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CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis
CAT 2018 Slot-2 exam has got over at 5.30PM. Candidates have reported a difficult DILR and moderate to difficult Quant. The CAT 2018 slot 2 exam has remained on similar pattern as that of Slot-1 exam except that DILR and Quant were reported on slightly higher difficulty level.

 

Here is the detailed CAT 2018 Slot-2 exam Analysis. While there was no surprise element in the test structure of CAT 2018 Exam Slot-2, it had a few changes as compared to slot-1 exam.

 

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Slot 2 Pattern

 
Total Questions
Non MCQs
MCQs
Difficulty Level
VARC
34
7
27
Moderate
DILR
32
8
24
Moderate to Difficult
Quant
34
12
22
Somewhat Difficult

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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Key changes in exam pattern

  • DILR was on difficult side, Quant was calculation intensive
  • RC Passages were found lengthy
  • Non-MCQs have remained 27 as were in slot 1in CAT 2018 as compared to 26 in CAT 2017 with different number of questions in each section as compared to last year.
  • VARC had 7 Non-MCQs, DILR 8 and Quant 12
  • RC passages were 5 in Slot 2 of CAT 2018 with changed number of questions as compared to CAT 2017.
  • Although total number of RC based questions were 24 as were in last year CAT exam, the 4 RC passages were followed by 5 questions and 1 RC passage was followed by 4 questions instead of 6 Questions and 3 questions format that followed the the CAT pattern till last year.
  • More Arithmetic and Algebra questions appeared in CAT 2018 slot-2.
  • No change in Scoring pattern: Scoring pattern in CAT 2018 has remained to +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer for MCQs and +3 for correct answer and 0 negative marking for wrong answer in Non-MCQs
  • Many non MCQS had answer options also. The correct answers had to be typed in the given space.

CAT SECTION WISE ANALYSIS

 

VARC

  • The first section on VARC had 34 questions.
  • RC Based questions were 24
  • RC based questions were found a bit tricky in slot 2
  • Verbal Ability section had 10 questions
  • Para Jumbles had 4 sentence structure and were easier
  • Non MCQs were 7 without negative marking
  • The 5 RC Passages were on Use of Technology for Employee Assessment, Meritocracy and Diversified Teams, Saturn Rings and their age, Human Resources, Grover Snails
  • The comparatively smaller RC passage on Grover Snails had four questions. Rest others were followed by 5 questions each making the total RC based questions as 24.

DILR

There was one very direct DI set with basic calculations. The focus and strategy should have been the quality of the selected sets rather the quantity of the numbers of questions attempted. A couple of sets did have a question each which should have been ‘left alone’. Two sets included calculation but none was on the tougher side. On the other hand, the LR sets were easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty.

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) questions were of moderate to tough difficulty level.
  • One DI set was Direct and could be solved with basic calculations
  • Two sets were of moderate difficulty level while other two can be termed as slightly more difficult
  • Some of the DI question sets were on Products of three companies; Currency exchange rates; Smart phones
  • Logical Reasoning Sets were on Moderate difficulty side
  • Questions were in sets. Some of the topics are – Room and Time arrangement for 7 people, Coding; Set Theory
  • Candidates could not attempt beyond 10-12 questions out of 32.

Quantitative Ability

  • Quantitative Ability section had 34 questions
  • Maximum number of 12 Non-MCQs were in Quant section
  • More questions were on Arithmetic and Algebra
  • Quant had more calculation intensive questions
  • Overall the section was slightly on higher difficulty side.

It is expected that there would not be much deviation in CAT slot 2 on the score front that could fetch the same percentile as in slot 1. The raw score between 155-165 could fetch a percentile of 98-99 in CAT 2018. 

 

CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis
Here is the CAT 2018 Slot-1 exam Analysis. The CAT 2018 Slot 1 got over at 12.00 Noon. CAT 2018 slot 1 was more difficult than CAT 2017.

 

While there was no surprise element in the test structure of CAT 2018 Exam Slot-1, it had number of changes as compared to last year. However, the overall exam pattern was same.

