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CAT 2014: Trend analysis of first day

Published : Monday, 17 November, 2014 11:15 AM
Day one of CAT 2014 is over on 16th November, 2014 so it can be worthwhile to understand the analysis of trend, that might be helpful to aspirants who are appearing in the last day of CAT 2014 on 22nd November, 2014
As per the announcement made earlier, the paper had two sections -  Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, with 50 questions in each section.
The sections were available sequentially, each having a time limit of 85 minutes to answer 50 questions. The total duration of the test was 170 minutes. The overall structure of the paper was as follows:
No. of Questions
Time in minutes
Difficulty Level
Possible Attempts
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
48- 56
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • There were approx. 32 questions of QA and 18 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 three.
No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability
Number System
Modern Math
Geometry and Mensuration
Data Interpretation
Bar Graphs
Pie Charts
Table based
Combinations of Graphs
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Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • The questions in this section were of moderate to 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.
No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
 15 (7+4+4)
 At least one RC in each set was unique and all the passages were of moderate level.
English Usage
Sentence Correction
 4 statements were given - one had to identify the combination of correct/incorrect statements 
 4 sentence type
 Moderate – tough , last line missing type
 Easy-moderate , 2 blanks type
Word Usage
 Simple words , use of phrasal verbs
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)
 3 statements out of which 2 could be arranged in a sequence
Logical Reasoning
Data Arrangement
 ( 8+5+8)
 All the three sets were arrangement problems
Seating Arrangement
Logic Based 
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