CAT 2019 Paper Analysis

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CAT 2019 Exam & Question Paper Analysis (Slot 1 & 2)

CAT 2019 exam has been concluded, and the detailed exam analysis, question paper review and question paper analysis of the same is available on CollegeDekho. CAT 2019 paper analysis for Slot 1 & Slot 2 is updated here. The candidates can check the detailed analysis of CAT 2019 here.

CAT 2019 Overall Analysis (Slot 1 & 2) 

As per slot 1 & 2 analysis of CAT 2019, we can figure out that the overall difficulty level of the CAT 2019 is moderate. Based on the analysis of two slots, CAT 2019 question paper can be analyzed as follows -

  • VARC turned out to be the most difficult section in both Slot 1 & 2
  • QA is easier than the 2018 edition of CAT. However, the overall difficulty level was moderate to difficult. The arithmetic section was difficult among QA.
  • DI & LR turned out to be the easy section in both slots.
  • 152-155 would be the 99 percentile range this year. Candidates scoring between 152- 160 have higher chances of scoring 99% in CAT 2019. 
  • All in all, CAT 2019 exam is easier than the previous two editions of the CAT. 

CAT 2019 Slot 2 Exam Analysis (Live Now) - VARC Difficult, QA Moderate

The slot 2 exam of CAT 2019 has been concluded, and the overall difficulty level of the question paper was moderate. Similar to the first slot of the exam, the VARC section has turned out to be the most difficult section in Slot 2. On the other hand, the QA section was moderate.

CAT Slot 2 Exam Structure and Section Wise Difficulty Level

Name of the Section Non-MCQs Difficulty Level
VARC 07 Difficult
DI & LR 08 Moderate
QA 11 Easy-Moderate
Overall Difficulty 26 Moderate to Difficulty

CAT VARC Slot 2 Analysis Topic Wise

Name of the Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 24 Difficult
Para Summary 03 Easy
Odd Sentence 03 Easy
Para Jumbles 04 Moderate

CAT DILR 2019 Slot 2 Analysis (Topic Wise)

Name of the Topic Total No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Tournaments 04 Moderate
Mid Term & End Terms 04 Moderate
3X3 Matrix - Pouches and Coins 04  Moderate
Rainfall Average 04  Easy
Profit Loss Statement 04 Easy
Venn Diagram 04 Moderate
3 Doctors 04 Moderate
6 Languages, Five People 04 Easy

CAT QA 2019 Slot 2 Analysis (Topic Wise)

Arithmetic 14 Questions Difficult
Algebra 11 Questions Easy
Number System 03 Questions Difficult
Modern Math Nil -
Geometry and Mensuration 06 Questions Moderate
Overall 34 Questions Difficult

Overall Analysis of CAT 2019 Slot 2

Overall Difficulty Moderate
Expected Marks for 99 Percentile
  • VARC - 60 - 62
  • DILR - 46 - 49
  • QA - 57 - 60

CAT 2019 Slot 1 Exam Analysis (Live Now) - Verbal Section Difficult, QA Difficult but Answerable

The slot 1 exam of CAT 2019 has been concluded, and the candidates were given 180 minutes. Each section was of 60-minute duration. According to preliminary reports, VARC turned out to be the most difficult section this year while QA was moderate to difficult. According to sources, the overall difficulty level of the question paper is moderate to difficult.

Slot 1 Exam Structure and Sectional WIse Difficulty Level

Name of the Section Non-MCQs Difficulty Level
VARC 08 Moderate to Difficult
DI & LR 4-5 Moderate
QA 11 Easy-Moderate
Overall Difficulty 26 Moderate to Difficulty

CAT VARC Slot 1 Analysis Topic Wise

Name of the Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 24 Difficult
Para Summary 03 Moderate
Odd Sentence 03 Moderate
Para Jumbles 04 Difficult

CAT DILR 2019 Slot 1 Analysis (Topic Wise)

Name of the Topic Total No. of Questions Difficulty Level
1-20 Petrol Pumps 04 Difficult
Matrix- Adjacent Cells 04 Moderate
Set Theory - 1600 Rockets were Launched 04  Moderate
ATM Denominations 04  Moderate
Pie Charts 04 Moderate
Ten Friends - Scores in DI/ WE/ GK 04 Difficult
Four Females, Four Males 04 Easy
     

Analysis: A candidate with 15 to 17 good attempts in this section have chances of securing a good score.