 

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Slot 1 Pattern

 
Total Questions
Non MCQs
MCQs
Difficulty Level
VARC
34
7
27
Moderate
DILR
32
8
24
Moderate to Difficult
Quant
34
12
22
Somewhat Difficult

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis: Key changes in exam pattern

  • Total number of Non-MCQ type of questions have increased to 27 in CAT 2018 as compared to 26 in CAT 2017 with different number of questions in each section as compared to last year.
  • Number of Non-MCQs in VARC section have increased to 7
  • RC passages were 5 in Slot 1 of CAT 2018 with changed number of questions as compared to CAT 2017.
  • While total number of RC based questions were 24 as were in last year CAT exam, the 4 RC passages were followed by 5 questions and 1 RC passage was followed by 4 questions instead of 6 Questions and 3 questions format that followed the CAT pattern till 2017.
  • Quant section had highest number of 12 Non-MCQs as compared to 10 Non-MCQs in CAT 2017 slot-1.
  • More Arithmetic intensive questions appeared in CAT 2018 slot-1.
  • No change in Scoring pattern: Scoring pattern in CAT 2018 has remained to +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer for MCQs and +3 for correct answer and 0 negative marking for wrong answer in Non-MCQs
  • Many non MCQS had answer options also. The correct answers had to be typed in the given space.

CAT SECTION WISE ANALYSIS

 

VARC

  • The first section on VARC had 34 questions.
  • Non MCQs were 7 without negative marking
  • The passages were of around 500 words in CAT 2018 as compared to 800 words in 2017.
  • Total RC Based questions were 24
  • The topics on which RC passages were formed are: Genetics with four questions. Other passages on Second World War; Plastic Pollution; Elephant society; Consumer Behaviour were followed by 5 questions each
  • Passages had inference based questions also.
  • Two passages on 2nd World War; plastic pollution were easier.

DILR
Most of the candidates found the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) questions more difficult and could not attempt beyond 10-12 questions out of 32.

 

Quantitative Ability
Quantitative Ability section despite having highest number of 12 Non-MCQs out of 34 questions was found on slightly higher difficulty side. Geometry part was however, found to be a bit more difficult in CAT 2018.

 

It is expected that CAT 2018 raw score between 155-165 could fetch a percentile of 98-99 in CAT 2018.

 

CAT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E
T.I.M.E. has published its detailed CAT 2018 Analysis at 5 PM. According to T.I.M.E.:

  • The first slot of CAT 2018 didn't throw surprises but there were some changes, across sections
  • Number of lengthy questions in QA have gone up
  • Order of the questions and the order of the options for various questions were different for different students
  • Inspite of QA proving to be much tougher than expected compared to CAT 2017 due to the lengthy and involved nature of the questions..Read More

CAREER LAUNCHER - CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis, Expected Cut-off & Percentile
Career Launcher (CL) has published its detailed CAT 2018 Analysis at 4 PM. According to CL:

  • CAT 2018 did not spring any surprises in the paper format. Only deviation was in VARC, where 4 passages had 5 questions each, and 1 passage had 4 questions.
  • The level of difficulty of the paper was higher, compared to last year.
  • VARC continued to be easy; DILR was Moderately difficult
  • Quant was tougher...Read More

IMS CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis
In a Facebook Live Session at 2PM, IMS representative Mr Ojas Odshi (CAT 100 Percentiler) gave following analysis and prediction...Read More

 

CAT 2018 Analysis

CAT Analysis: Last 3 Years
During the last three years since CAT has changed its exam pattern by increasing number of questions, changing the type of questions and increasing the number of sections, it is expected that the CAT exam 2018 analysis will reflect a changed difficulty level and twisted type of questions among other things.

