CAT 2022 paper analysis | CAT 2021 format maintained, para completion back

CAT 2022 is being held today in three slots. The CAT 2021 format has been maintained. Para completion is back as seen this time.

CAT 2022 is being held today in three slots. The CAT 2021 format has been maintained. Para completion is back as seen this time.

By India Today Web Desk: CAT 2022: A different CDC? When they first came out, the majority of aspirants indicated that as predicted the CAT 2022 exam maintained the format of the CAT 2021 exam, which had a shorter time limit of two hours and 40 minutes for each section.

The number of questions in each section is still an unanswered question. In the end, CAT 2021 had 66 questions, compared to CAT 2020 had 76 questions.

Big surprises in CAT 2022:

  • Para completion is coming back again in CAT which was similar to XAT exam and it had stopped coming in CAT for a really long time. But they’re easy to score!
  • DILR had 4 sets of 5 questions. 2 sets were easy; brownie points for attempting these. The other two were complex and left by most students
  • Modulus-based questions of Algebra were there in Quants.
  • Quants was on the tougher side in Slot 2 as compared to Slot 1 CAT 2022
  • VARC had 4 RCs of which 2 surely were easy to do; the philosophy one was abstract and complex

Section-wise question distribution:

  • CAT 2022 VARC: Total 24 questions
  • CAT 2022 DILR: Total 20 questions
  • CAT 2022 QA: Total 22 questions

The marking criteria remained the same — +3 for correct answers and -1 for answers in MCQs and +3 for the correct answers and there is no negative marking in non-MCQs.

Here are a few highlights:

  • The first slot of CAT 2022 was a little more challenging than the first slot of CAT 2021.
  • The second slot of CAT 2022 was a little more challenging.
  • VARC had a moderate difficulty level comparable to the VARC part from the previous year.
  • Due to fewer set options, DILR went to the CAT 2021 level and was moderate to challenging In terms of difficulty In terms of LODv QA was simple.

The student-friendly exam pattern for CAT is as follows:

Section Name

Total Questions

Time Limit

Marking Scheme for MCQ Questions

Marking Scheme for Non- MCQ Questions

Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

This section contains 24 questions.

40 Minutes

+3 for the correct answer and -1 incorrect answer

+3 for the correct answer and there is no negative marking for the incorrect answer

Section 2 : Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

This section contains 20 questions.

40 Minutes

+3 for the correct answer and -1 incorrect answer

+3 for the correct answer and there is no negative marking for the incorrect

Section 3 : Quantitative Ability

This section contains 22 questions

40

Minutes

+3 for the correct answer and -1 incorrect answer

+3 for the correct answer and there is no negative marking for the incorrect answer.

Total

This section contains 66 questions

120 Minutes

+3 for the correct answer and -1 incorrect answer

+3 for the correct answer and there is no negative marking for the incorrect answer.

CAT EXAM SLOT 1: MORNING SESSION

Other details of the CAT 2022 question paper are as follows:

  • Test duration is 2 hours
  • Total questions = 66

In 2020, there were a total of 76 questions in the CAT exam. But, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as expected the number of questions was reduced to 66. And It remains the same in CAT 2021.

  • The total mark is 198.
  • The total number of questions in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section is 24.
  • The total number of Questions in the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section is 20
  • The total number of Questions in the Quantitative Ability section is 22

As expected, the CAT 2022 Slot 1 exam paper pattern is presented in a tabular form below:

Section

Number of Questions

The number of MCQ Questions

The number of Non-MCQ Questions

Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Total 24 questions.

Out of that 19 questions are MCQ

Out of that 5 questions are

Non-MCQ

Section 2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Total 20 questions.

Out of that 15 questions are MCQ

Out of that 5 questions are

Non-MCQ

Section 3: Quantitative Ability

Total 22 questions.

Out of that 14 questions are MCQ

Out of that 8 questions are

Non-MCQ

Total

66 questions

Out of that 48 questions are MCQ

Out of that 18 questions are Non-MCQ

CAT 2022 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension question-wise breakup:

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension sections were comparable to CAT 2021 in terms of their moderate level of difficulty. Contrary to what was predicted, this section was a little longer than average. In total, 24 questions were to be answered in the allotted 40 minutes.

There were 5 non-MCQ questions (all Verbal). Each RC paragraph contained between 470 and 500 words. 2 passages were simple to read, 2 passages were challenging, and each had 2 questions that could be answered.

