CAT 2000
(December 10, 2000)
Comprehensive Analysis of the Common Admission Test
(for admission to the IIMs and other allied institutions in India)

There was no change in the pattern of CAT  this year, as compared to the immediate previous year.

Total Time allotted            = 120 minutes   (2 hours)
Total number of Sections = 3
Total Questions                = 165

Section 1 English Usage + Reading Comprehension      No. of questions = 55
Section 2 Mathematical Aptitude + Logical Reasoning  No. of questions = 55
Section 3 Data Interpretation  +  Data Sufficiency +  EU/RC + LR No. of
                questions = 55

CAT 2000 -- OVERALL BASIC SUMMARY

(1) CAT had 3 sections overall just like the previous year
(as compared to the conventional 4 sections that have been coming for the past 10 years before that). A basic reason for this could have been the examiners’ attempt to put stress on the students… however, since the students' already knew the pattern of the CAT and many had anticipated almost what it would be like this year, it was a sigh of relief for many ! (not that it would matter much as far as scores are concerned) It must be mentioned here that this pattern along with many others were taken up in the PT courseware and we are sure that our students would have benefited immensely from that rigorous practice.

(2)  English Usage was based primarily on “understanding of language and not cramming of words.”
  • Almost 10 questions were based on “Paragraph Formation”  and “Rearrangement of sentences”. This trend has been seen for the past 10 years. (PT students have a major advantage over others – this practice has been done in the class hundreds of times.)

  • Typical "Fill in the Blanks" type questions came again (they were not a part of CAT 1999).  These have been done repeatedly in the PT classroom sessions.

  • No direct questions on Vocabulary came this time. No synonyms-antonyms types, no verbal analogies types, no odd-man-out types.

(3)    Reading Comprehension was not very easy but was manageable for
      the sincere student.  A mix of very direct and some indirect questions
      given.

  • Direct RC (passages followed by set of questions) had 5 passages and 40 questions.  This came as part of the Language (EU + RC) section.

  • Indirect RC (small passages followed by ONE question) had 10 questions. This came in the third section (DI +DS + LR + RC)

  • PT students have a great edge over others as these types of passages have been discussed several times in the classes and the Library has several books of these types for students’ reference.

(4)  English questions had several RC based “summary-type” questions.

(5)  Not a single question based on Verbal Analogies, Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd Man Out was asked. The message is clear – No direct vocabulary questions please !

(6)    Data Sufficiency  has been standardised for the past 3 years.  “Any one statement alone is sufficient” type directions came again.  A total of 10 questions appeared.

(7)    Data Interpretation was very easy this time compared to last few years. This is so because there were several very direct questions in the DI sets.

(8)     A lot of Logical Reasoning based questions came this year spread across two sections.

(9)     Maths section was not a cakewalk. Though about 20 questions were direct, the rest needed a lot of prior exposure and practice to manage. An interesting thing that has emerged is that the easiest of questions get couched in the most abstruse language and look difficult !

(10)  The overall structure of CAT was clear -
  Language  - Usage + Comprehension    55  questions
  Mathematics -- Aptitude + Reasoning    55  questions
  Data Analysis -- Aptitude + Reasoning   55  questions

(11)  An ideal time division could have been –

Scheme No. 1 (for those more comfortable with Language)

Priority 1
    
English questions from Section 1 and 3                   Time = 10-15 minutes
Priority 2
    
Reading Comprehension questions from Section 1   Time = 30-35 min
Priority 3
    
Maths questions                                                    Time = 35 min
Priority 4
    LR + DS + DI  questions                                          Time = 30-35 min

OR
Scheme no. 2    (for those more comfortable with Quantitative)

Priority 1
      Maths questions                                                     Time = 35 min
Priority 2
      LR + DS + DI  questions                                          Time = 25-30 min
Priority 3
      Reading Comprehension questions from Section 1     Time = 35 min
Priority 4
      English questions from Section 1 and 3                     Time = 20 minutes

A Bird’s Eye-View of CAT 2000

(This is just a sketch… exact sectionwise details given later.)
The Basic Structure of each section was :

Section 1: English Usage + Reading Comprehension

Q.1 to Q.5     Paragraph formation of 5 statements
                     (*ample practice material of hundreds of questions given in
                     PT’s courseware for CAT).

