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As per the announcement made earlier, the paper had two sections - Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, with 30 questions in each section.

The first round of tests of CAT 2012 is done now and so far all has been along expected lines.

As per the announcement made earlier, the paper had two sections - Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, with 30 questions in each section. The sections were available sequentially, each having a time limit of 70 minutes to answer 30 questions. Thus, it was mandatory to spend the stipulated time on the prescribed section and it was only when the time ended for the first section that it was possible to move to the second section.  

The total duration of the test was two hours and thirty five minutes, including a 15-minute tutorial provided to the candidates before the start of the test to familiarize them with the layout, screens and navigation.

The overall structure of the paper was as follows:

Section

No. of Questions

Time in minutes

Difficulty Level

Possible Attempts

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

30

70

Tough

18 - 20

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

30

70

Moderate

22-  24

Total

60

140

 

40 -  45

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • There were 21 questions of QA and 9 questions of DI in both the slots. The difficulty level was high and the questions were designed to test the grasp of fundamentals. There were questions from regular topics like Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and Geometry. Questions in Data Interpretation area were also not simple and involved convoluted calculations. All the questions in DI came in sets of 3. DS was absent from both the slots.

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability

Number System

 2 - 3

Algebra

 6 - 7

Arithmetic

 3 - 4

Modern Math

 2 - 3

Geometry and Mensuration

 5 - 6

Data Interpretation

Bar Graphs

 0

Pie Charts

 0

Table based

 2

Combinations of Graphs

 1

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

  • The questions in this section were of moderate difficulty level. The trick here was to aim for high accuracy by correctly identifying the questions that one was confident of solving correctly. RC’s were manageable, not being inordinately lengthy or abstract. At most only one of the three given passages was tough. There was a balanced mix of questions from the various areas of Verbal Ability. All the questions in LR came in sets of 3. Slot-2 saw as many as 3 questions on tone/style of the passage/author. This question type was missing in slot-1. 

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

 10 ( 4 + 3 + 3 )

 At least one RC in each set was unique and all the passages were of moderate level.

English Usage

Sentence Correction

 2

 4 statements were given - one had to identify the combination of correct/incorrect statements 

Para-jumble

 2 - 3

 5 sentence type

Para-completion

 3

 Moderate - tough , last line missing type

FIB

 1

 Easy-moderate , 2 blanks type

Word Usage

 1 - 2

 Simple words , use of phrasal verbs

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

 1 - 2

 4 statements out of which 3 could be arranged in a sequence

Logical Reasoning

Data Arrangement

 ( 3 + 3  +3 )

 All the three sets were arrangement problems

Seating Arrangement

Logic Based

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