Reading Comprehension = 16 Questions

-RC 1 Topic: Ghosts and their mysteries how we can’t find their history

-RC 2 Topic: Chinese Copy of articles — Original Copy | Second type is change size and shape and copy it. (Very Easy)

-RC 3 Topic: Two levels of emotional thinking [ Author supporting of second level of emotional thinking and linked to Buddhism and other religions)

-RC 4: STOICS

Verbal Ability – Para jumbles =

Verbal Ability – Summary =

Verbal Ability – Para jumbles (Odd-sentence out)= 0 Questions

CAT 2022 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning question-wise breakup:

There were 20 questions total in the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning part, broken up into 4 sets.

DILR was moderate to challenging to the CAT 2021 level of difficulty. Again, there were 5 non-MCQs_ During the allotted time, only 2 Sets could be managed.

The bar Chart was simple and simply based on DI. The other three required a lot of time. One set had a combination of LR and DI and may be completed

  • Set 1: Routes and Terminals connected dotted graph based Q(Must Do)
  • Set 2: Venn Diagram Set (Data Heavy)
  • Set 3: No of Goals scores football-based (EASY SET)
  • Set 4: Boys and Girls

CAT 2022 Quantitative Ability question-wise breakup:

In terms of LODI the QA section of CAT 2022 was as expected comparable to CAT 2019 and CAT 2021. It contained 22 short questions that could be answered in 40 minutes. There were 8 non-MCQs in the section.

  • 1 Time Speed distance
  • 2Profit and Loss
  • 2 Ratios
  • 1Numbers
  • 1Quadratic
  • 3 Questions Modulus
  • 1 Greatest Integer Function
  • 1 Question distribution of fruits
  • 2-3 Geometric similar to what was done in class
  • 1 Parallelogram

CAT EXAM SLOT 2: AFTERNOON SESSION

Overall CAT 2022 Slot 2 analysis

  • Quants is at the tougher side
  • VCRC is easy to Moderate , 2 RC are eaiser sir and other 2 are moderate
  • LRDI is also easy to Moderate , where 2 sets are easier

Section

Difficulty Level

Question Breakout

Number of Questions

Quants

Tougher

8Q – arithmetic

8q algebra

3-4q geometry and mensuration

2q number system

1 q Permutation combination

22

DILR

Easy to Moderate

Set 1: Company revenue and profits

Set 2: Tabular data of domestic and foreign products

Set 3: network diagram Shortest path —— left in option

Set 4: Scheduling type of but complex so left

20

VARC

Easy to Moderate

-RC 1 Topic: Music

-RC 2 Topic- Engineering technology ( easy )

RC 3 Topic: octopus ( easy )

-RC 4: philosophy ( abstract tough)

24

Other details of the CAT 2022 question paper are as follows:

  • Test duration is 2 hours
  • Total Questions 66

From past few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as expected the number of questions was reduced to 66. And it remains the same in CAT 2022.

  • The total mark is 198.
  • The total number of questions in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section is 24.
  • The total number of Questions in the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section is 20
  • The total number of Questions in the Quantitative Ability section is 22

CAT 2022 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension question-wise breakup:

The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension sections of Slot 2 CAT 2022 is at moderate level of difficulty. In total, 24 questions were to be answered in the allotted 40 minutes.

2 passages were simple to read, 2 passages were challenging, and each had 2 questions that could be answered. The questions on the RC Passages were very similar to those on the CATKingEducare All India Mock

  • Reading Comprehension = 16 Questions
    • -RC 1 Topic: Music
    • -RC 2 Topic- Engineering technology ( easy )
    • RC 3 Topic: octopus ( easy )
    • -RC 4: philosophy ( abstract tough)
  • Verbal Ability – Para jumbles 3 Questions
  • Verbal Ability – paraSummary
  • Verbal Ability – No Questions of Odd One Out

CAT 2022 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning question-wise breakup:

There were 20 questions total in the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning part, broken up into 4 sets.

DILR was moderate to challenging in Slot 2 CAT 2022 level of difficulty. 2 sets of 4 Questions and other 2 sets has 6 Questions.

  • Set 1: Company revenue and profits
  • Set 2: Tabular data of domestic and foreign products
  • Set 3: network diagram Shortest path —— left in option
  • Set 4: Scheduling type of but complex so left

CAT 2022 Quantitative Ability question-wise breakup:

In terms of LOD, Slot 2 of CAT 2022 is tough. It contained 22 short questions that could be answered in 40 minutes. There were 8 non-MCQs in the section.

  • Algebra – max (6-8)
  • Geometry (3 – 4)
  • Arithmetic (8)
  • Numbers (2)
  • Modern maths (PnC 1)
  • How many numbers can be made from the given set of digits

CAT 2022 paper analysis by Sumit Singh Gandhi, Founder CATKing

Published On:

Nov 27, 2022

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