CAT Exam Analysis 2022: Check Section-Wise CAT Analysis, Review & Difficulty Level of Slot 1, 2, 3

CAT Exam Analysis 2022: Check Section-Wise CAT Analysis, Review & Difficulty Level of Slot 1, 2, 3

ByAditi Joshi  |  Updated on: Jan 7, 2023
CAT Exam Analysis 2022 is now live by our experts. Check slot-wise CAT 2022 Analysis, difficulty level, good attempts, topics covered and question types. Note previous years' CAT Exam Analysis for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2015.
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CAT Exam Analysis 2022 is now live for all the three exam slots. The candidates who have appeared for the exam on 27 November 2022 or thinking of appearing in the next year must check CAT Exam Analysis 2022 with complete details on difficulty level, important topics, paper format, and expected cut-off. BYJU'S Exam Prep experts have conducted CAT Analysis 2022 for all three slots and exam sections to help the candidates to check their performance.

As per the CAT 2022 Analysis, the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate for all the three slots.  The exam sections, including VARC, DILR, and QA sections were moderately difficult for all the aspirants. The detailed CAT Exam Analysis includes all the important details about the upcoming exam, such as the difficulty level, topic-wise weightage of questions asked, section-wise detailed CAT Analysis 2022, expected cutoff, and more. Read on to know more about CAT 2022 Analysis, along with the previous year's CAT Analysis of 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2015.

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 have appeared in CAT 2022 must check CAT Analysis 2022 to analyze their performance. Go through the CAT Eligibility first.

To assist you in your preparation, our experts have given a detailed overview of the CAT Exam Analysis 2022 along with the previous year's CAT Analysis of the last 4 years. You can go through CAT 2022 Analysis to get better clarity about the exam. CAT Exam 2022 was successfully conducted on 27 November 2022 in three slots. The candidates can check CAT Exam Analysis now in the below section along with the slot-wise details. In this detailed CAT Analysis 2022, 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

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CAT Analysis 2022: Difficulty Level

We have listed the slot-wise difficulty level in the table below as the CAT 2022 Analysis.

Slot

CAT Exam Analysis 2022: Difficulty Level

CAT 2022 Slot 1 Analysis

Moderate

CAT Exam Analysis 2022 for Slot 2

Moderate

CAT 2022 Analysis for Slot 3

Moderate

Slot-Wise CAT Exam Analysis 2022

Note the section below to get slot-wise details for CAT Analysis 2022. It is useful for the candidates to check CAT Exam Analysis to understand the question types, difficulty level, and number of questions asked in the exam.

CAT 2022 Slot 1 Exam Analysis

As per CAT Exam Analysis 2022, the overall difficulty level of slot 1 exam was moderate. A total of 66 questions are asked, of which 49 are MCQs, and 17 are TITA type. Note the section below to get an overview of CAT  Analysis 2022 slot 1 in detail.

  • No new question types are seen in any of the sections.
  • As per CAT Exam Analysis 2022 slot 1, the overall difficulty level of VARC section is moderate. No questions are asked on Odd one out. The paper consists of 3 questions from Para Summary and Para Jumbles and 2 from Fill in the Blanks.
  • As per CAT 2022 Analysis, the overall difficulty level of DILR section is moderate. Most of the questions are LR based. The candidates can expect a good score of 30-33 in this section.
  • As per CAT 2022 Slot 1 Exam Analysis, the overall difficulty level of QA is easy to moderate. No question is asked from time and work. Most of the questions are from ratios and averages.

Section

Total Number of Questions

Number of MCQ

Number of TITA / Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

CAT Exam Analysis 2022 VARC

24

21

3

Moderate

38-40

CAT Analysis 2022 DILR

20

14

6

Moderate

30-33

CAT Exam Analysis 2022 Quant

22

14

8

Moderate

36-38

CAT 2022 Slot 2 Exam Analysis

As per CAT Exam Analysis 2022, the overall difficulty level for slot 2 exam was moderate. A total of 66 questions were asked, which were divided into three sections: VARC, DILR, and QA.

