CAT '99
(December 12, 1999)
Comprehensive Analysis of the Common Admission Test
(for admission to the elite IIMs and allied institutions in India)
Prepared by contributions from 15 cities in India and almost 100 top-ranking PT students.
Questions collected on the basis of memory.


There was a change in the pattern of CAT this year. (!)

Typically for the past several years, CAT has had 4 distinctly identifiable sections. However, this year, the CAT changed its colours. (Remember what Deng Xiaoping said : "The color of the Cat does not matter as long as it is able to catch the mice!" Forgive the pun!!)

Anyway….
This year’s CAT pattern was :

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 Sufficiency + Verbal Reasoning + Data Interpretation --- No. of questions = 55

CAT 1999 -- OVERALL BASIC SUMMARY

  1. CAT had 3 sections overall as compared to the conventional 4 sections that have been coming for the past 10 years. A basic reason for this could have been the examiners’ attempt to put stress on the students… however, the reasonably intelligent students would have easily seen through this trick and could have managed their time perfectly !
  2. English Usage was based primarily on "understanding of language and not cramming of words."
  • Almost 25 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.)
  • "Reversibility of Logic" questions came once again ! (Once again, PT students have been explained this logic very carefully and at least 5 times !)
  1. Reading Comprehension was very easy and manageable for the sincere student. Very direct questions given.
  • Direct RC (passages followed by set of questions) had 5 passages and 27 questions. This came as part of the Language section.
  • Indirect RC (small passages followed by ONE question) had 10 questions. RC for CAT 1999 was very different from RC for CAT 1998.
  • This year’s RC had smaller passages compared to last year and relatively easier questions too! (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).
  1. English questions had several RC based "summary-type" questions.
  2. Not a single question based on Verbal Analogies, Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd Man Out, Fill in the blanks was asked. The message is clear – No direct vocabulary questions please!
  3. Data Sufficiency has been standardised for the past 3 years. "Any one statement alone is sufficient" type directions came again.
  4. Data Interpretation was very easy this time compared to last few years.
  5. A lot of Logical Reasoning based questions came this year spread across two sections.
  6. Maths section was not a cakewalk by any standards. Though about 20 questions were direct, the rest needed a lot of prior exposure and practice to manage.
  7. The structure of CAT was clear -
  8. Language -- Usage + Comprehension 55 questions
    Mathematics -- Aptitude + Reasoning 55 questions
    Data Analysis -- Aptitude + Reasoning 55 questions

  9. 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 = 25-30 minutes
Priority 2. Reading Comprehension questions from Section 1         Time = 20-25 min
Priority 3. Maths questions                                                            Time = 35 min
Priority 4. DS + DI questions                                                        Time = 25-30 min

OR

Scheme no. 2 (for those more comfortable with Mathematics)
Priority 1. Maths questions                                                             Time = 35 min
Priority 2. DS + DI questions                                                        Time = 25-30 min
Priority 3. Reading Comprehension questions from Section 1         Time = 20-25 min
Priority 4. English questions from Section 1 and 3                          Time = 25-30 min

 

A Bird’s Eye-View of CAT 1999

(This is just a sketch… exact sectionwise details given later.)

The Basic Structure of each section was :

Section 1. English Usage + Reading Comprehension --- No. of questions = 55

Q.1 to Q.5 Paragraph formation of 4 statements between Two (Para of Six)
(* ample practice material of hundreds of questions given in PT’s courseware for CAT)

Q.6 to Q.13 Replacement of Underlined portions in the given sentences (Grammatical corrections)
(* ample practice material of hundreds of questions given in PT’s courseware for CAT)

Q.14 to Q.21 One question each based on a small passage given (Basically Reading Comprehension type) (* ample practice material of hundreds of questions given in PT’s courseware for CAT)

Q.22 to Q.23 Two questions based on one small passage

Q.24 to Q.29 Reading Comprehension passage no. 1 on WTO and trade regimes

Q.30 to Q.34 Reading Comprehension passage no. 2 on Art / Philosophy / Reality

Q.35 to Q. 40 Reading Comprehension passage no. 3 on Warfare

Q.41 to Q.45 Reading Comprehension passage no. 4 on Abstractionism and Art

Q.46 to Q.50 Reading Comprehension passage no. 5 on Nation State’s relevance

Q.51 to Q.55 Paragraph formation of four statements (Para of Four)
(* 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 + Logical Reasoning No. of questions = 55

