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CAT 2017: Students Find LRDI Difficult; Reading And Quantitative Relatively Easy

IIM Lucknow, the CAT 2017 conducting authority this time, eased up VARC and Quant. The blocks in LRDI were hardly solvable under time pressure, deciphering the block of information preceding the set of questions was not easy to figure out

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The CAT 2017 conducted on November 26, 2017 had two slots, 9 am-12 noon and 2.30-5.30 pm. The format had no surprises. Out of total 100 questions, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section was of 34 questions, Data Interpretation and the Logical Reasoning (LRDI) section with 32 questions and Quantitative Ability section had 34 questions. An hour for every section. Three hours to make or break destiny.

Kamal Lohia of TathaGat maintains that the difficulty level for QA was just average or below for a well prepared student

So how was it? IIM Lucknow, the paper conducting (and hoped setting) authority this time, eased up VARC and Quant. But what complexity they wove in LRDI, O boy! The blocks in LRDI were hardly solvable under time pressure, deciphering the block of information preceding the set of questions was not easy to figure out. The scenarios were practical – some seating arrangement in an aeroplane, with price structures associated with the same. Or an educational system, where a faculty member vanishes, and his students need to be reallocated to ongoing courses. All constraint theory multi-parametric stuff – but nightmarish even for Goldratt. Reading and Quantitative looked easy enough. 

Somehow, it looked the overprepared students were dejected – their memory work didn’t help. The exam, true to its character, evaluated on the feet thinking. If you had an aptitude for that, if your loved tricky reading, great. If you wanted to apply some rote techniques, then zilch for you. In fact, students who had hardly prepared, did pretty good – as they were light on mind, and freewheeling. One such student with just 15 days preparation could crack 28 in VARC, 16 in LRDI and 17 in Quant – of course the accuracy is what would eventually matter. Many a many months preparation students handled 15-20 in VARC, got scared in LRDI to 9-12, and thus demoralized, or what, couldn’t go beyond 15 in Quant.

Check out the forenoon slot analysis and exam pattern by Triumphant Institute of Education Management

Reading passages had easy language, the devil must have been in the intelligence choice elimination requires. Quant was abundantly replete with profit loss questions, almost non-on ratio, 5 doable geometry ones, easy to crack algebra, with sprinkling of permutations. This reflects criticism CAT has been having of preferring nerds who can handle complicated math, whereas industry requirement is superior communications and an analytic mindset. Overall, all three sections looked like having manageable TITA  questions, i.e. Type in the answer (these also bear no negative marking).

Overall, a nice aptitude gauger. May the better students win.  The 2.31-lakh candidates registered this year can expect the CUT-OFF to go up. The question hammering their minds would be “Did I hit the 90 plus percentile?” The scoring scheme for the MCQs for each correct answer is 3 marks and for each wrong answer is -1 marks, the un-attempted question is not considered for marks.

A candidate to get selected for next rounds of the admission process - Written Aptitude Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), must score the minimum percentile. The IIM’s cut-off percentile for 2017 is as follows:

IIM Ahmedabad80
IIM Bangalore90
IIM Calcutta90
IIM Lucknow 90
IIM Kozhikode90
IIM, Indore90
IIM Visakhapatnam85
IIM Bodh Gaya80

The factors that determine the above-expected cut-off are the difficulty level of the exam i.e. the difficult the exam, the lower is the cut-off. The other factors are number of candidates, number of qualified candidates, number of seats and ranking of the B-School.

The deadline of the CAT 2017 events is as follows:

CAT Exam EventsDates
CAT 2017 exam dateNovember 26, 2017
CAT 2017 resultJan-18
CAT cut-off shortlisted candidates listJan-18
B-School admissions based on CAT cut-offsFebruary-March, 2018

Well the CAT is out of the bag now, many will be crossing their fingers and waiting for the result in 2nd week of January, 2018. Wishing them Good Luck!

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Gaurav Sood

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