Q.6 to Q.10   Fill in the blanks type questions. There were 2 blanks to be
                     filled in each question. Very direct questions.
(*ample practice
                     material of hundreds of questions given in PT’s courseware for
                     CAT that included even 4 blanks per question!).

Q.11 to Q.15 Paragraph formation of 6 statements (4 between 2 types)
                     (*ample practice material of hundreds of questions given in
                     PT’s courseware for CAT).

Q.16 to Q.23 Reading Comprehension passage no. 1 on 'Crisis faced by the
                     School of Abstractionist Art'.

Q.24 to Q.31 Reading Comprehension passage no. 2 on 'Differences in
                     approach between North Indian classical music and Western
                     classical music'.

Q.32 to Q. 39 Reading Comprehension passage no. 3 on 'MNCs in
                      Agribusiness and TRIPS'.

Q.40 to Q.47 Reading Comprehension passage no. 4 on 'Different Types of 
                    
Storage devices used in computers'.

Q.48 to Q.55 Reading Comprehension passage no. 5 on 'The Conquest of 
                    
the West by the European Settlers' (*ample practice material
                     of hundreds of passages given in PT’s courseware for CAT.
                     These passages were almost identical to the ones in
                     PT’s study material).

 

Section 2: Mathematical Aptitude

Q. Conversion of Decimal into Fractions type questions à Number theory
    based question à A must do type à would take 15 seconds at the most.

Q. Linear equations with tabulated data given for X and Y à Linear equation
    theory based question à Can be done type à would take 60 seconds at
    the most.

Q. Generation of Numbers series (A1, A2 types) à  Number theory based
     question à A must do type à would take 30 seconds at the most.

Q. Value of a given fraction à Number theory based question à A can do
     type à would take 80 seconds at the most.

Q. Truck travelling at a rate and fuel consumption types à Percentages and  
    Time-Speed theory based question à A can do type à would take 60
    seconds at the most.

Q. Sequence of 7 consecutive integers given and average is asked à Number
    theory based question à A can do type à would take 45 seconds at the
    most.

Q. Given conditions on X and Y, find the true statement à Logic and Number
    theory based question à A must do type à would take 30 seconds at the
    most.

Q. One red, three white, and two blue flags to be arranged, finding the
    number of arrangements à Permutations and combinations based
    question à A can do type à would take 60 seconds at the most.

Q. Given a set of integers X and some conditions  à Number theory and Set
    theory based question à A can do type à would take 50 seconds at the
    most

Q. Three distinct integers X, Y, Z positive and odd, finding the false statement
    à Logic and Number theory based question à A must do type à would
     take 30 seconds at the
     most.

Q. A set of prime numbers > 2 and < 100 given, find the number of
    consecutive zeroes in the product à Logic and Number theory based
    question à A must do type à would take 30 seconds at the most.

Q. N = 1421 x 1423…..  divided by 12 to get the remainder à Modulus theory
    based question à A must do type à would take 15 seconds at the most.

Q. Number of distinct triangles with some given perimeter à Geometry 
   
theory based question à A must do type à would take 60 seconds at the
    most.

Q. Given 34041 and 32506 being divided by a three digit number to give a
    common remainder. What could that number be ? à Number theory based
    question à A must do type à would take 25 seconds at the most.

Q. Given the numbers x1, x2 etc. upto xn  each having a range of values.
    Finding the value of n. à Logic + Number theory based question à A may
    do type à would take 120 seconds at the most.

Q. Table of age of people (of a country called Indonesia) Finding the number
    of females à Calculation based question à A can do type à would take
    60 seconds at the most.