  • As per CAT Analysis 2022, the RC section had 4 difficult passages, especially one on Institutions. The verbal Ability section was based on Para Summary, Para Completion, and Para Jumbles.
  • According to CAT 2022 Analysis, the overall difficulty level of the DILR section was moderate. A total of 20 questions are asked. Out of the 4 sets, 1 set was based on DI, and 3 were based on LR.
    • DI (Scatter Plot): 5 Questions - Doable
    • DI (Routers and Network): 5 Questions - Doable
    • LR (Salesmen): 5 Questions - Doable
    • LR (FDA & EU): 5 Questions - Difficult
  • The overall difficulty level of QA was moderate to difficult, as per BYJU'S Exam Prep CAT Exam Analysis 2022. This section is slightly tough than slot 1. Questions were asked from below topics:
    • Arithmetic: 8 Questions
    • Algebra: 5 Questions
    • Number System: 3 Questions
    • Modern Math: 3 Questions
    • Geometry and Mensuration: 3 Questions

Note the table below to get an overview of section-wise difficulty levels and good scores, as per CAT 2022 Slot 2 Exam Analysis.

Exam Section

Difficulty Level

Good Score

VARC

Moderate

40-42

DILR

Moderate

36-39

QA

Moderate - Difficult

34-36

CAT 2022 Slot 3 Exam Analysis

As per CAT Exam Analysis 2022, the overall difficulty level for slot 3 was moderate. A total of 66 questions were asked, which were divided into three sections: VARC (24 questions), DILR (20 questions), and QA (22 questions).

  • As per CAT 2022 Analysis, the VARC is moderate. The RC passages are easy to read as the options are little tricky. RC passages are asked from below topics:
    • History - Tricky
    • Biology & Tech - Moderate
    • Sociology & Anthropology (Great Migration) - Moderate
    • Software - Moderate
  • According to CAT Exam Analysis 2022, the overall difficulty level of the DILR section was moderate. A total of 20 questions were asked (4 sets of 5 questions). 
    • Bar Graph - 5 questions
    • Matrix and Grid - 5 questions
    • Unconventional Games (Number Arrangement) - 5 questions
    • Venn Diagram - 5 questions
  • The overall difficulty level of QA was moderate, according to the BYJU'S Exam Prep CAT Exam Analysis 2022. This section was dominated by questions from Arithmetic and Algebra. Questions were asked from below topics:
    • Arithmetic: 8 Questions
    • Algebra: 9 Questions
    • Number System: 1 Question
    • Geometry and Mensuration: 3 Questions

Exam Section

Difficulty Level

Good Score

VARC

Moderate

38-40

DILR

Moderate

31-33

QA

Moderate


31-33

Previous Year's CAT Exam Analysis

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

Previous Years' CAT Analysis

CAT Conducting IIM

Highlights

CAT Difficulty Level

CAT 2022 Analysis

IIM Bangalore

Total Questions - 66

Good Attempts - 100-105

Moderate -Difficult

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 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 Analysis 2021 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 Analysis 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 Analysis 2021

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 1

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 2021 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 2021

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 2021 for Slot 2

VARC - 17-19

DILR- 10-12

QA- 12-14

CAT Analysis 2021 for Slot 3

VARC - 13-14

DILR- 10-11

QA- 12-13

CAT 2020 Analysis

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

Slots

CAT Analysis 2020

CAT Analysis 2020 Slot 1

Moderately-Difficult

Toughest- VARC section

Easy- QA Section

DILR Section- moderate-difficulty

CAT 2020 Analysis Slot 2

Moderately-Difficult

DILR Section - Most Difficult

VARC Section- Moderate

QA Section- Moderate (tougher than 2019)

CAT Exam Analysis 2020 Slot 3

Moderately-Difficult

DILR Section- Toughest

VARC Section- Difficult

QA Section- Moderate

CAT Exam Analysis 2019

It is useful to go through CAT Analysis 2019 to have an overview of the difficulty level of the exam, sectional CAT 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. The VARC section was difficult, whereas DILR & QA was comparatively easier.

