefore, CAT Cutoff was lower. 

CAT Analysis 2015

IIM Ahmedabad

Total Questions 100

Good Attempts 70+

DILR was more difficult than VARC and QA

CAT 2021 Paper Analysis

As per the experts' views on CAT Exam Analysis 2021, the slot 1 exam was similar to CAT 2020, but it was marginally simpler this year than CAT 2020. CAT 2021 Slot 2 was similar to the Slot 1 exam, with VARC slightly more challenging than Slot 1. Candidates appearing for the exam and preparing for the upcoming exam must go through the detailed CAT Paper Analysis to improve their understanding & ascertain their performance. 

Click on the link below to get an idea of the CAT Exam Analysis for 2021 for all the 3 slots.

CAT Exam 2021 Difficulty Level 

The section-wise CAT Exam Analysis covers the difficulty level of the exam for all the slots. You can also check the topic-wise difficulty level of the CAT Exam 2021 below. 

Slot

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis

The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 (Slot 1) was similar to CAT 2020. It was slightly easier than CAT 2020.

Most Difficult Section- DILR

Easiest Section - VARC

CAT Analysis 2021 for Slot 2 

The overall difficulty level as per the CAT Analysis was Easy to Moderate.

The VARC section was slightly difficult due to lengthy RC passages.

DILR & QA section was similar to Slot 1 in terms of difficulty level.

Easiest Section- QA

Most Difficult section - VARC

CAT Exam Analysis for Slot 3 

Moderate

Most Difficult Section- DILR

Easiest Section - VARC

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 - Good Attempts

Based on the CAT Analysis 2021, we have shared the good attempts of questions. Know more about CAT Syllabus and prepare well for all the topics.

Slots

CAT Exam 2021 Good Attempt 

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis

As per the CAT 2021 Analysis of Slot 1, a raw score of 99-104 is considered to be a good score to get a call from the IIMs and other Top B schools.

CAT Exam Analysis for Slot 2 

VARC - 17-19 

DILR- 10-12

QA- 12-14

CAT Analysis for Slot 3 

VARC - 13-14

DILR- 10-11

QA- 12-13

CAT Exam Analysis 2020

Note the below table to get an overview of the difficulty level of the CAT 2020 Question Paper.

Slots

CAT Analysis 2020

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis

Moderately-Difficult

Toughest- VARC section

Easy- QA Section

DILR Section- moderate-difficulty

CAT Exam Slot 2 Analysis

Moderately-Difficult

DILR Section - Most Difficult

VARC Section- Moderate

QA Section- Moderate (tougher than 2019)

CAT Exam Slot 3 Analysis

Moderately-Difficult

DILR Section- Toughest

VARC Section- Difficult

QA Section- Moderate

CAT Paper Analysis 2019

It is useful to go through CAT Paper Analysis 2019 to have an overview of the difficulty level of the exam, sectional analysis and the number of questions asked from various topics. You can also download CAT 2019 Question Paper to practice the subjects covered in this exam.

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis 2019

The CAT Exam 2019 - Slot 1 was moderately difficult. VARC section was difficult, whereas DILR & QA were comparatively easier. 

  • No new question types were seen in any of the sections.
  • CAT 2019 VARC Slot 1- No questions from the Grammar and Vocabulary section. The Verbal Ability Section included questions from Para jumbles, Odd sentences, and Summary. Reading Comprehension comprised of four passages, each with five questions and one passage with four questions.
  • CAT 2019 DILR Slot 1 - New Radar Graph type question was seen. The DILR section consisted of 8 sets of four questions each. There were two sets of Data Interpretation questions and 5 sets of Logical Reasoning questions, with 1 set combining DI and LR.
  • CAT 2019 QA Slot 1 - The Quant section had no surprises and questions were asked about arithmetic and Geometry. There were no diagram-based questions in Geometry.

Section 

Total Number of Questions

Number of MCQ

Number of TITA / Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 VARC 

34

27

07

Moderate Difficult

26 - 28

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 DILR 

32

24

08

Easy-Moderate

18 - 20

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 Quant 

34

23

11

Medium

24 - 26

Total 

100

74

26

Moderate- Difficult

65 - 68

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 - Slot 2 

In terms of difficulty, CAT 2019 Slot 2 was comparable to Slot 1. VARC was slightly more difficult than the remaining two sections.

