CAT 2023 Exam Analysis: Slot 1 Paper More Complex Than to Last Year, Say Experts-Inspire To Hire


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Last Updated: November 26, 2023, 14:14 IST

CAT 2023 slot 1 was held from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm (Representative Image)

CAT 2023: According to experts, the slot 1 paper was more complex when compared to last year’s paper. However, the exam pattern remained the same and there were ” no significant deviations”

The Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2023 is being conducted today in three slots. The first slot paper has concluded. It was held from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm. According to experts, the slot 1 paper was more complex when compared to last year’s paper. However, the exam pattern remained the same and there were “no significant deviations”.

“The CAT 2023 morning session unfolded smoothly, aligning with expected criteria. Although the exam displayed a higher level of complexity compared to its predecessor, it maintained adherence to the established framework observed in previous years. It is noteworthy that there were no significant deviations from the expected examination pattern,” Ramnath Kanakadandi, Senior Course Director, T.I.M.E said.

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The examination featured three sections — Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). Students said that the unexpectedly challenging nature of the CAT 2023 slot 1 paper “had a more pronounced effect on those in the morning slot than on those in the other two slots.”

For every correct answer, students will get three marks, and for every incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted. There are no penalties for incorrect responses in non-MCQ questions. The CAT 2023 is being conducted for a duration of 120 minutes across 155 cities in designated exam centres in three slots.

SLOTS EXAM TIMINGS REPORTING TIME LAST ENTRY PERMITTED
Slot 1 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM 7:00 AM 8:15 AM
Slot 2 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
Slot 3 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM 3:00 PM 4:15 PM

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The exam features 22 questions in the Quantitative Aptitude section, worth 66 marks. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension test includes 24 questions, worth 72 marks. The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning part consists of 20 questions for 60 marks. The applicants’ test scores will go through a normalisation procedure to ensure impartiality and equity in the evaluation of their results across many exam sessions.


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