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CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by Hit Bullseye | Slot 1 and Slot 2 | CAT 2019 Expected Percentile

Experts from Hit Bullseye share CAT 2019 detailed Exam Analysis for Slot 1 exam. Find out what experts at Hit Bullseye Test Prep Centre have to say about the difficulty level, expected cutoff and major surprises in the CAT 2019 exam.

Nov 24, 2019 21:55 IST
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CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Lot 1 Hit Bullseye
CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Lot 1 Hit Bullseye

CAT 2019 Comprehensive Analysis: The general perception is that verbal was slightly difficult compared to last year, but DI and quant either same or marginally easier. There wasn’t much to differentiate between the two Slots with selective feedback on verbal and DI being slightly tougher in slot II. A marginal drop is expected in overall score for 99%ile compared to last year. In terms of overall pattern, structure and difficulty level, the exam was similar to the exam last year. Unlike the common beliefs, the CAT examiners seemed to focus on a candidate’s aptitude rather than testing student’s ability to handle a disruptive pattern.

 Exam Structure and Pattern:

The paper consisted of three sections: namely, ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’, ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ and ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)’, with 34, 32 and 34 questions, respectively. The order of the sections was fixed, with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes.

The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot I:

Sec. No.

Section Name

Total No. of Ques.

No. of Multiple Choice Ques.

Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

7

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

24

8

III

Quantitative Ability

34

23

11

 

TOTAL

100

75

25

 The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot II:

Sec. No.

Section Name

Total No. of Ques.

No. of Multiple Choice Ques.

Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

7

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

24

8

III

Quantitative Ability

34

23

11

 

TOTAL

100

75

25

 Section-wise Review

 Verbal Ability Review: Overall verbal ability in both slots will see a drop in cut-off of 6-8 marks

Slot I

In terms of level of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as easy to moderate. The accuracy will be the key to good score. As with the exam last year, the exam did not feature any question from Grammar and vocabulary. This effectively meant that the aspirants who were proficient in the topics that are reading-based would have been more comfortable in this section. There were Five RC passages (each of 350-400 words) out of which four passages had five questions each and the fifth had 4 questions. Other questions were from sentence rearrangement, para-jumbles and -summary. There were 7 TITA questions.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

Level

1

Passage – Related to British Folk

5

Moderate

2

Passage - Online shopping confusions

5

Easy

3

Passage - Topophilia

5

Easy

4

Passage – Emperor Penguins

5

Moderate

5

Passage - Who actually wrote Alladin Ariabian Nights - Gallond or Diyab

4

Moderate

6

Summary

3

Easy

7

Para Jumbles

4

Easy

8

Misfit

3

Easy

Slot II

In terms of level of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as moderate. The accuracy will be the key to good score along with selection of passages. One passage was considerably tough to understand. As with the exam last year, the exam did not feature any question from Grammar and vocabulary. This effectively meant that the aspirants who were proficient in the topics that are reading-based would have been more comfortable in this section. There were Five RC passages (each of 350-400 words) out of which four passages had five questions each and the fifth had 4 questions. Other questions were from sentence rearrangement, para-jumbles and -summary. There were 7 TITA questions.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

Level

1

Passage 1 – Cities being environment friendly

5

Moderate

2

Passage 2 – Language and Culture

5

Moderate

3

Passage 3 – Use of digital info to restore archaeological sites

5

Moderate

4

Passage 4 – Capital cities and bureaucracy

5

Easy

5

Passage 5 – British Policy

4

Tough

6

Summary

3

Easy

7

Para Jumbles

4

Easy

8

Misfit

3

Easy

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Overall the DILR in both slots will likely see similar cut off or marginal increase of 1-2 marks. The slot II may not see any gains.

 Slot I

 As with this section last year, the section was most difficult but moderately easier compared to last year. There were 8 sets of 4 questions each and 3 sets may be categorised as easy to moderate. In general students reported an attempt of 2-3 more questions compared to last year. There were 8 TITA in DI.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Cross Roads

4

2

Cryptography

4

3

Arrangement of Biscuit and Candies

4

4

4 Dancers, 4 Composers and 8 Performances

4

5

Bar Graph on crime rates

4

6

Radar Graph - Data Set on 5 vendors of diff parameters

4

7

Boxes and diff types of items placed

4

8

other

4

 Slot II

 The section was as difficult as last year and a notch above from slot 1 with a few tricky sets. Therefore the set selection was critical to success. One scattered graph set looked out rightly difficult, but was manageable in terms of calculation, one more set was easy while others were time consuming and  difficult. There were 8 sets of 4 questions each. There were 8 TITA in DI.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Venn Diagram Distribution

4

2

Distribution of People in Teams

4

3

Tournament

4

4

Rainfall Data – Scattered

4

5

Revenue Profit Dotted Graph

4

6

3 Doctors and their fees and room no.

4

7

Paper setting 5, 10, 15 marks

4

8

Other

4

 Quantitative Aptitude Review: Overall, the quant section will likely register similar cut-off or may be 1-2 marks higher

 Slot I

 The Quant section was quite similar compared to last year or may be moderately easier. The number of attempts was higher on average but accuracy will hold the key. There were 11 TITA questions. 