  • CAT 2019 VARC Slot 2- The RC section had 2 difficult passages, especially one on British Colonialism; however, most passages were inference-based. Grammar and Vocabulary questions were absent.
  • CAT 2019 DILR Slot 2 - This section was easy to attempt if the students were smart enough to pick the right questions to attempt. 
  • CAT 2019 QA Slot 2 - There were a high number of questions from Arithmetic and Algebra.

Section 

Total Number of Questions

Number of MCQ

Number of TITA / Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 VARC 

34

27

07

Moderate Difficult

26 - 28

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 DILR 

32

24

08

Easy-Moderate

21 - 24

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 Quant 

34

23

11

Easy-Moderate

24 - 26

Total

100

74

26

Easy-Moderate

70

CAT Analysis 2018

It is beneficial to review the CAT Paper Analysis to gain a better understanding of the exam's difficulty level, sectional analysis, and the number of questions asked from various topics. You can also download CAT 2018 Question Paper to practice with and learn more about the exam.

CAT 2018 was held in two sessions. The slot-by-slot analysis can be seen below. CAT Exam 2018 was conducted by IIM C. 

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis 2018

The CAT Exam 2018 - Slot 1 began with an easy VARC section and finished with a moderately difficult DILR section and an even more difficult Quant section. 

  • CAT 2018 VARC Slot 1- In the Reading Comprehension question, One passage had 4 questions while the remaining had 5 questions each. Candidates preferred the process of elimination to solve the RC questions. The verbal ability question and summary questions were difficult. Get details for CAT Admit Card.
  • CAT 2018 DILR Slot 1 - Each DI question set had at least one moderately difficult question each. The Logical Reasoning question was comparatively easier. 
  • CAT 2018 QA Slot 1 -The questions were based on calculation and reasoning rather than theory. It was, without a doubt, the most difficult QA portion in the last four years. The part was dominated by arithmetic and geometry questions. There were at least two questions in each of the categories of Number System and Logarithm.

Here is the break–up of questions section-wise:

Section 

Total Number of Questions

Number of MCQ

Number of TITA / Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 VARC 

34

27

07

Easy

28+

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 DILR 

32

24

08

Moderate

16+

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 Quant 

34

23

11

Difficult

15+

Total

100

73

27

Moderate Difficult

60+

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CAT Exam Analysis 2018 - Slot 2 

In terms of difficulty, CAT 2018 Slot 2 was similar to Slot 1. Quant Section was the most difficult of the three. 

  • CAT 2018 VARC Slot 2- The RC section had inference-based questions and was easy to solve. 
  • CAT 2018 DILR Slot 2 - If the students were smart enough to choose the correct questions to attempt, this segment was simple to complete. Few DI questions required calculations. 
  • CAT 2018 QA Slot 2 - Arithmetic led this part with maximum questions, followed by Modern Math with 10 questions, Geometry with 6, and Algebra and Numbers with a couple of questions apiece.

Section 

Total Number of Questions

Number of MCQ

Number of TITA / Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 VARC

34

27

07

Easy 

28+

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 DILR

32

24

08

Moderate

16+

CAT Exam Analysis 2018 Quant 

34

23

11

Difficult

15+

Total

100

74

26

Moderate - Difficult

60+

CAT Exam Analysis 2015 

CAT 2015 Exam was conducted and administered by IIM Ahmedabad. It can be beneficial to go through the CAT Paper Analysis 2015 to have a better understanding of the exam and the types of questions asked. CAT Question Paper 2015 followed the sectional timing of 60 min each for all three sections. Understand the CAT Paper Pattern 2015 and then go through the section-wise exam analysis for this year. 

The number of questions asked in each section in CAT 2015 is as follows

Section Name

Number of questions

TITA Questions/ Non-MCQ Questions

Total Number of questions

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

RC-24

10

34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

24

8

32

Quantitative Ability

20

14

34

Total

68

32

100

CAT Paper Analysis 2015 VARC 

The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section was easy. Most of the Reading Comprehension was straightforward. The key was to identify the factual questions and attempt them correctly accurately. 2 of the 5 passages were moderately difficult. 

Section Name

Number of questions

TITA Questions/ Non-MCQ Questions

Total Number of questions

Good Attempts

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

RC-24

10

34

27-28

Easy to Moderate

  • There were 24 RC questions and 10 questions on Verbal Ability/Reasoning. All Verbal Questions were Non-MCQ
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs questions
  • The Verbal Ability section was dominated by Verbal Logic problems, which did not have any negative marking
  • Verbal Ability included questions from Jumbled Paragraphs, Paragraph Summary and Odd Sentence Out of the Paragraph
  • There were no vocabulary or grammar problems, and unlike past years, the odd sentence out had five possibilities, making them a little more difficult.

