CAT 2018 Slot 2 Analysis: Quant calculation intensive, DILR Difficult, VARC with Reduced RC Passages

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Updated on November 25, 2018
CAT 2018 Slot-2 exam got over at 5.30PM with less difficult Quant but higher difficult DILR. CAT 2018 slot 2 exam timing was from 2.30 PM to 5.30PM on November 25, 2018. CAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Slot-2 had number of changes as compared to last year CAT, although the CAT 2018 exam remained on the similar pattern.
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. However, the cAT 2018 slot 2 exam has remained easier than the Slot-1 exam.

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
Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult
Somewhat Difficult

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 reduced to 5 in CAT 2018 from 6 in 2017, with changed number of questions. 4 RC passages were followed by 5 questions and 1 RC passage was followed by 4 questions
  • 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.



  • The first section on VARC had 34 questions.
  • RC Based questions were 24
  • Verbal Ability section had 10 questions
  • Para Jumbles had 4 sentence structure and were easier
  • Non MCQs were 7 without negative marking
  • RC Passages were on Use of Technology for Employee Assessment, Saturn Righ, Snails, and others appeared with 25 questions in MCQ format


  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) questions were of moderate to tough difficulty level.
  • Candidates could not attempt beyond 10-12questions out of 32.
  • Questions were in sets. Some of the topics are – Room and Time arrangement for 7 people, Coding

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.

Stay tuned to for more updated on CAT 2018