CAT QA 2019 Slot 1 Analysis (Topic Wise)

Arithmetic 14 Questions Very Difficult
Algebra 08 Questions Difficult
Number System 02 Questions Moderate
Modern Math 03 Questions Moderate
Geometry and Mensuration 07 Questions Difficult
Overall 34 Questions Difficult

Analysis: A candidate with 18-20 attempts with almost 85% accuracy have chances of securing a good score in the exam.

Overall Analysis of CAT 2019 Slot 1

Expected Percentile Number of Good Attempts
90-80% 15+10+10
95-90% 20+12+15
99-95% 25+16+20
99% 27+20+25

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CAT Exam Updates 2019

November 24, 2019, 12:06 IST Student reactions on the slot 1 exam of CAT 219 shall be updates here shortly.

November 24, 2019, 12:00 IST CAT 2019 slot 1 exam has been completed. Wait for the live analysis of slot 1.

November 24, 2019, 10:40 IST Candidates appearing for the Slot 2 exam of CAT 2019 can check the slot 1 analysis here to have an idea of the difficulty level of the question paper.

November 24, 2019, 10:01 IST Slot 1 exam of CAT 2019 concludes at 12:00 PM, and the live paper analysis of SLot 1 shall be updated here.

November 24, 2019, 9:32 IST CAT Slot 1 exam 2019 has begun now, and almost 2.44 lakh candidates are appearing for the exam today. Some of the students reached the exam centre late this morning.

November 22, 2019, 9:31 IST Only two days left for CAT exam 2019. It is advisable to practice as many practice tests or mock tests as possible for better performance in the exam. 

November 21, 2019, 10:29 IST CAT 2019 exam paper is going to be moderate in terms of difficulty level. The live analysis will be available on November 24, 2019.

November 20, 2019, 9:27 IST CAT 2019 is set to be conducted on November 24, 2019, and the candidates have only three more days to revise the syllabus. Keep checking this space for the live paper analysis of CAT which will be updated on November 24, 2019.

CAT 2019 Question Paper Expectations - Expect the Unexpected!!!

You need to enter the exam hall with an open mind. You can expect the unexpected when it comes to CAT 2019 question paper. There have been surprises every year. The candidates are being surprised every year in at least one section of the CAT exam. One thing we can suggest you is to stop worrying about the difficulty level of the CAT question paper and attempt the exam with an open mind. Whatever exam preparation you've done on your part is more than enough, and that preparation will help you in achieving a better score in CAT 2019.

All the Best!!!

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis

IIM Calcutta conducted the Common Admission Test (CAT) on 25th November 2018 in online mode. The CAT 2018 paper was conducted in two slots, and CollegeDekho provided a detailed analysis for both. 

As per experts at Career Launcher, the CAT 2018 exam analysis of the first slot suggested that the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was not very tough. As compared to CAT 2017, CAT 2018 examination DILR section had shorter questions and they were easier as well. Out of the three sections, the Quantitative Ability section surprisingly had tougher questions and most of the questions were based on Arithmetic. 

In Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section, 99 percentile was expected at a score of 48-50 whereas 99 percentile was estimated at a score of 45-50 in the Quant section. In Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section, a 99 percentile was expected at a score of 75. The overall difficulty level of CAT 2018 was a bit more in comparison to CAT 2017. Experts at CL have, therefore, estimated 99 percentile at a score of 155-160.

As far as reactions from test takers of the first slot are concerned, they found the Quantitative Ability section to be the most difficult one while Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension turned out to be the most scoring section like always.

CAT 2018 Slot 2 was a little on the difficult side in comparison to the previous year's examination. Like Slot 1, Quant was difficult in Slot 2 as well. In this section, 99 percentile was expected at a score of 50. DILR was on the same lines as that of CAT 2017. In DILR, 99 percentile was estimated at a score of 43-45. In VARC, 99 percentile was expected at a score of 75. The Verbal Ability section was easier in CAT 2018. Overall, 99 percentile was expected at a score of 150-155 in CAT 2018 paper.

Section-Wise CAT 2018 Paper Analysis (Slot 1)

Section Total No. of Questions No. of MCQs No. of Non-MCQs Level of Difficulty  Good Attempts
VARC 34 27 7 Easy 28+
DILR 32 24 8 Medium 16+
Quant 34 22 12 Tough 15+
  100       60+

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension - This section comprised of 5 passages and every passage was followed by 5 questions except one passage on Genetics that had 4 questions. The Parajumble questions surprisingly turned out to be easier as compared to previous years. The sentences were really short. The paper pattern was not very similar to the sample paper provided by the CAT team. This section had 34 questions, out of which 27 were multiple-choice questions whereas the number of Non-MCQs was 7. VARC had quite a few inference-based questions, which were not difficult to attempt. Overall, VA could be the saviour this year for all those who were dependent on the Quant section.

