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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis Slot 1: Know expected percentile

CAT 2018 exam analysis is here for the Slot 1 taken by the CAT aspirants. The exam was conducted succesfully by IIM Calcutta on November 25 in 374 test centers in 144 test cities. Find out the CAT exam analysis here.

Nov 25, 2018 20:14 IST
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CAT Exam Analysis 2018
CAT Exam Analysis 2018

CAT Exam Analysis 2018: Slot 1

CAT 2018 Exam in the Slot 1 proved to be a tough nut to crack for most aspirants. The exam in the forenoon slot was conducted from 9:00am - 12:00am. As per the reviews of the CAT exam takers and experts, CAT exam was more difficult compared to the last three or four years with new elements being introduced in the exam. Overall the CAT 2018 Slot 1 paper was logical, however Quant section was calculation intensive.

As per the experts at Jagranjosh.com, candidates who have attempted 70+ questions can expect a Raw score of 160 which would translate to 99 percentile in the exam. Similarly, 60 – 65 attempts with 85% accuracy can get you a raw score of 140 – 145 which would equal to 95+ percentile.

One of the key surprises for CAT aspirants was that the exam was not similar to the official CAT 2018 mock test released by IIM Calcutta earlier. 

CAT 2018 Slot 1 Analysis: Expected Percentile

Section

Accuracy

No of Attempts

Percentile Expected

Verbal

85% +

28 – 30

95 percentile

22-24

85 percentile

DILR

19-22

99 percentile

17 – 19

95 percentile

14-16

80 – 85 percentile

Quant

22 +

99 percentile

19-21

95 percentile

16-18

80-85 percentile

MCQs vs. Non-MCQs

CAT 2018 has come up with few changes in terms of MCQ and non-MCQ questions in the exam. Check out the number of questions in each section that were asked in the CAT exam:

Section

Total No of Questions

No of MCQs

No of Non-MCQs

DILR

32

24

8

VARC

34

24

10

Quant

34

22

12

Total

100

70

30

From 20, the non-MCQ questions have been increased to 30. The non-MCQ questions have been reduced to 70.

As per the CAT scoring pattern, non-MCQ questions does not carry any negative marking, whereas the MCQ questions have +3 for the correct option and -1 for the incorrect one.

CAT 2018 Slot 1: Quant Section

Quantitative Aptitude / QA section was the toughest among the three with a lot of surprises for the aspirants. Traditionally, Quant section has been easier in the CAT 2018 exam compared to the other two sections, but this year it was vice-versa. During the initial impressions the quant section seemed to be easier but thorough analysis proved other-wise. Quant was calculation intensive and therefore the lengthiest section and consumed the maximum amount of time for the candidates. The key stand-out point in Quant was that the difficulty level of the non-MCQs was higher compared to previous years.

Quant

85 Accuracy

22 +

99 percentile

19-21

95 percentile

16-18

80-85 percentile

 Quant: Key Topics:

  • Arithmetic: Approx 18 Questions: Profit – Loss, Time – Speed – Distance, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Maxima – Minima (Percentages Question)
  • Algebra: 8 -9 questions.
  • Geometry: 6 -7 questions on Triangle, Quadrilateral, Circle, Cone

CAT 2018 Slot 1: DILR Section

DILR Section which was initially thought to be toughest section, but it was trickier in nature. It consisted of total 8 sets compared to the 4-5 sets in the previous year CAT exams.  The set-wise break-up for the same is given below:

  • 2 sets based entirely on DI
  • 3 sets based entirely on LR
  • 3 sets were mixed set with DI and LR components

DILR

85% accuracy

19-22 attempts

99 percentile

17 – 19 attempts

95 percentile

14-16 attempts

80 – 85 percentile

CAT 2018: Key Topics:

  • Venn diagram
  • Number System
  • Metrics
  • Non-MCQs on Denomination of Currency

CAT 2018 Slot 1: VARC Section

VARC was the easiest section among all the three sections with 5 RC passages. The RC passages were focused on Economics, Sociology, Psychology and Literature. The 5th RC Passage was based on Culture of Elephants and its similarity to human civilization. VARC was comparatively easier than other sections.

