CAT 2019 Slot 1 and Slot 2 - Detailed Exam Analysis | Expected Cut-off

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Created On: Nov 25, 2019 14:42 IST
Modified On: Nov 25, 2019 14:42 IST
CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Slot 1 and 2
CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Slot 1 and 2

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis Slot 2 - IIM Kozhikode (IIM-K) is the official organiser of the CAT 2019 exam concludes the CAT 2019 exam for both Slot 1 and 2 (morning and afternoon) on 24th November 2019. The CAT 2019 Slot 1 was conducted from 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m. and the afternoon got over at 5:30 PM across 354 test centers in 156 test cities. There were no major reports about the technical glitches experienced at the test centers in the morning slot of CAT 2019 exam. Nearly 2.44 lakhs candidates have appeared for the CAT 2019 exam. will soon share the CAT exam analysis for slot 2 on this page soon. Stay tuned here to get the complete analysis of CAT 2019 exam.

CAT 2019 Slot 2 - Initial Impressions

Here are the Key highlights of the CAT 2019 exam conducted in Slot 2, as per the reviews of the test takers:

CAT 2019 test takers have provided key insights highlighting the difficulty level, important aspects, no. of questions and topics asked in the exam. CAT 2019 exam in Slot 2 was almost similar to the exam conducted in Slot 1. However, the key observations shared with us are as under:

DILR section

DILR section was easy in Slot 2 compared to slot 1, yet a little more time consuming. Only 3 sets were manageable rest other parts of this section were tricky and time-consuming. Test-takers say, "Higher accuracy is the key to score high in this section". 

QA section

QA section was easy as compared to last year but lengthier than slot 1.

Arithmetic had 15+ Questions

VARC Section

VARC was of similar difficulty level as provided in the Slot 1. Questions asked on the Para-summary topic were tricky this time. This year, IIM-K gave a tough VARC section to the aspirants, compared to CAT 2017 and CAT 2018. 

Overall CAT 2019 Slot 2 Analysis - Section-wise Analysis

CAT 2019 Section - Slot 2 Difficulty Level
VARC Moderate to Difficult
DILR Moderate
QA Moderate to Easy

As per leading media reports, CAT score scaling to come into effect soon. 

Also Read: CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher for Slot 1 Exam

CAT 2019 Slot 1 - Key Highlights

Here are the Key highlights of the CAT 2019 exam conducted in Slot 1, as per the reviews of the test takers:

CAT 2019 has been reported as moderate to difficult exam this year. A test of speed and accuracy of the aspirants, it was similar to the previous year CAT exam. 

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis - Difficulty Level of Sections

In 2017 DILR section was deemed to be tough, and in 2018 it was the Quant section that was difficult to crack. However, this year, in 2019 CAT VARC is tough as per the expert comments. Find out the difficulty level of each section of the CAT 2019 exam here: 

CAT 2019 Sections

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

VARC Section


Moderate to Difficult

DILR Section



QA Section



Overall Exam


Moderate to Difficult

Also Read: CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by IMS - Slot 1

CAT 2019 Initial Impressions

CAT 2019 exam of Slot 1 did not come up with too many surprises for the aspirants.  Here is sectional analysis of the CAT 2019 exam: 

CAT 2019 Quantitative Aptitude

CAT 2019 QA section was relatively easy this time compared to the VARC and DILR section. The QA section was primarily dominated by questions from Arithmetic & Geometry. Overall this section was moderately difficult.

Overall Questions - 34 Questions

Questions from each topic in the CAT 2019 exam: 

  • Algebra : 8-10 questions
  • Arithmetic : 8-10 questions
  • Numbers : 6-8 questions
  • Geometry : 5-7 questions
  • Modern Maths : 1 or 2 questions

CAT 2019 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 

It is one of the most difficult section among all other sections and was time consuming as well. This year the Parajumbles (TITA questions) has 4 sentences instead of 5 and was easy to solve. The Reading Comprehensions were quite lengthy and a difficult nut to crack. Out of four RCs, 2 of them were difficult to solve. 

Overall Questions - 34 Questions

Reading Comprehensions - 24 questions from 5 passages

Verbal Ability - 10 questions 

  • Parajumbles - 4 questions
  • Para Summary - 3 questions
  • Out of content questions - 3 questions

Also Read: CAT 2019 Exam Analysis by IMS - Slot 1

CAT 2019 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

DILR was tricky and more difficult than last year. It involved higher thinking skills yet manageable in the allotted time limit for the candidates to attempt. Total number of Non-MCQ type of questions have increased to 31 in CAT 2019 as compared to 27 last year.

Overall Questions - 32 Questions

8 sets with 4 questions each

CAT 2019 Exam Analysis - Good Attempts 

Candidates who have attempted certain no. of questions as mentioned below can expect 90+ percentile in the CAT 2019 exam:

CAT 2019 Exam Sections Good Attempts
VARC 22-24
DILR 14-16
QA 20-22

Apart from the good number of attempts, test takers getting raw score of 156-160 marks can expect 99 percentile in the CAT 2019 exam. A raw score of 65-68 (in VARC), 48-50 marks (in DILR); and 55-59 (in QA) is considered good to be able to score overall 99 percentile and also clear the sectional cut-off to be eligible to apply in the IIMs.  

CAT 2019 Expected Cutoff

Take a look at the expected percentile in the CAT 2019 exam here:

CAT 2018 Raw Score CAT 2019 Raw Score Expected Percentile
100 - 104 105 - 110 90 percentile
< 120 < 125 95 percentile will soon share the detailed CAT exam analysis for slot 1 on this page as per the reviews of the CAT 2019 test takers. Stay tuned here to get the complete analysis of CAT 2019 exam.

Previous year CAT Exam Analysis - Overview

As per the reviews of the CAT exam takers, last year, the CAT exam conducted in slot 1 was more difficult than the exam conducted in slot 2. Quant section was calculation intensive. However, the exam conducted in Slot 1 paper was logical. The experts at also shared the expected CAT cut-off as mentioned under for the CAT exam takers after keen observations collated from the exam takers:

Questions attempted in CAT Exam

Raw Score in CAT exam

Expected Percentile in CAT exam

70+ questions



60 – 65

140 - 145


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