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Number System & Average

2-2

2

Algebra

4-5

3

Commercial Maths & Arithmetic

11-12

4

Geometry & Mensuration

5-6

5

TSD

2-3

6

Venn, Clocks & Logs

2

7

P&C, Probability

3-4

Slot II

 The Quant section was quite similar to first slot with general thought of it being slightly easier than last year. But it did seem calculation intensive. There were again 11 TITA questions. 

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Number System & Average

4-5

2

Algebra

4-5

3

Commercial Maths & Arithmetic

8-10

4

Geometry & Mensuration

3-4

5

TSD

2-3

6

Venn, Clocks & Logs

2

7

P&C, Probability

1

8

Function

4-5

  Attempts & Expected Percentile Table along with B-Schools Cut-offs

Table – Morning Slot

Overall Attempt

VA & RC

Attempt

DI & LR Attempt

QA

Attempt

Probable Score (without scaling)

Expected Percentile

73+

27-31

19-23

20-24

162

99.5

66-73

25-29

16-21

18-22

146

99

58-65

21-25

14-18

15-19

125

97

38-46

15-19

9-13

10-14

98

90

30-37

12-16

7-9

9-11

66

80

24-30

10-14

5-8

7-10

50

70

 w

Table – Evening Slot

 

Overall Attempt

VA & RC

Attempt

DI & LR Attempt

QA

Attempt

Probable Score

Expected Percentile

71+

25-30

18-22

20-24

156

99.5

63-70

22-27

15-20

18-22

140

99

55-63

20-24

13-17

15-19

120

97

36-43

13-18

7-12

10-14

95

90

29-36

11-15

6-9

9-11

63

80

23-29

9-13

4-7

7-10

46

70

 

 

It looks like a normalisation of around 5% may take place to keep both the slots at the same level of difficulty.

 

 

B-School Cut-offs

CAT scores are used as a primary screening tool by B-Schools for short listing candidates for the GD/ PI round. Apart from CAT percentile other factors which are taken in to account for generating calls include academic performance in 10th, +2, Graduation, duration of work experience. Normally, the cut offs for old IIMs are higher than those for new IIMs.

 

Level

(Approx cut-off percentiles  Gen.)

Institutes

99.5+

3-8  Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S, FMS

99+

1-2  Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S

And All other IIM calls, IIT B

98+

IIT-D, MDI-PGP, All IIMs except old 7

96.5+

SPJIMR, , NITIE, MDI- HR/IM, few new IIMs ( Latest 6)

94.5+

IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, XLRI-Global BM, MDI-M, IIMA (Abm), IIML (Abm)

90+

MICA, IMT-G/N, XIMB, IMI-D, FORE, IRMA, GIM, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, SIMSREE, , UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA

87+

Welingkar, LBSIM, LIBA,  IMI-K/B, Great Lakes, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H

75+

SDA Bocconi, ISBM-P, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IFIM, MBE-DU,

60+

IMI-K, IBA, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, BIMTECH-Bhuvaneswar, NITS, SOIL, TAXILA, IISWBM, NDIM, Shiv Nadar, IMDR, BIMM, JK LAXMIPAT, DSB, PMLSD, ACCURATE, MILE, LM Thapar, IILM, UPES, UBS-Mumbai, IMDR

 

 

 

---------------------------------------------------------- CAT 2019 Slot 1 Exam Analysis --------------------------------------------------

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by Hit Bulls Eye: The CAT 2019 slot 1 has concluded today. The exam was held by IIM Kozhikode at 354 centres in 156 cities in the country. After the exam, experts at Hit Bullseye Test Prep Centre have shared the detailed exam analysis with Jagranjosh.com. The CAT 2019 Exam Analysis will CAT exam takers understand the type, style and format of the questions being asked in the recently concluded test and will also help them gauge the difficulty level of the exam. In additon, the MBA experts along with the CAT exam gurus at Hit Bullseye have predicted the expected CAT 2019 cutoff for the overall exam as well as the CAT 2019 sectional percentiles.

Here is what the experts at the Hit Bullseye have to say about the CAT 2018 Exam which took place in both the shifts i.e. forenoon and afternoon:

“The First half’s reflection on second half’s expectation”

Check out our in-depth analysis of slot 1 to get insights for Slot 2 and performance differentiators for slot 1. 

