CAT 2016 Analysis – Tough DI & LR, tricky Quant and moderate VARC

The exam was in the predictable lines and the interface and navigation system was same as had been shown in the CAT 2016 tutorial released earlier by IIMs. Out of total 100 questions, 25 were non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions. Since these questions did not have the negative marking scheme, candidates attempted each non-MCQ to improve scoring chances.

CAT Analysis 2016 Slot 1

The table below brings to you the exam pattern and structure of CAT 2016.


CAT 2016 Exam Pattern

Sections Number of Questions Number of Non-MCQ Duration
Verbal and Reading Comprehension 34 10 1 hour
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 8 1 hour
Quantitative Ability 34 7 1 hour
Total 100 25 3 Hours

Each question carried three marks and for each wrong answer, there was negative marking of one mark for each wrong answer except the non-MCQs. The order in which the sections appeared were VARC, DI & LR and QA. Each section was timed for one hour and candidates were not allowed to change sections in between, however, there was no restriction in the order of attempting questions within the section.


Sectional Analysis of CAT 2016



Verbal and Reading Comprehension


Out of 34 questions, 16 were from Reading Comprehension. There were four passages, which were lengthy. The questions were a mix of direct and inferential type. Overall, the The Verbal Ability questions were mostly non-MCQ or TITA type. The section was vocabulary intensive.


According to the candidates, the overall difficulty level of the questions were easy to moderate. The Reading Comprehension questions were easier than the English Usage ones. Candidates who have a strong vocabulary base had advantage over others.


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


This section was the trickiest among the three. Although the number of questions was lesser compared to the other two, they were more time consuming and calculation intensive in nature. There were 16 questions each from the DI and LR areas. There were approximately 10 non-MCQs in this section.


The Data Interpretation questions were from Tables, Bar Graph and Charts, Line Graph and the Logical Reasoning questions were in the form of caselets.


Quantitative Ability


This section was of moderate to tough difficulty level. Compared to the other two sections, the non-MCQs were lesser in this section.  The test takers did not find much usage of the calculator. As Megha, a first slot CAT 2016 taker says, “Although the questions were calculation intensive, they were mostly doable through mental calculation itself and I did not require the calculator for it. In fact, I used it for few questions but it turned out to be more time consuming.”


CAT Analysis 2016 Slot 2

In terms of section wise difficulty, Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) sections were on the tougher side. In comparison to these two sections, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) was of easier difficulty level. The CAT 2016 exam patternof the test was also same as previous slot. Careers360 brings to you the detailed CAT 2016 analysis of slot 2. Take a look at the structure of CAT 2016 second slot.


CAT 2016 Structure of Slot 2

Section Total Number of Questions Number of MCQs Number of Non-MCQ Duration
VARC 34 24 10 1 hour
DI & LR 32 24 8 1 hour
QA 34 27 7 1 hour
Total 100 75 25 3 Hours

CAT 2016 Analysis Slot 2 – Section-wise



Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


The section was of easy level of difficulty. Similar to the first slot, there were five passages of medium length. The questions were direct. While there were no TITA or non-MCQs in the RC questions. However, the English Usage questions were of easy to moderate level of difficulty and all 10 questions were non-MCQ type.


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


This section was tricky and time consuming. Most of the candidates found it difficult to attempt all the questions. The Data Interpretation sets were from the areas like Bar Graph, Line Graph, Tables among others. There were four DI sets. There LR questions were also in the form of caselets. There were 16 questions each from DI and LR, out of which eight were non-MCQs.


Quantitative Ability


This section was a notch higher in terms of toughness level from the previous year and slot. The number of non-MCQs was also lower in this section. The topics included Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Arithmetic and Number Systems. The number of Geometry questions have increased this year.

The result is expected to be announced in the second week of January, 2017.

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