CAT 2021 Slot 3 Review – 66 Qs, Easier than 2020, DILR Time Consuming, Ideal Attempts 43+

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Review – Slot 3 of CAT 2021 is ended now, we have provided the detailed analysis of slot 3. 3rd slot of CAT started at 4.30 pm and ended at 6.30 pm. The total number of questions asked in the CAT 2021 was 66. The section-wise breakage is – VARC (24), DILR (20), and Quant (22). Those candidates who appeared for the slot 3 CAT exam can refer to this page for detailed CAT slot 3 exam analysis such as new CAT paper pattern, topic-wise no. of questions in each section, the sectional and overall level of difficulty, and etc.

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Review

VARC and DILR were pretty doable, the right RCs and the DILR sets had to be selected. Quants were tougher than Slots 1 and 2.

SectionNo. of questions
VARC24 Questions
DILR20 Questions
QA22 Questions
Total66 Questions

Overall the exam was Doable and not very tough when compared to 2020. VARC was more
inference based, but had Reading comprehension passages all from the predicted Topics. DILR
was Moderate in difficulty terms but felt a little Time consuming and lengthy. Quants was
tougher than the Slot 1 and 2 of today.

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

CAT 2021 Slot 3 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.
Verbal Ability:

  • 4 Questions Para jumbles Moderate, Easy
  • 2 Questions Para summary – Easy
  • 2 Questions Odd one Out Moderate

Summary of Questions

Summary of Questions

Reading Comprehension16 Questions
Verbal Ability08 Questions (TITA)

The Reading comprehension was based on the following themes:

  • Passage 1: Science Based
  • Passage 2: X Men Comic Book
  • Passage 3: Time Management
  • 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 of games and tournaments were time-consuming which had been left an option by most students.

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 (4 People, 5 Projects, 9 months duration work (Work allocation %) (4 Questions)
  • Set 2: Mathematical Reasoning (4 Questions ) — Trickiest Pure liquid, impurities, machine testing
  • Set 3: Games and Tournament (6 Questions) – Javelin Throw. Too much information – could be left in option
  • Set 4 Condition Based Puzzle (6 Questions) Tricky but do able if table made right 3 People, Creating 30 questions and Check (how many review, outsource or internal creation)

Ideal attempts in DILR Section: 13-14 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 (Simple Compound Interest, Time and Work, Profit & Loss, Time Speed Distance, Averages)
  • Percentages
  • Logs: 2 Questions
  • Functions: 2 Questions
  • Series Based Questions: 1
  • Geometry :2- 3 Questions
  • Numbers: 2 Questions

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Review – Ideal Attempts

Ideal Attempts 43+ should be good for targeting 99%ile

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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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