CAT 2013 – Paper Analysis


  • The CAT 2013 exam has two sections, in order. No change in structure from the previous year.
  • Nearly everything can be called similar to last year in terms of the sub-sectional break up of questions – with 21 questions of Quantitative Aptitude and 9 questions of Data Interpretation forming the 30 questions of the first section and with 21 questions of Verbal Ability and 9 questions of Analytical Reasoning forming the 30 questions of the second section.
  • CAT 2013 witnessed 2 sections with designated time limits that are 70 minutes for 30 questions in each section. Within the allotted time candidates can review the section but as they move on to the next section then they can’t go back to the previous section.
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Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

  • The RC passages were of moderate difficulty level. Out of 3 RC passages, 1 was on the tougher side.
  • The VA + LR section can be termed as Moderate on difficulty level.
  • The RCs were long and dense and the questions were tricky but the options were easy and the ones who could comprehend the RC will end up reaching the correct answer through the process of elimination.
  • Logical reasoning witnessed 3 sets with 3 questions each. The difficulty level of this part of the CAT exam was moderate. The LR questions came from Arrangements and Logical puzzles.

The questions from English Usage part were on the following topics:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumble
  • Para Completion
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Word Usage
  • Odd Sentence Out
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Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • This QA + DI section can be termed as Moderate to Difficult on difficulty level.
  • In Quants, it is being observed that at least 3 to 4 very easy questions appear in each slot.
  • As far as the Data Interpretation is concerned, the paper was easy and those regulation questions of percentage increase, percentage decrease, overall growth etc. were asked which helped increase the familiarity of the paper.
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Overall paper can be called Moderate to difficult and this movement is a positive movement because the more prepared students with better test taking attitude and time management skills will be the eventual winners.