The CAT examiners did not spring any major surprise in the exam, but Quant and DI were only marginally easier. In terms of pattern, structure and difficulty level, the exam was very similar to the exam last year. Unlike the common beliefs, the CAT examiners seemed to focus on a candidate’s aptitude rather than testing student’s ability to handle a disruptive pattern.

Also Read: CAT 2019 Slot 1 - Detailed Exam Analysis by jagranjosh.com

Exam Structure and Pattern:

The paper consisted of three sections: namely, ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’, ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ and ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)’, with 34, 32 and 34 questions, respectively. The order of the sections was fixed, with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes.

The sections contained the following segmentation for Slot I:

 

Sec. No.

Section Name

Total No. of Ques.

No. of Multiple Choice Ques.

Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)

I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

27

7

II

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

25

7

III

Quantitative Ability

34

23

11

 

TOTAL

100

75

25

CAT 2019 Section-wise Exam Analysis

Verbal Ability Review: In terms of level of difficulty, the verbal section can be labelled as easy to moderate. The accuracy will be the key to good score.

As with the exam last year, the exam did not feature any question from Grammar and vocabulary. This effectively meant that the aspirants who were proficient in the topics that are reading-based would have been more comfortable in this section. There were Five RC passages (each of 350-400 words) out of which four passages had five questions each and the fifth had 4 questions. Other questions were from sentence rearrangement, para-jumbles and -summary. There were 7 TITA questions.

 

S. No.

Topic

Questions

Level

1

Passage 1

5

Moderate

2

Passage 2 - Online shopping confusions

5

Easy

3

Passage 3 - Topophilia

5

Easy

4

Passage 4 - Penguins able to maintain their body temp

5

Moderate

5

Passage 5 - Who actually wrote Alladin Ariabian Nights - Gallond or Diyab

4

Moderate

6

Summary

3

Easy

7

Para Jumbles

4

Easy

8

Misfit

3

Easy

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: As with this section last year, the section was most difficult but moderately easier compared to last year. There were 8 sets of 4 questions each. In general students reported an attempt of 2-3 more questions than slot I. There were 7 TITA in DI.

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Cross Roads

4

2

Cryptography

4

3

Arrangement of Biscuit and Candies

4

4

4 Dancers, 4 Composers and 8 Performances

4

5

Bar Graph on crime

4

6

Data Set on 5 vendors of diff parameters

4

7

Boxes and diff types of items placed

4

8

others

4

Quantitative Aptitude Review: The Quant section was quite similar compared to last year but again moderately easier (may be by 10%). Overall, the questions in Questions from traditional areas like Profit & Loss, Algebra & Geometry were higher in number.  There were 11 TITA questions.

 

S. No.

Topic

Questions

1

Number System & Average

2-2

2

Algebra

4-5

3

Commercial Maths & Arithmetic

11-12

4

Geometry & Mensuration

5-6

5

TSD

2-3

6

Venn, Clocks & Logs

2

7

P&C, Probability

3-4

Attempts & Expected Percentile Table along with B-Schools Cut-offs is advised below:

Attempts & Expected Percentile – CAT 2019 Morning Slot

Overall Attempt

VA & RC

Attempt

DI & LR Attempt

QA

Attempt

Probable Score (without scaling)

Expected Percentile

73+

27-31

19-23

20-24

162

99.5

66-73

25-29

16-21

18-22

146

99

58-65

21-25

14-18

15-19

125

97

38-46

15-19

9-13

10-14

98

90

30-37

12-16

7-9

9-11

66

80

24-30

10-14

5-8

7-10

50

70

B-School Cut-offs

CAT scores are used as a primary screening tool by B-Schools for short listing candidates for the GD/ PI round. Apart from CAT percentile other factors which are taken in to account for generating calls include academic performance in 10th, +2, Graduation, duration of work experience. Normally, the cut offs for old IIMs are higher than those for new IIMs.

 

Level

(Approx cut-off percentiles  Gen.)

Institutes

99.5+

3-8  Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S, FMS

99+

1-2  Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S

And All other IIM calls, IIT B

98+

IIT-D, MDI-PGP, All IIMs except old 7

96.5+

SPJIMR, , NITIE, MDI- HR/IM, few new IIMs ( Latest 6)

94.5+

IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, XLRI-Global BM, MDI-M, IIMA (Abm), IIML (Abm)

90+

MICA, IMT-G/N, XIMB, IMI-D, FORE, IRMA, GIM, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, SIMSREE, , UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA

87+

WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA,  IMI-K/B, Great Lakes, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H

85+

MISB, ISBM-P, WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU,

60+

IMI-K, IBA, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, BIMTECH-Bhuvaneswar, NITS, SOIL, TAXILA, IISWBM, NDIM, Shiv Nadar, IMDR, BIMM, JK LAXMIPAT, DSB, PMLSD, ACCURATE, MILE, LM Thapar, IILM, UPES, UBS-Mumbai

 

 

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