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CAT 2019 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021: Check Section-Wise Weightage, Difficulty Level

Soham RoyUpdated On: November 15, 2021 08:27 am IST | CAT

CAT 2019 was easier than CAT 2018. Get a detailed overview of CAT 2019, the difficulty level of each section and the breakdown at one place!

CAT 2019 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021: Check Section-Wise Weightage, Difficulty Level

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 was conducted by the Indian Institute Of Management (IIMs) in various locations across the nation on November 24 in two sessions. The prevailing perception indicates that the verbal assessment was slightly challenging in comparison to last year. The DI & Quant sections were of the same difficulty as last year and marginally easier according to CAT aspirants.

Also, there wasn't much of a difference between the two Slots, apart from the DI and verbal selective feedback being a bit more difficult in Slot II. In terms of absolute structure and difficulty level, the exam followed the traditional pattern and was very much comparable to the preceding year's exam.

CAT 2019 Question Paper Analysis - Difficulty Level

The CAT 2019 question paper comprised three sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA), 
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and 
  3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

The question count for each of these sections was 34, 32, and 34 respectively. The sequence of the sections was as usual and each section had a 60-minute time restriction.

A Section-Wise Overview of Questions Of CAT 2019

Name Of The Section

Total Questions

Questions Break-ups

Number of Non-MCQ questions

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension(VARC)

RC: 24 Questions

4 Passages of 5 Questions

1 Passage of 4 Questions

7

VA: 10 Questions

4 PFQs

3 Odd One Out

3 Para Summaries

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32 Questions: 8 Sets of 4 Questions each

8

Quantitative Ability

34 Questions

11

VARC: Somewhat Challenging

The pattern of the VARC section remained unchanged from the previous year. There were 10 VA questions spread among 4 Para Formation questions. Apart from that, four 5-Q passages were there along with one 4-Q passage and 3 Para Summaries, Odd One Outs. Overall, the RC section was more challenging than the previous years. Passages were non-obvious and quite a few had 2 close choices and it was a tricky situation for the aspirants. It was tough even for people who have a fair command of the language.

Also Read: How Did The CAT Exam Pattern Evolve Over The Years? Take A Look!

DILR - The Section Is Getting Easier Over The Years!

DILR did surprise the aspirants during CAT 2015 and CAT 2016. However, aspirants have got a clear idea of the CAT’s approach to DILR testing. A few of the sets were simple to complete, but others required a significant amount of preparation. One DI puzzle was lovely and simple, and one math-based challenge was also extremely doable. Thus, a credible candidate would have correctly answered all the questions. 

Quants: Almost A Cakewalk, But Not For Everyone!

If you compare the quant section of CAT 2019 with that of CAT 2018, the latter will look like a nightmare! CAT 2019 had 34 questions and all were from anticipated topics such as i) Arithmetic, ii) Geometry, iii) Mensuration, iv) Algebra, v) Numbers, vi) Trigonometry and vii) Permutation and Combination.

CAT Question Paper Analysis of Other Years

Check the table below for the year-wise CAT question paper analysis.

YearAnalysis Link
CAT 2018CAT 2018 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021- Check Difficulty Level, Section-Wise Weightage
CAT 2017CAT 2017 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021- Check Difficulty Level, Section-Wise Weightage
CAT 2016CAT 2016 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021- Check Difficulty Level, Section-Wise Weightage
CAT 2015CAT 2015 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021: Check Section-Wise Weightage, Difficulty Level
CAT 2014CAT 2014 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021: Check Section-Wise Weightage, Difficulty Level
CAT 2013CAT 2013 Question Paper Analysis & Tips for CAT 2021: Check Section-Wise Weightage, Difficulty Level
CAT 2012CAT 2012 Question Paper Analysis - Check Difficulty Level, Section-Wise Weightage
CAT 2011CAT 2011 Question Paper Analysis - Check Difficulty Level, Section-Wise Weightage

Closing Note

Overall, CAT 2019 examination did not really throw any surprises. The pattern mimicked the question paper of the preceding year to quite an extent, having almost ditto difficulty level and a similar structure. CAT examiners, like other years, have tried to analyze the examinee's aptitude. Stay tuned with us for more updates and check out our other blogs!

CAT Previous Year Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2018 Slot 2

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 1

CAT Question Paper 2019 Slot 2

CAT question Paper 2017 f1

CAT question Paper 2017 F2

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