November 16, 2008
The CAT's over! The storm has passed, finally!
TCYonline.com presents the first and the most detailed analysis of CAT 2008 for the users of Rediff.com.
The CAT has always lived up to its expectation of springing a surprise every year in one aspect or the other. The surprise element this year was added emphasis on Verbal as a result of which the weightage of verbal section was nearly 45 per cent. However, for the ones with sound vocabulary and good grammatical range and accuracy would have faired well as reading comprehension was back to normal five questions per passage from three questions last year.
Overall, CAT 2008 was characterised by a 20 per cent increase in the total number of questions affected by a whopping 40 per cent increase in questions from verbal section itself. Hence, it had an easier to moderate Quant section, a lengthier but manageable verbal section and a tough DI.
CAT 2008 Quant and DI were similar to CAT 2007 with minimum surprises. Still, a few pleasant surprises were the questions on the pattern of past CATs. Most of the questions were answerable using options, substitution method and other unconventional techniques. The test makers have deliberately put many question styles and formats that had appeared in CAT 2004, 2005 and 2006.
TCY experts predict a cut-off of around 128 for GD / PI calls from at least IIMs.
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