 

A quick fact based CAT Exam Analysis for last three years after the CAT exam pattern was overhauled will clarify further the key points even before your read the CAT 2018 Exam Analysis after the CAT is over on November 25, 2018: 

CAT Exam Year
2017
2016
2015
CAT Exam Date
November 26
December 4
November 29
CAT Exam Conducting IIM
IIM Lucknow
IIM Bangalore
IIM Ahmedabad
Total Questions
100
100
100
Exam Duration
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
Exam Format
Computer Based
Computer Based
Computer Based
Maximum Marks
300
300
300
Marking Pattern
+3 for each correct answer
+1 for each correct answer
+3 for each correct answer
Negative Marking
- 1 Mark for each wrong answer
- 0.33 Mark for each wrong answer
- 1 Mark for each wrong answer
Type of Questions
MCQs & Non-MCQs
MCQs & Non MCQs
MCQs & Non-MCQs
Type of Questions with Negative Marking
MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
Type of Questions Without Negative Marking
Non-MCQs (Answer to be written on Computer Screen)
Non-MCQs (Answer to be written on Computer Screen)
Non-MCQs (Answer to be written on Computer Screen)
Number of MCQs
74
75
72
Number of Non-MCQs
26
25
28
Answer options (MCQs)
4
4
4
Difficulty Level
Few questions Easy, few Moderate and some Difficult
Moderate to Difficult
Moderate to Difficult
Number of Sections
3
3
3
Name of Sections with Number of Questions
VARC-34
DILR-32
QA- 34
VARC-34
DILR-32
QA- 34
VARC-34
DILR-32
QA- 34

 

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CAT Analysis: After the exam
The CAT 2018 analysis with expected CAT Percentile, marks, Cut offs will be available on MBAUniverse.com site immediately after the exam is over alongwith the CAT exam analysis by top experts and coaching institutes in India.

 

The detailed CAT 2018 exam analysis will consist of CAT 2018 exam structure, difficulty level overall and section wise, surprise elements, key topics and questions in the exam, sectional composition and important topics asked section wise, expected Cut offs in top MBA colleges accepting CAT score like 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai among others and the attempts with accuracy level to achieve the CAT cut off level for shortlisting.   

 

CAT 2018 is a computer based test which is conducted this year by IIM Calcutta. Apart from the 20 IIMs, hundreds of highly ranked MBA colleges in India will accept CAT scores for admission to their MBA/PGDM 2019-21 batch

 

CAT 2018 is going on the same test format as that of last year and is to remain Computer Based Test with 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours (180 minutes). The test taker has more than 1minute per question to solve.

 

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot 1, which began at 9AM today on November 26, 2017, got over at 12noon. No major technical glitch was reported. As expected, total number of questions were 100. VARC section was of 34 questions, DI LR with 32 questions and Quantitively section had 34 questions. DILR was the toughest section, while Quantitative was easy with more arithmetic question. Verbal and RC were moderately difficulty. Overall, because the paper was slightly easier and on predictable lines, Cut offs for 99% and 95% are expected to go up.

 

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot1 Paper Pattern Overview

No. of Sections
3
Total Number of Questions
100
No. of choices per questions (MCQs)
4
Marks per Question
+3
Negative Marking (for MCQs)
-1
Negative Marking for Non-MCQs
Nil

 

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot 1 Paper Pattern Sectional Overview

Section No. of MCQs No. of non-MCQs Total no of Qns Total Marks Score Cut off for 95%
Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 27 7 34 102 57-59
Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 8 32 96 29-31
Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 23 11 34 102 55-57
Total 74 26 100 300 142-145

 

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Exam: Key changes
Key changes in CAT 2017 Slot 1 exam are:

  • Total number of no-penalty Non-MCQ type of questions increased to 26 in CAT 2017 with variation in number of questions in each section as compared to last year which had 25 Non-MCQs
  • Number of  Non-MCQs in VARC section stand reduced to 7 as compared to 10 last year
  • Quant section had highest number of 11 Non-MCQs in CAT 2017 slot-1 as compared to 7 last year.
  • More Arithmetic intensive questions appeared in CAT 2017 slot-1 leading the section on easier side
  • Scoring pattern in CAT 2017 restored to +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer for MCQs as against +1 and -0.33 last year. 
  1. Verbal and Reading Comprehension:
  • Total Questions: 34
  • 24 questions on Reading comprehension in 5 passages MCQ type
  • 10 questions in Verbal out of which 7 were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty was moderate

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in VARC

Reading Comprehension

  • Number of RC passages: 5 (2 short, 3 long)
  • Short RC passage followed by 3 questions each; Long RC passage followed by 6 questions each
  • Format of RC based questions: MCQs with 1/3 negative marking

