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CAT 2018: Section-wise Exam Analysis

By: Sakshi Awasthi on November 26, 2018

CAT 2018 was successfully conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta on November 25, 2018, i.e. yesterday across various examination centres. The CAT examination was held in two sessions, the forenoon session was held from 9 am to 12 noon and the afternoon session was held from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. CAT is an annual entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management for admission in Post Graduate management courses offered by the institutes.

The CAT aspirants had a mixed reaction for the examination. Many students believed that the Quant section was the toughest. According to the experts, DILR section was comparatively easier than last 2-3 years.

CAT Exam Analysis

CAT 2018 Paper-Analysis:

Sections

Total Number of Questions

Number of non-MCQs

Difficulty Level of Section

Good Attempt

VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

34 questions

7 questions

Easy

28+

DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

32 questions

8 questions

Moderate

17+

Quant (Quantitative Ability)

34 questions

12 questions

Difficult

16+

CAT Exam Section-wise Analysis:

VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension):

This section was easier as compared to previous years. The section carried 34 questions with 7 Non Multiple Choice Questions. There were 5 reading passages with 4 questions in the passage on genetics and remaining passages had 5 questions each. The word limit of each passage was around 500-550 words. The passage on genetics was comparatively difficult and slightly difficult to understand than other 4 passages that were based on familiar areas such as World War II, Plastic Pollution, Elephant Society and Consumer Behavior Studies. The passage on World War II was the easiest among all 5 passages which were followed by the passage on plastic pollution.

There was a major change in the Verbal Ability section. VA carried 4 subjective para jumble questions that had 4 sentences each. There were 3 odd sentence para jumble questions which were quite easy.

DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning):

This section was quite surprising for the candidates as after three years, DILR section was on the easier side. The section carried 32 questions with 8 non-multiple choice questions. All the sets had one difficult question and most of the questions of DI section did not require calculations. Logical Reasoning section was moderately difficult.

Data Interpretation:

Topics

Difficulty Level

Number of Questions

Good Attempt

Pie Chart/ Half & yearly/ Quarter Sales

Moderate

4

14-16

Denomination of 100, 200 & 500 (ATM)

Moderate

4

8-10

Set Theory/ 1600 rackets launched

Moderate

4

8-10

Logical Reasoning:

Topics

Difficulty Level

Number of Questions

Good Attempt

Matrix/ Adjacent cell

Easy

4

12-14

10 friends/ scores in di-we-gk

Difficult

4

8-10

4 females, 4 males, minor and major

Easy

4

14-16

3 committees-research, teaching, economist

Moderate

4

12-14

1-20 petrol pumps

Moderate

4

12-14

Quant (Quantitative Aptitude):

The section was difficult for non-engineering CAT aspirants but for students with the engineering background, this section was moderate. The questions were based on calculations and logic. The section carried 34 questions with 12 non-multiple choice questions. This section is said to be the toughest in the last 4 years. The questions focused more on the basic concepts and the candidates who had worked on their fundamentals during CAT Preparation can easily score well in this section.

CAT 2018 Expected Cut Off:

  • A score of 150-155 would be considered to be a good score and will fetch 99 percentile.

CAT 2018 Cut Off for Admission in IIMs (Academic year 2019):

Institute

CAT 2018 Percentile

IIM Ahmedabad

80 percentile

IIM Calcutta

90 percentile

IIM Bangalore

90 percentile

IIM Lucknow

90 percentile

IIM Indore

90 percentile

IIM Kozhikode

90 percentile

IIM Tiruchirappalli

90 percentile

IIM Ranchi

95 percentile

IIM Vishakhapatnam

90 percentile

IIM Udaipur

90 percentile

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