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Analysis of QA in CAT - Past 3 years

Analysis of QA in CAT past 3 years, Quantitative Ability Analysis

This article is second in series of our analysis of the CAT exam paper section wise. Time is almost here and the CAT 2019 exam is going to be conducted in  November 2019 in 2 slots. To see the overall analysis of the exam pattern refer here

Let us go through the details of the Quantitative Ability (QA) section of the last 3 years to get a fair idea of what to expect out of CAT 2019 exam.'

QA Questions and Time Analysis

QA raw score is calculated out of 102 marks. For every correct answer students are awarded +3 marks and for every incorrect answer, -1 is deducted from the overall score. Starting 2015, online calculator is being provided on the screen. Thus students must make sure they utilize this facility judiciously to their advantage.

The overall questions and sectional time limit details for QA are:

CAT QA

The breakup of QA questions are:

QA Questions

 

QA Questions Analysis

Highlights of this section across 2015, 2016, and 2017 were:

  1. Questions were a mixed bag of MCQs and non-MCQs and there were questions from almost each and every topic.
  2. The questions were pretty expected in nature.
  3. Online Calculator was introduced starting 2015.

Detail breakup of this section is as below:

 

Details

2017

2016

2015

Area wise Questions

Alligations & Mixtures

Area & Volume

Average

Co-ordinate Geometry

Functions

Inequalities

Logarithms

Partnerships Percentages

Profit & Loss

Progressions

Time, Speed & Distance

Time  Work

Triangles

Alligations & Mixtures

Area & Volume

Averages & Partnership

Circles

Coordinate Geometry

Linear Equations

Numbers

Inequalities

Percentages

Permutation & Combination

Polygons

Profit & Loss

Quadratic Equations

Surds & Indices

Set Theory

Time & Distance

Time & Work

Triangles

Alligations & Mixtures

Area & Volume

Averages & Partnership

Circles

Coordinate Geometry

Functions

Inequalities

Linear Equations

Numbers

Percentages

Permutation & Combination

Polygons

Profit & Loss

Quadratic Equations

Surds & Indices

Time, Speed & Distance

Time & Work

Triangles

Question Breakup

Tough: 7-8

Moderate: 7-8

Easy: 16-18

Tough: 10

Moderate: 11-12

Easy: 12-13

Tough: 5-6

Moderate: 8-10

Easy: 16-18

Overall Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Moderate

Moderate to Tough

Time Spent on QA Section

Time is of essence when you solve any section in the CAT exam. For the QA section, based on the type of questions ranging from easy to tough, a candidate should ideally be spending an average time of:

  1. 1-1.5 minutes on Easy questions

  2. 2-2.5 minutes on Moderate questions

  3. 3-4 minutes Tough questions

Anytime you think a question is taking you more than 5 minutes, it is best to skip and move on to the next since you have sectional time limit as well. Although it is tough to spare, but try to spare 3-5 minutes for revision.

Overall Percentile

In order to get a good 97-98 percentile a candidate must make sure he/she has a minimum number of attempts such as:

Good Number of Attempts

2017

2016

2015

QA

20 +

25 +

18-20 +

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