CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by IMS Learning Resources – Slot 2

The analysis for the CAT 2018 exam for Slot 2 is out! IMS Learning Resource has shared the insightful updates on the CAT 2018 exam analysis for the CAT exam takers to help them analyse their performance in the exam. Take a look to calculate your expected score in the CAT exam.

Updated: Nov 25, 2018 19:55 IST
CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by IMS Slot 2
CAT 2018 Exam Analysis by IMS Slot 2

The analysis of the second slot of CAT 2018 exam is out for the CAT exam takers. The IMS Learning Resource has been quite instrumental in sharing the CAT exam analysis for the CAT exam takers. The analysis would help you assess the performance in the Slot 2 that took place on November 25 in the time slot of 2:30p.m. – 5:30 pm, succesfully. The CAT 2018 exam analysis highlights the number, type and difficulty level of the questions that were asked in the exam to help the CAT exam takers analyse their performance in the exam.


As per the updates from the IMS experts, the CAT exam conducted in slot 2 was quite similar to CAT exam conducted in slot 1 in terms of level of difficulty. The detailed CAT exam analysis is awaited from the experts of the IMS which will soon be shared with the candidates awaiting to analyse their performance in the exam.

Let's see what experts of IMS have to say about the CAT Exam that was conducted in Slot 2:

Based on the feedback received from IMS students who took the second slot of CAT 2018, we find that the level of difficulty is on par with the level of difficulty of Slot 1 for the VARC and DILR sections .As per the initial feedback received from students The QA section in slot 2 seems to be slightly tougher than the QA section in slot 1.

Across both the slots students reported that VA RC section was Easy. Those who had taken the CAT in 2017 reported that the VARC section in CAT 2018 was slightly easier than the VARC section of CAT 2017. DI LR section too was generally reported to be on the easier side. This was in stark contrast to the rather difficult DILR section of CAT 2017 (specially the DILR section of slot 1 of CAT 2017).The QA Section was reported by many students as difficult in comparison to that of the QA section of the CAT of recent years.Last 2-3 years students had found QA section of CAT rather easy.

CAT 2018 Exam: The Process

The administrative process of the test in the second slot was mostly smooth with a few centers experiencing glitches.

As in the past the policy of no-shoes no metallic objects including metal jewelry prevailed. Only the admit card and the ID proof were allowed. Nothing else!

As in the previous year, the authorities took possession of the admit cards. The candidates were given a small pad with IIM CAT Logo on the cover (32 pages) for rough work and a pen – which were also taken away at the end of the exam.

So, one came out of the CAT with no proof of having appeared for the CAT except for good memories this time. We will go into the memories part a little later..   

CAT 2018: Test Interface

The test interface was exactly what IMS students are used to in the SimCATs and specifically in the PreCAT. In fact, the screen had the watermark of the text “CAT 2018 S2” followed by a unique code including the candidate’s registration number, very similar to what the students experienced in the IMS Pre-CAT 2018.

It was a very user friendly interface and exactly the one provided in the official CAT Mock Test.

There were no sub-divisions within each section. The VA-RC questions were NOT interspersed within the section. Questions 1 to 24 were RC. However, the different VA question types were shuffled.

Similarly the DI-LR questions were also NOT interspersed.

A simple calculator was provided, and not a scientific one. There was an arrow provided near the question palette which when clicked expanded the question window to full screen view by hiding the question palette & vice versa.

At the end of the test, a summary of number of questions attempted, visited and not visited was displayed for each section.

There was a button marked ‘Question Paper’ which opened up a screen containing all the questions of the section. This was used by students for planning their approach for the section.

Overview Of CAT 2018 - Slot 2

CAT 2018 in the second slot was an extremely student friendly test!

The overall structure of CAT 2018 was exactly similar to that of CAT 2017. The test started with the Verbal Section, which had 34 questions - 24 RC and 10 VA – 27 MCQs and 07 TITA.

The second section was the DI-LR with 32 questions. There were 8 TITA questions across 4 sets, while the rest of the 4 sets had only MCQs.

The third section was the Quantitative Ability section which also had 34 questions with 22 MCQs and 12 TITA questions.

Each section was timed for 60 minutes.

One could not go back and forth between sections.

The marking scheme was also similar to last year with +3 for every correct & -1 for incorrect answers for MCQs.

There was no negative marking for TITA questions. However since the ratio remains the same we do not see this as a major cause of concern.

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VA-RC Section: The VA-RC section was a replica of the Slot 1 in the morning and of CAT 2017 in terms of question types. Grammar and Vocabulary questions were absent. RC, Summary, Parajumbles, and Out-of Context sentence questions made up the Section. RC had 4 passages with 5 questions & 1 passage with 4 questions, making up 24 questions.

Generally IMS students have reported that as many as 22 questions were easy! The three summary questions were of medium difficulty. RC passages were easy to read and had several Critical Reasoning type questions just as in the first slot. The CR type questions and inference questions made up a major chunk of RC questions.

Of the 10 VA questions, 7 were TITA and 3 (summary questions) were MCQs.

3 Out-of-context sentence – TITA (Easy to Medium)

4 Paragraph Jumbles (4 sentences) – TITA (Easy)

3 Paragraph summary – MCQs. (Medium to Difficult) - (With negative Marks)*

The Slot 2 VARC section replicated not only the pattern but the difficulty level of the first slot and that of SimCAT 11, 15, and 16.

As in the first slot, it was possible to attempt 28 to 30 questions with high accuracy in the second slot as well.

DI-LR Section: Just like in slot 1 of CAT 2018, the DI-LR section had a total of 8 sets with 4 questions in each set. There were 4 sets each of Data Interpretation and of Logical Reasoning. There were 4 easy, 2 moderate and 2 difficult sets.

Some of the sets were time consuming as they had questions which had additional information to be taken into account while solving. So selection of the right sets to solve was the key to a good performance in this section. Another strategy could be to limit your attempts to only a couple of questions in certain sets to save time.  

Just like last year and slot 1 of CAT 2018, no Set was completely TITA - the TITA questions were dispersed across 4 individual sets with 2 TITA each. 4 sets were completely MCQ. There were a total of 8 TITA questions.

Overall the section was marginally easier than last year’s Slot 1.Just like in the morning slot of CAT 2018, if you solved around 5 sets (18-20 questions) in this section with 85% accuracy; you would be in the safe zone.

QA Section: This section too like the morning slot of CAT 2018, was moderate to difficult. The QA section in slot 2 was slightly tougher than the QA section in slot 1. In fact as per student feedback it seems to be amongst the toughest QA section in recent years.

This section was dominated by Arithmetic with 14 questions followed by Modern Math and Geometry with 6 questions each, with 5 questions from Algebra and 3 questions from Numbers

There were 12 TITA questions in this slot

If one went through the entire section, there were only 4 to 5 sitters. An attempt of 18 to 20 questions in this section with 85% accuracy should be a good bet. 


The second slot of CAT 2018 has been reported to be more or less similar to the morning slot of CAT 2018 (with the exception of the QA section which was slightly tougher in slot 2) and CAT of last year with no surprises. No new question types were seen in any of the sections. An overall attempt of 66-68 questions with an accuracy of 85 percent should be classified as a good performance in this test.

Stay tuned with us to read the anaysis of CAT 2018 Exam Slot 1 by clicking on the links provided below:

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