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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher – Slot 1

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher for Slot 1. Go through the detailed CAT 2018 Exam Analysis to understand the difficulty level of the test and also to predict the expected CAT 2018 percentile.

Nov 25, 2018 17:02 IST
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CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by CL Slot 1
CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by CL Slot 1

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher- Slot 1- The CAT 2018 Slot 1 exam has come to an end today across 142 test cities in India. IIM Calcutta has successfully conducted the CAT 2018 slot 1 exam which is expected to have been taken by over 1.2 lakh test takers aiming for admission topremier B-schools in the country. CAT 2018 is to be conducted in two slots: morning and afternoon. The morning session was conducted from 9 am to 12 pm. Many students arrived early to the test centre while some reported as late as 8:45 am to the CAT test centre. Fortunately those who arrived at 8:45 or even later were allowed to enter the test centre.  As per the feedbacks from the test takers, CAT 2018 exam slot 1 was held smooth without any major error or technical glitch.

Below, you will find the detailed CAT 2018 Exam Analysis for Slot 1 shared with Jagranjosh.com byE Experts from Career Launcher.

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CAT 2018 Slot 1 Exam Analysis by CL

CAT came out of the bag with two thuds and one loud bang. The paper started with an ‘even easier than 2017’ VARC section. Then the level of difficulty of the DILR section provided a major reprieve to the nervous ‘jantaa’ as it broke with the trend of the last three years. It was a moderately difficult section, as compared to an out and out difficult section that has been observed over the last 2-3 years. However, this relief was short-lived as QA came out all guns blazing. IIM-C kept its reputation intact, with its emphasis on the QA section. So, the break-up of the paper was as follows:

CAT 2018 Paper Pattern

Section

Total Questions

No. of non-MCQ s

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

VARC

34

7

Easy

28+

DILR

32

8

Moderate

16+

QA

34

12

Difficult

15+

Total

100

27

Moderate

60+

CAT 2018 Section-wise Analysis

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

VA & RC greeted students with an easier than expected paper. However, the pattern of the paper didn’t strictly match that of the sample paper provided by the CAT team. There were 34 questions with 7 Non-MCQ questions. There were no instructions provided for the number of questions in each passage. However there remained 5 passages. One passage had 4 questions (the passage on Genetics) while the rest had 5 questions each. The topics of the remaining RC passages were also from familiar areas. They were easy to read. There were quite a few inference-based questions, but these were easy to attempt. The options were not really very close. Only 4-5 questions from RC were tricky. However, a student should have followed the POE (process of elimination) to be able to achieve a decent accuracy rate as the options were not straight forward. The VA section had one major change. There were 4 Subjective Para Jumble questions, and all of these had 4 sentences each. There were 3 Odd sentence para-jumble questions. These questions were easier than expected. A student could have easily managed to get 4 questions correct out of the 7 PJs. These were TITA questions. The three summary questions were difficult. The paragraphs focused entirely on research methodology and academic concepts. So, they were difficult to read and comprehend. However, the options were not really difficult. So, any voracious reader would have been able to attempt these easily. So, for many CAT aspirants this year (especially those who relied heavily on QA), VA may just turn out to be the saviour.

Major surprise: The para-jumble questions were easy, and the sentences were really short.

Area

Topic

No of Questions

Description

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

24 questions

There were 5 passages – All of them had similar word limit (around 500-550 words each). The passage on Genetics had four questions and it was slightly tedious to read. The other four passages came from familiar areas like India’s view on its legacy of Second World War, Plastic Pollution, Elephant society, and Consumer behaviour studies. Each of these had five questions. On an average, every passage had 1-2 inference based questions. The passage on 2nd World War would have been the easiest to attempt closely followed by the passage on plastic pollution. Options were not very tricky. A student could have attempted 20-21 questions easily with more than 85% accuracy.

Verbal Ability

(10 Questions)

Para-jumble

4

All had four sentences each and the sentences were pretty easy and concise. As these had no negative marking, one should have attempted all without wasting a lot of time. However, two of these would be tricky to answer without options. The trick was to identify the opening sentence and go ahead with the mandatory pair. There were quite a few clue words. Prior practice and awareness of deductive paragraphs were the key.

Summary

3

The paragraphs were short (within 80 words each). However, these were really difficult to read, and the options became confusing because of the genres of the paragraphs. So, only one of these should have been attempted. These questions carried negative marks.

Para-jumble (Odd sentence out)

3

The question (the one on bumblebee) had an incomplete sentence. This coupled with the PJ on erosion would have been difficult. The other question was a sitter.

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Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

The next section was DILR. After three consecutive tragedies, DILR-2018 must have been a pleasant surprise. There were 32 questions in total with 8 Non-MCQ questions. Unlike last year’s paper, the theme of the sets was more conventional. With smart selection, around 4 sets in the section could have been attempted very easily with good accuracy. A couple of sets had 1 ‘difficult to crack’ question each. And a student should have been wise enough to leave these aside. Calculation wasn’t required at all in the DI sets. On the other hand, the LR sets were easy-moderate in terms of level of difficulty.

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Doable

Data Interpretation

Pie Chart-Annual/half yearly/Quarter Sales-Moderate

4

4

ATM -Denominations of 100,200 and 500-Moderate

4

01-Feb

Set Theory-1600 rockets were launched-Moderate

4

01-Feb

Logical Reasoning

Matrix-Adjacent cells-Easy

4

02-Mar

10 friends -scores in DI/WE/GK- Difficult

4

01-Feb

4 Females ,4 Males-Minor and major-Easy

4

4

3 Committees-research/teaching/economist – moderate

4

02-Mar

1-20 petrol pumps-Moderate

4

02-Mar

Overall,15-17 attempts, with accuracy of 90% would be considered good.

Quantitative Aptitude

At the end, came the real star of the show, the ‘infamous IIM-C QA’. For students who were already scared of this section, it could have felt like a nuclear disaster. However, for the ‘engineering-dominated’ group, this was not impossible to attempt. The questions were calculation and logic intensive, not theory intensive. There were 34 questions of QA with 12 Non-MCQ questions. It was arguably the toughest QA section in the last four years. The questions were designed to test the grasp of basic fundamentals of the concepts. Arithmetic and Geometry questions dominated the section. In some of MCQs, options were very confusing to get the answer. Number System and Logarithm each had at least 2 questions.

Section

Topic

No. of Questions

Doable

Quantitative Ability

Number System

2

2

Algebra

8

4 - 5

Arithmetic

14

6 - 7

Modern Math

3

2

Geometry and Mensuration

7

3 - 4

An overall attempt of 18-20 with 85% accuracy would be very good.

To sum up..

Overall, a 99 percentile score could reduce by about 15-18 marks as compared to last year. Thus, a score of 150-155 should fetch a 99 percentile.

Jagranjosh.com will also publish the CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher- Slot 2 shortly after the exam. Keep checking this space for the CAT Slot 2 Exam Analysis

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