CAT 2017 Analysis: CAT 2017 had the same exam format as of last year. That was one thing students were quite grateful for. Next, talking about the difficulty level it can be said that there was some noticeable difference. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) was quite easy; it was the first section in the test.  The second section was Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning which was quite tough. Being tough it was also lengthy. Third and the last section was Quantitative Ability (QA) which was easy to moderate in difficulty level. Experts opine that an overall raw score of around 160 should be enough to make you reach 99 percentile. Since DILR was tough for all it would not be the deal breaker. Instead, QA section would play the role of percentile determiner.

CAT Exam Analysis 2017

Exam pattern in both slots was as follows:

Section Number of questions Number of Non-MCQ questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 7 Moderate 26-27
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Difficult 12-14
Quantitative Ability 34 8 Easy 25-26
Total 100 23 Moderate 63-67

As per CAT Percentile Prediction 2017, if you have scored more than 65 in VARC then you will get a 99 percentile or more in VARC. Likewise, if you have scored more than 62 in QA then you will get a 99 percentile or more in QA. A score of 37 or more in DILR will get a 99 percentile or more in DILR. Overall a score of 155 or more may be required to get a percentile above 99.
To predict CAT Percentile, you must first be clear of what determines CAT Percentile.

  • First, exam conducting body checks test papers (online) of test takers.
  • You get +3 marks for correct answer and -1 mark for the wrong answer.

This way, a basic score is arrived at.
After that, your score undergoes normalization.

The scaled score you see in your result is done after normalizing basic score (number of correct answers x 3 – the number of incorrect answers x 1).
After scaling scores, it is further converted to percentile. CAT percentile is a measure indicating the percentage of students below which that given percentage of test takers fall. For example, the 20th percentile is the value below which 20% of the test takers may be found.

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Insofar, official details of CAT Exam Analysis 2017 have not been announced. Information on this page is as per last year brochure and for reference purpose only. As soon as Indian Institutes of Management releases CAT 2017 information brochure, details will be updated here.


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