RC passages were based on the topics like:

  • Loss of Jobs due to closing of small shops (stores) but compensated by Malls
  • North India getting preferred to East India in past few hundred years
  • How Gutenberg Press brought revolution and changed the world with printing of books, pamphlets, literature and helped the people become free from traditions imposed by clerics.
  • Other topics were also based on modernization, Geographical Diversification of Maps

 Verbal Ability

  • Format of Verbal questions:  7 Non-MCQs, 3 MCQs
  • Jumbled Paragraphs: 4 questions each comprising 5 Jumbled Sentences:Time consuming
  • Odd Sentence Out: 3 questions with jumbled sentences out of which one sentence in each question has to be picked as ‘Odd sentence out’
  • Para Summary: 3 questions were on choosing the correct sentence summarising the short paragraph. Each question was on different topic.
  1. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:
  • Total Questions: 32; All questions in sets of 4 questions each
  • 16 Questions on DI
  • 16 on LR
  • 8 Non MCQs
  • Section difficulty was high; this will be make or break section for top B-schools. Lengthy and calculation intensive questions.

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in DILR

Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: Each of the 4 Problem was followed by a set of 4 Questions

Topics of DI problems:

  • Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table
  • Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions.
  • Flight operation
  • 1 question set had inherent data on which 4 questions each was based

Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: 4
  • Each problem was followed by a set of 4 questions

Topics of LR problems:
Question sets were based on:

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Direction sense for Cars
  • Ordering items
  • Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream
  1. Quantitative:
  • Total Questions: 34
  • More questions on Arithmetic
  • 11 Qs were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty level was easy

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in Quant:

  • Arithmetic (10 questions) on Percentage, Profit & loss, Speed-distance, Time & Work (increase in manpower reduction in days of work to complete the project); Ratio and others
  • Geometry (3 problems based on Concepts)
  • Higher Math
  • Probability (Bayes Theorem)
  • Number System, Permutation and Combination
  • Integers
  • Algebra

Overall analysis

  • CAT 2017 Slot 1 exam paper was on easier side and similar to last year’s CAT.
  • Non-Engineers to benefit from lower difficulty in Quant section
  • Overall Cut off levels to go up from last year

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis by Career Launcher: Career Launcher Experts Comments on their website – updated at 1.20PM on 26.11.2017  

 

Overall, CAT 2017 was slightly easier than CAT 2016. Level of difficulty same as last year. DI-LR: more difficult. 99%ile at 36-37 marks. Quant is similar to CAT 2015. 99%ile at 62-65 Marks. Verbal 99% at score of 65+. Over all 99%ile at 153-155 marks.” 

 

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Cut Off Predictions by Coaching Centers

 

Expected Scores for 99%

 
VARC
DILR
Quantitative
Overall
Career Launcher
65+
36-37
62-65
153-155
TIME
To be updated
 
 
 
IMS
To be updated
 
 
 

 

CAT 2017 Slot 2 Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained even easier than the Slot-1 exam, shares the CAT experts who appeared in the Slot-2 exam on November 26 from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. Moving towards becoming more market oriented instead of relying on Grammar, vocabulary or tricky mathematics, CAT 2017 Slot-2 has remained focused more on candidates’ understanding of English Comprehension, summarising the paragraphs, and making the exam more friendly to academically diverse candidates especially non-engineers.

 

With total questions remaining 100 as were in Slot-1, CAT 2017 Slot-2 has also kept the same number of MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions in the exam. The difficulty level in Reading Comprehension passages and Quant questions has also remained on easier side while DILR despite dropping its difficulty level as compared to morning session, has again proved to be lengthy and time consuming. Students, despite knowing how to arrive at the answer could not attempt more question sets in DILR section only because of time constraint. However, candidates could not solve more than 4 sets in the morning slot but in the slot-2 many candidates have been able to solve upto 5 sets of questions in DILR section. It is expected that the cut offs in DILR section in slot-2 may be higher than in slot-1.

 

MBAUniverse.com research team has been the quickest to bring before you the CAT 2017 Slot-1 and Slot-2 exam analysis with all the inputs gathered from the test takers and CAT experts. The overall difficulty level of Slot-2 of CAT 2017 exam was not much different from the Slot-1 in CAT 2017. Both the exam slots were held in a single day today on November 26.