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension

24

RC comprised of 5 passages and each had around 500-550 words. The passage with 4 questions was on Genetics while the other four passages were based on India’s view on its legacy of World War II, Elephant society, Plastic Pollution, and Consumer behaviour studies. 

Verbal Ability
 

Para-jumble

4

All the four questions were followed by four sentences, which were quite easy and concise. Candidates should've easily attempted all of these as these questions had no negative marking.

Summary

3

The paragraphs were around 80 words each and were tough to read. Therefore, the options turned out to be confusing due to the paragraphs' genres. Negative marking was applicable on these questions.

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

3

The bumblebee question had a sentence, which wasn't complete. This along with the PJ on erosion would have been tough to attempt. The other question was a sitter.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - This section was similar to that of previous years. The DI-LR section in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was on the same lines. DILR had a total of 32 questions, out of which 24 were multiple-choice whereas 8 were Non-MCQs. However, the themes of the sets were more conventional which was highly unlikely considering the last year's CAT exam. Candidates could have easily attempted around 4 sets in this section with good accuracy. In some sets, there was 1 ‘difficult to crack’ question, which students should've ideally kept aside. In the Data Interpretation sets, calculation wasn’t required at all whereas the Logical Reasoning sets had an easy-moderate difficulty level.

Section

Topics

No. of Questions

DI

Pie Chart-Annual/half yearly/Quarter Sales

4

ATM -Denominations of 100,200 and 500

4

Set Theory-1600 rockets were launched

4

LR

Matrix-Adjacent cells

4

10 friends -scores in DI/WE/GK

4

4 Females, 4 Males-Minor and major

4

3 Committees-research/teaching/economist

4

1-20 petrol pumps

4

Quantitative Ability - Candidates could not attempt all the questions in the Quant section and it, therefore, turned out to be the toughest in the last four years. Most of the questions in this section were based on Algebra and Geometry, which dominated other topics. The questions asked in the Quant section were not theory intensive. They were calculation and logic-intensive. A total of 34 questions with 22 MCQs and 12 Non-MCQ were asked in this section. Candidates' basic fundamentals and clarity of concepts were tested and they found some of the multiple-choice questions extremely confusing.

Topics

No. of Questions

Number System

2

Algebra

8

Arithmetic

14

Modern Math

3

Geometry and Mensuration

7

CAT 2018 Expected Cut-off (As per Slot 1 Exam)

Section Estimated Score Required for 99 Percentile
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 75
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 48-50
Quantitative Ability 45-50
Total 155-160

Section-Wise CAT 2018 Paper Analysis (Slot 2)

Section Total No. of Questions No. of MCQs No. of Non-MCQs Level of Difficulty  Good Attempts
VARC 34 27 7 Easy 28+
DILR 32 24 8 Medium 16+
Quant 34 22 12 Tough 15+
  100       60+

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension - The exam pattern remained on the same lines as that of the first slot. The section comprised of 5 passages and every passage was followed by 5 questions except one passage on Grover snails that had 4 questions. The remaining passages in RC were based on familiar topics. The passages were easy to read and there were some inference-based questions, which candidates found easy to attempt.

Area

Topic

No. of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension

24

There were 5 passages of around 450-500 words each. While the passage with four questions was on Grover Snails. the other four passages that had five question each were based on Meritocracy and diversified teams, use of technology in essential services, rings of Saturn and their age, and a passage on human resource and learning. 

Verbal Ability
 

Para-jumble

4

All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. Negative marking was not applicable. The key to performing well in this topic was prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs.

Summary

3

As compared to the summary paragraphs in the first slot, the summary paragraphs were easier in this second slot. The paragraphs were short and candidates found them slightly difficult to read. 

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

3

In this topic, the questions were quite tricky. Hence, it would've been a bit difficult for students to attempt the questions in this area.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - The DILR section in the second slot continued to be a pleasant surprise for candidates. The theme of the sets in CAT 2018 was more conventional unlike CAT 2017. Candidates had to face one very direct DI set with basic calculations. Ideally, the focus of test takers was supposed to be the quality of the selected sets rather than the quantity of the attempted questions. Some sets had a question each that was supposed to be ignored. The LR sets were easy to moderate as far as the difficulty level was concerned.