Verbal

85% accuracy

28 – 30

95 percentile

22-24

85 percentile

Key Topics:

  • Neuro-Sciences
  • Cultural Aspects
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Literature

CAT 2018 – Slot 1 Analysis: Expert Reactions

Question 1: How was the overall CAT 2018 exam?
The overall CAT 2018 Exam was of moderate difficulty with no real surprises.
Question 2: Which was the toughest section and which was the easiest?
VARC was the easiest section while DI was toughest and Quant was of average difficulty level.
Question 3: Was the Question Paper lengthy compared to general trend?
The overall length of the paper was similar to the CAT 2018 official mock test. No particular section was too time consuming.
Question 4: What was the difficulty level of the paper as compared to the last year?
The overall difficulty level of CAT 2018 was moderate and similar to previous year.
Question 5: Which was most time consuming section?
Quant was the most time consuming section with a lot of emphasis on formula based and arithmetic questions.
Question 6: Was the CAT paper similar to the Official CAT Mock CAT released by the IIM Calcutta?
The CAT 2018 Slot 1 Paper was more or less on the same lines as that of official CAT 2018 mock test. However, the number of questions in each sections and the composition of MCQs and non-MCQs was different.
Question 7: What were the key topics in Verbal Ability section?
The VARC section consisted of majority of questions around Reading Comprehension and Para Jumbles or Sentence Arrangement questions.


CAT Exam Analysis: Initial Impressions

As per the initial impressions of the CAT 2018, the exam was quite straight forward and difficult as compared to the last 3-4 years. DILR was the toughest section whereas Quant section was easier as compared to previous years. QA was most time consuming sections and primarily focused on Arithmetic problems which was manageable for most candidates. VARC was of moderate difficulty with maximum scoring opportunities.

Overall difficulty level was of the paper was higher as compared to previous years. The main idea behind CAT exam analysis 2018 is to offer first hand guidance to the future CAT aspirants, who can understand the exam structure and become familiar with the exam pattern in order to perform on the exam day. On the CAT 2018 exam analysis front, the analysis will be done after the exam is held.

 

Let's also check out previous year CAT exam analysis to get a fair idea about the difficulty level of the exam:

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

As per the CAT 2017 slot 1 analysis, the overall difficulty level of slot 1 was moderate. The Quantitative Ability (QA) section was the easiest, followed by Verbal and Reading Comprehension. Many students found the Data Interpretation (DI) & Logical Reasoning to be the toughest section. Generally, the difficulty level of slot 1 & 2 remain the same. In the slot 2, the VARC section had same difficulty level as witnessed in slot 1; DILR section too followed the same footsteps. The QA section was slightly difficult than the slot 1.

CAT Exam Analysis 2017

Section No.

Section Name

Total No. of Ques.

No. of Multiple Choice Ques.

No. of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

7

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

26

6

III

Quantitative Ability

34

27

7

 

TOTAL

100

80

20

CAT 2016 Exam Analysis

CAT 2016 was on the similar lines following previous year’s trend. The number of non multiple choice questions was reduced to 25% from 28% in 2015; a setback for many students since non MCQs did not carry any negative marking. The CAT 2016 exam on overall was difficult compared to the CAT 2015 exam. According to the CAT exam analysis 2016, the VARC section was relatively easy, while the Para Jumbles and Odd Para Jumbles were tough to crack. The DILR and QA sections were moderate to difficult.

CAT Exam Analysis 2016

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of non-MCQs

Total no of Qns

Total Marks (As announced)

Total Marks (As displayed in  actual test)

Section I – Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

10

34

102

34

Section II – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

24

8

32

96

32

Section III – Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

27

7

34

102

34

Total

75

25

100

300

100

Summary

The previous year’s CAT exam was held with no technical glitches in any of its test centres. CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Calcutta this year. According to the latest reports, as many as 2.40 lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2018 exam. Also, seven new test cities have been added to the CAT exam cities list. This year CAT will be held across 147 test cities in India. From 2018 onwards, Jawaharlal Nehru University will start accepting CAT scores for admission to its management programmes.

Stay tuned to read the analysis of CAT exam slot 2 in a short while!

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