CAT Exam Analysis 2018: Common Admission Test or CAT is a highly competitive entrance exam conducted to facilitate admissions for candidates into business administration courses offered by top B-Schools in India – the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in India and others. Over 2 lakh students appear for this prestigious exam for MBA admissions every year since it is the only gateway for candidates aspiring to pursue MBA in best administration colleges of India.
CAT 2018 has been organized by IIM Calcutta on 25th November 2018 in two different slots – slot 1 and slot 2 for a time duration of 3 hours each. Slot 1 was held between 9 – 12 pm (forenoon) and slot 2 between 2: 30 to 5: 30 pm (afternoon). The CAT results 2018 will be released in January 2019. Meanwhile, candidates who appeared for the exam might be looking for CAT Exam Analysis 2018. Even candidates who are planning to appear for the exam next year and have already started their preparation would be looking for CAT Exam Analysis 2018 to get an idea about the nature of the exam.
So, we are providing you with the initial verdict on the exam – the section wise CAT Exam Analysis of Slot 1 and Slot 2. Read on to find more.
CAT Exam Analysis 2018
CAT 2018 had three sections as tabulated below. A total of 100 questions – both MCQs (multiple choice questions) and non-MCQs – were asked.
|Sections||Total Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||34||102|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||32||96|
Slot 1 had 24 TITA-type questions (Type in the Answer) whereas Slot 2 has 26 TITA-type questions.
The difficulty level varied from section to section for the two slots of CAT 2018.
CAT Exam Analysis 2018: Section-wise Difficulty Level
Quantitative Ability (QA): The Quantitative Ability section, as always, seems to reign as the toughest section of all in both the slots. But, the low weight trend for Numbers continued this year especially in the afternoon slot.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR): As per few reports, DILR of the second slot was slightly tougher than the first slot but it did provide a sigh of relief to the aspirants compared to quantitative ability section.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): VARC continued to be the easiest or feel good section of all even this year.
CAT Exam Analysis 2018: Section-wise Detailed Analysis
Let us now look into the detailed CAT Analysis for each section:
CAT Exam Analysis For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): The questions in this section did not seem that tricky this time. The questions were easy to read as well as to answer since the options were not that closely related. When compared to CAT 2017, VARC maintained more or less same difficulty level. Details are as follows:
- a. Total number of questions was 24 in this section.
- b. There were a total number of 5 passages.
- c. Among the 5 passages, only 1 passage had 4 questions and the rest had 5 questions.
- d. Drawback: It lacked the instructions for the numbers of questions in each passage.
- e. Difficulty level: easy
- a. The Verbal Ability subsection had an alteration this year. It has a total number of 10 questions this year.
- b. Out of 10, 4 were para jumbled questions.
- c. Odd sentenced para jumbled questions were 3 and were easier than expected.
- d. The number of para summary questions was 3.
- e. Difficulty level: easy to moderate.
Total Number of Questions
(Para Jumbled – 4, Summary – 3, Odd Para Jumbled – 3 questions each.)
|Easy to Moderate|
Good attempts for slot 1 and 2 of VARC:
|VARC slots||Expected cutoff||Good Attempts|
CAT Exam Analysis For Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR): This section remained to be pleasant as always and few DI sets were not difficult in terms of interpretation and the questions too were not that tricky in nature.
- a. DILR had 32 conventional questions in total with 8 sets each containing 4 questions.
- b. Data Interpretation subsection had 12 questions.
- c. These questions are based on basic calculations (Pie-chart, Tabular, Missing Data, Box diagrams, Smart Phones and Market Share, Currency Exchange and Rate Changes).
- d. The logical reasoning sub-section had 20 questions with
- e. Difficulty level: easy to moderate (Set Theory, Alphabetic and Numeric Coding, Arrangement, etc.).
|Sub-Sections||Total Number of Questions||
|Logical Reasoning||20||Easy to moderate|
Good attempts for 1 and 2 slots of DILR :
|DILR slots||Expected cutoff||Good Attempts|
CAT Exam Analysis For Quantitative Ability (QA): The Quantitative Ability section, being the toughest section in CAT 2018, brought much less satisfaction to the candidates compared to DILR. The questions in this section were logical and calculation intensive in nature.
- a. Questions asked in this section were based on Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Modern Math concepts, etc.
- b. Questions based on Arithmetic and Geometry dominated this section, making it the toughest section to crack.
- c. The QA section had a total number of 22 MCQs and 12 questions of non-MCQ type.
- d. Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult.
|Section||Total Number Of Questions||
|Quantitative Ability||34||Toughest (Not theory intensive but logical in nature)|
Good attempts for slot 1 and 2 of QA:
|QA slots||Expected cutoff||Good Attempts|
The CAT answer key will be released soon and till then anticipate for your CAT result positively. Candidates can check their official result by logging into their accounts, when the results are out in January 2019.
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