 

Important links:

CAT 2017 Slot 1 Analysis: Easy CAT on predictable lines

CAT 2017 Live! Slot-1 Morning session begins on time; no technical snag reported

 

CAT 2017 slot-2 began on time at 2.30PM today on November 26 with no technical glitches and with changed test content at the 144 test cities assigned with more testing venues and testing labs. Finally, CAT 2017 exam in both the slots got over at 5.30PM. Reporting time for the test was 90 minutes before the exam in CAT 2017.

Slot-2: Overall analysis

  • CAT 2017 Slot 2 exam paper was on easier side than Slot-1 held today in the morning
  • DILR remains tough and more time consuming
  • Overall CAT Cut off to go up

CAT 2017 Exam: Slot 2 Paper Pattern Sectional Overview 

Section
No. of MCQs
No. of non-MCQs
Total Questions
Total Marks
Score Cut off for 95%
Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
27
7
34
102
58-60
Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
8
32
96
30-32
Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
23
11
34
102
57-59
Total
74
26
100
300
142-145

 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension:

  • Total Questions: 34
  • 24 questions on Reading comprehension in 5 passages MCQ type
  • 10 questions in Verbal out of which 7 were Non-MCQ type
  • For the first time para summary questions appear as MCQ type with negative marking
  • Section difficulty was easy to moderate

Type and Content of questions in VARC in Slot-2
According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

 

Reading Comprehension

  • Number of RC passages: 5 (2 short, 3 long)
  • Short RC passage followed by 3 questions each; Long RC passage followed by 6 questions each
  • Format of RC based questions: MCQs with 1/3 negative marking

RC passages were based on the topics like:

  • Snow and Climate
  • Deteriorating creativity among students
  • Use of Electric cars
  • Other topics were also based on modernization, different aspects of life

Verbal Ability

  • Format of Verbal questions:  7 Non-MCQs, 3 MCQs
  • Jumbled Paragraphs: 4 questions each comprising 5 Jumbled Sentences: a little time consuming
  • Odd Sentence Out: 3 questions with jumbled sentences out of which one sentence in each question has to be picked as ‘Odd sentence out’
  • Para Summary: 3 questions were on choosing the correct sentence summarising the short paragraph. Each question was on different topic and was in MCQ format

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Total Questions: 32; All questions in sets of 4 questions each
  • 16 Questions on DI
  • 16 on LR
  • 8 Non MCQs
  • Section difficulty was high; cut off may go down for top B-schools

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in DILR

According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

 

Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: Each of the 4 Problem was followed by a set of 4 Questions

Topics of DI problems:

  • Table based set of questions on 300 students among 7 courses and one course was removed
  • Pizza company distributing 800 pizzas

Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Format of questions: 12 MCQs and 4 Non-MCQs
  • Number of problems: 4
  • Each problem was followed by a set of 4 questions

Topics of LR problems:
Question sets were based on:

  • Set of 4 questions based on columns and rows of Chess Board- Queen’s attacking problem
  • Bar graph based question with 3 categories

Quantitative:

  • Total Questions: 34
  • More questions on Arithmetic
  • 11 Qs were Non-MCQ type
  • Section difficulty level was easy

Type and Content of questions in Quant section
According to experts who took the exam today, following types of questions appeared in this section:

 

Analysis of Type and Content of questions in Quant:

  • Arithmetic (9 questions) on Speed-distance, Time & Work; Ratio; Percentage, Profit & loss, Interest, time and distance
  • Geometry (4 problems)
  • Series and sequence- 3 questions
  • Mensuration-2 questions
  • Log & Inequality-1 question
  • Modulas-2 questions
  • Number system & PnC-3 questions
  • Algebra-4 questions

To summarize, well prepared students who took CAT 2017 Slot 2 exam, if attempted 24 in VARC, 14 in DILR, 24 in Quant with around 90% accuracy can score around 95 percentile. As compared to last year CAT, the overall paper of CAT 2017, considering Slot-1 and Slot-2 is that it is slightly easier without any surprises. The only surprise is much easier Quant section.

 

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