Area/Questions

Number of Question

Question Type

Reading Comprehension

24

MCQ

Passage 1

6

MCQ

Passage 2

6

MCQ

Passage 3

6

MCQ

Passage 4

3

MCQ

Passage 5

3

MCQ

Verbal Ability

10

TITA

Jumbled Paragraphs

4

TITA

Paragraph Summary

3

TITA

Odd Sentence Out of Paragraph

3

TITA

Due to the section's easy level, several students attempted a large number of questions from RC sections as well as all questions from Verbal Logic.

CAT Paper Analysis 2015 DILR

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section were moderately difficult. The DI section was lengthy and difficult as compared to the LR section. Candidates who have practised multiple sample papers and mock tests will be able to solve the questions with ease. Check your CAT Result.

Section Name

Number of questions

TITA Questions/ Non-MCQ Questions

Total Number of questions

Good Attempts

Difficulty Level

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

24

8

32

16

Moderate- Difficult 

  • In the DILR section, no questions were asked from Data Sets
  • Two of the LR sets were easy to complete, while the other two were of moderate difficulty.

Section

Types of Questions Asked

No of Questions

Data Interpretation

Table Set & Line graph

4

Data Interpretation

Based on reasoning and calculation, Table Set questions involving percentage calculations and the identification of missing values for specific variables were asked

4

Data Interpretation

Based on logic and computation, Percentage calculations and the identification of missing values for specific variables was a part of this table set.

4

Data Interpretation

Set based on grid arrangements

4

Logical Reasoning

Numerical Puzzle Set based on visualization of a geometrical figure

4

Logical Reasoning

Numerical Puzzle Set Based on finding missing values of the variables

4

Logical Reasoning

Numerical Puzzle Set based on 5 variables to determine missing values

4

Logical Reasoning

Set-Based on Groupings & Arrangements

4

CAT Paper Analysis 2015 QA

The Quantitative Ability section was of medium difficulty level. The section comprised of 34 questions out of which 15 non-MCQ questions were asked and the remainder were MCQs.

Section Name

Number of questions

TITA Questions/ Non-MCQ Questions

Total Number of questions

Good Attempts

Difficulty Level

Quantitative Ability

20

14

34

25-27

Moderate

  • The questions were developed to assess a student's understanding of key concepts.
  • Options were quite useful in getting the answer to some of the MCQs.
  • There were questions on Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, and Arithmetic, among other areas. 

Area

Topic

Number of Questions

Arithmetic

Profit & Loss

2

TSD

1

Ratios

1

Mixture & Weighted Average

2

Puzzle

2

Work, Pipes & Cisterns

1

Arithmetic Mean

1

Algebra

Simple Equation

1

Inequalities

1

Algebraic Solutions

1

Algebraic Functions 

1

Quadratic /Higher Degree Equations

2

Surds & Indices

2

Modern Math

Sequences & Series

1

Progressions

1

Permutation & Combinations

2

Set theory

1

Logarithms

1

Geometry

Functions & Graphs

1

Quadrilateral

2

Triangle

1

Circles

1

Trigonometry

1

3-D

1

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FAQs Related to CAT Exam Analysis

  • As per the experts' opinion, CAT Exam Analysis is an approach for analyzing the questions' difficulty level. It assists the candidates to know the types and difficulty level of questions so that they can plan for the upcoming exam. If you are preparing for the upcoming exam then try to go through the previous year's CAT Exam Analysis for a better understanding.

  • The candidates can expect moderate to high difficulty level questions for the CAT 2022 Exam. it will be better if you go through the previous year’s CAT Exam Analysis. You will understand the difficulty level and patterns of the question paper.

  • As per the expert analysis, the CAT Question Papers are slightly different in every slot to maintain the privacy of the exam from copying and leaking of the questions. So, 3 slots have different questions with different difficulty levels. 

  • You will get CAT Exam Analysis 2022 for every slot on the exam date after the completion of the exam. Stay tuned with BYJU’S Exam Prep to get updated information on CAT Exam Analysis.

  • Mostly the Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT is considered as the most difficult section. It involves calculations and formulas. The candidates need to work on learning shortcut tricks to complete this section accurately within the allocated time. Get expert recommended CAT Preparation tips and be prepared accordingly.

  • Once the exam will over, BYJU’S Exam Prep Experts will conduct CAT Exam Analysis based on the student’s feedback. It will help the aspiring candidates to be prepared for the upcoming exam. Stay tuned with us and get the latest review of the CAT Exam 2022 Paper.

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