CAT: CAT Question Paper: Slot 1 and 2: DILR Section and QA Section

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CAT Question Paper was of moderate difficulty level and had no surprise elements. The first slot question paper was, however, a bit more difficult than the question paper of second slot. CAT question paper with solutions is provided in this article below for candidates to practice and analyses their hold over various CAT topics.

CAT Question Paper with Solutions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
No. of Questions34
No. of MCQ questions24
No. of non-MCQ questions7
Difficulty LevelEasy-Moderate
Good Attempts26 - 27
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
No. of Questions32
No. of MCQ questions24
No. of non-MCQ questions8
Difficulty LevelDifficult
Good Attempts12 - 14
Quantitative Ability
No. of Questions34
No. of MCQ questions22
No. of non-MCQ questions12
Difficulty LevelEasy-Moderate
Good Attempts25 - 26

The structure of CAT question paper is same as that of previous years, i.e.. there are three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) , Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA) . Given below is the overall structure of CAT question paper.

The Structure of CAT Question Paper
SectionNo. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
VARC34Easy-moderate26 - 27
DILR32Difficult12 - 14
QA34Easy-Moderate25 - 26
Total100Moderate63 - 67

CAT Question Paper: Slot 1

The first slot of CAT question paper is of a higher difficulty level. Among the three sections, DILR section was the toughest and most time consuming. Discussed below are all three sections of CAT question paper slot 1.

Section Wise Break up of CAT Question Paper, Slot 1 VARC Section

The VARC section of CAT question paper, slot 1 has five RC passages; three passages of 539 - 600 words and two passages of 299 and 363 words each. Out of five RC passages have six questions and two passages have three questions, each. Three questions are information based and three other are inferential in nature. Overall, six RC questions are easy; and six questions are difficult as there are close choices for answer. The remaining 18 questions are easy to moderate.

Section Wise Break up of CAT Question Paper, Slot 1 VARC Section
SectionsTopicNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehension (24 Questions)Reading Comprehension24
Verbal Ability (10 Questions)Para-jumble4
Summary (MCQ Based)3
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)3

DILR Section

The questions of DILR section of CAT question paper, slot 1 range from sets on Survey of students, burgers & fries, routes between two cities, flight operations and square matrix of pillar heights. DI questions do not require much calculation; however, one question is difficult to crack. Logical Reasoning questions are of easy to moderate level.

The Questions of DILR Section of CAT Question Paper
SectionTopicNo. of Questions
Data InterpretationHappiness index- difficult4
Matrix- moderate4
Routes - moderate4
Flight operation - Moderate4
Logical ReasoningProjects - Difficult4
Burgers/Fries - Easy4
Children survey - Easy4
PCM – difficult4

QA Section

In the third and final section of CAT question paper, slot 1, there are 34 questions. The questions of this section are easier than the ones of 2016 and 2015 papers. Most of the questions test the fundamentals of math՚s. Algebra questions were on Inequalities and Quadratic equations and Arithmetic questions on Profit Loss and TSD.

In the Third and Final Section of CAT Question Paper
SectionTopicNo. of Questions
Quantitative AbilityNumber System4
Algebra10 - 11
Arithmetic11
Modern Math2
Geometry and Mensuration6 - 7

CAT Question Paper, Slot 2

The difficulty level of CAT Question Paper, Slot 2 is a bit more difficult than the slot 1 question paper. Overall, the question paper can be considered moderate in terms of difficulty level with VARC on the easier side but with close options, DILR tricky and QA easy. Take a look at the overall break-up of the question paper.

CAT Question Paper, Slot 2
SectionNo. of QuestionsDifficulty LevelGood Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension34Easy-moderate25 - 27
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning32Difficult12 - 14
Quantitative Ability34Easy-Moderate25 - 26
Total100Moderate64 - 68

CAT Question Paper, Slot 2: Section-Wise Break-Up

CAT Question Paper, Slot 2: Section-Wise Break-Up
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
No. of Questions34
No. of MCQ questions24
No. of non-MCQ questions7
Difficulty LevelEasy-Moderate
Good Attempts25 - 27
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
No. of Questions32
No. of MCQ questions24
No. of non-MCQ questions8
Difficulty LevelDifficult
Good Attempts12 - 14
Quantitative Ability
No. of Questions34
No. of MCQ questions26
No. of non-MCQ questions8
Difficulty LevelEasy-Moderate
Good Attempts25 - 26

VARC Section

The VARC section of CAT question paper, slot 2 is on the easier side. The Reading Comprehension (RC) passages are easy to read but the questions carry close options that may deceive candidates. There are five passages and 24 questions. Three passages are of 500 - 550 words and two are of 25 - 350 words. Out of 24 questions, around 16 are inference based and the rest are fact based. Check the table below for more details.

The VARC Section of CAT Question Paper
SectionTopicNo. of Questions
Reading ComprehensionReading Comprehension24
Verbal AbilityPara-jumble4
Summary3
Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)3

DILR Section

The DILR section of CAT question paper, slot 2, has questions in the form of sets. Two sets are easy, and one is lengthy. Rest of the sets are solvable but requires concentration. Check the table below for topic wise weightage of questions.

The DILR Section of CAT Question Paper
SectionTopicNo. of Questions
Data Interpretation And Logical ReasoningChess4
Pizza4
Dorms4
Asset Management4
Airplane4
Biometric4
Tea4
Elective4

QA Section

The QA section of CAT question paper, slot 2 comprises questions, which test the candidate՚s grasp of fundamentals of Mathematics. Arithmetic and Algebra dominate this section with 22 questions. Geometry and Mensuration together have 4 - 5 questions.

The QA Section of CAT Question Paper
SectionTopicNo. of Questions
Quantitative AbilityNumber System4
Algebra12
Arithmetic12
Modern Math2
Geometry and Mensuration4