On popular demand and to help you all understand the CAT 2015 Expected Difficulty Level, we bring to you CAT 2009 Analysis. Reason being CAT 2009 was not only the maiden edition of online CAT, but was the last CAT Examination conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. CAT 2009 also had 3 sections, similar to what has been introduced for CAT 2015. The sections were same as that announced for this year. Only new additions in CAT 2015 are the sectional time limits and the introduction of basic calculator. We expect the paper to be on similar lines as that of CAT 2009. Let us now get to the CAT 2009 Analysis for better understanding.

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CAT 2009 Analysis

There were 3 sections in the paper, with each section having 20 questions each.

1. Quantitative Aptitude

2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

3. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

Time per Question

Total time for the examination was 150 minutes. It gave 2.5 minutes per question on an average.

In CAT 2015, with 100 questions and 180 minutes, one will be having 1.8 minutes per question, which means level of difficulty should reduce a bit as compared to CAT 2009. However, with sectional time limit – that aspect of the difficulty level gets countered and even with lesser difficulty level, one may feel the similar pressure.

Difficulty level of the CAT 2009 paper across the slots was Moderate on an average, with select slots being difficult as well. 

CAT 2009 Sectional Difficulty Level 

Quantitative Aptitude – Easy to Moderate

Verbal Ability – Moderate to Difficult

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning – Moderate

With IIM Ahmedabad aiming at making the paper slightly unbiased for non engineers (though this is subjective), CAT 2015 is expected to have easy quantitative aptitude while the difficulty level of other sections is expected to remain same. 

CAT 2009 Important Topics

Quantitative Aptitude – Geometry, Algebra; followed by Numbers and Arithmetic. 

Verbal Ability – Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, FIJs, Para Jumbles, Para Completion, Para Summary and Reading Comprehension. 

DI and LR – Venn Diagram, Pie Charts, Logical DI, Arrangements, Selection 

CAT 2009 99.98 percentile Scores

Quantitative Aptitude – 69.5% 

Verbal Ability and RC – 62.5% 

DI and LR – 67.5% 

Check out the expected scores vs CAT 2015 Percentiles HERE.

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