CAT 2021 Slot 2 Review – 66 Qs, Easier than 2020, Ideal Attempts 47+

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Review – Overall an Easier to CAT 2020 Paper. IIMs have done good justice to the time management and attempts with the 66 Questions. Selection of questions will be important just like CAT 2021 Slot 1. Refer to the below information for a detailed CAT slot 2 analysis.

Sectional Break up of CAT 2021: Verbal ( 24 Qs ), DI LR ( 20), Quants (22) questions. VARC was more inference-based with Reading comprehension topics coming from the always recommended reads from Aeon, CATKing e-Books “Philosophy – Truth and Power”, “History- British Colonies and how India reacted”; ” Languages, Linguistic”, ” Knowledge how you perceive it”.

DILR was easier than CAT 2020, last year we saw DILR increasing with every next slot, no such surprise this year. Selection played a key role in cracking this section, Games, and Tournament and the graph-based questions were very easy to tackle, the third one based on online food delivery ratings was moderate.

Quants were focused on Arithmetic, Geometry, and Algebra, modern maths felt missing.
Overall it had 66 Questions and it was on lines this was on the lines of Real CAT Mocks and students gave 6 practice mocks of a total of 66 questions in the last 2 months, RC 31, 28 seemed well connected to the students for VARC, DILR.

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Review

The new CAT 2021 exam pattern is:

SectionNo of Questions
VARC24 Questions
DILR20 Questions
QA22 Questions
Total66 Questions

Overall the exam was Doable not very tough when compared to 2020 with DILR was a little Time consuming and lengthy. VARC was more inference based. Overall it had 66 Questions and I am proud this is what I had predicted and our students gave 6 practice mocks of total of 66 questions in the last 2 months.

CAT 2021 tested students on Speed, Logic, and Analytical skills, a sincere student with well-rounded preparation of concepts and good practice of mocks would make their way to the IIMs. CAT tested students on their actual knowledge instead of mere guesswork. The reduction in questions from CAT 2020 helped students have a better time allocation and not have a crisis.

Negative marking existed for the multiple-choice questions; 1/3rd ie 0.33 negative marks. Type in The answer Questions didn’t have any negative marking similar to the CAT 2020.

The exam was not very difficult, it was manageable provided your concepts were clear. CAT has always been an ardent lover of concepts and logic than calculations, speed, and time when compared to other competitive exams.

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Review – Sectional Analysis

Overall Difficulty: Moderate

VARC 24 Questions: Reading comprehension was dominated in the verbal section. There were 4 passages with 4 Questions each. More inference-based questions and not factual, there were close options too so it needed little focus while solving. 

TITA Verbal ability was overall easy.

  • 3 questions on Para jumbles – Easy
  • 3 Questions on Para summary – Tougher than usual.
  • 2 Questions on Odd one Out – Easy

Summary of Questions

Summary of Questions

Reading Comprehension16 Questions
Verbal Ability08 Questions (TITA)

The reading comprehension was based on the following themes:

  • Passage 1: British Colonies – India’s Reaction (History-Based)
  • Passage 2: Truth and Power (Philosophy Based)
  • Passage 3: Knowledge – How you perceive it
  • Passage 4: Languages – Linguistic

Ideal attempts in VARC Section: 18 Questions

DILR 24 Questions: Not very difficult, easy to moderate with respect to comprehension of the questions, one set was time-consuming. For sure easier than CAT 2020. 

Summary of Questions

DILR Sets with 6 Questions2 Sets = 12 Questions
DILR Sets with 4 Questions2 Sets = 8 Questions
  • Set 1: Horizontal Stacked Column Graph (Product, Shipment Days) (4 Questions)
  • Set 2: Games and Tournament Based ( 2 Players) (6 Questions)
  • Set 3: Online Food Delivery Rating Parameters (6 Questions)
  • Set 4 Graph-Based – Easy to Solve (4 Questions)

Ideal attempts in DILR Section: 13 Questions

Quants 22 Questions: (TITA 8): Quants focused on the conceptual clarity and the application of the concepts, some may take time to solve but are easy to score and attempt 16-18 Questions.

  • Arithmetic -10 to 11 Questions
  • The ratio of Milk – 2, Time and Work, Profit & Loss, Time Speed Distance, Averages, Percentages
  • Geometry 3-4 Questions
  • Numbers 2 Questions
  • Logs 2 Questions
  • Functions 2 Questions

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Review – Ideal Attempts

Keeping the new pattern in focus a 99%ile would be an Ideal Attempts 45+ with 90% accuracy.

For an in-depth analysis on each section, overall cut-off, which colleges to apply and how to gear up ahead stay tuned to the CATKing Youtube channel for the 10 pm Session.

Those going in for Slot 3, This is the easiest CAT you can get with time and conceptual clarity on your side. The only way to make the exStay confident is you know your stuff and just give the best shot at it. Would recommend all students to relax, chill and take a break. You have worked really hard for the exam and done your best. Now let karma play its role, party tonight, and come back with a bang for the series of exams lined up ahead, one day one exam can never give an idea about one’s aptitude nor decide your career path. So stay glued and keep rocking!

All the Best to all MBA Aspirants! Punch in your thoughts and concerns and we shall sort you up.

Analysis By:

Rahul Singh ( Director CATKing ) – CATKing is a premier MBA coaching institute of Maharashtra that focuses on strategic, engaging, and high-quality education (

Brief Profile of the Author:
Sumit Singh Gandhi (Rahul)
CEO, Director CATKing


  • Harvard Business School (SPNM)
  • MBA: SP Jain Institute of Management & Research
  • Master of Information Technology, Virginia Tech

TEDx Speaker at IIM Calcutta and NMIMS inspiring young minds on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership

  • Awarded Best Online CAT Coaching in India 2020
  • Awarded Leader in Digital Engagement Strategy Consulting (Engage7x) 2019
  • Awarded Management Coaching Institute Of the Year – Entrepreneur India Education Congress 2018
  • Awarded Coaching Institute Of the year 2017 – Higher Education Review
  • Published in Harvard Business School’s “The 20 Years of Impact” across the Global
  • Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awarded for Skill Development & Employability by Times Network, Digital India Summit 2016
  • Social Entrepreneur Award 2015 by Entrepreneurs India

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