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

DI

Currency Exchange and rate changes

4

Smartphones and market share

4

Box Diagram of 3 companies/products

4

LR

Interview Arrivals (Arrangement)

4

Coding (Alphabet/digits)

4

Set theory (3 games, Ludo, Kho-kho, Gilli Danda)

4

Institute Accreditation

4

Tickets to a show, old, young & middle-aged people

4

Quantitative Ability - The QA section was tough in the second slot as well. The questions asked in this section were not theory intensive. In fact, they were more calculation and logic-intensive. The aptitude questions were framed to test candidates' fundamental knowledge and concept clarity. In the second slot, Arithmetic and Geometry questions once again dominated the Quant section. This section was a bit easier to attempt for candidates from the engineering background.

Topic

No. of Questions

Number System

2

Algebra

8-9

Arithmetic

13-14

Modern Math

3

Geometry and Mensuration

7

Source: Career Launcher

Important Note: The information provided above was based on research done from various sources. CollegeDekho will not be responsible for any decision taken by students based on the provided data.

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017, which was conducted in two sessions, did not throw any surprises compared to the paper format. The level of difficulty of the paper too was almost the same as that of CAT 2016. The scoring pattern was as follows:

  • 3 marks for each correct answer
  • -1 mark for each wrong answer (For MCQs)
  • No negative marking for wrong answer in Non-MCQs

Check out the Video Analysis of CAT 2017!

The paper had 74 questions with negative marking and 26 questions without negative marking. All the 74 MCQs had 1/3 negative marking while there was no negative marking for wrong answers for the 26 Non-MCQs.

Slot 1: Here our experts could deduce that DILR was a tough nut to crack. VARC was moderately difficult while QA was easy focusing more on arithmetic questions which would benefit Non-Engineers. Cut off levels, compared to last year may go up

The overall structure of the CAT paper was as follows:

Section Name No. of Questions No. of MCQ No. of Non-MCQ Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 27 7 Moderate  26-28
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 24 8 High 14-16
Quantitative Ability  34 23 11 Easy 24-26
Total 100 74 26    

Section wise the number of questions allotted to a particular area and its difficulty level as assessed by our team of experienced faculties is as below.

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Area No. of Questions Difficulty Level
RC-Topic 1 3 Easy to Moderate
RC-Topic 2 3 Easy to Moderate
RC-Topic 3 6 Easy to Moderate
RC-Topic 4 6 Easy to Moderate
RC-Topic 5 6 Easy to Moderate
Odd Sentence Out 3 Easy to Moderate
Paragraph Jumbles 4 Moderate to Difficult
Paragraph Summary 3 Easy
Total 34  

Here our experts opined that many students would have attempted close to 28+ in VARC section and quite a few would have attempted all the 34 questions in the section. 

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Area No. of Questions Difficulty Level
 LR- Projects 4 Difficult
 LR-Burgers / Fries 4 Easy
LR-Children Survey 4 Easy
LR-PCM 4 Difficult
DI-Happiness Index 4 Difficult
DI-Matrix 4 Moderate
DI-Routes 4 Moderate
DI-Flight Operation 4 Moderate
Total 32  

The DILR section was the toughest section, with difficulty level moderate to difficult. The number of attempts in this section would more likely be in the 12 to 14 range.  

According to our experts, a good student could have attempted around 16-18 questions in this set. Very few students would have touched the attempt of 25 in this section. The cut-off in this section would be low and can be between 30-31 marks for an 85 percentile.

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA); included 2 wrong questions

Area No.of Questions Doable
Number System 4 4
Algebra 10 8-10
Arithmetic 11 8-9
Modern Maths 2 2
Geometry & Mensuration 7 5-6
Total 34  

Quant section was the easiest. Arithmetic dominated the section. Most of the questions were from arithmetic, geometry, and algebra.

Overall Analysis & Expected Cut off Predictions

Percentile VARC DILR QA Overall
99 68 38 65 158
95 52 32 48 141
90 48 28 35 110
85 45 20 30 100
80 40 21 25 90
75 36 18 23 85
70 30 15 18 68
65 26 10 15 50
60 20 8 10 40

Imp: Scores for CAT 2017 are calculated as +1 for a correct answer and -1/3 for an incorrect answer.

To all the candidates who have taken the exam, join us to get a comprehensive analysis and insights into CAT 2018. Apart from CAT expert paper analysis, you can check the CAT 2018 Result. Stay tuned to know More on CAT 2018!

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