Q. Sam forgets his friend's phone number (and other conditions given) ….
    Number of attempts required to get through à Permutation and
    Combinations based question à A not do type.

Q. Binary operations based two questions with symbols like @, /, X   etc. à
    Binary operations based question à A must do type à would take 60
    seconds at the most. {it seems this question had a printing  error --many
    students reported so}

Q. X, Y, Z are real numbers. Functions f(X, Y, Z) defined as ….etc. à Number
    theory based question à A must do type à would take 60 seconds at the
    most.

Q. Robot delivering goods to machines A, B, C, D, E etc.  à Logic based
    question à A can do type à would take 120 seconds at the most for both
    the questions.

Q. Function based question with three graphs given (exactly similar as last
    year's CAT) à Graph based question à A must do type à would take 60
    seconds at the most.

Q. Three bottles A, B, C having certain capacities …..  controlled by a
     computer…. à Logic based question à A must do type à would take 60
     seconds at the most.

Q. Sixteen teams playing ABC goldcup…  matches to be played in 2 stages
    ….à Logic based question à A can do type à would take 250 seconds at
    the most.

Q. N = 55cubed + 17 cubed - 72 cubed    divided by ……à Logic + Number
    theory based question à A can do type à would take 60 seconds at the
    most.

Q. X2 + Y2 = 1  and other conditions given à Number theory based question
    à A not do type.

Q. Rhombus ABCD …… diagonals intersecting at the origin and other
    conditions …. à Geometry based question à A must do type à would take
    45 seconds at the most.

Q. Circle of unit radius having sectors S1, S2 ….. Areas of sectors….à
    Geometry based question à A must do type à would take 45 seconds at
    the most.

Q. Books 1, 2 and 3 placed in an order on a table….. to be shifted to the
    next table…à Logic based question à A can do type à would take 60
    seconds at the most.

Q. Area bounded by 3 curves | X +  Y |= 1 and other conditions given à
    Geometry + Logic based question à A not  do type.

Q. Given equation X cubed - a X squared  etc.  having real roots, then find a,b
    à Linear equations + Logic based question à A can do type à would take
     60 seconds at the most.

Q. Sides of a triangle are given (a, b, c). Find the triangle …. à Trigonometry
    based question à A not do type.

Q. Figure given ab = bc = cd ……finding Ð dae etc. à Geometry based
    question à A not do type.

Q. A shipping clerk having 5 boxes …… weighing them in pairs…  find the
    heaviest box …à Logic based question à A not do type.

Q. Three cities A, B, C connected by road …..  Find the number of ways of
     going from one city to another etc. à Pure Logic based question (several
     such questions appear in the PT material especially the Final Test series)
     à A not do type basically because of the time involved.

Q. Convert 1982 from base 10 to base 12 à Number theory based that can
     be done from the options directly à A must do type à would take 10
     seconds at the most.

Q. Two tanks, cylindrical and conical….. difference of capacities of the two
     given…. Finding capacity of cylindrical à Working backwards from options
     based question à A must do type à Would take at the most 15 seconds.

Q. Farmer … fencing his field …  gets less number of fences… find length of
    field and number of fences…. à Linear equation based question à A must
    do type à at the most 30 seconds.

Section 3: Data Interpretation/Data Sufficiency/Verbal Reasoning/Logical Reasoning

Q. 111-115 LR based 5 questions
Q. 116-126 5 questions on Import Export data and Deficit SOME MORE ALSO
     … unable to recall
Q. 127-131 Bar graph based questions on "Various sectors of Economy"
Q. 132-136 IT in India - Tabular type questions
Q. 137-141 Tabular question on "Companies and Sectors of Corporate India"
Q. 142-145 FEI graph and questions based on that bar graph
Q. 146-155 DS questions
Q. 156-165 RC Theme based questions

General Caveat: This question numbering is based on a particular set of test paper. Your test paper may have had a different numbering order but the questions are identical across all sets.

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