CAT 2014 – Paper Analysis


  • The CAT 2014 exam pattern was changed this year with both Verbal and Quant section carrying 50 questions each. Earlier, both the section was of 30 questions each.
  • The time duration for the test was also increased to 170 minute as compared to 140 minutes last year.
  • The CAT takers could also switch between the two sections without any restriction during the entire testing period.
  • As expected, non-MCQ questions did not carry any negative marks while the MCQ questions carried -0.33 mark negative for a wrong answer and +1 for a correct answer as displayed in actual test and +3 and -1 as shared in the instructions sheet before the start of the exam.

The new exam pattern of CAT has been launched this year under which there have been three major changes:

  1. The number of questions have increased from 60 to 100
  2. The duration of CAT has increased by 30 minutes and;
  3. There is no sectional boundary unlike the previous years.
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Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

  • The passages were easy to understand and no passage had very abstract or dense subject matter
  • There were total 5 passages – three passages (450-650 words in length) and two passages (300 words each). The three passages had 6 questions each and the other two had 3 questions each.
  • Two parajumble questions were difficult and two were easy.
  • There were no vocabulary-based questions as well.
  • The questions in Verbal ability were dominated by Verbal Logic and did not carry any negative marking, though they needed prior practice to aim for a high percentile.
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Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • There were 34 questions of QA and 16 questions of DI in the slot.
  • The difficulty level was low 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.
  • There were two questions from trigonometry as well. Questions in Data Interpretation area did not involve convoluted calculations; however, they continued to be tricky.
  • As has been the norm this year Logic-based DI was visible again. All the questions in DI came in sets of
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CAT 2014 was the second time that the paper pattern of CAT changed after it went online. However, this year’s CAT was much more flexible compared to the rigid sectional-timing based test encountered over the last couple of seasons.