CAT 2014 is computer based test held on two days, 16 and 22 November. CAT 2014 Exam contains 100 questions. Time given to answer these 100 questions is 170 minutes. There is no section wise time restriction. One can switch over to any section in between. The overall feel of the 16 Nov 2014 Paper was moderate except for AR and DI sections.

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Overview of the CAT Paper 2014

Time allotted 170 Minutes
Total no. of questions 100
Marking Scheme Correct Answer: +3 Points
Sections 2
Number of choices 4
Negative Marking Wrong Answer: -1

In depth Analysis of First Day First Session

Questions on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning could be the game changer in the first day first session of CAT 2014. While Quant and especially Arithmatic was found moderate by the test takers, the DI and LR parts in respective section were found much difficult. The test takers after completing their exam came out cursing these sections and said “Quant was easier, Verbal a bit difficult but DI and LR were the most difficult and time consuming parts”.

The first session on first day of CAT 2014 with number of changes and modifications began at 9.30 AM on Nov 16, 2014 across the country. Candidates had to report for the exam by 7.30 AM, 2 hours before the exam.

As expected, although there were number of questions both in Quant and Verbal sections with changed pattern, the difficulty level ranged from moderate to difficult. Candidates found the test doable overall. The modified question types could be rated as surprise elements. Candidates who were fear struck and were expecting unprecedented changes in the difficulty level in the exam were found the DI as the most difficult part in CAT 2014 first day first session.

Quant and DI section, the first of the two sections in CAT 2014 contained 50 questions of moderate to difficult level. Quant was moderate but DI was very difficult and time consuming. Out of the 50 questions in this section share of questions on Quant was 34 and of DI was 16 questions. Candidates who could crack 28 question in this section are expected to score a high percentile. Number system, PnC, Arithmetic were the major source topics in this section.

The Second Section comprising questions on Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning in the first session of first day of CAT 2014 had 34 questions on Verbal Ability including three questions on critical reasoning – Facts Inference, Judgement (FIJ). There were 16 questions on Logical reasoning in the exam.The section was not very difficult and therefore might have a higher cut-off percentile. Options in questions on RC passages were very close ones.

Questions on LR were very difficult and consumed most of the time of the candidates. Most of the candidates were found complaining that Logical Reasoning questions took them for a ride and all their preparation was of not much help.

Overview of Different Sections

Sr. No. Sections No. of Questions Time Allotted Difficulty Level
1 Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 50 170 Minutes (For both sections) Easy to Moderate`
2 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 50 170 Minutes (For both sections) Easy to Moderate

SECTION I: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning

Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Questions Difficulty Level / remarks
1. Reading Comprehension 4 passages 16 (4+4+4+4) Moderate
2. Verbal Ability Grammar part error, Para Jumble, Critical reasoning, misfit 18 Moderate
3. Logical Reasoning Games based, binary system, puzzle based on fruits, different channels 16 Moderate-Difficult
Overall 50 Moderate

The level of the questions was moderate. Reading comprehension passages were manageable. Only 1 out of the 4 passages was tough. Questions on verbal ability covered only a few areas like critical reasoning, sentence rearrangement, and misfit among sentences given. Logical reasoning witnessed 4 sets with 4 questions each. The LR section was difficult.

SECTION II: Quantitative Ability & DI

Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Question Difficulty Level /remarks
1. DI: Data Interpretation Venn diagrams, graphs, tables and reasoning based 16(4sets*4 questions each) Moderate-Difficult
2. Quantitative Ability Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and P & C 34 Moderate
Overall 50 Easy to moderate

The Quantitative Aptitude portion of the exam was significantly easier than the papers in the previous years. In terms of degree of difficulty, the section features only a few probing questions and majority of the questions can be handled easily.

CAT aspirants, going to take the test on Nov 22, 2014 should go through more questions on FIJ, RC passages, practice DI questions more to ace the test.

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