Q.56 Three Boxes – Wrongly labelled – Rearrange etc. Type : Simple Logical Reasoning (LR)
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.57 Based on Geometry + Set Theory Type : Geometry

Q.58 Triangles to be drawn from given points on two lines Type : Permutations and Combinations
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.59 Men and Women – Salaries – Percentages etc. Type : Arithmetic / Ratio and Proportion
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.60 Given a square – Triangular area to be cut from one edge etc. Type : Mensuration
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.61 GCF etc. Type : Set Theory and Logical Reasoning

Q.62 Given n = 123456787654321. Find its square root. Type : Number Theory
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.63 Remainder when 7 to the power 84 is divided by 342 etc. Type : Number Theory
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.64 Directly based on Number Theory and Logical Reasoning Type : LR

Q.65 Total Cost is made of Fixed Cost + Variable Cost (Hostel boarders etc.) Type : Theory of Variation (Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.66 Directly based on Linear Equations Type : Equations
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.67 Preference in voting to three candidates etc. Type : Set Theory
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.68 Circle circumscribing a square – repeated again – etc. Type : Mensuration
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.69 Scholarship selection etc. Type : Permutations and Combinations

Q.70 Two trains on a collision path and how much time to stop them ? Type : Time/Speed/Distance

Q.71 Speed of train reduces in proportion to number of wagons attached etc. Type : Time/Speed/Distance and Variation Theory combined (Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.72 Given n = 1 + X and some properties of X etc. Type : No. Theory

Q.73 Directly based on concept of modulus Type : Number Thoery
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.74 A,B,C,D,E to sit across a circular table etc. Type : Logical Reasoning
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.75-76-77 Three functions F, G, H defined etc. Type : LR + No. Theory

Q.78-79 Seating arrangements at a rectangular table Type : Logical Reasoning

Q.80-81 Simple graph between Mileage (km/lt) and Speed (km/hr) given Type : Time/Speed/Dist
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.82-83-84 Cards game / Ghosh Babu distributing the cards etc. Type : Logical Reasoning
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.85-86-87 There are 50 integers, not all different etc. Type : Number Theory / Set theory / LR

Q.88-89-90 Simple triangular diagram given with motion along the edges etc. Type : Time/Speed/Dist. (Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.91-92 Relative Sweetness Table given w.r.t. Fructose Type : Simple Arithmetic

Q.93-94 Vessels etc. Type : Alligation / LR
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.95-96-97 PQRS – 10 coins given etc. Type : LR

Q.98-99 A,B,C,D,E,F etc. Type : LR

Q.100-101 A robot moves as per a set of 3 instructions etc. Type : Coordinate Geometry / LR

Q.102-103 Directly of Type : Coordinate Geometry
(Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.104-107 In each question, 2 simple line graphs given of F(x) and F1(x). Correlations to be found.
Type : LR and DI

Q.108-109-110 Roopa has flowers – goes to four temples etc. – flowers get doubled in river etc. Type : Linear Equations / LR (Directly given in PT’s courseware)

Section 3. Data Sufficiency / Data Interpretation / Verbal Reasoning No. of Q. = 55

Q.111-120 Directly based on 4 options – Type 2 DS as per PT’s courseware. All 10 questions had been done in the classroom course

Q.121-130 Based on simple logical connection between the sentences. Exactly identical to CAT 1998’s first five questions in EU / Verbal Reasoning. Similar questions given in PT’s Logical Reasoning orientation lecture booklet

Q.131-134 Based on "Reversibility of Logic" (Hundreds of questions given directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.135-144 Based on Logical sequencing of "3 out of given 5 sentences" (Hundreds of questions given directly given in PT’s courseware)

Q.145-150 Typical DI questions based on two Pie charts related to exports-imports (Several sets like these covered in PT’s courseware)

Q.151-154 Four line graphs depicting the price fluctuations in commodities given. Typical DI questions based on line graphs. (Several sets like these covered in PT’s courseware)

Q.155-161 Table on Drinking Water and Sanitation data for S. Asia given. (Several sets like these covered in PT’s courseware)

Q.162-165 Typical DI question based on Line Graph having double y-axis depicting Sales and Net Profits of companies (Several sets like these covered in PT’s courseware)

 

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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