  • No new question types were seen in any of the sections.
  • CAT 2019 VARC Slot 1- As per CAT Analysis 2019, no questions from the Grammar and Vocabulary section. The Verbal Ability Section included questions from Para jumbles, Odd sentences, and Summaries. Reading Comprehension comprised of four passages, each with five questions and one passage with four questions.
  • CAT 2019 DILR Slot 1 - As per CAT Exam Analysis 2019, a 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 about arithmetic and Geometry were asked. As per CAT Analysis 2019, 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 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- As per CAT Analysis 2019, 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 - As per CAT Exam Analysis 2019, this section was easy to attempt if the students were smart enough to pick the right questions to attempt.
  • CAT 2019 QA Slot 2 - As per CAT Analysis 2019, 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 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 Exam Analysis 2018

It is beneficial to review the CAT Analysis to understand better 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 CAT Exam analysis 2018 can be seen below. CAT Exam 2018 was conducted by IIM C.

CAT Exam Analysis 2018: Slot 1

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- As per CAT Analysis 2018, 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. Also, Check: CAT Admit Card.
  • CAT 2018 DILR Slot 1 - As per CAT Exam Analysis 2018, each DI question set had at least one moderately difficult question each. The Logical Reasoning question was comparatively easier.
  • CAT 2018 QA Slot 1 - As per CAT Analysis 2018, 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 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 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- As per CAT Analysis 2018, 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. A few DI questions required calculations.
  • CAT 2018 QA Slot 2 - As per CAT Analysis 2018, Arithmetic led this part with the maximum number of 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 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 Analysis 2015

CAT 2015 Exam was conducted and administered by IIM Ahmedabad. It can be beneficial to go through the CAT Exam Analysis 2015 to better understand 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 and then go through the section-wise CAT Analysis 2015.

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 Exam Analysis 2015 VARC

The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section was easy. As per CAT Analysis 2015, most of the Reading Comprehension was straightforward. The key was identifying the factual questions and attempting them correctly and 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
  • As per CAT Exam Analysis 2015, the Verbal Ability section was dominated by Verbal Logic problems, which did not have any negative markings.
  • Verbal Ability included questions from Jumbled Paragraphs, Paragraph Summary and Odd Sentence Out of the Paragraph.
  • As per CAT Analysis 2015, there were no vocabulary or grammar problems, and unlike in 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 many questions from RC sections and all questions from Verbal Logic.

CAT Analysis 2015 DILR

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning sections were moderately difficult. As per CAT Exam Analysis 2015, 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

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

4

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

4

Set based on grid arrangements

4

Logical Reasoning

Numerical Puzzle Set based on visualization of a geometrical figure

4

Numerical Puzzle Set Based on finding missing values of the variables

4

Numerical Puzzle Set based on 5 variables to determine missing values

4

Set-Based on Groupings & Arrangements

4

CAT Exam Analysis 2015 QA

As per the CAT Analysis 2015, 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.
  • As per CAT Exam Analysis 2015, 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

FAQs on 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 overall difficulty level of CAT 2022, as per CAT Exam analysis 2022 is moderate for all three slots. Go through the detailed CAT 2022 Analysis and get the sectional details, good attempts, questions and topics covered.

  • 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. 

  • CAT Exam Analysis 2022 for every slot is now released. Note the below points to know the sectional difficulty level of CAT 2022 Exam.

    • VARC: Moderate for all the three slots
    • DILR:  Moderate for all the three slots
    • QA:  Moderate for all the three slots 
  • 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.

  • Once the exam will over, BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts will conduct CAT Exam Analysis 2022 based on the student's feedback. It will help 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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