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 synonymsantonyms types, no verbal analogies types,
no oddmanout 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 “summarytype” 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 = 1015 minutes
Priority 2
Reading
Comprehension questions from Section 1
Time = 3035 min
Priority 3
Maths
questions
Time = 35 min
Priority 4
LR + DS
+ DI questions
Time = 3035 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 = 2530 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 EyeView 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
TimeSpeed 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. X^{2} + Y^{2}
= 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. 111115
LR based 5 questions
Q. 116126 5 questions on Import Export data and Deficit
SOME MORE ALSO
… unable to recall
Q. 127131 Bar graph based questions on "Various sectors of Economy"
Q. 132136 IT in India  Tabular type questions
Q. 137141 Tabular question on "Companies and Sectors of Corporate India"
Q. 142145 FEI graph and questions based on that bar graph
Q. 146155 DS questions
Q. 156165 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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